Earlier this year, Amanda Jolly was announced as Queensland Theatre‘s (QT) new Executive Director. The appointment of Ms Jolly, a highly respected leader across arts, management and philanthropy with international experience, has been welcomed by the company and the industry.
QT Chair, Elizabeth Jameson spoke highly of Ms Jolly in making the announcement. “We are thrilled to announce Amanda Jolly as Executive Director, a role she has deputised over the past three years and we welcome her leadership alongside Artistic Director Sam Strong,” she said. “After an exhaustive and competitive search amongst the cream of Australia’s arts executives, the board was unified in its view that, despite an extremely strong field, the right person for the job was right here in our midst. Amanda’s talents in philanthropic, arts and strategic management leadership coupled with her natural affinity with the company and the team over many years ultimately made the decision very clear.”
Ms Jolly is looking forward to continuing to share her love for theatre and production with Brisbane audiences. “Most audiences only see the finished product. I’m very conscious of trying to share the entire process behind staging a work of theatre, and particularly new Australian stories,” she said. “At Queensland Theatre, we are so lucky to have all of our teams onsite with everything built under one roof. We often have multiple productions rehearsing at the one time, so walking through the workshop and wardrobe is always a flurry of activity.”
Ms. Jolly has been with Queensland Theatre since 2008, joining the company as Philanthropy Manager before taking on the role of Deputy Executive Director. Her time in the executive team has seen the addition of Sam Strong as Artistic Director, and the introduction of key strategic objectives for the company, including the vision of Leading from Queensland. Both have transformed the way the company does business. She has worked in the arts sector in both Canada and Chile. In Canada, Ms Jolly was Director of Marketing and Development with Le Theatre Centaur in Montreal for three years, and prior to that was Director of the Office of International Relations for the National Department of Cultures in Chile. She also has experience in the State Library of Queensland and with the Victorian State Opera.
Ms Jolly formally takes the reins as the company celebrates some inspiring achievements. In 2017 Queensland Theatre reached its largest audience ever in the 50 year history of the company and the highest subscriber growth of any major theatre company for the year. A project particularly close to Jolly’s heart is the opening in October – after almost 50 years – of Queensland Theatre’s first true home theatre. Using the existing footprint of the 220 seat Bille Brown Studio, a major capital works program is currently transforming the space into a sophisticated, corner stage theatre, seating 350 audience members. It will be the first theatre of its kind for Brisbane and an important addition to the arts infrastructure of the city.
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