Our History

Our People

Thousands of people have trodden the boards of the Arts Theatre's stage since 1936. A number of volunteer actors have gone onto professional performance careers. In our 77th year, we're reconnecting. Below is a small sample of the people of our past.

Barry Otto

Barry is an actor with a long list of memorable roles on stage and in film.

He received an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in Strictly Ballroom as well as being nominated for Bliss, Cosi, and The More Things Change.

He also starred in Australia, Newcastle, The Visitor, Exile, Mr. Nice Guy, and many more.

He has recently worked with Baz Luhrmann for the third time on The Great Gatsby.

Penny Downie

Penny is an actress noted for her appearances on British television.

Her UK television credits include: Minder, Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, The Cazalets, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Spooks, Trial and Retribution, New Street Law, Poirot, The Ice House, Lost for Words, and New Tricks.

Carol Burns

Carol has worked in film, television and theatre in Australia and the United Kingdom.

She had acted exclusively in theatre for ten years before acting in film or on television. She was a founding member of the Queensland Theatre Company.

Carol played tough lesbian bikie, Franky Doyle, in the Australian cult classic Prisoner. She has also appeared in Heartbeat, The Bill, Blue Heelers, Casualty, The Dismissal, The Day of the Roses, and many more television series and films.

Carol has returned to the Arts Theatre in 2013 to direct Picnic at Hanging Rock.

John Batchelor

John is a television and film actor.

Besides portraying Andy 'Charge' Thorpe in Sea Patrol, John has had guest roles on All Saints, Water Rats, Stingers, and Murder Call.

He appeared in the 2003 films, Inspector Gadget 2 and Danny Deckchair, and in the 2008 film, The Tender Hook.

In 2011, John starred as Peeto in the Australian film Red Dog and also as Wally Tomlinson, associate of underworld figure Kate Leigh in the Nine Network series, Underbelly: Razor.

Garth Welch

Garth went on from the Arts Theatre to become arguably Brisbane's best ever male dancer.

Garth became Principal Dancer with the Australian Ballet in 1962. His major works since then include Othello, made originally for the Australian Ballet School in 1968, and staged by the Australian Ballet in 1970; and KAL, his first full-length work, made for the West Australian Ballet in 1979.

Bryon Williams

Bryon starred in many Arts Theatre productions throughout the late 50s and 60s.

He went on to roles in Hunter, Matlock Police, Homicide, Division 4, Prisoner, Mission: Impossible, and The Wayne Manifesto.

Bryon now lives on the Gold Coast and has written several novels.

Brian Moll

Brian went on to many guest roles in countless television series.

He has starred in Matlock Police, Division 4, Homicide, Number 96 and Prisoner. In the 70s he played the long-running role of Dr. Vincent Snape in The Young Doctors.

He is perhaps best known for his role as the pompous, corrupt town councillor, Alfred Muldoon, in A Country Practice.

Bernard King

Bernard was a stage actor, celebrity chef, and television personality.

After hosting a cooking segment on Good Morning Australia, he was invited to host his own 30-minute programme, King's Kitchen.

He became a judge on the daytime television talent show Pot of Gold, then Pot Luck, and New Faces.

Bernard died in December of 2002.

Shane Porteous

Sometimes credited as John Hanlon, Shane is a television character actor, screenplay scriptwriter, theatre actor, animation layout artist, and animation voice actor.

Shane is best known for playing Dr. Terence Elliot in the classic Australian television series, A Country Practice

He has also starred in Homicide, Matlock Police, Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers, and many more.

Lucas Stibbard

Lucas is a Brisbane-based actor, director and writer.

In 2011, audiences chortled their way through his smash-hit show, boy girl wall, in which Lucas expertly played the roles of 25 characters, sharing the stage only with sock puppets.

His film credits include The Wilde Girls, The Great Raid, and Kokoda.

Lucas has returned to the Arts Theatre in 2013 to direct Delicacy.

Jennifer Flowers

Jennifer is an acclaimed actor, director and teacher.

She has worked with all major theatre companies throughout Australia and has won significant awards for acting and directing.

Jennifer has worked most extensively with the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Sydney Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company and Expressions Dance Company.

Steven Rooke

Steven is an actor best known for his role as Terry in the 2006 film, Footy Legends.

His television credits include All Saints, Home and Away, and Always Greener.

He starred in 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Drawn Treader.

John Stanton

John has become known for playing Shakespearean roles for the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as for his film and television roles.

His TV credits are extensive, and include Homicide, Matlock Police, Division 4, The Box, Ballamy (as Ballamy himself), and McLeod's Daughters.

John player former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in The Dismissal.

Wayne Goss

Yes, even former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss walked the boards at the Arts Theatre.

Wayne starred in The Crucible, directed by Ian Thompson in 1973. At the time, he worked as a solicitor and then with the Aboriginal Legal Service before setting up his own practice.

Wayne entered state politics as an ALP member in 1983 for the electoral district of Salisbury and later Logan. He was elected Leader of the Opposition in 1988. He was Premier of Queensland from 7 December 1989 until 19 February 1996.

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