Brisbane Arts Theatre is an iconic independent theatre company. We produce engrossing, high quality, accessible theatre. We educate emerging Brisbane artists and future industry professionals. Our people inspire our fun, creative and innovative culture.
Established in 1936, our 80-year-old theatre company has been the city's gateway theatre for decades. Our key goal to provide accessible theatre for Brisbane audiences has translated to accessibility in price, accessibility in the types of productions we stage and accessibility through the welcoming and intimate atmosphere at our iconic 50-year-old venue on Petrie Terrace.
Throughout our history, Brisbane Arts Theatre has served as the gateway to performing arts careers, not just for those on stage, but also for those behind the scenes. The list of legends of stage and screen who began their journey on the Arts Theatre's stage is vast. Shane Porteous, Russell Dykstra, Kate Foy, Jennifer Flowers, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard and the late and dearly missed Carol Burns are just some of the household names, while an extraordinary number of technicians have gone onto professional careers in lighting, sound and set design.
- Brisbane Arts Theatre. In 2017, the theatre company will produce four seasons: a diverse mainhouse season, a season of our iconic children's theatre, a touring season and a special early-week musical parody season. The theatre company owns the performance complex on Petrie Terrace and is responsible for both artistic and operational management.
- The College of Theatre Practice. The training arm of the Arts Theatre offers nationally recognised, fully accredited training in theatre operations, in addition to structured acting workshops for both adults and children. The Arts Theatre has been a training ground for many performers who have gone on to professional careers, including Jennifer Flowers, Carol Burns, Shane Porteous, Bernard King and many others, while our children's theatre division has offered many young people a chance to perform on stage before they attend university or step into the world of professional theatre. Many of our regular actors have gone onto dramatic degrees at QUT, USQ and NIDA.
- Costume Cottage. The wardrobe department of the Arts Theatre boasts an extensive costume collection, including vast vintage pieces from all eras. It is the only wardrobe in Brisbane that offers a highly specialised, tailored costume service.