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The Bangalow Theatre Company (BTC) is a newly established not-for-profit incorporated association passionate about the performing arts and the Bangalow community. The BTC is managed by a dedicated committee who collectively have many decades of professional experience in the performing arts, education and business management. Together we have set some ambitious and important goals for the BTC, these are:
- to produce highly professional, innovative and breathtaking theatre
- to provide a performance platform for members of the Bangalow and broader communities
- to encourage community involvement in the performing arts
- to foster and develop the skills and talents of individual community members in all aspects of theatre.
The BTC is very fortunate to enjoy the support of the A&I Hall committee and we are proud that we are able to call the A&I our home. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work in this grand old lady and we are very excited to be able to bring her stage to life with our own local talent and productions.
Adrienne Megan Lester (Meg)
From the age of 6 Meg has been an avid entertainer. She has spent her life studying music and movement – starting with the organ and moving on to ballroom dancing, jazz, tap and musical theatre. In her teen years Meg was involved extensively with amateur and pro-am productions, and during this time developed a keen devotion to the theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. Since then, Meg has had an exciting career performing in Australia and overseas, teaching dance and drama at US summer camps, and working as a performer at Warner Village Theme Parks. She now teaches performance and exercise classes in Northern NSW and looks forward to co-creating with people who have a passion for theatre and the production of quality entertainment for our Shire.
OUR VICE PRESIDENTS
Anouska Gammon has had extensive experience and involvement in the performing arts industry in Australia. After completing a Diploma at Brent Street Performing Arts and a Double Degree in Dance and Drama Education, Anouska has continued to pursue her love for the performing arts through teaching and choreographing in various institutions throughout NSW. An active choreographer for both State Dance Ensembles and Schools Spectacular, Anouska is very excited to be a founding member of the BTC. She looks forward to sharing her skills and building a reputable performance platform that reflects the diverse and wonderfully creative members of the Bangalow community and neighboring towns.
Going by the stage name Bonzo B Yeates, Brian has been on the professional stage for nearly a decade. He began honing his craft on the burlesque and cabaret circuit in Ireland, performing with some of Europe's top stars. In addition to this, Brian’s great love of music has also seen him work extensively with a 6 piece brass band, performing works from the giants of jazz, big band and swing including Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jnr.
In 2010 Brian immigrated to Australia, a move that also saw him further expand his professional repertoire to include stand-up comedy and acting. Brian’s stage presence has seen him take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for numerous shows across the Northern Rivers.
OUR ARTIST LIAISON
Jo Franklin is a highly accomplished performing arts professional and has worked and trained in the theatre industry for over 15 years. Jo has been involved in numerous noteworthy performing arts projects throughout Australia, the UK and America working as a theatre maker, facilitator, teacher and director. Jo is also experienced in theatre technologies, programming and design and holds a BA Applied Theatre with a Double Major in Advanced Theatre. Jo is passionate about fostering young talent in the performing arts and providing a voice, through the medium of theatre, for marginalised communities.
Adrian Kennedy (Ace)
Adrian Kennedy has over 20 years of senior management experience in the successful development and operations of medium to large scale business. He is a former local business owner with impressive credentials in accounting/economics and is well known in the Bangalow community for his extensive volunteering and support of local groups, clubs and associations. Ace’s enthusiasm for the aims and ambitions of the BTC in conjunction with his expertise in financial and operational matters make him an invaluable member of the BTC team.
Sarah's love of theatre began as most young girls' does, with ballet. As a teenager she was a member of Dance North’s youth company Extensions and also Trellis of Lizards Youth Theatre Company in North Queensland. Both of these experiences gave her invaluable insight into professional theatre-making along with guidance from mentors who further nurtured her passion for performance. Sarah enrolled in a BA Dance degree at Queensland University of Technology in 1991 and graduated seven years later with a BA Drama. Her main areas of study within the degree were Physical Theatre, Contemporary Dance, Composition, and Dance for Film. After graduating university she lived in London for several years where she worked as an actor, dancer and physical theatre performer. During this time she saw every performance and took every class possible relating to her art form. Somehow she ended up in the world of music video production and from there diverged further into fashion styling. Sarah has now come full circle back to her original desire to create and present theatre that will change will the world.
BTC AND BANGALOW
The BTC believes strongly in the goals we have set for the association but also the value that the association brings to Bangalow and the broader community. The establishment and ongoing work of the BTC benefits the community in the following ways:
- promoting and building the artistic capacity of the community and region
- providing easily accessible cultural and creative entertainment experiences for the community
- fostering young talent - our local school students have the opportunity to gain ongoing and invaluable experience working with performing arts professionals and educators
- fostering local talent - providing a platform for amateurs and professionals alike to hone their skills
- creating opportunities to bring the community together and encourage wider audiences into the township of Bangalow
- developing opportunities to work with and bring together a range of local businesses and community organisations
- building important links and relationships between our youth, local professionals, local businesses and government
- sharing a sense of community engagement and excitement focussed on a local event/production.