From Twelfth Night to Salt Waves Fresh: Shakespeare in FNQ

Fulbright Scholar Professor Gretchen Minton has been reworking Shakespeare, working with TheatreiNQ in Far North Queensland.

From the mountainous Yellowstone country of regional Montana to tropical North Queensland seems something of a startling relocation for this passionate and engaging Shakespeare scholar and dramaturg.

But this has not been the case when delving into the experience of Professor Gretchen Minton, who has just spent four months on a Fulbright scholarship working on an ecological take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. During that time she not only worked on the script, workshopped with actors from Townsville’s TheatreiNQ, but also delivered her findings at an academic symposium held in the region.

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Trevor Keeling has been involved in the arts and creative industries for 40 years in Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He has been an actor, theatre director, journalist and critic, publisher, broadcaster, music festival director, event manager and arts administrator. Since coming to Australia in 1991, he appeared in numerous productions in Adelaide, and was Festival Director of the Glenelg Jazz Festival for six years. He was General Manager of Dancenorth in Townsville (2005-2006 and 2011-2014) and for three years was CEO of Mirndiyan Gunana Aboriginal Corporation, which included managing the world-renowned Indigenous Mornington Island Dancers. He has worked in urban, regional and remote environments in Australia and has a particular focus on regional arts and the connection to community.