Plugging Brisbane’s brain drain

What can be done to strengthen Brisbane’s vibrant independent theatre sector and prevent local talent from moving away?
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Brisbane is constantly described as being on the brink of making it big.

In ArtsHub’s recent Cultural Capitals series, Megan Starr-Thomas, Creative Director of The Brisbane Collective, described Brisbane as ‘a small country town at heart but [with] the attitude of a jealous little sister’. In the latest issue of ArtAsiaPacific, the bi-monthly magazine covering contemporary art and culture in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, describes Brisbane as a city that seems ‘seems perennially on the cusp’.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts