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If there’s one thing we’ve learned since we closed our doors in March, it’s that the essence of Brisbane Powerhouse isn’t in our bricks and mortar, it’s in our artists and our audiences.
So, with this in mind, we’re excited to announce the inaugural Brisbane Powerhouse Generator Grants (funded by our Giving Community) to support local creators to develop new works during isolation which one day may be presented on our stages.
And, with a round of applause, we would like to introduce you to our fabulous grant recipients: Natano Fa’anana, Alinta McGrady, Lucas Stibbard and Natalie Bochenski.
We can’t wait to see what they create!
Alinta McGrady is a seasoned freelance performing artist who has been working in music, theatre and dance for seven years. With a love of creating music and theatre for children, she has toured regionally with productions such as Stradbroke Dreamtime and Have You Ever Heard a Wombat Sing. Alinta is an artist in residency at Brisbane Powerhouse with Powerkids: Little Artists at Play.
She has toured internationally with Xavier Rudd & the United Nations for the album tour of Nanna. A First Nations woman with her roots planted in Meeanjin, she has recently released her debut single Red. Alinta also makes up one half of duet Balairi, with her husband Benjin Maza.
Lucas Stibbard makes theatre and performance work as a performer, director, writer, dramaturg, designer, producer and teaching artist. His work with The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, has included co-writing, co-directing, producing and performing in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best actor), Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival in 2011-12 with Brisbane Powerhouse, Attack of the Attacking Attackers! and Packed.
He is currently the Senior Producer (Youth and Education) at Backbone Youth Arts and a sessional lecturer and tutor at QUT while avoiding the doctorate he started there.
Natan Fa’anana has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as co-creator and performer in Briefs Factory, and in his current role as co-founder and Creative Director of Casus Circus. The latter solidifying his place on the international stage through works such Knee Deep, Driftwood and DNA.
His unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, fused with acrobatics, aerials and dance. Independently Natano has a string of awards both as a circus performer and director. Significantly winning two Matilda Awards for We Live Here. Natano was awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Fellowship 2019 acknowledging his contribution to Humanities through the Arts.
Natalie Bochenski is a writer, creative producer and performer. In 2013, she founded the performance group Act/React, a Brisbane-based company specialising in pop culture-inspired performances, interactive and site-specific theatre, comedy and improvisation.
The company’s first foray into the acting world was a rendition of the Australian cult classic He Died With A Felafel in His Hand at Brisbane Powerhouse. Act/React has performed at Brisbane Comedy Festival, the Wonderland Festival, the Anywhere Theatre Festival Brisbane, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe, Newcastle Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.