Matilda Awards

Monday 20th Feb 2017

The Matilda Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that honour and celebrate the achievements of the Queensland theatre Industry.


Matilda Awards Executive Committee

Chair | Deb Wilks
Secretary | Hamish Clift
Treasurer | Sharondell Grennan
General Member | Paul Adams
General Member | Paul Dellit


DEB WILKS has been working for over 20 years in the Arts Sector, and is known as a driving force in Australian Circus. She worked with many emerging and established artists and has a passion for improving the business skills of Artists and building the value of the arts to non-artists. This passion is the impetus behind Cluster Arts. 


HAMISH CLIFT is a Brisbane barrister with a background in performing arts where he specialised in lighting design and production management. He has over fifteen years experience in the performing arts sector across Australia. Hamish is also the Chair of Flipside Circus.



SHARONDELL GRENNAN has worked in business management and leadership for more than 25 years. Sharondell brings to the Matilda Awards financial management experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity.



PAUL ADAMS  brings twenty years experience working in management positions across retail, training and the arts, and has worked in the performing arts and events industry for more than 10 years.  He is currently the General Manager of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.  An award winning actor Paul also works as a writer, producer and director for his independent company Small Crown Productions.  He was a Matilda Awards judge for three years before relinquishing that role to take up a position on the Executive Committee. 


PAUL DELLIT has worked as an actor, musician, director, composer, musical director and producer for various companies such as Queensland Theatre, La Boite, Opera Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Adelaide Festival Centre, Queensland Arts Council, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Seymour Productions and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). He was also responsible for setting up the QUT Gardens Theatre. In 2001, Paul was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to the arts. In 2017, he was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts in Queensland. Paul is currently a Producer with QPAC, and has been a proud member of Equity since 1987.


ELISE GREIG has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honors and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work.  During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York.  Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing and was longlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) 2018.


HANNAH BELANSZKY is a Brisbane based playwright and trained actor. Her debut play, Broken Fence, was a finalist of the 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. She wrote, co-directed and performed in her cabaret, The Wives of Wolfgang in Brisbane Powerhouse’s 2017 Wonderland Program. Hannah was the Young Playwright-In-Residence at Playlab in 2017 and is part of the 2019 Sparks program with Playlab in partnership QPAC and Mooghalin Arts. Hannah has performed in Harrow (ABC Studios), Julius Caesar (4MBS), play readings at La Boîte Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre as well as various short films. She was part of the advertising campaigns for Ascent Footwear, Dominos, Humira and Village Retirement Group.


PENNY CHALLEN trained at QCA and NIDA before becoming a Resident Trainee Designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Whilst living in London Penny designed productions for the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Gate Theatre, and RSC. She also worked with renowned designers Es Devlin, Rae Smith and Tom Piper creating & delivering over 40 mainstage projects for the RSC, ROH, ENO, NT and others across Europe and America. Locally, Penny has designed productions for Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre, Belloo Creative, and La Boite Theatre. She is the Co-Artistic Director (with Alicia Cush) of Little Match Productions, an independent music-driven production company based in Brisbane.


KATE FOY is an actor, director, writer, and educator with over 45 years experience in the professional theatre. As an actor, she has worked in over 60 productions throughout Queensland. Kate also writes on theatre and serves in various theatre advocacy and consultancy roles. She was a Board Member and Chairman of Queensland Theatre Company 2001-2011 and a Board Director of Empire Theatres (2003-2013). She is currently a Trustee of the Empire Theatres Foundation, Toowoomba. Kate currently teaches acting and directs in the Performing Arts Department at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith Uni- versity.


JAMES HARPER writes reviews for The Courier-Mail and The Australian. He has been an orchestral musician, theatre company administrator, arts bureaucrat, editor of educational publications, and business journalist, and has held positions in policy development, community services and venue management in local government.  



CATARINA HEBBARD holds both Arts (Acting) and Education degrees from QUT and Griffith respectively and works as a freelance director, actor, voice-over artist, mentor and teacher. Catarina is the Co-Artistic Director & Co-Founder of indelabilityarts, is an alumni of the Women Directors’ Program, Melbourne Theatre Company (2015), and was Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite (2015), Creative Director of Harvest Rain’s Incubator Season (2015) and Creative Associate at QT(C) (2011).


SUSAN HETHERINGTON is a journalist and journalism educator who has a passion for the performing arts and arts reporting. She reviewed theatre for ABC Radio Brisbane with Spencer Howson for a decade and more recently with Fairfax. She is a theatre reviewer for Brisbane Spectrum with Damien Lee. In addition, she is a three-time Logie Awards judge and last year was a judge for the Beenleigh One Act Theatre Festival. She is the co-owner and reviewer of the Brisbane-based theatre review and creatives interview podcast RideHomeReview. Each year she sees more than 100 theatrical productions at all the major venues as well as frequently attending community and student theatre.



LEWIS JONES has many years of experience as actor, singer, director and producer, directing over sixty productions across the genres of music theatre, cabaret, circus, Shakespeare and drama. He has been Executive Producer of Circa, Artistic Director of Toowoomba’s Empire Theatres, directing seven musicals and commissioning  April's Fool by David Burton and Program Manager – Judith Wright Centre. He is joint Director of WIV Presents, the producer of Women in Voice and #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party!, which had seasons at Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Comedy Festival as well as 12 regional Queensland venues in 2017.


NASIM KHOSRAVI was born in the south of Iran. Nasim has a background spanning almost twenty years in theatre; devised performance, playwriting and directing of theatrical productions. Nasim migrated to Australia and founded Baran Theatre, in Brisbane, 2013. The first production of the group, Vis and Ramin was performed at FCAC Melbourne, Nov 2017, premiered in 2016 at Metro Arts. Where Nasim also presented Thin Air Brush in June 2017 and is developing The Tower of Babel. Nasim is theatre graduate from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts.  



JONATHAN O’BRIEN is a Brisbane-based writer, editor, and creative producer. He has been described as “a fresh and exciting voice” by The Guardian Australia, and was awarded the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award (2017) as well as the QUT Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize (2014). He is a researcher at Queensland University of Technology, with his current project focused on performing arts organisation partnerships and networks. Jonathan is the founder of arts residency space House Conspiracy, and was the Editor of 2018 arts anthology ‘The Conspirator’.


TROY OLLERENSHAW is the creator of Del Artè Charts, a book that has been published every year since 1990 to celebrate Brisbane and Australian theatre as seen through the eyes of the general public.




TESSA RIXON (nee Smallhorn) is an academic, researcher and freelance designer for live performance with a focus in projection and interactive systems. Tessa has worked as a lighting designer, vision and systems designer, technical coordinator and stage manager. As an Associate Lecturer with the Queensland University of Technology, Tessa is part of the Technical Production teaching team, lecturing in scenography, vision systems, computer-aided design and performance operation software. Tessa is currently completing her PhD investigating the use of digital technologies within professional Australian theatre and dance companies, and has presented her research at multiple international events.


NATHAN SIBTHORPE is a contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland; the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company; and an Australia Council JUMP artist. Nathan is currently the Director of Counterpilot Transmedia Performance Collective. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and a practice-led research Masters Degree in contemporary performance.



ANNA YEN is a performer, theatre maker, director, teacher and independent producer. Performance credits include: It All Begins With Love Creative Regions 2015; The Serpent’s Table Sydney Festival 2014 Griffin Theatre/Performance4A; Living in Hope Creative Development 2014; A Creation Myth-tunCLOUD; Waterwheel Installation Igneous; Phoenix Rising Woodford; Wicked Bodies La Boite/Zen Zen Zo, Fortune La Boite, Load-ed Stories QTC-Ed; and was in Rock'n'Roll Circus (now CIRCA) performing ensemble for 4years. Anna received a Matilda Award Special Commendation for her one-woman show Chinese Take Away (QPAC / GumYi), and toured its film adaptation (commissioned by SBS) with a performance excerpt to Asia, Europe, and USA.  Anna received a Best Actor (Female) Award Qld Short Film Festival, a Churchill Fellowship, Creative Partnerships Art and Health Award (Qld) 2014 with The Lamingtons / Wesley Mission / Griffith University.

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