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
Executive Producer | Rosemary Walker

The 2017 Matilda Award Judging Committee consists of:

Xanthe Coward
Elise Greig
James Harper
Annette Kerwitz
Baz McAlister
Troy Ollerenshaw
Cameron Pegg
Olivia Stewart
Rosemary Walker
Anna Yen


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. 


ROSEMARY WALKER worked for La Boite for 22 years as their PR Manager.  She left in 2007 and started RAW Publicity.  Since then Rosemary has been publicist for many creative and emerging arts companies and festivals, including Short + Sweet Festival;  Strut’n’Fret, Radio 4MBS; Metro Arts; THAT Production Company; La Boite Theatre's Indie Season, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Arts; Circa; HeartBeast Theatre Ensemble; Melissa Western to name a few.  Rosemary also mentors young people in public relations who are wanting a career in the arts. She has been working part time for the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts for the past nine years.



XANTHE COWARD is Co-Artistic Director of Sunshine Coast based production company, XS Entertainment, working as Creative Consultant, Performance Coach, Actor, Teacher, Writer and Director. Xanthe reviews Brisbane and Sunshine Coast theatre for XS Entertainment and is a member of Noosa Long Weekend Festival Board and Programming Committee.


ELISE GREIG is an actor and writer who has been recognised 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. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work.  Elise has served on a number of arts committees and boards, including the La Boite Board, AD selection committee and Play Advisory committee.  


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.  



ANNETTE KERWITZ's adult life has been all about the performing arts - stage, production, operations and tour management, preproduction, teaching, mentoring, devoted consumer, participant and advocate.  She spent 19 years intimately involved in the programming and management of performing arts touring within Queensland and nationally, and has had the pleasure to work closely with most of Queensland’s major and independent companies and many individual artists.


BAZ McALISTER is an award-winning journalist and writer who moved to Brisbane in 2003 from Northern Ireland. He works as a senior night editor at The Courier-Mail and has been a professional arts critic for more than a decade. He is also a screenwriter with several projects in the works.



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.




CAMERON PEGG is a Queensland-based arts feature writer and reviewer for The Australian, and has also contributed to the Courier-MailDance Australia and Crikey. He has taught journalism and creative non-fiction at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Writers Centre, and is a peer assessor for Arts Queensland.



OLIVIA STEWART has more than 25 years’ experience as an arts writer and reviewer. She has contributed to national and Queensland print publications and television and radio programmes including The Bulletin magazine, The Courier-Mail, the Sunday Mail, Brisbane News, Dance Australia, Channel 31, Optus Vision LocalVision, ABC Radio 612 and 4ZZZ. Olivia is also a member of the Helpmann Awards' Voting Collegiate.


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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