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STAFF

Jo_Thomas_HEADSHOT JO THOMAS | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jo has a long history with Metro Arts as a performance-maker and producer and now as Creative Director continues to champion the creation and presentation of new contemporary work.  She has a personal interest in new circus, dance and site-inspired works.  Jo oversees all programming (performance and exhibition) and the development and financial management of creative programs and initiatives. She also produces and curates select productions and microfestivals. In the last 5 years Jo has worked at Metro Arts as Executive Producer and Managing Producer (MAPS) where she was responsible for national and international touring and partnerships, managing and producing new Australian work and implementing a range of strategic initiatives. Her previous experience has been in programming, producing and performance.  As a Producer she has worked on projects for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Brisbane’s contemporary circus company CIRCA, the inaugural Brisbane Festival Theatre Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Qld Music Festival, Bleach* Festival, Actors Centre Australia, Empire Theatres Toowoomba and as an independent.  As a performer Jo has worked in film, television and theatre and toured locally and nationally with her works.  Jo was a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship; and one of only 5 Australian producers selected for the Asian Producer Platform – a 4-year initiative connecting producers from across Asia.  Jo is a graduate of both Queensland University of Technology and University of Southern Queensland and is currently enrolled in the inaugural Masters Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA.
Jess Murphy 2 black and white JESS MURPHY | BUSINESS DIRECTOR Jess first joined Metro Arts in the Espresso Bar, growing the humble enterprise into an integral part of Edward Street. It is to her credit that corporates in the CBD shuffle through the building for their daily coffee run, and have become arts enthusiasts attending performances together with Jess. With experience in retail, hospitality and arts administration, Jess combines her eye for business and her love of culture and the arts as she oversees the running of the organisation. An avid traveller, and having lived in Britain and across Australia, Jess spends her weekends entertaining or up the coast, planning her next vacation.
 amy-clare90by135 AMY-CLARE MCCARTHY | CURATOR (EXHIBITION PROGRAM)Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator and writer. She completed her Bachelor of Creative Industries Honours at Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Her honours research focused on different modes of viewer participation in contemporary art. In 2011-2012 Amy-Clare undertook internships in New York at leading contemporary art institutes, MoMA PS1 and e-flux. She was a founding member and co-director of Brisbane based artist run initiative Current Projects and formerly worked in Exhibitions at the State Library of Queensland. She has also curated projects at Boxcopy and Firstdraft. When not talking art in the gallery, Amy-Clare can be found wherever there is karaoke.
Kate Usher KATE USHER | ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Kate Usher is a Brisbane based Producer and Event Manager. Kate Graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009 and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011, where her thesis ‘The Business of Dance: Identifying the Skills and Knowledge for becoming a Self Producer’ was awarded the grade of High Distinction. Before joining the Metro Arts family, Kate’s most recent position was with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team, where she worked across numerous projects such as: in-theatre performance, commercial projects, large scale events and bespoke festivals. Kate has also worked with Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council and Artslink in addition to working with and producing some of Brisbane’s fantastic Independent Artists. In mid-2015 Kate co-founded Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane with Glyn Roberts, which will debut its inaugural season in February 2017. Kate is a keen advocate for Dance and is a member of the Ausdance Queensland management committee since 2011. When not wrangling spreadsheets and emails, Kate enjoys rolling and flying in a good contemporary dance class.
  EMMALY LANGRIDGE | COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Emmaly began working at Metro Arts while completing her Bachelor of Applied Theatre from Griffith University. Since 2012 she has worked in a variety of positions at the organisation ranging from administration to production management and now communications and marketing. In her spare time you’ll find her working on independent productions, festivals or watching the trashiest reality television she can get her hands on.
 Nicola Jones headshot NICOLA JONES | VENUE & FACILITIES COORDINATOR Nicola finished a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre in 2014. She is currently studying her Masters in Commerce specialising in Arts Management. Nicola began at Metro Arts in 2015 as Administration and Operations Assistant and is now Venue & Facilities Officer. She has a passion for Arts Management, including Production Management (Awkward Conversation 2014 & Short+Sweet Festival 2016) and Producing (Alice’s Adventures Underground 2014 & Being Jesus 2015). Nicola loves working within the theatre industry alongside the passionate team at Metro Arts.
 Bec Lawes black and white BEC LAWES | BOX OFFICE AND FACILITIES COORDINATORBec Lawes began working at Metro Arts as an Assistant Stage Manager back in 2012. She’s haunted the building ever since as Stage Manager for various productions including Steven Mitchell Wrights’ Salome for Awkward Conversation (2014) and Thomas Hutchins’ Dust Covered Butterfly (2015). While still working in the industry as a Stage Manager, she is very excited to dive in to the role as Box Office and Facilities Coordinator with the rest of the Metro Arts team.
 amida90by135 AMIDA CALLINICOS | ADMINISTRATORAs Metro Arts’ Administrator, Amida enjoys the human support element of administration and working behind the scenes in an iconic institute of Brisbane’s artscape. Like a bat in the night she does the things that you don’t see to enable our artists to present the raw, the amazing and electric; to hear those brave new voices that have something to say, all while supporting the sustainable future of Metro Arts…you’re welcome! Amida migrated from Zimbabwe at the age of seven and after extensive globetrotting still has wanderlust in her blood (which she now plays out vicariously through the arts.) She has a background in dance and fashion design, and for the last three years, community arts and cultural development administration. Her loves include writing, photography, vintage collecting, clothing design, illustration, installation art and performance that blurs the lines, and she is fascinated with contrast, juxtaposition – anything that stirs a little human emotion. Amida also has athing for fringing.
 Bri Ellison
BRI ELLISON | ADMINISTRATOR Bri completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) at the Southbank Institute of Technology in 2015. The performing arts industry has been a passion for as long as she can remember, whether that be on stage performing, behind the scenes, or merely being an audience member. Bri is known around the Metro Arts building for her loud enthusiasm and continuous attempts to have a joke with anyone she approaches. She loves the Metro team for putting up with her sporadic fits of weirdness, and multiple failed efforts at doing anything right the first time round. Just like she always says, “If you have trouble remembering my name just think ‘It’s Brie – just like the cheese!’”
 
JOY LANE | FINANCIAL MANAGERJoy joined Metro Arts in June 2008 as Finance Manager, with 30 years experience in business administration and financial management, including public company Financial Controller roles. Her extensive experience includes administration within the private health system; information technology sector; manufacturing, distribution and retail companies; the biotech sector, as well as the construction and creative industries.