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STAFF

Jo_Thomas_HEADSHOT JO THOMAS | CREATIVE DIRECTOR + CEO
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 + OPERATIONS MANAGER
Jess first joined Metro Arts in 2011 managing the Espresso Bar.  Due to her unwavering commitment and skill in developing the organisation’s business prospects and financial stability, Jess now heads Metro Arts’ Business Operations as Manager.  Jess’s eye for business and a love of culture and the arts, grounds her ability to analyse and implement current business trends specific to Metro Arts’ individual needs. In order to achieve this, Jess consistently exhibits skill in business development, venue management, project and event management, human resource management, stakeholder engagement, organisational representation, financial management and income diversification.Jess’ history in delivering change management and exceeding performance indicators as well as her passion for professional development sees her now taking on her next challenge, completing a Master of Business Administration.
Outside of Metro Arts and study Jess spends her time hosting a monthly vegan supper club, managing the growing portfolio of Macabee (@macgroodle), planning for her future businesses or booking the next adventure!
 AMIDA CALLINICOS | FINANCE OFFICER
As 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 a thing for fringing.
GENEVIEVE TRACE | DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Genevieve is currently the Development Coordinator at Metro Arts and a penultimate year Law Student at the Queensland University of Technology. Genevieve’s enthusiasm for the not-for-profit sector spans both the arts and the legal. Genevieve is a keen volunteer with local community legal clinics, and is passionate about supporting the development and sustainability of not-for-profits. In a former life Genevieve was a multidisciplinary contemporary performance maker holding a Bachelor of Creative Industries: Drama (QUT) and a Master of Creative Industries: Arts Management and Creative Production (QUT). Genevieve is a staple feature of Metro Arts, having been with the organisation since 2010 in varying capacities.
When she is not caffeinating at her desk, Genevieve is the proud mother of her 2 year-old daughter, 2 rescue dogs and a rescue horse named Bobby McGee.
KYLE WEISE | CURATOR (EXHIBITION PROGRAM)
Kyle joined Metro in 2018, He is a writer and curator and, together with Simone Hine, co-founded and co-directed two Melbourne art galleries: the not-for-profit gallery Screen Space (2010-2016) and the commercial gallery Beam Contemporary (2010-2014). Screen Space was dedicated to screen-based practices, reflecting his interest in the moving image, across both art and cinema. He has curated or co-curated exhibitions in Italy, the USA and throughout Australia, and has written widely about contemporary Australian art, in catalogue essays and publications such as Millennium Film Journal, Eyeline, Dissect and Un Magazine.Kyle is a graduate of the University of Queensland.
VERITY WOODFORD | SENIOR PRODUCER
Verity is a very experienced Arts Producer and Event Manager who has been producing shows and events in Brisbane and Queensland for over 25 years. She has created some of Brisbane’s key signature outdoor events at South Bank attracting tens of thousands of general public.She managed UQ’s Centenary Celebrations, Brisbane Festival’s suburban program, Queensland Music Festival’s rural and remote shows working closely with communities whilst integrating international, national and local performers. Verity’s accomplishment in producing large indoor/outdoor events utilise her creativity, her recognised ability to work across cultures and organisations place her as one of Brisbane’s leading Producers in this field.
Verity is happily leading the performance program as Senior Producer at Metro Arts and in 2017 produced a very successful season of ‘He Dreamed a Train’’ and ‘Eve’ at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
 Bri Ellison BRI ELLISON | BOOKINGS COORDINATOR
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!’”
JONATHON COUTTS | FACILITIES COORDINATOR
After working with Arts Queensland at the Cultural Centre in their property and facilities teams, Jonathon wanted more direct contact with artists and to facilitate artistic work. Jonathon joined the Metro Arts team as the Venue & Facilities Coordinator in 2017. You can usually find him maintaining Metro’s theatres and hire spaces throughout the day or doing cardio on the stairs. Jonathon has a love of music, sound design, and visual arts. Working with artists is the highlight of his day and loves a good tech problem to try and solve.
Outside of work Jonathon will usually be playing with synthesisers and his cat, Nashi (coolest kitten 8 years running)
 
LIAM LOWTH | FRONT OF HOUSE COORDINATOR
Liam is part of the screen media program at the Griffith Film School, and joined the Metro Arts team as a way to engage with artists and creatives each day. Joining the organisation after living between the U.S. and Canada, Liam found the role searching for similar work that he undertook abroad – a workplace merging fine art and coffee. As a barista, Liam was able to fulfil his desire to speak with creators and innovators each day, eventually shifting roles to become the Front of House Coordinator in 2018. Outside of work he’s a keen writer, published internationally through both print and digital media. He’s currently working on the script for his first feature length film, which he hopes to have completed before the end of the year.
BELLA TEGGINS | ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR
After joining the Metro Arts team in early March 2018, Bella has adjusted well into her role as Administration Coordinator. A usual day in the office for her involves answering important emails and calls, covering the café staff’s breaks and doing jobs around the building – although a usual day in the office is never to be expected at 109 Edward Street! Bella’s quickly learnt that a creative and fun environment such as Metro Arts always has exciting things on for staff to get involved in. When she’s not in the office, Bella spends her time searching for singing gigs, op shopping, improving her painting skills and listening to music. Having just graduated from high school in 2017 with an immense interest in fashion, theatre, music and art, Bella is insanely excited to be part of Metro Arts!
ISABELLA FREDHEIM | BARISTA
Isabella joined Metro Arts in 2016 as a barista in the Espresso Bar. She is currently studying International Relations and Public Relations at The University of Queensland, and completed a semester exchange to Montréal in 2017. Isabella also waitresses at The Burrow in West End and has an internship at Amnesty International in Newstead, managing their social media page and PR. When she’s not studying or working, Isabella spends her time painting, drawing, writing, running, practising her French or buying plants. Plants are her weakness; she has thirteen plants in her bedroom alone.
SHANI PICKERING | BARISTA
Shani is currently working for Metro Arts as one of the café baristas. As the second and youngest ‘Shani’ on the team, she completed high school back in 2015 and has worked as a receptionist and barista.  She has an interest in Japanese culture with an ambition to further her studies in Japanese. Shani enjoys the fun pop culture of Korea, specifically ‘K-pop’; this explains why there is often Korean music playing in the café. Shani also does professional singing as a hobby with Independent Music Academy since 2014 and has regularly performed at various intimate venues, making her a bright and confident addition to Metro Arts.
XANTHE PETERS | BARISTA
Xanthe came on board with Metro Arts in the espresso bar at the start of 2018 and finds great pleasure in working directly with the public and regular patrons in the dynamic and creative environment Metro offers. Xanthe has a background in studying women’s health and has always been passionate about the arts from a supportive engagement role, as well as through cultivating her own crafts and projects including poetry, zine creation, performance art and two local band projects, Star Slushy and Shiitake Boii. Currently Xanthe is recording with local group Star Slushy who are committed and curious about DIY music and arts culture. Extensive ventures abroad and living in different cities have all confirmed a value of public access to art makers, spaces, opportunities and creative discourse which is why joining the Metro team is fabulous for Xanthe.
VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers:
annually Metro Arts runs a Volunteer program, with 6-10 volunteers to assist with Box Office and Facilities duties.
Intern Team: the Business Operations Manager also has a team of 6 final year Entertainment Interns from QUT Creative Industries, the yearlong project takes many forms. The team has previously set up the Lumen Room Cinema, created a marketing plan for Metro Arts’ renovations and this year will be documenting all co-presented events.
Industry placements:Metro Arts also takes up to 4 industry placements annually, in previous years we have had Marketing, Facilities, and Programming Interns. Currently we have Interns tackling Social Media.
Overseas Placements: Metro Arts also takes on overseas placements, we have recently had an Intern from Japan within the facilities team for 6 weeks.
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