DR TONY GOULD AM
Immediate Late Patron (2004 - 2020)
Dr Tony Gould AM was a performing arts pioneer and was a driving force behind the development of Queensland’s performing arts for decades.
In 1979, Tony was named Director of Queensland’s Performing Arts Complex and, under his direction, the complex became internationally known for its contribution to social justice performing arts programs, arts education activities and special initiatives.
Following this role, Tony left another legacy as Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival for five years. Queensland’s dynamic arts industry has thrived under Tony’s leadership, vision and through his development of artists and new companies.
PAUL DELLIT OAM
Paul has served on the management committee of the Fund for 30 years.
A graduate of QUT, Paul Dellit has worked as an actor, musician, director, composer, musical director and producer for various companies such as QTC, 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. Paul has served on various boards and committees including the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) and the Music Theatre Panel for the Helpmann Awards. He has been arts editor for QNews; arts commentator on the Melbourne radio programme Broadway at Bedtime; a Queensland theatre reviewer for Stage Whispers; and Editor of arts & entertainment e-bulletin A Little Gossip.
In 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to the arts, and in the June 2017 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service and contribution the performing arts.
Paul is currently a producer with QPAC, and has been a proud member of Equity since 1987.
MICHAEL BALK JP
Michael Balk is an Actor, Producer, Presenter, and Singer.
He has had extensive involvement in theatre, film and television with a large portion of the last decade focused on children’s entertainment. Michael is currently Associate Producer Programming with Nine Entertainment Co and appears as senior actor in the network's children's programs SMASHHDOWN! and BrainBuzz. Michael is also known widely as scrapboy in the AFI & Emmy award-winning ABC kids show dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV.
Previously, Michael was the Director of Entertainment at Australia Zoo and often works in advertising on television. A professional member of the Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts, Michael also represents performers in Queensland as the President of Actors Equity. He has been a proud member of MEAA since 2000 and is member of the National Performers Committee - serving on the Animation Committee, Screen Committee, and Intimacy Guidlines Committee.
JUNE CRAW OAM
June commenced her working career in the banking industry and later moved into the private sector working as an Accountant/Administrator. In 1973 she joined the Queensland Theatre Company and for 26 years was the company’s Financial Manager also acting on occasion as Interim General Manager. She was awarded an OBE for her services to Theatre Administration. Since her retirement she has maintained her interest in financial management and works as a volunteer with non-profit organisations. She first served as Treasurer of the Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund during her time with the Queensland Theatre Company. She is a founding member of the Forgetting of Wisdom collective.
Margaret Mclennan is a Barrister at Law presently working within the Fullagar Chambers group in Brisbane. Margaret’s practice is varied, predominantly working in the area of Family Law – Property and Children and she represents the interests of Aborigines in Central Queensland for the protection of their Cultural Heritage.
In addition to her legal qualifications Margaret has a Bachelor of Communication from Griffith University majoring in Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking, studied in Performing Arts (theatre) at the Queensland University of Technology and held a Certificate of Nursing (Registered Nurse) from the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Margaret has a keen interest in the arts and has professional experience as an actor, entertainer, film maker and community radio presenter. As an actor, she worked for many years in street performance, musical theatre, theatre and touring shows.
She is active in the community and has a keen interest in social justice, currently she is a volunteer for the Women’s Legal Service and holds the position of secretary for both, the Flying Arts Alliance Inc. and for the Actors and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund.
Jackie Maxwell has extensive experience across various industries, since November 2014 she has worked at La Boite Theatre Company as the Development & Philanthropy Manager. Previously holding positions as the Capital Campaign Coordinator at the UQ School of Veterinary Science, Marketing Manager Queensland Museum, Membership Manager at Queensland Cricketers Club, and 5 years as Membership Manager Brisbane Tourism to name a few.
LYNN RAINBOW AM
An Actor for thirty-three years, Lynn had the absolute joy of serving on the Actors Benevolent Fund NSW twice (two ten year stints). Since moving to Brisbane in 2009 she has served on the Actors and Entertainers Fund Qld. Lynn is also a Board member of La Boite theatre and now chairs the Rainbow Reid Endowment for the Artist in Residence program for Creative Industries, Acting at QUT. She loves sharing time with committed work colleagues, trying to help fellow performers in times of need. Remember once an ABFer always an ABFer!
Matthew has performed in theatre in Queensland for 20 years. His highlights include The Seagull (Now look here), Much Ado about Nothing, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew (4MBS Classic FM), Ruby Moon, Fair Play, The Bugalugs Bum Thief (Artslink Queensland), The Merchant of Venice (Qld Shakespeare Ensemble), Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Harvest Rain) and The Pillowman (23rd Productions). He is also a corporate role player and appears regularly in short films and commercials including the current Subway and Carlton Mid campaigns. He has been a proud Equity member since 2005.
Michael is an actor, musical theatre performer, and budding writer/director. Having graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2016, Michael has also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Recent student credits include Our Country’s Good, Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, RENT, Con2TheCabaret:Fire & Ice, among others. In 2017, Michael has performed in a theatre-in-education touring production of Fair Play, by Natasha Budd and Benjamin Knapton, to primary school audiences in Brisbane. Michael is extremely passionate about the development of new works, and is frequently involved in readings and workshops across Brisbane. He is also co-writing a cabaret, There’s Something About Mary(s) with Conservatorium graduate Cassie George, performed at Short+Sweet Festival 2016 and Cabaret Showcase 2017. Michael is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Helen has 20 years' experience of financial arts administration, casting and producing in the UK, including at Shakespeare's Globe and has been involved in several West End productions. In Brisbane, Helen has worked at Circa and is on the board of Playlab Theatre and Anywhere Festival. Helen was involved in her first Brisbane theatre production in November 2019 with Refraction Theatre's inaugural production of The Revisionist at Metro Arts and is currently involved in a production scheduled to open later this year. She ran her own theatre company in the UK which produced 412 Letters, a new writing piece, at the Union Theatre in London.
Oliver Samson is an emerging artist and producer, and a QLD Conservatorium graduate. He has worked as an actor, singer and producer with multiple independent and state arts organizations including Queensland Music Festival 2019. Oliver also serves as a Playlab management committee member.
Nikau Irvine is the Industrial Organizer for the Queensland Branch of the MEAA.
Michelle Rae is the Director of the Queensland Branch of the MEAA.