Our Committee

MR TIM FAIRFAX AC

Patron

Tim Fairfax AC is a renowned philanthropist and patron of the arts. Mr Fairfax and his wife Gina are based in Queensland, and in addition to their major support of the visual and performing arts, serve on boards and committees in the wider business sector. Tim brings a wealth of experience in charitable work to his role as Patron, and is pleased to be involved with such an important charity for the performing arts community in Queensland.

MICHAEL BALK JP

President

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 a Producer and 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, journalists and crew in Queensland as a Board Director with the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance. He has been a proud member of MEAA since 2000 and is a delegate to the National Performers Committee - serving on the Animation Committee, Screen Committee, and Intimacy Guidelines Committee.

LYNN RAINBOW AM

Vice-President

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!

MICHAEL MANDALIOS

Hon. Treasurer

Michael Mandalios is a Brisbane-based theatre artist; a graduate of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, having also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He is currently pursuing a specialisation in Voice teaching, while continuing to contribute to the development of new Australian works. Credits in 2019 include Genesis, which he directed for A Very Theatre Company at Metro Arts, Magpie - a Playlab, MetroArts and E.G. Production presented at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Associate Producer for Becoming Bill, and Dialect Coach for Little Triangle's 'NINE' (Syd).

Michael is also the founder of Refraction Theatre. His work on Magpie and The Revisionist (Refraction Theatre’s first production) saw him nominated in two categories for the Matilda Awards in 2019.

As director and producer, Michael is the creator of The Brisbane Sessions (Beyoncé, Michael Jackson) with Underground Broadway, and a co-creator on There’s Something About Mary(s) with fellow graduate Cassie George. Since graduating in 2016, Michael has also performed in the premiere of Don’t Call Me Ishmael: The Musical with Underground Broadway, Fair Play for Queensland Music Festival, and worked on developments such as On The Docks, Guerilla Sabbath, and My Father’s Wars (As I Found Them).

Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity.

MARGARET MCLENNAN

Hon. Secretary

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.

JUNE CRAW OAM

Committee Member

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.

JACKIE MAXWELL

Committee Member

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.

OLIVER SAMSON

Committee Member

Oliver's love of music and performance began with a Shania Twain CD from his mum's collection at age 4, and grew from there. Learning guitar and taking after school drama classes from a very young age, he delighted in any opportunity to be on the stage.

Oliver is a multi-genre producer, performer and voice artist with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (2015). Since graduating, he has experienced success as a performer locally, nationally, and internationally with credits including Underground Opera’s West End To Broadway, The Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Japan, and as a member of The Ten Tenors. Oliver has since turned his focus to Australian premieres of original musicals, including Don’t Call Me Ishmael and Becoming Bill. He recently performed for The Head Bros. premiere production of new musical Hallmarked! in which he played legendary composer George Gershwin.

As a producer, Oliver’s work spans both independent and public sectors. He worked on Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2018 (Programming Intern) and Queensland Music Festival 2019 (Project Coordinator). In the independent sector, he has produced William Hinz’s Genesis at Metro Arts in 2019, which was subsequently published by Australian Plays; and co-produced the Australian Premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist, which starred Kate Wilson and Michael Mandalios, and was directed by Caroline Dunphy.

Oliver is a proud member of MEAA Actor's Equity, and serves as a committee member for Playlab Theatre.

MICHELLE RAE

Ex Officio

Michelle Rae is the Director of the Queensland Branch of the MEAA.

MATTHEW BURTON

Ex Officio

Matthew Burton is an Industrial Organiser for the Queensland Branch of the MEAA.

JEMMA NOTT

Ex Officio

Jemma Nott is an Industrial Organiser for the Queensland Branch of the MEAA.

NAOMI PRICE

Ambassador

Naomi Price is an Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the The Little Red Company, and is one of Australia's most loved performers. Naomi was the driving force behind the IsoLate Late Show in 2020, which aligned with the ABF QLD to raise much-needed awareness and funds for Queensland's most in-need performers.

KATE GOULD

Associate

Kate Gould is the Artistic Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse and brings an wealth of experience and knowledge to the Fund as an associate. Kate has served on many boards across the business and arts sector and continues the work of her late father Dr Tony Gould AM in her ongoing support of the Fund.

NELLE LEE

Associate

Nelle Lee has served on the management committee of the ABF and is an Artistic Director of Shake & Stir Theatre Company.

PAUL DELLIT OAM

Immediate Past President (2003 - 2021)

Paul 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 was a Producer with QPAC for many years and is currently the Manager of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre in Bundaberg Queensland and has been a proud member of Equity since 1987.

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.