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Meet ISPA's 2016 Global Fellowship Program participant Fiona MacDonald!

Fiona MacDonald


Executive Producer/General Manager, Imaginary Theatre

Fiona is a Brisbane-based Arts Manager who specialises in producing contemporary arts experiences for and with children, families and communities.

She has worked in a variety of roles within the performing arts ranging from stage management to marketing. As a Producer Fi has worked for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Human Ventures and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Fi has also collaborated on projects with Contact Inc and Motherboard Productions featuring diverse communities as participants and audiences. Fi channels her experience into Imaginary Theatre, a small arts organisation that she co-founded in 2006 to meet the unmet demand for contemporary arts experiences for children in her home state of Queensland. Fiona is Executive Producer and General Manager of Imaginary Theatre where she finds much inspiration from children and young people.

Fi is also a Director of Young People and the Arts Australia and has lectured at Queensland University of Technology. She has also worked extensively in South Korea as a facilitator, and producing touring works and collaborations.

We asked Fiona to tell us a bit about herself and anything else that she would like to share with the ISPA family. Check-out what she had to say:

Fi, What are the three adjectives that describe you? 
Colorful, driven, and optimistic!


What’s your favorite city in the world?

Seoul, Korea! 

I’ve been working between Brisbane and Seoul since 2004, a good friend of ours ran LATT Childrens Theatre in Gangnam which ran out of Tun Tun Yongo. They used to employ Australian artists to work in their bilingual children’s shows and deliver residential arts-based language camps, I managed the Australian delegation of university students who worked for them from 2004 - 2007, and in that time about 30 Australian drama graduates lived and worked in Seoul and Ansan. 

My company, Imaginary Theatre is making a new work for very young children in collaboration with Korean artists that opens this June in Brisbane and will travel to the ASSITEJ Korea festival in July - can check out a little documentary here.

I go to Seoul about once or twice per year, it never ceases to amaze me - everything changes so quickly and it NEVER sleeps! I love how tradition and absolute modernity can sit side by side together. I love how fast trends come and go. And the foooooooddd!!! And yet for such a vast city, it is relatively safe and people are so kind. 


Can you name one channel that you subscribe to or frequently visit to stay up-to-date with news about the arts and culture in your region?
Fiona: RealTime

Thank you to ISPA’s Patron and Challenge Campaign Donors for their generous support of the Global Fellowship Program. Learn how you can help support the Global Fellowship Program.

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