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|Fellowship Participant - Fiona MacDonald|
General Manager/Executive Producer
Fiona is a Brisbane-based Creative Producer specialising 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, from volunteer coordination to Arts based ESL teaching. Fi's strengths are that she is a creative practitioner capable of programming and curating, and also has a keen eye for detail and practical delivery expertise across a wide range of event delivery areas.
As a Producer and Event Manager Fi has worked for Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Festival (06 – 10), developing the first Brisbane Festival Fringe; for 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 expertise into Imaginary Theatre, a small arts organisation that she co-founded in 2006, with partner Thom Browning, to meet the unmet demand for exquisite contemporary arts experiences for children in her home state of Queensland. Fiona is Executive Producer and General Manager of Imaginary Theatre and has travelled the world attending International arts markets and festivals of theatre for children and young people, benchmarking Imaginary’s work and building relationships and tour pathways. Fi has worked as Producer, Production Manager and Tour Manager on each of Imaginary’s productions, tours, residencies, installations and programs. Most recently Fi Produced the delivery of Punchdrunk’s ‘The Lost Lending Library’, an immersive performance experience for 4-12 year olds in 2 primary schools and at Festival 2018, the arts and cultural festival accompanying the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Fi has worked extensively in South Korea since 2004, as a facilitator, and producing tours and Aus-Korean theatrical collaborations. Fi is a member of ‘Bad Company’ an informal collective of Australian and Korean Artists including Tak Hoyoung, Park Younghee, Jambox Theatre Co, Motherboard Productions, Jeremy Neideck & Nathan Stoneham, who are committed to maintaining transcultural collaborations between the two countries. Extending upon her intercultural work, in 2018 Fi undertook a Professional Placement in China working across theatre programming and education based arts services with the Arts Space for Kids in Shanghai. Through Imaginary Theatre and Circa, Fi also produced the first presentation of Punchdrunk’s The Lost Lending Library outside of the UK, for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Fi has lectured at Queensland University of Technology & is a 2016 Global Fellow and Australia Council 2017 - 2019 Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).
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