Empire Theatres Foundation
The Empire Theatres Foundation exists to:
- provide performing arts opportunities to further the cultural experiences and professional development of young people nationally with connections to the Toowoomba region where appropriate;
- promote the performing arts for the benefit of the local community;
- preserve and promote the movable cultural heritage associated with the Empire Theatres.
The Empire Theatres Foundation provides performing arts opportunities to further the cultural experiences of young people, by offering two bursaries.
The Brian Boak Bursary Program offers an Outstanding Performer Bursary worth up to $20,000 which will be offered biannually from 2014. The 2014 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary Round will open on 31 October 2013 and will close on 31 January 2014.
The Youth Bursary Program's aim is to provide performing arts opportunities to further the cultural experiences and professional development of young people in the Toowoomba region. Each year the Empire Theatres Foundation offers bursaries to young people in specific areas of the performing arts at leading Australian performing arts educational organisations. Since 2003 the Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Arts Bursary Program has provided over 250 bursaries to young people in Toowoomba and the surrounding areas.
The Empire Theatres Foundation History Program is aimed at preserving and promoting the movable cultural heritage associated with the Empire Theatre.
The History Program is always looking for unique historical items from the Empire Theatre's past. Please contact the Foundation Officer on 4698 9938 if you have items you wish to donate to the Empire Theatre's collection.
You are invited to become a supporter of the Empire Theatres Foundation. Your generous donation will support the Youth and History Programs and will build and enrich the cultural life of Toowoomba.
Talented winners hit the Empire Theatre stage
13 YOUTH Bursary recipients were transported back to the big hair era of 1960s Baltimore when they starred in the Empire Theatre’s production of Hairspray in April this year.
Recent bursary winner Lauren Dalamaras played the villainous role of ‘Amber Von Tussle’, showcasing her exceptional performance skills that she honed while attending an Expressions Dance Company course as part of her bursary win.
Fellow recipients Jacob Watton and Christopher Thomson were also Hairspray standouts, demonstrating the skill and dedication that scored them their bursaries to the McGregor Summer School and Queensland Theatre Company respectively.
Musical Director Rainer Pollard, also a former bursary recipient, joined forces with Foundation Trustee Janelle Davis as Vocal Coach.
Her fellow Trustee, Richard Chiverrell, who is no stranger to the Empire stage, starred in the comedic role of ‘Mr Pinky’.
The show was an enormous success, showcasing the multi-talented young people we have in our region.
Hairspray was proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, who is also an Empire Theatres Foundation sponsor.
Empire Theatres Foundation Sponsors