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 two bursaries on alternate years - the 'Outstanding Performer' bursary, worth approximately $25,000 and a 'Developing Performer' bursary, to the value of $10,000.
The Foundation Youth Program offers bursaries in specific professional development short courses at leading Australian performing arts educational institutions.
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.
Gina Jeffreys appointed as new Foundation Fellow
The Empire Theatres Foundation is pleased to announce Australian country singer, Gina Jeffreys, will join Judy Morris and Shane Withington as a Fellow of the Foundation.
Gina, who was born and raised in Toowoomba, said she feels very proud to perform this role for the Empire Theatres Foundation.
"I’ve toured Australia and the world over the last 20 years and I can honestly say the Empire Theatre is the finest of its kind!"
"I feel so proud of how beautiful Toowoomba is," she added.
Gina, who attended Harristown Primary and Toowoomba State High Schools, shot to fame after winning the Toyota Star Maker Quest at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1991.
She followed this with numerous Golden Guitar, Mo and APRA awards and has released six albums.
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