10 Jan 2022


The Empire Theatres are now calling for applications for the highly prestigious Empire Theatres Brian Boak 2022 Outstanding Performer Bursary, with one exceptional Australian applicant set to receive up to $20,000.

This life-changing bursary will offer support to the next generation of elite artists as they develop and forge their careers in their chosen fields.

Empire Theatres Foundation Chair, Janelle Fletcher said the Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary assisted young performers who have already shown outstanding skills and international potential in their field.

“This Bursary is offered biennially by the Empire Theatres Foundation to provide support to someone wishing to pursue studies or professional development in the areas of acting, dance, singing or instrumental performance,” Ms Fletcher said.

“Our past recipients have all gone on to undertake some incredible development projects including trumpet player and conductor Sam Nester who completed a composition and performance project and saxophonist Angela Davis who was able to record an album thanks to the funding,” she said.

“Australian tenor and 2013 recipient Paul Tabone, who has been working continuously in Europe, most notably in the role of Piangi (The Phantom of the Opera) on West End, recently returned to Australia and generously to the Empire Theatre for a performance with local choral singers, Love and Other Lessons.”

The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary was made possible through the generosity of the late Brian Boak, an Empire Theatre enthusiast and strong supporter of the arts in Toowoomba.

Applications for the $20,000 Outstanding Performer Bursary open Monday January 10 and close Monday 28 February.

The Empire Theatres Foundation is proudly supported by Bernoth Properties, DP Wealth Advisory, Downlands College, Greenridge Group, Horizon, Clifford Gouldson Lawyers and Wearing Memories.

For more information about the Brian Boak Bursary, visit https://empiretheatre.com.au/event/810/brian-boak-outstanding-performer-bursary