Auditions and Opportunities

Brief Encounters 

Artist Application Information

Brief Encounters is an interdisciplinary performance experiment that fuses genres and pushes artistic boundaries. Five years on from when Brief Encounters first hit Toowoomba, this second iteration is set to create waves.

Originally conceived by the Tomorrow Collective in Vancouver, Canada in 2005, Brief Encounters will bring together 10 diverse artists from a variety of disciplines, put them in 5 unusual pairs and give them 2 weeks to create a new work.

Applications are now open for artists wishing to be considered for the 2018 Brief Encounters Project supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Successful artists will be paired up and expected to work over 2 weeks to come up with a new 7-10min work to be presented in the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium on 28 and 29 September. 

To apply – fill out the registration form on the Empire Theatres website by 5pm, Friday 10 August.

Download the Artist Application Information here.



 Brief Encounters Media Artist Applications 

Applications are now open for those wishing to be considered for the role of Media Artist on the 2018 Brief Encounters Project supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. 

The successful artist will be required to capture footage of the selected performing artists throughout the creative development process and rehearsals across 12-27 September. 

Each of the 10 artists need to be interview and a short 1-2 minute intro vignette of each of the 5 pairs compiled to be screened at the performances on 28th and 29th September. 

Download the Media Artist Application Pack here. 

To apply, send your CV, cover letter and an example of your work to by 5pm, Friday 10 August. 


Paradise the Parrot

Local Artist Application 

This September, the Empire Theatres is collaborating with artist Sue Loveday to create an interactive artistic experience for young people on the Empire Church Lawn during Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. 

Applications are now open for artists wishing to be considered for the Paradise the Parrot Project as artistic facilitators. 

Successful artists will be assisting Sue in the preparation of materials for the project (reclaimed wood), helping participants to paint and print on wooden blocks and contribute to the overall parrot sculpture by fixing blocks to the sculpture.  

Artists will work with children and families to encourage participation, control materials and ensure the health and safety of participants at all times. 

To apply, download the application information document here and send your CV and cover letter to by COB Friday 10 August. 


Every year, the Empire Theatre has several opportunities for local singers, dancers, actors and instrumentalists of all ages and experience levels. In addition to the highly anticipated Empire Theatres musical and Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble production, the Empire Theatre has collaborated with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Expressions Dance Company and more to provide unique performance opportunities on the Empire stage and beyond.  Find out more about our major productions and projects.