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Meet Brendan - Our Program Manager

Enthralled by the weird and wonderful world of theatre during a backstage visit of a musical, Brendan's desire to work in the arts was realised. Excited by the fresh works of artists, Brendan loves being at the crux of connecting these works to audiences. With an appreciation and drive for hard work, Brendan still manages to slow down the pace for a breezy weekend. 

Meet Brendan - Our Acting Program Manager

Q: Describe yourself in three words:
To be continued

Q: What were you doing before Midsumma?
Enjoying Melbourne lockdown and working at Rising Festival

Q: What drew you to working in the arts industry?
Going backstage at QPAC following a Pirates of Penzance performance. I could feel and smell and sense a space where people viewed the world in a different way. It was a kaleidoscope of emotion, colour and laughter.

Q: What is the best part of your role at Midsumma?
The team, the artists and everyone who works with us to support and present art & culture of all kinds from all corners of the community.

Q: What area of your work are you most passionate about?
Supporting the creation of new work, new relationships, new beginnings.

Being in the nexus where artists, technical and audiences unite!

Q: Where is your favourite place in the world?
Melbourne (and Burleigh Heads and Barcelona and Paris..)

Q: What is your must-see production/show/event of the year?
The AND/OR Program. In 2022, Midsumma will present a series of events in the AND/OR program which seeks to shine a light on the talent and artistry of diverse queer disabilities communities.

Q: What is the future of queer arts and culture?
I hope it continues to provide opportunities to tell stories and celebrate the amazing personalities and lifestyles of members of our incredibly diverse communities.

Q: If you could change or fix one thing about the world, with the click of your fingers, what would it be?

Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Winds blowing off from the bay.

Q: What gets you out of bed on a Sunday morning?
Max, croissants, coffee and bike rides.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The harder you work the luckier you get (Ken Payne)


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