THE TEAM

Meet the creative team who are resposible for our amazing artistic program. Here you'll find a brief bio for all of our current staff members.

Hilary Martin - Artistic & Executive Director

Hilary has worked professionally in the creative arts industry for over 27 years and during that time she has developed a broad range of skills through her roles as a producer, director, event manager, workshop facilitator, production and stage manager, lighting designer/operator, set designer and visual artist. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Hilary was the community and workshop coordinator and before that Company dramaturg and drama tutor. Hilary is a skilled practitioner and arts executive who has worked across a variety of art forms including producing events, festivals and programming. The majority of her work has focused on working with children and young people as well as in rural and remote communities. As well as a proficient arts administrator and producer, she is a skilled artist with an eye for quality performances. Her greatest passion though, is providing meaningful creative arts experiences for children and young people. She holds qualifications in theatre, education and training and assessment.

Jonathon Brown - Drama Program Officer

Born and bred in Townsville, Jonathon attained a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) from Queensland University of Technology in 1993. He also has a Certificate III in Business. Jonathon worked for La Luna Youth Arts in the late 90s as a drama tutor working on a number of productions as assistant director. He was a founding member of TLC, a theatre company that produced low cost theatre presented in cafes, libraries and art galleries. Jonathon was a company actor for Tropic Sun Theatre Company, mentored by the late Jean-Pierre Voos and appeared in 5 of their Shakespeare productions, A Report to an Academy, Duck Variations, The Zoo Story, Lovepuke, Murder in the Cathedral, On the Spot, Spheres, and Salome to name a few; he also directed Daddys Girls, What?, and The Dumb Waiter. He has acted for Trellis of Lizards and Townsville Little Theatre. Most recently Jonathon has appeared in Shakespeare Under the Stars productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear. He returned to La Luna Youth Arts in 2007 as a casual drama tutor before taking up his current position in 2010. His work across this time has seen him facilitate an array of drama workshops for our membership program, educational institutions and community organisations, write and direct many youth theatre productions, produce an under 8s event for the Year of the Farmer and regularly facilitate Storytime for City Libraries. Jonathon is constantly amazed by the creativity of his participants and enjoys assisting them to focus their artistic energy to produce innovative, original works.

Rebekah Kordas -  Circus Program Officer

With a background in theatre, circus and gymnastics, Rebekah graduated from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media). Over the past several years, Rebekah has taken on numerous theatrical roles including stage management, directing, producing, make-up design, set and costume design and construction, however, her major focus was developing her skills as a physical performer. She has also explored physical theatre, dance, circus and contemporary clown during her study as well as performing in all of these disciplines over the years.

Since graduating from CSU in 2012, Rebekah has continued her practice performing in a roving acrobatic troupe, as well as working as the head circus trainer for classes held at the Bathurst PCYC. Rebekah has also worked on the 2012 and 2014 Catapult Festivals, and the 2013 Mullum Circus Festival as Assistant Festival Producer. Recently Rebekah and fellow producer Lindsey Montgomery formed their own Theatre Company - Snatch Theatre, and in January 2015 premiered their debut work ‘Impact’ in collaboration with other emerging artists.

Alison Brennan - Finance Officer

With a passion for books, Alison commenced her working career with QBD Books in the CBD. She gained her financial acumen working for Frontline Defence Services across 6 years of service and holds qualifications in Business Administration. Alison has managed her own book exchange and newsagency businesses until recently. Alison’s introduction to La Luna Youth Arts was as a parent when her daughter undertook circus and dance classes. She believes that all art forms, as both participant and audience, should be an integral part of everyone’s life.

THE BOARD

La Luna Youth Arts is guided by an incredible group of people with oodles of experience in the creative arts and youth industries. Below you'll find a brief bio on each of our current board members.

Lisa Vincent - Chairperson

Head of Arts at Town High, Lisa began her career as a prop maker, model builder and wardrobe mistress in South Africa. She has had a wide and varied career since then undertaking roles as Junior Designer at the Natal Performing Arts Council and as a lecturer for Natal Technikon in Theatre Craft, Textiles and Costume History. In her current job, Lisa provides professional development to staff in the areas of Teaching and Learning. She holds a Graduate Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Theatre Craft.

Ava Ball - Vice Chairperson

Currently Head of Recruitment Services, NQ Townsville Hub, Queensland Health Shared Services, Ava’s interest in the arts was forced upon her when her two daughters took up dancing over thirty-five years ago. Then, her eldest daughter became involved with Extensions Youth Dance and musical theatre productions in Townsville and she became an avid supporter specialising in fundraising and costumes. She enjoys being involved backstage, however, she doesn’t tread the boards unless the curtain is down and the house is empty! Ava holds a Diploma of Business Administration

Kylie Tillack - Treasurer

Kylie is currently teaching drama and maths at Kirwan State High School. Prior to this she worked part-time with LLYA as Finance Officer. Kylie was Artistic Director of Extensions Youth Dance and currently teaches syllabus with Ann Roberts School of Dancing. She choreographs amateur musicals for both the Choral Society and North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre. Kylie holds a Diploma in Business (Accounting / Computing) and has over 10 years’ experience with financial record keeping.

Hilary Martin - Secretary

Our current Artistic & Executive Director, Hilary draws on a profound knowledge, love and understanding of the North Queensland region and Townsville, where she was born and bred. She is a passionate advocate for arts, education and children and young people. Hilary is extremely dedicated to providing optimum opportunities for creative arts experiences, artistic development and growth within the children and young people with whom and for whom she works.

Bronwyn Marsh - Ordinary Member

Hailing from Mission Beach, Bronwyn completed a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University, majoring in Drama and English. Currently, she is a Drama and English teacher at Townsville State High School where she manages extra-curricular activities including The Drama Club and the annual school production. In her spare time Bronwyn enjoys the theatre as well as painting, sewing and gardening. She has a friendly cat named Purrcy and a naughty dog named Charlie who insists on digging holes in her once immaculate vegie patch.  She believes that the arts in Townsville are growing every day.

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