BA (USQ) PhD (Griffith University)
Daniel is an award-winning cinematographer, photographer, filmmaker and academic. He has had a strong and varied career in the tertiary sector having taught at the University of Southern Queensland, Griffith Film School, JMC Academy, SAE College and the Queensland School of Film and Television. Daniel has published research in journals and books with his thesis being nominated for the Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in PhD Research at Griffith University. Daniel’s cinematographic and photographic practice is rare and multidimensional; he has been published in almost every medium of film-making including broadcasted documentaries, television drama series, music videos, television commercials, branded content, corporate, educational and television news whilst also publishing stills in magazines, newspapers, billboards and online in the genres of architecture, fashion, food, interior design, lifestyle and advertising.
– Love Patrol [Television Series Drama – SBS] – ACS Award Winning
– Artscape: APT7 – Our Century, Our Art [Television Documentary – ABC]
– The Battle of Fire Support Base Coral [Television Documentary – History Channel]
– Calais ‘Seeing it All’ [Music Video – ABC]
– Ball Park Music ‘You Only Want Me When I’m There’ [Music Video – ABC]
Vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/danielmaddock
The Space/Time website is a good go to as it has extensive behind the scenes videos…. https://www.spacetimemovie.com
Jesse L. Sutherland is a writer and director, and the co-founder of Sparrowland Productions. Whilst at USQ, Jesse wrote and directed the award-winning documentary series ‘Rainbow Blood’ and short film ‘Repetition’. He is passionate about creating and showcasing inspiring films and is the Festival Director for ‘Sparrowland Short Film Festival’. Jesse graduated USQ’s Bachelor of Creative Arts, Film and TV in 2017. As well as managing Sparrowland Productions, Jesse is the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for Absco Industries, developing creative content.
Simon Van Der Spoel
USQ’s Film and TV studies appealed to me due to the practical nature of the courses, for while there was a good grounding on theory, there was regular opportunity to put theory into practice. This honed my skills under the expert tutelage of my course lecturers, which in turn gave me the opportunity to enter industry immediately upon graduation. USQ was instrumental in preparing me for the realities of the media landscape and gave me the foundation to have a successful career over the next 18 years with two of Australia’s leading broadcast networks. Career highlight was self producing and directing a documentary on WWII Spitfires with Bud Tingwell, broadcast on The History Channel.
Last count I was personally making over 300 promos, billboards, and TV Commercials per year, and had the opportunity to Produce and Direct 6 half hour TV shows, broadcast statewide and nationally.
Simon Van Der Spoel
Former Commercial Producer Channel 7 Network
My name is Grace Sankey and I am a 2018 graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre). The USQ Theatre course has had a profound effect on my life both in a personal and professional sense. The theatre course and coordinators allowed for the creation and production of my own youth arts festival, Scope Theatre Festival. Scope started as a concept and with the help of the tutors and course flourished into a live theatre festival in my final year of study. Post-grad, Scope continues annually, engaging local businesses and artists as well as continuing to open further pathways for myself in the Queensland festival and theatre scene.
The theatre course has also allowed me to find a permanent role as a Speech and Drama teacher at Speak Up Studio where I teach children who want to learn more about the craft. I also teach young people with learning disabilities as well as children whose primary language isn’t English. The course undeniably equipped me with the necessary skills to best teach all my students, and I regularly find myself basing my teaching on what I learnt throughout my degree, both in terms of the actor training and theatre theory. I would recommend the USQ theatre degree to future students as it teaches such a wide variety of content and builds young artists who are proactive and unique, while it strategically equips students for the reality of working in the arts industry post-grad.
Theatre to me means community and stories. It’s a place to connect audiences and build community around an organisation or group of creatives. Connecting on an emotional level between colleagues, mentors and students, family, friends and strangers.
The degree at USQ taught me how to work autonomously, diligently, collaboratively and professionally. USQ provides an opportunity to work on theatrical productions from all angles thus offering a variety of technical and interpersonal skills.
I would recommend USQ for theatrical studies because of the staff and student support. USQ provides a safe place for young artists to start their emerging career by studying and exploring a range of subjects in this field.
Music has always been a part of who Bonnie is. She graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in Music and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in piano pedagogy, specifically focusing on creative music-making and learning.
Pursuing tertiary studies in music at USQ has opened doors for Bonnie to work as a performer, piano teacher, accompanist and musical director. Through studying, Bonnie has also discovered her talent and passion for improvising, composing and arranging, recording her own music and helping other artists record their albums. With initial plans to study Journalism, Bonnie found her way back to music after living in Denmark as an exchange student, where her love for music was rekindled through exposure to genres such as funk, pop and jazz.
Overcoming personal challenges of self-confidence, breaking away from false humility and recognising that she is good at what she enjoys, Bonnie runs to pursue her passion as a career, continue learning and desires to share her talent and knowledge with others.
‘My biggest motivator is confidence in myself, in my talent and in my skill, and acknowledging that this is not prideful or egotistical. Positive self-regard is really important for anyone who wants to make a mark in the industry.
Bonnie Green & Jess Berwick
Duo Two of Diamonds is made up of vocalist Jess Berwick and vocalist and pianist Bonnie Green. Two of Diamonds formed in 2013 and are known for re-creating hit pop, jazz, and Motown tunes using original voice and piano only arrangements sparkled with sweet harmonies. Jess and Bonnie enjoy covering songs from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, and Sarah Bareilles. They are continually adding to their repertoire songs that are recently released as well as old time classics. Two of Diamonds are available for your next function! They are also available to perform with a full band on request.
Up to this point, the most definitive sense of purpose I’ve found is in making art. Alongside this, consuming and studying visual art dominates a great deal of my remaining time and energy. As a distinctively human enterprise, I recognise that art is an essential component to defining, shaping, and critiquing both history and culture. It is USQ where I realised this, and where I decided, with a great deal of support, to pursue life as an artist.
Marcus is an Australian actor, voice actor, director and vocal coach. As an actor, Marcus has worked with Opera Queensland, Queensland Music Festival, Big Scary Animal, Playlab Theatre, Room to Play Independent Theatre and Empire Theatres. Marcus has trained with legendary Hollywood acting coach Larry Moss, British theatre stalwart Mike Alfreds, and is the protege of Patsy Rodenburg OBE, world authority on actors’ vocal practices. In 2019, Marcus was accepted to train with Ms Rodenburg at the Patsy Rodenburg Centre for Voice and Speech, Michael Howard Studios, New York City, to become a Registered Rodenburg Master Teacher, and upon completion of his training will be one of fifty people who hold the qualification globally. Marcus is an Australian Council for the Arts funding recipient through the Career Development Grant to assist his training in New York. As a director, Marcus has worked on MOTH by Declan Greene, Buckets by Adam Barnard and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Marcus joined the team at the School of Creative Arts in 2017 and teaches across Voice and Acting in the undergraduate programs.
David Burton is a writer and community theatre scholar from Brisbane, Queensland. He won the Text Prize for Children and Young Adults’ Writing for his memoir How to be Happy, published in 2015. David is also known for his award-winning theatrical work, including April’s Fool, a verbatim play concerning illicit teenage drug use, published by Playlab Press. In 2016, his work St. Mary’s in Exile premiered as part of the 2016 Queensland Theatre and has written and directed Queensland Music Festival’s signature community works, including The Power Within (2017) and The Mount Isa Blast (2019). It is this work that is the subject of Burton’s doctoral research and thesis which will be completed in 2020. He currently lectures in writing and theatre-making at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.
There are many different attributes of an employable actor including, but not limited to talent, dedication to work, compatibility, amiability, knowledge and much more. The best thing an actor can do to increase their chances is work to develop as many skills as possible through hard work and experience – two things in which the University of Southern Queensland has helped me to develop, enhancing the previous attributes. Through these attributes I believe I have achieved employment as a full-time actor.
Moreover, my ability as an actor extends further into independence and the ability to create, develop and perform my own work including writing, resulting in an understanding of theatre on more levels than acting alone. Hence malleability as an actor is a very important trait taught to me in order to maintain work in this industry. The University of Southern Queensland is a wonderful destination to study a theatre degree because of its extensively proficient lecturers who impart masses of knowledge to their students. Through these lecturers and their classes, I have become a much more capable, talented and knowledgeable actor and professional. My practical ability has become far, far greater than when I first began university, as has my theoretical knowledge.
The freedom that USQ gave me to work in the theatre industry while studying it full time meant that I stepped into paid work as soon as I graduated. Since the university invested time in letting me discover, explore, and refine my own emerging practice, I was confident in knowing what I could offer employers in the theatre arts industry and beyond.
I’m using the skills that my degree gave me every day to collaborate with services across the state to meet the large demand from audiences, businesses, and communities for artistic and cultural innovation. And the tools, networks, and support that USQ has given me continues to help me secure paid work, expand my practice, and find opportunities to grow my capabilities and feel fulfilled in my early career.
Following in the footsteps of USQ’s Creative Arts graduates – and working under the mentorship of many of them – I know my degree will launch me into rewarding challenges and that the massive support network of my new colleagues will support me through that journey.
After completing the Bachelor of Creative Arts I found myself exploring the possibilities of piano teaching techniques for students with ADHD. Undertaking the Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours program provided me with great support and opportunity to research this area with qualified and experienced supervisors, while furthering my education. I have found that the lecturers at USQ are highly respected in their field and go out of their way to provide support and care for their students. This experience allowed me to develop confidence in my practicing knowledge and research skills. Both the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Honours programs were an enjoyable experience where I felt nurtured and guided – two factors that I believe have had a huge impact on the success I have had both academically and professionally. The collaboration between cohorts and community feeling allows students to feel safe learning styles outside of their comfort zone, creating a persistence and resilience which is key to working in the industry. I can confidently say that the friendships and connections I have made during these degrees not only supported me throughout the courses, but will be life-long connections. I found the team of lecturers in the Bachelor of Creative Arts program to be not just educators. The time, effort and support they put into the coursework and the students is completely unique and what sets the program apart. I have adapted many of the practices and theories taught to me in these degrees in my own teaching studio and find the mix of traditional and contemporary teaching methods and information to be relevant and effective. These degrees have allowed me to create a diverse professional network that continues to provide job opportunities and options for professional development.
Born and raised in Scotland, Jill Kinnear received her initial degree in Textile Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Following a three year teaching contract in Papua New Guinea at the National Art School, she emigrated to Australia where she received both a Masters of Visual Art (Research) and PhD from the University of Southern Queensland. She worked as a full-time artist and designer in Australia for many years, fulfilling major public art and design commissions for State Government, such as the 330 square metre memorial artwork in glass for Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Her work is held in international collections including the National Museum of Scotland and the State Library of Queensland. Her experiences of emigration, cultural remembrance and sense of place continue to be central to her research and textile production. Jill Kinnear presently holds the position of Professor of Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA.
Anne Suse Smith is a multi award winning photographer who lives with her family in the beautiful Whitsundays Australia. Her PhD research (Our Strength During the Drought, 2018) investigates whether encouraging people to express their experiences through photography could increase resilience during the ongoing drought crisis in the communities of the Barcaldine region in Central Western Queensland. It investigates the connection between images, resilience and wellbeing. The research produced a Resilience Through Images Model, which outlines six interlinking steps to follow in order to use image making to respond to environmental disasters. This model can be implemented in the event of extreme weather or crisis events to help communities build resilience, wellbeing and capacity and was recently successfully deployed in the South Australian town of Burton to tell their story of Covid-19.
Dr Peters is a playwright, theatre practitioner and practice-led researcher. Her verbatim plays engage with communities to tell the shared stories of experience, such as women living with alopecia in bald heads & blue stars, young people navigating mental health and wellbeing in twelve2twentyfive and pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago looking for belonging in Blister. She completed her PhD thesis Bald Heads and Blue Stars: A Theory , Model and Impact of Verbatim Theatre Practice in 2016 at USQ. Her research in verbatim theatre extends across the fields of performance, process and impact on the community and her current research focuses on the pedagogy of collaborative theatre making and devised theatre. Peters is currently a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Flinders University, Adelaide.
Madeleine Little is the inaugural winner of the prestigious 2019 National Leadership Award from the Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards. She is a passionate theatre-maker whose Masters work entitled HOLD interrogated accessible theatre practice; she wrote, directed, produced and performed the lead role of this original theatre work, performed at Laboite Theatre, Brisbane, in April 2019. Her approach articulated a safer, and more effective rehearsal room for artists and created a show that resonated strongly with audiences. In 2018, Madeleine was awarded the inaugural Arts Access Victoria Stella Young Award. She is also a member of ‘The Last Avant Garde’ research team, assisting in co-producing and co-facilitating performance-making workshops across Australia, including the creation of a unique five-day creative residency in Brisbane.
Madeleine is dedicated to a disability-led future and says the Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award will amplify her voice to pursue greater opportunities, resources, advocacy and recognition for all d/Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers in Australia.