Brighton Theatre Company began its days as “The St Andrew’s Players” performing at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Brighton. The company then moved on to St Peter’s Parish Hall, Were Street and were known as “Brighton Repertory Company”, later changing their name to “Brighton Theatre Company”. An invitation was received from Brighton Council to use the main auditorium of the Town Hall, and in 1984 we began operations on that site. With the redevelopment of the Town Hall as an Arts & Cultural Centre, the company moved to the former library and constructed our own “little theatre” – seating 84 patrons. In 2009, the Bayside Council made a number of alterations to the interior of the building including a new entrance and modern foyer for the theatre. We have installed new seating and now seat 93 patrons.
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TreasurerDeborah has been involved in theatre since childhood. She has playing many roles over the years with a number of companies and also performed at many One Act Play festivals in the 1990s. In recent years she moved to the other side of the footlights and has directed for Brighton, Malvern, Peridot and Sherbrooke Theatre Companies. She has adjudicated for ‘in-house’ awards at Malvern, Beaumaris and Mordialloc theatre companies. She first came to BTC in 1989 and became part of the committee in April 2000 as Treasurer, a position she still holds. From 2005 she also held the position of Acting President until the change in the Management Structure of the company in 2007. Away from BTC, though still connected to theatre, she works as a volunteer for The Victorian Drama League.
Secretary and Box Office Manager
Suzie has enjoyed seeing BTC productions over the past 10 years and with the retirement of Edda Dawson in 2013 took over the role of Box Office Manager. She is currently on the Management Team as Secretary. Suzie currently works at Drama Victoria, an association that provides workshops, conferences and resources to drama teachers and their students. Combining work, BTC and having twin teenage girls, Suzie feels that her life, at present, is full of dramatic moments!
Artistic DirectorAs BTC’s current Artistic Director Annie gets considerable satisfaction (tempered with occasional frustration!) from dealing with the challenges involved with making every effort to provide our audiences with interesting and innovative theatre whilst at the same time ensuring that the productions we choose are accessible to everyone. During a three decade sojourn in Adelaide Annie was involved in community theatre as a Director, Actor, Stage Manager, Designer, Company President and Artistic Director. Since coming to Brighton she has added technical design and operation to the list. Nearly always involved in some capacity with BTC productions, when it comes to her Artistic Director’s portfolio responsibilities Annie values the support and advice given by the important play selection panel and the entire BTC Management Team. No production proceeds at BTC without broad consultation and consideration of whether all aspects will achieve a good fit with our company mission statement.
Staging DirectorLesley’s involvement in community theatre has been spread over many years and with a number of Melbourne based companies. During this period she has directed, stage managed, designed and helped construct sets, adjudicated, worked front of house, served on a variety of committees and has made an appearance on stage on one or two occasions. Lesley has been a member of BTC since 2003. She previously held the position of Social Secretary.
Martin enjoys the challenges that different directors and designers present to our venue. Creating interesting and entertaining lighting and sound designs, to compliment and support the cast and production, is very satisfying. Working creatively behind the scenes, with management and crew of the respective productions, to ensure our audiences have an enjoyable theatre experience every time that they visit, is of paramount importance. Having worked on numerous BTC productions, Martin has become closely involved with the many technical aspects and demands made by our venue. The lovely Brighton Theatre is being quietly upgraded in many of its technical aspects, ensuring greater reliability and a reduced maintenance task. Martin looks forward to entertaining and, occasionally mystifying our patrons in all matters of technical theatre excellence.
Front of House ManagerGreg, the newest member of the Management Team, has been involved with community theatre for just over 15 years. Mainly on stage, he has been very fortunate to work with many wonderful people as well as many wonderful theatre companies. Greg feels it is now time to give back to the theatres that have supported him… none more than Brighton… a theatre that is always welcoming and supportive of all that come through her doors.
Youth Theatre Coordinator and WebmasterPedro has been working with community theatres since early 2013 when he first performed in Brisbane. Since then he has remained constantly active whether on the stage or behind the scenes. He has a particular passion for engaging and inspiring the upcoming generations into action, be that in the performing arts or in his natural environment of science.
Digital and Social Media CoordinatorCarina grew up around the stage and first performed in community theatre when she was 11. Over the years she has performed with various theatre companies in Melbourne. In 2017 she also performed internationally. Carina is passionate about human rights and social justice and enjoys acting in or directing plays which comment on society’s values. At times her work is influenced by her volunteer experience with the ASRC and Amnesty International. Aside from her involvement with theatre, Carina studies full-time (double degree in Law and Global Studies). She volunteers at law firms in areas of humanitarian law and is a debating/public speaking trainer and adjudicator with the Debaters’ Association of Victoria.