Lee Lewis In Conversation with Veronica Neave


  • 9 July 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Queensland Theatre's Artistic Director, Lee Lewis will talk to actor Veronica Neave about the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian stage industry, the actor-director relationship and her vision for Queensland Theatre's future. Lee Lewis was appointed Queensland Theatre’s Artistic Director in January 2020, and is one of Australia’s leading theatre directors and arts leaders. Previously, Lee was CEO and Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company for seven years where she curated seven seasons of new Australian work, and produced 35 new mainstage plays, around sixty independent works and three festivals. Growing up in country New South Wales, Lee started as an actor in regional theatre. After completing a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney, she moved to New York to study under Andrei Serban and Anne Bogart at Columbia University completing an MFA (Acting). A successful New York acting career saw her work on and off Broadway with the great directors Julie Taymor, Robert Woodruff, Andre Gregory, Andrei Serban, and Tina Landau. Returning to Australia in 2001, Lee was the first person to receive a Master of Fine Arts from NIDA in Directing. Her thesis was published by Currency Press as a Platform Paper under the title Cross-Racial Casting: Changing the Face of Australian Theatre. Lee has directed numerous new works and classics around the country.  Many of her productions have received award nominations, with her production of Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree winning three Helpmann Awards including Best Play, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Director. Please note: 12pm is Australian Eastern Standard Time. Selection is by ballot.  


  • Veronica Neave

    Veronica has worked extensively as an Actor, Dramaturge, Writer, Director and Physical Performer throughout Australia over the last 30 years, performing in major roles for all state theatre companies including over 30 shows for Queensland Theatre Company alone. For ten years Veronica collaborated with Kate Champion’s company, Force Majeure, performing/devising. Veronica has directed/devised and written shows for NIDA, The Australian Theatre for Young People and the Queensland Theatre Company. Veronica co-produce and wrote the ABC documentary Pieces Of Me and is a published author with a book of the same title. For three years Veronica held the position of Artistic Director of the Vulcana Women’s Circus. In 2019 Veronica completed her Churchill Fellowship specializing in Shakespeare’s verse.


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