Acclaimed and award-winning Australian actor, dramaturg and director Isaac Drandic has been announced Resident Dramaturg at Queensland Theatre, and in a ground-breaking move, he will be based out of Cairns. This latest announcement under the Artistic Direction of Sam Strongsees the company continue its innovative approach to artists and leadership, across both the country, and the State.
The announcement follows Strong’s creation of the National Artistic Team in late 2015, the appointment of Associate Artistic Director Paige Rattray in 2016, and the launch of the Independent Artists @ Queensland Theatre program in 2016. It also comes as the company celebrates 15-year high subscriptions, and record-breaking box office success just three productions into Strong’s standout 2017 program, with the fourth work,Once in Royal David’s City set to mark his much-anticipated directorial debut and opening in Brisbane later this month.
As Resident Dramaturg, Isaac Drandic will provide literary management and dramaturgy support to Queensland Theatre’s Programming department. His role will include dramaturgy on various works under commission or slated for production including My Name is Jimi (which will have its world premiere in Cairns later this year, in another first for the company under Strong), The Longest Minute and The Murder of Nellie Duffy and he will join the judging panel for the 2018/19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.
“Isaac’s appointment speaks to so many of Queensland Theatre’s goals and our ambition to lead our industry from Queensland. As a company passionate about the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre, it’s wonderful to have a practitioner of national standing as part of our core staff,” said Strong.
“Isaac will be an integral part of our artistic leadership and join National Artistic Team members Jimi Bani, Wayne Blair and Nakkiah Lui and our Indigenous Reference Group chaired by Wayne Denning. As leaders in the creation of new Australian stories, it’s a coup to have a dramaturg whose extensive practice straddles Indigenous and non-Indigenous work.
“As a company dedicated to our vast State, we are delighted to grow our engagement with Far North Queensland by having a Queensland Theatre staff presence in Cairns. Isaac’s ground-breaking appointment is Queensland Theatre walking the walk of making theatre company leadership more diverse and meaningfully engaging with our whole State.”
Isaac said there wasn’t a better job anywhere else in the country
“With Queensland Theatre’s commitment to engaging, developing, nurturing and celebrating the diverse voices from regional Queensland and beyond, and their focus on the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre, there isn’t a better job anywhere in the country,” he said.
“This trailblazing vision and commitment toward the growth of our industry is something I’m very passionate about. My base in Far North Queensland (Cairns) on Yidinji country – the land of my children’s great grandmother – is simmering with creativity and rich with untapped stories that reflect the heart of our nation.
“It is a privilege to be part of this intrepid stage at Queensland Theatre and working alongside Sam Strong and the entire Queensland Theatre team.”