05 Nov 2018


The Empire Theatre has continued its commitment to supporting and nurturing the region’s young performers with the presentation of the 2018 Empire Theatres Youth Bursaries.

Some of the region’s most talented young artists were acknowledged in the presentation today, with around $20,000 awarded to 25 students who come from areas including Toowoomba, Cabarlah, Ravensbourne, Highfields and Meringandan as well as Dalby, Kingaroy, Gatton and Warwick.

The bursaries are presented with the aim of developing skills and giving new experiences to young artists who demonstrate talent, involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline.

This year’s recipients will attend short courses at Queensland Theatre, Expressions Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Brent Street Performing Arts, National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Sound Thinking and Empire Youth Arts.

Empire Theatres Foundation Chairperson, Sheena Liley said she was thrilled to be able to provide such a valuable resource for young people from the Darling Downs and Lockyer District.

“Many of our recipients use the knowledge they acquire at their short courses to launch careers as professional actors, fulltime musicians, dancers and theatre technicans,” Mrs Liley said.

“This is one amazing way the Empire gives back to our region.  Local business sponsors and donations from our Theatre supporters fully fund the bursaries,” Mrs Liley said. 

 'This is an investment in the creative health of our communities.  All Bursary recipients will go on to make a contribution in some way to the performing arts, both locally and beyond.”

Each year the Youth Bursary scheme offers courses in a wide range of disciplines including dance, acting, instrumental music, singing, music theatre, film and television.

Since 2010, close to 400 Bursaries have been awarded.

The Empire Theatres Foundation is proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Greenridge Group, Downlands College, Dornbusch Partners, Taylor’s Removals, The Chronicle, Horizon Accounting Group,  Think Office Technology, Clifford Gouldson Lawyers and Bernoth Properties.