Together with our Board of Directors, our valued partner Toowoomba Regional Council, our sponsors, Empire Theatres Foundation, Friends of the Empire Theatre and our collaborators, contributors and patrons, we strive to ensure that The Empire continues its momentum and exceeds all expectations.


We are vibrant, adventurous, entrepreneurial and bold


We cannot achieve our goals on our own


We stimulate change for the better


We are champions for the arts


We embrace quality and best practice in all we do

#Board of Directors

Chair: Mr Andrew Wielandt
Deputy Chair: Mrs Amanda Tolson
Company Secretary: Mr Bill Armagnacq

Ms Emily Montgomery
Ms Janelle Fletcher
Mr Jim O’Dea
Mr John Pearson
Mr Kris Stewart
Mrs Suzie Byrnes

#Empire Theatres Foundation Directors

Chair: Ms Janelle Fletcher
Deputy Chair: Dr Kate Foy

Mr Richard Chiverrell
Ms Suzanne Holt
Mr Ian Sharpe
Mr Rob Schatz

#Staff members

General Manager: Giuliana Bonel
Deputy General Manager & Administration Manager: Helen Oldham
Operations & Technical Services Manager: Timothy Panitz
Programs & Engagement Manager: Jeanette Wedmaier
Marketing Manager: Maddison Gangi
Southern Queensland Regional Arts Services Manager: Michelle Blair

Publicist: Sarah Fleming
Marketing Coordinator: Chunxi Li
Graphic Designer: James Montilla
Social Media Coordinator: Stefanie Roberts
Accountant: Anthony Nunn
Finance Officer: Alison Murrell
Management Support Officer & Foundation Officer: Kate Brennan
Youth Arts Lead: Grace Sankey
Head Of Audio: Steve Alexander
Head Of Lighting: Ben Hunt
Head Of Staging: Robert Darvall
Client Services Lead: Kris Stewart
Production Services Coordinator: Michaela Francis
Visitor Services Coordinator: Jamie Galley
Senior Technician - Audio: Aaron Hannant
Senior Technician - Lighting: Andrew Taylor
Theatre Technician: Lucas Kummerow
Technical Trainees: Ellaryn Gilbert & Brock Alexander
Ticketing Office: Kerry Politch & Ora Whitley

Approximately 50 other casual staff are employed in the Technical and Events departments. Some 200 active volunteer members of the Friends of the Empire Theatre Inc. perform duties including front of house, ushering, ticket collecting and other services.  

#Life Members

Mrs Sheena Liley
Mr Col Muller
Mr Merv Bond
Mr Don Stevens
Mr Ross Miller
Prof Peter Swannell (deceased)
Mrs Beris Broderick
Mr Robert Sellars (deceased)

#With Help from our Friends

#Strategic Plan


Building on our past successes, organisational strengths and resilience, and the potential opportunities coming our way, Empire Theatres Strategic Plan 2022-2025 is designed to guide our decision-making, programming and investment over the next three years.

Smiling usher scanning patrons' tickets

Friends of The Empire Theatre Inc.

An association dedicated to the support of the Empire Theatre’s venues by providing assistance through fundraising activities and a volunteer workforce.

Group of young performers huddled together under a spotlight looking in different directions.

Empire Theatres Foundation

The Empire Theatres Foundation exists to provide performing arts opportunities to further the cultural experiences of young people. By making a tax deductible donation, you will help The Foundation to foster young and talented artists and secure a future for performing arts in the Toowoomba Region.

Youth arts participants posing in a group on stage.

Empire Youth Arts

Aims to create opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds in the region, engaging them with the performing arts by offering drama workshops, holiday programs, education resources and the elite youth performance program, IMPACT.

of country

Empire Theatres acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Giabal, Jarowair and Western Wakka Wakka people, where we work and present stories. We would like to pay respect to the Elders, past and present and to all First Nations people.

Artwork: Kim Walmsley

Empire Theatre