We are the Uplit and Brisbane Writers Festival Team.
Lovely to meet you.
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Ann McLean identifies first as a creative producer, working alongside individual creatives to achieve their goals. She drives the success of arts organisations, deftly managing people and projects, the results of which are felt long after they have been delivered. Previously, as Executive Director of Ausdance Queensland, Ann’s role was that of business manager, enterprise developer and producer. As Topology’s General Manager, Ann shaped and repositioned the brand, and consolidated its touring programs. As Marketing Coordinator for Flying Arts, Ann strengthened her affinity for regional cultural communities.
In her element developing strategic partnerships, or working on new ideas with like-minded souls, Ann brings her love of the arts, a life-long commitment to her own practice, and the vision to believe in the value and impact that creatives bring about.
Guest BWF Artistic Director
Carl is a media publisher, magazine editor, and curator who is interested in ideas that change the world for the better. For more than 20 years he has supported and nurtured Brisbane’s growing creative, arts, design and cultural communities through his various roles.
Disillusioned with the mainstream media’s constant negative spin, Carl created map magazine in 1999 that fostered positive media, culture, ideas, diversity, and encouraged people to chase their dreams. He was map magazine’s Managing Editor for 15 years and has interviewed and written articles on some of the world’s greatest thinkers, inspiring people, and change-makers.
Carl created the online lifestyle media site The Weekend Edition, Brisbane Magazine, as well as map creative – an ideas agency, where he was the Creative Director.
In his spare time and away from his businesses, Carl was the founding partner, curator and co-host of TEDxBrisbane from its inception in 2009.
Stephanie is a lover of the arts and creative industries, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Creative Writing and Literature. Whilst a newcomer to working in the arts industry, she brings with her over 4 years’ experience and expertise from working in Administration and with industry Associations, and is ecstatic to have a chance to follow her passion in the arts at UPLIT. She is an avid reader and is the author of her own self-published novel trilogy Winter Lost.
Adult Programs Coordinator
Rachel is a creative who began her career in Fashion Design, moved on to wandering the globe then headed home to work in business management, event management and small business ownership. Rachel co-owned Urban Grind cafe’s around town for over ten years which were havens for community engagement and great coffee. Her love of community and the written word flowed over into starting an Independent Bookstore Cherry Blossom in Paddington where she created and facilitated many community and writer’s events. Rachel has spent the past couple of years writing for online publications on emotional wellbeing, is slowly working on her first manuscript and developing a series of illustrated children’s books. Rachel is passionate about sharing stories, writing, travel, cultural diversity, the arts, sustainability, music and contributing in any way that adds more beauty into our community.
Children & Young Adult Programs Coordinator
Ella has been working with young people for the past fourteen years, including six years as a teacher with Education Queensland. She has also worked with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and as an Education Resource Writer for Queensland Theatre Company. Ella enjoys all art forms and has produced work as a writer, director, performer, and artist. She holds degrees in Creative Industries and Education.
Acting Development Manager
Jacqueline is a passionate advocate for the creative industries with over ten-years’ experience, working on major events across the cultural and not-for-profit sector in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane raised, Jacqueline returned in 2012 after more than 10 years interstate and overseas, eager to play a part in the sustainable growth and profiling of Queensland's burgeoning cultural sector. Her areas of expertise include partnership engagement, fundraising, event planning and operational delivery. Prior to joining UPLIT, Jacqueline worked with Brisbane Marketing on key city events including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Regional Flavours Food Festival and the city's Christmas program. An aspiring storyteller herself, Jacqueline was one of eight participants awarded a place in the 2018 Queensland Writer's Centre / Hachette Manuscript Development Program for her work in progress. She also holds a Bachelor of Photography, with a major in Photographic Art Practice, specialization in Photo Journalism from Griffith University’s, Queensland College of Art.
Amy is a cultural advocate and practitioner who is passionate about connecting audiences with the rich and varied creative experiences Queensland has to offer. Prior to joining UPLIT, Amy worked in senior marketing and development roles with Musica Viva (QLD), Expressions Dance Company, Declassifed Music and The University of Queensland. She is also a member of the Declassified Music advisory board. Her areas of expertise include for-purpose marketing, audience development, fundraising, digital transformation and event management.
Contemporary dance, photography and new music are all close to Amy’s heart, but her true loves are reading and writing. She believes in the power of stories to open up worlds of possibility and bring culturally diverse communities together and is thrilled to be able to bring her love of all things literary to her role with UPLIT.
Amy was a dance and theatre critic for Australian Stage for seven years and her one-woman show Where is Joy? was produced by Metro Arts. She is working on her first manuscript. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts (UQ) with a major in Art History and is completing further studies in photography.
Digital Communications Coordinator
TJ Wilkshire is a writer, editor, and poet. She has worked in marketing and for non-profit organisations as a grants writer and regularly writes for online news sites and print magazines. TJ holds Bachelors degrees in both Arts and Mass Communication and a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing, and Publishing. TJ loves everything creative from poetry to fine arts; she has read her research and poetry at events across Queensland and has held several solo art exhibitions and been a part of many more group exhibitions.
Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director (Maternity Leave)
Zoe is an arts and cultural leader with over 10 years experience in strategic organisational development and audience engagement. As a senior manager and sector leader, Zoe has a strong track record in development and fundraising, creative production and stakeholder engagement.
For six-and-a-half years years Zoe lead the History Council of NSW, where she was responsible for connecting diverse audiences with history and heritage through a broad range of programming including the annual History Week, public lectures, seminars and innovative immersive events. More recently, as Head of Development at Sydney Living Museums, Zoe built a network of engaged supporters and lead growth of external revenue through strategic corporate partnerships, philanthropy and membership. Passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and effective relationships, Zoe is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Queensland arts and cultural sector.
General Manager (Maternity Leave)
Tanya has over 15 years’ experience as an internationally performing artist in opera, chamber music, film and voice-over recording. She holds a double Masters degree in Music and Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was a Guildhall Artist Fellow. Prior to returning to Brisbane in 2012, Tanya was Personal Assistant to the Artistic Director and Education Project Manager for the Concordia Foundation, where she managed projects, international tours and children’s education programs operating in partnership with the Lord Mayor of the City of London producing creative initiatives in support of international diplomacy. Joining UPLIT in 2013, she became General Manager in 2016 and is a 2017 Future Leader with the Australia Council for the Arts.
Development Manager (Maternity Leave)
Emily has extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector having spent over 11 years working in the creative industries. Passionate about building sustainable futures for arts organisations, her focus is on fostering strong stakeholder relationships to enable innovation and growth. Her areas of expertise include business development, fundraising and stakeholder engagement. Emily was the Development Executive at Brisbane Powerhouse before joining the Brisbane Writers Festival team as Development Manager in 2014. She is also a member of the Management Committee for Backbone Youth Arts. Emily holds Bachelor degrees in both Communication Studies and Dance, and a Masters degree in Communications with a specialisation in Journalism.