Each year, Backbone Youth Arts sets out on a mission to find the festival team of the future to shape, create and manage the Backbone 2high Festival. 

The Backbone 2high festival is the official unofficial training ground for festival workers, artists, administrators and leaders in the industry. 2high is a circus trick. One standing on the shoulders of another. An ongoing exchange of trust. 2high represents the relationship between the mentor and the mentee who work together to synergise and share their knowledge, networks and abilities throughout the festival making process. This relationship, coupled with tangible experience and ongoing training specific to festival management is what truly sets the 2high experience apart and has made this experience such a success.


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Backbone’s 2high Festival of Art, Science and Ideas 2016 Team


Andy Green is a TV director, art contributor and freelance “stuff” filmer. Since graduating his Fine Arts Film degree at QUT in 2013 he has directed and edited Australia’s Lotto draws at Channel 7, as well as producing theatre for Magnetic North Theatre Company. He loves comics, films and arguing about story conventions.


Sophie-Jane is passionate about feminism. She is a theatre maker, musician, activist and general ‘art-er’. In her theatre practice and community involvement she is interested in amplifying voices to make feminism more intersectional. Her theatre company, Magnetic North, recently finished a successful Anywhere Festival season. Sophie-Jane enjoys good coffee, selfies and fights on the internet.


Recently graduated and ready to roar; Bri Zammit is an aspiring producer keen to explore innovative audience experiences in the live performance sector. With theatre in her heart, film in her eyes and music in her ears, Bri strives to immerse herself in the local creative community and is driven to rebuild Brisbane as an essential cultural city in Australia.


Elizabeth struggled for a long time trying to decide between her loves of science and art, then she decided she didn’t have to. At 14, she joined the Young Scientists of Australia Brisbane (YSA) and discovered the magic of science communication. Over the past 8 years Elizabeth has held multiple positions on the Executive Committee including President. She has gained great skills in developing and delivering science demonstrations and workshops. All along the way she never lost her love of art, after school finding a new voice in the choirs of Vocal Manoeuvres.


Hannah challenges the idea that art and sport are mutually exclusive, and passionately strives to demonstrate how these two practises can work together. She is constantly finding ways to explore the biomechanics and limitations of the body throughout her work in physical theatre. Hannah currently works as a performer, movement choreographer, director and teaching artist for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and has founded Audax Industria Ensemble.


Kaitlyn dropped out of psychology because she wanted to help people… turns out being an innately creative and sensitive soul, will make you a better song-writer than a therapist. Now she is an independent artist who strives to help others by creating open conversations and sharing stories in her work. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music earlier this year, she had wasted no time and is currently using the power of art to help build a sense of community in her daily life.


By night: Francis is a modern day Mr Fix-it – if there is a problem, he will solve it. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) from QUT in 2011 he has been using his experience as a performer to enhance his work as a freelance lighting designer and theatre technician. During this time he has worked on several award winning productions as an operator and stage manager. By day: Francis works as a Timetabling Coordinator for a natural health college, looking after students across Australia.


Ruby Newport is a multidisciplinary artist currently studying in her final semester of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama at QUT. She has an equal love of the development of new works, producing and creative portraiture photography. Without relying too much on coffee, Ruby will apply her unique skill set to work as both producer and photographer for this festival.


Steph’s first love is music, but she is also keenly interested in visual art, dance, fashion, poetry and storytelling. Whilst a fiercely independent artist, she thrives on the stimulating collaborations of creative minds. Steph is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, music producer, composer and educator. Steph is a classically-trained musician who finds freedom in expressing herself through her brand of darkly whimsical folktronica in her solo project Quintessential Doll. She is a vegetarian and enjoys the works of Tim Burton and Sylvia Plath.


Roy is a songwriter, singer, 3D developer and all round music lover. He enjoys reading, food, gaming and listening to dramatic indie songs on long rainy train rides. Currently about to finish his Bachelor of Music, Roy spends his time singing/songwriting for the band Neon Underground, producing/songwriting  his solo project Opaeka and fueling his addiction to Lipton Ice Tea.


Aidan is a Brisbane based musician with experience in studio production and engineering, session musician work, as well as music journalism and photography work representing music websites The AU Review and Fasterlouder. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. His primary songwriting and production project Tremors has received national airplay on Triple J and a high rotation feature on Triple J Unearthed.


Jade is a multifaceted artist with strong roots in producing and arts administration. She is currently in her final year of university studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at QUT, where she has gained skills through various projects and internships. Jade will bring forward this skillset to produce the programs: The F Word and Science.


Ray is a freelance Scenic Designer (Set and Costume) with a background in Interior Design,  Stage Management and Technical Production. Ray graduated with a Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Production from the University of Southern Queensland in ‘09 and since then has been working professionally in the Theatre Industry as a Stage Manager, Designer and Supervisor in numerous venues and companies around Australia. Most notably Ray designed “The New Black” a new Aboriginal musical written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Helper (“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”) which stared Ernie Dingo and Robin Archer.  Ray has recently given up Stage Managing to focus solely on Design.


With a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries under her belt, Rhianne is quickly expanding her horizons in the events industry. From assistant stage managing to volunteer administration to marketing, Rhianne has been involved in a wide range of events based roles since her graduation from QUT in December 2014. Rhianne’s passions lie with live performance and festivals, however, she is not afraid to venture deeper into the vast world of events and entertainment to explore new and exciting opportunities.