Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) graduates are internationally-minded, entrepreneurial, and highly creative individuals.
Ten years on, our students have forged careers across a range of industries and sectors, including and not limited to:
We take pleasure in announcing the President and Executive Members of the 2018 QAA.
Think Clever, Creative, Global. Think QACI!
is passionate about supporting and growing participation in community music
making. Outside of his work with Musica Viva Lachlan currently conducts two
orchestras and two community choirs in Brisbane. He has also led community
workshops and been a locum conductor for a variety of other choirs. As an arts
communicator, Lachlan presents pre-concerts talks for the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra and had emceed a wide range of events.
his role as President Lachlan wishes to create a healthy foundation worthy of
future successors and aims to achieve this through engaging with each and every
QACI alumni and to know and appreciate their diverse stories, and to compile a
fantastic database that allows him and the team to best serve their fellow
Executive Member – Design,
Science and Entrepreneurship
position is currently vacant
Executive Member – Theatre
After graduating from QACI’s foundation year in 2008 Amy Burkett has
followed her passion for theatre and business. She studied Theatre Production
at NIDA and since then has worked non-stop in the industry. Working on theatre
tours and mainstage shows with Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre,
Malthouse Theatre, and La Boite Theatre translates to Amy’s significant cache
of industry experience.
recent return to Brisbane now means that ‘Amy is back!’ and whilst she sets
about building her own business, she will spend time in her role as Executive
Member – Theatre involving herself in event planning, especially for reunion
and networking events. Amy also has lots of other ideas that involve alumni and
theatre … more on that as time goes by!
Executive Member – Film and
Mateuse Pingol is a 2012 graduate of Film and Design Technology. In
the few years since she graduated from Queensland University of Technology
(QUT) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, TV and New Media Production) Mateuse
has gained extensive experience in the Film and TV industry leading to her
current work with the Nine Network as a Writer/Researcher for an upcoming
Children’s TV show. Previously Mateuse has worked with the Ten Network in
post-production, editing and props; and with QUT in digital media video
production and editing.
Executive Member – Visual Arts
is a 2013 graduate of Visual Arts and Theatre. She
is currently completing a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interior Design) at
QUT, specialising in universal architecture and design practice.
to commencing her Honours degree Phillipa represented the The United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Observatory of Arts
Education (Melbourne University) and Brisbane Festival (2014) in theatre
production and operations. Phillipa is currently learning with QUT’s Oodgeroo
Unit Board, and aims to develop her graduate proposal on the subject of
universal learning environments with her Oodgeroo Unit associates.
telling is the centre of Phillipa’s design practice and research, and she
believes that the strength of the prospective QAA agenda lies in the stories
that QACI alumni have to share.
Executive Member – Music and
is a 2015 Music and Theatre graduate and a current
undergrad at QUT studying a Bachelor of Arts (Music).
connections to the music community and experience in dance, Monique looks
forward to working with the QAA team to serve the interests of Music and Dance
alumni. Building on the strength of the QACI community Monique seeks to help
coordinate opportunities for alumni, current students, and past and present
staff to get together to celebrate QACI’s strong history and bright future.
Stephany Banal is a 2015 Visual Arts graduate who is currently
keeps herself occupied studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) at QUT and working
part-time in a law firm.
the now annual QACI Yearbook which launched in 2015, Stephany has a strong
sense of the goose and bringing the QACI community together. Reconnecting
alumni is key to her plans as she supports the QAA in her role as Secretary.
Savannah Pingol is a 2014 Film graduate with a love of language! As
a third-year student at UQ completing a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and
International Relations) Savannah developed her passion for language whilst at
QACI and plans an international exchange to Mexico in 2018 to further hone her
volunteers with Oxfam as a fundraising administration assistant and also
conducts Film workshops for prospective QACI students – experiences that bring
a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration to her role as QAA Officer.
a member of the inaugural QAA team, Savannah looks forward to helping
coordinate a reunion for QACI alumni to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of
the Goose! Linking alumni with professional experience with those seeking to
acquire experience is also a priority for Savannah who believes the collective
creativity of the alumni network is a unique and valuable resource.
Ruby Green is a 2014 graduate of Visual Arts and Design Technology.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at UQ, and sitting
comfortably on the Dean’s List, Ruby is also an academic peer mentor. In the
spirit of giving Ruby works at State Library of Queensland (SLQ) as a volunteer
and regards this as a strong characteristic of active team work.
a QAA Officer Ruby’s wish-list include data collection of alumni contact info,
a QAA blog, and helping to organise a reunion.
Grace Anderson is the most recent graduate on the QAA having
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2016 with Film and Visual Arts
representing her creative signature identity.
on a gap year, Grace spends her time creating and directing her own films,
documenting the process and progress, interning at various film related
companies and saving madly to fund a move to Sydney to study Film in 2018.
is key to Grace’s wish-list and as a QAA Officer she wants to help develop
channels through which QACI alumni can connect and work together on creative
Ringdahl (2014) and Georgia Wyldbore (2012) are also QAA Officers and will
assist the team with various initiatives that the QAA plans for the first year
QACI / QAA Liaison
Joanna Evans – International Baccalaureate Programs,
Marketing and Communications
one of the team via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
like more information about QAA.
provide a symbolic ‘place to belong’ in the
QACI life-cycle so that graduation is not a full stop on a graduate’s
connection with QACI
strengthen connections between alumni so that
they can collaborate on creative and other projects
celebrate QACI alumni by showcasing their
creative works on an annual basis