As someone who has always known they would be involved in the world of theatre, it’s no surprise that I found myself studying the Contemporary and Applied Theatre course through Griffith University, and subsequently met Robbie and Patrick. I met them in my first semester when during a show they were acting in, I had to move set onto the stage. They were funny and expressive, and we became friends over the course of the next 2 years before they graduated and I began to hang out with them outside of university. During their third year festival, they developed the Stan Dup Ensemble as a name to encompass their works in the present and future.
It was around 6 months ago now that I was asked if I would be interested in producing the newest show for the company, This Is How I Met You, or TIHIMY. I accepted and got to work immediately. It came as a big surprise to me when a month later, I was asked if I would also like to be a part of the huge undertaking of creating a new Brisbane theatre festival, for emerging and independent artists, the DIY Festival. I accepted this as well, and with my new title as Company Producer, proceeded to work on the projects with the backing of SDE, the cast and crew. But it’s more than that. Everyone in the company is there not just to further their career, or to create and produce art, but to develop their skills in their respective fields while in a friendly environment with peer feedback.
I think most people these days seem to think of how they can make something of themselves, and are willing to skip the hard work and the journey that art can create for us, just for trivial things such as fame and fortune. I’ve seen people step over their friends for a role before, and the brilliant thing about this company is that Robbie and Patrick are still the positive, funny guys I met 3 years ago. Everyone is in the company not only for their talent, but for their attitude and approach to the art they make. It’s what makes The Stan Dup Ensemble such a great place to work.