2019 Apprentices

Garry Condeseres

Garry Condeseres

Garry goes by many names: The more informed call him Garry with 2 Rs, while the less informed call him Jessica. A veteran of the Northern Territory musical theatre scene, his previous appearances include Algernon Moncrief (The Importance of Being Earnest), Johnny Pateen Mike (The Cripple of Inishmaan) and Guildenstern (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead). Since moving to Brisbane in 2015 he has appeared in Queensland Musical Theatre productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon. With Nash Theatre Company he has appeared as Hortensio (The Taming of the Shrew 2017), Dumby (Lady Windermere's Fan 2017), Oliver (As You Like It 2018), and Michael Starkwedder (The Unexpected Guest 2018). In 2018 Garry debuted with Villanova Players as George in their production of High Society. He really likes spaghetti.

Eleanor Crosse

Eleanor Crosse

Eleanor is a young actress who is taking her first step in the industry as a part of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's apprentice program. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Acting and Performance in 2018 with the University of Canberra (TAFE South Bank campus) after completing her Diploma of Arts (Acting) with TAFE South Bank in 2016. She has never worked with QSE before but is excited to develop her skills further and gain more knowledge on Shakespeare.

Eleanor was taken to private Speech and Drama lessons by her parents at a young age before showing an interest in acting, but gained a love for theatre (especially musical theatre) after seeing a production of Cats when she was nearing the end of primary school. Following that she began private singing lessons, took drama in high school and performed in multiple musical theatre workshops while also completing Speech and Drama eisteddfods and AMEB exams. She loves working with a range of performance mediums and styles including film and television but wishes to pursue mostly stage work in her acting career.

Keziah Dos Santos

Keziah Dos Santos

Australian born Brazilian, Keziah is a singer, dancer and actor who has recently graduated from Full Time Musical Theatre training with Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre. She first started her training at the age of 6 attending music theory classes at the Cottage Music Institute in Western Australia and later, discovered her passion in acting, singing, and dancing, performing her own theatre work for the first time in 2016 in Brisbane and Melbourne.

From 2014 to 2016, Keziah attended Cuskelly's Summer School, taught by Paul Sabey, achieving 3 Certificates in Musical Theatre. Her credentials include: Ensemble in Sweet Charity (2013), Ensemble in The Sound of Music (2015), Red in Once Upon A Serial Killer (2017), Soloist in Cabaret Sensation (2017), Mother/Fluffy The Cat in My Dead Bunny (2017), Emma in No Deliverance (2017), Les Cagelle/Anne Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles (2017), Alisha in Nuclear Memories (2018) and Maxine in The Fireside Chronicles (2018).

In 2018, Keziah got the opportunity to work as Assistant Music Director for the Brisbane season of GREASE - The Arena Experience with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. She also got the opportunity to perform a self-written cabaret called Amor At Intermisión (2018).

Keziah is delighted to be apart of Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble as an Apprentice in 2019. She is excited to expand her knowledge and skills as a performer, while also building new relationships.

Tahlia Downs

Tahlia Downs

Tahlia is an emerging artist of the stage and screen who spends her days, acting, educating, painting, and watching Cate Blanchett's entire filmography. After completing her training with AMEB, and Trinity College London, she went on to study QUT's Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), and graduated with Distinction in 2017. This year marks her first working with QSE.

Since her first stage credit as Lou in Dennis Kelly's DNA at HOTA in 2014, she has gone on to perform in and write immersive works such as Signed and Sealed, and The Things We Lost in partnership with Anywhere Theatre Festival, and QUT Drama. Her other credits include Interim Theatre's Within a Fleeting Moment, and the award winning Dream a House, as well as The Directors of the Extraordinary's Containment.

Tahlia's practice is largely focused on exploring the connection between the audience and performer, and the power theatre and film has as a tool for building connection and empathy.

As a passionate storyteller and lover of words, Tahlia is enormously honoured and excited to bring her wit and warmth to QSE's 2019 Apprentice team.

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn

Leah is an emerging multidisciplinary artist dedicated to the engagement of the arts as a platform for storytelling, connectivity, and growth. In 2018, she graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at the Queensland University of Technology, and in third and final year sought out the opportunity to work with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble as a part of the university's Work Integrated Learning program. Securing this opportunity, she worked in the capacity of a production intern for the company's two main-stage productions of 2018.

Leah's practice is reflective of her combined love of acting, performance, collaborative devising, and design, and more specifically, a unification of these disciplines to produce works which are simultaneously engaging, entertaining, and a necessity within our current socio-political climate. The past couple of years have seen Leah collaborate with fellow emerging artists to devise and perform in Sincerely, [____] for Vena Cava Productions and A Couch in the Cane for the Queensland University of Technology, the latter of which will be expanded upon and performed as a part of Anywhere Festival 2019. In 2017, she undertook the role of assistant director on a production of Constellations for the Queensland University of Technology. Her recent acting credits include: The Crucible as Mary Warren, Minefields and Miniskirts, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Brisbane Arts Theatre, The Tempest as Miranda for Nash Theatre Company, The Chalk Garden as Laurel for St Luke's Theatre Society, Patience as Hohpe for Fresh Blood Festival, Other Voices as Emmeline Pankhurst for the Queensland University of Technology, and Romeo and Juliet for Shake & Stir's Shakefest Ensemble.

QSE's apprenticeship program offers Leah an opportunity to be immersed within and train alongside a community of like-minded artists, in a medium she hopes to pursue professionally.

Raphael Tefera

Raphael Tefera

Raphael is a Brisbane based actor and theatre-maker who loves to utilise the power of theatre. He will be completing his final year of Fine Arts drama study at the Queensland University of Technology.

Raphael has spent the last several years exploring and evolving as a performer and performance maker. He performed in Gentlemen for the 2018 Short + Sweet Festival, while he has also performed in works Apart(ment) and Off You for 2017/18 Freshblood Theatre Festival at Metro Arts, and in The PPL vs. @realDonaldTrump in 2018 for Vena Cava Productions.

An original work at the 2018 Anywhere Theatre festival titled Mind Games was his first experience with writing collaboratively and co-directing. He continues to devise work through the production company Passenger Theatre Company.

His prospects for 2019 are for an exciting year of hard work and growth.

Angus Thorburn

Angus Thorburn

Angus is an emerging Brisbane-based actor and performance maker. He completed his acting training at TAFE Queensland with a Bachelor of Acting & Performance, and the Apprentice Program marks his first involvement with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Angus has always had a passion for acting and theatre from a young age. Some notable performances in his early career include: Grimm Fairy Tales, performed by the La Boite Young Actors' Company for the Fast Fest in 2015; 13, a British play performed as the Graduating Production at TAFE last year; and two different versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream: one in high school, as Theseus and one at TAFE, as Demetrius.

This year, Angus is doing all he can to work in the industry and make a memorable impression. On top of QSE and finding auditions wherever possible, he is also creating original work for festivals such as Short + Sweet, as well as gaining experience off stage as Director. He plans to work with texts from the likes of Edward Bond, Mike Bartlett and possibly Harold Pinter.

Meet the 2019 Core Ensemble