2019 Management Committee

Rebecca Hurst

Rebecca Hurst - President

Rebecca has 20 years' experience in higher education management, both in Queensland and in the UK in the fields of science, humanities and the nexus between the two. Her own qualifications are in comparative history and literature, with some training in drama and performance experience in musicals. While in London she performed with, and was Secretary to the Tabard Singers for over 10 years. In the distant past she worked on the production teams of high school musicals in Brisbane, including original works.

Rebecca first encountered the QSE at the University of Queensland in 2010 and, with Rob Pensalfini, facilitated the evolution of the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio from the former Cement Box Theatre. She attended that year's mainstage production (Richard III) and has been an enthusiastic supporter ever since. This is her first year on the Committee.

Rebecca has an established track record in working collaboratively to assemble strategic grant applications for capital works, scholarship of teaching, and community engagement projects. Her interdisciplinary viewpoint and experience allow her to see connections and form links between disparate groups.

Her aims as President include working with the Company to extend its reach and visibility, in line with the Strategic and Business plans developed by the previous Committee. She will work towards the sustainability of the company, while nurturing and supporting the distinctive sense of belonging in the Ensemble which is a bedrock of the Company's success to date. It's also a pleasure to witness and experience.

Sally Jenkins - Vice-President




Isaac Holtby

Isaac Holtby - Secretary

Isaac is currently studying English literature at the University of Queensland, and has been interacting with Shakespeare's work from a young age. At 13, Isaac was part of a student production of The Merchant of Venice, playing the roles of Gratiano and the Prince of Morocco in three shows at a small theatre while living overseas in Malaysia. Since then, Isaac has been able to perform a few excerpts from the plays, and many of Shakespeare's works at university. Earlier this year, Isaac attended the Shakespeare Prison Project production of The Tempest, happened to bump into an ex-classmate who just happened to be the secretary of QSE at the time, who asked Isaac if he'd like to be the next secretary, and Isaac said "Yes" with some trepidation. Isaac is interested in a future in acting or possibly authorship and teaching.

Lisa Durnian

Lisa Durnian - Treasurer

Lisa first discovered the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble in their 2014 performance of The Tempest. Since then she has become an avid audience member and introduces both friends and visiting scholars to QSE performances. Although Lisa has no background in theatre she does have a strong professional interest in the QSE's Shakespeare Prison Project and their work in Queensland correctional facilities. She has a Phd in historical criminology, and teaching qualifications in history and legal studies.



Maureen Todhunter - Community Member