madeleine boyd

I am a performing artist based in Brisbane. Growing up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, I developed a passion for drama and dance at young age. I have since become particularly interested in how creativity and creative arts can be combined with community work, and have worked for various NGO’s, community centres and community art projects.


As a founding member of Kinetic Collective, I have been involved in two community arts projects based in East Timor. In July 2015, I was also assistant facilitator for the Feto Hamutuk, a project funded by DFAT, which brought 11 female Timorese artists to Brisbane for a month of creative and professional development with a focus on empowerment and gender equality.

I am passionate about working with a wide range of people, in particular young people, and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. I have co-facilitated two month-long art, sport and recreation programs in remote Aboriginal communities for children and youth. In 2016, I completed an internship with Queensland Theatre, as an assistant facilitator for TRACTION, a program of free weekly workshops for young people aged 13–21 who live in Logan. In 2015, I did a 200-hour placement at Mercy Community Services’ Romero Centre, a Brisbane-based NGO that provides support to asylum seekers and refugees. I was involved in various projects including facilitating a school holiday program for children. In 2015, I also volunteered as a creative assistant for Imaginary Theatre Company, where I co-facilitated creative play workshops held at Brisbane powerhouse for children aged 0–5 years.

I also have an interest in working with people with disabilities. In 2013-2014, I spent 10 months in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on a scholarship, studying Indonesian language, culture and creative arts. In my spare time, I volunteered with an Islamic NGO that supports youth with visually impairments. Since 2015, I have been working for Spinal Life Australia as a support worker for people who are paraplegic. In early 2016, I also completed a community Auslan Introduction course with Deaf Services Queensland. In July 2016, I spent a month in the Philippines, and volunteered at an organisation that offers training and support for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. While there I assisted students and staff in creating five short films about organic farming techniques. In November 2016, I travelled to Cambodia with two QUT lecturers to assist with research around the Journey Access Tool (JAT), a joint project between QUT and organisation Handicap International. The JAT is an innovative questionnaire that evaluates accessibility and barriers for people living with disability in developing countries.


I am member in training with the Red Thread Stories Playback Troupe and I also train with Zen Zen Zo physical theatre company. I have completed a combined Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and Bachelor of Human Services degree at QUT.

I am now completing a Master of Teaching (Professional Practice)

through the Teach for Australia program. As part of the program I moved to Kalgoorlie, where I am working as a teacher at a local high school in a socio-economically disadvantaged area.  

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