World Theatre Day – 27 March – marked two important events in the Undercover Artist calendar. We launched our Make the Stage fundraising campaign (donate before 30 May for your donation to be doubled thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia!).
But that’s not all! That same day we welcomed our new Festival Producer, Rebekkah Law! Bek has hit the ground running and we are so excited to have them on our team.
Rebekkah Law (Bek) (they/she) is a white, queer, producer, director and performer who lives, works and plays on the stolen lands of the Yuggera, Yugambeh and Turrbal peoples.
They have a strong curiosity for playful creative processes and a wealth of experience connecting with diverse and varied communities on creative arts projects and festivals.
Alongside producing for Undercover Artist Festival and Squirt Productions, Bek has an active practice as a theatre director and maker.
Image: Rebekkah Law’s headshot, photography by Simon Woods
We know how great Bek is, but why keep it to ourselves? We asked Bek a few questions so you can get to know them.
What’s your creative background?
I came to the arts through Dance! After an injury, I discovered the power of theatre and live performance and studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at QUT. I play a couple of musical instruments and still enjoy a good boogie. I also have a background working with children in various creative roles!
What’s your connection to the disability arts sector?
In the past, my connection to the Disability arts sector has been as an ally/accomplice and supporter! While I was still studying at uni, I began my Auslan accreditation journey, with the goal of becoming an interpreter for Live Performance (life has put this goal on hold for now but I hope to restart my training in the future!). At the moment, I’m exploring my personal relationship with disability and I’ll get back to you about that in 1-2 business years 😋
What were your three favourite arts experiences in 2022?
Oh gosh! This is tricky!
I finally got to see Merlynn Tong’s Blue Bones at Metro Arts which was definitely a highlight. Such a masterful piece of storytelling!
Naavikaran’s Brown Church Album finally being released! There are many good tracks, but I recommend ‘Entire City’, particularly if you are familiar with Naavi’s slam poetry background.
Third place has got to be a tie between Sachem x Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra; and, ‘If Only I Could’ – a multi-generational dance work commissioned by QPAC in collaboration with Lutheran Services Age Care Centres. Both were large cast shows with incredible performances and got me bopping in my seat.
What excites you most about Undercover Artist Festival?
I’m most excited that Undercover Artist Festival is disability-led. The Disability arts sector is definitely growing but I think Undercover Artist Festival is really one of the places at the forefront of programming works led exclusively by D/deaf and disabled artists, making their own work.
We’ve got some extraordinary artists under wraps, and I can’t wait to see them all take the stage later this year.
In three words, how would you describe the (secret!) Undercover Artist Festival 2023 program?
Exciting! Varied! Spectacular!
Undercover Artist Festival returns this September 20 – 23 at Queensland Theatre in partnership with Brisbane Festival.
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