ABOUT BRISBANE STAGE
Brisbane Stage is a blog about theatre, comedy, improv and live performance art shows in Brisbane.
MEET OUR WRITERS
About Mandy Plumb
In her late teens, Mandy Plumb made her professional stage debut in the musical HAIR while studying theatre at university. Luckily, a short burst of wisdom directed her to broaden her horizons by undertaking a second major in film and TV journalism. After a short-lived career of five years on stage (Australia, Dubai, India and New Caledonia), the odd television show appearance, commercials, body doubling, and an unsuccessful attempt to introduce theatresports to Thailand, Mandy segued into marketing communications. These days, Mandy still performs regularly with Big Fork Theatre — Brisbane’s only Chicago-style improvisational comedy theatre group. Her passion for theatre and writing was the perfect marriage from which Brisbane Stage was born.
About Melina Charles
Melina has 20 years professional experience as a singer, actor and dancer and performance arts teacher. From cheerleading to dancing in operas and cruise ships, from casinos to CATS she thought she’d done and seen it all…but writing for Brisbane Stage has proved her wrong! Melina has feasted on the wonderful smorgasbord of entertainment that Brisbane has to offer and continues to be exposed to new and exciting talent.
About Helen Gramotnev
Helen is a Russian-Australian classical pianist, Latin dancer and art historian. Before diving into the world of Latin dance and art history, most of her time was spent in theatres – onstage, backstage and in the directing chair. Her interest in theatre began from early age in Russia. At university she wrote a thesis on Elizabethan drama. She was one of the first members of Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, and directed her own productions of European drama. Today she runs an art blog called Brushword, which has a curatorial focus and features contemporary artists from around the world. She has been writing for Brisbane Stage since 2018.
About Bianca Reynolds
Bianca is a Brisbane-based actor, playwright, academic and theatre-maker. She has appeared in productions with numerous theatre companies around Brisbane since 2012, and in 2019 co-founded her own independent production company, Minola Theatre, with Kat Dekker. Her playwriting credits include Love you hate you drive you wild (first performed Metro Arts, Brisbane, July 2017), Gumpoldskirchen (first performed Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, May 2013), and How Long Have You Been Waiting? (awarded Best Play, Short + Sweet Theatre Festival, Melbourne, 2016). Bianca holds a PhD in playwriting and Jungian psychology from Queensland University of Technology, where she also teaches in the undergraduate Creative Writing program. She is particularly passionate about family dramas, quirky comedies, and Gothic theatre.
About Janette McBride
Janette’s stage life started at the age of three as a small town Little Miss Princess. As a teen, she had a stint in the Philippines as a commercial model, actress, and television host. Today, Janette continues to enjoy performing and writing. She regularly performs improvised comedy with Big Fork Theatre. She began writing for Brisbane Stage in 2017.