What We Do
Peripheral Arts is a regionally based arts organisation creating and delivering a wide range of storytelling programs, productions and events across Queensland. The core team at Peripheral Arts have a strong belief that everyone has a story, and from the foundations of storytelling we create collaborative, engaging theatrical productions and events for venues and festivals with a focus on artist-led initiatives and high quality production. This work complements our community story crafting programs, designed to enable the location and expression of stories to foster connection with our selves, our communities and the places we live.
Dr Nycole Prowse PhD, MPHIL, BA (Honours), Grad Cert TSL
Founder and Co-Director
Dr Nycole Prowse PhD, MPHIL,
BA (Honours), Grad Cert TSL
Founder and Co-Director
Nyc is a poet, producer, director, playwright, author, educator and feminist scholar whom founded Peripheral Arts in 2016 upon completion of her PhD in Literature. Her current creative works include the musical Alice Dorothy and Wendy, the one-woman immersive theatre piece, Stuff and The Bunker – a poetry and storytelling competition for the Sunshine Coast. She is also the creator of the Social Cohesion Storytelling Workshop Series and the Schools and Sustainability Story Harvesting Project. Nyc has taught English and Literature at tertiary level worldwide and is published widely in the area of literary representations of gender, space and the body. She is editor of an upcoming multidisciplinary anthology Intervening Spaces (Brill), a transnational examination of the inter-connective impact and potential of performance, art and design on people and place. Appointments include Co-Festival Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival (Sunshine Coast), RADF assessor (Sunshine Coast Council), Creative Alliance Creative Cabinet, Spiral Dance Theatre Company board member. She teaches into the Literature Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Nyc is the visionary and thrives on collaboration and the steadfast belief in the power of story to change lives and indeed the world.
Toni Wills BA, LLB, MCA
Toni is a playwright, producer, director and community educator. She first joined Peripheral Arts in early 2017 after working with Nycole on the delivery of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival. Her first play, Piano Forte explored elder abuse within families and toured Sunshine Coast theatres in 2016 and is now used as an educational tool in the community legal sector across Queensland and New South Wales. She is currently working on the development of a new play, Write to Me. She is the creative producer of poetry and music show, Back to the Crossroads and is also the co-founder of teen writing and performance workshops, Play in a Day. Appointments include Co-Festival Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival (Sunshine Coast) and Project Officer with the Suncoast Community Legal Service. Toni is curious and brimming with ideas. She is a ‘dreamer that does’. Toni is the one always asking questions, demanding more spreadsheets are used and getting the job done!
Lisa Raith PhD, BSc (Hons), BA
Creative and Research Collaborator
Lisa is an artist, an independent academic and researcher. The centre of her work with Peripheral Arts is with our community programs including the Wild Women Performative Story Telling Project, the Food and Sustainability Story Harvesting Program and most recently the Social Cohesion Story Crafting workshop program in Brisbane. Her background in psychology, creative health and art practice is invaluable to the team. Lisa is the potter amongst us, both in the artistic reflection she brings to community workshops and her understanding of the time and thoughtfulness it takes to nurture creative connection.
Kim Moreland MApplSc, B.Ed, Dip. Teach
Creative and Community Engagement Collaborator
MApplSc, B.Ed, Dip. Teach
Creative and Community
Kim is a visual artist with a background in sustainability, ecology and community engagement as both artist and strategic policy advisor. Kim is interested in participatory art practice and her work with the Peripheral Arts team has concentrated on our multicultural and sustainability community story harvesting programs. Her expertise in strategic planning is often called on. Kim brings heart to the team, her intercultural experience and artistic sensibility and expertise creates connection between people and place that encourages hearts to open and stories to flow.
Our team are connected to and work collaboratively with key local, national and international artists, musicians, poets, composers, performers and storytellers and a range of affiliate organisations and partners including Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Anywhere Theatre Festival, University of the Sunshine Coast, Horizon Festival, Arts Queensland, Drift Pictures, Sunshine Coast Pente Poets, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Old Ambulance Station & Black Box Theatre, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance and many more…