Meet the founders
Minola Theatre is a collaboration between Brisbane-based artists Kat Dekker and Bianca Butler Reynolds.
Kat Dekker is a director and creative facilitator. In addition to her position as co-Artistic Director of Minola Theatre, she has worked in recent years as an associate artist and assistant director for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s mainstage and new work seasons. She was a 2020 Associate Teaching Artist with Queensland Theatre, following a highly competitive selection process. Kat is passionate about empowering creative voices within communities, and has directed Shakespeare productions within the correctional system as a leader in QSE’s Shakespeare Prison Project. She has also directed contemporary devised works with diverse marginalised communities in partnership with Micah Projects, Communify, Red Cross and Wesley Mission.
Bianca Butler Reynolds is a published playwright, academic and performer based in Brisbane. She holds a PhD in Playwriting and Jungian psychology from Queensland University of Technology, where she has taught in recent years in the undergraduate Creative Writing program. She has trained with NIDA, La Boite Theatre Company, Playlab, Dead Puppet Society and the Arvon Foundation (UK). Bianca’s original comedy Love you hate you drive you wild was published by Playlab in 2019, and Eventide, the play completed as part of her PhD, was published by Australian Plays in 2020. Her drama How Long Have You Been Waiting? was awarded Best Play at the Short + Sweet Theatre Festival Melbourne in 2016. Bianca has been employed as a playwright-in-residence at Brisbane Arts Theatre, a performing artist for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and a youth and children’s drama teacher for Perform Australia. She is co-Artistic Director of Minola Theatre.