Our Staff


Angela Chaplin - Executive Director

Angela comes to Ausdance with a vast range of experience in the Australian arts industry. She is a highly regarded theatre/multi arts director, writer, event creator and community arts practitioner. She has also directed for many of the major theatre companies in Australia and has made work for companies in Japan, India and Venezuela. Her works have toured nationally and internationally.

Angela also has significant experience as an arts manager having been the Artistic Director of Arena, Magpie and Deckchair Theatres as well as a festival director and program manager on several projects.

Lizzie Vilmanis - Program Consultant

A well respected artist, Lizzie has a wealth of dance experience as performer, choreographer, director, teacher, arts administrator and researcher.

Recognised as an outstanding female dancer, Lizzie’s sixteen year performance career (including eight with Expressions Dance Company and four with Leigh Warren and Dancers) has seen her perform major roles, both at home and abroad, in works by some of the world's best choreographers.

As an independent she’s choreographed works for the likes of Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Royal Academy of Dancing, Noosa Long Weekend Festival and the South Australian Children's Ballet.

As co-creative director and choreographer of Prying Eye, she has worked with Zaimon Vilmanis on collaborations such as the spellbinding “White Porcelain Doll” (2014), “Resurfaced” - Brisbane Festival (2012) with Feet Teeth, and "Lady Electronica Live" - Judith Wright Centre (2012) with Donna Hewitt, as well as for Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Outcast Performing Arts and Sybella Blencowe. Prying Eye has been artist in residence at Brisbane Powerhouse (2012), and Fresh Ground residents at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (2010, 2013/2014). Last year they were invited to share their new dance theatre work in development, "The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf", at Dance Massive Open Studios in Melbourne.

As a teacher, Lizzie has taught for professional dance companies and leading dance institutions both in Australia and overseas, most recently teaching for Expressions Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Lizzie has also taught regularly for Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year, and has been a sessional dance lecturer for the Queensland University of Technology since 2008.

Lizzie established Brisbane Dance Artists Hub in 2010 for independent artists in Brisbane. She was also a founding member of Pro Dance Classes Brisbane which she co-facilitated voluntarily for three years. In addition she has carried out administrative assistant and IT support for the Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centre’s Association and also managed the cultural bar, Room 60.

Lizzie currently continues a Master of Arts (Research) at QUT investigating the role, impact and influence of independent contemporary dance artists within Brisbane’s contemporary dance ecology as well as co-directs for Prying Eye and rehearsal directs for EDC.

Lizzie is excited to join Ausdance Queensland this year as Program Consultant and looks forward to facilitating opportunities to help dance in Queensland thrive.

Administration Coordinator – Joanne Eager
For Joanne, the seed of dance was sown at the Ann Roberts School of Dance in Townsville, where she first appeared onstage as a wood sprite.

After tertiary studies in journalism, media studies, marketing and administration, Joanne has had a varied career in media operations and online administration. She has experience in website administration and customer service with member-based organisations.

For her sins of a comfy desk job, Joanne is punished at a weekly community dance class, where her hip flexors can be heard groaning like steel cables.

Ausdance Queensland staff are here to help. Come visit us at the office, Monday to Wednesday or contact us.

Administration Coordinator - Joanne Eager, joanne@ausdanceqld.org.au