It’s only fitting as the co-director of a theatre company named after a fairy-tale character that Naomi Price draws from another folk story to describe her adopted hometown.
“I think Brisbane’s great strength is being the right size. It’s the Goldilocks of cities!” the English-born performer and theatre-maker said.
“It feels just large enough that there’s enough room for everyone to make and create, and just small enough for resources to be accessible and ideas to be possible.”
Naomi arrived in Brisbane to study drama at QUT and cut her teeth in community theatre before making her professional debut in 2008 in La Boite’s production of The Wishing Well.
She has since performed on stages across Australia, made her Broadway debut for the 10th anniversary concert of Yank! and performed on The Voice Australia.
She cemented her credentials as a creative tour de force in co-founding The Little Red Company, producing a suite of hit shows and pivoting to livestream The IsoLate Late Show in early 2020.
“I think there’s certainly an element of drive and determination amongst Brisbane’s creatives that I haven’t seen elsewhere,” she said.
“We are still growing and evolving as a city, and as a cultural hub, and therefore there is still scope for us all to have a monumental impact on our collective creative future.”
Describing herself as an “avid enthusiast and attendee of Brisbane Festival, and maybe even unofficial ambassador”, Naomi said she fell in love with the countless ways Brisbane Festival fostered connections between artists, audiences, ideas and cultures.
“Brisbane Festival is so intrinsic to our cultural heartbeat; it’s the time of year where everyone comes together and truly celebrates how lucky we are to live in this great city.
“It’s a time where arts and culture take centre stage."