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Todd MacDonald is the Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Theatre Company. He completed acting training at NIDA in 1994 and has worked extensively across the theatre, film, television and voice-over industries. He was the Artistic Associate at QTC from 2011-2014 with Wesley Enoch and worked as associate producer and company member with David Pledgers’ company NYID, touring internationally. In 1999 Todd co-founded the award-winning venue and production company The Store Room Theatre in Melbourne and maintains a performance practice as a director, deviser and performer.
Tell us how you chose your profession, or did it choose you?
I always lent toward ‘’drama’’ and really fell in love with acting at school – from there I went to uni to study acting and I’ve never looked back. I think it was a couple of great teachers who really encouraged me in this direction. I think it chose me.
How would you describe your style?
I am very hands on – I love making things myself and getting my hands dirty – so I tend to lean toward a built aesthetic – natural materials and loads of plants!
If you had friends visit from out of town, tell us how you would spend the weekend?
I love the river so I would no doubt take them on a bit of a river tour. The City Cat – South Bank, City and Gardens, Powerhouse and down to Eat Street for sunset and food. The next day a gentle hike up to Mt Coo-tha to get the flip and see the lay of the land, if it’s hot a swim at the Enoggera Reservoir.
If you had the chance to redesign any building or landmark in the world, what would it be and why?
I think I would want to re-imagine and/or rebuild the colonial statues dedicated to white settlement in this country – to better reflect the true custodians of these lands. I think we need to learn our history better and look at collaborating with our incredible First Nation Peoples stories, language and history.
What’s your favorite suburb of Brisbane and why?
I’ve recently moved to Paddington and I’m loving it there – partly because its so close to work and the city but also because I first moved there when I left school (many many years ago) so it’s a bit like a trip down memory lane, which I’m loving.
What’s the strangest job you have ever had?
Texas Cowboy Santa serving up shots at a bar in Sydney – complete with Santa suit and Texan cowboy hat and boots (and accent).
What is your favorite place in Brisbane to chill out and waste an afternoon?
My deck, in my hammock.
What building, anywhere in the world, would you most love to see inside?
I would love to see inside NASA – any part – preferably where they make the rockets that going in to space!
If you were the “Boss of Brisbane”, what would be your first priority?
Improve the public transport and connect Brisbane more effectively and affordably.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Obviously, Mayor of Brisbane.