USC graduate lands big break with QPAC

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Published on 30 July 2012

30 July 2012

Sitting in on a media interview with actor Colin Firth, experiencing the Disney musical Mary Poppins up close and mingling backstage with the world’s best performers is all part of the job for University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Georgia Byrne.

Georgia, 25, said she had experienced many highlights since taking up the position of Executive Assistant of Presenter Services with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane in February.

“Presenter Services looks after production and programming of shows, including scheduling shows into our calendar for each of the theatres, sometimes years in advance,” she said.

“One of the most exciting things is also seeing international productions come to Brisbane. The role varies greatly from day to day, from booking domestic and international travel to assisting Disney cast and crew and coordinating opening night functions.”

Georgia, who graduated from USC in 2009 with a combined degree in Arts and Business, said her job had fulfilled her dream of working in the arts and entertainment industry.

The former Siena Catholic College student said her USC degree had been a great help.

“Arts and Business was the perfect study combination for this role and for me,” she said. “I am a creative person and always wanted to work in this industry.

“I chose the dual degree because I felt I needed something extra to make me stand out from the crowd. The career advice and practical experience at USC was invaluable.”

Georgia said she had enjoyed studying at USC because of the insightful staff, open spaces, friendly environment and the chance to study in Italy through USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) Program.

“For a university student, it’s important to have opportunities like the GO Program as well as great surroundings, and USC has the added bonuses of kangaroos on campus and the beach just down the road,” she said.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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