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Artistic Director/CEO  Ian Lawson

Ian is a Queensland based Director and Dramaturg with a focus on new work.  He is the Artistic Director/ CEO of Playlab, an organisation dedicated to the development, production and publication of new-writing theatre.  Ian was the Associate Director at La Boite Theatre (2002 - 2008), where he managed the Creative and Professional Development programs and directed numerous productions including My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, Urban Dingoes, Last Drinks, The Narcissist, The Danger Age and the return season of The Narcissist for the Sydney Theatre Company.  Ian also directed the critically acclaimed gothic contemporary performance piece The Pineapple Queen.  Recently Ian directed the return season of JUTE's Bastard Territory for Queensland Theatre after selling out the original seasons in Darwin and cairns, Hotel Beche de Mer for the Arts Centre Gold Coast and Hopelessly Devoted for Glen Street in Sydney.  Also for JUTE, Ian directed What are the odds? For the Queensland Music Festival Ian was the Associate Director and Designer on Bobcat Dancing and Bobcat Magic, and directed radio Plays.  Ian has worked numerous organisations including PWA, Brisbane Festival, UQ, Griffith University, and Screen Queensland (where he worked Writers Room as a director and script consultant, and on the Low Budget Feature Initiative as a mentor).

Alex Headshot V2 Artistic Coordinator — Alexander Bayliss

Alexander Bayliss is a playwright from Brisbane. Currently Alexander is writing the book and co-writing lyrics for the musical On the Docks which had a work-in-progress showing as part of the Griffith University Conservatorium of Music’s 2015 concert series, and Formaldehyde (formally titled: Jack) was developed as part of Playlab Lab Rats program in 2014. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and a Master of Creative Industries (Creative Writing) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), as of 2015 was mentored by Saffron Benner as part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program. Alexander is currently Artistic Coordinator at Playlab. His other writing credits include: Learning to Love Gravity (Anywhere Theatre Festival, 2015), Caution: Wet Floor (2High Festival, 2011).




Cin Headshot V2Marketing Coordinator — Cinnamon Smith

Cinnamon Smith is an actor, photographer, designer, collage artist, marketing dreamboat and self-proclaimed 'voice of the generation'.  In 2016 they joined the Playlab team and have since made it their goal to spread the word and love of the company across Australia.  The fact that you're reading this means they've already succeeded in this role.  In 2017 they co-launched House Conspiracy, a community arts space located in West End that provides free: residency, rehearsal and workshop hire for artists.  Now in 2018 they provide additional freelance marketing support for Belloo Creative and Izit Entertainment. When they're not lowkey coaxing people to get involved with the Queensland arts scene they're recommending that you follow us on our fresh as all heck Instagram feed.  Learn more about Cinnamon here


Finance Officer — Geoff Winter

Geoffrey is living two lives; one in the finance world and one in performance… an unlikely mix. So it stands to reason how he came to join the team at Playlab as finance officer in 2012. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UQ) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has spent time working in commerce, business services and tax and also spent several seasons working with the team at the Queensland Theatre Company.  Geoffrey also holds his Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) from the Queensland Conservatorium and on the back of this has recently travelled nationally as a cast member in Warner Brothers Scooby Doo and Four Seasons in One Night.

Graphic Designer — Sean Dowling

Sean is a freelance graphic designer who, over the last 8 years, has worked almost exclusively for artists and arts organisations across Australia. When not designing covers for Playlab - New Writing Theatre Sean is designing for Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and dozens of other local artists and organizations.  Go to to find more of is work.

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