About

WE EXIST TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO DO THINGS THAT MOVE THEM FORWARD, SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN CONTINUE LEARNING AND RECONNECT THE HUMAN SPIRIT IN SERVICE OF A BETTER WORLD.

We are an innovative theatre company, a family of creative entrepreneurs and our impact is visceral and engaging.

Founded in July 2013 after a lunch with renowned acting coach Larry Moss, Q44 has grown from the humble vision of an Eastern European/Australian woman who aspires for new conversations to challenge the status quo.

Artistic Director Gabriella Rose-Carter is an alumna of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute – New York Receiving a two year conservatory degree. A researcher of humanity, creative thinking and storytelling, Gabriella is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought after acting coaches. She is the founder of her own space for creative education Q44 Studio and Q44 Theatre Inc which in 2017 became a community organisation with not-for-profit status.

Gabriella has had the honour of working with and learning from some of the worlds leading acting professionals, including Larry Moss, Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Ellen Burstyn. Ms Carter was invited by Ellen Burstyn to become a permanent observer of the Actors Studio in New York in 2013.

“You are a living example of Lee’s work. I’ve loved seeing and working with you.”

– Ellen Burstyn, The Actors Studio, New York

Fueled by her experience training and working in New York and Europe, Gabriella Rose-Carter’s dream began by creating a platform for actors to take responsibility for their own creative destinies.

Q44 aspires to develop an artist-driven environment where brave players can learn & grow whilst creating stimulating, thought-provoking and accessible theatre.

gabriella rose carter headshot

THE MISSION

Our mission is tell stories about the human condition. We want these stories to be accessible and to resonate with a wide audience. It is our goal to produce plays of artistic integrity and to present them with skill, artistry and humanity.  Currently Q44 provides actors with extensive training opportunities and it is our intention to increase access to training as the company develops.

INSPIRATION

As a young man, renowned American playwright, John Patrick Shanley observed Life while he rode the Q44 bus from the Bronx to Queens. He realised it had no last stop and that it goes on forever.

 “The Q44 is life. Miss it and you miss life.”

– John Patrick Shanley

OUR VALUES

COURAGE—To be brave and confident enough to do what you believe in. To share all of yourself with your whole heart. Courage is the birth place of innovation.

RESILIENCE—The ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity.

COMMUNITY—A unified body of individuals, with aligned beliefs and values that grow together.

COLLABORATION—Two or more people working to create or achieve the same thing.

INNOVATION—A new idea or method. To make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods and ideas.

DELIBERATE LEARNING—When you set aside time and effort specifically to learn. A necessity in the mastery of a skill.

FIND US

1st Floor, 550 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
Tram:
Route 70 Tram, Stop 16 – Park Grove/Swan St (Burnley)
Train:
Burnley Train Station (Glen Waverly, Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein lines)