Our Story

Lua Bruckhoff

Director

 Lua is a trained Applied Theatre facilitator with qualifications in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. Lua has lived experience of suicide, homelessness, DV & forced migration. Through this experience, Lua understands that didactic therapies do not work for everyone and she is passionate about improving access to alternative evidence-based therapeutic interventions. This is why Lua founded Theatre Express in 2011. Since then, TE has worked accross South East QLD, SA, Victoria & Europe to devise and facilitate therapeutic play-based programs that combine Applied Theatre with Psychology, delivered within a trauma-informed, strengths based & person centred framework.

Our Story

Theatre Express hasn’t always lived on the Sunshine Coast.

In fact, many years ago (2011) three people decided it was time to utilise applied theatre to address serious community concerns such as cultural displacement and belongingness, domestic and family violence, mental health and relationship breakdown. Workshops were held across South East QLD and Theatre Express found a place and purpose in schools, community halls, universities and public spaces. Workshops were facilitated by TE to community members who created and performed pieces that aimed to open up a discussion, brainstorm solutions to common obstacles, and build community cohesion.

Since then, the TE team has dispersed into other avenues and corners of the world, including the UK and Europe, providing workshops to encourage creative expression in communities and acknowledging the power of the arts for self-reflection and social change. 

Back on the Sunshine Coast Lua’s vision for Theatre Express is clear: To combine Applied Theatre with Evidence Based Psychological Interventions and a trauma-informed framework in ordr to strengthen community and improve access to creative alternative therapeutic & early intervention programs. 

We have an inclusive approach and invite you to send us expressions of interest or to come along to one of our workshops held throughout the year

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