Ambassador Program for Practicing Educators

Ambassador Program for Practicing Educators

Queensland Ballet’s Ambassador Program for Practicing Educators (APPE) is a flagship, year-long professional learning and engagement program built on the concept of engaging and inspiring educators regardless of their location, background or teaching area.

Up to eight ambassadors from across Australia will be selected based on their suitability to work alongside the company’s Education team to build close collaborative working relationships and to sustain mutually beneficial outcomes. Teachers from regional Queensland will be given priority and the opportunity to apply for travel subsidy to attend.

During the weeks 3 – 6 April and 4 – 7 Sept 2019, Ambassadors will be exposed to behind-the-scenes insights, discussions with key Artistic staff, visits to the theatre, meetings with other leading arts practitioners and theorists and access to footage and photography to inspire and educate them about their world class company and the art form. Ambassadors will also collaborate with our Education team to actively contribute to state-wide and nation-wide practices and approaches to learning through developing curriculum relevant lesson plans and digital resources.


Applications for this program have now closed. If you have any further questions please contact


2018 Ambassadors

Julie Barns - All Saints Primary School
Leisa Cooper - North Lakes State College
Rachel Grieve - Grace Lutheran College
Erin Lansbury - Wilsonton State High School
Vanessa Lonton - West End State School
Xanthe Mastrogiannis - Stanthorpe State High School
Stacey Whyte - Glasshouse Christian College
Rachel Yelland - Upper Mount Gravatt Kindergarten

2017 Ambassadors

Emma Funnell - Brigidine College
Alexandra Heron - Calliope State School
Charley Millmore - North Lakes State College
Natasha Perrozzi - Elanora State High School
Christopher Sheriff - Brisbane Bayside State College
Kim Soden-Taylor - Forest Lake State School
Elisha Toms - Windaroo Valley State High School
Rose Wright - Maryborough Special School

2016 Ambassadors

Leah Hamilton - Brisbane School of Distance Education
Shona Press - Marymount College
Erika Jackson - Trinity Bay State High School
Jenna Griffiths - Chinchilla State High School
Jennifer Dimitrov - Innisfail State College
Amanda Packenham - Morayfield East State School
Nicole Galea - Eatons Hill State School
Kate Fitzgerald - Moreton Bay College
Lynley Williams - Boondall State School


This was an incredible opportunity. Queensland Ballet really opened their doors and allowed us to gather first hand insights into all aspects of the company. The program has a great balance of activities. It was very fulfilling!

2017 Education Ambassador

Participating in the Ambassador program was an inspiring and invigorating experience. Connecting with the company, viewing performances, watching rehearsals and engaging with like-minded professionals renewed my love for ballet and sparked my passion for quality dance teaching.

2017 Education Ambassador

My expectations were met and exceeded. I expected to experience life at Queensland Ballet and develop resources - but the level of knowledge attained and the opportunities to talk with Queensland Ballet creatives has just been incredible.

2017 Education Ambassador

I loved being able to discuss and share ideas with other ambassadors about ways in which we could link Queensland Ballet’s resources and programs to our classrooms. The generosity of various Queensland Ballet professionals and their interest in how their knowledge can help us at our school is remarkable.

2016 Education Ambassador

It was great to develop an understanding of Queensland Ballet’s strategic direction and how they wish to make valued connections with students, teachers and Queensland education in general. Connecting and learning from the Queensland Ballet staff was extremely valuable and I look forward to implementing my learnings into my own teaching.

2016 Education Ambassador