About Phoenix
Our story
Phoenix Ensemble has been entertaining south-east Queensland audiences with quality theatre since 1993.

We’ve worked extremely hard to earn our reputation for high quality musicals and drama productions, with an emphasis on innovative use of the intimate space within the boutique Pavilion Theatre.

Audiences love us because we’re adventurous, approachable and no matter where they sit in our theatre they’re close to the action!

Critics enjoy our shows because we’re willing to tackle productions of all sizes, and are never afraid of a challenge.

Our cast and crews keep coming back because we provide a showcase for excellence, a training ground for learning and a chance for anyone with a love of theatre to find a way to get involved.

And our members love us because we treat them with respect and continually work hard to provide shows they want to come and see!
Our mission
Phoenix strives towards excellence in the performing arts through fostering the talent and enthusiasm of its members and providing an accessible entertainment service to the local community.
Our patron - Maria Grills

maria_headshot_smallMaria trained in drama at the Brisbane Arts Theatre and Twelfth Night Theatre, and consequently worked professionally in England and the US during the 60s and 70s.

After arriving home, she worked in the entertainment agency business, particularly in the cabaret/club industry, which was then thriving. That was where she met her late husband Lucky, with whom she spent the last 12 to 13 years working beside, both on and off the stage.

Since Lucky passed away, Maria has continued her life-long interest in community theatre, and has actively been involved with the Gold Coast Little Theatre’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun” as Director’s Assistant/Assistant Stage Manager and with Phoenix Ensemble as director of "On Our Selection", "This Way Up" and "After the Ball".

Maria looks forward to each Phoenix production with great anticipation, and is a very proud Patron and friend of Phoenix.

(Before his death on 28 July 2007 Lucky Grills was Patron of Phoenix Ensemble.)