His resume reads actor, musician, director, composer and producer but Paul Dellit’s latest gig sees him add Moncrieff Entertainment Centre manager to the impressive list.
A graduate of QUT, Paul Dellit OAM has worked in a range of roles for companies such as Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Opera Queensland and more.
In 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to the arts, and in June 2017 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his outstanding service and contribution to the performing arts in Queensland.
Paul’s presence at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre is not totally new.
The former actor has graced the local stage in shows presented by Queensland Theatre and the Queensland Arts Council.
His motivation to apply for the Moncrieff role came from a desire to manage a venue again.
“I was responsible for setting up and managing the QUT Gardens Theatre in 1999 and when I heard about this role at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a similar role again,” Paul said.
“I was always aware of the great work Rod Ainsworth did here championing for Council to change the programming from cinema to more live shows and to support the recent renovations.
“It’s great to know we have a Council that’s committed to investing in the Arts here in Bundaberg.”
Paul said his aim was to build on the work of former manager Rod Ainsworth and create signature events for Bundaberg.
“Destination events that bring people to Bundaberg to see a show, film festivals that involve Australian artists and more First Nations activities are some of the plans I have,” he said.
“Introducing a musical theatre summer school is something else I’d like to do and hope to offer that in January 2022.
“My passion is musical theatre and I’d like to bring in the cream of Australian talent to work with the students.
“I also have plans for the 130th birthday of Gladys Moncrieff in April 2022 and will bring to Bundaberg the show I performed in for her 100th birthday, which will include local talent.”
Noticing how Bundaberg has grown since he was last in the region has impressed Paul and he is particularly pleased to see more restaurants and cafes that complement the dining and show experience.
“Bundaberg also has a lot to offer with tourism,” Paul said.
“If you want to spend a day on the reef, see the turtles or visit the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, that could be combined with seeing a show.”
Having previously worked with Broadway entertainers Paul said he looked forward to bringing a high standard of performances to the region.
Paul said he was also keen to meet with more community groups in the region to discuss their options for venue hire at the Moncrieff.