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Other leading women

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NAOMI PRICE The Brisbane singer’s talent knows no bounds with her decadeslon­g career taking her from national television on The Voice, to theatre stages and producer after the award-winning star co-founded The Little Red Company in 2012.

LOUISE BEZZINA Louise Bezzina’s passion for the arts led her to become the first woman and Queensland­er at the helm of the Brisbane Festival. But Bezzina has been a presence in the arts for decades after she served as the artistic director of the Gold Coast’s premier arts event, Bleach Festival for nine years.

KATIE NOONAN Not only a five-time ARIA award-winning artist but a powerful force in every facet of the arts. Among Noonan’s groundbrea­king feats is becoming the first Western woman to sing in the Forbidden City in Beijing and the first Queensland­er to become artistic director at the Queensland Music Festival in 2015.

CLAIRE CHRISTIAN Formerly a drama and English teacher, Christian is changing conversati­ons and pushing boundaries. The award-winning writer and playwright is a voice for female empowermen­t, gender politics and mental health in youth. She continues to clear a path for bold, young women on stage.

LIBBY MUNRO Born in Charlevill­e on a cattle and sheep property in outback Queensland, Munro is one of Australia’s most talented stars. The Matilda award-winning actor scored a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2005 and has featured in film, television and theatre.

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