Creative Industries


02 December 2016

Second year QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) student Ebony Nave was named the recipient of the 2016 Zonta Club of Brisbane Babette Stephens Memorial Prize. 

Ebony was selected as the best emerging talent and recognised for her role as Portia in the QUT Gardens Theatre performance of Merchant of Venice.

The Zonta Club of Brisbane has provided a $1000 award since 2004 to honour the memory of the Club’s Charter President, distinguished actress and Brisbane theatre personality, Babette Stephens AM MBE. 

The award will assist Ebony at an important time in her emerging acting career to create an impressive portfolio or travel for auditions. 

“Zonta is a highly respected and leading global organisation of professional’s empowering women and we are grateful for their ongoing support,” Nicole Kielly-Coleman, Creative Industries Development and Partnerships Manager said.

Ebony’s credits include leading roles in Australian independent feature films Conscious (2016), 500 Miles (2015) and Hand of Art (2013). Ebony has also worked on numerous music videos, short films and currently works for Big Review TV as a presenter. 

2015 prize recipient Emily Weir is currently in Queensland Theatre’s production of Tartuffe at QPAC. The Daily Review said Emily had “a superb debut, and her career will be worth watching”. 

2013 prize recipient Chenoa Deemal has worked with Queensland Theatre on several productions, most recently The 7 Stages of Grieving in 2015. This production was written by QUT alumni Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman. 

Babette Stephens has had a significant impact on Brisbane theatre, both in her work and through her prize.

“She danced, she sang, she directed and taught; a critic, games show panellist and talk-back radio host - Babette was a truly remarkable woman,” noted Anna Herbert, Zonta Club of Brisbane President. 

What is now La Boite Theatre was under her leadership for more than a decade originally as the Brisbane Repertory Society.

The Babette Stephens Memorial Prize is administered by the Queensland University of Technology for the Zonta Club of Brisbane under guidelines set out in an MOU, and is funded from an annual theatre evening and from personal donations.

QUT Creative Industries
Nicole Kielly-Coleman
07 3138 0140

Second year QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) student Ebony Nave


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