“Imagineers, it is all in the name ____” ~ Marina de Jager, Festival Director 

Businesswoman by trade, thespian by choice … From a young age, Marina realised her love for the creative industries and has been involved with all aspects of the performing arts ever since. She is very proud to base herself on the vibrant Sunshine Coast, where she has served as a Sunshine Coast Council Arts Ambassador (2017 to 2018) through their Arts Plan development. Marina is a renowned producer and theatre maker on the Sunshine Coast. She is honoured to be the Imagineers Festival Director.

With a passion for passing on her love of theatre, she teaches performing arts at Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTE) and has directed and choreographed many of their shows, whilst also being an independent producer working with creatives, facilitators and business owners. In 2018 she produced Likely Story, a show about books set in a bookstore as part of the Anywhere Festival, which won the People’s Choice Award. 

Marina’s work with many local theatre companies and festivals producing, performing and being a support staff member is well known. Fuelled by her passion for the Sunshine Coast, Marina has worked tirelessly throughout the years to make the Festival what it is today. Her priority for Imagineers is creating a fun filled environment, where the young and young at heart can make memories together. Currently she also serves as MIC’s Events and Community Engagement Manager. 

She is a proud USC graduate, obtaining a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Tourism, Leisure and Events Management & International Business. Marina has also completed her Level 4 Diploma in Performing: Associate in Performance Arts at Trinity College, London.

Marina has received various awards for her work in the performing arts, including the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President Award in 2016, the Sunshine Coast Act-One Play Festival Best Director under 25 in 2014, the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Award for the Youth section in 2013, and the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award in 2009. 

Imagineers is her pride and joy and she is so excited to share it with you.

Hear Marina de Jager chat about Imagineers Festival and Sunshine Coast theatre on Stories on the Red Couch:

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The future of theatre on the Sunshine Coast is in good hands if we measure success by the amount of energy, enthusiasm and experience Marina de Jager offers. Marina is the event co-ordinator for the Imagineers Festival at Montessori International School and has been through the challenge of having to postpone the event due to adverse weather not once but twice. Stay tuned to hear the whole story.I also loved hearing Marina talk about her role in the Anywhere Theatre Festival and last year's Generation Innovation and what's in store for us at this year's Horizon Festival.Live theatre is alive and flourishing on the Sunshine Coast, I hope you can catch some of the delightful and engaging performances and I'm thrilled that my son Matt has the chance to study with Marina at BYTE – Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence#VisitSunshineCoast#ImagineersFestival#HorizonFestival2018#Theatre#YouthTheatre

Posted by Stories from the Red Couch on Saturday, July 14, 2018

MIC Community

Imagineers is hosted by the Montessori International College (MIC) as part of their community engagement program. MIC is proud to be part of the extraordinary and talented Sunshine Coast community. Led by Festival Director Marina de Jager, staff, students and parents contribute to the Festival by creating, designing, contributing to its look and the magic it brings.

Advisory Board

We are fortunate and grateful to have a team of advisors that support the growth of the Festival.

Abbey Blanchfield

Maestro of Marketing (Marketing Manager)

Chiray Fitton

Visionary (MIC Principal)

Grant Vayro

Numbers Guru (MIC Business Manager)

Jason Field

Representative for University of Imagination (Aboriginal Activist)

Mic Black

Digital Wizard (Creative Technologist)

Nicole Voevodin-Cash

Art Maker (Art Curator) 

Paul Osuch

Scorecer of the Arts (Artistic Director)

Phillip Daffara

Alchemist (College Architect)

Wave Wave