Life Members

Honorary Life Membership is accorded to those who have rendered outstanding service to the Association.

Dr Jillian Clare

Dr Jillian Clare came to Brisbane from Victoria in 1969 and commenced Speech & Drama studies with Miss Rhoda Felgate. Over the last thirty years, Dr Clare has presented a number of programmes for the CSPT Inc. (formerly the SDTAQ Inc.) including An Evening with Dylan Thomas (early 1980s), Australian Verse Speaks: 1788-1988 (co-devised 1988), Australian Literature of the 1980s (1990); Communication Techniques (1991); Poetry Seminar (1992), The 20th Century’s Most Popular Poets (1996), Twenty Prose Writers of the 20th Century (co-devised 1997) and The Rhythm of Life (2002).

In 1994 and 1995, she served as President of the Association. Apart from being a highly respected teacher and festival adjudicator, Dr Clare has served on the Federal Examiners’ Panel (AMEB) for both practical and theory examinations and has worked for many years as a lecturer in Speech Communication at Queensland University of Technology (Creative Industries Faculty). Dr Clare served on the Interview Panel for the Association’s Scholarships between 2005 and 2014 and maintains an enthusiastic involvement with the CSPT Inc. She received Life Membership in January 2006.


Mrs June Finney

A graduate of NIDA, Mrs June Finney has been a member of the Association’s Council and the Management Committee, President for two periods (1996-98, 2001-02) and served as Vice-President (continuously from late 1986 to 1995 and then from 2006- currently).

In the 1980s and 1990s, Mrs Finney coordinated a number of performance programmes for the Association among the most outstanding of which were An Evening with Dylan Thomas (early 1980s), Australian Verse Speaks 1788-1988 (1988), Dramatists of the Twentieth Century (1998) Battering the Bard (2006) and Portrait of a Poet (2010), a celebration of the life and works of Patron, Bruce Dawe.

Mrs Finney is a highly experienced teacher and adjudicator, and is the Permanent Speech & Drama Consultant and the Principal Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. Mrs Finney, an outstanding servant of the CSPT Inc. raising its profile and its sense of professionalism, accepted Life Membership in May 2004.


Miss Beverley Langford

Miss Beverley Langford was inducted as Life Member of the CSPT Inc. (formerly the SDTAQ Inc.) in 1998. Miss Langford was involved as a Committee member for many years and served as President in 1968. As well as a career in teaching (both private studio and the secondary school classroom), Miss Langford has worked as an AMEB examiner, adjudicator and as a professional actor having appeared in productions with Twelfth Night Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Griffith University, the Performing Arts Trust. Of particular note was her involvement in Lorna Bol’s comedy “I Don’t Want to Die in Melbourne” presented by the “Forgetting of Wisdom Collective” (of which she is a foundation member). Miss Langford’s ongoing contributions to the Association also include presenting a session relating to performing comedy at the Association’s Conference (February 2007), serving as a member of the Interview Panel for the Association’s Scholarships for many years and as Chair of the Roemermann-Wragge Competition (August 2006). Miss Langford continues to be involved in the evolution and life of the Association.


Mrs Rowena Luck-Geary

Mrs Rowena Luck-Geary has been actively involved in Speech and Drama since the age of five years. As an adult, she has been involved particularly in the area of communication. During the mid 1980’s to mid 1990’s she worked at the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland in her capacity as a Speech Language and Communication Therapist, with children and adults who experience speech, language and communication difficulties and disorders. Rowena has also taught Speech and Drama since1987 and has been a Specialist (Speech) Examiner for A.M.E.B.  (Qld), since 1993. Rowena has been a longstanding member of the CSPT Inc (formerly the SDTAQ Inc).  She joined the Management Committee in 1992, and in 1994 was voted onto the Executive, fulfilling the role of Treasurer, then Vice President, Catering Officer, and once more Treasurer, until the present time. Her commitment to the Association was recently recognised with the bestowal of Honorary Life Membership of the Association in April 2015.


Mrs Patsy McCarthy

Mrs Patsy McCarthy served as President of the Association for three years (1975-1977).  Mrs McCarthy’s career has been extensive as a teacher, actor, examiner, adjudicator and lecturer. At the end of 2006, she retired from her position as Senior Lecturer in Speech Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty (Queensland University of Technology) after 31 years of service. From 2007, she has taken up a position as Adjunct Professor at QUT. With her colleague Dr Caroline Hatcher, the 2nd edition of Speaking Persuasively: Making the most of your presentations has been published with Allen & Unwin (Australia) and with Sage in London (2002). She has wide experience as an actor having performed major roles in thirty plays in Queensland theatres. Currently, she is an examiner with the AMEB. Mrs McCarthy has always maintained links with the Association having been involved in many presentations, workshops and performances and was a member of the Interview Panel for the Association’s Scholarships for many years. Mrs McCarthy was awarded Life Membership in February 2007.


Miss Fay Muir

Miss Fay Muir was President of the Association from 1978-1980. She completed her Arts degree at the University of Queensland in 1954 and completed her Speech & Drama studies under Jean Trundle. Her school teaching career took her to New South Wales, Queensland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 1966, Miss Muir was appointed to the staff of the Kedron Park Teachers’ College and, in 1969, she was appointed to the staff of the Mount Gravatt campus of the College of Advanced Education. Miss Muir maintains an interest in the affairs of the Association and lives in retirement in Brisbane. Miss Muir accepted Life Membership of the Association in 1998.


Mr Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson has been a member of the CSPT Inc. since 1985. He has has actively served the membership of the CSPT Inc. and the profession of Speech and Drama in many ways. Firstly, as an elected member of the Management Committee including as Editor of The Quarterly Voice (2003-2007, 2010), as Correspondence Secretary and Minutes Secretary and as President (2005-2007). Stephen has conducted various professional development seminars and workshops for the Australian College of Music, SDANSW, SAWA and CSPT Inc. (formerly the SDTAQ Inc.) Stephen has taught Speech & Drama and Communication Skills in classrooms and the private studio for over thirty years. Currently, he is a Speech & Drama examiner and President of the Australian College of Music. Stephen has directed and produced school and community one-act plays, dramas, recitals, musicals and concert pieces. For twenty years, he has adjudicated eisteddfodau/festivals in Perth and across Queensland and New South Wales.Stephen was awarded Life Membership of the CSPT Inc. in 2016.


Mrs Beres Turner OAM

Mrs Beres Turner OAM celebrated forty-five years as Speech & Drama teacher in 2006 having begun her studies with Pam Harper and continuing these with Jean Trundle (at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School) and Dulcie Lenton (Sydney). Mrs Turner became involved with the Brisbane Arts Theatre before a return to study for an Arts Degree through the University of New England, Armidale. She is one of Queensland’s most respected teachers and her “Tarragindi Players” were also well-known for the excellence of their group drama and play production.

Mrs Turner has contributed significantly to the CSPT Inc. (formerly the SDTAQ Inc.) specifically, serving as Vice-President of the Association in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has conducted several workshops at Conferences including sessions in 2004 and 2007. In 2000, Mrs Turner was awarded an OAM for services to Speech & Drama in the Australia Day Honours list. She was inducted as Life Member in January 2006.

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