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Musical Theatre Tutors

Adrian Portell

Amanda Colliver

Martin Croft

Cameron Menzies

Dana Jolly

Dominic Woodhead

Erin Kennedy

Erin Cornell

Heather Fletcher

Kathryn Trapani

Luke Alleva

Natalie Gamsu

 Rachael Ward

Robyn Arthur

Ross Hannaford

Tony McGill

Benjamin Osborne

Will Conyers

Amanda Colliver

Amanda began her career as a singer/songwriter, actress, and recording artist and after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio in 1982 went on to enjoy a 25-year operatic career as a soloist with all the major Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras in Australia.

Also a highly respected vocal trainer, Amanda relocated from Melbourne to Sydney in 1998 to take up the position of full time vocal tutor at NIDA where she was responsible for preparing both private and group tuition for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year actors.

In 2004 she relocated to Singapore as the full time Vocal coach for the Lasalle College of the Arts Musical Theatre programme, and was also appointed as the vocal coach for Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Miss Saigon’ in South Korea and Thailand.

Renowned as one of the few to blur the boundaries between classical and contemporary genres, Amanda is now receiving well-deserved acclaim for her holistic philosophies and alternative vocal methodology.

Most recently she wrote, produced and directed her own musical show ‘WOMAN’ and held the position of resident vocal coach on Melbourne’s production of ‘The Book of Mormon’. Amanda is the Founder of Akasha Voice Studio where she conducts masterclasses, workshops, private tuition, and life coaching.

Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is a multi-disciplinary voice teacher trained in the USA, the UK, and Australia. Her students feature in main-stage musicals and commercial tours Australia-wide with top production companies and her pre-tertiary students have gone on to attend VCA, WAAPA, NIDA in Music Theatre, and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Classical Voice. She currently teaches singing in the Bachelor of Fine Arts course at the VCA in Music Theatre.

Heather has performed with companies such as Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, State Opera of South Australia, and Pinchgut Opera, and her concert experience comprises extensive choral singing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Sydney Opera House. She received her Licentiate to Teach from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Performance and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Psychology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Erin Kennedy

Erin has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Her professional theatre credits include Xanadu the Musical, Mary Poppins, Hot Shoe Shuffle and the 25th Anniversary Australian tour of Les Misérables. TV appearances include Sunrise, The Morning Show and Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. Before embarking on a music theatre career, Erin toured internationally as a lead vocalist and singer/dancer with various cruise lines for several years.

Erin has a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from WAAPA, and a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from ED5 International. Her additional professional development includes studying at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Coesfeld, Germany, as well as completing courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics and Resonance with the New York Singing Teachers Association. She maintains working relationships with various high-level coaches in New York, including Aaran Hagan, Neil Semer and Justin Stoney, and is constantly striving to learn and pass on best practise vocal technique.

Erin has taught Vocal Technique, Acting and Song Repertoire to Diploma students at Spectrum Dance, Transit Dance, Ministry of Dance and The Space, as well as various institutions in Sydney including Dance Central and Sydney Girls Grammar. She is a Senior Vocal Coach and Music Theatre teacher at various performing arts institutions across Melbourne, including Flashdance Performing Arts where she developed and implemented a Senior Development Program, designed to bridge the gap between VCE and tertiary study. Erin also maintains a private vocal and acting studio, with students going on to study in tertiary institutions and performing professionally. Erin’s vocal and performance coaching philosophy pairs a solid foundation of advanced vocal technique with an emphasis on bravery, vulnerability, imagination and creativity. She has worked extensively with speech therapists, ENT’s, performance physiotherapists and psychologists to develop a complete mind and body approach to the craft of performance.

Erin Cornell

Erin graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in Musical Theatre on a Whitehorse Arts Council scholarship. After performing as Cindy in David W Young’s A Beauty Spot for Magnormos, she went directly into the role of Elphaba in Wicked (USJ, Japan). Following this she returned to Australia to appear in Eddie Perfect’s concert version of Shane Warne-The Musical for The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Production Company’s Damn Yankees (Victorian State Theatre). Erin was then asked to return to Japan to reprise her role as Elphaba in Wicked.

UK credits include Bohemian Rhapsody- West End stars sing Queen (Original Cast, National and International Tour), An Evening with Dame Edna (Claridges), John Bucchino and Friends (St James Studio) and Mona in A Class Act (Landor Theatre) while performing simultaneously in her well-reviewed one woman show An Evening with Erin Cornell (St James Studio).
Erin is also a patron at The James Huish Academy and the Belfast Performing Arts School where she has taught several masterclasses and private vocal lessons.

Erin’s Australian television credits include Neighbours (Channel 10), Lowdown, Race relations (ABC), Before The Game (Channel 10), The Kerri-Anne Show (Channel 9) and Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton (Channel 10).

Last year The Singapore Symphony Orchestra invited Erin to be their special guest artist, singing 9 songs for their annual gala event at the St Regis Hotel, Singapore. Erin has played the role of Grizabella in CATS the musical for South Korea, Singapore, Macau and return season to South Korea (Seoul and Co and RUG) Erin then returned home to cover Delta Goodrem as the Grizabella Standby for CATS the musical, Australian tour (RUG). She has currently been touring with ‘Rock Rhapsody’ Featuring Stars of the Australian stage and London’s west end performing the music of the worlds greatest rock band Queen (Good Egg Productions).

Luke Alleva 

Luke has worked extensively as a Choreographer, Performer and Creative Consultant in Theatre, Stage, Film, Tv, Commercials, Photoshoots and Corporate Events throughout Australia and Internationally for the past 20 years.

Luke has worked with some of the best Directors, Choreographers and performers in the Industry such as Ewan McGregor, Caroline O'Connor, Daryl Somers, Kelly Abbey, Gale Edwards, David Atkins, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Ashley, Nancye Hayes, Arlene Phillips just to name a few.

Theatre and Stage productions such The Dancin Man, Funny Girl, Boy From Oz, Hot Shoe Shuffle, 42nd Street, Saturday Night Fever, A Chorus Line, We Will Rock You, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Dusty, Mamma Mia, Man of La Mancha, Get Happy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moonshadow, The Boyfriend, Little Me, Royal Albert Hall Variety, West End Rocks, Relations. Feature Films and Television for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Dein Perry’s Bootmen, Gallipoli From Above, The Divorce for the ABC, Sydney Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Paul O'Grady Show, Always Greener, Sunrise, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and various Tv Commercials.

Luke is also a highly sought after Choreographer, specialising in all styles of Dance and Staging. Carols by Candle Light, Saturday Night Fever, Masters Of Choreography, Cabaret the musical Spiegel Tent, The Dancin Man, Various Corporate Events and Shows, Universities and Institutions throughout Australia.

Ross Hannaford 

Ross first appeared in professional musical theatre over 20 years ago playing the role of Tiny Tim in Scrooge at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Most recently he was the Resident Director of the international touring production of CATS.

Ross received rave reviews for his portrayal of Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne. In 2015 he received a Green Room Award nomination portraying Tobias Ragg in The Victorian Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd. He also played the role of Skimbleshanks in the Australian tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-created CATS.

His previous credits include Paul in A Chorus Line, James in Beyond Desire, King Kong, Wicked, We Will Rock You, Theo in Pippin, Colin in The Secret Garden and SHOUT! His Production Company credits include Clarius in Camelot, Junior in Little Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie & Sweet Charity.

Ross choreographed and starred in ‘Cheek to Cheek’ playing Fred Astaire in the 2017/18 Australian tours. Ross is a graduate of the VCA Music Theatre & the VCA Secondary School. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Solo Seal Award from the Royal Academy of Dance and a finalist of the inaugural Rob Guest Endowment. He has further pursued his love of the arts through creation, choreography, teaching and directing.

Dana Jolly

Dana’s career began at age of 9, in the musical Gypsy at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne. Dana then studied at the Victorian College of Arts, before performing with Victorian State Opera and the Australian Contemporary Dance Company. Dana then moved to London, performing and choreographing in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Japan, for over a decade.

Some of Dana’s credits include, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance London West End and European Tour, The Royal Variety Performance, British Music Awards, National Music Express Awards, Winter Olympics Norway, ‘Shall We Dance’ UK and European tours, ‘Souls In Motion’ European tour and West End, Hollywood and Broadway UK Tour, The Michael Ball television series, the Miss World Competition, Stonewall Concert Royal Albert Hall London, Strauss Waltzes Royal Festival Hall, and a wide variety of corporate, trade, fashion, film and television shows.

She has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Madonna, Prince, East 17, Cliff Richards, The Kinks, Ewan Mc Gregor, Michael Ball, Gloria Estefan, Robert Palmer, Oasis, Ray Charles, and Michael Crawford to name a few. International choreographers and directors that Dana has assisted include Hal Prince, Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman in New York, and Ben Elton, David Gilmore, Arlene Phillips, and Anthony Van Laast in London.

Dana returned to Australia as Resident Choreographer for the Australian productions of Showboat, receiving a Green Room Nomination, We Will Rock You, and The Producers, before choreographing 2,000 dancers and puppeteers in Citrawarna Colours Of Malaysia Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Dana then choreographed 2 productions for The Victorian Opera, and Everybody Loves Rhonda for the opening of The Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Other projects in Australia include choreography for Australian pop artists, Crown Casino, Australia Post, The Liberal Party etc, several television commercials, and Melbourne’s Moomba Parade and Water Festival for 3 years.

Dana’s Musical Theatre credits include Respect, staring Rhonda Burchmore, and 11 productions for The Production Company, including Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Me, Follies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Showboat, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, Curtains, and Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder. In 2012 Dana choreographed the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for TML Enterprises, which toured Australia (2012 & 2013), followed by the Sydney premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Sydney’s Theatre Royal (2013), which received glowing reviews. In 2015 Dana was invited to choreograph the new Australian musical Sexercise, which opened the Alex Theatre in St Kilda, as well as 2 productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Jumpy starring Marina Prior and Jane Turner, and the new Australian work Last Man Standing, written by Steve Vizard, and staring Peter Carroll. Dana was then asked in 2015/2016 to recreate Jerome Robbins original choreography for the musical Fiddler On The Roof staring Anthony Warlow. She then went on to choreograph the Australian debut of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.  Dana is the founder of the corporate entertainment company Voltage International Productions, and is in demand throughout Melbourne and Australia as a freelance choreographer for exclusive corporate functions, as well as for her dance teaching and mentoring. Dana has been invited to teach throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, America, Italy, and Germany. Dana was also inducted into the Victorian College Of The Arts Hall Of Fame in 2015.

 

Rachael Ward

Rachael is currently playing the role of Margarita (Tango feature) in Opera Australia’s EVITA The Musical starring Tina Arena. Her other roles have included, Roxie Hart and Mona in Chicago, Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical and the original Bombalurina in CATS the Musical for Royal Caribbean and at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris. Rachael understudied the role of Lina Lamont in the Australian tour of Singin’ In The Rain and went on to tour the show to Tokyo.

Further musical credits include GFO’s Australian tour of the London Palladium Production Wizard of Oz – The Musical, the Production Company’s Hello, Dolly! and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rachael’s TV appearances include the 2017 Woolworths Carols in the Domain, 2016 Helpmann Awards, appearances on Sunrise and various TVCs and MVCs. She has danced for Kanye West in his live concert and in 2017 was chosen as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award. Rachael has trained internationally with top private coaches and studios including the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and the Associated Studios London.

Kathryn Taprani

Born in Melbourne, Kathryn began performing as a six year old dancing in many local theatre productions concerts. Kathryn studied dance at the Victorian Ballet School under Dianne Parrington, and part-time at the Australian Ballet School. By the age of 17, she had completed a Diploma in classical dance, attending full-time at the National Theatre Ballet School.

Kathryn has been part of a number of Theatre Productions around Australia including Mosaicus (showcasing former Principals of the Australian Ballet Company) and Brigadoon (Act Theatre Company) playing the role of Maggie/Dance Captain, and danced in Pearl Fishers at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Opera Australia.

Kathryn has performed professionally throughout Australia for the past 17 years as a Dancer/Choreographer at many various corporate events including the National Art Gallery, the Carlton Crest Hotel, the Regent plaza ballroom, the Palladium Room at Crown Casino, the Melbourne; Adelaide Convention Centres, and the Versace Hotel Queensland, just to name a few.

Dominic Woodhead

A graduate of the Musical Theatre program at the QLD Conservatorium, Dominic is a highly skilled musician and multi-instrumentalist working in a wide variety of styles of performance over his life. He made his debut at age 15, conducting at the Qld Pop’s Orchestra’s: Celtic Celebration’s concert at QPAC in May 2011. Dominic’s Musical Directing credits include 35mm (2015 – Australian Premier), Villains (2015), Carrie (2016), Sweet Charity (2016) Edges (2016), The Life (2016), Boys of Sondheim (2017), Jack of Two Trades (2017), Pirates of Penzance (2018), Little Women (2018), Spring Awakening (2018), Rhonda Burchmore: Bang Bang (2018). His stage credits include Hamburg Ballet’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), Carousel (2013), Miss Saigon(2013), Hair (2013), Into The Woods (2014), Songs For Sarah Connor- MICF (2016). Other credits include Lord Mayors Christmas Carols (2012-2013), ADPI Showcase (2013-2016), Qld Cabaret Festival (2014-2016), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2015), Rent (2015), Cool Britannia (2015-2016), Heathers (2016), Underground Broadway (2016), Once Upon a Time (2016),Stranger Songs (2016) Rent (2016), Great Composer’s of London’s West end (2017), A Fine Romance (2017) Twelfth Night (2018), Frankly Sinatra (2018). Dom is also an active composer and arranger and is currently in the process of workshopping his musical collaborations with Jackson McGovern.

 

Adrian Portell 

Adrian Portell is a diverse musician who is highly skilled in musical direction, vocal coaching, accompanying, audition preparation, performing, recording, creating backing tracks, and piano teaching.

He has recently been the Assistant Musical Director on the Australian productions of The Book of Mormon, Matilda the Musical, Strictly Ballroom - the Musical, and King Kong.

 

Natalie Gamsu

Natalie Gamsu is a singer, actor, cabaret artist and visual artist. She has performed both internationally (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Johannesburg), and nationally. Born in Namibia, Natalie established a strong following with her solo cabaret shows, music theatre, and television in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Some of Gamsu’s theatre credits include Candide (Woman With One Buttock), Dr. Zhivago, Mary Poppins, (Miss Andrew), Women Of Troy (Barry Kosky), Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom (Abuela) and Ladies In Black (Magda), director - Simon Phillips. Most recently, Darlinghurst Nights (Rose), director - Lee Lewis, composer Max Lambert.

From 1992 - 2003, Natalie lived and worked in New York City. She won the Backstage Bistro Award and a MAC Award for Outstanding Vocalist. She has recorded 2 CD’s Weave and Misfit (iTunes). Recent credits in film and TV include the role of Jan Barton in Neighbours, Fatima in the Feature Film, Ali’s Wedding and Sal in Street Smart.

Her new one-woman show Carmen – Live Or Dead has been performed in Melbourne at The Butterfly Club, The Hayes in Sydney and most recently at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June.

Robyn Arthur

Robyn Arthur is one of Australia's leading theatre performers with over 40 years in the industry. Robyn most recently reprised her role as Marion Woolnough in the Production Company’s, THE BOY FROM OZ. She originally played the role in 2011 production alongside Todd McKenney.

Some other theatre highlights include a tour around Australia and Tokyo with Jonathan Church’s SINGING IN THE RAIN (Dainty Organisation). Geoffrey Atherden’s MOTHER AND SON directed by Roger Hodgman, Mrs Potts in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Hugh Jackman, she relished and Robyn will be long remembered for her performance as Madame Thenardier (Victorian GRA) in the glorious original cast of LES MISERABLES (Trevor Nunn and Gale Edwards).

In 2007, she was nominated for a Helpmann Award - Australian premiere of Sideshow Alley (Keelan/Young) for QPAC. Other theatre highlights include MY FAIR LADY (Opera Australia); MINEFIELDS AND MINISKIRTS (Terence O’Connell/ Malthouse), SWEENEY TODD (Opera Queensland); Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY (STC) and AWAY directed by Michael Gow (STC). Television credits include: ROSEHAVEN, SISTERS, WOODLEY, NEIGHBOURS as Delta Goodrem's manager Melody Jones. Film highlights: CHARLOTTE’S WEB with Dakota Fanning and Tropfest ‘18 HOARDER CONTROL (Nicholas Colla). Robyn’s been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1975 and serves on the Victorian Actors Benevolent Trust (VABT).

Benjamin Osborne

Originally from Melbourne Australia, he made his stage debut in the original production of 'The Boy from Oz’. This was followed by appearing in 'Shout - The Legend of the Wild One'  and the original Australian company of Mamma Mia!’. During his time there, he took over the role of Dance Captain for the Australian and Asian tours.

Benjamin then took on the role of Dance Captain for the Australian production of ‘Miss Saigon’, where he later became the Resident Choreographer. He has since worked on the Korean, Dutch, Japanese, New York and U.K/European Tour productions as the Associate Choreographer.

Benjamin’s other credits include the 10th Anniversary production of ‘Mamma Mia!’, the Australian and New Zealand tours of ‘Jersey Boys’, and the Australian production of ‘The Addams Family’, all as Resident Choreographer. Benjamin also choreographed the first Australian professional showings of both ‘Passion’ and ‘City of Angels’ for Lifelike Productions, and is currently the Resident Director of the Australian production of ‘Disney’s Aladdin’.

Cameron Menzies directs and creatively directs both in Australia and Internationally across Opera, Music Theatre, Theatre and Health Arts. He has been engaged by Opera Australia, Short Black Opera Company (Australia’s National Indigenous Opera Company), Victorian Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Shakespeare’s Globe UK, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, DivaOpera United Kingdom, All the Queens Men, Australian International Opera Company, Festival de Musique de Sully & Du Loire France, Festival de la Vézère, Sgt. Pepper @ 50 Festival Liverpool UK, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Arts Program and the L’Oreal Fashion Festival with the Operette Series, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 20th International AIDS Conference Melbourne, Breacan Breast Cancer Support, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Brighton Festival UK. He holds Artistic Director, Associate Artist, Creative Director and Event Director positions both here in Australia and in the UK. He was the Chief Opera Director at the Opera Studio in Melbourne from 2010 – 2014 and Stagecraft Lecturer at VCA/Melbourne, School of Music. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from Melbourne University VCA and is a graduate of The Ensemble Acting Studios under the tutelage of the late Hayes Gordon OAM. He is the new Artistic Director for The Classics: Opera for City of Stonnington and Associate Artist (Director of Productions) for Diva Opera UK. He is a Helpmann and Green Room Nominated Director and the recipient of the 2008 Bayreuth Opera Award, 2011 Berlin New music Award from Opera Foundation Australian and DAAD. He was a Besen Fellow through the Malthouse Theatre with Michael Kantor and was awarded the 2016 Sydney Award from Broadway World for Best Direction for the Sydney production of Pecan Summer By Deborah Cheetham for Short Black Opera Company at the Sydney Opera House.

Full details of his work can be found at: http://cameronmenzies.wixsite.com/cameronmenzies

Will Conyers 

Theatre stalwart,Will Conyers has worked extensively in all branches of the entertainment industry since the age of 6 - from piano bars to opera, cabaret to opera and rock opera and from the theatre to film and T.V soap opera. A graduate of the National Theatre Drama School (1980), he returned there to be the founding Director of the Musical Theatre Course (1996-1998). He also studied with esteemed NY Acting and Music Theatre teacher, Carol-Fox Prescott.

Will’s career highlights include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Concert & Theatre Versions), Torch Song Trilogy, Mame, Gypsy, Sweet Charity, Man Of La Mancha, Footrot Flats - The Musical, Half A Sixpence, The Magic Wishing Chair, Favourite Son, Tell Me On A Sunday, All The Lives Of Me, The Magic Pudding, Hairy McClary and Friends, Oi Vay! It’s Broadway!, The Son of Getron, The Childhood of Christ, The Prodigal Son, Possum Magic, Wheels Of A Dream, The Magic Faraway Tree, Centre Stage With Your Arms Up, Alas! The World! The An Evening With Catherine Porter, Use What You Got, Topol In Fiddler On The Roof , LazyTown Live, Is There Life After High School?, Closer Than Ever, Dutch Courage, Nile Blue, McCubbin, & Many Major Corporate Theatre Functions and tertiary college showcases. Most recently, he worked with director, Cameron Menzies, on two productions of STATUS – The Play (Fairfax Studio, Vic Arts Centre) and on a new Australian musical, The White Mouse.

In amongst countless corporate/concert events, he was chosen to direct Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft, in The Power of Humanity Ball for the Red Cross and was thrilled to be invited to direct Tony Award-winning writers, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical The Musical, Rocky, Anastasia) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin) in east coast tour concerts celebrating their works (2009-10). Will has appeared many times on Neighbours, and has enjoyed featured roles on The Flying Doctors and Skirts. He also created the roles of the French Cook, and Rocky, The Frilled-Neck Lizard for the ABC series, Lift Off.

Will has lectured at almost all the major tertiary performing arts institutions in Acting, Voice and Musical Theatre. He was Head of Acting at CQU (2000-03) and is regularly asked to adjudicate in Festivals and Eistedfodds. He, along with Nancye Hayes AM OAM, was chosen to take up an Artist-Residence at WAAPA in 1995. He continues to Guest Lecture at almost all the tertiary Music Theatre courses along the eastern seaboard. Will is very proud of his 20 years volunteer service to The Green Room Awards Assoc Inc. In that time, he served as Music Theatre panel head, Secretary, Vice-President and President. His service was rewarded with a Life Membership to the Association. For 6 years, Will was also the host of the hugely successful Broadway at Bedtime on JOY 94.9 and was the Artistic Director of Downstairs at Alma's.