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.
Gabriella Rose-Carter is an alumna of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute – New York with a two year conservatory degree. Fellow alumni from the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute include Uma Thurman,Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Barbara Streisand, Sally Field, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino and Paul Newman.
Ms Carter is also an alumna of the Susan Batson Studio - New York. Susan Batson is the private coach to Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey and Juliette Binoche.
Gabriella conveys over 20 years of acting experience in both training and performance.
A researcher of humanity, creative thinking and storytelling, Gabriella is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought after acting coaches. She is the founder of Q44 Theatre Inc which in 2017 became a community organisation with not-for-profit status.
Gabriella has had the honour of working with and learning from some of the worlds leading acting professionals, including LOGIE and ARIA award winner Noni Hazlehurst, Larry Moss and Jean-Louis Rodrigue who work extensively with Leonardo DiCaprio, Susan Batson private coach to Nicole Kidman and Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy recipient Ellen Burstyn.
Ms Carter was invited by Ellen Burstyn to become a permanent observer of the Actors Studio - New York in 2013.
“You are a living example of Lee’s work. I’ve loved seeing and working with you.” – Ellen Burstyn, The Actors Studio, New York
For the past 3 years Gabriella has lectured at the University of Melbourne - Master of Creative Writing program.
Recently returning from London, Jenny has worked in all aspects of the industry, both locally and internationally.
Current Disney Audition Choreographer in the UK and Australia, Jenny's teaching credits include RADA, Central School of Ballet, Associated Studios, GSA and studios including Danceworks and Pineapple Studios, London.
Stage highlights include, West End Heroes, (Dominion Theatre, London), ‘The Wiggles’ (National and International tours, as Singer/Dancer and Dance Captain), P & O and Princess Cruises. Jenny has also performed as a Singer/Dancer for rock legend Neil Young and various other events and performances worldwide.
Film and TV credits include, Downton Abbey, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and Madonna's, W.E.
Choreography credits include, working alongside Director, Martha Fiennes for 'The Westbury Hotel' commercial, London and winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her piece ‘Corporate Escape’, which went on to feature at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne.
Co-Creator of 1920s entertainment group The Gatsby Girls, London, performance and choreography credits include BBC2’s ‘Hair’, Glastonbury Festival and performances throughout the UK and Europe for a variety of events.
With a focus and passion for teaching, Jenny created CBS Dance, for professional actor/singers in 2013. Now in it's 4th year in London, CBS Dance has launched in Melbourne and is looking forward to working with many more performers in the future.
Martin Croft started his professional career at the age of 17 with appearances on Melbourne TV. Initially trained as a classical singer, his first major show was Jesus Christ Superstar for Harry M. Miller touring Australia and New Zealand. This led to a full career in music theatre and opera, first as performer and then adding director/musical director, writer, teacher, event manager and producer to the list.
Martin has starred in most of the major shows of the last 25 years in Australia, the U.K. and USA including Les Miserables, Godspell, Cats, Miss Saigon, and The Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest principal singer with Opera Australia and he produced and performed in Closer Than Ever, Putting It Together and the award-winning 3 Vile Men. Martin produced, co-wrote and starred in the highly successful Joe Starts Again which received the 2004 Green Room Award for Best New Musical and was invited to the inaugural New York Music Theatre Festival in September 2004.
Martin's recent credits as resident director include: Jersey Boys (New Theatricals Australasian Production), Les Miserables (Asia/South Africa Tour), The Boy From Oz (Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth), Oliver (Cameron Mackintosh Australia/Singapore), and as director: Into The Woods In Concert at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, Hats Off 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 Hats Off To Sondheim, Chelsea Plumley - Live and Luscious, Nothing's Changed - Nehama Patkin, Alex Rathgaber - Momentary Act, Ship of Fools, Dutch Courage, Boxed In, Kim Smith is Madly Adored, Thrill Me - The Leopold and Loebe Story, Up, Is There Life After High School, Into The Woods, Company, and A Little Night Music.
He has also directed numerous award ceremonies, concerts, workshops, cabarets and plays in Australia and overseas.
Martin produced The Inside of Ed's Head (Eddie Perfect's first solo CD), is currently Vice President of Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is the recipient of 1 Mo Award and 2 Green Room Awards.
Daniel Puckey has undertaken studies at both the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Box Hill Institute.
He has just completed the Australian tour of Muriel’s Wedding - The Musical as Musical Director. Most recently, he was the Assistant Musical Director and Associate Conductor of The Book of Mormon in Sydney.
Further credits include; Associate Musical Director for the Australian Tour of The Wizard of Oz with Anthony Warlow; Assistant Musical Director and Associate Conductor on The Bodyguard Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Anniversary Tour of Hot Shoe Shuffle; Keyboardist on Kinky Boots, We Will Rock You, Sound of Music, The Lion King, and King Kong; Musical Director on The Last Five Years, The Gathering, Dreamsong, and various other works for both The VCA and Federation University of Australia. He has also helped develop arrangements and conceive music for two new Australian works: The Gathering, and Dreamsong.
Daniel has also worked abroad as Music Director and Music Manager for the entertainment company AIDA Cruises based in Hamburg, Germany. He has also worked extensively within Performing Arts Education as a Music Tutor and Accompanist at The VCA, Federation University, Victorian State Schools Spectacular and Stage School Australia.
Rosa is the Director of Make A Scene and has been delivering her unique brand of Commedia dell’Arte training, workshops and shows to schools around the country since 2010. She studied commedia with Venezia InScena (Italy), Jacques Lecoq Technique with Norman Taylor (New York) and Bouffon with Giovanni Fusetti. Rosa has a teaching degree from Deakin University and also trained with Patsy Rodenburg and inUta Hagen Technique (HB Studio, New York). Her work has been twice selected for the VCE Playlist at La Mama Theatre with an original translation of The Servant of Two Masters (published by Currency Press) and in 2019 with a new adaptation of Collodi’s, Pinocchio. Rosa has trained teachers, students and actors through: Drama Victoria, The Fairfax Youth Initiative and Melbourne Theatre Company. She is a proud board member for Lab Kelpie: An Australian New Writing Theatre Company and has served on the Drama Victoria Committee of Management.
Michael Lavine (Music Director) has worked as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer all over the world. He musically directed a concert of the works of Stephen Schwartz, featuring Stephen himself, Ben Vereen, Paul Shaffer, Alice Ripley, Daisy Eagan, Constantine Maroulis, Bryan Batt, and more, and produced and musically directed REDISCOVERED HAMLISCH, a CD of previously unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, featuring Kelli O’Hara and other Broadway stars.
Michael conducted THE LITTLE MERMAID at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, starring Emily Skinner, musical directed Comden & Green’s BILLION DOLLAR BABY at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre, starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte, as well as Burton Lane’s CARMELINA (also at the York). He has shared the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) in THIS FUNNY WORLD (a Rodgers and Hart revue) at the Kennedy Center. Michael also regularly plays for the Outer Critic's Circle Awards in New York, and has conducted orchestras in a number of cities around the country.
A graduate of Columbia University, Michael owns one of the larger privately held sheet music collections in the world. In addition, Michael gives master classes on the performance of songs and auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Switzerland, Bangkok, Australia, Singapore, Manila, Martha's Vineyard and other locations.
Madison graduated from the Musical Theatre stream at Showfit in 2012 and Patrick Studios Australia in 2014. Her recent creative credits include the 2017- 2019 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, Falsettos (StageArt), the Brisbane production of Bare the Musical (Understudy Productions), Mad World (David Butler Studios), Garfield The Musical (Melbourne International Comedy Fest) The Wild Party (Little Triangle), the Australian premiere of Razorhurst (Hayes Theatre Co), the Australian premiere of Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Co), the Sydney production of Nine the Musical (Little Triangle), Les Miserables (Packemin Productions), DreamSong (EbbFlow Productions), the 25th Anniversary Concert of Jekyll & Hyde with Anthony Warlow (Concertworks), Hi5 (Hi5 World), Stepping Out (Nineteen98 Productions) and The Fosse Legacy (Nice Work Productions). Madison was nominated for Best Choreography (The Wild Party) at the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards. Madi has conducted workshops Australian wide and internationally and is a regular guest at Industry workshops and open classes.
Lyndelle is a passionate acting coach with over 20 years experience in the Performing Arts Industry.
Lyndelle initially trained as a High School Drama teacher and has worked as Head of Drama at various senior schools across both Queensland and NSW; directed many successful school productions and also marked the Higher School Certificate in NSW.
In 2010 Lyndelle spent six months’ in Los Angeles undergoing extensive training at the Ivana Chubbuck studio, The Second City’ School of Improvisation and Scott Sedita Acting Studios. Lyndelle completed her training with Ivana Chubbuck to become an accredited teacher of the Chubbuck Technique (one of only three accredited teachers in Australia). In 2018 Lyndelle was awarded the Elizabeth Kemp Acting Teacher’s Scholarship to return to LA to do further training. Lyndelle has also trained with Anthony Brandon Wong, Elizabeth Kemp, Susan Batson and Carol Rosenfeld of HB Studio, New York.
Lyndelle’s expertise has often been called upon for speaking appearances at industry conferences and she also works in the corporate environment, running specialised training workshops.
Recognition for her coaching work with students at Macquarie University came when she won the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in Learning’.
As an acting coach, Lyndelle currently works with professional actors for film, television and stage work in addition to training actors at 16th Street Actor’s Studio, BRAVE Studios, Associated Studios Australia and the Film and Television Studio International in Melbourne.
Matt Furlani is a Voice/Dialect coach and Actor, holding a Post Grad Diploma in Voice Studies and Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA).
Matt has worked with theatre companies including OpticNerve, North of Eight, the Artisan Collective as well as the Australian E-Sports Federation and Epic Tampa Entertainment, US.
In 2016 he was a recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship, enabling him to travel to Scotland and work with renowned voice teacher - and author of Freeing the Natural Voice - Kristin Linklater.
He regularly teaches dialect workshops at TAFTA, Melbourne Actor’s Lab and Associated Studios Aus, as well as ongoing private tuition. He has taught Voice & Dialect at 16th St since 2017.
Most recently, Matt was Dialect Coach for Red Stitch’s productions of Pomona and Ulster American and was invited to work alongside Geraldine Cook on Golden Shield and Home, I’m Darling for MTC.
Mark’s credits as a musical director, composer and performer include: A Golem Story (Malthouse Theatre), The School For Wives (Bell Shakespeare), , Goodbye Vaudeville, Charlie Mudd (Malthouse Theatre), Rosa Waxes Lyrical (The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Edinburgh Fringe), Elizabeth…..Almost by Chance a Woman (Malthouse Theatre), The Beautiful Losers (The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Cautionary Tales For Children (Arena Theatre), Suburban Gothic (The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Good Evening – The Sketches of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore (National Tour), I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change! (The Athenaeum Theatre), The Tales of Peter Rabbit (National Tour), What’s a Girl To Do? (Malthouse Theatre), Three Weill Men (Chapel Off Chapel, Adelaide Cabaret Festival).
Compositional credits include: “Goodbye Vaudeville, Charlie Mudd”, “Cautionary Tales For Children”, “Carnival Joe”, “Pinocchio – The Greatest Little Show On Earth”, “After The Beep”, “Noddy Goes To Toyland”, “The Tales of Peter Rabbit” and “The Beautiful Losers”.
Mark teaches singing privately and over the years has also taught at Fed Uni, The National Theatre School of Drama, AIM Melbourne, VCA (Music Theatre) and Associated Studios Australia. He lectured in singing at the VCA School of Drama for 16 years.
Victorian Green Room Awards include: Cyrens (Musical Direction 2017), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Best Actor and Composition 2010), The Beautiful Losers (Cabaret Ensemble 2006 & 2007), Three Weill Men (Musical Direction 2003), Me and Mr Jones (Cabaret Ensemble 2002), Jacques Brel is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Best Cabaret 2000) and a Contribution to Cabaret award in 2018.
Since completing her actor training at The Victorian College of the Arts, Sharon has worked extensively throughout the industry in theatre, film and television. With over 15 years experience working in both commercial and independent sectors, and having toured to almost every metropolitan and regional theatre in the country, Sharon brings passion, depth, and humour to every project.
Sharon is a fierce advocate for Australian artists and their unique stories both in her artistic work and her active role as Victorian Vice President of Equity. She is an active member of the National Performers Committee and the Equity Wellness Committee and devotes many hours to ensuring performers and the wider industry are valued, informed, and protected in their work.
Her recent collaboration with Lab Kelpie as director of Katy Warner’s play Spencer, has led to her also joining their artistic leadership team as Literary Manager. This has presented her the opportunity to fully explore and develop her instincts as a director and dramaturg of new Australian work.
Recent theatre credits include Alone Outside a one woman show for Lab Kelpie, Alice in Crazy Brave for Branch Theatre Co, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for Essential Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Vines national tour, Holly in Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, and Helen in Australia Day directed by Jonathan Biggins.
TV credits include Neighbours, Killing Time, and It’s a Date.
John has been working as a performer, producer, director, and educator for twenty-three years. Having worked with many of the best performers and creatives our industry offers, John’s professional performance history has encompassed over 60 productions of Theatre, Musical Theatre, Opera, and Oratorio, as well as vast commercial and concert engagements.
John has also directed acclaimed seasons of Rent and Sweeney Todd, plus The Magic Flute, An Opera Odyssey, The Callback, and The Merry Widow. In 2013, he co-wrote, directed, and produced the opening ceremony of the International Convention of Voice Teachers after producing The Last Five Years a year earlier. In 2015, he received a Matilda nomination for Best Production and Best Director for his project Slammed.
Since completing four degrees, including a masters, John has also been in demand as a singing and musical theatre performance teacher. For the past eight years, he has been teaching in the Musical Theatre course at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, before which he taught singing at the University of Southern Queensland and held the position of Head of Musical Theatre at the Australian Dance Performance Institute. He also, now consults and teaches for the amazing new Associated Studios Australia, over from the West End UK, headed by world renowned Leontine Hass.
Being so passionate about young artists’ holistic development has led many of John’s students into fruitful professional performance careers, including leading roles and covers in national and international tours of vast numbers of professional productions the likes of Les Miserables, Book of Mormon, Phantom, Cats and so many more.
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 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 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).
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’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 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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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’.
David Piper is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Music).
David is a musical director, pianist, composer and educator.
He has been at the forefront of musical theatre in Australia for almost 30 years. Classically trained, he achieved early success as a national finalist in the ABC Young Performers’ Award performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, until he found a home in musical theatre.
He was most recently Music Director for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (GFO). He has been Music Director for The Production Company on Chess (Green Room Award nomination), and The Boyfriend, for the original Australian tour of The Boy From Oz, for the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and Mary Poppins, and for Playking and National Theatre of China on Cho Cho. He worked for VCA as Music Director for Company and A Chorus Line. He has been Associate Musical Director for Fiddler On The Roof, (Lawson), Once, (MTC/GFO), Legally Blonde The Musical (Ambassador) Mary Poppins (Disney/Cameron Mackintosh), Wicked (GFO) and Annie (GFO). He has been Assistant Musical Director for Hugh Jackman The Boy From Oz Arena, (Gannon/Fox), Mamma Mia, (Dainty) We Will Rock You (Michael Koppel), Miss Saigon (Louise Withers and Assoc), Crazy For You (GFO) and Into The Woods. As a repetiteur/vocal coach and pianist he has worked on Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, (Cassell), My Fair Lady, (Opera Australia), Aladdin (Disney), Strictly Ballroom (Bazmark), Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma!, Call Me Madam (The Production Company), Aspects of Love (Really Useful Group), West Side Story (VSO), Scrooge the Musical, The Pirates of Penzance (EssGee), Carmen Jones, Chicago (IMG), Show Boat and for the ABC with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He worked as vocal coach to The Croc Men (Australia Zoo) – DVD released. He has also worked as Musical Director for Magnormos Productions and for Federation University Performing Arts Faculty on Spring Awakening, and A Bunch Of Ratbags. He has written music for P.E. The Musical (Malthouse) and Alice Through A Looking Glass Darkly (Phoenix Theatre). He has been a faculty member of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Course at AIM and works casually at VCA, APO Arts Academy and Associated Studios Australia.