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New Musicals Australia

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Panel Members

Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell

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Lisa Campbell


British born Lisa Campbell founded Luckiest Productions in 2007.  Since then Luckiest Productions has produced national tours, international documentaries and live recordings for DVD and cinema release.  They have won Helpmann, ARIA and Sydney Theatre awards.  She was a producer of Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 2009-2011, with her husband David as Artistic Director.

Lisa is a founding member of Hayes Theatre Co, and is now Chair of the Board.  At Hayes Theatre Co. Luckiest Productions has produced four musicals at the Hayes: Sweet Charity (with Neil Gooding Productions), Miracle City, Little Shop of Horrors  (with Tinderbox Productions) and Only Heaven Knows.

She also works in casting. She has cast productions including Heathers, RENT and  most recently cast the national tour of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.

Lisa is a member of the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia.

Lisa also produces children – seven year old Leo and three year old twins, Billy and Betty.

Paul Capsis

Paul Capsis

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Paul Capsis


Paul Capsis is an Australian performance icon.   His extensive career has traversed theatre, film, television, live concerts and cabaret.

Paul has performed with Australia’s leading theatre companies (Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Company B Belvoir and the Victorian State Opera) and internationally, in Valletta Malta,Vienna, London, New York, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Paul’s impressive and diverse body of work has been acknowledged with many awards including the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award, and Helpmann awards for Best Actor in a Play, Best New Work and Best Live Musical Presentation.

With a voice once described as “an act of God”, Paul has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Soweto Gospel choir.  His recordings include Paul Capsis Live, featuring backing from the Café Of the Gates of Salvation; a brilliant studio album, Everybody Wants To Touch Me, and the jazz-inspired Make Me A King.

Richard Carroll

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Richard Carroll


Richard Carroll is a director, writer and producer based in Sydney. He won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production of an Independent Musical in 2018 for CALAMITY JANE, and was nominated for Best Director of a Musical. His 2016 production of SIDE SHOW at Hayes Theatre Co was nominated for multiple awards, including three Sydney Theatre Awards. He is the co-creator and director of THE SHOW GOES ON starring Bernadette Robinson, which played at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017/18.

Richard’s writing and co-writing work includes EVERYBODY LOVES LUCY, DAHLESQUE, HISPANIC ATTACK, and DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK. He has directed opening gala concerts for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Art House. Richard’s producing work includes DARLINGHURST NIGHTS at Hayes Theatre Co, and – as part of Luckiest Productions – SWEET CHARITY and MIRACLE CITY with Lisa Campbell.

In 2018, Richard directs GYPSY at Hayes Theatre Co, the Australian tour of CALAMITY JANE, the Melbourne season of THE SHOW GOES ON; and co-directs AN ACT OF GOD at Darlinghurst Theatre Company with Mitchell Butel.

Terence Clarke

Terence Clarke

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Terence Clarke


Terence Clarke has worked in theatre for over 40 years, mainly as director – 140 productions – and composer; as teacher, actor, and dramaturg (less); and as pianist/MD (least). His appointments have included: Associate Director of WA’s state theatre company; Artistic Director/CEO of the Hunter Valley Theatre Company (Australia’s first regional professional company), and of the Playwright’s Conference; Head of Directing at NIDA. His composing includes the music to Nick Enright’s book and lyrics for three musicals: The Venetian Twins, Variations (winner of 1983 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Drama), and Summer Rain. In 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia ‘for services to the performing arts as director, actor, writer, composer, and educator’.

Helen Dallimore

Helen Dallimore

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Helen Dallimore


Helen is an actress, singer, director and writer. Since graduating from NIDA in 1995, she has enjoyed a successful career in theatre, musical theatre, film and television both in Australia and in the UK. She created the role of Glinda in the West End production of Wicked opposite Idina Menzel, and played Cinderella in the acclaimed Regent’s Park production of Into the Woods. She won the Helpmann Award for her performance in Legally Blonde the Musical and was nominated for best actress in a musical for Blood Brothers. She most recently created the role of Deidre Chambers in the acclaimed world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. Her directing credits include A Life in the Theatre for Darlinghurst Theatre Company and High Society, The Fantasticks, and Everybody loves Lucy for Hayes Theatre Company. Helen has written for several television comedies including Sando and Here Come the Habibs! in which she also starred.

Carmel Dean

Carmel Dean

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Carmel Dean


Carmel Dean is a New York based composer, arranger and musical director. She was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, and after graduating from WAAPA was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA where she received her Masters in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU in 2003. Since then Carmel has been involved in the creation of many new Broadway musicals, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; American Idiot; Hands on a Hardbody  and If/Then. She has performed with and/or arranged music for Green Day on the Grammy Awards; Chita Rivera; Betty Buckley; and the jam band Phish. This fall Carmel will make her composing debut with All I Could See (co-written with Tony-Award nominated book writer Dick Scanlan) when it receives its world premiere production Off-Broadway.

Christie Evangelisto

Christie Evangelisto

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Christie Evangelisto


Christie Evangelisto is a dramaturg and producer with over a decade of experience in new musical/new play development and production. She recently served as Literary Director at Signature Theatre in New York, where she worked closely with Signature’s many Playwrights-in-Residence and dramaturged twenty-plus new plays including Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play, Sam Shepard’s Heartless, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, and Naomi Wallace’s And I and Silence. Previously, Christie worked at New York’s Playwrights Horizons theatre company, where she was the Director of Musical Theatre Development & Resident Dramaturg. At Playwrights, Christie oversaw the development and production of new musicals, most notably the Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens, as well as five seasons’ worth of new plays by writers including Adam Rapp, Christopher Shinn, Adam Bock, Sarah Treem, and Bruce Norris. Christie has also served as Vice President of Development for Scott Rudin Productions, Dramaturg for The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., and as a freelance dramaturg for opera, dance, and immersive theatre. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, & Cinema from New York University and earned her MFA in Dramaturgy from Yale School of Drama. Since moving to Sydney, Christie has worked steadily as a freelance dramaturg with both major and independent theatre companies. She was recently announced as a member of Queensland Theatre Company’s National Artistic Team, responsible for season planning as well as realising QTC’s expansive new vision. tie has worked steadily as a freelance dramaturg with both major and independent theatre companies. She was recently announced as a member of Queensland Theatre Company’s National Artistic Team, responsible for season planning as well as realising QTC’s expansive new vision.

Tim Freedman

Tim Freedman

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Tim Freedman


Tim Freedman is the founding member, lead singer and pianist for The Whitlams. The band has released 6 Gold and Platinum albums since 1993, and at the 1998 ARIAs was awarded Song of the Year for “No Aphrodisiac”, Best Independent Release for “Eternal Nightcap” and Best Group.

In 2015 he wrote and performed a one-man show based on the life and work of Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talking’ ‘bout Me” which toured to critical acclaim around the country.

Neil Gooding

Neil Gooding

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Neil Gooding


Neil most recently directed the World Premiere concert version of Paris in Melbourne, directed the world Premiere of The Red Tree, and well as  being the Assistant Director on the play Church And State which premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in February 2017. He also produced and directed High Fidelity at Hayes Theatre Co.  Neil was also one of the producers of the Off-Broadway play Handle With Care, one of the producers of The 39 Steps, which played at Union Square Theatre in New York.  He also produced the Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity which launched Hayes Theatre Co, before going on to have a national tour. In 2013, Neil was one of the producers of Alan Cumming’s one-man version of Macbeth which ran for a special 14 week limited season on Broadway.

In 2014, Neil was the director of Passion, at the Arts Centre in Melbourne for Life Like Touring.  He also recently directed the Australian premiere of Dogfight by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul at the Hayes Theatre (for which he received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination), and the national tour of Thank You For Being A Friend. In 2009, Neil directed and produced the Australian premiere of Gutenberg!  The Musical! for which he was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for his direction.

Neil has produced and directed Sing On Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson), LOVEBiTES by Peter Rutherford and James Millar, Love Letters starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck, Irving Berlin: Songs In The Key Of Black starring Lucy Maunder, Mitchel Butel in Killing Time, The Divine Miss Bette starring Catherine Alcorn, Queenie van de Zandt in Blue: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell and I Get The Music In You, as well as being one of the producers of the hit Australian play Holding The Man in the West End starring Jane Turner and Simon Burke,

In 2008, Neil produced (with WhiteBox) the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O’Connor, Peter Cousens, Barry Crocker AM and Melle Stewart, which then went on to perform at the NYMF in New York.  Neil also served as the Assistant Director on both of these productions. In 2009, he produced the original tour of Breast Wishes around Australia..

For several years, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment, where he responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular,  the  Long Way To The Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003.

In 2005, Neil spent several months contracting to Jacobsen Entertainment exploring the potential of overseas productions of Dirty Dancing.  Neil also worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her Visualise Tour.

Other directing projects include Side By Side By Sondheim, Diciasette – Mark Vincent, Love Death And An American Guitar, Back To The 80’s, The Road To Bethlehem, Well Swung, Keeping Annabelle, Listen To My Heart, Building A Wing workshops of The Silver Donkey, High As A Kite, Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You and A Little Touch Of Chaos, and the two workshops of new Australian musical The Hatpin. Neil was also Assistant Director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company. Neil directed Nick Christo’s cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye, which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award, and was presented in New York in 2009.

Neil is the author of Back To The 80’s which is now produced hundreds of times around the world every year, as well as the newly released Popstars.  He has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland.  Neil was the originating Chairman and one of the founding members of Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, and is the head of New Musicals Australia.

Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie

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Michelle Guthrie


Michelle Guthrie has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Originally as a performer touring in musicals across Australia, Michelle went on to become General Manager of Peter & Ellen Williams Presents at the Sydney Opera House.  As an agent Michelle was the director of Australian Creative Management and was a Client Manager with the Harry M Miller Group. As a publicist, Mollison Consulting and The Really Useful Company Australia before setting up her own company MGM Publicity & Promotions. MGM has managed the media for Cyndi Lauper, Barry Humphries, The Dali Lama, The Phantom of the Opera, Guys & Dolls, Bernadette Peters, Kristen Chenoweth and more. As producer Michelle has produced the Coogee Carols for Randwick City Council for 17 years, Neglected Musicals for nine years having presented 16 musicals. Michelle is the Associate Producer for the critically acclaimed and Award Winning Calamity Jane starring Virginia Gay.  Michelle is also a board member of Hayes Theatre Co and Coordinating Producer for New Musicals Australia

Nancye Hayes

Nancye Hayes

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Nancye Hayes


Nancye Hayes is one of Australian musical theatre’s true triple threats, being a superb dancer, fine singer, actor, and now also a choreographer, director and teacher.She has performed and starred in numerous musicals in Australia such as Promises, Promises, Cabaret, Pippin, Irene, Nine, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Annie, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Follies in Concert and Showboat to only name a few.

Ms Hayes has received many accolades for her contribution to the Australian theatre scene which include two Helpmann awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Variety Club, the Green Room Awards Association and the Sydney Theatre Awards. In 2011 Nancye was honoured to be a recipient of the JC Williamson Award that recognises outstanding contribution to the Australian Live Performance Industry and in 1981 her services to the performing arts were recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones

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Deborah Jones


Deborah Jones is a writer and critic specialising in the performing arts. She was formerly a long-serving Arts editor of The Australian newspaper and currently reviews musical theatre and dance for The Australian. She has an honours degree in Drama from the University of Newcastle, where she was a tutor in Drama for three years. She blogs at deborahjones.me.

Jason Langley

Jason Langley

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Jason Langley


Jason Langley is an award-winning director with thirty years’ theatre experience variously as a director, actor, dramaturg, mentor and teacher.

In recent years Jason has directed; The Boy From Oz, Brigadoon, Dusty in Melbourne and Adelaide all for The Production Company, Bosom Buddies starring Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney, The Songs Of Nick Enright Gala Concert for Home Grown in Melbourne, Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and Jingle Bell Jazz at the Sydney Opera House, Loving Repeating – for which he received a Green Room Award, the play Here Lies Henry in London, four new works – Between Worlds, Almost Home, Say Hello First and Playing Rock Hudson, the World premiere and National tour of Breast Wishes, the plays As You Like It and The Double Bass, two seasons of the Australian comedy Boyband, The Windows Project for the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Elegies at The Sydney Theatre, The 25th Annual Premier’s Christmas Concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Yesterday An Incident Occurred, The Skriker, The Rimers Of Eldritch and Chekhov In Hell for AIM Dramatic Arts and for WAAPA; 42nd Street, Legally Blonde, Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime, Batboy, Once On This Island, A Chorus Line, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Noel Coward’s Easy Virtue.

Amy Maiden

Amy Maiden

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Amy Maiden


Currently the General Manager of the Australian Theatre of Young People, Amy Maiden has over fifteen years of Australian and international experience in both the commercial and non-profit cultural sectors. Her experience includes producing, general management, domestic and and international touring, commercial and non-profit ticketing and marketing, strategic planning and multifaceted major fundraising campaigns. With an insatiable passion for the development and showcasing of Australian stories, Amy is dedicated to furthering work that reflects rich diversity of our nation.

Anne-Maree McDonald

Anne-Maree McDonald

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Anne-Maree McDonald


Anne-Maree McDonald’s career began when, as a teenager, she began performing her own pop songs, at the piano, on national television. She also appeared on many soaps and tvcs.

Anne-Maree left the pop world and went to VCA to study opera, before joining The Australian Opera as a very young Principal Soprano.

She sang leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Mikado, Trial by Jury, La Cenerentola, Fiddler on the Roof, La Buona Figliuola, Countess Maritza, Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute, Boris Godunov and the world premiere of Richard Meale’s Voss. With Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, Anne- Maree appeared in The Merry Widow, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Alcina, Les Huguenots and she was honoured to sing at Dame Joan’s 70th Birthday Gala, Australia House, London (1995), the video of which has just been released after all these years!

After many years of performing opera, Anne-Maree discovered a latent passion for music theatre and performed Eliza Doolittle – My Fair Lady, Kaye Swift – Gershwin the Musical, The Seven Deadly Sins and performed in many concerts in Australia, UK and China.

As Music Director she has led Trial by Jury—Convent Garden Festival, Lanza – The Last Serenade (UK Tour), Shout! – The Legend of the Wild One (Johnny O’Keefe), Tell Me On A Sunday and Floyd Collins (Kookaburra). Anne-Maree worked on Gavin Lockley’s Songs of the Bush at The Sydney Opera House, Christmas at the House and My Fair Lady (OA) at Theatre Royal Sydney and The Edge Auckland. She was Music Director for three of Sydney Mardi Gras iconic concert series Hats Off! – and has MD’d concerts for many solo artists.

Anne-Maree is a core tutor at The Diploma Of Musical Theatre NIDA and The Australian Institute of Music and has taught at WAAPA, Brent Street, Sydney Conservatorium.

Tyran Parke

Tyran Parke

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Tyran Parke


With credits that span Shakespeare, plays, musicals, cabaret, concerts and opera, Tyran is considered one of Australia’s most exciting directors. As an actor he has played in shows as diverse as  ‘Tick Tick Boom’, ‘The Last Five Years’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘the Comedy of Errors’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Sunday in the Park with George’,’The Sound of Music’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Mack and Mabel’Anything Goes’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Monica/Schmonica’ , ‘Sunset Blvd’, ‘Rosie’,Into the Woods’, ‘Evita’, ‘Listen to My Heart’, ‘Eurobeat’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Hatpin’, ‘Angels in America’, ‘Putting it Together’, ‘Cabaret’, ’She Loves Me’

Last year he directed the Australian premiere of ‘Big Fish’ at the Hayes Theatre. The acclaim continued with ‘Ordinary Days’ (Green Room Award nomination) and ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ in Melbourne (Opera Chaser Award – Best Director).

He is mostly associated with the work of Stephen Sondheim, having directed ‘Assassins’ for its’ initial Melbourne season and then a successful tour. Another huge success, ‘Follies’, featured and all-star cast at the Melbourne Recital Hall. ‘Into the Woods’ repeated this acclaim.

Other productions include musicals; “Jekyll and Hyde”, ‘The Goodbye Girl’ ’Love Bites’, ‘RENT’, ‘Crossroads’, Hello Again’, ‘Sunday in the Park With George’, ‘Falsettos’ and ‘A Chorus Line’  the plays; ‘Thom Pain’,‘Great Expectations’, ‘Pool (no water)’, ‘Proof’, the operas: ‘The Fairy Queen’ and ‘The Coronation of Poppea’,and various concerts and cabaret including Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in ‘Tapestry’, and “Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good” both of which toured nationally after their initial seasons. He directed ‘From Broadway to La Scala’ at the Sydney Opera House and national tour as well as the sell-out second concert tour, two years later. He is thrilled to be associated with New Musicals Australia.

Shaun Rennie

Shaun Rennie

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Shaun Rennie


Shaun is the recipient of the Sandra Bates Directors Award at the Ensemble Theatre.

Most recently Shaun directed the Australian Premier of The View Upstairs (Sugary Rum Productions) at The Hayes Theatre Company. This production follows Only Heaven Knows, also at the Hayes Theatre Co (Luckiest Productions) which received 9 Sydney Theatre Award Nominations, including Best Director of a Musical. Other directing credits includes a staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll (Ensemble Theatre), RENT (2016 Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Musical), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (nomination for Best Director of a Musical, 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards), I Am My Own Wife (Oriel Group/Redline), CARMEN: Dead or Alive (Oriel Group), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Wicked (Freerain Theatre Company, Canberra), Assistant Director on A Christmas Carol (The Tabard Theatre, London) and Resident Director on Once We Lived Here (The Kings Head, London).  I Am My Own Wife toured to 45 Downstairs, Melbourne and The Brisbane Powerhouse. As a recipient of the Sandra Bates Directors Award, Shaun worked as Assistant Director on two productions; Neville’s Island and Lip Service.

In 2018, Shaun directs three Australian Premiers; The View Upstairs for The Hayes Theatre Co, CARMEN; Live or Dead for the Hayes Theatre Co and Tilda Swinton Answers an ad on Craigslist for the Kings Cross Theatre.

Shaun co-created Light the Night, an annual benefit concert for leukaemia research, which he produced and directed for 10 years.

John Robertson

John Robertson

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John Robertson


John was born in Camperdown, Victoria and educated at the Camperdown State School, Victoria and Geelong Grammar School.

After leaving school in 1954, he joined a Geelong based firm, Flack and Flack, as a trainee auditor.

After 6 months in the RAAF National Service unit during 1956, he dropped a career in Accountancy and went into the more exciting world of the theatre. He joined the Katherine Dunham Dancers, playing at the Tivoli Theatre in Melbourne and became her stage manager early the following year. He toured to all major capitals, New Zealand and Asia. Since then he has worked for major companies in Australia including the Tivoli Circuit, Tibor Rudas Productions, J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd, The Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.

In 1982, he was Executive Producer for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of OKLAHOMA and this started a long-term association with Cameron. In Adelaide he was Executive Producer of Evita, Barnum and Song and Dance as well as many other productions staged by the Festival Centre Trust between 1977 and 1986.

John became a Director of Cameron’s Australian company in 1986.  He has been Executive Producer for the original Australian productions of CATS, LES MISERABLES, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON and RENT.

In 2000/2001 he was Production Consultant for the Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore productions of MISS SAIGON.

He was Co-Executive Producer for MAMMA MIA from 2001 to 2004.

In November 2005, John joined  KCMI INC in Seoul, as Artistic Adviser for the Cameron Mackintosh production of MISS SAIGON, which opened in July 2006.This production was re-staged in 2010, touring Korea extensively.

In Australia, John was Artistic Advisor for the 2007/2008 production of MISS SAIGON, opening in Melbourne and touring to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh produced MARY POPPINS in Australia, opening in Melbourne in July 2010. This hit musical has since played Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland with great success. John has been associated with the production since initial auditions in 2009.

2011 brought John back to Korea as Artistic Adviser for LES MISERABLES – Cameron Mackintosh’s new production –which will open in November 2012 and tour before opening in Seoul in April 2013.

During this year, John also was in Bangkok, advising Scenario Company Ltd for their local production of Miss Saigon.

John retired from Cameron Mackintosh in February 2013.

He is Honorary Adviser to the Board of the Hayes Theatre (Company) in Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Points NSW.

Ellen Simpson

Ellen Simpson

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Ellen Simpson


Ellen’s career is as speckled as her face is freckled. As a theatre performer she has enjoyed the company of witches (Wicked!), circus ‘freaks’ (Love Never Dies), the devil (The Crucible), sneaky fairies (Midsummer Night’s Dream), women in ominous clothing (Ladies in Black) and many other low-lifes and creatures of the underbelly. The telly has shot her in the face under multiple guises (Mr and Mrs Murder, Dr Blake Mysteries, Molly). As a choreographer she has controlled the shape cutting of hungry lovers (Lovebites), war-torn romantics (Miss Saigon), the wonderful creatures of Sydney’s King’s Cross (Only Heaven Knows) and the fairy kingdom (Into The Woods). Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf (I am my own wife) copped her as an Assistant Director, Skid Row (Little Shop of Horrors) and Bobby Darin (Dream Lover) as a Resident Director and Resident Choreographer and, most recently, she was thrilled to be wrangling the dudes and dudettes of Porpoise Spit’s ‘Muriel’s Wedding’! In a hot minute she’ll be off to Melbourne Theatre Company to have a Wilde time as Assistant Director on ‘An Ideal Gentleman.’

Guy Simpson

Guy Simpson

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Guy Simpson


Guy Simpson has been working as a Conductor, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor for 35 years.

His work on The Phantom of the Opera began in Australia in 1990 and has continued for the past 24 years with productions in Auckland, Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Brazil (in Portuguese), Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul where he produced 2 cast recordings in Korean. Future productions next year include Istanbul and Beijing.

He has had a similar long association with Miss Saigon since the original production – conducting or supervising productions in Australia, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Seoul, The Netherlands and Japan.
Other international productions include Cats (Australia, New Zealand), Chicago (Australia, Hong Kong) and We Will Rock You – the QUEEN musical (Australia, Japan)

Recent productions in Australia include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Sydney (Musical Director), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush in Melbourne (Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator) and Love Never Dies – the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera (Musical Supervisor and Musical Director). This production has been filmed and released on DVD by Universal Pictures.

He has conducted 13 productions for The Production Company in Melbourne – Funny Girl, Call me Madam, Mack and Mabel, The Music Man, They’re Playing our Song, Carousel, Oklahoma!, Camelot, Little Me, Follies, Promises Promises, Gypsy and Guys and Dolls.

Other productions in Australia include Les Miserables, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Company, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, West Side Story, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy, Seesaw, Zorba.
Other Musical Direction work has included the UK Pop / Opera group Amici Forever, The Helpmann Awards, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Campbell – The Broadway Show.

Katherine Thomson

Katherine Thomson

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Katherine Thomson


Katherine began her award-winning career in the theatre in 1982 and in 2006 was awarded The ANPC Award for her substantial contribution to the Australian theatre industry. Theatre credits include: A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER (1982), TONIGHT WE ANCHOR IN TWOFOLD BAY (1985), A SPORTING CHANCE (1987), DARLINGHURST NIGHTS (1998), DIVING FOR PEARLS (1991), BARMAIDS (1991), FRAGMENTS OF HONG KONG (1995), KING TIDE (2007), NAVIGATING (1997), THIS HOSPITAL IS MY COUNTRY (2000), KAYAK (2001) MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR (2002) and HARBOUR (2004).Katherine’s productions continue to enjoy successful seasons in Australia’s major theatres today.

Katherine has written and script produced for seasons 4, 5 and 6 of the acclaimed TV series A PLACE TO CALL HOME (2017 Logie for Most Outstanding Television Drama.) Other recent screenwriting credits include HOUSE OF HANCOCK (Winner, 2015 AWGIE; Nominated, 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; SCHAPELLE; BLACKJACK (Winner, 2007 AWGIE) and a number of HALIFAX FP episodes (Nominated, 2002 AFI Award best screenplay – Telemovie; Nominated AWGIE; Nominated, 1998 AFI Best Screenplay – Telemovie; Nominated, 1998 AWGIE); KILLING TIME; EAST WEST 101 (Nominated, 2009 AWGIE); SATISFACTION (Nominated, 2008 Logie, Most Outstanding Drama Series); WILDSIDE; GRASS ROOTS (Nominated, 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Scriptwriting); FALLEN ANGELS; SNOWY and GP (Winner, 1993 AWGIE; Winner, 1993 NSW Premier’s Literary Award). Katherine is also the Australian co-writer of the Canadian-Australian co-production ANSWERED BY FIRE, which won the Gold AWGIE in 2006.

Other credits include documentary series DARWIN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD and feature documentaries UNFOLDING FLORENCE – THE MANY LIVES OF FLORENCE BROADHURST and WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED, both directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Michael Tyack

Michael Tyack

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Michael Tyack


Michael began working as a professional musician in 1974 for J.C. Williamsons in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney to conduct the STC’s production of Chicago then was MD for their productions of The Stripper, Four Lady Bowlers in a Golden Holden, Jonah, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos, Miracle City and Summer Rain as well as providing music for several of their plays. He has been Musical Director shows including The 20’s And All That Jazz, Gershwin, Side By Side By Sondheim, Chess, The Wizard Of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, High School Musical, The Boy From Oz, Tivoli, The Witches Of Eastwick, Dusty and was the musical director for the Hugh Jackman tour of The Boy From Oz, for which he was awarded a Green Room Award.  He was also awarded a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for the musical direction of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins. He has been Music Supervisor for two of The Premier’s Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and for several of the Babies Prom concerts at the Sydney Opera House. At the Hayes theatre, Michael has been musical director for Blood Brothers, The Detective’s Handbook and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

Michael’s cabaret and concert credits are extensive, having worked with Australian and overseas artists including Sutton Foster, Betty Buckley, Aaron Tveit, Conchita Wurst, Toni Lamond, Philip Quast, David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Tim Draxl and Judi Connelli both here and abroad. Michael has played on many Australian cast albums, musically directed an album of Sondheim songs with Geraldine Turner, Judi Connelli’s last two CDs and the debut CDs of David Campbell, Chelsea Plumley, Rhonda Burchmore, Margi de Ferranti and Delia Hannah. He has also musically directed productions at NIDA and WAAPA.

Jonathan Ware

Jonathan Ware

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Jonathan Ware


Jonathan is a dramaturg, specialising in new musical theatre works. He completed his Masters of Dramaturgy at VCA, writing on the collision of contemporary music practices and traditional expectations of musical theatre. He is passionate about helping writers discover new theatrical languages and exploring the limits of the form. He is currently working with composer/author Yve Blake on FANGIRLS (currently slated for a mainstage premiere in 2019), and a number of other projects. Jonathan also works as Executive Assistant at Sydney Theatre Company.

Darren Yap

Darren Yap

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Darren Yap


Darren has many directing credits to his name. Recently he directed: SPONGEBOB PARADEPANTS 2011 (Sea World, QLD and Nickelodeon), A NIGHT WITH THE PHANTOM (starring Ramin Karimloo, Raymond Gubbay UK), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE (Mediacorp VizPro, Singapore 2011), THORUOUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Lasalle School of the Arts, Singapore), PINOCCHIO THE MUSICAL (Singapore Repertory Theatre), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (staring Jackie Weaver, Blackbird Productions). THE SYDNEY CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE (City of Sydney 2008, 2009), THE 15TH ASIAN GAMES, QATAR (David Atkins Enterprises), MAN OF LETTERS (Singapore Repertory Theatre), THE ADMIRAL’S ODYSSEY (Action Theatre, Singapore). As Associate Director, Darren has staged MISS SAIGON in Holland, Korea, Japan and the UK for Cameron Mackintosh. Upcoming projects include director of  A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED for producer Louise Withers which will tour Australia and New Zealand. A SERPENT’S TABLE which Darren co created for Griffin Theatre was a recent critical success.