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Tyran Parke

Tyran Parke

Director
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Tyran Parke

Director
Tyran Parke

Tyran is thrilled to be working with producer, Adrian Storey again after directing the all-star production of ‘Follies’ at the Melbourne Recital Hall, followed by last years’ acclaimed production of ‘Barnum’.  Professional Directing credits include the musicals; ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Lovebites’, Metro St’, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Goodbye Girl’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Hello Again’, the plays;‘Thom Pain’, ‘Pool (no water)’, ‘The Laramie Project’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Proof’ and the operas; ‘I Will Never Have Dinner with You Again‘ and ‘The Fairy Queen’.

Tyran is a huge devotee of the work of Stephen Sondheim. Having played the title role in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ professionally, he was thrilled to recently direct a much-acclaimed production in Perth in 2018. Aside from ‘Follies’, ‘Assassins’, which toured throughout Victoria after its sell-out Melbourne season was a highlight. ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim’ repeated this artistic success. 

Concert work includes the acclaimed ‘Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good’ , Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in ‘Tapestry’, Caroline O’Connor’s, ‘From Broadway with Love’ and three separate national tours of ‘From Broadway to La Scala’ , over a six-year period.   

He is on the advisory committee of ‘New Musicals Australia’ in Sydney and ‘Homegrown’ in Melbourne while he continues to develop several new Australian musicals such as, ’Crossroads’ which he directed at Chapel off Chapel.

Other productions include the acclaimed, ‘Ordinary Days’ (Green Room Award – Best Director), ‘Big Fish’ (Broadway World and Glugg nominations- best director) at the Hayes Theatre, ‘Falsetto’s’, (Green Room Nomination- Best Director) and the opera ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ (Opera Chaser Award – Best director of an Opera).

As a teacher, Tyran has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is also Artistic Director of Clovelly Fox Productions.

 www.tyranparke.com

Dann Barber

Dann Barber

Set & Costume Design
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Dann Barber

Set & Costume Design
Dann Barber

Dann Barber is considered one of the most exciting designers in a new wave of emerging theatre practitioners. In only short time since graduating NIDA’s design program, he has amassed a range of credits across many varied fields. Recent work includes his acclaimed re-imagining of  ‘Barnum: The Circus Musical’ starring Todd McKenny (StoreyBoard Entertainment) ’33 Variations’ starring Ellen Burstyn and Lisa McCune (Mariners Group and Cameron Lukey), ‘Escaped Alone’ (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) and the sold out season of ‘Angels in America’ (Cameron Lukey, Dirty Pretty Theatre). He has worked in Sydney at the Hayes Theatre, ‘Carmen: Alive or Dead’, and at the Griffin, ‘Thomas Murray and The Upside Down River’. Further north he has amassed a reputation for excellence across many styles including acclaimed productions for The Queensland Theatre Company with ‘A Tribute of Sorts’, The Brisbane Festival, ‘Klutz: A tragic comedy’; and La Boite Theatre Company with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

His work spans costumes and set design across plays, musicals and opera’s with his work on ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ for Lyric opera in Melbourne receiving many accolades.  Dann also runs his own theatre company- Goodnight Darling – and his first creation, which he both directed and designed, ‘Rainbow Man’ was programmed for a full season at 45Downstairs, Melbourne in 2018.

Dann has been the associate costume designer for Gabriela Tylesova for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Australian Ballet) and most recently ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (Melbourne Theatre Company).

Nest year he will design a major commercial run of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.

In addition to his NIDA design degree, Dann has a degree of Fine Arts- Drawing from RMIT.

Christopher Harley

Christopher Harley

Composer
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Christopher Harley

Composer
Christopher Harley

Christopher Harley is a playwright and composer. His play Blood Bank was premiered by Ensemble Theatre in 2015, and his latest play Remembering Pirates premiered at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2016. In same year, Christopher was shortlisted for the 2016 Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission for his play Losing Things. In 2013, Birdcage was performed as part of ATYP’s Out of Place (subsequently published by Currency Press) and his play Tortoise Love was presented by Griffin Theatre as part of their Festival of New Writing. His first full-length play Kimono Queen was developed and presented by Queensland Theatre Company in 2012 after winning their Young Playwrights’ Award. As a writer/composer, Christopher’s music theatre works include The Lonely Leaf (Gondwana Choirs), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Could Never (Hunter Drama), and Pink Tutu (NIDA), the latter winning him a CONDA award for Best Musical Score. His musical theatre songs have been recorded and performed by Australia’s leading performers at events such as The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Sydney Cabaret Festival, Light the Night and featured regularly at the Homegrown Australia’s New Music concert series.

Christopher’s sound design / theatre composition credits include Blood Bank (Ensemble Theatre), Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Sport for Jove), Pool (no water) (NIDA), Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Shakespeare Centre Australia), As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (Tantrum Theatre), and this year he will compose the score to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (StoreyBoard Entertainment). He was also the composer for short films Animal Love and Past Everything. Most recently, Christopher was commissioned by The Bellingen Music Festival to compose a concert work for strings, clarinet and percussion titled Hiraeth.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) (Honours – Class I) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Trent Suidgeest

Trent Suidgeest

Lighting Designer
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Trent Suidgeest

Lighting Designer
Trent Suidgeest

Trent designed the lighting for the World Premiere season and current tour of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical for Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company, with other recent designs for STC including Accidental Death of an AnarchistTalk and Hay Fever.

Trent also designed the multi-award winning production The Rabbits for Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company. It toured to many of the countries major festivals and Trent’s lighting was recognised with a WA Performing Arts Award and a Green Room Award nomination for Best Lighting Design of an Opera.

Following this commission Trent was invited by Opera Australia to light John Bell’s repertory production of Carmen (Sydney and Melbourne), and the inaugural season on the Forecourt Steps: Sydney Opera House – The Opera [The Eighth Wonder]

Trent began his early career under the wing of Black Swan State Theatre Company. He created set & lighting designs for DinnerShrine and Death of a Salesman, and lighting designs for Next to NormalThe Red BalloonExtinctionLaughter on the 23rd FloorThe Importance of Being EarnestThe Motherf**ker With The HatBoy Gets GirlArcadiaThe White Divers of BroomeWhen The Rain Stops Falling, The Dark Room, pool [no water] and in co-production with Queensland Theatre Company for Gasp!Managing CarmenOther Desert Cities, and with Melbourne Theatre Company for National Interest

His mainstage debut was The Sapphires for Black Swan/Belvoir, including National Tour and seasons in South Korea and London’s Barbican Theatre. 

Recent designs for Griffin Theatre Company include Prima FacieFeather In The WebKill Climate Deniers and in a co-production with Malthouse Theatre: The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’. For Barking Gecko Theatre Company: Duck, Death and the Tulip and World Premiere of Jasper Jones. For Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Waltzing The Wilarra at Perth International Arts Festival, for Performing Lines / Sydney Festival: I Am Eora, and for Ambassador Theatre Group: The Beast.

His musical theatre highlights include designs for The Production Company, Melbourne: The Boy From OzJesus Christ Superstar (Green Room Award Nomination), DustyNice Work If You Can Get ItKismetThe King and I, for WAAPA: Strictly Ballroom The Musical, for Trevor Ashley Enterprises: The Bodybag – The Panto (set and lighting designs), and for Hayes Theatre Co: GypsyThe View UpStairsDarlinghurst NightsOnly Heaven Knows and Calamity Jane. The latter has enjoyed an Australian Tour with two return seasons to Melbourne, and earned Trent a Green Room Award nomination.

In 2015 Trent received a Mike Walsh Fellowship and WA Department of Culture and the Arts Young People Fellowship, with which he travelled to assist at Toneelgroep Amsterdam with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld on their Shakespearian epic Kings of War.

Trent is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production & Design).

Michael Waters

Michael Waters

Sound Designer
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Michael Waters

Sound Designer
Michael Waters

Original sound designs include: Muriel’s Wedding; Mamma Mia! (2018); My Fair Lady; Dream Lover; Singin’ In The Rain; The Rabbits; Fiddler On The Roof; Anything Goes; Priscilla – Queen of the Desert (worldwide); The King And I (Australia and China/Asia); Hot Shoe Shuffle; Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage; An Officer and a Gentleman; Doctor Zhivago (Australia / Korea); Dead Man Walking; Orpheus in The Underworld; Dusty – The Original Pop Diva; ATOMIC – The Musical (Sydney / New York); Grease – The Arena Spectacular; David Campbell’s Wild With Styleand Saturday Night Fever. As Australian associate sound designer: Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King.

Awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Sound Design; Muriel’s Wedding (2018); King And I (2014); The Woman In Black (2007); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006). Green Room Awards for Best Sound Design; My Fair Lady (2017); Dirty Dancing (2005); DAPA Awards Italy Best Sound Design: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (2012).

As sound designer and mix engineer: Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz; Anthony Warlow with Faith Prince; Placido Domingo; The Boy From Oz (1999 & 2006); The Magic of the Music with Anthony Warlow and Lesley Garrett

Kirby Burgess

Kirby Burgess

Staging Director
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Kirby Burgess

Staging Director
Kirby Burgess

Kirby Burgess is the true definition of a triple threat. Spanning stage and screen, Kirby has made her mark as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stylist and Art Director. Some of her career highlights include Jenny in Network 10’s Wonderland, Heather Chandler in Heathers the Musical, herself in Jerry’s Girls, Sweet Charity, Jenny Hill in Big Fish the Musical, Rizzo in Grease the Musical, Anna in Here come the Habibs, featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Hairspray The Musical, An Officer and A Gentleman, Stylist and Art Direction for Mess Maker’s Life Lessons and the list goes on. Kirby is a proud graduate of the Talent Development Project and a finalist of the Rob Guest Endowment, winning the ‘Production Company Award’. Most notably, Kirby played the role of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the 10th anniversary Australian tour of Dirty Dancing the Classic Story on Stage, and most recently Kirby wowed as the Ringmaster in Barnum and as leading lady Campbell in Bring It On the Musical.

Ylaria Rogers

Ylaria Rogers

Resident Director
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Ylaria Rogers

Resident Director
Ylaria Rogers

In 2013 Ylaria graduated from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor in Music Theatre. Ylaria is an actor and director. Upon graduating she was cast in the role of Hannah in Lies, Love and Hitler by Australian Playwright Elizabeth Avery Scott. She also travelled back to Canberra to work on the premiere of Where I End and You Begin in the role of Hazel at the Street Theatre. This year she worked in Melbourne on the Premiere of Crossroads and Follies: In Concert directed by Tyran Parke. Most recently Ylaria appeared on stage in the title role of Catherine in FREEFALL’s Production of Proof directed by Derek Walker.

Some other stage credits include: Absolutely Fabulous, I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It, Rent, Urinetown: The Musical, Sense and Sensibility, Auntie Mame and Under Milkwood.