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.
Set & Costume DesignRead More
Set & Costume Design
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.
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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 Anarchist, Talk 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 Dinner, Shrine and Death of a Salesman, and lighting designs for Next to Normal, The Red Balloon, Extinction, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Boy Gets Girl, Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, When The Rain Stops Falling, The Dark Room, pool [no water] and in co-production with Queensland Theatre Company for Gasp!, Managing Carmen, Other 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 Facie, Feather In The Web, Kill 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 Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar (Green Room Award Nomination), Dusty, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kismet, The 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: Gypsy, The View UpStairs, Darlinghurst Nights, Only 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).