FESTIVAL ARTISTS 

Our Headline Artists

Simon Gleeson

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Awarded the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Male Actor in a Musical’ for his performance as ‘Jean Valjean’ in Les Misérables.

He has received a further two Helpmann Award Nominations, multiple Green Room Award and Sydney Theatre Award Nominations for his work.

Roger Hodgman

Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse , Dean of the School of Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts. and (for twelve years) Artistic Director of Melbourne Theatre Company directing over fifty productions for it. Helpmann Award for Best Director for Grey Gardens.

Michael Tyack

Involved with most major musicals including CatsPhantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Crazy For You plus many more. Awarded a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for the musical direction of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary

Poppins.

Natalie Calia

Working as a freelance creative artist, educator and performer; and previously fulfilled the roles of National Arts Learning Manager at The Song Room, and 15-years as Senior School Performing Arts Teacher/Head of House (10-12) at St Michael’s Grammar School.

Completing a 7-month tour in 2016/17 of Austria and Germany with Stage Entertainment (Hamburg) as Assistant Musical Director/Deputy Conductor/Principal 2nd Keyboard /Vocal Coach with the musical theatre production of Ich was noch niemals in New York. 

Amanda Hodder

Described as “magic” by esteemed pianist and accompanist Malcolm Martineau, Amanda has worked as accompanist, vocal coach, pianist and music director with Opera Australia, OzOpera, VCA, Opera Queensland, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

A keen collaborator, Amanda has also acted as music director for brand new shows performed at Festival of Voices, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, St Martins Youth Arts and Junction Arts Festival.

Jack Lark

A theatre director, producer and performer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Graduated from UTAS in 2019 with a Bachelor degree in ensemble and performance, studying under Maria Lurighi. He has gone on to further his education in performance, taking him to Los Angeles to study directing at USC.
Also a passionate whisky and gin distiller. After growing up in the whisky world, being the son of Lyn and Bill Lark who formed
Lark Distillery in 1992, he formed a love of premium spirits. 

Natalie O'Donnell

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Award nominee for the 2018 Helpmann award & 2019 Greenroom nominee for Best Actress in a Musical.  

Passionate about the arts, Natalie is also a producer with the award winning arts and social change organisation Big hART.

Natalie Gilhome

Most recently worked on the casting for the International Tour of The Phantom of the Opera for the China season in 2021.

Casting Director for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical School of Rock in Australia and Korea.

Jane Edwards

One of Australia's most experienced and acclaimed singers in an unusually wide range of repertoire. Appearing regularly on concert platforms throughout the country, and has performed at all of the leading Australian music festivals and previously taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Anthony Phillips

Head cutter on two of the Star Wars films episode 2 and 3 filmed in Sydney, and his company provided costumes for many memorable productions including  40 Second St, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, (the origional production  and the second revival) Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly, Chicago, Mary Poppins, King Kong, Pricilla Queen of the desert, and many productions for the Bell Shakespeare Co.  Films include My Brilliant Career and several period TV series. Well known for his detailed work with period costumes for both stage and screen and acknowledged by being awarded a lifetime achievers award by the APDG.

Derek Rowe

Melbourne Fringe show ‘My Incredible Shrinking Life’; that has now become his COVID lockdown romantic comedy, ‘I Hear You’, currently receiving development support by the Hayes Theatre as part of their Open Submission program.

He has contributed music and lyrics for ‘Jungle Book the Concert’ (ongoing) and music book and lyrics for ‘The Audition’ (2018), both commissioned by theatre producer Malcolm C Cooke.

Derek’s current project is an audio-only Fringe ‘show’ about his time teaching conversational English in Japan – ‘1991 AFL Grand Final’.

More to be announce......

Callum Francis

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Award winning British actor, best known for his portrayal as Lola in the hit musical KINKY BOOTS for Broadway, the UK and Australia.

Co-founder of We The Industry Inc. a not-for-profit charity established to create greater representation and inclusion within the Australian arts industry.

Natalie Gamsu

A singer, actor and cabaret artist. Performing both internationally and nationally. Also on the large and small screens;  most recent credits include the on-going role of Jan Barton in the long running Australian soap Neighbours.

Deone Zanotto

Fortunate enough to perform on some of the world’s great stages, including London’s West End and Broadway where she was cast in the revival production of A Chorus Line at the Schoenfeld Theatre, New York. 

Career highlights include singing with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor at the Dominion Theatre London for Freddy Mercury’s 60th birthday celebration.

Brittanie Shipway

A proud Gumbaynggirr and Turkish woman. A graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA - Musical Theatre). An actor, singer, writer, dramaturge and story teller.

Her passion for new Australian work has seen her workshop many original theatre projects, most notably Sydney Theatre Company’s Muriel’s Wedding (Rhonda) and New Musicals Australia’s Evie May: A Tivoli Story (Evie May).

Currently a resident dramaturge for Theatre Works First Nations Initiative and starring in Chess as The Arbiter.

Travis Hennessy

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (PG Dip Voice) and has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Theatre (UTAS). He is the recipient of two Tasmanian Theatre Awards for Acting (Outstanding Supporting Actor -
Killer Joe, 2018; Outstanding Lead Actor - 1984, 2019).

Travis works as a freelance professional Actor, Director, Musician, Composer, Vocal Director, Voice Coach, Tutor and Arts Educator in Tasmania. Travis is currently rehearsing for Gloria (Three River Theatre/IO), and is one of the core creatives for Launceston College’s major musical "Grease".

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