Who are the people behind Theatre People?
Not surprisingly, Theatre People is designed by theatre people, written by theatre people, marketed by theatre people, for theatre people. The staff of Theatre People don't just know their audience, they are the audience, contributing every day to the community through creative as well as business pursuits.
Theatre People began twelve years ago, when a group of disgruntled thespians got together because they were tired of the low quality publications and websites the theatre community had available to them. The founders of Theatre People wanted to create a community, not just a website, and thanks to the involvement of a dedicated core team of staff and literally hundreds of casual contributors, we've grown year on year and are now widely recognized as the premier resource of our kind.
Chris Hughes - Business Manager/Editor In Chief
Chris is a founding partner of Theatre People. Over the the past thirteen years, he has made his mark on the theatre community as an actor, singer and dancer, appearing in over thirty large scale productions. Chris made his professional theatre debut in as a principal performer in Follies In Concert at the Crown Showroom. The many faces of Hughesy have been spotlit in lead and principal roles in Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wiz, Chess, Hot Mikado, Grease , Pirates of Penzance and Jesus Christ Superstar, The Hot Mikado, Whitehorse's West Side Story and most recently is Johnny O'Keefe in CLOC's Shout! and is currently directing Phantom of the Opera for Windmill Theatre Company. Chris has earned multiple nominations by the Music Theatre Guild for his performances in various roles over the years including a best director nomination for the critically acclaimed productions of Assassins. By day, Chris is an Executive Headhunter for search firm, Alex Kaar.
Sally Hughes - Administration Manager
Sally completed her Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction under several scholarships at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. Sally performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist at many venues around Australia, favouring musical theatre, oratorio and operatic repertoire. She also performs with the successful corporate act 'Yummy Opera', managed by the Glynn Nicholas Group. Theatre roles include 'Rosa Bud' Iin The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 'Margot' in The Desert Song, 'Laurey' in Oklahoma!, receiving a Victorian Theatre Guild nomination for Best Actress, 'Young Sally' in Follies In Concert, 'Hope' in Anything Goes, 'Mrs Segstrom' in A little Night Music, 'Maria' in West Side Story and 'Maria' (a different one) in 'The Sound of Music'. In 2005 Sally won the Victorian Theatre Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance of Emma Carew in CLOC's Jekyll and Hyde. Sally holds also holds a management position in the financial services sector and is an Authorised Marriage Celebrant. www.wordsandmusic.net.au
Richard Thomas - Financial Controller
Theatre People's Financial Controller Richard Thomas is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Adviser and maintains an executive position at a notable Melbourne Accounting firm. Richard is a highly regarded performer in the Melbourne theatre community, having played prominent roles in large-scale productions of Sweet Charity and The Secret Garden, as well as professional appearances in Mame and Follies. A singer of first-rate acclaim, Richard has sung with many of the cream of Australia's vocal talent, and has released several solo CD's of theatrical works. Richard has appeared several times as a special guest on Good Morning Australia, and is widely considered to be one of Melbourne's greatest theatre talents.
Jon (Jonno) Sebastian - Webmaster
Jon is the Billing Solutions Manager at Vodafone Hutchison Australia which so kindly supports his love for the theatre. He has performed in over 30 musical productions such as 'Patroclus' in the World Premiere Production of Jon English's PARIS for Laycock Street Theatre in Gosford NSW, 'Don Lockwood' in CLOCs Singin In the Rain, 'Gregory Gardner' in CLOCs A Chorus Line, 'Enjolras' in Gosford Musical Society's Les Miserables. Others include: Little Shop Of Horrors, Tapestry - A Musical Revue, Crazy For You, Jesus Christ Superstar, CLOCs Jekyll & Hyde, CLOCs The Scarlet Pimpernel and as Lumiere in Whitehorse's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast for which he recieved a nomination from the Victorian Music Theatre Guild for Best Supporting Actor. In 2007 Jon played the role of Captain Tempest in Return to the Forbidden Planet (Lyrebird Nomination) and the role of Jon in tick, tick... BOOM (Victorian Music Theatre Guild Nomination), both with Fab Nobs Theatre Inc. In 2008 Jon went on to play his 'dream' role of Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz with CLOC Musical Theatre followed by Zoser in Whitehorse Musical Theatre's acclaimed production of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA. 2012 will mark his return to Melbourne and hopefully to the stage after a 3 year hiatus.
Stephanie Cawthorne - Operations Manager
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James Terry - Head of Digital Media
James is into his 3rd Year of Film and Digital Media at Deakin University. His qualifications and experiences include a CT3 in Acting for Film and Television along side credits in the SBS series 'Wilfred', Channel 31s 'Beyond the Brief' and Feature Film 'Eraser Children'. James has held positions in multimedia and online promotions for several theatre companies as well a Camera Operation and Editor for Red Devil Media. His stage credits include Britt Craig 'Parade' (WATERDALE), Bert Healy 'Annie' (WATERDALE), Seymour 'Little Shop of Horrors' (OPTC), Nick 'Fame' (BTC) 'Anything Goes' (WHITEHORSE) and a Guild nomination for the male dance ensemble in 'Pippin' (WATERDALE) as well as over 16 Cabaret performances for Joining the Chorus 06-2009 including a lead vocalist in the State School Spectacular 2008.
Alison Coffa - Communications Manager
Alison was introduced to the world of amateur theatre at age nine when she saw her first production. Now, ten years later, that passion still continues to grow. Alison has worked both on and off stage for the last decade, involving herself in any aspect of theatre she can get her hands on. She has performed in several shows including playing the title role in Annie Jr, as well as productions of Aladdin Jr (Genie), Peter Pan, Bugsy Malone (Captain Smolsky), The Sound of Music and most recently, Jason Robert Brown’s 13. Musical training has included voice, piano, guitar and clarinet. Behind the scenes, Alison has held the role of Microphone Coordinator and backstage assistant with an amateur children’s theatre company for a number of years. Outside theatre, Alison is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at Deakin University, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism..
Allison Hilbig - Deputy Editor In Chief
Allison's interest in live theatre first started as a young child watching pantomimes. Ensemble and supporting roles in school musical productions further developed this interest, along with studying music through most of her high school years. She joined a community theatre group travelling all over Melbourne and into regional Victoria, then turned to producing and directing youth musicals. Allison is now an avid theatre goer and regularly attends both professional and community theatre, organising group bookings for friends and colleagues. When she's not at the theatre, Allison is a senior physiotherapist in a large metropolitan health network, as well as being a wife and mother to four singing/dancing/acting children
Albert Tapper - Head Proofreader
Stacey-Louise Camilleri - Auditions
Maeve Birrell - Competitions
Marisa Warren - Newsroom Coordinator
Brent Downes - QLD
Within the last decade, Brent has performed at, featured, or hosted poetry events in Brisbane and in poetry adventures down the east coast of Australia, Northern New South Wales, and The United States of America. He has two published books Coat of Arms (2008) and In the Other Room (2011) which has seen him given the award of Trimaxx International Publishers 2011 Feature Author of Poetry. He is constantly seeking to redefine and challenge contemporary artistry and publishing and is passionate about the emerging generation of writers. He holds an honours degree in theatre from Australian Catholic University where he explored notions of community in contemporat Queensland mainstage theatre and is currently completing a doctorate at ACU that explores the links between artistry and community in contemporary Queensland playwrights. Brent can be contacted at email@example.com.
Cameron Malcher - NSW
Cameron has been performing in community and semi-professional theatre for 20 years, and has directed half a dozen shows along the way as well, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Crucible. His brief foray into professional work focussed primarily on voice-acting, and Cameron’s voice has sold products, provided computer tutorials, and taught Australian Navy Pilots the finer points of handling large vessels. Along the way, Cameron completed an Honours Degree in English and Communications, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Diploma of Live Production, and is currently working his way through a Masters of Educational Psychology. These days, he teaches English, Drama and VET Entertainment in the NSW public school system, and continues his involvement in the theatre community whenever he can. Cameron can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Letherbarrow - Play Reviews Co-ordinator
Maxine Montgomery - Musical Reviews Co-ordinator
Maxine studied at the Conservatorium of Music at University of Melbourne (BMus), Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University (GradDipMus in Opera Performance), and at the National Opera Studio in London. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Opera Foundation Australia Vienna State Opera Award. Operatic performances include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Magda in La rondine (both with Melbourne City Opera), Musetta in La bohème and Micaela in Carmen (both for Melbourne Opera). In 2010-11, Maxine was a member of Victorian Opera's Developing Artists Program, and during that time, she performed the roles of Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Lady Billows in Albert Herring for the company. Max has been involved in music theatre for over 25 years in various capacities, doing everything from props and choreography to lighting and ushering. Some of her favourite performances include The Witch in Into The Woods (ACUPA), Mrs Phagan in Parade (Waterdale) and Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (BLOC). She won a Victorian Music Theatre Guild Award for Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd with BLOC in 2003. In 2014, Max is hoping to return to uni to undertake her Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy.
Simon Parris - Resident Reviewer, Professional Music Theatre, Opera
Simon has appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty years. Favourite roles include Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Mr Fox in Mack and Mabel, Max in The Sound of Music, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Julio in Paint Your Wagon, Marcellus in The Music Man and Grantaire in Les Miserables. Simon has directed several school productions. He choreographed Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors for St Michael’s Grammar School. He also directed Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. Simon served on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Committee for five years as Treasurer and is currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne. He is also a keen audience member, having seen 51 shows in six weeks on a recent trip to London/Europe. Simon also reviews for the Sunday Herald Sun. Simon can be contacted at email@example.com.
Renée Maloney – Editor, Youth Theatre
Renée has been involved in over 60 shows in the past 23 years - directing, choreographing, producing, performing and stage managing. She has played such roles as ‘Anybody’s’ in West Side Story, ‘Lucy’ in Cosi, ‘Agnes’ in Gypsy and appeared in Annie, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes and many more. She has been on the directing team for: Annie, Guys and Dolls (twice), Les Mis, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Annie Get Your Gun, Back to Broadway, The Full Monty and Nunsense amongst many others. She has also appeared in Neighbours, Round the Twist, On the Beach, Short Cuts and a series of ANZ commercials. Renée has been a qualified dance teacher for the past 10 years teaching at many schools around Victoria preparing students for professional auditions, competitions, exams and VCE Dance assessment tasks. Renée was nominated for ‘Best Director in a Variety’ two years in a row with the Lyrebird Awards. In her professional life she is a Secondary School teacher. In 2010 Renée has directed "Stepping Out" for the 1812 Theatre Company and is choreographing Godspell for Phoenix Theatre Company Inc. Reneé can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Weber - Editor, Plays
Kris has had a love affair with the stage, and those actors and directors that honour it, for many years. She has acted in over 30 productions with some of the highlights being: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; Alice in I Never Sang For My Father; Pearl in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll; Helga Ten Dorp in Deathtrap; Lady Cynthia Muldoon in The Real Inspector Hound and Hilary in Hotel Sorrento. Kris has directed 20 plus productions with some of the most memorable being: Agnes of God; Steel Magnolias; Cosi; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Odd Couple (Female Version); The Castle; Nuts, The Laramie Project and Speaking in Tongues. Kris has also been a reviewer for both print and electronic periodicals and written other theatre related articles for same. She has been an in-house adjudicator for various Melbourne theatre companies and runs successful theatre workshops for small groups of actors. She has also been a critical observer and advisor to VCE Theatre Studies students preparatory to their performance exams. Kris can be contacted at email@example.com.
Melissa Koutoukidis - Co-Editor, Amateur Musical Theatre
Robbie comes from a strong dance and production background, currently he runs StageArt with business partner Katherine Armstrong. Together they are committed to growing the standard and quality of theatre in Australia and abroad. StageArt produced the world premiere of Grease 2: Live in Concert, which is now in re-runs from its sell out opening season. StageArt is also responsible for the creative creation and production development of Mátalor- A Hard Rock Dance Opera which premiers in October of 2011. As a dancer he has travelled the world as a Latin American specialist but trained in Ballroom, Jazz and Broadway also. His long resume is highlighted with 'Australian Open Latin Champion' 'Thailand International Latin Champion', 'Taipei World Latin Champion', 'South Pacific Latin Champion', 'Australian Representative to the World Latin'. As an award winning Director and Choreographer, Robbie has worked on Altar Boyz, Rent, Bare, The Wedding Singer, Reefer Madness, West Side Story, Grease 2: Live in Concert, and Mátalor. Robbie works locally as a lecturer at both VCA and PSA, he has studied production creations at NYU and worked alongside both Jason Gilkison (Burn The Floor) and Helen Ritchie (Dancing With The Stars). Robbie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine had her debut in the entertainment industry as a model and actor featuring in numerous modelling campaigns and television series nationally from the age of thirteen. As a young adult she became heavily involved in the photographic and advertising industry and for several years worked alongside a number of renowned photographers. Driven to create both visually and through movement, in 1998 she launched Melbourne's largest independently owned group of dance and fitness studios and has since performed and choreographed nationally and internationally for numerous shows including 'Dancing with The Stars' and taught locally and abroad including the VCA. Katherine is passionate about many projects and is the driving force behind multiple brands and marketing strategies, so creating production company StageArt in 2011 with good friend & like-minded creative Robbie Carmellotti was a new opportunity to expand on existing skill sets. Together they have produced two sell out seasons of world premiere 'Grease2: Live in Concert' and original dance work 'Matalor - A Hard Rock Dance Opera', the sell out and critically successful 'HAIR - Summer of Love' and brand new art festival 'StageArtXposed' which includes nine original Australian works from both established and up and coming artists . Katherine can be contacted at email@example.com
Imogen Thomas - Advertising Designer
Imogen completed her Bachelor of Communications in 2009 at RMIT, majoring in Business and Communications with qualifications in Film and Graphic Design. She has an established folio of film and design production credits and currently works as a Marketing Coordinator. Imogen has 12 years of multi-disciplinary dance performance experience and a background in music theatre style singing and acting. Her stage time includes roles in Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Westside Story, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, The Lion King, and Chorus Line. From 2002 – 2005 Imogen was involved with Melbourne Youth Music as a member of Vox Synergy singing group (Kate Sadler) and Music Theatre summer programs (Curtis Bayliss). In 2005 Imogen participated in various training and workshop activities with the Globe Theatre in London, UK. Her study abroad was continued in Singapore, where she was billeted as part of an international young actors initiative program.