Happy International Women’s Day!
To celebrate, we’ve asked our team to compile a list of the Top Ten Women doing amazing things in the theatre industry in 2019.
In no particular order, because they are all sensational, here they are!
1. Kate Miller-Heidke
Kate Miller-Heidke is a multi-award winning performer and writer. Her debut opera, The Rabbits, won four prestigious Helpmann Awards, including Best Score and Best New Australian Work.
Her original compositions for Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, with Keir Nuttall, also won a Helpmann for Best Original Score.
2. Amity Dry
Fresh from the Adelaide Fringe Festival and rave reviews of her latest cabaret show, Fortified, Amity Dry is currently in London, workshopping her musical The (M)Other Life.
Under its former name of Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life, the musical was performed throughout Australia as well as New York, London and a full commercial production in Norway – complete with a full working cafe on a revolving stage. It was tipped to become “the next Mamma Mia!” and numerous countries are now seeking performing rights.
3. Carmen Pavlovic
Carmen Pavlovic is the CEO of Global Creatures. A new production of King Kong is currently playing on Broadway, with Moulin Rouge! The Musical set to open later this year after great critical acclaim in its world premiere season in Boston. Strictly Ballroom the Musical had seasons in both Canada and in London’s West End.
4. Gabriela Tylesova
Gabriela Tylesova is a multi-award winning costume and set designer for theatre, dance, ballet, opera and other events. Her Helpmann award winning costume design can be seen in the upcoming production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
5. Theresa Borg
Theresa Borg is an accomplished theatre and television performer. She has directed and written over 20 family musicals that have toured Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Her next project is directing Sweeney Todd, starring Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley.
6. Kellie Dickerson and Vanessa Scammell
Kellie Dickerson and Vanessa Scammell are Musical Directors with an enviable list of credits. Kellie Dickerson is the Musical Director for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, currently playing in Sydney.
Vanessa Scammell is the Musical Director for the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd, bringing Stephen Sondheim’s complex score to life.
7. Queenie van de Zandt
Apart from being an outstanding performer in her right, Queenie van de Zandt is the expert when it comes to audition preparation and has helped many performers of all ages successfully secure professional work through her Australian Musical Theatre Academy audition workshops and Masterclass Intensives.
8. Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell is the Chair of the Hayes Theatre and a successful producer (Luckiest Productions). Her contributions to the industry were acknowledged at the recent GLUG Awards, winning the Hayes Gordon Memorial Award for Important Contribution to Theatre .
9. Lauren Edwards
Lauren Edwards is the Deputy Stage Manager for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two and is the person responsible for calling both plays and making sure the magic of Harry Potter actually happens. Anyone who has seen Harry Potter already will appreciate how incredibly complex these two shows actually are!
We were unable to find a photo of her at work on Harry Potter (#keepthesecrets) so here is an image of Lauren Edwards in action for the Helpmann Award winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
(Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source:News Corp Australia)
We’ve been sent an image of Lauren Edwards at work, calling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
10. Jeanne Pratt AC and Rachel D Taylor
Jeanne Pratt AC has made a huge contribution to the Australian arts community through the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program at Monash University and The Production Company, which is now in its 21st year.
Jeanne Pratt’s commitment to the theatre community is not only a financial one, but a practical one too. Jeanne Pratt attends every performance possible by The Production Company, standing in the foyer at the Arts Centre, Melbourne and greeting patrons upon their arrival.
Rachel D Taylor joined The Production Company as Production Coordinator in 1999, in its inaugural season. She was appointed Executive Director at the end of 2006, and has worked on every musical in the company’s history.