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 fifteen years ago, when a group of disgruntled thespians got together because they were tired of the low quality publications 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 twenty 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, Shout, The Addams Family and Les Miserables for Centrestage. Chris has earned multiple nominations by the Music Theatre Guild for his performances in various roles over the years including two best director nominations for the critically acclaimed productions of Assassins and Phantom of the Opera. By day, Chris is an Executive Headhunter for search firm, Alex Kaar.

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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. More recently, Jonno has treaded the boards with CLOC as the Boy From Oz and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.

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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

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Kris Weber – Editor, Plays

Kris has had a love affair with the stage, and those actors and directors that honour it, for many years having recently celebrated her involvement in her 60th production. Memorable acting credits include: 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. These days Kris spends more time directing with highlights in this discipline: Agnes of God; Steel Magnolias; Cosi; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Odd Couple (Female Version); The Castle; Nuts; The Laramie Project; Speaking in Tongues, Almost Maine and The Other Place. 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. Over recent years Kris has worked as Executive Producer of Mockingbird Theatre.

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Maxine Montgomery – Editor, Community Theatre

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 inThe 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.

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Department Coordinators

Adam Letherbarrow – Play Reviews Co-ordinator

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Maxine Montgomery – Musical Reviews Co-ordinator

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 Tim Garratt – NSW State Coordinator

Tim Garratt has been a passionate theatre buff for over two decades. Though only ever a theatre participant himself at school, his appetite for theatrical experiences encompasses plays, musical theatre, dance, comedy and immersive theatre. He’s particularly interested in following development of new works for the London and New York stages.
By day, Tim is a business journalist, currently working as editor of a magazine with a sizeable national readership and his interview credits include high-profile global business leaders. He also holds a law degree, but is far from sharing career ambitions with Atticus Finch and Elle Woods.

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