We are taking the Theatre People gospel and we’re preaching it around the nation!

Dear theatre people,

Today marks a momentous occasion in Theatre People’s history.  It is with great excitement that I am now able to announce that, as of August 2011, Theatre People will be relaunching nationally.

We’ve built a fantastic business here in Victoria over the past eleven years and we are incredibly grateful and humbled for all the support we’ve received.  With the growth of our professional theatre division, that already has a national focus (such is the nature of touring productions), we’ve attracted a lot of attention from the rest of the country and, as such, it made sense for us to expand our offering and introduce ourselves to the wider Australian theatre community. 

This is not a decision we made lightly.   This is a significant investment of time and money and we wouldn’t have made this decision if we thought for a second that it would in some way jeopardise our current site, in fact, quite the opposite.  We see this national expansion as a fantastic way to connect our theatre community like never before and share our resources to the benefit of everyone.

To accommodate this massive change in our business, we’ve invested in a brand new website, that we’ve been working on feverishly for the past 7 months, and let me just say, it’s absolutely amazing.    Not only is it visually stunning, but it offers a level of functionality and interactivity that rivals some of the largest news sites in the world.  We’ve taken your feedback from the reader survey, distilled the best ideas, and incorporated them into the new design.   

To ensure that each state is represented fairly and has its own local flavour, we’ve appointed an editor for each state.   We’ve been scouring the market and have selected the best of the best to join our new line up. So without further ado, please welcome our new editors…

Jasper Garner Gore [email protected]


Jasper got into acting as soon as he became aware that it would probably result in less mockery than the ballet classes he was taking.  His first acting job was on the children's television series High Flyers (1999), since then he been in the VCE Season of Excellence, as well as in Commonplace Productions' show Company Shore (2005) and Union House Theatre's production The Fire Raisers (2006).  He has done musical theatre, playing Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (2008), and recorded an audio book I, Nigel for Bolinda Audio.  Jasper also has a particular passion for improvised theatre, he played Romeo in the sell out Melbourne Fringe Season of Death By Chocolate, Sam Hancock in The Beginning of the End (2007) and his first role with SNAFU Theatre was Peter Waterman in their self-devised piece (2008).


Kirsty Ashley [email protected]

Kirsty has always had an affinity and passion for all things musical. Finding a calling in piano playing from age 4 (while adopting the exterior of a jock) she kept her passion hidden for years until moving to Burnie, Tasmania from her home town of Auckland in 2005. Kirsty is a qualified Musculoskeletal and Paediatric Physiotherapist and ex-elite triathlete and swimmer. In 2006 Kirsty made her stage debut in the dance troupe for The King and I with Burnie Musical Society and has never looked back, going on to Pirates of Penzance, Oliver!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Grace Farrell in Annie (all with Burnie Musical Society) and more recently Urinetown with Devonport Choral Society. She has experienced theatre throughout Tasmania as well as frequently attending major shows in Melbourne. Kirsty sings back up vocals with a local band, dances jazz and hip hop, and enjoys the irreplaceable friendship and support that only a small community can bring. Her shining moment was finally meeting her idol, Jason Robert Brown in person this year and she hopes you enjoy the taste of Tassie and what theatre in Tasmania brings!

Lachlan Keeley [email protected]

Bio coming soon.

Mel George [email protected]

Born into a theatrical family, at the age of 3 Mel put on her first pair of ballet shoes and hasn’t stopped dancing.  Growing up listening to musicals (knowing the lyrics to English Teacher and worshipping Chita Rivera at the tender age of 8), she was destined to tread the boards. As a child she would sit in the wings and watch her dad direct and perform with some of the best in SA.  Starting as a dresser, props, follow spot, FOH with a background in dance and performance, she proved a triple threat and is the recipient of several awards – Advertiser Oscart for Best Newcomer, Best Choreography, Best Actress and for her directorial debut of Curtains last year, the coveted Adelaide Critic Circle Award. Mel has performed in numerous shows including drama and music theatre; and featured in children’s television.  She has also carved a successful career as a choreographer. When she's not on the boards or behind the scenes, Mel can be found performing across the Adelaide metropolitan area with The Good Time Entertainers, on radio and as a volunteer at the Animal Welfare League. Film work includes an extra on The Boys are Back with Clive Owen; Like Minds with Toni Collette and choreography for Vicki Sugars Award winning short film “Moustache”.


Brent Downes [email protected]

Bio coming soon.

We’ve also invested heavily in our people resources in Victoria and have expanded our core team to 23, so you can rest assured that you’ll still see loads of content coming from Victoria. 

It’s my belief that we are not a website, we are a community.  It’s with that in mind that I’d like to invite you to join us in this expansion.  We are now seeking writers, sub-editors, and reviewers for every state.  If you wish to join the all-new Theatre People line up, please email the relevant editor directly and express your interest.   We offer a friendly and supportive environment and lots of perks like free tickets and the chance to brush shoulders with the odd celeb on the red carpet from time to time.  Most importantly, we offer you a chance to make a difference in your local community.  By donating your time to the cause, you can see the wonderful results that connecting communities via the web can achieve.  We help the companies we work with sell more tickets (which we think is awesome) and we connect our readers with each other and open their horizons to the broader theatre world.  We love that.  If you love that too, then it’s time we talked.

I’d like to thank everyone who’s been responsible for getting us to this point.  Our loyal advertisers, most of whom have been with us since we started, our fantastic core team and extended casual team of writers and reviewers and most importantly, you, our 20,000+ readers that visit us every month.  We hope we make a difference to your day and we promise, absolutely, that we’ll do everything we can to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of everything you love – bigger, better, and faster than ever before.

Cheers and thanks,

Head Honcho
Theatre People
[email protected]