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.

This year, Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song ‘Zero Gravity’. Kate Miller-Heidke profile top 10


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.Amity Dry headshot 39 Forever


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.

After a sold out season in Sydney last year and four Helpmann Awards, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical opens this month in Melbourne, followed by a return season in Sydney. Carmen Pavlovic headshot

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. Gabriela-TYLESOVA

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.

Theresa Borg profile

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.

Kellie Dickerson profile

Vanessa Scammell is the Musical Director for the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd, bringing Stephen Sondheim’s complex score to life.

Vanessa Scammell

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.

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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 .

Lisa Campbell

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)

Lauren Edwards

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We’ve been sent an image of Lauren Edwards at work, calling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Lauren Edwards Harry Potter


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. Jeanne Pratt TPC

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.

Rachel D Taylor TPC