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EOI - Judging Panels
Nominations & Recipients
Contemporary & Experimental Performance
Eligibility & Criteria
Musical Theatre Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Music Theatre panel wholly or predominantly uses the disciplines of music, song and dance (or staged movement) as its language of communication.
It will be work where a combination of sung and spoken dialogue drives the narrative.
This panel does not consider ‘plays with music’ (in which language of communication is predominantly spoken text or dialogue). These works may be referred to the Independent Theatre Panel or the Theatre Companies Panel.
SALLY BOURNE - Co Panel Chair
SALLY BOURNE has been appearing in musicals for over 30 years. Her first professional job was in the title role in the original Australian production of Annie. She also appeared in the Australian casts of Nine and Les Miserables before moving to London in 1991. Sally worked in the West End for over 10 years in Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, A, My Name is Alice, My Fair Lady, Hey Mr Producer and in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber/Ben Elton musical The Beautiful Game. Prior to returning to Australia, Sally created the role of Andrea in the world premier production of Jerry Springer the Opera at the Royal National Theatre in London. Sally can be seen in the movie Evita playing Eva Peron’s maid.
GREG GINGER - Co Panel Chair
GREG GINGER has been a professional sound Technician for over 20 years. He has built sound systems for more than 30 professional productions including My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music and The Mikado for Opera Australia, The John Denver Story, The Man in Back, EVA – Tales from the life of Eva Cassidy and Doris Day – so much more than the girl next door for Boldjack productions. Some of Greg’s sound designs include the 2003 Melbourne production of “Certified Male”, Brave Men run in our family 2007, Menopause The Musical and hundreds of Amateur musicals. When Greg is not working in theatres he designs sound systems for events including Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Run for the Kids, The City to Bay Run, The Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Awakenings Festival and the Castlemaine State Festival.
MATTHEW GRANT is the founder of Melbourne’s premier cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club. His 30year work history as an artist and curator, has enabled the development of some particularly innovative and award winning work, both here in Australia and abroad. He has produced and directed numerous theatre productions and has written a bi-lingual (Chinese-English) children’s book. He is well travelled, holds a Masters Degree in Arts and a Fourth Masters Degree in the Japanese art of Ikebana.
GARY YOUNG wrote and directed new Australian work ‘Sideshow Alley’ with composer Paul Keelan, winning the 2007 Helpmann Award. He won the Aussie Theatre Award for direction. He was also nominated for the Helpmann Award for his direction of ‘Menopause The Musical’. He directed the National tour of ‘The Mousetrap’ and also directed the Australian musical, ‘Ned’. For The Production Company he has directed ‘Carousel’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘Call Me Madam’, ‘Mame’, ‘The Boyfriend’ and ‘Singing In The Rain’. He was Associate Director for the 10th Anniversary Productions of ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Miss Saigon’. His original works include ‘Ship Of Fools’, ‘A Woman’s Eyes’, ‘Black Widow’, ‘Tea With Oscar’, ‘Artemisia’, ‘Bim Bom’ and ‘Wombat Stew’. He is also the author and illustrator of “The More Than Two” books.
REBECCA MOORE trained in Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts under the tutelage of Martin Croft and Margot Fenley, where she appeared as Desiree Armfeldt in 'A Little Night Music'. In her final year, Rebecca won the prestigious Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation award and scholarship which allowed her to travel to New York to continue her immersion in the world of theater and further her studies. Rebecca has enjoyed performing as a soloist for various events as well as trying her hand in production as Musical Director for St Michaels' Grammar school's junior production. Rebecca’s most recent projects have included musical workshops of; ‘Ned’, ‘Pink’ and ‘Just Desserts’, Cabaret performances of her new show ‘Things that Don’t Belong to Me’ and the recent Australian premiere of ‘Calvin Berger’ at MTC’s Lawler theatre. Rebecca is passionate about creating new work and often performs at Chapel off Chapel’s ‘Home Grown’.
ZACHARY DUNBAR pursued a concert career before a convergence of music and drama led to his current profession as a theatre director, writer and composer across several genres which include radio drama (BBC 4), Greek tragedy, mainstream musical theatre and plays, Beijing opera, postdramatic soundscape theatre, and dance theatre. His original works have been produced at the Pleasance Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre, Brighton Underbelly, Embassy Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, several Edinburgh-fringe productions (Fringe-First nominated), and the Jungehunde festival (Denmark). He also has over twenty five years of experience as an MD. As a director, recent productions include Euripides’ Bacchai (Central) and Martin Crimp’s The Country (Camden Festival). He has scholarly publications in the field of Music theatre and in Greek tragedy.
KIM BISHOP's most recent work includes The Light In The Piazza and City Of Angels (Life Like Company, Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne). He has been Costume Designer for Cross Roads (A new Australian Musical at Chapel Off Chapel) Doubt: A Parable (RL Productions, Chapel Off Chapel) The 39 Steps and They're Playing Our Song (HIT Productions, National tours) Barassi - The Stage Show (The Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne) Singin' In The Rain, The Producers, Kismet, The King & I, The Boyfriend, Crazy For You, Mame, Damn Yankees, 42nd Street and Sweet Charity (The Production Company, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne) and was extremely happy to do the costumes for the very successful The Boy From Oz. (The Production Company, Melbourne & Sydney)
Kellie graduated from WAAPA in 2000 and her career has allowed her to perform leading roles throughout Australia and across the globe. In 2001 she was in the original Australian cast of 'Mamma Mia!' as Sophie for the Sydney premiere and then throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia from 2002-2005. Kellie performed in the critically acclaimed musical 'Virgins' in 2006 at the Malthouse in Melbourne, earning her a Green Room Award nomination. She was then invited to tour 'Virgins' to New York City for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Later in 2006 she was also invited to perform in Mandy Patinkin's Masterclass at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Since 2010 Kellie has produced and performed in her own corporate act, The Divine Sisters, based on the 1940's trio The Andrew Sisters. In 2014 Kellie played Anita in Mother and Son with Darren Gilshenan and Noeline Brown and in 2015 played herself in The Production Company's Jerry's Girls.
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