With credits that span Shakespeare, plays, musicals, cabaret, concerts and opera, Tyran is considered one of Australia’s most exciting directors. As an actor he has played in shows as diverse as ‘Tick Tick Boom’, ‘The Last Five Years’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘the Comedy of Errors’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Sunday in the Park with George’,’‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Mack and Mabel’ ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Sunset Blvd’, ‘Rosie’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Evita’, ‘Listen to My Heart’, ‘Eurobeat’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Hatpin’, ‘Angels in America’, ‘Putting it Together’, ‘Cabaret’, ’She Loves Me’.
Last year he directed the Australian premiere of ‘Big Fish’ in a sold-out season in Sydney. The acclaim continued with ‘Falsetto’s’ and ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ (best director – Opera Chaser Awards) in Melbourne as well as ‘Ordinary Days’ for which he won the celebrated Green Room Award for best Director of a Musical.
He is mostly associated with the work of Stephen Sondheim, having directed ‘Assassins’ for its’ initial Melbourne season and then a successful tour. Another huge success, ‘Follies in Concert’, featured and all-star cast at the Melbourne Recital Hall. ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Sunday in the Park with George’, repeated this success.
Other productions include musicals; “Jekyll and Hyde”, ‘The Goodbye Girl’ ’Love Bites’, ‘RENT’, ‘Crossroads’, Hello Again’ the plays; ‘Thom Pain’,‘Great Expectations’, ‘Pool (no water)’ , the opera: ‘The Fairy Queen’ and various concerts and cabaret including Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in ‘Tapestry’, and “Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good” both of which toured nationally after their initial seasons. He directed ‘From Broadway to La Scala’ at the Sydney Opera House and national tour as well as the sell-out second concert tour, two years later. He will shortly direct Caroline O’Connor in her one woman show, ‘From Broadway with Love’ at the Angel Place Recital Hall in Sydney.
He recently directed the tour of David Auburn’s play, ‘Proof’, ‘A Chorus Line’ in Victoria, and ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ in Perth. Tyran is currently on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Tyran is thrilled to collaborating with Adrian Storey to present this exciting production of ‘Barnum’.
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Choreography & Musical Staging
Choreography & Musical Staging
After 45 years of training and performance, during which time she has choreographed, and assisted many Australian and international choreographers, Kelly is delighted that the natural progression of her career is now giving her the opportunity to pass her knowledge on to others within the dance industry. She is currently in pre-production for the launch of Company A, her own Broadway Dance Company in which she is producing, directing and choreographing it’s first production, Broadway and Beyond which will tour in 2019.
Her recent choreography credits include The Very Excellent Mister Dundee feature film, Follies in Concert for Storeyboard Entertainment, Annie the Musical for Gordon Frost, Sweeny Todd for the Australian Opera, The Wizard of Oz for GFO, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Production Company, Guys and Dolls for the Production Company. She choreographed Young Talent Time for the Ten network, Fox 8 series Ultimate School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the Youtube Fanfest at Darling Harbour, The Divorce film and mini series for the ABC, Star Struck Series 1&2, GTV 9 and My Brother Jack for the Ten Network, The Moonshadow workshop with Yusuf Islam, Masters Of Choreography: Shakespeare Comedies and Tragedies, Ringmaster, Zodiac and Once Upon a Time, the Australian Component of the opening event for the ICC Cricket World Cup and The Dancing With The Stars Promo. Circacolumbia circus shows, P&O Cruises, I Should be so Lucky at the Melbourne Festival. Recently, Kelly choreographed and also impressed in her debut as director and choreographerof the musical, Pippin for Parklife Productions and then again in 2017 in Chicago.
Her performance resume boasts credits in some of Australia’s finest professional Musical events. The lead role of Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever, the role of June in Chicago the Musical, the lead role of Helene in Sweet Charity the Musical, the role of Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, the role of Christine in A Chorus Line, the role of Patty Simcox in Grease the Musical, Funny Girl, Alana Scanlans Pictures, David Atkins Dynamite, David Atkins Dancin Man, Seven Little Australians the Musical. Dein Perry’s film Bootmen and the role of Lauren Gatley on Neighbours.
For 32 years Kelly has been one of this country’s most sought after dance and Musical Theatre teachers, working in Melbourne and Australia’s foremost universities and dance institutions. Kelly is Director and Owner of Parklife Productions Pty Ltd. and is proud to usher in the next generation of talent at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and Kelly Aykers Casual Dance in Brunswick.
Stephen works extensively throughout Australia as a conductor, arranger and pianist. His credits as Musical Director & Conductor include: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical (Australian world premiere & revival, New Zealand & South Africa), Follies In Concert, Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, Xanadu (for which he received a Green Room Award Nomination), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, Dames at Sea, A Swell Party, The Tap Pack, Underdogs and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He was Associate Musical Director & Conductor for A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Singin’ In The Rain, Jolson, Cabaret, Oliver! and Grease – The Arena Spectacular. For the Victorian College of the Arts, Stephen has been the Musical Director of West Side Story and Li’l Abner.
Stephen’s arranging credits include the sell out Melbourne season of The Tap Pack, Candy Man, Underdogs, The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek, Boy’s Own Macbeth, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the CDs Tribute (John Bowles), Sing, Sing, Sing (Wayne Scott Kermond) and Musical Direction & vocal arrangements for the Australian & US Tours of Scooby-Doo Live.
For the Melbourne & Ballarat Cabaret Festivals, Stephen has been Musical Director and Accompanist for A Singer Must Die, Good Girl/Bad Girl and Aznavourian. Stephen has also been heard in the pit orchestras on piano for many shows including the original Australian productions of Cats, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and Jerry’s Girls. He is currently collaborating on a new work, Songs From the Pavement, which explores the lives of Charles Aznavour & Edith Piaf.
Dann is a theatre designer, scenic artist and theatre maker. Dann has designed shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, including: Carmen: Alive or Dead starring Natalie Gamsu (Hayes Theatre Co 2018) Angels in America at Fortyfivedownstairs (Cameron Lukey and Dirty Pretty Theatre 2017), Thomas Murray and The Upside Down River by Reg Cribb (Griffin 2016), Young and Jackson by Don Reid at Fortyfivedownstairs (2015), Age of Bones (La Mama 2017), and The Coronation of Poppea (Lyric Opera 2017),A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Boite Theatre Company 2015), A Tribute of Sorts (Queensland Theatre 2014) and Klutz: A tragic comedy (Brisbane Festival 2014).
He assisted Gabriela Tylesova with costume design for Sleeping Beauty (Australian Ballet 2015).
Dann is the founder of the newly established Melbourne-based theatre company Goodnight Darlings and he made his directorial debut with Rainbow Man at Fortyfivedownstairs (2017)
Original sound designs include: Muriel’s Wedding; Mamma Mia! (2018); My Fair Lady; Dream Lover; Singin’ In The Rain; The Rabbits; Fiddler On The Roof; Anything Goes; Priscilla – Queen of the Desert (worldwide); The King And I (Australia and China/Asia); Hot Shoe Shuffle; Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage; An Officer and a Gentleman; Doctor Zhivago (Australia / Korea); Dead Man Walking; Orpheus in The Underworld; Dusty – The Original Pop Diva; ATOMIC – The Musical (Sydney / New York); Grease – The Arena Spectacular; David Campbell’s Wild With Style; and Saturday Night Fever. As Australian associate sound designer: Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King.
Awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Sound Design; Muriel’s Wedding (2018); King And I (2014); The Woman In Black (2007); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006). Green Room Awards for Best Sound Design; My Fair Lady (2017); Dirty Dancing (2005); DAPA Awards Italy Best Sound Design: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (2012).
As sound designer and mix engineer: Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz; Anthony Warlow with Faith Prince; Placido Domingo; The Boy From Oz (1999 & 2006); The Magic of the Music with Anthony Warlow and Lesley Garrett.
Director Zebastian Hunter began his career as one of Australia’s elite circus artists appearing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games, television shows & commercials, corporate events & gala’s, contemporary circus companies, festivals and cabarets. From 2009-2015 he performed as a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil’s Alegria and Quidam.
Desiring an intense focus on developing his directing craft he graduated from a Masters of Fine Arts, Directing, at NIDA in 2014.
Two years later he joined NICA as the performance studies coordinator, where he has conceived, directed and collaborated on Empty Bodies, The Odyssey, Fresh Recruits, Precipice, Eurydike & Orpheus (NICA/NIDA), Le Sacré (NICA/Australian Ballet School) and constructed an act with the Beijing International Acrobatic Arts School.
As an independent director he has created a site-specific, circus rock’n roll show for Good Beer Week, brought Christmas cheer to Chadstone Shopping Centre in 2017 and 2018, remounted Empty Bodies for the Provocare Festival. In December he premieres a new work, entitled Perpetual Frustration Machine at Theatre Works.
Zebastian’s skill set has seen him work in a variety of other roles within the arts, he has worked as a dramaturg on By a Thread and Twink Ascending, a movement director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Still Point Turning and as casting consultant for Cirque Du Soleil.
Rachel’s awards include eight Green Room Awards for Excellence in Theatre Lighting Design, 2005 & 2010 IES Victorian and National Awards of Excellence for Lighting Design and Helpmann Award nominations in 2005 and 2015. Selected Theatre Design Melbourne Theatre Company- The House of Bernada Alba, Melbourne Talam, Buyer and Cellar, Cock, Solomon and Marion, True Minds, Constellations, Coup D’Etat, True West Sydney Theatre Company- The Father, Black Medea, Night Fall; The Australian Ballet- Art to Sky, Cinderella, Swan Lake /Stephen Baynes, Dark Lullaby, Ballet Imperial, Unspoken Dialogues, Molto Vivace; Malthouse Theatre- Walking into the Bigness, Cargo, Woman Bomb : Belvoir -Random, The Man from Mukinupin, Parramatta Girls, Black Medea, Little Black Bastard – Life x 3 Arena Theatre Company – Moth, Marlin Playbox-Wolf, Glass Mermaid, Good Works, The Incorruptible, Night Fall, Rapture. Rachel has a critically acclaimed body of work in the Independent Theatre sector including many works with Dee & Cornelius, Peta Murray, Jenny Kemp and Nadja Kostich. She recently designed sold out national tours of SHIT (Dee & Cornelius) and The Season (Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island, MIFA 2017, National Tour 2018)
Associate & Resident Director
Associate & Resident Director
Caroline’s performing and creative career over the past 30+ years has spanned everything from Penguins to Drag Queens. Starting out as a dancer in Adelaide, she left to join the cast of “La Cage Aux Folles” and what a journey it has been since then.
She has gone on to perform on stage in “Me and My Girl”, “Rasputin”, “My Fair Lady”, “42nd Street”, “Hot Shoe Shuffle”, “Sweet Charity”, “Hollywood Bizarre” , “Chicago – The Musical”, “The Boy From Oz – Arena Tour”, “Candy Man”, “Billy Elliot – The Musical”, “Salome”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Mack and Mable” and most recently “Muriel’s Wedding” for the Sydney Theatre Company. On the big screen you may have glimpsed her in “Moulin Rouge” and seen her in the Oscar Award Winning “Happy Feet” and “Happy Feet 2” where she played a multitude of characters – albeit animal oriented.
Off stage…Caroline has been Dance Captain on “My Fair Lady”, “Rasputin”, “Hot Shoe Shuffle”, “Sweet Charity”, “Chicago – The Musical”, “Billy Elliot – The Musical” and has assisted choreographers/directors Nancye Hayes, William Forsythe, Kelley Abbey, David Atkins and Dein Perry. She was Resident Choreographer for the 2009/10 production of “Chicago – The Musical”. Caroline’s choreography has been seen on tour in “Candy Man”, “QED” for the Ensemble Theatre, “The Goodbye Girl” for the Hayes Theatre, “Fifty Fifty” at the Schmidts Tivoli in Hamburg, Germany and for student productions at NIDA of “Sunday in the Park With George”, “The Light In The Piazza”, “Kasimir and Karoline” and “The Way Of The World”.