CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

Simon Burke
Simon Burke

Since winning the AFI Award for Best Actor at the age of 13 for his performance in Fred Schepisi’s acclaimed featrue film The Devil's Playground Simon Burke has achieved critical and popular acclaim on stage, screen and beyond in both Australia and the UK. In 2009 Simon starred opposite John Barrowman in La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse, released his debut solo album Something About Always, appeared as Joe in the European premiere of When The Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre, made his debut at Carnegie Hall hosting and performing in the gala concert Australia Plays Broadway and reprised his role as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

Earlier UK theatre credits include The Sound of Music at the London Palladium opposite Connie Fisher then Summer Strallen, Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music (Royal National Theatre), Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Leonardo in Leonardo – A Portrait of Love (Old Fire Station Oxford) Cliff in Cabaret (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) Steve in Jeffrey (Greenwich Theatre) and The Life of the World to Come (Almeida Theatre)

Australian musical theatre credits include Marius in the original Australian cast of Les Miserables, Vernon in They’re Playing Our Song, Harry in Company, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Whizzer in Falsettos (nominated Best Musical Performance Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards), Dexter in High Society, Burrs in The Wild Party, George Puttnam in Take Flight and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes for which he received the Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Sydney Theatre Company productions include Jonah Jones, The Herbal Bed, She Stoops to Conquer, Mr Kolpert and the world premiere of Up For Grabs. Simon played Mason Marzac in the Australian premiere of Take Me Out for the Melbourne Theatre Company and starred in the world premieres of October and Satango for Griffin Theatre Company. He created the role of Francis Bacon in Stephen Sewell’s acclaimed Three Furies directed by Jim Sharman for 2005 Sydney Festival, 2006 Perth and Adelaide Festivals (nominated Best Actor Sydney Theatre Awards 2006)

Simon’s many television credits include Hustle, The Alice, All Saints, Small Claims III, Thank God You’re Here, South Pacific, Brides of Christ, Scales of Justice, Water Rats, Danielle Steele’s The Ring, The One That Got Away, Heroes Mountain, After the Deluge, Grass Roots, Preservation and Postcard Bandit, and his 20-year stint as one of the most popular presenters on ABC TV’s Play School. In 2006 he hosted his own television variety series Studio A With Simon Burke on Australia’s FOXTEL network. Feature films include Passion, Pitch Black, and Travelling Light.

From their inauguration in 2001 until 2006 Simon hosted and co-wrote the Helpmann Awards - honouring excellence in live performance in Australia.

Simon’s official website is www.simonburke.com

Guy Edmonds
Guy Edmonds

On stage Guy has performed in the world-premiere production of Holding the Man and all its subsequent return seasons in Australia. He was also in the world premiere of Michael Gow’s Toy Symphony for Company B. Other theatre credits include Orestes 2.0 (Cry Havoc), Fortune & Men’s Eyes (NIDA), pool (no water) (Square the Circle), The Cold Child (Griffin Independent) and The Fifth at Randwick (Melbourne Fringe Festival). His film & television credits include Red Dot (Shoe Films), The Unlikely Planet (Unlikely Productions), Darren (Truce Films), Double Take (Channel Seven), Almost (Wandering Eye Films), Invasion (AFTRS), Hammer Bay (MTV) and All Saints (Channel Seven). He is also an accomplished musician and voice over artist. This season of Holding the Man is Guy’s West End debut.

Oliver Farnworth
Oliver Farnworth

Oliver graduated from Bristol Old Vic in 2006 and was cast immediately as a new regular Will Hacket in HOLLYOAKS for Mersey Television.

Theatre includes: Bloke in LONDON PLAYS: LONDON TONGUE at the Old Red Lion; Edmund in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at the Redgrave Theatre; Simon in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Cresset Theatre, Peterborough; Arthur in SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING at Harrogate Theatre and Oldham Coliseum, Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the British Shakespeare Company; Lorenzo in MERCHANT OF VENICE for the Changeling Theatre Company and more recently Jud in KES at Liverpool Playhouse and UK Tour.

Television: Nev Cartwright in THE ROYAL for Yorkshire Television.

Anna Skellern
Anna Skellern

Anna Skellern graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2007. Theatre includes One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre), The Vegemite Tales (West End), Caryl Churchill Rehearsed Readings (The Royal Court). Her television credits include Outnumbered (Series 3), Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Jack Whitehall’s Secret Census, The Bill, The Chaser’s CNNNN. Film includes: The Descent 2 (Celador Films), Siren (Poisson Rouge Pictures), and A Passionate Woman (Rollem Productions). Radio includes: Sapphire and Steel, Beautiful Malice.

Jane Turner
Jane Turner

The West End debut of one of Australia's most talented comediennes, Jane's work is applauded not only in Australia, but also in the UK, the USA, and around the world. It is as co-creator of the Logie Award winning, character-driven comedy 'Kath & Kim' that Jane Turner is best known. Kath & Kim premièred on ABC TV in 2002, to instant recognition and success. Within weeks, catch phrases from the series had permeated all levels of Australian Society, with the show sparking debates about whether the Fountain Lakes dysfunctionals were to be applauded or derided. Three further seasons followed, with a telemovie entitled Da Kath and Kim Code broadcast in 2005. The fourth series began on Channel 7 in 2007, attracting an Australian audience of 2.521 million, making it (at the time) the highest rating first episode in the history of Australian television.

Kath & Kim has garnered much critical acclaim since its debut, being nominated for a British Comedy Award and winning three Logies for "Outstanding Comedy Programme" and two AFI awards for "Best Television Drama Series". In Australia, it has become a pop culture phenomenon, and is a success with audiences nationwide. Internationally, 'Kath and Kim' has spawned a cult fanbase, particularly amongst UK audiences, where it was a popular hit on BBC2 & BBC3.

Jane began her career as a dramatic actress, and her stage credits include Man in the Balloon and Blabbermouth for the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as numerous other dramatic and comedic roles. Jane has appeared in five films, as well as numerous television dramas such as Cop Shop, Prisoner and Carson's Law. But it was when she started to flex her comedic muscles that she began to receive real recognition and acclaim.

Matt Zeremes
Matt Zeremes

Matt Zeremes graduated from Queensland University of Technology (BA Fine Arts Acting) in 2002. He has written and directed 3 feature films. His first film Burke and Wills made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2006 and then went on to play over 10 more film festivals internationally. Matt's other films - Strangers Lovers Killers and Jb and the Mule are currently in post production.

Matt has perfromed the role of John Caleo, in Holding the Man across Australia for such companies as Griffin Theatre, Company B, The Opera House and Melbourne Theatre Co. His other theatre work includes, Saturn's Return and Embers for Sydney Theatre Company, Jesus Hopped the A train for B-Sharp. Matt has also produced and acted in 6 plays in Sydney, including - This is Our Youth, Little Malcolm and His struggle against the Eunuchs and Tiny Dynamite, twice being awarded Best Independant Produciton of the Year by The Sun Herald.

Matt’s television work includes, Home and Away, Chandon Pictures, All Saints, The Surgeon, Firestorm and Small Claims 2.

Matt’s other feature film work includes the lead role All my Friends are Leaving Brisbane and project Greenlight’s Solo.

This year Matt appeared in the award winning Tropfest finalist film - No Dice Hollywood.

Holding the Man is Matt's West End debut.

CREATIVE

Tommy Murphy
TOMMY MURPHY - ADAPTOR

'A bewitching playwright of startling originality' - Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton, Sydney Theatre Company *

'The emerging boy wonder of the Australian theatre scene' - The Australian *

Tommy Murphy is an award-winning playwright with recent productions in New York, San Francisco, Indiana, Auckland, and across Australia.

He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director's Course) and a former writer in residence at Griffin Theatre Company.

His play 'Holding The Man' won the 2007 NSW Premier's Award and the 2007 AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild Award) for Best Play after sell-out seasons at Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Company B Belvoir, Brisbane Powerhouse and Melbourne Theatre Company.

Tommy is the only playwright to win the prestigious NSW Premier's Award in successive years; he was the youngest recipient of the award with 'Strangers in Between'. Both plays are published by Currency Press and ‘Strangers in Between’ also embarked on a national tour. His other works include young peoples theatre pieces 'Troy's House', 'Precipice' and an adaptation of Marlowe's 'Massacre at Paris'.

His play 'Saturn's Return' premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 2 in 2008 and transferred to the main stage in 2009. Tommy was a recipient of the 2009 British Council 'Realise Your Dream' Award and as a part of this award received a reading of 'Saturn's Return' at the National Theatre Studio in London and joined the Royal Court's Young Writers' Program.

His new play ‘Gwen in Purgatory’ premieres this year in Sydney with a production directed by Neil Armfield (Cloudstreet, Exit the King).

David Berthold
David Berthold - DIRECTOR

David Berthold is one of Australia's leading theatre directors. He has directed for most of Australia's major theatre companies.

David is the Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company. He was Artistic Director of Sydney's Griffin Theatre Company (2003-2006), transforming it into Australia's leading new writing theatre and one of the nation's most visible and successful arts companies; Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People (1999-2003), building the company into Australia's flagship theatre for young people - and the world's largest - with many national and international collaborations, including with the Royal National Theatre; Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company (1994-99), Australia's premier theatre company playing at The Wharf and Sydney Opera House; and Artistic Associate of the Queensland Theatre Company (1991-94). He was the Festival Director of World Interplay 2007, the world's largest festival of young playwrights.

He has also directed major productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B at Belvoir, 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Playbox Theatre, Black Swan, NIDA, Opera Queensland, Auckland Theatre Company, and Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin. His productions include plays by Aristophanes, Jim Cartwright, William Congreve, Brad Fraser, Neil LaBute, Christopher Marlowe, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Philip Ridley, Shakespeare, Sam Shepard and Leo Tolstoy, as well as major Australian writers including Nick Enright, Daniel Keene, Tony McNamara, Tommy Murphy, Louis Nowra, Debra Oswald, Hannie Rayson, Stephen Sewell, Alan Seymour, Katherine Thomson, and David Williamson.

His recent productions include the premiere of Louis Nowra's Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company - The Woman with Dogs' Eyes (2004), The Marvellous Boy (2005) and The Emperor of Sydney (2006) - Debra Oswald's The Peach Season for Griffin, Tommy Murphy's Saturn's Return for Sydney Theatre Company (2008 and in a revised version in 2009) and Hamlet for La Boite in 2010.

Brian Thomson
BRIAN THOMSON - SET DESIGN

Brian is Australia's leading theatre, opera and film designer. He has been at the forefront of Australian stage design for over three decades.

Thomson began a long and successful collaboration with director Jim Sharman when they were students at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in the 1960s; they worked together on a series of groundbreaking productions for the Old Tote Theatre Company and worked together on a string of hugely successful musical productions including the Melbourne production of Hair, the original Australian and London productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show. Other musical credits include the most recent Broadway production of The King and I (1996 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design), Dame Edna – Back with a Vengeance and more recently in Australia Company, The Boy from Oz Arena Tour with Hugh Jackman (2007 Helpmann Award for Best Design), and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert the Musical.

He has designed for all the major Australian theatre companies. His credits include Holding the Man for Griffin Theatre Company, Keating! for (three 2007 Helpmann Awards), The Gates of Egypt, Capricornia, Stuff Happens, Run Rabbit Run, Buried Child, My Zinc Bed, The Laramie Project, Aftershocks, The Tempest, The Master Builder and Ghosts all for Company B.

In 2005 Thomson received an Order of Australia, AM, for services to the arts. Other awards he has received include a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award in New York City, an Olivier Award nomination in London, and several AFI Awards and Sydney Theatre Critics Awards.

Thomson's other theatre credits include Three Furies – Scenes from the Life of Francis Bacon (Sydney Festival); End of the Rainbow (Melbourne Theatre Company/Ensemble Theatre). For Sydney Theatre Company, Thomson has designed for productions of Festen, The Ham Funeral, Coriolanus, King Lear, The Real Thing, The One Day of the Year, Up for Grabs, The White Devil, A Cheery Soul, The Doll Trilogy, Arcadia, and Steel City.

Thomson has designed opera for Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera, London. He has also designed extensively for film including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Starstruck, Rebel and Ground Zero.

Thomson was Production Designer for the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the 2001 Centenary of Federation Ceremony, the 2003 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Micka Agosta
Micka AGOSTA - Costume and Puppet Design

Micka Agosta’s work as a designer was most recently seen in The Man with the September face (Full Tilt/Melblurne Arts Center ) Once We Lived here (Bryant & Frank Productions), and Strangers in Between ( Little Death Productions). Other works include Jerker (Milkyway Productions- Gasworks), The Seed (Company B) and Holding the Man (Griffin Theatre Company). Micka is a graduate of the design course at National Insitute of Dramatic Art (Australia) and has engaged as an assistant to designers across film and theatre; such as Brian Thomson (Capricornia (Company B); Catherine Martin Australia (Bazmark), and was costume design assistant to Wendy Cork on Eternity Man (Channel 4). www.micka.com.au

JAMES WHITESIDE
JAMES WHITESIDE - Lighting Design

Graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1999. Recent theatre credits include: THE ABSENCE OF WOMEN at the Lyric, Belfast; GRIMM TALES and GATES OF GOLD at the Library Theatre, Manchester; LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at the Rose, Kingston; THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES in the West End; FUNNY GIRL, WALLENSTEIN and THE SNOW QUEEN at Chichester Festival Theatre; THE WEDDING SINGER on tour; NEVER FORGET in the West End on tour; SALONIKA at West Yorkshire Playhouse; METROPOLIS and ANIMAL FARM for the Peter Hall Company, Bath; FOOTLOOSE in the West End and on tour; THIS PIECE OF EARTH, THE EARLY BIRD and TRANSPARENCY for Ransom Productions, Belfast; PLUNDER and COPENHAGEN at the Watermill, Newbury; VANITY FAIR, GRIMM NIGHTS AND EVERAFTER DAYS and ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND for Chicken Shed Theatre; POOR MRS PEPYS at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme; FEN, FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE and JUMP! at Live Theatre, Newcastle; CALAMITY JANE in the West End and UK tours of DONKEY’S YEARS, HEROES and ART. In a long association with Tall Stories Theatre Company productions include: THE GRUFFALO in the West End and Off-Broadway; SNOW WHITE Off-Broadway; THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD in the West End and on tour and ROOM ON THE BROOM on tour. Also productions for the Croydon Warehouse, BAC, King’s Head, New End and Chelsea Theatres in London and for Princess Cruises on ships worldwide. Work in opera includes: MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Theatre Royal, Bath; HMS PINAFORE for Carl Rosa Opera and MADAMA BUTTERFLY on a US tour for London City Opera. As Assistant Lighting Designer: MARY STUART, GUYS AND DOLLS, MARY POPPINS and DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN in the West End, as well as relighting the Donmar’s GUYS AND DOLLS on tour and in Australia and THIS IS HOW IT GOES on tour and the Royal Opera’s I MASNADIERI at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna. www.jameswhiteside.com

Basil Hogios – Composer

Basil is an award-winning composer and sound designer who has worked in literary and musical theatre, dance and devised performance, film, and installation. He has collaborated with some of Australia’s theatre greats on mainstage shows for Sydney Theatre Co, Melbourne Theatre Co, Company B, Bell Shakespeare, and Griffin. Recently he worked on Wrong Skin, collborating with Nigel Jamieson on his devised piece for the Chooky Dancers, at the Adelaide Festival. He received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Score, for the critically acclaimed Three Furies, (Sydney, Auckland, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals), directed by Jim Sharman. He also composed and conducted live music for Dream Masons, a devised outdoor theatrical spectacle which opened Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island. For the screen, he composed the score for the feature film Romulus My Father, for which he was nominated for an Austrailian Film Institue Award. With his background as an architect, he lectures and hosts workshops exploring the connections between architectural space, sound, and performance (Prague Quadrennial, UNSW). He is currently collaborating with renowned installation artist Kate Murphy on various projects, where he is exploring the relationship between music/sound, image, and architectural space.

Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph – UK Sound Design

Avgoustos has recently joined Autograph’s Sound Designers’ team and has already worked on many West End productions including, Imagine This, Seven Deadly Sins, Isadora /Dances at Gathering at the Royal Opera House, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour, Too Close to the Sun, The Rise and Fall of Little voice and Aladdin at the Hackney Empire. Avgoustos started his career in the world of sound as an assistant recording engineer and producer in Cyprus. Alongside his studio work Avgoustos worked with ‘Diastasis’, an internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble, as a sound designer and operator. Touring with the ensemble, he had the opportunity to work with artists such as Nana Muschuri and George Dalaras at Her Majesty’s and Royal Drury Lane Theatres in London. His career in the UK continued at MTV Broadcast Services and the Royal College of Music where he was the Head of the Studios. During his five years there, he also taught Music Technology at the Imperial College, a course which he designed.

Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh - Producers

Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh formed their theatrical producing partnership in late 2008. Mike Walsh is a long established theatrical and television producer/performer and owns the Hayden Orpheum Theatre in Sydney, and Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. Also Australian, Daniel developed and produced the award winning stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's 'ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER' at the Old Vic (co-production with the Old Vic and Neal Street) in 2007, there has since been 15 different productions in 12 different languages internationally. As co-producers, in 2009 they were represented in the West End with 'THREE DAYS OF RAIN' starring James McAvoy and on Broadway with 'EXIT THE KING' starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Upcoming productions include development of the new musical 'ONLY THE BRAVE' and a new production of Michel Legrand's 'THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG', with acclaimed director Emma Rice (Brief Encounter, Kneehigh Theatre Company) both for the West End.

Neil Gooding – Producer

Most recently, Neil has been one of the producers of Breast Wishes – a new Australian musical which premiered and toured in 2009. Neil also recently directed and produced the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical! In 2008, Neil produced (with WhiteBox) the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O’Connor, Peter Cousens, Barry Crocker AM and Melle Stewart, which then went on to perform at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2008. Neil also served as the Assistant Director on both of these productions.

Neil recently established In The Pipeline – a not for profit organisation which has been set up to develop new Australian theatrical works and writers. The first workshops for In The Pipeline will be held later this year.

For several years, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment, where he responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular, the Long Way To The Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003. In 2005, Neil spent several months contracting to Jacobsen Entertainment exploring the potential of overseas productions of Dirty Dancing. Neil also worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her Visaualise Tour.

As a director, Neil has been nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award as well as a 2009 Green Room Award for his direction of Gutenberg! The Musical. He has worked on many projects including Back To The 80’s, The Road To Bethlehem for Short, Sweet & Song (which was awarded the Best Australian work), the Kookaburra workshop of The Silver Donkey, Keeping Annabelle for Short & Sweet 2007, Listen To My Heart, and the two workshops of new Australian musical The Hatpin. Neil was also Assistant Director / Ensemble Director for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company, directed by Gale Edwards, and also directed Building A Wing – a 10 minute musical for the inaugural Short, Sweet & Song competition. This piece was voted by the judges as the Winner of the Best Musical. Neil has also recently directed Nick Christo’s cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye. The show was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award, and was presented in New York earlier this year at Don’t Tell Mammas.

Neil is the author of Back To The 80’s which is now produced hundreds of times around the world every year. He produced and directed a production of Back To The 80’s starring Bruce Samazan in 2004. He established Fast & Fresh, the under 18 short play competition which is the offshoot of Short & Sweet – the largest short play festival in the world. 20101 will mark the 6th year of this successful competition.

Neil has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland.

Matthew Henderson – Producer

Matthew has worked extensively within the Australian Entertainment industry over the last decade, establishing himself as a well-respected and sought after Stage Manager. He has had the privilege of working on the Australian tours of THE BOY FROM OZ, FAME, SHOUT!, WE WILL ROCK YOU (Australia and Japan) and Disneyʼs THE LION KING (Australia and China), MISS SAIGON(Australia) and Disneyʼs HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Australia) and was Assistant to John Bell on OzOperaʼs tour of Madame Butterfly.

Most recently Matthew was the Production Stage Manager on the Australian premiere of JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA for The Sydney Opera House.

Matthewʼs recent Producer credits include the Australian tours of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, THE DEBUTANTE DIARIES and BPM BEATSPERMINUTE, the Melbourne seasons of FALSETTOS, YOUʼRE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, the Australasian premieres of Jonathan Larsonʼs TICK TICK … BOOM!, A NEW BRAIN and the world premiere of DANCE THROUGH ME.

Matthew is currently the Stage Manager of the Australian production of Cameron Macintosh and Disney's Mary Poppins.

Matthew is thrilled to be making his West End debut with this brilliant Australian play.

Suzie Franke – Producer

Suzie Franke has worked extensively in a range of technical and managerial positions in the Australian entertainment industry over the past ten years. She began her career as the Head Venue Technician at the Clocktower Centre in Melbourne where she worked for six years. Her freelance work has seen her hold various positions, including: Company Production Manager for the national tour of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Company Stage Manager for Australian/New Zealand tour of The Gruffalo; Company Stage Manager for Lotte's Gift; Lighting Designer for the Australian tour of The Carpenter's from Kempsey; Production and Technical Manager for a limited season of Chinese Spectacular; and Production Manager for numerous productions for the Academy of Performing Arts at Monash University. With a passion for creating new opportunities for audiences and performers, Suzie formed Blackbird Productions in 2001 with Matthew Henderson. Her producer credits for Blackbird Productions include: the Australasian Premiere's of A New Brain and Tick, Tick... BOOM!; seasons of Falsettos, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, BPM beatsperminute; and Australian National Tours of The Debutante Diaries and Steel Magnolias; as well as commissioning and producing Dance Through Me Suzie is excited to be producing this beautiful piece of Australian theatre on the West End

Gerry Ryan – Producer

Gerry Ryan is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur and managing director with diverse business interests in Australia and overseas. These interests span the manufacturing, property, entertainment, leisure and tourism industries.

Gerry is the chairman of Global Creatures, which owns the cutting-edge Creature Technology Company and the Creature Production Company, the twin creative forces behind Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular.

Over the past three decades, Gerry has been involved in and sponsored numerous community and sporting initiatives. In particular, Gerry played an instrumental role as founding chairman of the Visy Cares Centre in Dandenong, which provides a wide range of charitable and youth support services in Melbourne’s rapidly expanding Outer South East Region.

Gerry is a past vice president, former finance director and a Life Member of the St Kilda Football Club. He has also been a long-time supporter of Australian cycling and was inducted into the Victorian Cycling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Gerry is a Board Member of the Melbourne Storm team in the National Rugby League. He is a strong supporter of women in sport. He has sponsored the Dandenong Rangers team for the past 10 years and the 2004 and 2005 premiers in the Women’s National Basketball League.

In recognition of his contribution to the nation’s manufacturing, leisure, sports and tourism industries and the broader community, Gerry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999. Through his vision, drive and business leadership, Gerry continues to make a much valued contribution to the wider community

JAQUELINE KOLEK - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Jaqueline began producing in Australia working for various fringe theatres and event management companies in Sydney. Jaqueline later worked in New York for the general management company Richard Climans Inc. where she assisted on the production of Twelve Angry Men, produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company. In London, Jaqueline worked at the Menier Chocolate Factory on Little Shop of Horrors, Total Eclipse and All Mouth, and for Robert Fox Ltd. on The Lady From Dubuque starring Maggie Smith. Jaqueline is one of the producers of Only The Brave a new musical which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 and is currently in further development. In 2009 Jaqueline produced the UK premier of The Ones That Flutter at Theatre503. For the past two years Jaqueline worked in house for the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions producing The Country Wife; The Sea; Marguerite and most recently the UK tour and West End production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.