KATHERINE ARMSTRONG Executive Producer
Katherine had her debut in the entertainment industry as a child featuring in numerous modelling campaigns and a television series from the age of thirteen. Katherine is passionate about many projects and is the driving force behind multiple brands and marketing stratagies, so starting StageArt in 2011 with friend and like minded creative Robbie Carmellotti was a new opportunity to expand on an existing skill sets. StageArt has already produced 14 productions since its inception 3 years ago and is set to continue it's ground breaking ethos in 2015. Katherine is proud of the platform that StageArt provides for Australian artists to gain extra exposure and skills on a professional level. Katherine is currently co-producing a short film for Project Y set for release in 2015, This project is a passion of the heart as it deals with the important topics confronting todays youth. Katherine is also CEO and founder of Dance Dynamics Australia Pty Ltd a chain of four studios across Melbourne set for major expansion in 2015. (www.dancedynamamics.com.au)
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ROBBIE CARMELLOTTI Executive Producer
Co founder of StageArt, Robbie comes from a strong background in the fields of Direction and Choreography. His stage directional credits include: HAIR - Premiere Melbourne season and 2014 Victorian Tour, RENT, Bare: A Pop Opera, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz, Reefer Madness, West Side Story, Grease 2: Live in Concert & Màtalor: A Hard Rock Dance Opera. His background is dance, having been a Dancesport champion in Latin American and toured the world competing and performing. He has won countless titles around the globe and performed in shows from Melbourne's Crown Casino, Regent Theatre to the stages in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Taipei. Robbie has been the face of many TVC campaignes, most notably Jay Jay's and Mitre 10 . He is currently featured on season 2 of The Real Housewives of Melbourne which airs in February 2015. Working alongside Katherine Armstong, Robbie is very proud of the 14 productions which StageArt have produced, and is thrilled with the 2015 season line up, with big things planned for the future.
Robbie also runs a social media marketing firm The Social Puzzle (www.thesocialpuzzle.com.au) and is heavily involved with Dance Dynamics, Melbourne's biggest dance and fitness studio (www.dancedynamics.com.au).
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TERENCE O'CONNELL Director
After three years as a member of the acting company at Perth Playhouse, Terence attended NIDA's Directors Course. Since then, he has directed some 150 productions in theatres, concert halls, circus tents, comedy clubs and cabaret rooms across Australia and internationally. His national touring productions include DECADENCE, BOUNCERS, CERTIFIED MALE, BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, BUSTING OUT, I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU-THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD STORY, CIRCUS OZ, THE 39 STEPS, FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS and MINEFIELDS AND MINISKIRTS-AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AND THE VIETNAM WAR. For The Production Company: THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, OKLAHOMA!, THE PAJAMA GAME, 42ND STREET, DAMN YANKEES, CRAZY FOR YOU, THE KING & I and KISMET. Terence has directed graduation projects for Ballarat University Arts Academy, Showfit, National Theatre Drama School, Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts and LaSalle College Of The Arts. Other work includes THE KITCHEN SINK (Red Stitch), JOHN AND JEN (Chapel Off Chapel), STEAMING (Comedy Theatre), MOTHERHOOD-THE MUSICAL, DARLINGHURST NIGHTS (Sydney Theatre Company), LIFE ON MARS-THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE (New Moon Theatre) and CIRCUS SENSO (Albany Empire, London). Terence is currently Director of Spiegelworld's EMPIRE (North American Tour) and is creating new projects to appear at this year's Cabaret Festivals across the country.
DARREN STACK Choreographer
Darren finished his training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester England, while training in many dance disciplines his love of ballet took him to the professional stage with Manchester City Ballet and the English National Ballet, But after several seasons Darren made the move into commercail theatre performing on both the Westend and Broadway stages with Spirit of the dance, after a global tour he knew his love of Musical theatre had got the better of him and he landed the role of Resident Choreographer for the westend hit musical "Saturday Night Fever" shortly after Darren was asked to return as Resident Choreographer for the new westend hit "Footloose the Dance Musical" where Darren's Choreographic career took flight. Choreographic credits - Rhapsody in Blue a night at the theatre (UK) Red Hot Broadway (Monaco) Children in Need (BBC) Salon Collonaire (ITV) Encore Broadway (UK) Korean Tap Dance Company (Korea) Global events & TVC - The Olympic Bid, The Commonwealth Games, Emirates Airlines, Good Morning America, Blue Peter (BBC) Samsung and other television Commercials.
TYSON LEGG Musical Director
Tyson is a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in voice and music theory, and has musically directed for many companies over the last ten years including CLOC and WMTC to name a few. Some highlights include Man of La Mancha (CLOC), Next To Normal (WMTC) and the recent Australian Premier of Frankenstein - The Musical (WMTC). Tyson was honoured with a Green Room nomination for his musical direction of the cabaret "Showfolk" performed at the Butterfly Club in 2013. As a performer Tyson has featured in many productions including originating the role of Marky in "Sugartown" for StageArt Xposed, and the title role in Floyd Collins, performed at Chapel Off Chapel in 2011. By day Tyson is a private singing teacher and choral director at Billanook College and is currently completing his Bachelor of Music.
RHYS VELASQUEZ Assistant Choreographer
Rhys, originally from Queensland, started dance at the age of seven at the Performance Plus Dance Centre. In 2011, he relocated to Victoria to study music theatre at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy. His credits at the Arts Academy include Sing Happy; Leo in A Little Touch of Chaos; The Young Soldier in Parade and Lead Dancer in 42nd Street. In 2013, Rhys wrote and performed his own cabaret Man, I Feel Like A Woman, which, following a successful season at The Butterfly Club, he was also asked to perform as part of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival. Most recently, Rhys performed the role of Freddy in the Melbourne premiere of Carrie the Musical at Chapel off Chapel, directed by Terence O'Connell.
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DEAN DRIEBERG Company Manager
After studying at WAAPA and the VCA, Dean Drieberg has worked on and off the stage for almost two decades, currently as a freelance creative producer. Dean has worked on over 20 national touring productions including seven tours as Associate Producer for HIT Productions. In 2012 Dean produced a sold-out season of the immersive theatre piece ‘Shotgun Wedding’ as part of the Next Wave Festival. Dean has been at the helm of major events, runway shows and launches for David Jones, L’Oréal, Redken, and has held roles with L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival and Australian Fashion Week. Dean has produced over a dozen short films, commercials and music videos for the likes of Mimco, Julius Marlow, Cotton On and City of Melbourne. Dean's film 'Tomorrow's Lovers' was screened as part of the 2012 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and was the only Australian film selected to screen at Paris Fashion Week's A Shaded View On Fashion Film Festival (2012) and the Berlin Fashion Film Festival (2013), winning the 2013 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Film Series. Dean has produced campaigns for numerous clients such as Mimco, Nobody jeans, Telstra and Victorian Aids Council, to name a small few. Dean worked with The Spirit of the Black Dress for three years producing their annual photo shoots, short films and runway shows. Dean was a finalist with The Spirit of the Black Dress in the 2012 Melbourne Awards for Contribution to Sustainability. Dean has contributed as a writer for StylehunterMAN.com and has been interviewed about his work on Fashion TV, The Age Online, Melbourne Weekly, Covet magazine and Broadsheet. He has also had the pleasure of featuring as a panelist on Fashion Torque (live talk show) and as guest lecturer at the Whitehouse Institute of Fashion.
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CHRISTIAN CAVALLO Director's Assistant
Bio to come.
PATRICK PAEVERE Assistant Musical Director
Patrick is a budding Melbourne musical director, pianist and orchestrator; credits include Choral Conductor: Victorian State School Spectacular (2014); Musical Director: RENT (UMMTA, 2013), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (UMMTA, 2013); Orchestration and Co-Music Direction: 1938: An Opera (UHT, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2012); Assistant Musical Director: The Wild Party (Four Letter Word Theatre, 2013), Splendour 3 (UMMTA, 2013). Patrick has recently played the first keyboard part for CLOC’s Legally Blonde, as well as playing for and accompanying various other shows, cabarets, and concerts. Patrick also has experience behind the scenes with Lighting and Projection Design for Our House (UMMTA, 2014) and Assistant Lighting Design for Seussical (OCPAC, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2014).
Patrick has also had the exciting opportunity to work backstage with The Production Company on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2009) and on the Victorian State School Spectacular (2010), and has also served on the University of Melbourne Music Theatre Committee in 2013 and 2014. In his spare time Patrick is a Computer Science and Music student at The University of Melbourne. Patrick was Assistant Musical Director in In The Heights.
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STAGE MANAGER SAMANTHA HORNSTEIN
LIGHTING JASON BOVAIRD & MOVING LIGHTS PRODUCTIONS
SOUND MARCELLO LO RICCO & LSS PRODUCTIONS
SET DESIGN JACOB BATTISTA
COSTUME DESIGN DANIEL HARVEY
HAIR/WIG/MAKEUP DESIGNER LUCY WILKINS
PROPERTIES MANAGER SAMANTHA HORNSTEIN
THEATRE TECH DANNY ISSKO
GRAPHIC DESIGN ASHLEY GLEDHILL
PUBLIC RELATIONS MAGDA PETKOFF
MARKETING KATHERING ARMSTRONG & ROBBIE CARMELLOTTI
COSTUME ASSISTANT KATE SINCLAIR
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER CATHY SMITH