NINE THE MUSICAL: CAST 

Anthony is an Actor at Q44 Theatre Inc, where he is also a founder member and Chief Executive. He most recently appeared in Q44’s production of the Australian Premier of Ironbound as Maks, at Q44’s new home at the Abbotsford Convent. His other theatre credits include the lead role of Eddie in Hurlyburly, Ian in Shining City, Tony Aronica in Savage in Limbo and as Andrew in Spike Heels, which he also co-produced with his wife Nicole Melloy through their production company Crazy Chair Productions. For Q44 he also performed in the ‘Theresa Rebeck’, ‘Betrayal’, ‘Ibsen’, ‘Chekhov’ and ‘Lovers Anonymous’ Performance Incubators. On screen he has appeared in films Infinite Wisdom (Rygan Productions), Telepathy (Marley’s Ghost Productions & Indimax Productions) and Rue (Aristeia Creative). Web Series include The Off Stump (Aristeia Creative) and Truck Talk (Paradime Films). Anthony continues his Acting training with Gabriella Rose-Carter, his technique grounded in The Method as developed by Lee Strasberg. He is coached vocally by Suzanne Heywood and in Singing by Gary May. Anthony is also a Graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio’s Part Time Program. Anthony’s other qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Degree in Economics, Diploma of Investor Relations and Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Investment Management). 
Rachel completed a Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) at Federation University (formerly The University of Ballarat Arts Academy) in 2012. After relocating to Melbourne Rachel has appeared in Saturday Night Fever (StageArt), understudying and going on as Stephanie; Motown Live and Spice Up Your Life (Take The Mic Australia); Significance (Attitude Dance Company); and multiple events for Life Like Touring and The Entertainment Store.  Rachel performs nationally and internationally with The Cover Girls, for corporate events, and as Guest Entertainers for Grayboy, on P & O Australia and Princess Cruiselines.  TV credits include: Featured Dancer in “Contagious” (Music Video for Jude Perl, Sugar Hope Records), and What’s Wrong With You (Channel 31).  Rachel holds a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) and uses this additional knowledge to teach at Federation University, striving to manage her own Performing Arts facility in the future. Rachel would like to thank her agent, Katie Collins from Universal Entertainment Agency, for her ongoing support and love.
Alana is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Musical Theatre). Her theatre credits include Ernestina in Hello Dolly (The Production Company), Sonia Walsk in They're Playing our Song, the Australian premier of Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical, female performer in California Dreaming - The music of the Mamas and the Papas (JTM Productions), Clarice in DreamSong, Woman Two in Sing On Through Tomorrow - the songs of Matthew Lee Robinson and Keren in David Williamsons Third World Blues.Alana originated the role of Maggie Kelly in Ned - a New Australian Musical, and in 2017 worked for Sydney Theatre Company workshopping Muriels Wedding the musical. She has also been a semi finalist in the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment for the past two years. Alana would like to thank her agents Karen and Dior and her wonderful parents for their constant love and support.
Courtney appeared in THE FULL MONTY during StageArt's 2017 Season.  Since then, she's performed in two shows for The Production Company (BRIGADOON and OKLAHOMA!).  Other Australian credits include OF THEE I SING at Sydney Opera House, SWEENEY TODD at The New Theatre, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at The Alex Theatre,  and MAN OF LA MANCHA for Squabbalogic Independent Theatre.  Overseas, Courtney made her Broadway debut in the original cast of THE WOMAN IN WHITE, understudying and performing the title role under the direction of Sir Trevor Nunn.  She is a proud graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and member of both American and Austalian Equity.  In addition to a busy performing career, Courtney enjoys teaching yoga at a popular Melbourne studio, running around St Kilda with her husband Pete and their rescue dog named Tippi, and serving on the board of an American non-profit organisation that coordinates live music programming to various hospitals and adult-living facilities.  
Bronte is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts (BFA Music Theatre, Class of 2015), where she studied under a creative scholarship. Her theatre credits include Swing (Lauren and Nicola understudy) in Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Group), Jackie in High Fidelity (Highway Run Productions), Lizzie Fields in Baby (Neglected Musicals), April in Company (Watch This Productions), and The World Premiere of Australian Musical CROSSxROADS (RLProductions). Most recently, Bronte appeared as Pepper in the critically acclaimed season of Cry-Baby at the Hayes Theatre (LPD Productions).In 2018, Bronte joined Good Egg Creative’s Rock Rhapsody, an international touring headline act celebrating the music of Queen. She was a Rob Guest Endowment Semi-Finalist in both 2016 and 2017. She has performed as a featured guest artist at Home Grown, Broadway Unplugged, TheatrePeople Sings, Show Queens, Carols By Cabaret, and Underground Broadway. During her time at VCA, she was a soloist for masterclasses with composers Adam Guettel and John Bucchino, was selected as the soloist for the opening of the Green Room Awards 2014, and played Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. Bronte is proudly represented by Hansen Creative Management. 
Ana’s theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Watch This), Let It Be (Flourish Productions), The Full Monty (StageArt), The Memory of Water (3 Big Men Productions), The Sound of Music (GFO/SEL), The Buddy Holly Story (Everyday Productions), Wrung Out (Glynn Nicholas), Sexercise the Musical (Aleks Vass/Malcolm Cooke), Vincent – an acapella opera (Anthony Crowley), Nine (Manilla St Productions), Beautiful Things (StageArtXposed) and the premiere season of the play Merry Christmas Bitches (Boutique Theatre). Australian screen credits include Neighbours, Newton’s Law, Pig’s Breakfast, Good Morning Australia and the recently released feature film ‘Undertow.’ In the UK Ana played the recurring role of ‘Maggie Peters’ in the popular TV series Family Affairs and was resident singer/pianist at many legendary London hotels. Taking the long route home Ana travelled the world as principal vocalist for Jean Ann Ryan Productions on the Norwegian Cruise Line.  Musical Director credits include Menopause the Musical (HIT), Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the recent season of Motormouth Loves Suckface (Anthony Crowley) at La Mama Courthouse.
Ana is the co-founder and Artistic Director of children’s performing arts school ‘Stage Left.’ www.stageleft.com.au
Rebecca Morton trained at WA Academy of Performing Arts a long time ago. She believes in the power of all kinds of stories to enlighten, uplift and inspire. She has worked nationally and internationally in opera and theatre, musical theatre, circus, Shakespeare, and 60s rock and roll. She toured several of her own shows, including The Sparrow and the Showgirl (a story of Edith Piaf and Marilyn Monroe) and Cest si Bon, a love story. In 2016 she played an Arab mother in Tales of a City By the Sea, a love story set in Gaza, which toured internationally and is now on the VCE Drama Playlist. In 2017 she was part of the original cast for Old Friend Old Foe at the Brunswick Mehcanics Institute, played an 'English rose' in India (RAPt Productions), a French cripple and 'God' in - Godot the Wait is Over (La Mama Courthouse) and a suburban Aussie mum in Flagman in The Melbourne Fringe Festival (Dirty Pennies Theatre). She recently played the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd for 3s-a-Crowd in Castlemaine and is starting a new and exciting (and secret . .) project in Melbourne. She is also a trained counsellor and facilitator of Breathwork - a powerful healing modality, and she runs The Pavillion, a healing space in Castlemaine. 
Leah is a graduate of The National Theatre Drama School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama from Monash University. Her theatre credits include Fran in Dating a PT, Kismet with The Production Company, Sarah in Ragtime, Elli in Love For Sale, Wu Lin in Frank Christie, Frank Clarke and Rebecca - The Musical.  Leah’s love of screen work has seen her appear in countless television commercials, as a guest on the SBS drama Kick and in the supporting role of Paula in the Australian feature film Lost and Found. Leah has performed extensively at corporate events throughout Melbourne, worked for many years in children’s entertainment and is an inspired vocal coach. Leah is thrilled to be joining StageArt’s production of NINE and is grateful for the love and support of her beautiful family, husband and three children.
After abandoning a law degree Eilannin gained her Masters degree in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and has completed performance Diplomas in Musical Theatre (Brent Street), Music (Australian Institute of Music) and Dance (Hunter Institute).  Eilannin's additional training includes NIDA Open, Sydney Theatre School, AFTT and Actors Centre Australia. Eilannin is a resident performer at the Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Williamstown and is the founder of Theatre Blacks, a vocational performing arts program devoted to making professional performing arts qualifications accessible to anyone with the will to perform - regardless of their economic background. Recent credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Pennywise in Urinetown with Neil Gooding and Lysistrata with Bill Bankes-Jones and Julian Kelly.
Stephanie’s most recent performances include ‘A New Brain’ (Popular Mechanicals/CGTC) where she played Rhoda. Other performances include ‘The Pied Piper’ with the Victorian Opera, where she played the Piper’s sweet-talking Cat. She won the 2017 Guild Award and Lyrebird Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Millie Dillmount in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. Graduating from APO Arts Academy under the tutelage of Derek Taylor, Stephanie recently joined the acapella comedy group ‘Ginger and Tonic’. She has also worked as a soloist for the MTO, a singer for corporate gigs at Crown Casino Entertainment, and as a backup vocalist for The Voice finalist, Thando Sikwila. She was part of the 1950’s Tribute show ‘At The Hop!’ and was part of Melbourne Fringe in the trio ‘The Desperettes’. Stephanie won a Lyrebird Award for her role as Mary Poppins in the Disney classic ‘Mary Poppins’. Other theatrical roles include Violet Karl in ‘Violet’ and Mary Flynn in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ directed by Pip Mushin. 
Brierley has always had a passion for theatre and performing,  reenacting his favourite musicals at a young age and dreaming of one day being on stage performing. In 2017 he played the role of Friar Tuck in Dynamic Performers pantomime of Robin Hood. Brierley currently trains at Centrestage Performing Arts school doing musical theatre, jazz, tap and many more. He is very excited and grateful to now be apart of the StageArt family and getting the opportunity to perform along side the amazingly talented cast of Nine. Brierley would like to thank his family and agents at Centrestage Agency for all their love and on going support.
Kershawn has developed his triple threat talents at Cathy-Lea Dance Music Drama Works for the past 6 years and Heidi's Music Studio for the past year. He has successfully won many awards with his dance troupe and as a soloist, and was the 2018 winner of the Beyond Blue boys scholarship to the Ministry of Dance Spring School. He has worked in television as an extra on TV series' Offspring and Seven Signs of Ambiguity, and featured in a KMart TVC with Agency Spunkz Management. He recently recorded a bit-part for a new TV series, which will be released later this year. He made his professional theatre debut as Fletcher in The Bodyguard (GFO) Melbourne Season in 2017. He recently played the role of Sorrow and was a member of the Dandenong Children's Choir in Opera Australia's 2018 regional tour of Madame Butterfly. This is his first StageArt production, and he is thrilled to be playing the role of Young Guido.
Daisy graduated from the dance program at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in 2015. Following this, she went on to complete two years of full-time music theatre training at Showfit under the tuition of Scott Johnson and Mathew Frank. Whilst at Showfit, Daisy co-created the collaborative performance piece, ‘Like a Girl’ in order to raise money for SisterWorks. From this, Daisy recently co-produced the fundraising event, ‘Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Fundraiser by Artists’ which brought together creatives from various backgrounds to raise money for the amazing people at the ASRC. Previously, Daisy has featured in music videos for musicians such as Hayden Calnin and BATTS. Since graduating, she has recently been seen as Dreselda the Fairy Queen in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for Pantomime Productions as well as the current advertising campaign for TAFE Victoria. Daisy is thrilled to be making her StageArt and music theatre debut in Nine and to be surrounded by such an amazing cast.
Georgina’s love for performing started when she was 3. Growing up in a family of successful classical musicians, she trained in voice under the guidance of her well-known grandmother Ruth Atkinson-Young. At 10 she sung at the Sydney Opera House for the APEC Summit with Gondwana Voices and onwards won a vocal scholarship to Perth Modern School. 
Joining the Ashton circus at the age of 15 for 4 years, Georgina learnt flying trapeze & performed her own singing aerial solo. She completed her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Music Theatre) at Principal Academy of Theatre Arts (Perth) and her Certificate 2 at WAAPA. Georgina then moved to Melbourne and in 2017 furthered her studies at Spectrum Dance. During this time she was cast as the lead Rockette in Michael Ralph’s ‘I Wanna Be A Rockette’. Professionally, she has danced alongside Sheppard The Band & Tom Burlinson.  Georgina would like to extend her gratitude to mentors Tim Smith, Dana Jolly, David Wisken, her supportive friends & family, and her late grandmother.
Kiana completed one year of Music Theatre training at Showfit under the direction of Ian and Leanne White, Mathew Frank and Scott Johnson before being accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). At the VCA Kiana has performed at the 2016 Green Room Awards and was part of the ensemble for Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway (2016) and Movie Musicals 2017), presented by Arts Centre Melbourne. In 2016 Kiana was also involved in Oh, What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey). in 2017 Kiana had the delight of playing Amy in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman), and was in the ensemble (Understudy Trix) in The Drowsy Chaperone (dir. Alister Smith). This year Kiana made her professional debut in ‘The Boy From Oz’ with The Production Company (dir. Jason Langley).
Luca Dinardo is an exciting, up and coming musical theatre talent. At only 22, she has performed in multiple professional shows, and is often sought after to assist some of Australia’s most prestigious choreographers. Luca graduated from Patrick Studios Australia’s musical theatre course in 2015, under the direction of her mentor Andrew Hallsworth. Since graduating she has continued her training in New York and Los Angeles. Some of Luca’s professional credits include; ensemble/ dance captain in the Australian Premiere of ‘Bring It On – The Musical’, ’Billy Elliot The Musical’, ‘NINE The Musical’ (In Concert), Twisted Broadway & ‘Pororo’ in Singapore. Luca’s career has seen her assist some of Australia’s finest theatre and commercial choreographers, including; Andrew Hallsworth, Kelley Abbey, Michael Ralph, Marko Panzic and Zoee Marsh. She has also assisted international choreographers; Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey & Al Blackstone.
Luca’s career extends beyond the theatre. She has danced for pop artist Ayden Calafiore, as well as appeared in the television series: ‘Thank God You’re Here” and independent feature film; ‘Wil’ directed by Jeremy Weinstein. Luca is thrilled to be taking on the role of ensemble/ dance captain for Stage Art’s production of ‘NINE The Musical’. She would like to extend her gratitude to her family, friends, teachers and mentors for their on going belief and support.
Josephine is a 2016 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Whilst at VCA she played Thea in Spring Awakening, and performed in the ensemble of The Hatpin and 42nd St. Since graduating she has performed in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and as Charity in Sweet Charity. In 2018 she debuted her own show Yasgur’s Farm: The Songs and Stories of Woodstock for FRINGEWORLD Perth where it was nominated for the Music and Musicals Award, and toured the show to the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Nine is Rob's first production with StageArt, as he is still relatively new to the world of musical theatre. Rob made his theatrical debut in 2016 in an non-professional production of Grease, and has since held roles in productions of Curtains, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, and Ghost the Musical. Concurrently, Rob consistently seeks performance opportunities to learn, make connections, and expand his repertoire as a performer. Last year, Rob participated in a charity concert which raised over $2,000 for the Movember Foundation. He also recently performed with the Melbourne Lawyers' Big Band in concert, and appeared in concert with Melbourne drag personality Peppy Smears. Rob is extremely excited to be understudying the role of Guido, and is hoping to learn as much as he can from the the StageArt team.

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