Dean Bryant


Dean directed the triumphant debut production Sweet Charity for Hayes Theatre Company (Helpmann award), Anything Goes for Opera Australia/GFO, for Melbourne Theatre Company; Next to Normal and I’ll Eat You Last starring Miriam Margolyes, Once We Lived Here (Kings Head Theatre, London and 45DS), DreamSong (Theatreworks), Straight (Red Stitch), Hansel and Gretel (OzOpera), and for The Production Company; Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance and (co-direction of) The Producers and Anything Goes. Other credits include The Last Five Years, Prodigal (45DS), Once We Lived Here (45DS) and Virgins: A Musical Threesome (CUB Malthouse, NYMF).  He created the verbatim theatre piece Gaybies, a hit of the Midsumma Festival and directed the Sydney premiere for Darlinghurst Theatre Company earlier this year.

With composer Mathew Frank he has written the musicals Prodigal (off-Broadway season, York Theatre, Green Room – Best Original Score), Once We Lived Here (Green Room – Best New Musical, NYC and London seasons), Virgins: A Musical Threesome and The Silver Donkey as well as the songs for the Amy Winehouse musical episode of Channel 10’s Mr and Mrs Murder.  

His cabaret credits as writer/director include Show People, Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra, Liza (on an E) (West End season), In Vogue: Songs By Madonna (Edinburgh Fringe), Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox (Adelaide Fringe Award - Best Cabaret), I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award – Best Cabaret), Newley Discovered, Experiment: Cole Porter and Josie in the Bathhouse.

He is Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. 

Andrew Hallsworth


Andrew won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for Opera Australia’s Anything Goes following his 2014 Helpmann Award win for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity, which also toured Australia in 2015.

His theatre credits include Ladies in Black (QTC) Rupert (Daniel Sparrow Productions), Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman. For the MTC he has choreographed Rupert which toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, Private Lives, Hamlet, Next to Normal, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Andrew co-choreographed the international production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Ross Coleman. He restaged Priscilla for Broadway followed by Italian and Brazilian season, US and UK Tours, Swedish, Korean and Spanish productions and recently a cruise ship version for Norwegian Cruise Line.

For The Production Company he has co-directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes and choreographed Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boy Friend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie.

Further choreographic credits include the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival, West End and UK tour. Menopause – the Musical, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography), Sideshow Alley, The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew and Prodigal.

Cabaret shows include Doris Day-So Much More Than The Girl Next Door, 'Tegrity, Newley Discovered, Todd McKenney-Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and Cry Me A River-The World of Julie London.

Andrew's television credits include the Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance, "Indigeridoo" and "Ja'ime's Assembly Routine" on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV, The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media (TEN). 


Andrew Worboys

Musical director

Composer, video designer, vocalist, pianist and musical director, grew up in Orange, a town in the central west of New South Wales Australia, surrounded by Pub Rock and Musical Theatre.

Andrew created new modern musical arrangements for the Hayes Theatre Co's SWEET CHARITY for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award in the category of Best Musical Direction. He wrote the Overture for the arena version of THE BOY FROM OZ, starring Hugh Jackman, co-wrote with Ignatious Jones the anthem for the 2002 Gay Games: "HEY SYDNEY", and in 2012 Andrew conducted the Ceremonials Orchestra for FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE at the Sydney Opera House.

Andrew co-produced the original Australian cast recording of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH featuring iOTA and Blazey Best, and produced/arranged played piano and sang on Jimmy Somerville's album SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER.

Andrew was Musical Director for the 2013 Sydney Theatre Company Wharf Revue "WHOOPS", for the Hayes Theatre Co's productions of SWEET CHARITY and TRUTH, BEAUTY AND A PICTURE OF YOU, for Christine Anu's INTIMATE AND DEADLY, Trevor Ashley's I'M EVERY WOMAN, for Joanna Weinberg's TWELVE SHOES, for Lisa Adam's AMY HOUSEWINE, for Cath Alcorn's DIVINE MISS BETTE, for three of his own musicals including SHOWTRAIN and more recently for the critically acclaimed cabaret show, LOVE AND DEATH AND AN AMERICAN GUITAR written by and starring Toby Francis.

As a visual artist Andrew created the projections for the Australian production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, created ACON’S controversial GLAM REAPER viral commercial, made music videos for The Celebrity Drug Disasters and Jimmy Somerville, and created the filmic visuals for Yantra De Vilder’s LATITUDE 33.

At the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Andrew created arrangements for Cath Alcorn's NOTHING BUT A SONG starring Cath Alcorn and written by Alcorn and Paul Capsis, he musically directed Rachel Beck in her brand new cabaret THIS GIRL written by Beck and Queenie van de Zandt and musically directed and played for Melanie Safka in her PEOPLE IN THE FRONT ROW tour which enjoyed sold out concerts all over Australia.

Andrew frequently plays and sings with Jenny Morris and has been guest front man for the Sydney Jazz Orchestra and for the Tower of Power inspired funk band, Temple Of Groove. 

Erth Visual & Physical Inc.

Puppet Design & Construction

Since its beginnings in 1990, Erth Visual & Physical Inc has strived to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences. Giant puppetry, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures - Erth is all these things and more. Erth have built an Australia-wide, and increasingly international reputation based on exceptional work. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.

Founded in 1990 in Ballarat Victoria, ERTH has been consistently creating art for the public domain since its inception and is today recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre both nationally and internationally.

ERTH combines a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance, often site specific productions using installation and/or performance based projects or those involving a menagerie of large-scale puppets, stilts, inflatables and aerial techniques to create productions including: Incubator, Gargoyles, Waterheads, Caution, Bushfire, The Garden, Gondwana, The Nargun and the Stars, and most recent shows to include Dinosaur Zoo™, I,Bunyip, Spirit Creatures and TaniWha Acts I,II and III.

ERTH tours the globe extensively including performances at most major Australian and International festivals such as; Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (2000), Hong Kong Fringe, Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Stockton, Riverside Festival (UK), Singapore Arts Festival and the Festival of Arts & Ideas in Connecticut USA. Most recent ERTH works have been seen at: Bangkok (2009), Shanghai World Expo (2010), Sydney Childrenʼs Festival (2009/2010/2011), City of Sydney Chinese New Year Parades (2009/2010/2011), Ten Days on the Island tour (2011), Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, Korea (2011) and Melbourneʼs renowned Moomba Festival (2009/2010/2011).

Increasingly, ERTH is bridging the gap between cultural and theatrical institutions by bringing physical theatre and puppetry to Museum environments. Successful roving and aerial performances have been individually written and delivered for The Australian Museum, Museum of Victoria (Melbourne), Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Auckland Museum (New Zealand), The Field Museum (Chicago), Natural History Museum (Los Angeles) and Minnesota Science Museum.

ERTHʼs design studio and workshop custom makes work for many clients. In the past, The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Sydney Olympic Games, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Centenary of Federation and Performing Lines have all had specialist creations produced from ERTHʼs busy studio and workshop.

Housed in Sydney’s newest contemporary arts centre, CarriageWorks, the company has a busy design and construction program incorporating the use of many non traditional set, prop, costume, inflatable and puppetry disciplines. In recent years ERTH has been embracing new technologies to introduce computer generated imagery and registered projection into its ever growing box of tricks.

Owen Phillips

Set Designer

Credits for Owen include set and/or costume design for I’ll Eat You Last starring Miriam Margolyes for Melbourne Theatre Company, the Hayes Theatre Co production of Sweet Charity, Sisters Grimm’s The Sovereign Wife and Arthur’s The Myth Project: Twin (MTC Neon), Psycho Beach Party for Little Ones Theatre and the subsequent inclusion in Brisbane Festival 2013, Master Class starring Maria Mercedes (Left Bauer Productions), Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles and The Pirates of Penzance for The Production Company, Gaybies (Darlinghurst Theatre Co) The Dust and Us (Human Animal Exchange) and Wael Zuiater: Unknown (Creative Nonfiction/Next Wave).  He is currently designing Egg for Melbourne Theatre Company/Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

Owen’s work has been nominated for multiple Green Room Awards and a Sydney Theatre Award, and in 2015 he was a recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart grant, allowing him to travel to Europe to attend the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and to work with designer Michael Levine on Complicite’s The Encounter for Edinburgh Festival.

Owen is a graduate of NIDA.

Ross Graham

Lighting Designer

Ross was the original lighting designer for Sweet Charity (Hayes Theatre Company), returning for the 2015 tour. As lighting designer, Ross has collaborated onBoys Will Be Boys (Sydney Theatre Compnay); I’ll Eat You Last (Melbourne Theatre Company); Gaybies (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Dream Song (Theatre Works);  Silent Disco, The Sea Project and Return to Earth (Griffin Theatre); Woyzeck (Company B);Cruise Control, Seminar, and Skylight (Ensemble Theatre); The Mesh (Red Stitch Actors Theatre);Owen Wingrave and Climbing Towards Midnight (Sydney Chamber Opera);  Voices Project (Australian Theatre for Young People); Fearless (Milk Crate Theatre);  The Fremantle Candidate (Deck Chair); The Underpants (NIDA Guest Artist); Cut Snake and Dirty land (Arthur, a Theatre Company) Bill W and Dr. Bob (Carriage Works).  Off-Broadway credits include; Beirut and True West (Athena Theatre Company); Dialogues of Travelers (Kirk Theatre).

In the coming months, Ross’ lighting design will also be seen in Edward II (Sport for Jove), Violet (Blue Saint Productions), Orlando (Sydney Theatre Company – Assistant Lighting Designer), L’Amant Jaloux (Pinchgut Opera), Good People (Ensemble Theatre) and Power Plays (Sydney Theatre Company).

Ross was Lighting Director on Spicks & Speck-tacular during its Final Australian tour.  Ross has also worked as Lighting Design Supervisor on multiple productions at NIDA tutoring student designers and helping them realize their visions. 

2014 Sydney Theatre Award nomination, Best Lighting Design of an Independent Production, Sweet Charity. 


Costume Designer

In 1995 Tim won an Academy Award, a BAFTA and an Australian Film Institute award (AFI) for his costume design for the feature film THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.  He revisited this work in stage show PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL which has been performed worldwide and won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical. 

After the success of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Tim spent many years designing for feature films including; TODAY YOU DIE, LOVEWRECKED, MISS CONGENIALITY, INTO THE SUN, RED RIDING HOOD, MOJAVE MOON and MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS amongst others. His TV credits include; V.I.P, HIGH SOCIETY and KATHY AND MO as well as a number of music video clips for popular artists such as MISSY ELLIOTT, CHER and MATCHBOX 20.

Since returning to Australia Tim designed for the encore presentation of THE SAPPHIRES produced by Black Swan Theatre Company and Company B. Tim designed costumes for PJ Hogan’s latest film MENTAL earning him a Best Costume Design nomination for the AACTA awards. He also designed for the 2012 TV series I WILL SURVIVE for Channel 10 and Fremantle Media Australia, Channel 9’s AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT and Channel 7’s DANCING WITH THE STARS in 2014 and 2015. Tim’s designs can be seen on Australia’s celebrities including Christine Anu for her REWIND show (2012), Casey Donovan for THE DEADLYS (2012) and Trevor Ashley for DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR as part of the 2012 Mardi Gras Festival.

In 2013 Tim designed the costumes for GYPSY, directed by Gale Edwards and starring Caroline O’Connor and co-designed the costumes for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Tim has continued to design costumes for the 2014 production of GUYS AND DOLLS, directed by Gale Edwards, and the sell-out production of SWEET CHARITY at The Hayes Theatre.

2015 has seen Tim design the costumes for The Production Company’s season of WEST SIDE STORY directed by Gale Edwards, he is also designing costumes for the 2015 season of DANCING WITH THE STARS for Fremantle Media. Later this year PRSCILLA is set to play in Madrid, tour the UK and embark on its first cruise ship aboard the Norwegian Epic. 

Jeremy Silver

Sound Designer

Jeremy has spent the last 15 years working as a sound designer, composer, mixer and teacher. His recent productions include: A Steady Rain, Blonde Poison, MEN, Cock, Howie the Rookie at the Old Fitz; Blue Angel, Hipbone Sticking Out for Big hArt; Dogfight and High Society at Hayes Theatre Co; Arms and the Man, Loot, Ying Tong – A Walk With the Goons, for Sydney Theatre Company; Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Stuff Happens for Belvoir; Empire, The Removalists, Capture The Flag, Cross Sections, This Blasted Earth, for Rock Surfers; Somewhere, Car Gods Burn for the Q Theatre; Defiance at Sydney’s Quarantine Station. Jeremy’s Sound Operating credits include, Namatjira (Big hArt), The Women Of Troy (STC), Measure for Measure, Keating!, The Sapphires, The Threepenny Opera (Company B). Television credits include: Kitchen Whiz, Pyramid, Magical Tales. Nominated for Best Sound Design/Score at the Sydney Theatre Awards for Howie the Rookie, The Removalists, and Capture The Flag and a Greenroom Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Ying Tong.

Ellen Simpson

Resident Director/Choreographer & U/S

The daughter of actors, Ellen had little chance of escaping the vice like grip of the industry (those jazz hands are deceptively strong), so toddled off to begin her professional theatre career as Zenobiah in an original production for the NZ International Arts Festival titled 'The Underwatermelon Man'. This role won her a nomination for Most Promising Female Newcomer at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2002. The rest is a history filled with 'Wicked' Witches and Phantoms whose 'Love Never Dies'... short stints on the small screen ranging from suspicious Doctor Blake nurse to Renee Geyer, the greatly revered title of Musical Shapes Maker (choreographer doesn’t sound as cool) and a quick jolly jaunt back to EnZed to accuse people of dancing with the devil as Abigail in the Auckland Theatre Company's production of 'The Crucible'.

Ellen’s knack for the written word was apparent at a young age and, over the years, has enabled her to script her own sketch comedy and bless the inter-universe with yet another humour-veiled opinion blog. She has begun writing her own series … and would very much like to finish it so keep the noise down.

Ellen has been directing the Cousin’s Christmas Carols for over two decades now and, although she appreciates the loyalty of her audience (cheers Aunty), she feels ready to explore different material and bigger venues. The end. Most recent choreography credits include 'Love Bites' at The Hayes and 'Miss Siagon' for The Arts Centre Gold Coast, which she also assistant directed. Ellen was lucky enough to assistant direct 'I Am My Own Wife' at The Old Fitz. Tumeke x