CAST & CREATIVES
Incredible cast announcement coming February 2021!
TYRAN PARKE - Director
Tyran Parke worked as a professional actor before firmly established himself as an acclaimed director on the Australian theatre scene. With credits that span Shakespeare, plays, musicals, cabaret, concerts and opera, Tyran has over 20 years of performing credits to his name. He has played in shows as diverse as Tick Tick Boom, The Last Five Years, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, The Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes, Funny Girl, South Pacific, Oliver!, Sunset Boulevard, Rosie, Evita, Listen to My Heart, Eurobeat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Can You Believe It, Q-bag?, The Hatpin, Angels in America, Cabaret, and She Loves Me.
For the past decade Tyran has turned attention behind the scenes, and is now a much sought-after director, producer and teacher. For Adrian Storey, he directed the all-star production of Follies at the Melbourne Recital Centre, followed by the 2019 acclaimed production of Barnum starring Todd McKenny and Rachael Beck.
Professional directing credits include the plays Thom Pain, Pool (no water), The Laramie Project, Great Expectations, and Proof; the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, Lovebites, Metro St, Cheek to Cheek, Rent, The Goodbye Girl, A Chorus Line, Hello Again, and the operas The Coronation of Poppea and The Fairy Queen.
Parke is a huge devotee to the work of Stephen Sondheim. Having played the title role in Sunday in the Park with George, he was thrilled to direct the highly acclaimed 2018 production in Perth. Aside from Follies, Assassins – which toured throughout Victoria after its sell-out Melbourne season - Into the Woods and Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim continued this artistic success.
Concert work includes the acclaimed Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in Tapestry, Caroline O’Connor’s From Broadway with Love and three separate national tours of From Broadway to La Scala over a six-year period.
Other productions include the acclaimed Ordinary Days (received a Green Room Award for Best Director), Big Fish(Broadway World and Glugg Nominations for Best Director), Falsetto’s (Green Room nomination for Best Director) and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera Chaser Award for Best Director of an Opera).
As a teacher, Parke has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). He is also Artistic Director of Clovelly Fox Productions and Executive Producer at The Australian Musical Theatre Festival. Having spent 40 years listening to the Chess cast album, he is thrilled to bring it to life for StoreyBoard Entertainment.
DAVID PIPER - Musical Director
David Piper is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Music).
David is a Musical Director, Composer and Educator. He has been at the forefront of musical theatre in Australia for almost 30 years. Classically trained, he achieved early success as a national finalist in the ABC Young Performers’ Award performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra until he found a home in musical theatre.
David was most recently Music Director for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO). He has previously been Music Director on Chess (receiving a Green Room Award nomination), The Boyfriend and the original Australian tour of The Boy From Oz (all for The Production Company), Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and Mary Poppins (Gold Coast Arts Centre), and Cho Cho (for Playking and National Theatre of China).
He worked for Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) as Music Director for Company and A Chorus Line. He has been Associate Musical Director for Fiddler on The Roof, (Lawson), Once, (Melbourne Theatre Company/GFO), Legally Blonde the Musical (Ambassador) Mary Poppins (Disney/Cameron Mackintosh), Wicked and Annie (both for GFO). He was Assistant Musical Director for The Boy From Oz Arena tour starring Hugh Jackman (Gannon/Fox), Mamma Mia!, (Dainty) We Will Rock You (Michael Koppel), Miss Saigon (Louise Withers and Associates), Crazy For You (GFO) and Into The Woods. As a repetiteur/vocal coach and pianist David has worked on Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, (Michael Cassell), My Fair Lady, (Opera Australia), Aladdin (Disney), Strictly Ballroom
(Bazmark), Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma!, Call Me Madam (The Production Company), Aspects of Love (Really Useful Group), West Side Story (VSO), Scrooge the Musical, The Pirates of Penzance (EssGee), Carmen Jones, Chicago (IMG), Show Boat and for the ABC with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He worked as vocal coach to The Croc Men (Australia Zoo) – DVD released. He has also worked as Musical Director for Magnormos Productions and for the Federation University Performing Arts Faculty on Spring Awakening, and A Bunch Of Ratbags. He has written music for P.E. The Musical (Malthouse) and Alice Through A Looking Glass Darkly (Phoenix Theatre).
David has been a faculty member of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Course at AIM and works casually at VCA, APO Arts Academy and Associated Studios Australia.
FREYA LIST - Choreographer
Freya List is one of Australia’s most unique and versatile story tellers. As well as being a prominent choreographer, movement director and educator, she is passionate about fostering community, and has created valuable platforms for dancers to interact and inspire both at home in Melbourne and across the world. Most recently, Freya was nominated for the Betty Pounder Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Bright Star (Pursued by Bear).
Freya’s recent choreographic credits for theatre include The Children (Melbourne Theatre Company & Sydney Theatre Company), RENT (James Terry Collective), A View From the Bridge (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (VCA), Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Kabaret Dietrich (Fringe Festival), as well as the premier of her own show Half Full (Collaboration The Project). Freya’s screen credits include; Utopia (ABC), The Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC/ Seven Network), Good Morning America, The Pacific (Dreamworks), Up Here (Project Y), and various TVCs.
In collaboration with CERES Global, Freya has created Dancing Through India, an international outreach program where communities unite in a shared passion for dance. She is also the creator and producer of popular event Playing Field Series, an evening of unity between local music artists and dancers. Freya is passionate about Australian music, working in collaboration with artists such as Hopium, Sex on Toast, Thelma Plum, Dustin Tebbut, Hayden Calnin, Woodes, Eden Swan, Francesca Gonzales, Chealsea Wilson and Braille Face.
DANN BARBER - Set & Costume Design
Dann’s work spans costumes and set design across plays, musicals and operas. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), his work is influenced by his study of Drawing and Fine Art at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). His most recent work includes the award-winning design for the Ghetto Cabaret(Fortyfivedownstairs), his acclaimed re-imagining of Barnum: The Circus Musical starring Todd McKenny (StoreyBoard Entertainment), 33 Variations starring Ellen Burstyn and Lisa McCune (Marriners Group and Cameron Lukey), Escaped Alone (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), and the sold-out season of Angels in America (Cameron Lukey, Dirty Pretty Theatre).
Based in Melbourne, Dann’s work has also been featured at the Hayes Theatre, Griffin Theatre in Sydney, and a Queensland Theatre Company, The Brisbane Festival and La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane.
Dann was the Associate Costume Designer to Gabriela Tylesova for Sleeping Beauty (The Australian Ballet) and most recently Shakespeare in Love (Melbourne Theatre Company).
He is a regular lecture at the Victorian Collage of the Arts (VCA) and Melbourne University.
MICHAEL WATERS - Sound Design
Original sound designs include: Fangirls, Drummer Queens, Shrek, The Tap Pack (U.S. tour),
Bran Nue Dae, Jekyll and Hyde, Muriel’s Wedding, Barnum, Mamma Mia!, 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 (2014 - Australia; 2007 – China / Asia), Hot Shoe Shuffle, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage; Doctor Zhivago (Australia / Korea), Dead Man Walking, Orpheus in The Underworld, Saturday Night Fever (2019 – Australia; 2015 Asia Tour, 2004 Australia / Asia / NZ); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, ATOMIC – The Musical (Sydney / Off-Broadway New York), Grease – The Arena Spectacular.
As Associate Sound Designer: Pippin; Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen.
Awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Sound Design for Muriel’s Wedding (2018), The King And I (2014), The Woman In Black (2007), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006);
Green Room Award for Best Sound Design for My Fair Lady (2017), Dirty Dancing (2005).
Italy’s DAPA Award for Best Sound Design for Priscilla Queen of The Desert (2012).
As Sound Designer and Mix engineer: Jekyll and Hyde with Anthony Warlow; Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz; Anthony Warlow with Faith Prince, Placido Domingo, The Boy From Oz (1999 and 2006), The Magic of the Music with Anthony Warlow and Lesley Garrett.
Prior to life in darkened theatres Michael toured both bland and exotic parts of the world with artists such as Phil Collins, Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.
GAVIN SWIFT - Lighting Design
Gavan graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1994. His musical lighting designs include Mamma Mia!, Heathers the Musical, Mack & Mabel, The Mikado, The Pirates Of Penzance, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Jolson, Buddy, Oh What A Night, Footloose, Hair, Xanadu and Saturday Night Fever both in Australia and on London’s West End. Gavan was the lighting designer for Moby Dick at the San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, LA Opera and Dallas Opera. He has designed the lighting for The Production Company’s Anything Goes, Sugar (Some Like It Hot), The Music Man, Hair, Mack & Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance, Thoroughly Modern Millie and their inaugural production of Mame. For the State Theatre Company of South Australia he has designed The Ham Funeral, Three Sisters (co-set designer), Entertaining Mr. Sloane, King Lear and Hamlet. For Bell Shakespeare Gavan has designed the lighting for The Winter’s Tale, Pericles and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Gavan has also designed lighting for productions at the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Ensemble Theatre, Opera Australia, Sport For Jove, and Australian Theatre for Young People. Gavan was the Associate Lighting Designer for the Australian productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2, The Book of Mormon, Frozen, Aladdin, Cabaret, The Full Monty, Chicago, High School Musical, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Wicked and The Lion King; as well as the London production of A Chorus Line and the Mexican production of Wicked.