Music and Lyrics

John Foreman

John Foreman OAM is a musical director, event director, pianist and composer, plus is a well-recognised face on Australian television. He’s the man behind many of the biggest events in Australian entertainment. 

John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. John’s compositions have been performed by artists ranging from Vanessa Amorosi to Jose Carreras. When Oprah Winfrey came to Australia, John was Musical Director for her finalé concert from the steps of the Sydney Opera House. He’s musical director for Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight® (on the National Nine Network), MD for the TV Week Logie Awards and host of the annual School Spectacular (Nine Network). He was Musical Director for Australian Idol (Ten Network) and left the show in 2008, after having helped launch the careers of Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Jessica Mauboy and producing a Gold album for idol judge Marcia Hines, and producing a record-breaking multi-Platinum recording of The Prayer, performed by Anthony Callea. John has also produced singles and albums for Ricki-Lee, Carl Riseley, and Guy and was Creative Director for the 2013 Asia Pacific Special Olympics Opening Ceremony (broadcast nationally on the GEM Network). 

Music and Lyrics

Anthony Costanzo
Anthony is the composer and lyricist of the musical Life’s A Circus, which received 3 Green Room nominations (including Best New Australian Musical), 2 Pratt Prize shortlists, featured in Short, Sweet & Song and OzMade Musicals. In collaboration with book writer Peter Fitzpatrick and directed by Kris Stewart, the Australian Premiere production was staged in September 2009. He has also written John & Sarah, Boxed In, The Effect of Alchemy, and Cross Roads.  Anthony studied piano and composition from the age of six. He furthered his skills at Monash University, majoring in Contemporary Piano, and Musical Theatre. He has won numerous song competitions including: The International Year Of Tolerance, ASA National Songwriting Contest (1998, 2000, 2003).


Kate Miller-Heidke

New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones described her songs as “a big clutch of Pantone swatches”. When people discuss Kate Miller-Heidke, the metaphors have to be big, in order to match a talent that is nothing short of monumental. She is a platinum recording artist and the Helpmann award winning composer of the Rabbits.


Kelly Aykers

After 47 years of training and performance, during which time she has choreographed, and performed in many Australian and international Musical Theatre shows, Kelly is delighted that the natural progression of her career is now giving her the opportunity to pass her knowledge on to others within the dance industry.

Her recent choreography credits include : 

Season 4 The Preacher, Barnum the Musical, The Very Excellent Mister Dundee, Follies in Concert, Annie the Musical, Sweeny Todd, The Wizard of Oz, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Guys and Dolls

Kelly is one of this country’s most sought after Dance and Musical Theatre teachers, working in Melbourne and Australia’s foremost universities and dance institutions. Kelly is Director and Owner of Parklife Productions Pty Ltd. and is proud to usher in the next generation of talent at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and Kelly Aykers Casual Dance in Brunswick.


Dean Murphy

Dean has written, produced and/or directed over 30 feature film, television, and theatre productions.

By age 22, Dean had two features to his name and moved to LA to develop projects with producer George Folsey Jr (Trading Places, Coming to America). 

Dean returned to Australia for his third movie and became a founding member of Instinct Entertainment, going on to produce ‘Till Human Voices Wake Us’ starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter and co-writing and directing the Paul Hogan, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caton feature ‘Strange Bedfellows’ (the highest grossing Australian film of 2004). 

He produced the US set thriller ‘Torn’, and executive produced the feature documentary ‘Salute’. In 2009 Dean directed the Paul Hogan, Shane Jacobson feature ‘Charlie & Boots’, and co-wrote the animated feature, ‘Little Johnny’. 

In 2012 Dean directed the top rating ABC telemovie, ‘Cliffy’, the ABC documentary ‘Hanging with Hoges’ and started producing live theatre including ‘Mother & Son’ starring Noeline Brown and Shane Jacobson and ‘An Evening with Hoges’ starring Aussie Icon, Paul Hogan.
In 2015 Dean directed the ABC/Opera Australia project ‘The Divorce’ starring Marina Prior, Lisa McCune, Hugh Sheridan and Kate Miller-Heidke and followed this up with the concert feature ‘That’s Not My Dog, he then teamed up with John Cleese, Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan and Olivia Newton John on his 12th feature. 



Pip Mushin

A graduate of WAAPA (Acting) and VCA (Directing – Film/Television) Pip’s directing credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Biloxi Blues, Merrily We Roll Along, Crossing Delancey, Yentl the Yeshivah Boy, From Phantom to Figaro, Arafat in Therapy, Big Al and La Serve Pedrona. Pip received critical acclaim for his direction of the musicals Avenue Q and Falsettos, as well as Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues, named one of the “Most Outstanding and Memorable Productions of the Year” by the Victorian Drama League.

Pip’s resident director credits include the Australian premiere season of The Book of Mormon, Opera Australia’s Evita starring Tina Arena, Fiddler on the Roof starring Anthony Warlow and Mother and Son (national tour).

As an actor, Pip is well known for his role as Wayne Burns in Baz Luhrmann’s debut feature Strictly Ballroom and Stu in the award-winning ABC satire Frontline. Other film and TV credits include Peter Jackson’s international hit King Kong, Queen of the Damned, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, Muggers, Fat Pizza, The Subjects, The Dr Blake Mysteries, Halifax FP, The Secret Life of Us, Good Guys Bad Guys, Blue Heelers, Acropolis Now, Flying Doctors and Mission Impossible.

Musical Director/Arranger

Anthony Barnhill

Anthony is a leading Australian conductor, pianist, and composer. He was recently Musical Director for Opera Australia’s production of The Phantom of the Opera, the best-selling show of all time at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. Critics hailed that “nothing thrills more than the music, with conductor Anthony Barnhill on board to coax a commanding richness from the orchestra” [The Guardian].

For the 2019 international tour of West Side Story, Anthony conducted performances at renowned opera houses around the world, such as the Dresden and Berlin State Opera. His involvement with the show continued, music supervising the 2021 Perth and Brisbane seasons. As Musical Director for Australian International Productions, Anthony led concert performances in twelve cities throughout China.

His other musical theatre credits include Chicago, Evita, and Oklahoma! Anthony has performed with artists such as American popstar Mario, Anthony Warlow, Lucy Durack, James Morrison, Lea Salonga and Dame Edna Everage. Anthony studied at Monash University achieving the university’s highest performance result in each year of study.

In 2017, he was winner of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award.

Costume Designer

Harriet Oxley

A graduate of VCA (Theatre Design) and RMIT (Fashion Design), Harriet has designed and created costumes for dance, theatre, opera, musical theatre and circus across Australia since 2005.

Recent collaborations with companies include Lucie in the Sky (Australasian Dance Collective, The Ring Cycle (Melbourne Opera), Sunday (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Universe is Here (Sydney Dance Company/ Stephanie Lake), Pendulum (Lucy Guerin Inc), Lucrezia (Melbourne Opera) and Entity (Back to Back Theatre). 

Harriet has had ongoing collaborations with companies such as Stephanie Lake Company, Sydney Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancenorth, Melbourne Opera, Victorian Opera, Chunky Move, and Circus Oz. For Victorian Opera, Harriet designed costumes for Into the Woods. In 2012 she designed costumes for Moonshadow the Musical.

Harriet has been nominated for several Green Room Awards, winning once for design in opera.


Trudy Dalgleish

Trudy Dalgleish’s awards include a Helpmann Award for White Devil (Best Lighting Design, Theatre), an ‘Entech’ Award for Best Lighting Designer (Live Events), the John Truscott Design Award for Excellence, and Green Room Awards for Eureka (Music Theatre Technical Design) and Hairspray (Best Lighting). Trudy has also been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Dead Man Walking and Green Room Awards for Orlando (Opera Australia), Boy from Oz (Production Company) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera).

This year Trudy designs the lighting for Voss and Turn of the Screw (State Opera South Australia), Photograph 51 (Ensemble Theatre), Keep on Dancing (ABC TV) and Cinderella (Crossroads and Opera Australia). 

Recent lighting designs include The Woman in Black (Ensemble Theatre), Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (SOSA), A Little Night Music (Victorian Opera), Cunning Little Vixen (SOSA), Macbeth (WA Opera), Saturday Night Fever (Gordon Frost Organisation), Cat Stephens’ Cat in an Attic Tour. 

Set Designer

James Browne

James is a graduate from Theatre Design at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Art Direction. He has received nominations in the Australian Production Design Awards, Green Room Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards and won Best Costume Design – Musical for Hair in the 2020 Broadway World Sydney Awards. Other main stage musicals include Ghost (Theatre Creation Japan), The Selfish Giant (Victorian Opera), Cabaret, Last 5 Years, Xanadu, Cruel Intentions to name a few. Later this year James will be designing a brand new production of Grease (GFO). 


Spencer McLaren

Since graduating from NIDA Spencer has pursued a diverse career in both acting and producing across Film, Television and live Theatre. His producing career began by forming McLaren House – a unique production company creating content that has included shows playing 80 seats to 10,000 seats as well as TV Series, and both short and feature film.

Producing Credits include the highly acclaimed national tour of the hit ABC series Mother & Son starring Noeline Brown & Shane Jacobson, HOGES LIVE! (National Tour, Paul Hogan), “8” The Play (Syd / Melb Rachel Griffiths, Lisa McCune), For television his work can currently be seen on NETFLIX with the new YA series DIVE CLUB and his feature films include This Little Love of Mine (Netflix), Swimming for Gold (Disney/Universal), Sit-Stay-Love (Lifetime) as well as the upcoming thriller The Infernal Machine starring Guy Pearce releasing globally via Paramount in 2023.


Craig Donnell

Craig is one of Australia’s most experienced Executive Producers and theatre and event producers. His experience includes the Evita national tour starring Tina Arena, directed by Hal Prince, A Night to Remember starring Placido Domingo, Katherine Jenkins and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The world premiere of Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical starring David Campbell, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, We Will Rock You starring Casey Donovan, Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, Grease – The Stage Spectacular starring Rob Mills, Once – A New Musical, The Sound of Music, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.