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Tanya Mitford | DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Tanya’s renowned versatility has generated an extensive career as a Director, Choreographer, Resident Director/Choreographer, Assistant Director/Choreographer, Movement Director, Dance Captain, Performer, and Musician.  Her contribution to musical theatre, plays, film and TV can be seen in: The Sound of Music, The Boy from Oz, Billy Elliot, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, McDonald’s We’ll Be Here campaign, Guys and Dolls, Promises, Promises, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, Sam Mendes’ Cabaret, An Officer and a Gentleman, Little Voice, Grease, Rupert, Masquerade, Dreamlover, Face in the Crowd - Little River Band, Violet, Anna Karenina, Clinchfield, Ruben Guthrie, The Damned, Fiddler on the Roof, Leader of the Pack, Anything Goes, Sugar, Carousel, High Society, Mack and Mabel, The Boyfriend, Gypsy, Jolson, Company, Baby, Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, The Kylie Show, Nana, Dancing with the Stars, and The Librarians, as well as children’s entertainment for The Wiggles, Disney, Warner Bros, and ABC for Kids, This, along with victories, performances and nominations for Helpmann and Green Room Awards. Tanya directed and choreographed Into the Woods, Hair, Spring Awakening, Little Women, Seventeen, Footloose, Trigger, Ambition, The Wiz, and Singin’ in the Rain to critical acclaim. She has loved collaborating with many of Australia’s leading entertainers, music theatre companies and state theatre companies including: The Australian Ballet Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, and State Theatre Company of South Australia. She is also passionate about fostering the next generation of our industry as a Dancing, Acting, Singing and Performance Lecturer with the Victorian College of the Arts, Secondary School and Music Theatre Degree, NIDA, Federation University, the Australian Institute of Music and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as a Director and Choreographer. 

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JAMES DOBINSON | MUSICAL DIRECTOR

James is a New York-based Australian music director, conductor, orchestrator and record producer. With a particular eye to the development of new musicals, his work has been seen on stages in New York, around the United states, in London and across Australia.

 

As music supervisor or conductor, his work includes the original New York and London companies of The View UpStairs, Tim Finn's Twelfth Night for Queensland Theatre, and the original New York company of Clinton, which led to a long-standing collaboration with composer Paul Hodge in both the US and Australia. He has also led productions for Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre New York, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, The Crown Uptown in Wichita, Kansas, as well as developmental productions for the Goodspeed Opera House, Berklee Repertory Theatre, Opera Queensland, QT and QPAC, among many others. He is currently developing Paul Hodge's new opera Riot for Opera Queensland and La Boite.

 

As arranger and orchestrator, his work includes The View UpStairs (for which he also co-produced the original cast recording), Clinton, the 2015 US national tour of Guys and Dolls, Twelfth Night and Joh For PM!, as well as several years of contributing orchestrations to Queensland's Carols In The City concerts. In recent years, he has been arranging and orchestrating for Midtown Men and original cast member of Jersey Boys, Michael Longoria, including on the single Like They Do In The Movies, and his forthcoming motown-influenced album to be released in 2021.

 

He has played keyboards for Broadway touring productions, major musical productions across the US and Australia, and for television productions and studio albums in both the US and Australia, as well as for jazz singer (and father of Amy) Mitch Winehouse. He is a sought-after accompanist for cabaret, musical theatre and concert work. Find out more at jamesdobinson.com. 

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FRANCES HANNAWAY, ICEWORKS DESIGN | SET DESIGN

Frances designs whimsical concepts with practical knowledge of built form and function for live performance. Her designs for live performance range from the small and intimate Angel’s Palace for Brisbane Writers Festival to the expansive Wizard of Oz Arena Experience for Harvest Rain Theatre Company. 

 

Frances first experienced the industry as a Contemporary Dancer with Claire Marshall. Moving towards Production Design, Frances designed the set for Claire Marshall’s Flaunt and has since sort to gain experience in as many creative and production roles to develop her understanding and expertise as a Designer. Through this approach, she couples set and costume design expertise with experience as a Touring Build Manager for Keith Courtney & Christian Wagstaff’s House of Mirrors National and International tours including Singapore, Auckland and Toronto, Theatre Mechanist at Brisbane Powerhouse, Production Manager and Stage Manager for Claire Marshall’s Flaunt 2016 Qld Regional Tour, and Backstage Manager for Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s Grease Arena Experience. 

 

Joining the Iceworks Design team in April 2017, Frances works collaboratively with the IWD team to solve complex build problems, managing project budget and scope to deliver the brief. 

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SUSIE NAIRN | COSTUME DESIGN

Susie has worked on various productions in the UK and Europe, primarily working as production supervisor and designer for the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden. In Australia she has worked on various productions, including; Simon Gallaher's The Pirates of Penzance, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, The Mikado, SK Entertainment's Menopause The Musical, and Harvest Rain Theatre Company's arena tours of Grease, The Wizard of Oz, and We Will Rock You.

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ELLEN TUFFLEY | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Ellen loves the collaboratiion and cathardic process of creating theatre so, after fulltime training in Musical Theatre (Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre) and Dance (Davidia Lind Dance Centre), she is now enjoying an eclectic career within the Performing Arts. Ellen has worked with companies such as Grin and Tonic, Queensland Theatre, Harvest Rain Theatre Company and Lynch & Paterson in both performing and directing positions in productions such as Death of a Salesman, The Wizard of Oz – National Arena Tour, Grease - The National Arena Tour, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Hairspray: The Big Fat Arena Tour, Little Women, Legally Blonde and most recently with Jason Klarwein/Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe as an touring actor. As well as performing in both concert and commercial arenas as a vocalist and actor, Ellen is a Teaching Artist for vocals, dance and acting with various companies across the state. Ellen is thrilled to work with The Show Co's incredible team on Mamma Mia! and knows first hand the joy that this story and music will bring to it's community. Ellen is represented by Kubler Auckland Management.

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