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Part of our commitment at AMTA, is that we only work with the best instructors in Australia. Our tutors are the people who create and/or perform in Australia’s most prominent commercial musicals.

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Jack Earle
Biography

Jack Earle is a 23-year-old pianist (LTCL, AdipA), trumpet player, vocalist, conductor and composer. He is well established in the music industry as a performer and accompanist in any genre, with an esteemed reputation in musical theatre circles as a pit musician and musical director. Previous shows include King Kong, Strictly Ballroom (Global Creatures), The Lion King, Aladdin (Disney Theatrical), West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly (The Production Company), Matilda (Royal Shakespeare Company), We Will Rock You, The Bodyguard (Gordon Frost), and The Book Of Mormon (Watchtower Productions). He was the associate orchestrator for Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical, for GFO, which led to him touring and recording with David Campbell, most recently for his album "Baby It’s Christmas". He is the musical director of Rhonda Burchmore’s "ABBAsolutely Fabulous" which has enjoyed sold out shows around the country. Jack is an in demand musician, playing around Australia in many of it's premier ensembles, in the country’s most popular live music venues. His extensive composition credits include 2 albums of original music: “The Jack Earle Big Band” and “Is This Real?” (available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify), numerous jingles for television and radio, and a 1-Act dance work (choreographed by Michael Ralph) entitled “SELF” which premiered at Chapel Off Chapel in 2018. He recently returned to Australia from studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music after being awarded a full tuition scholarship. Jack is currently the Assistant Musical Director of Evita starring Tina Arena. www.jackearle.com

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Kerri Anne Greenland
Biography

Helpmann award winner, Kerrie Anne Greenland, made her music theatre debut as Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Miserables after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts, where she played the roles of The Witch in Into the Woods, Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Her portrayal of Eponine won her international critical acclaim and multiple awards, including the Helpmann.

Kerrie Anne went on to play the Siamese twin, Violet Hilton, in Side Show, Cassandra in Jon English’s Paris a Rock Odyssey, and to originate the role of Dom in The Things Between Us at the Christchurch Arts Festival. In 2018 she performed a concert based on her chart-topping album, “Pictures” which is a celebration of Movie Musicals, and which sold out in Melbourne!

Kerrie Anne recently sang as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House with the Syndey Philharmonia Chiors and Orchestra, for their Christmas Concert, to rave reviews. And is currently studying her Masters in Music (Opera Performance).

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Vicky Jacobs
Biography

Vicky Jacobs has developed a reputation for her ability to get anyone singing at their best - from Australia's top music theatre stars to the most nervous new singers.

Vicky has just completed work as the Associate Musical Director on the Australian tour of Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. In 2016 and 2017 she toured Australia and Japan as Deputy Musical Director for Singin' in the Rain. Recently, she was thrilled to host the City of Hobart's Big Sing Bonfire where she got the crowd of 3000 all singing as one!

Vicky toured Australasia as Assistant Musical Director for the critically-acclaimed Jersey Boys and has played in the orchestra of some of the biggest shows to have graced the Australian stage in recent years: Wicked, Xanadu, Les Miserables and Grease to name a few. She was the Musical Director of Motherhood the Musical, and Elegies: A Song Cycle, and was nominated for The Green Room Awards for her work on John and Jen and Thrill Me. In 2015, she worked on Strictly Ballroom, Fiddler on the Roof and Hugh Jackman's Broadway to Oz.

Vicky loves to get people singing. Vicky is the founder and director of Glee Club, Melbourne's hippest sing-a-long choir. She also hosts large-scale events, corporate choirs and workshops that guarantee to get everyone using their voice (and loving it!).

Vicky is proud to be part of the team that developed the Number 1 Vocal Warm Up app for smartphone, Warm Me Up.

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Dana Jolly
Biography

Dana’s career began atage of 9, in the musical Gypsy at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne. Dana then studied at the Victorian College of Arts, before performing with Victorian State Opera and the Australian Contemporary Dance Company.

Dana then moved to London, performing and choreographing in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Japan, for over a decade.

Some of Dana’s credits include, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance London West End and European Tour, The Royal Variety Performance, British Music Awards, National Music Express Awards, Winter Olympics Norway, ‘Shall We Dance’ UK and European tours, ‘Souls In Motion’ European tour and West End, Hollywood and Broadway UK Tour, The Michael Ball television series, the Miss World Competition, Stonewall Concert Royal Albert Hall London, Strauss Waltzes Royal Festival Hall, and a wide variety of corporate, trade, fashion, film and television shows.

She has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Madonna, Prince, East 17, Cliff Richards, The Kinks, Ewan McGregor, Michael Ball, Gloria Estefan, Robert Palmer, Oasis, Ray Charles, and Michael Crawford to name a few.

International choreographers and directors that Dana has assisted include Hal Prince, Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman in New York, and Ben Elton, David Gilmore, Arlene Phillips, and Anthony Van Laast in London.

Dana returned to Australia as Resident Choreographer for the Australian productions of Showboat, receiving a Green Room Nomination, We Will Rock You, and The Producers, before choreographing 2,000 dancers and puppeteers in Citrawarna Colours Of Malaysia Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Dana then choreographed 2 productions for The Victorian Opera, and Everybody Loves Rhonda for the opening of The Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Other projects in Australia include choreography for Australian pop artists, Crown Casino, Australia Post, The Liberal Party etc, several television commercials, and Melbourne’s Moomba Parade and Water Festival for 3 years.

Dana’s Musical Theatre credits include Respect, staring Rhonda Burchmore, and 10 productions for The Production Company, including Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Me, Follies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Showboat, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Curtains. In 2012 Dana choreographed the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for TML Enterprises, which toured Australia (2012 & 2013), followed by the Sydney premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Sydney’s Theatre Royal (2013), which received glowing reviews. In 2015 Dana was invited to choreograph the new Australian musical Sexercise, which opened the Alex Theatre in St Kilda, as well as 2 productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Jumpy starring Marina Prior and Jane Turner, and the new Australian work Last Man Standing, written by Steve Vizard, and staring Peter Carroll. Dana was then asked in 2015/2016 to recreate Jerome Robbins original choreography for the musical Fiddler On The Roof staring Anthony Warlow. She then went on to choreograph the Australian debut of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for the Alex Theatres in St Kilda, and was followed by the Australian debut of Curtains for The State Theatre and The Production Company.

In 2017 Dana was invited back to her old school to choreography the 3rd year Graduates performance of The Drowsy Chaperone, and was also invited to be a guest judge for the Rob Guest Endowment Semi Finals, amongst other projects.

Dana is the founder of the corporate entertainment company Voltage International Productions, and is in demand throughout Melbourne and Australia as a freelance choreographer for exclusive corporate functions, as well as for her dance teaching. Dana was also inducted into the VCA Hall Of Fame in 2015.

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Elise McCann
Biography

With an outstanding list of credits to her name, Elise McCann is one of Australia’s most unique modern day performers.

Elise is most well known for originating the role of Miss Honey in the Australian production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda for which she won the 2016 Helpmann Award and the 2015 Sydney Theatre Award, and was nominated for the 2016 Green Room Award for her portrayal of Miss Honey. After over 650 shows and two years in the role, Elise left Matilda in Perth with her final performance on Sunday March 19th 2017.

She is also featured in the Channel Seven miniseries Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door, playing Peter’s sister Lynne Woolnough.  Not The Boy Next Door won 7 AACTA’s at the 2015 AACTA Awards including Best Miniseries, was nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 Logie Awards and was nominated for Best Television Drama at the 2016 Monte Carlo Television and Film Festival.

A graduate of NIDA, Elise’s theatrical credits includes Lucille Ball in the critically acclaimed one woman show Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions) for which she was nominated for Best Cabaret Performance in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards. Ali in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Littlestar); Ado Annie in Oklahoma (The Production Company); Meg Brockie in Brigadoon (The Production Company), Janet McGregor in the Australian tour of South Pacific (Opera Australia/Gordon Frost Organisation); The World Premier/Australian Tour of Doctor Zhivago (Gordon Frost Organisation); Fruma Sarah in the Australian Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises); Cordelia in Falsettos (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Florinda in Into The Woods (Victorian Arts Opera); Little Women (Kookaburra Australian National Theatre Company); My Fair Lady (Opera Australia); Camelot (The Production Company); Side By Side By Sondheim (Enda Markey Presents); June in Musical of Musicals (Tryptech Theatre); In concert with Stephen Schwartz in Stephen Schwartz in Conversation as part of the World Premiere Defying Gravity Concerts (Enda Markey Presents);  Sydney Carlton in It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman (Hayes Theatre) and Imelda Thornton in On The Twentieth Century (Neglected Musicals Australia, Hayes Theatre).

In June 2017 Elise appeared in the World Premiere Dahlesque – a concert featuring music from adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic stories, premiering at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, following which her debut album of the same name featuring arrangements with an incredible 12 piece orchestra, was released by ABC Music/ Universal Music. In 2018 Elise performed Dahlesque in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 4 shows with a 40 piece Orchestra.

Elise most recently joined the West End company of Beyond the Barricade in a national Australian tour of the UK’s most popular Musical Theatre concert. The show performed across NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and WA in a sold out 6 week national tour.

Passionate about developing new Australian work, Elise has been part of the workshop cast of a number of new Australian musical theatre and television productions including a Juke Box musical using the music of world renowned singer Pat Benatar, titled Love is a Battlefield; the original workshop cast of the Stephen Schwartz Defying Gravity concert, another new Australian musical working title High Time, book by Denny Lawrence and Bob Ellis; and in May 2015 she completed filming the pilot for an original new musical comedy The Modern Guide to Dating by Australian writer, composer and performer John Fields.

A regular performer for charity, Elise has headlined Light the Night, Twisted Broadway, Hats Off!, the Mission Australia Charity Gala, Westmead Children’s Hospital Charity Ball, The Awakening Concert, The Sydney Women’s Fund Annual Charity Gala and the ACON Worlds AIDS Day Concert.  She recently performed at the From Sydney with Love Concert at Sydney Town Hall raising funds for the victims of the Orlando gun shootings.

Elise has also guested in the Sydney Theatre Awards, Carols in the Domain, New Musicals Australia Launch, Australian Ethic Small Business Awards, the Australian MO Awards, the Third Annual Cabaret Showcase at Bar Me, All Star Cabaret for the Sydney Theatre Company and Up Close and Musical for Kookaburra.

Elise will next be appearing as Cathy Hiatt in the Jason Robert Brown smash hit, The Last Five Years for The Ensemble Theatre Company in Sydney from March 2019.

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Travis Khan
Biography

Travis trained at UNITEC Institute of Technology, obtaining a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts and at The New Zealand School of Dance.

Since then, Travis has developed an extensive list of credits in fashion, corporate, commercial and television events. Credits include: L’Oreal fashion week, Bonds, Cotton On and AussieBum launches, Just Jeans International modeling tour, Neighbours, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol, The Logies, Emporium grand opening with Baz Luhrmann and performances with the Rogue Traders, Vanessa Amorosi, Guy Sebastian and Ricki-Lee.

Travis made his musical theatre debut in The Lion King, going on to perform the role of Dance Captain. Travis also performed in Turnandot, choreographed by Graeme Murphy for Opera Australia, Fiddler On The Roof, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, in Australia, New Zealand and the London launch, West Side Story playing the role of Luis, Dance Captain; understudying Bernardo, Chino and Pepe, Kismet with the Production Company, Eat, Pray, Laugh with Barry Humphries, Global Creatures World Premiere of King Kong as a member of the ensemble and a kingsmen cover and the Australian and New Zealand tour of Matilda the Musical playing the role of Rudolpho.

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Adrian Portell
Biography

Adrian Portell is a diverse Melbourne-based musician offering his services in musical direction, vocal coaching, accompanying, audition preparation, performing, recording, creating backing tracks, and piano teaching.

He has recently been the Assistant Musical Director on the Australian productions of The Book of Mormon, Matilda the Musical, Strictly Ballroom - the Musical, and King Kong.

He teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts, and frequently records and produces songs ranging from opera to pop to musical theatre.

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Thern Reynolds
Biography

Thern has had an extensive and varied career in Musical Theatre. He was cast in his first professional show in 1989 while still in high school – it was the original Australian production of 42nd Street. Thern has barely stopped since. His career has taken him all over Australia, Europe, Asia & the Middle East and has seen him take on many challenges, as an ensemble member, an understudy, a Dance Captain, a swing, minor roles, major roles, Resident Director/Choreographer & Director.

Thern's theatre credits include West Side Story, Easter Parade, Red Hot & Rhonda, My Fair Lady, Wing in Hot Shoe Shuffle, Happy Days the Arena Spectacular (Dance Captain), Miss Saigon (Dance Captain), CHESS,The Boy from Oz, RENT (Dance Captain), Tulsa in Gypsy, CHICAGO (Dance Captain), Joseph in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Play The Game, Lewis in Pippin, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (Green Room Award Nomination), Flinders St (Director), The Mayor/Paul Gill in Rock of Ages (Dance Captain), An Officer & A Gentleman (Dance Captain), Mary Poppins, South Pacific, The Cherries Man in FOSSE, Tonight’s The Night,Mind The Gap, Moulin Rouge (film), De-Lovely (film) and The Rocky Horror Show (Resident Dir/Choreographer).

Thern’s most recent credits include Dream Lover, Brit in We Will Rock You, the Resident Director for Cabaret, and The Production Company's Jesus Christ Superstar. He is currently appearing in Evita for Opera Australia.

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Queenie van de Zandt
Biography

Queenie van de Zandt is one of Australia’s leading ladies of musical theatre and cabaret, and Australia's leading teacher of audition technique for musical theatre, song performance and cabaret. Well known for her incredible versatility as a performer she has worked extensively in musical theatre, plays, cabaret, on television and film, and as a recording artist, comedienne and writer.

Queenie’s work on television includes: Very Small Business, Winners & Losers, City Homicide, Da Kath & Kim Code; Let Loose Live, and All Saints, and in theatre she has worked for companies throughout Australia including STC, QTC, The Ensemble, La Boite and the Malthouse, in plays such as: Women of Troy; Face to Face; Rabbit Hole; Absent Friends; Abigail’s Party; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Barmaids; Caucasian Chalk Circle; Secret Bridesmaids' Business; The Vagina Monologues; The Road to the She-Devil’s Salon; Furious; and Speaking in Tongues. Queenie has also had roles in the films: Scooby Doo - The Movie, Salem’s Lot, and played the leading role of Margo in the Aussie feature film Girl Clock.

However Queenie is still probably best known for her extensive work in musical theatre and cabaret. Queenie has played leading roles in hit musicals such as: We Will Rock You, Funny Girl, Into The Woods, King Kong, Smoke & Mirrors, Oliver!, The Full Monty, Anything Goes, Cabaret, The Boy From Oz, Eureka – The Musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Hair and Follies. In her early career she also performed in such classic musicals as Les Misérables and The Threepenny Opera.

As a writer, Queenie has co-written two albums of original music: Amazon Woman and Other Stories and her subsequent one-woman cabaret show, Amazon Woman and Other Stories, performed at music and cabaret festivals and music venues all over Australia. Her two other critically acclaimed cabaret shows, CABARET - In 12 Easy Steps and The Best (and Worst) of Queenie van de Zandt have toured to every major cabaret festival in Australia. In 2014 Queenie released Queenie van de Zandt - Live in Cabaret - a live recording of one of her cabaret performances and in 2017 Queenie performed her new show, BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, to sold-out houses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The show was subsequently nominated for the Sydney Theatre Award, the Helpmann Award and won the Glug Award for Best Cabaret and two Broadway World – Sydney Awards for Best Cabaret and Best Cabaret Performer. The show continues to tour around Australia and Internationally in 2018/19.

Queenie's alter-ego, Jan van de Stool, the madcap International Musical Therapist gathered a national cult following, when she appeared on Australia's Got Talent in early 2016. Her one-woman show I GET THE MUSIC IN YOU an evening with Jan van de Stool which she co-wrote with Tony Taylor, performed to packed houses in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide and in 2006 played to sold-out houses and great critical acclaim for an extended season at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney. The show was nominated for both the Green Room Awards and the Sydney Theatre Awards and toured twice to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Jan van de Stool has been seen by over 1 million Australians through her shows, her work in corporate theatre and her online presence on YouTube and social media. She is now regularly asked to host high profile charity concerts and award shows, such as the 2016 and 2017 Helpmann Awards, which were televised on Foxtel and ABC TV. Queenie continues to work with her co-writer Peter J. Casey, on developing the character for television, as well as continuing her live performances with Jan’s new theatre show – PARTING THE RED CURTAINS – set to tour theatres around Australia in 2019.

Queenie has been nominated for 18 major theatre awards for her work in musicals and cabaret, winning 6 times, including the 2008 Jeffry Joynton-Smith Memorial Glug Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play and the 2008 AussieTheatre.com Award for Best Female Actor and the 1997 MEAA A.C.T. Green Room Award. The many awards she has been nominated for include: 2015, 2014, 2009, 2008 and 2005 Green Room Awards; 2009 - Glug Award for Best Actress; 2007- 2 AussieTheatre.com Awards; a 2006 - Sydney Theatre Award; and a 2004 - Helpmann Award.

Alongside her performance work, for the past 19 years, Queenie has presented her master classes, workshops and courses in cabaret, song performance and audition technique for musical theatre around the country. She is also writing a book about audition technique. She has held teaching positions in numerous performing arts schools, has been invited to conduct master classes and seminars throughout Australia and has written musical theatre courses for several leading institutions. She has taught in the music department at NIDA and has held teaching positions in the music theatre courses at VCA and BAAPA. She teaches both adults and children, professionals and amateurs, and many of the people who have studied with Queenie, have gained entry to acting schools and been cast in leading roles in musicals.

Her workshops have a very high success rate with a large percentage of children and adults who participate in her workshops subsequently being cast in the professional musicals she prepares them for. Her former students have played lead roles in shows such as, Come From Away, Beautiful: Carole King Musical, Pricilla: Queen of the Desert, The Sound of Music, Heathers, Matilda, Ghost, Fiddler on the Roof, Dr Zhivago, King Kong, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Strictly Ballroom, Once, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Follies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Annie, The Addams Family, Love Never Dies, Songs for a New World, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Grease.

In 2015 Queenie founded The Australian Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) with her good friend and producer Tiffany Noack. AMTA offers workshops and courses for students of all skill levels, giving people the tools to live creative, passionate and fulfilling lives, working with the best instructors in Australia.

Queenie brings to all her work, not only this wealth of experience but also her fine communication skills, her passion for the arts, her warm and positive nature and her wonderful sense of humour.

Queenie has been a proud member of the MEAA since 1989.

Last Updated December 2018

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“Queenie's industry knowledge is second to none. Her workshops are a fantastic way to prepare, giving you insight and confidence for the audition process… (they) have a great success rate with many of the T&E kids who have attended, going on to land shows”
Emma Jane Hyland
T&E Management
(Children’s Theatrical Agents)

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