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Part of our commitment at AMTA, is that we only work with the best instructors in Australia.

For the Creating Cabaret Course, we have brought together the leading lights of the Australian cabaret scene to help you find your voice and tell your story in this ground-breaking course.

The course will be led by AMTA’s Founder & Artistic Director, Australian musical theatre and cabaret star, Queenie van de Zandt. And over the 12 weeks of the course our cabaret performers will also work with the who’s who of the Australian cabaret scene in 16 specialised masterclasses.

We are so excited to announce this extraordinary line up of Australian cabaret luminaries who have come together to present the Creating Cabaret Course...

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Catherine Alcorn
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Marvellous Marketing & Successful Social Media
(The Divine Miss Bette, Cathartic, Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie, Friday Night Live @ The Reservoir Room, FNL...Alive & Unlocked!, Former Artistic Director of Sydney Cabaret Venue – Slide & Glen St Theatre’s Cabaret in The Glen Festival, Former Festival Ambassador for Noosa Long Weekend)

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Mama Alto
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Advocate | Gender Transcendent Diva
Masterclass: Perfecting Your Performance
(Gender Euphoria, 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards Music Artist of the Year, Artist Development Programs Coordinator at Midsumma Festival)

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Trevor Ashley
Cabaret Artist | Musical Director | Writer | Director | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Find Your Fabulous Fan Base
(The Lyin' Queen, Liza (on an E), Liza's Back! (is broken), TWINS, The Bodybag, Little Orphan TrAshley, I’m Every Woman, Diamonds are for Trevor, Fat Swan, Artistic Director of ShowQueen & The Sydney Cabaret Festival)

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Rhonda Burchmore
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Producer | Australian Cabaret Icon
Masterclass: Putting on a Show
(TWINS, Red, Hot & Rhonda, Little Orphan TrAshley, ABBA-solutely Fabulous, Partners in Crime, My Funny Valentine, Fever, Everybody Loves Rhonda, Legs 11, Cry Me A River- The World Of Julie London, Rhonda Burchmore Sings 'n Swings and Vinyl Viagra Winner of the 2014 Cabaret Icon Award at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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Michael Dalton (aka Dolly Diamond)
Cabaret Artist | Comedian | Writer | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Connecting to Your Audience
(Dolly Diamond’s: Star for a Night, I’m Not Angry, Just Disappointed, Parton Me, Bl*nkety Bl*nks, 2017 Artistic Director of Melbourne Cabaret Festival)

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Maude Davey
Cabaret Artist | Burlesque Performer | Writer | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Directing Your Delicious Cabaret
(My Life in the Nude, Finucane & Smith’s Glory Box/Burlesque Hour, KillJoy, Fish, Former Artistic Director at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company & Melbourne Workers Theatre)

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Michael Griffiths
Cabaret Artist | Musical Director | Writer | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Let’s Hit the Road – National & International Touring
(In Vogue: Songs by Madonna, Cole, Songs by Kylie, Livvy & Pete, Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox, Michael Griffiths: By Request, Carlotta: I’m Not Dead Yet Darlings, Artistic Director of 2021 Perth International Cabaret Festival)

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Craig Ilott
Director | Creator | Writer
Masterclass: Cabaret, Circus, Vaudeville & Variety
(Velvet, Betty Blokk-Buster Re-Imagined, The Virgin Bride, La Clique Royale, Band of Magicians, Diamonds are for Trevor, Smoke & Mirrors)

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Mark Jones
Cabaret Artist | Musical Director | Writer | Producer
Masterclass: Being Musical with Your Music
(Apocalypse Meow, Cyrens, Eurobeat, The Beautiful Losers, Three Weill Men, Rosa Waxes Lyrical, Winding Road Productions)

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Vidya Makan
Songwriter | Performer | Writer | Director | Producer
Masterclass: Sensational Song Writing
(SIX: The Musical, I Need You To See Me, The Lucky Country, Sunday in the Park with George, Romeo and Juliet)

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Maeve Marsden
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Director | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Getting Those Grants & Finding Funding
(Queerstories, Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, Lady Sings it Better, Fat Musicals: A Body of Work)

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Marney McQueen (aka Rose Waxoffski)
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Comedian | Producer
Masterclass: Creating a Cabaret Character
(Rosa Waxes Lyrical, An Evening with Marney McQueen and Friends, Rosa Waxoffski: Hair to the Throne, Rosa Waxoffski: Super Spreader)

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Ali McGregor
Cabaret Artist | Opera Singer | Writer | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Pitching Successfully to Festivals & Venues
(La Clique (La Soiree), Yma Sumac – The Peruvian Songbird, Lorelei, Choose Your Own Variety, Ali McGregor’s - Late Nite Variety-Nite Night, Former Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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Laura Milke Garner
Producer | Arts Educator
Masterclass: Budgeting for Success
(Paul McDermott and Steven Gates LIVE, Shit, Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, The Travelling Sisters, Garry Starr Performs Everything, MILKE)

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David Read
Festival Producer | Cabaret Venue Owner & Operator | Tour Manager | Programmer
Masterclass: Pitch Your Show
(Co-Founder & Producer of Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Co-Producer Australian Cabaret Festival, Former Co-Owner, Operator & Programmer at The Butterfly Club, Former Tour Manager for Tim Minchin, Bob Downe, Matthew Mitcham and Dave Graney)

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Alison St Ledger
Cabaret Artist | Recording Artist | Writer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Getting Yourself Programmed
(Tom Waits for No Man, Women in Voice, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Transformer, In the Warm Room, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Queensland Cabaret Festival)

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Queenie van de Zandt
Course Creator, Core Teacher & Writing Tutor
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Producer | AMTA Founder & Artistic Director

(BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Jan van de Stool in Parting the Red Curtains, I Get the Music in You, an evening with Jan van de Stool, The Best (and Worst) of Queenie van de Zandt, CABARET: In 12 Easy Steps, Smoke & Mirrors)

“... equipped me with not only the creative skills to write and perform, but it also prepared me for the very important (and sometimes terrifying) world of self-producing! I have since written two solo shows, which played across Australia in venues such as The Powerhouse (Brisbane) and The Butterfly Club (Melbourne), with more festival dates later this year! The fact that you get to work with such a plethora of industry professionals means there's something in there for everyone's style. It’s given me the confidence and skills to achieve everything I have so far in this crazy world of Cabaret!”
Natasha York, AMTA Cabaret Graduate
(Since graduating, Tash has gone on to be a multi-award-winning cabaret artist touring throughout Australia with her 7 cabaret shows (& counting))

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