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

The Creating Cabaret Course will be led by AMTA’s Founder & Artistic Director, Australian musical theatre and cabaret star, Queenie van de Zandt. Over the 12-weeks of the course participants will work intimately with Queenie as well as working with the who’s who of the Australian cabaret scene in 16 specialised masterclasses.

AMTA has once again gathered together a stellar line-up of tutors to work with participants at the Creating Cabaret Course in 2023, to help them find their voice and tell their unique stories in this ground-breaking workshop.

We are so proud to announce the extraordinary line-up of Australian cabaret luminaries who have come together to present AMTA’s Creating Cabaret Course in 2023:

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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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Mark Trevorrow (aka Bob Downe)
Cabaret Artist | Comedian | Actor | Broadcaster | Journalist
Masterclass: Creating a Cabaret Character
(Viva Bob Vegas, Singing Straight, Kath & Kim, The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, UK), Bob Downe all Over Britain (BBC/UK Play), Former Host of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade (ABC))

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Victoria Falconer
Cabaret Artist | Musical Director | Composer | Theatre Maker | Multi-Instrumentalist | Producer
Masterclass: Sensational Song Writing
(Smashed: The Brunch Party, Fringe Wives Club, Glittery Clittery, We Are Here, Founding Director of The People of Cabaret)

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Matt Gilbertson (aka Hans)
Cabaret Artist | Comedian | Writer | Musician | Producer | Journalist
Masterclass: Putting on a Show
(Haus of Hans: Disco Spektakulär, Hans: Like a German, Grand Finalist: America’s Got Talent: The Champions 2020)

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John Glenn
Producer | CEO | General Manager | Creative Consultant & Advisor
Masterclass: Budgeting for Success
(Former Positions: Executive Producer of Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Director of Programming at QPAC, CEO of GWB Entertainment, General Manager of Sydney’s State Theatre. Currently runs his own consulting business - Dowling Street Productions)

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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 Perth International Cabaret Festival)

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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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Maeve Marsden
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Director | Producer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Getting 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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Danielle Matthews
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Artistic Director
Masterclass: Perfecting Your Performance
(The Voice – Season 10, The Songs of Shirley Bassey, Co-Artistic Director of Choir of Hard Knocks)

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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: Marvellous Marketing & Successful Social Media
(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 | Festival Producer
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
Cabaret Artist | Writer | Actor | Comedian | Producer | AMTA Founder & Artistic Director
Course Creator, Core Teacher & Writing Block Tutor
(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)

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Sarah Ward (aka Yana Alana)
Cabaret Artist | Songwriter | Actor | Writer | Producer
Masterclass: Cabaret, Circus, Vaudeville & Variety
(F*ck Fabulous, Fart Fabulous, The Legend of Queen Kong, Yana Alana and the Paranas, shows with Circus Oz, La Soiree, Finucane and Smith, and The Women’s Circus, co-creator of cult hip-hop cabaret act - Sista She, co-artistic director of independent theatre company - Fat Fruit)

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Tash York
Cabaret Artist | Songwriter | Producer | Writer | MC
Masterclass: Find Your Fabulous Fan Base
(These Things Take Wine, Adulting, Badass, MC of The Australian Burlesque Festival, Briefs: Sweatshop, & The After Hours Cabaret Club)

“... 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!”
Tash York, AMTA Cabaret Graduate
(Since writing this quote, Tash has gone on to become a leading cabaret artist touring in Australia & Internationally with her multi-award-winning cabaret shows))

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