THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT

 One Day Dance Intensive Faculty

Ian Knauer

Ian Knauer

Broadway: Upcoming - Mamma Mia!. By Jeeves (Rev. Pinker), State Fair. National Tours: Mamma Mia!, 42ND Street (Billy Lawlor), The Will Rogers Follies, Doctor Dolittle, Sunset Blvd., The Wizard Of Oz (Tin Man), Seven Brides. . . (Gideon). Performances at NY City Opera, Carnegie Hall, NY City Center, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and all over the world. Ian recreated the role of Rev. Pinker for the film of By Jeeves. He can be heard on numerous recordings. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan.



Ben Veitch

Ben Veitch

Benjamin Veitch studied dance and acrobatics under the direction of his mentor Robert Sturrock on the Gold Coast. He recently was a
 finalist on SYTYCD 2009 and performed as a featured dancer in The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Ben made his musical theatre
 debut in the Australian world premiere production of Dirty Dancing, in which he performed as part of the ensemble and understudied 
 the role of Billy. Other stage credits include Hidden palace and Rhythm of the Night for Jupiter’s Casino. He also performed at the
 Luna Park Opening Concert and for Coast Italian Cruise Line and Dreamworld, for whom he has also choreographed. 
 In addition to performing at many large corporate events, fashion shows and conventions, Benjamin has featured in film clips for 
 Marcia Hines and Guy Sebastion and at the MO Awards. Television credits include Big Brother (with Deni Hines) and The Footy Show.
 He also worked as an actor/dancer on George Miller’s Academy Award winning animated feature film Happy Feet.


Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell

You would have last seen Amy on So You Think You Can Dance Series 2 where she was in the Top 3. Amy’s career has spanned many different areas and credits include: Saturday Night Fever (Australasian Tour), Il Trittico (Opera Australia), Get 
 Out Get Funky Tour, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Sleeping Beauty, Stage to Screen (Royal Caribbean), 
 Black Rock, Le Grande Cirque (TML Enterprises), Hole in the Wall (TVC – Ch9), Dangerous (Foxtel), All Saints (Ch 7), Pizza Hut 
 (TVC), Video Ezy (TVC), Comedy Inc (Ch 9), as well as large Corporate Events, trade shows and Conventions too numerous to 
 mention. 
 
 



 




Januray 2009 Workshop

[ Darcie Roberts ]   [ Kelley Abbey ]   [ Peter Casey ]  [ Darren Gilshenan ] 

Darcie Roberts

Ms. Roberts is thrilled to be a part of the Musical Theatre Project here in Sydney. Originally from Southern California, she has had the great opportunity to grace stages all over the world. Darcie made her Broadway debut as “Polly” in the Susan Stroman hit musical Crazy For You at the young age of nineteen.

Broadway credits include: Curtains (originated the role of Roberta in both Broadway and Los Angeles productions), Aida (Amneris stand-by), Dream (Ingenue) and Crazy For You (Polly, Irene, Tess stand-by). Darcie won acclaim originating the title role in the First National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also toured in Copacabana (Lola), Busker Alley (Libby), Aspects of Love and 42nd Street (Peggy).

Darcie was recently nominated for a Los Angeles Ovation award for her portrayal of Peggy in The Andrews Brothers at Musical Theatre West. Regional credits include the recent world premiere of the new Silk Stockings (Janice), The Pajama Game (Babe), A Chorus Line (Cassie, Maggie), Crazy For You (Polly), Evita (Eva), Funny Girl (Fanny), Cabaret (Sally), Baby (Lizzie), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Damn Yankees (Lola), Ragtime (Mother), 1776 (Martha Jefferson) and State Fair (Emily). Off Broadway: The Bubbly Black Girl... (Scarlett-workshop production).

TV: All My Children, Live with Regis and Kelly, The TONY Awards. She is married to director Troy Magino and they have a beautiful son, Gary James.

Official Website: darcieroberts.com


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Kelley Abbey

For over two decades Kelley Abbey has performed, danced and, choreographed for theatre, film and television.

A leading lady in musicals like Sweet Charity and Fame – The Musical, Kelley has won as many hearts as awards. For Sweet Charity she received the Green Room, Variety Heart and MO Awards for Best Female Musical Theatre Performer. In Fame – The Musical, she both starred and choreographed, winning a MO Award for Best Female Performer/Choreographer in a Musical and the Green Room Award for Best Original Choreography.

From 2002 to 2006 Kelley worked as the choreographer, lead performer and creative motion capture consultant on the GOLDEN GLOBE, BAFTA and OSCAR winning, feature film Happy Feet, for George Miller, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Happy Feet was number one box office in Britain and America upon it’s release. Kelley has just been selected to be honored in the feature film category at the Los Angeles Choreography Media Honors for her work in Happy Feet. Late last year she co-choreographed Hugh Jackman’s The Boy From OZ Australian Arena tour for producers Ben Gannon and Robert Fox in 2006. Kelley and co-choreographer/director Kenny Ortega won the Helpmann Award for best choreography in a musical for this production.

Other theatre credits as a performer include Dancin’ Man and Dynamite! with David Atkins, West Side Story for the Victoria State Opera and the role of Rizzo in the return Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Grease – The Arena Spectacular.

From 1991 to 1993 Kelley first came to public notice as Jo-Jo in the popular soap E-Street which aired on Network Ten Australia and Britain’s Sky network. She has since performed on many other television shows as an actor, dancer and singer. She also sang at the 1997 Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and at the opening of the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

Kelley is also one of Australia’s leading music video choreographers working with artists such as Human Nature, Toni Pearon, Leah Haywood, Scandalus, Sophie Monk and award-winning international dance group Girlfriend with whom she made her directorial debut on their Heartbeat video, which was nominated for Best Video at the Australian Music Awards.

Kelley staged and choreographed Human Nature performances on their international tours with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Celine Dion. She has worked on Human Nature’s own tours as well as choreographing their acclaimed Logie Award performance. She has choreographed Logies performances for Pop Idol’s Shannon Noel, Guy Sebastian as well as staged Ricky Martin’s Logies performance.

Kelley was also choreographer and staging director of The Main Event Arena concert starring John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow.

In 2000/2001 Kelley worked as choreographer and staging director on Popstars II for Channel Seven/Screentime, which resulted in a number one hit for pop act 'Scandalus'.

Kelley has choreographed several stage musicals including Footloose for Gordon Frost/SEL, for which she earned a Helpmann Award nomination, the Sydney Opera House concert production of Follies, and Fame – The Musical in Australia, Asia and South Africa. Whilst playing Rizzo in Grease – The Arena Spectacular in 1998 she was also Assistant Choreographer and Assistant Director. In 2005 Kelley choreographed a new arena production of Grease for Gordon Frost/SEL.

Kelley has just finished choreographing, consulting and playing a role in a new Australian feature film called “In Her Skin” starring Sam Neil, Guy Pearce and Miranda Otto which is released in 2008. Currently she is working on the Ten Networks new Australian series of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

www.kelleyabbey.com


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Peter Casey

Musical Director/Conductor/Orchestrator Peter Casey is one of Australia’s most versatile Musical Directors, having established a career spanning the genres of music theatre, arena presentations, symphonic concerts, orchestration, television and recording.

During the past years, Peter has been Musical Director for several major music theatre productions, one of the most recent being Spamalot. He was the Musical Dircctor for many musicals including The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, The King and I, Chicago, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Evita, Aspects of Love, Song and Dance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, The Production Company’s productions of Sunset Boulevard, The Pajama Game, 42nd Street and Mame, Topol’s Fiddler on the Roof, and for Kookaburra, the National Musical Theatre Company, Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

Peter was Musical Director for the Australian production of The New Mel Brooks Musical - The Producers, for which he received a 2004 Green Room Award. He received nomination for the 2005 Helpmann Award for The Producers, and was also nominated for the 2005 Green Room Award for Sunset Boulevard.

He was Musical Supervisor for 42nd Street, Big River, Sugar Babies, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the 1998 Australian tour of Grease - The Arena Spectacular, and the Big Top touring productions of Cats - Run Away To The Circus and Grease - The Mega Musical.

In 1998, Peter was Musical Director for the acclaimed arena production The Main Even”, starring John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow, and The Main Event - Federation Outback Spectacular, in association with the 2001 Australian Centenary of Federation celebrations in Mt. Isa and Darwin.

In 1999, he was associated with the Grand Opening of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, as Musical Director for “The Rodgers and Hammerstein Tribute”, starring Shirley Jones and Hugh Jackman, and was Musical Director for the Australian Entertainment Industry Association’s inaugural 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 Helpmann Awards, which honour distinguished artistic achievement and excellence within the Australian arts and entertainment industry.

Peter has worked extensively in South East Asia, co-composing and orchestrating several musical productions, operas and recordings in Singapore and Korea, and was co-composer and orchestrator for the epic Korean musical opera, The Last Empress, which toured to London, Los Angeles and New York. In 2005, he was orchestrator and conductor for Hyungsuk Kim’s inspiring score for the Korean film, Typhoon, which received nomination as Best Film at the 2006 43rd Daejong Film Awards Festival.

He was Musical Director for the Australian Television Network’s Channel 7 for several years, as well as music directing and co-producing the Australian cast recordings of 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Evita, Chicago, Cats, and The Sound of Music, which won the year 2000 Australian Record Industry Association Award for ‘Best Original Cast Recording’. In 2002, “The Wizard of Oz” cast recording was also nominated for an ARIA for ‘Best Cast Recording’.

Peter was Guest Conductor and Orchestrator for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 2000 and 2001 Classic Pops II Concerts Series, and the Orchestra’s 2002 and 2003 Symphony at Sandalford concerts. He was Guest Conductor for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s 2002 and 2003 Showtime 3 Concert Series, and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre/Queensland Orchestra Passport Series Concert in December 2003.

www.petercasey.com



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Darren Gilshenan

Darren graduated from the 3 year Acting course at NIDA in 1988. Theatre credits include: Seventeen tours with the Bell Shakespeare Company; shows include The Government Inspector, The Servant of Two Masters, Comedy of Errors, War of The Roses, Henry IV, and Measure for Measure. Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie (Sydney Festival/Company B), Urinetown and Ginger Meggs (Melbourne Theatre Company), Big River (Gordon Frost Entertainment), Moby Dick and Richard III (Queensland Theatre Company), Not Like Beckett (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), Last Cab to Darwin, The Players, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Pork Chop Productions), and will shortly appear in Elling for the Sydney Theatre Company.

TV and film credits include: Three years on Full Frontal (Channel 10/ 7 Network), Dossa and Joe the series (ABC/BBC), Derrick (Comedy Channel), Chandon Pictures series one and two (Movie Extra/ABC), Dark City (Director Alex Proyaz), Idiot Box (Director David Caesar), Liebermanns in the Sky (Director Richard Vilensky).

As a Director he has worked for the Bell Shakespeare Company, Spirit Entertainment, NIDA, and Pork Chop Productions. Most recently he directed The Servant of Two Masters for the Coogee Arts Festival and Popular Mechanicals for the NIDA third year actors.

As a teacher his classes include: devising, acting, comedy, Shakespeare, and improvisation. Teaching for NIDA, ATYP, Bell Shakespeare Company, McDonald College, Scots College, Griffin Theatre Company, ED5, Redlands College, and various drama festivals.

Darren has been nominated for various awards including a Sydney Critics Award for Government Inspector, Green Room Awards, a Logie for Outstanding Comedy Show (Derrick – Writer, Director and Actor) and an AFI for Best Comedy. He won the 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Play as ‘Truffaldino’ in the Servant of Two Masters.



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