Our team of Directors are made up of some of the top theatre and educational specialists across Australia & New Zealand.
All of our Directors have extensive experience both nationally and internationally having work on major commercial productions across musical theatre, theatre, television and film.
Each of our Directors combine their creative talents with a detailed focus on the educational outcomes of the production to equip our actors with the appropriate tools to inspire, educate and entertain our school audiences.
For the past twenty five years, Craig Christie has been creating original plays and musicals in educational, community and commercial settings. These innovative productions have toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally.
Since first establishing his company No Mates Productions, Craig has written original musical productions that have toured primary schools every year celebrating Children’s Book Week. These have been seen by over 1.5 million children in Australia and internationally. His recent productions JUNGLE BUNGLE and REV IT UP have now been seen by 500,000 students worldwide and current productions JUMP TO IT, TOTALLY AMAZING and WEST END PANTOMANIA are seeing annual audience figures continue to expand.
Craig’s work as a playwright and songwriter has spanned a number of fields. He has a passionate interest in the use of storytelling and songwriting in a positive social context and has employed his writing skills to a number of groundbreaking community projects such as WATER INTO WINE (2000) and RIGHT WHERE WE ARE (2002). Most recently he has explored the theme of cyber bullying and relationships within social media with MYFRIENDS DOT COM which has already enjoyed an excited response in schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. These themes are being explored in greater depth and for a more mature audience in the new musical with the working title CONNECTED currently in development.
Craig first came to prominence in the field of commercial music theatre with CRUSADE (1998) which, at that time, was the largest concert presentation of an original Australian musical (performed in the then Melbourne Concert Hall). CRUSADE was later presented at the Edinburgh Festival (2000) to rave reviews.
Other musicals include THE WHITE ROSE (2003) which premiered in Melbourne, then toured Singapore, and the international hit EUROBEAT. From it’s humble beginnings at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, EUROBEAT went on to win Best New Musical at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2007), followed by an acclaimed UK tour and London West End season (2008). It was nominated for Best New Musical in the Evening Standard and was voted third most popular New Musical of 2008 in the Whatsonstage awards. During 2008, EUROBEAT also toured South Korea, headlining at the Daugu Music Festival. Most recently (2009), EUROBEAT delighted audiences in a season of performances at QPAC in Brisbane.
Currently, Craig is working on exciting new projects for stage, film and television in Australia, the UK and the USA. He recently completed the score for a new musical TOTALLY OVER YOU in London, working with internationally acclaimed playwright Mark Ravenhill and Britain's National Youth Music Theatre, which was presented in workshop at the Lyric Theatre on London's West End. His latest musical HEY FLORENCE! premiered in Nashville, Tennessee to standing ovations at every performance, and recently performed to standing ovations in New York.
Dean Bryant & Mathew Frank
Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank met at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where they workshopped their first musical, Prodigal.
Prodigal was produced at Chapel off Chapel in 2000, winning the Green Room Award for Best Original Score. In 2002 the show premiered off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company, the first Australian musical to be produced in New York City. The off-Broadway cast recording is available on JAY Records. Virgins: A Musical Threesome premiered at the Tower Theatre, Malthouse in 2006 and toured to the New York Music Theatre Festival later that year. Once We Lived Here premiered at fortyfivedownstairs in 2009, winning the Green Room Award for Best New Musical. The Silver Donkey, based on Sonya Hartnett’s award-winning novel, is currently in development.
Both Dean & Mathew have a passion for educating young people through the arts with both having worked over the last 10 years in several youth training organisations. For 8 years Mathew was the Head of Music at the Childrens Performing Company of Australia.
They have written, directed and performed in a number of educational musicals for Perform! including The People In Your Pocket, Dollars & Sense, Wipeout and Rock Me Galileo.
An evening of their work, All Roads Lead to Home, was part of the 2004 Melbourne Festival. Their songs were featured in the Amy Winehouse-inspired episode of Channel Ten’s Mr & Mrs Murder. Dean and Mathew created Britney Spears: The Cabaret for Christie Whelan-Browne which has played numerous seasons around the country to rave reviews. Dean’s other cabaret work includes Liza (on an E) and I’m Every Woman for Trevor Ashley, which have played seasons from the Sydney Opera House to the West End and Newly Discovered for Hugh Sheridan (Opera House and Festival Theatre).
Most recently Dean created Gaybies for the Midsumma 25th Anniversary, which played a triumphant season at the Sumner Theatre, MTC featuring Magda Szubanski, Todd McKenney, Virginia Gay, Kate Kendall, Christie Whelan-Browne, Christina O’Neill, Ben Mingay and many other favourites.
As musical director Mathew’s credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush, The Drowsy Chaperone and Next to Normal (Melbourne Theatre Company) and the upcoming The Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company). He has been Associate on many more, including Spelling Bee, Urinetown, The Sapphires, Poor Boy (all MTC).
Dean has directed for the MTC (Next to Normal), The Production Company (Anything Goes, The Producers and upcoming The Pirates of Penzance), Red Stitch (Straight) and OzOpera (Hansel and Gretel) and directed the Australian premiere of The Last Five Years (fortyfivedownstairs, Stables and Q Theatre). He is worldwide Associate Director on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – the Musical (Australia, NZ, West End, Broadway, Italy, Brazil, UK tour and Sweden).