CAST & CREW

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JENNIFER SARAH DEAN

Artistic Director

Jennifer is a writer and director who trained at the Globe Theatre in London. Her recent credits include Ghost Stories (National Tour), Travesties (45 Downstairs) and The Haunting (Atheneum). Jennifer is the founder of the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and has directed nine productions for them including Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing

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BENJAMIN COLLEY

Musical Director

Benjamin is a Music Theatre Performer and a WAAPA graduate. His recent credits include Musical Director for Love's Labours Lost (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), Romeo & Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) and Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne Shakespeare Company). Ben is currently performing in the national tour of Shrek The Musical. 

KATE WESTON

Stage Manager

Kate is a stage manager and actor currently studying her BFA in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her recent credits include stage managing Adam by Frances Poet (Gasworks), Lake Disappointment (Meat Market), and Transgression (Meat Market). This is her first time working with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and she’s excited by the challenge that outdoor theatre presents.

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AISLINN NAUGHTON

Costume Designer

Aislinn is a costume designer and graduate of the VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production). Her recent projects include Forgotten Places(Citizen Theatre) and The Lion King Jr (James Terry Collective). She is excited to take on her first Melbourne Shakespeare project.

HAYLEY JAMES

Set Designer

Hayley is a set designer who graduated from RMIT in 2018 with an honours degree in Interior Design, Hayley's recent credits include scenic artist on Beauty and the Beast (Windmill Theatre Company), set designer for The Mystery of Irma Vep (Malvern Theatre Company), and most recently, set designer for Seasons Greetings (Frankston Theatre Group). This is Hayley’s second show with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and extremely thankful to be involved alongside all these talented people. Hayley would love to thank her family for all their help and support

JOHN REED

Choreographer

 John is an actor and choreographer who trained at the Ballarat Arts Academy. His choreography credits include Black rock (EbbFlow Theatre Co), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) and Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company).  John is thrilled to be working with Melbourne Shakespeare Company again as choreographer on As You Like It.

JAMES CAMERON

Producer

James is a writer, director, actor and producer with a Masters degree in Arts and Cultural Management. His recent role credits include writing/directing the short films Lunch, Whisky No More, and writing/acting in All I Want For Christmas is Revue (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019). This is James' second time working with the MSC following 2018's Romeo and Juliet. 

CLAIRE FROST

Marketing

Claire is a marketing specialist and actor who has her Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Melbourne. She recently began her own marketing consultancy business called The Lost Artist. This is Claire’s first time working with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and she’s thrilled to be on board. Learn more about Claire at her website: www.clairefrost.com.au

ANNABELLE TUDOR

Rosalind

Annabelle Tudor is a Melbourne based actor who completed her Bachelor of Arts (Acting) at Federation University Australia’s Arts Academy in 2016. Her recent credits include Hamlet (ASC), Puffs (Australian Tour) and Macbeth (ASC). This is Annabelle’s fifth season working with the Melbourne Shakespeare, having appeared in Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (twice). Annabelle is thrilled to be playing Rosalind with this truly exceptional cast and crew, and thinks Hamlet should watch his back. 

JOANNA HALLIDAY

Celia

Born and raised in Melbourne Joanna has trained in Music Theatre at Showfit and completed her Bachelor in Acting at The Victorian College of the Arts. Joanna's credits include Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) Travesties (Bloomsday in Melbourne),  Blackrock (dir. Nicola Bowman),  House of Special Purpose (dir. Alex Menglet)  and Much Ado About Nothing (In the Park Productions).  Joanna is also trained in classical piano, violin, singing, dancing and springboard diving.

DON BRIDGES

Corin

Don Bridges. No formal training. Recent credits include: Judy and Punch - Preacher, Two Heads Creek - Uncle Morris, The Dumb Waiter - Chapel off Chapel. Don turned professional in 1973 and has enjoyed almost continuous work as an actor/musician/director/teacher.

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AMANDA MCKAY

Dame Senior / Dame Frederick

Amanda is an Actor, voice over artist and Chocolate Walking Tour Guide who trained at the Central School of Speech of Drama. Her recent credits include Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience (International tour), God Of Carnage (Chapel off Chapel) and Fallen: The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell (audio book narrator).  This is Amanda's second production with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and she is delighted to be part of the team.

EMMA AUSTIN

Miss Adams

Emma is an Actor who trained at the Federation University Arts Academy (BAPA). Her recent credits include Box and Cox (Maniacal Arts), The Zooperhero’s Quest to Find the Orange Bellied Parrot (Zoos Victoria), Into the Woods (Federation University), Box and Cox: Married and Settled (Maniacal Arts) and Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne Shakespeare Company). This is Emma’s second show as an actor with Melbourne Shakespeare and she is excited to be working with such a talented bunch of humans.

JACKSON HEAD

Orlando

Jackson is a performer who studied at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University's Bachelor of Musical Theatre course. Some of his recent credits include: Carousel (QCGU), Les Miserables (QCGU), Sure Thing (QCGU), Oh What A Night! (Queensland Tour with SK Entertainment), and Queensland Pops Orchestra Concerts “Broadway On Screen” 2018 and “That’s Show Business” 2019 (QPAC).

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TREF GARE

Jacques

Tref is an Actor/Musician/Director who trained at various physical theatre schools in France, Italy and the UK in the latter parts of last century. His recent credits include Travesties  (Bloomsday), Love's Labors Lost and Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) Bright Star (Pursued by a Bear) and Festen (Play Dead Theatre). This will be Tref's 3rd outing with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company  and he particularly enjoys the opportunity to borrow food and drink from the better fed members of the audience (generally with permission). 

DANIEL R NIXON

Oliver

Originally from the United Kingdom, Daniel is a graduate of 2019 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Music Theatre. During his studies at the VCA Daniel performed as Willy/Harry (Understudy) in Flora: The Red Menace (dir. Jason Langley) ,Miss Turnstiles MC/Ensemble in On The Town (dir. Adam Mitchell) and was a Featured Soloist in the Art Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies for both 2018 and 2019 respectively. This is Daniel’s debut with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and he thrilled to join the company playing the role of Oliver. 

LUKE BELLE

Touchstone

Luke Belle has a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice from Monash University. Luke’s recent performance credits include  I’m not even mad about it (The Butterfly Club), The Mikado (Darebin Arts Centre), Operetta Please (Club Voltaire) and Can you handle this? I don’t think you can handle this (The Butterfly Club). This is Luke’s first show with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and has loved the challenge of developing the role of Touchstone.

HENRY O'BRIEN

Silvius / Charles

Henry O’Brien is an actor/artist and a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Theatre Arts Program. Their recent credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Central Park Malvern), Blackrock (St. Martins), Beautiful Girls (Gasworks), and The Commonwealth of Kekistan (The Butterfly Club). This is Henry’s second time working with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and they are elated to be working with the company again.

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SARAH KRNDIJA

Phebe

Sarah Krndija is an actor/musician who trained at VCA. Her most recent credits include Vivid White (MTC), Ordinary Days (Persued by a Bear), Sunday In The Park With George (Watch this Inc.), Beautiful Girls (Gasworks) and Bright Star (Chapel off Chapel). Sarah is represented by Mark Gogoll and is a member of Actor's Equity. 

JESSICA BARTON

Le Beau / Martext

Jessica is a triple threat performer, having recently graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Theatre degree at the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst in training, Jessica performed as Tricia/Ensemble in A Chorus Line (dir. Tyran Parke), Ensemble/Understudy Elsa in Flora: The Red Menace (dir. Jason Langley) and Claire de Loone in On The Town (dir. Adam Mitchell). Jessica is thrilled to be making her post-graduate debut with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and would like to thank her family (especially her mother!) and Triple Talent Management for their unconditional support. 

CHERYL HO

Audrey

Cheryl Ho is an Actor and Maker who trained at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her recent credits include Cybec Electric 2020 (MTC- The Lawler, Southbank Theatre),  The Skin of Our Teeth (VCA), The Crucible (VCA) and Oh No! Satan Stole My Pineal Gland! (Melbourne Fringe Hub), which won the Best Emerging Performance Ensemble. This is Cheryl's first time performing with Melbourne Shakespeare Company. For more Information, visit cherylhohuiee.com

REUBEN MORGAN

Amiens

Reuben is a classically trained singer, dancer and musician as well as being an experienced cabaret performer and orchestral conductor. His recent credits include Music Director for The Little Mermaid (Bloc MT), Music Director for Broadway to Ballarat (BallaRat Pack), Prince Herbert in Spamalot (Bloc MT) & Music Captain for Much Ado About Nothing (Artefact Theatre Co.). This is Reuben's first production with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company.

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