THE WINTERS TALE

CAST BIOGRAPHIES (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

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Emma Austin

Clown

Emma 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), Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) and Ulysses (Bloomsday). 

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Jessica Barton

Dion

Jessica is a triple threat performer, having graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Theatre degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2019. 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). Also in 2020, Jessica was involved in Hope: New Works Initiative (dir. James Millar) and performed as a Featured Artist in September’s episode of Broadway Plugged-In (dir. Daniele Buatti). Most recently, Jessica has been cast in the Dance Ensemble for the upcoming musical Suddenly(DHB Theatrical, dir. Dean Gild). Jessica is thrilled to be returning to the Melbourne Shakespeare Company for her second show, having played Le Beau and Dance Captain in last year’s production of As You Like It (dir. Jennifer Sarah Dean).

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Anton Berezin

Polixenes

Anton Berezin is an actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Berezin is best known for his roles in commercial musical theatre productions including Sweeney Todd (2019), Evita (2018-2019), The Light in the Piazza (2016), City of Angels (2015),  Once (2014-2015), Doctor Zhivago (2010-2011), Wicked (2008-2009), The Producers (2004-2005), Cabaret (2002-2003), Cats (1999-2000), Fiddler on the Roof (1998-1999) and The Secret Garden (1995-1997). His film and Television work has included roles in Newton's Law (2017), The Divorce (2015), Jack Irish: Black Tide (2012) and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012). 

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Adam Canny

Cleomenes

This is Adam's second role with MSC, having previously played the critically acclaimed role of Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost (2019), of which he is also credited for introducing fan choreography into. A musical theatre graduate from Federation University, Adam has spent the last 5 years singing in concerts, performing on stage, and working overseas; more recently dabbling in vocal recordings.

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Andrew Dang

Lord Hampton

Andrew is a young Vietnamese-Australian actor brought up in the western suburbs of Melbourne. In 2019 he graduated from Federation University Australia’s Bachelor of Acting for stage and screen. During this time Andrew had the opportunity to perform in ‘The Comedy of Errors’ as Antipholus of Ephesus (Directed by James Pratt) and ‘Our Country’s Good’ as Ketch Freeman (Directed by Beng Oh), the latter of which he also composed music for. When he isn’t acting Andrew spends time writing and creating his own original theatre work. Andrew is passionate about diversity and inclusivity within the Australian arts industry.

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Tref Gare

Shephard

Tref trained at various physical theatre schools in France, Italy and the UK in the latter parts of last century. This is his 5th outing with Melbourne Shakespeare Company (following As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labors Lost, and Romeo and Juliet). Other recent credits include Bright Star (Pursued by a Bear {ironic .. no?}), Travesties (Bloomsday), and Festen (Play Dead Theatre).

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Melanie Gleeson

Hermione

Melanie is an Australian Actor, Movement Director and graduate from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Recent credits include 'Gabrielle York' in When the Rain Stops Falling (The Kindling Collective), 'Viola' in Twelfth Night (Iris Theatre), 'Lord Bingham' in The Sea Queen (Iris Theatre), and 'Ensemble' in Ergo Sum (Sleight of Hand Theatre). Mel is also the Co-Artistic Director of London-based theatre company The Kindling Collective. She'd like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering support, the wonderful cast and crew of The Winter's Tale, and you for supporting Australian theatre at this crucial time!

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May Jasper

Time

May Jasper is published playwright, podcaster, storyteller and internationally touring performer. She wrote and produced eight plays with SNAFU theatre company, including 'Murder at Warrabah House', 'Speaking' and 'Death’s Variety Hour'. She has toured Australia and the world with shows like 'May and Alia do Pirates! (of Penzance)' and the critically acclaimed 'not a very good story'. She won 2017 Melbourne Moth Grand Slam and has produced audio documentaries for podcasts like 'Random Article', 'Human Ordinary' and 'The Artery'. This will be her sixth production with Melbourne Shakespeare Company.

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Erin McIntosh

Perdita

Originally from regional Victoria, Erin has an appreciation for the joy music and theatre can bring to small communities. Erin began formal training at Federation University Australia and graduated with the class of 2020. At the Arts Academy they performed in A Chorus Line (Bobby Mills) directed by Anthony Crowley, Songs from the Other Side (Soloist) directed by Alister Smith with music by Luke Di Somma and Shanon Whitelock, and in Ladies in Black (Mrs. Miles) directed by Tamara Searle. Erin is excited to work with Melbourne Shakespeare and contribute towards growing LGBTQI+ inclusion in Australian theatre.

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David Meadows

Leontes

To be updated soon.

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Jackson Peele

Florizel

Jackson is a passionate actor, musician and writer. He graduated from the Music Theatre course at WAAPA in 2019 where performance highlights included Doug in Strictly Ballroom (dir. Crispin Taylor), Lonny in Rock of Ages (dir. Crispin Taylor) and Daddy in Sweet Charity (dir. Shaun Rennie). Jackson has also written multiple musicals with writing partner Conor Neylon including The House On Fire At The Edge of the World (Theatre Works, 2021) and The Beep Test (Fringeworld, 2020). He is thrilled to be making his debut with Melbourne Shakespeare company and being involved in bringing back live theatre!

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Elizabeth Slattery

Paulina

Elizabeth is a graduate of the National Theatre and the John Bolton Theatre School and has trained extensively in physical theatre, impro, dance, clown and bouffon. Over the past 20 years, she has performed in theatre, TV, film and as a voice artist. Theatre credits include; Macbeth (dir. Sean Kavanagh), The Comedy of Errors (dir. Bruce Myles), Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Owl & Pussycat), The Lost (Chapel off Chapel), Travelling North (Hit Productions), Salome (Theatre Works), Agamemnon (VCA), Millennium (Melbourne Fringe). TV credits: The Pacific, Neighbours, Stingers. Elizabeth is currently devising her first solo clown show.

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Bridget Sweeney

Camillo

In a pre-Covid world, Bridget Sweeney was a Harry Potter tour guide in Edinburgh and playing a (fake) priest (fake) marrying people in a giant blow up church at music festivals across the UK... yes, you read that correctly. Bridget is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School and has worked with Anerke Shakespeare in their productions of Richard II and Macbeth in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. She is excited to delve back into the world of the Bard, having worked with MSC in their productions of Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.

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Caleb Whittaker

Autolycus

Caleb's love for Shakespeare dates back to his high school years, getting the opportunity to perform an excerpt from Othello as Iago at the 2013 Perspectives in His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. After performing and training for a while in his home city, Caleb got a Bachelor in Music Theatre from Griffith University, and moved to Melbourne. This performance marks not only Caleb's first time performing Shakespeare in full, but his first time on stage in Melbourne.

Creative Team

Jennifer Sarah Dean

Director

Jennifer is a professional director specialising in Shakespeare’s work. Having trained at the Globe Theatre in London, Jennifer has directed 10 productions for Melbourne Shakespeare Company including Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado about Nothing and many more. Jennifer’s other credits include Ghost Stories (Australian National Tour), The Haunting (The Atheneum), Festen (Ripponlea Ballroom), Tape (The Courthouse), Holy Cow (45 Downstairs) and Travisties (45 Downstairs). 

Michael Mack

Producer

Michael Mack is a Melbourne based actor and Theatre producer, best known for his performance in the Australian Netflix Series Rosterd On, seasons one & two. From 2016 to 2018 Michael produced Independent site-specific Theatre under his own company, Play Dead Theatre, with performances held inside the North Melbourne Courthouse Hotel and heritage-listed Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom. Outside of Producing Michael works as a casting assistant for Chameleon and 2 Divas Casting. In 2020 Michael took over as Producer for Melbourne Shakespeare Company. 

Natalie Calia

Musical Director

Natalie is a creative artist, educator, singer and multi-instrumentalist; holding various degrees in Performing Arts and Education, including a Master of Applied Theatre Studies, and is currently Head of Co-curricular Music at Mount Scopus Memorial College. Natalie completed a 7-month tour of Austria and Germany with Stage Entertainment as Assistant Musical Director/Deputy Conductor with the production of Ich war noch niemals in New York. She has performed in, directed, musically directed or been a band member for over 60 productions with various theatre companies around Melbourne, and performs with The Blues Brothers Rhythm and Blues Revue, and online with ‘Jam ‘Tin’; raising funds for numerous local charities.

John Reed

Choreographer

Born in Houston, Texas, John is an actor and choreographer who relocated to Melbourne in 2004 and trained at the Ballarat Arts Academy, graduating with a BA in Music Theatre. His choreographic credits include Black rock (EbbFlow Theatre Co), Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (Melbourne Shakespeare Company). Performing credits include Action in West Side Story on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia), He Said She Said (Lion Heart Theatre Co),Much Ado About Nothing (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company), Merrily We Roll Along (Watch This!), Funny Girl (The Production Company), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Melbourne Shakespeare Company). 

Aislinn Naughton

Costume Designer

Aislinn is a costume designer and maker and graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Her most recent designs include ‘As You Like It’ for Melbourne Shakespeare Company and ‘Mara Korper’ for Citizen Theatre. Aislinn is currently undergoing a mentorship with the APDG during 2021 and is enjoying further developing her practice. She practises a hands on approach to designing and making, employing her skills on a range of dance, theatre, opera, film and musical theatre pieces. She hopes to continue designing and making for both film and theatre in the future. 

Jaimi Richards

Costume Designer Assistant

Jaimi has a long history in theatre and the arts, growing up watching musical theatre and the ballet. Jaimi completed her Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume for Performance) in 2018, where she developed her skills. She has worked with Stage School Australia on their production of Wicked, and with CLOC for their upcoming season of Priscilla. This is Jaimi’s second production with Melbourne Shakespeare Company, working last year on As You Like It.

Hayley James

Set Designer

Hayley is a set designer, scenic artist and prop maker who graduated from RMIT in 2018 with an honours degree in Interior Design. Hayley's recent credits include As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Malvern Theatre Company), scenic artist for Beauty and the Beast (Windmill Theatre Company) and set designer for Ariadne (Spark Youth Productions).
Hayley has also been the production designer for short films ‘Stalling’ (premiered at MWFF 2020) and “Duke’ (2019).

Kate Weston

Stage Manager

Kate Weston is a Melbourne-based theatre maker currently studying her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her recent stage managerial credits include As You Like It (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), ADAM (Gasworks), and Lake Disappointment (Meat Market). This is her second show with Melbourne Shakespeare Company and she is delighted to be back.

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