Cabaret Panel

Maude Davey - Co-Chair

MAUDE DAVEY trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and has worked as an actor, director and writer for more than twenty-five years, with her primary focus being the creation of new work. She has worked extensively in variety, as member of Finucane & Smith’s Glory Box/Burlesque Hour ensemble and recently in her own award-winning outfit, Retro Futurismus. She works as an actor in theatre, television (Offspring, Summer Heights High), and film (My Year Without Sex, Noise). She has also been the Artistic Director of two small theatre companies (Vitalstatistix Theatre Company in Adelaide and Melbourne Workers Theatre). Her recent directing credits include KillJoy with the laserbeanz and Fish for the Rollercoaster Ensemble. She received a Masters in Writing for Performance from VCA in 2016.

Bridget Bantick - Co-Chair

BRIDGET BANTICK has worked in the performing arts for over 20 years as a choreographer, dancer, producer and tour manager. She has worked for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival since 2007 and is currently an Associate Director primarily programming and producing Special Events and National/International comedy tours. Bridget has also been a programming advisor to the Busan International Comedy Festival in South Korea for the past 6 years.

Mama Alto

MAMA ALTO is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender & queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. She is the co-creator of the acclaimed show Gender Euphoria. Mama has been awarded the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards Music Artist of the Year, the 2018 City of Yarra Contributions to the Arts Award, the 2017 GLOBE Melbourne LGBTI Awards Artist of the Year, the 2016 Outstanding Access & Inclusion Award at Melbourne Fringe, and the 2014 Best Cabaret Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe. In 2019, Mama Alto was one of the Creators recognised and supported by the Victorian Government through the Creative Victoria “Creators Fund.”

Tom Dickins

TOM DICKINS is a producer, singer-songwriter and publicist based in Castlemaine, Victoria. He is the co-founder of Crowded, a small business dedicated to helping independent artists find their audience via events, venue and tour management, design and mentorship. Each year, Crowded work on over 300 independent productions around Australia. Tom is also the Producer for Education and Development programs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Pieta Farrell

PIETA FARRELL is an independent producer and arts manager, working with artists on the touring circuit of Fringe Festivals world wide, and as the Artists and Program Administrator with Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the last five years.
With experience as a producer, performer, stage manager, tour manager, company manager, director, artist liaison and program administrator, Pieta has been involved in all aspects of the performing arts industry for over 20 years. With a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts in Performance studies and Gender studies from Sydney University (2004), Pieta has toured work to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Underbelly Southbank Festival London, Soho Theatre London and various Fringe Festivals and venues within Australia.
Pieta is excited to be joining the panel in 2020, having worked with previous Green Room Nominees and Winners including Betty Grumble, Yummy, Reuben Kaye, Hot Brown Honey and Briefs Factory.

Jude Perl

JUDE PERL is a singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. She has won 3 Green Room Awards for Best Original songs for her solo comedy shows, and her show “I Have A Face” won Best Cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2018, as well as her 4th Green Room Award for Cabaret Artiste. In 2013 Jude’s debut single ‘Girls & Boys’ received regular airplay on commercial radio all over Australia (including on Fox FM and 2Day FM). Jude’s 2016 album ‘Modern Times’ was produced in LA with Grammy Award winning Engineer Brian Paturalski (Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’). Whilst in LA, Jude also worked with Colin Hay (Men At Work) recording her album track ‘Canyon’ with him at his studio and singing backing vocals on his album ‘Next Year People’. Jude’s songs were also featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary ‘Embrace’ from activist and Body Image Movement founder Taryn Brumfitt, including a track that was written specifically for the film.

Margot Tanjutco

MARGOT TANJUTCO is a writer, actor, and comedian in Melbourne. Her solo show Vanity Fair Enough played at The Coopers Malthouse for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 where she was nominated for the Golden Gibbo. She was the Associate Director for Benjamin Law’s Torch The Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) and was also a playwright in MTC’s Cybec Electric 2021. Other credits include Polygamy, Polygayou: A New Musical for Melbourne Fringe 2019 and Romeo is Not the Only Fruit at The Coopers Malthouse for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018, Brisbane Festival, and HotHouse Theatre. Her work has been featured by ABC’s The Mix and Stop Everything!, The Wheeler Centre, and SBS Voices.

Fiona Scott-Norman

FIONA SCOTT-NORMAN is a cabaret director, dramaturg and writer, who is also known as a DJ, performer, arts critic, columnist, broadcaster and teacher of creative non-fiction writing. She was the artistic director of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival in 2017, headed up the cabaret course at Federation University for five years, and was responsible for adding 'Cabaret' as an artform category for the Green Room awards. Fiona is a non-fourth wall and comedy specialist, and has directed and dramaturged over 170 cabarets..