Cabaret Panel


Geraldine Quinn - Panel Chair


GERALDINE QUINN (Spicks and Specks, Whovians, Upper Middle Bogan, True Story with Hamish & Andy) is an award-winning rock cabaret writer/performer who has toured Australia, New Zealand and UK. She has 18 Green Room Award nominations (winning three), two Melbourne International Comedy Festival Golden Gibbo Award nominations for Best Independent Local Production (winning in 2011), won the 2015 NZ Fringe Best Cabaret Award, and is a two-time Moosehead Award recipient (2011 and 2014). In 2017 she made her directorial debut with 'Clara Cupcakes - The Worst' for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a show which was also nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award. She was a feature performer at the David Bowie Is… exhibition in Melbourne, and started Australia’s first cabaret podcast in 2015. She is healthily enamoured of the work of David Bowie and not at all obsessed.

Emma Clair Ford


EMMA CLAIR FORD is a cabaret artist, writer, independent producer and arts administrator. She holds a BA in Music Theatre Performance (University of Ballarat). In 2010 and 2011 Emma was Festival Director for Short+Sweet Cabaret Melbourne, and was a finalist in the 10th Annual Australian Cabaret Showcase in 2012. Emma is one third of vocal comedy trio The Candy Topps, who have performed together for over a decade creating shows such as Sing Happy and multiple-Green-Room-Award-nominated Femme Fatale. Solo cabaret ventures include The Black Sea Express, Stockholm, Lila Gray, Butterscotch and Laugh Until I Cry. Other highlights include numerous productions for Garry Ginivan Attractions, Anthony Crowley’s The Journey Girl, Opera Australia’s Il Trovatore, Lead Vocalist for China Orchestral Tours, The Divine Sisters for Hartington Productions, and Pacific Overtures for Watch This Productions.

Rebekah Church (Becky Lou)


Becky Lou has been described as 'one of the High Priestesses of Australian burlesque'. Winner of the Miss Burlesque Victoria title, she has been included in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine's list of Top 10 Australian Burlesque Personalities. She has been performing her unique brand of burlesque, an irreverent mix of slapstick and striptease, across Australia, Canada and the USA since 2007. Her debut solo show, Shake, directed by Wes Snelling, demonstrated her skill as a storyteller, garnering critical acclaim over seasons in Melbourne, Perth , Adelaide and Montreal. Shake was nominated for ‘Best Cabaret’ at Fringe World 2015, ‘Best Solo Production’ and ‘Best English Production’ at Montreal Fringe 2016. Rebecca is the director and host of the Seen & Heard series, combining storytelling and variety, which has featured some of Australia's finest alt-cabaret artists and won the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Best Cabaret award. Rebecca continues to perform, produce and mentor artists in independent cabaret, theatre and comedy in Melbourne.

Anthony Crowley


ANTHONY CROWLEY is a multi award-winning playwright, composer, director, designer, dramaturge and educator. His body of work includes musicals, opera, cabaret, plays, devised theatre, performance and several short works in addition to corporate, government and community projects. He is the recipient of several major commissions and awards including; The Wal Cherry Play Of The Year Award, The Malcolm Robertson Prize for Drama, The Sumner Locke Elliot - New Dramatists Award, An R.E.Ross Trust Award, An Australian Musical Foundation Grant, An Opera Australia Young Artists Residency, The Pratt Prize For Musical Theatre and The Victorian Premiers Literary Award For Best Music Theatre Script. He is a former Artistic Director/CEO of Victoria’s St.Martins Youth Arts Centre and a former Head of Music at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Dave Barclay


DAVE BARCLAY studied Bachelors of Theatre Performance at BAPA and of Music at ACU (conducting) and Box Hill Institute (composition). Never content with just one discipline, he has been working as a musician, storyteller, director and dramaturge in the theatre and cabaret scenes for fifteen years. On stage highlights include The Wild Blue, Working, tick, tick… BOOM!, Little Shop Of Horrors, Brooklyn, Five Guys Named Moe, and Goat Town. He worked as the musical director, MC and performed at Witches in Britches Theatre Restaurant, but misses his three-inch stits the most. Behind the scenes he musically directed Ash Flanders’ cabaret trilogy Negative Energy Inc., Special Victim and Playing To Win, directed and designed Parade, I Sing! and Into The Woods and composed and musically directed the 2012 graduating company’s The Tempest (Arts Academy) where he currently teaches.

Shanon D Whitelock


SHANON D WHITELOCK is an award winning Composer and Music Director. A prolific operative within the theatre, cabaret and film industries across four continents, Shanon has received Green Room nominations and multiple industry awards. His original compositions include Oprahfication! (New York Music Theatre Festival), Nigella: Love Bites (Butterfly Club, Melbourne), Never Date A Songwriter (Butterfly Club, Melbourne), One-A New Musical (Arts Centre Gold Coast), and Quiet You’ll Wake Up the War (Cannes Film Festival Short Film). Credits as music director and accompanist include Disney Under the Stars (Live Nation/Disney), Carole King: the Songbook of Her Life (Arts Centre Melbourne/Aust. Tour 2016), Fame! The Musical (Gordon Frost Org.), Hairspray (Dainty/Roadshow Live) and workshopping with Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Shanon’s work has been performed in New York, UK, Germany, China, Australia, and New Zealand.