Musical Theatre Panel


Sally Bourne
Panel Co-chair


SALLY BOURNE has been appearing in musicals for over 30 years. Her first professional job was in the title role in the original Australian production of Annie. She also appeared in the Australian casts of Nine and Les Miserables before moving to London in 1991. Sally worked in the West End for over 10 years in Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, A, My Name is Alice, My Fair Lady, Hey Mr Producer and in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber/Ben Elton musical The Beautiful Game. Prior to returning to Australia, Sally created the role of Andrea in the world premier production of Jerry Springer the Opera at the Royal National Theatre in London. Sally can be seen in the movie Evita playing Eva Peron’s maid.

Kim Bishop


KIM BISHOP was nominated for a 2016 Green Room Award (along side Kinky Boots and Matilda) for his costume design on The Light In The Piazza. (Life Like Company). He was also Costume Designer for Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company) City Of Angels (Life Like Company), Doubt, A Parable (RL Productions), CrossXRoads (Chapel Off Chapel), The 39 Steps and They’re Playing Our Song (HIT Productions), Barassi – The Stage Show (Athenaeum Theatre), Singin’ In The Rain, The Producers, Kismet, The Boy From Oz, The King & I, The Boyfriend, Crazy For You, Mame, Damn Yankees, 42nd Street and Sweet Charity (The Production Company). He has also toured as Head of Wardrobe on many large scale shows including Dusty, The King & I, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, South Pacific, The Rocky Horror Show, Aida – The Spectacular, The Boy From Oz, Singin’ In The Rain, Shout and Moonshadow. Kim also toured the world for some years as Wardrobe Manager with ice dancers Torvill and Dean, playing everywhere from his home town Melbourne to Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden and Wembley. Visit his website at kimbishop.com.au

Zachary Dunbar


ZACHARY DUNBAR is currently Senior lecturer in Theatre (VCA-MCM), and is also a freelance director, writer and composer. He originally trained as a concert pianist (Yale, Royal College of Music) before embarking on an interdisciplinary career bridging music and theatre. His original works have been produced in UK theatres including the Pleasance, Bloomsbury, Embassy, Camden People’s Theatre, Brighton Underbelly, and several Edinburgh-fringe productions (Fringe-First nominated), as well as the prestigious Jungehunde festival (Denmark). He has given master classes in musical theatre acting in London, Santiago, New York, Toronto, and throughout Australia. Zachary served as a consultant on the AMEB musical theatre syllabus. He has several scholarly publications in music theatre, Stanislavski and acting, and Greek tragedy.

Matthew Grant


MATTHEW GRANT, a previous G.R.A winner, is the man who conceived and foundered Australia’s premier cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club. His 35year work history in arts administration & management paired with his experience as a theatre maker, visual artist, and art gallery curator, has enabled the development of innovative and award-winning arts work, both in Australia and abroad. He has produced and directed numerous theatre productions and has written a bi-lingual (Chinese-English) children’s book. He is well traveled, holds a Masters Degree in Arts and a Fourth Masters Degree in the Japanese art of Ikebana. GRANT currently runs business from a converted warehouse factory, KaDo Warehouse, an art gallery, theatre and event space, in inner city Melbourne.

Rebecca Moore


REBECCA MOORE trained in Music Theatre at the VCA, and in New York at The Open Jar Institute. Rebecca’s Musical Theatre credits include; 'Motherhood the Musical' ‘Calvin Berger’, ’Children of Eden’, 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' and 'NINE: The Musical in Concert.' Rebecca has been in a number of cabarets including; 'Like Love' and 'Things that Don’t Belong to Me' and is a member of 4-part female a cappella group, Ginger and Tonic. Her musical workshops include; 'Pink', 'Just Deserts', 'The White Mouse', 'NED', 'Lawson's Women' and ‘Housewarming'. Rebecca is a trustee board member for the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation and is passionate about the cultivation of diversity within Melbourne’s music theatre scene, the training of young performers and the development of new works.

Kellie Rode


KELLIE RODE graduated from WAAPA in 2000. In 2001 she performed in the original Australian cast of Mamma Mia! She took over the leading role of Sophie at the Sydney premiere, throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia from 2002-2005. In 2006 Kellie performed in the critically acclaimed musical Virgins (Dean Bryant & Matthew Frank) at the Malthouse earning her a Green Rom Award nomination, also touring to New York City for the NY Musical Theatre Festival. In 2006 she was invited to perform in Mandy Patinkin's Masterclass at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In 2007 she played Annie in Sideshow Alley (Gary Young and Paul Keelan) and in 2008-2009 Kellie performed Janet in Gale Edwards' production of The Rocky Horror Show. Later in 2009 she played Hortense in The Production Company's The Boyfriend and performed in the concert tour of Broadway To Australia with Broadway legends Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. In 2012 Kellie performed the leading role in Matthew Robinson's workshop of Atlantis in New York City which she also performed in Melbourne in 2014. She was twice invited to perform excerpts of Atlantis at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Since 2010 Kellie has produced and performed in her own corporate act, The Divine Sisters, based on the 1940's trio The Andrew Sisters. She appeared on screen as Catriona in House Husbands before studying with Craig Carnelia in New York City throughout 2013. In 2014 Kellie played Anita in Mother and Son with Darren Gilshenan and Noeline Brown and played herself in The Production Company's Jerry's Girls in 2015. Kellie is thrilled to be performing the role of Lora Lee in Nick Enright and Max Lambert's Miracle City in 2017 & 2018.

Gary Young


GARY YOUNG wrote and directed the Australian musical SIDESHOW ALLEY with composer Paul Keelan. It won the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre and the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Original Score. Shows directed include GEORGY GIRL, NED, THE MOUSETRAP, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, SINGING IN THE RAIN, CAROUSEL, FUNNY GIRL, MAME, THE BOYFRIEND, HELLO DOLLY, CRY ME A RIVER, CITY OF ANGELS, FORTY-SECOND STREET, FULLY COMMITTED, GUYS AND DOLLS, CRUSADE, MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA and SCROOGE.Original work includes TILLY, JEKYLL, SHIP OF FOOLS, A WOMAN'S EYES, BLACK WIDOW, WOMBAT STEW, TEA WITH OSCAR, ARTEMISIA, BIM BOM and his latest work MONSTER. Awards include the Arts Council Award for Direction, the Helpmann Award, Mo Award, and The Aussie Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical.