Episode 1: The Audition
EPISODE 2: THE MIND ON STAGE
Episode 3: Vulnerability
Episode 4: Validation
Episode 5: Compromise
Episode 6: The Performer's Job
Episode 7: Insight
Episode 8: Adaptability
Episode 9: Experience
Episode 10: Courage
Episode 11: People
Episode 12: Self-compassion
Allie has an honours degree in Professional Communication from Monash University. As Program Producer and On-Air Presenter for 88.3 Southern FM, Allie developed her skills in interview, storytelling, editing and crafting narratives. Allie joined the Arts Centre Melbourne team in 2012, and is currently in an Advisor role with the Risk and Compliance team.
Greta is a psychologist, ABC Classic-FM presenter, columnist, soprano, Decca Classics Artist, and the founder of EirisInc. Since commencing her professional career in 2010 primarily as a concert classical singer, Greta has presented more than 1000 performances with orchestras, and her 2015 début album for Decca Classics My Hero (c. Richard Bonynge; English Chamber Orchestra) received five-star reviews and topped the classical and classical crossover ARIA charts for several months. Her album Home (c. Luke Dollman; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) was released in 2018 with similar ARIA charts success.
Before training as a psychologist, Chris worked for arts organisations across Australia, developing a rich understanding of the industry and artists. This led to Chris Cheers Psychology: a business specialising in providing mental health support and workshops to clients in the arts, performance and creative industries.
Cristina is a Green Room Award-winning performer and creative artist who has appeared on stage in shows like Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Matilda, Strictly Ballroom the Musical and West Side Story. Cristina recently had her first creative team role as resident choreographer on Shrek the Musical for the Gordon Frost Organisation.
Monica Davidson has a background in performance, filmmaking and journalism. After launching her own production company in 1994, Monica found there was a real lack of information out there about the practicalities of running a creative business. So Monica documented what she herself had learned through experience, hired a couple of guest speakers who she felt knew more than her, and held her first half-day workshop in a grubby inner-city community hall in 1995. It was a smash success. Creative people were hungry for the information, and so a second business was born.
With an extraordinary singing voice and stage presence, Rachel was in much demand as a jazz singer, touring as lead vocalist in the Queensland Youth Big Band, working in studios for EMI and BMG, singing in TV commercials, music videos and fronting 9-piece Sydney show band Cool Weazel.
Gabriel Edwards is an Associate Partner at Fisher Leadership and former Managing Director of Engaging People, a successful People Strategy Consultancy established in 2005. She is also a trained Counsellor and the founder of Breathing Space a unique counselling and facilitation service for business leaders and performing artists, established in January 2017.
Susan is an educator, coach, consultant and musician who works at the crossroads of human communication, creativity, and innovation. She is renowned for her ability to see elegant solutions to complicated problems, and has supported organisations across the country to rethink and redesign their learning experiences and models.
Matt most recently appeared in Billy Elliot (Louise Withers and Associates), Sweeney Todd (TEG Life Like Company), and the Australian premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for The Production Company. Prior to this he performed in the 60thAnniversary Production of My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews (Opera Australia/GFO). He made his professional debut in the original Australian production of MAMMA MIA! The Musical (Dainty Consolidated). Other original cast appearances include The Producers (GFO), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TPC), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Louise Withers and Associates) and The Addams Family (New Theatricals).
Luke is currently the Musical Director for the Australian production of Come From Away.
Zoe is a founding member of Flinders Quartet, one of Australia’s finest chamber ensembles. Flinders Quartet has toured internationally, nationally and appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as their own celebrated subscription series. The group has commissioned many works, been nominated for an ARIA for best classical album and continues to be a champion of Australian Chamber music. “Flinders Quartet…whose players give such care and unanimity of musical thought to Australian Chamber Music” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald.
In 1973, Ian was a 19-year-old finished artist working in the print industry when he offered a hitchhiker a lift home. When they’d arrived, the hitchhiker Grant Jennings (G.J.) invited Ian inside to meet some friends. These friends owned a business called Clear Light Lightshows – which still operates to this day. Ian was suddenly sitting in a production meeting having accepted a weekend lighting job, and a decades-long career in the live production industry had begun.
As an artist, Mantra has covered a huge amount of ground in the last eight years. One of Australia’s most popular rappers, he is an Obese Records alumni with two albums under his belt, an outstanding amount of airplay and, above all, the kind of respect that earned him the label ‘your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper’.
Anne’s career commenced with the original Melbourne production of Cats, after which she travelled to Europe to join the German production. Six years working in Germany and London followed. A Swell Party marked Anne’s West End debut when she stepped in for the leading lady on the opening night of the premiere.
Deone is an actress, singer and dancer who has appeared on stage in shows such as West Side Story, Chicago, FAME and Footloose.