DAVID CAMPBELL is one of Australia’s most popular and most versatile entertainers. David hosts TV and radio programs; headlines theatre, cabaret and concert performances; and is a multi platinum awarded recording artist. He has a unique legacy as not just one of Australia’s leadingmusical theatre stars, but also one of the few local performers to have achieved similar success internationally, including in New York.
Currently, David presents the weekend afternoon show on Nova Entertainment’s Smooth FM network. Together with Sonia Kruger he is the co-host of the national Mornings show for the Nine Network in Australia. David also co-hosts with Lisa Wilkinson the annual Carols By Candlelight telecast for the Nine Network.
Born and raised in Adelaide, David was drawn to the performing arts -initially as an actor. He was performing at the STC and Sydney Opera House by the age of 22, and in 1997 starred in a major revival of Les Miserables in Sydney. Shortly after this, David moved to New York, where his downtown cabaret show attracted major crowds. Due to what Time Out New York described as “the biggest buzz since Barbra Streisand”, David moved his show to the iconic cabaret room Rainbow & Stars, becoming the youngest performer ever to headline the venue.
In 2001, at the height of his New York success, David was tempted back to Australia by the role of a lifetime – ‘the wild one’ Johnny O’Keefe, in the musical phenomenon Shout! He toured Australia in the show for over a year, and became a household name as a result. David went on to star in Australian productions of classic musicals like Carousel and Company, new works at the MTC and STC, and even in Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia. Along the way, he picked up a Helpmann Award for Best Actor, for his 2005 role in Sunset Boulevard.
LISA CAMPBELL is a producer of theatre and children. She started her company, Luckiest Productions in 2007, with her husband, David. Luckiest Productions have produced a number of live music tours, documentaries, cabaret, and live DVDs. Luckiest Productions have been fortunate to win numerous Helpmann Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards and an ARIA. She is a founding member and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co. At the Hayes, she has produced Miracle City, Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, which will be touring nationally throughout 2016.
Lisa and David have three children, a five year old son named Leo and one year old twins, Billy and Betty.
DAVID WILLIAMSON‘S first full-length play, The Coming of Stork, premiered at the La Mama Theatre, Carlton, in 1970. Since then he’s written over 40 iconic plays in 4 decades including The Removalists, Don’s Party (1971), The Club (1977),Travelling North (1979), The Perfectionist (1982), Emerald City (1987), Money and Friends (1991), Brilliant Lies (1993), Sanctuary (1994), Dead White Males (1995), After the Ball (1997), Face to Face (1999), The Great Man (2000), A Conversation and Charitable Intent (2001), Influence (2006),)Don Parties On, (2011), When Dad Married Fury (2012) and Rupert (2013). In 2015 Williamson directed his latest play Dream Home for the Ensemble Theatre which broke box office records.
Williamson is widely recognised as Australia’s most successful playwright and over the last thirty years his plays have been performed throughout Australia and produced in Britain, United States, Canada and many European and Asian countries. A number of his stage works have been adapted for the screen, including The Removalists, Don’s Party, The Club. Travelling North. Emerald City, Sanctuary and Brilliant Lies, and six of them have been made into quality Telemovies in Poland.
David Williamson has won the Australian Film Institute film script award five times, for Petersen (1974), Don’s Party (1976), Gallipoli (1981) Travelling North ( 1987) and Balibo (2009) and has won twelve Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards. He also wrote the screenplay for Pharlap (1981) , The Year of Living Dangerously, (1983) receiving a nomination for best screenplay from the Writer’s Guild of America.
In 1983 he became an Officer of the Order of Australia. (A.O) and has been awarded four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney, Monash, Swinburne and Brisbane. In 1997 the National Trust named him one of our National Living Treasures.
He lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with his writer wife, Kristin Williamson.
KRISTIN WILLIAMSON has been an actor, teacher and journalist and is the author of eight books. These include political and narrative history, biography and two best selling novels.
She has an academic background in education, history and theatre and has written for film and television.
Kristin and her playwright husband David divide their time between Sydney and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.
ROB CARLTON is a Logie award winning actor, an AWGIE winning writer as well as a producer and director. Rob’s breakout role as Kerry Pakcer in The Paper Giants franchise saw him nominated for AACTA award on top of winning the Silver Logie for his performance. Rob won Tropfest in 2006 with Carmichael and Shane which he wrote, starred in, co-directed and co-produced. He also won best actor that year.
He’s also produced and co-directed comedy Chandon Pictures for ABC and Movie Extra.
ADRIENNE FERREIRA’s first novel Watercolours, published by 4th estate, saw her nominated by the independent booksellers for ‘Debut Novelist of the Year’. She is currently writing her second novel, a feature film, and developing a tv series.
Rob and Adrienne live with their twin 11 year old boys on a beach on the central coast.
Australian violinist, conductor and composer, RICHARD TOGNETTI has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten, in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, and at the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland) with Igor Ozim, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. Later that year he was appointed Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and subsequently became Artistic Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Maribor Festival in Slovenia and Creative Associate of Classical Music for Melbourne Festival.
Tognetti performs on period, modern and electric instruments. His numerous arrangements, compositions and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world.
As director or soloist, Tognetti has appeared with the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg,Tapiola Sinfonietta, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Australian symphony orchestras. He conducted Mozart's Mitridate for the Sydney Festival and gave the Australian premiere of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony.
In 2003, Tognetti was co-composer of the score for Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; violin tutor for its star, Russell Crowe; and can also be heard performing on the award-winning soundtrack. In 2005, he co-composed the soundtrack to Tom Carroll’s surf film Horrorscopes and, in 2008, created The Red Tree, inspired by illustrator Shaun Tan’s book. He co-created and starred in the 2008 documentary film Musica Surfica, which has won best film awards at surf film festivals in the USA, Brazil, France and South Africa.
As well as directing numerous recordings by the ACO, Tognetti has recorded Bach’s solo violin repertoire for ABC Classics, winning three consecutive ARIA awards, and the Dvorak and Mozart Violin Concertos for BIS.
Richard Tognetti was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999.
SATU VÄNSKÄ was appointed Assistant Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2004. Satu was born to a Finnish family in Japan where she took her first violin lessons at the age of three. Her family moved back to Finland in 1989 and she continued her studies with Pertti Sutinen at the Lahti Conservatorium and the Sibelius Academy.
At the age of 11 Satu was selected for the Kuhmo Violin School in Finland, a special institution for talented young violinists where she attended masterclasses with Ilya Grubert, Zinaida Gilels and Pavel Vernikov and had the opportunity to perform at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival with the Kuhmo Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. From 1997 Satu was a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich where she finished her diploma in 2001. This led to her performances with the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, at the Tuusulanjärvi Festival, and at Festivo Aschau.
In 1998 Sinfonia Lahti named her ‘young soloist of the year’. In 2000 she was a prize winner of the ‘Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’ and from 2001 she played under the auspices of the Live Music Now Foundation founded by Yehudi, Lord Menuhin which gave her the opportunity to perform with musicians like Radu Lupu and Heinrich Schiff.
Satu performs regularly as lead violin and soloist with the ACO, and features in a variety of roles at festivals with the ACO in Australia, Niseko and Maribor. Satu was presented in recital in July 2012 by the Sydney Opera House as part of their
Utzon Room Music Series.
MARGARITA GEORGIADIS is an exhibiting professional visual artist with a career spanning over 25 years.
Born 1968 in Sydney, Margarita trained her early years as a classical ballet dancer. Georgiadis completed the art certificate course at the National Art School in 1986 and later obtained a BA from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 1990. Since 1993, she has held annual solo exhibitions while participating in regular group exhibitions in commercial galleries and art institutions throughout Australia and overseas. A finalist in The Archibald Prize, Salon des Refuses, The Mosman Art Prize, Metro 5 Art Award, The Portia Geach Memorial Award, Redlands Westpac Art Award, The Paddington Art Prize and Country Energy Art Award. Georgiadis was awarded three major visual arts grants. Her work is represented in major public, corporate and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Greece, Italy and France.
Margarita has worked in theatre and performance as a set designer, marketing, promotion, artist, advisor to cast, mime dancer and director. She has collaborated on performance projects with her husband Max including; “How To Be Lower” (Street Theatre, Canberra).
Max and Margarita are co-directors of The Picture House Gallery & Bookshop in Gunning NSW, where they exhibit local and interstate artists and host live musical performances in their very own “live-in” theatre.
MAX CULLEN is a leading Australian actor with a long career in the visual and performing arts.
Starting as a painter and sculptor, Max studied acting under Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre which led to performances in over a dozen plays. Since then he has had a prolific acting career on stage, in film and on television. He has performed in plays including; Fortune and Men’s Eyes, , A Singular Man, Emerald City, The Ham Funeral, Sons of Cain, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Street Car Named Desire, As You Like It, Death Of A Salesman, Small Poppies, The Siege Of Frank Sinatra, Cloudstreet, Ashes to Ashes, A Couple Of Blaguards, The Sunshine Boys, Waiting For Godot, All My Sons, One Day Of The Year, Scenes From A Separation, Faces In The Street – A Salute to Henry Lawson, Twelfth Night and King Lear.
Max has appeared in more than 35 feature films; including, Stockade, Summerfield, My Brilliant Career, Hard Knocks, Running On Empty, Starstruck, Charley’s Web, Boundaries of The Heart, Incident at Raven’s Gate, Garbo, Greenkeeping, Lightning Jack, Rough Diamonds, Spider & Rose, Billy’s Holiday, Kiss or Kill, Nugget, Jindabyne and December Boys and most recently in Australia, X-Men Origins - Wolverine and The Great Gatsby.
He has also featured in hundreds of television programs including; Secret Valley, The Timeless Land, McLeod, Skippy, Matlock Police, Homicide, Bodyline, The Flying Doctors, Rafferty’s Rules, A Country Practice, Police Rescue, G.P., McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, Love My Way and Black Jack. Max was an arts reporter on channel Nine “Sunday” program for 12 years.
For his work Max received the 1984 Logie Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Last Bastion, the 1986 Penguin Award for Best Performance by an Actor in The Flying Doctors, the 1990 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Tempest, the 1994 Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor in Spider and Rose and the 1994 AFI Award for the same, the 1999 Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in Cloudstreet, 2004 Icon Award for Cinema Owners Association of Australia. 2005 AFI award for best supporting actor, Love My Way.
Max is a published poet and short story writer, his memoir “Tell ‘em Nothing Take ‘em Nowhere” was published by Pan MacMillan in 2010.
DAN WYLLIE is an Australian actor across film and theatre, with credits including Animal Kingdom, Chopper, Muroals Wedding, The Turning and was most recently seen in ABC's The Beautiful Lie.
SHANNON MURPHY is a theatre director with plays including Porn.Cake and Beached (Griffin Theatre Co.), Circle Mirror Transformation (Ensemble), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Belvoir Downstairs) and the opera Orfeo and Euridice for last year's Spectrum Now Festival