Ellen Burstyn

Katherine Brandt

Known for her iconic performances in classics such as The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Oscar and BAFTA winner for Best Actress), and the cultural phenomenon The Exorcist, Ellen Burstyn is widely regarded as one of her generation’s greatest actors. Her many other memorable performances include The King of Marvin Gardens, Same Time Next Year (both the Broadway play for which she won the Tony Award, and the film adaptation for which she won the Golden Globe), Resurrection, How to Make an America Quilt, and a tour de force in Requiem for a Dream, which earned Ellen her 6th Oscar nomination and led director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan and Noah) to describe her as “the greatest artist I have ever worked with.” In recent years, Burstyn has appeared in the blockbusters Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and Interstellar, won two Emmy’s for her work on Law and Order SVU and Political Animals (joining the list of just 24 actors in history who have won the Oscar, Emmy and Tony “triple crown”) and earned her 8th Emmy nomination in Netflix’s hit series House of Cards. Now, after a staggering career spanning over six decades, Burstyn continues to serve as co-president of the renowned Actors Studio along with Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino, and will appear in several upcoming films including Pale Blue Dot opposite Natalie Portman, and Welcome to Pine Grove opposite James Caan.

Lisa McCune

Clara Brandt

Lisa McCune is one of Australia’s most celebrated screen and theatre actors, earning ten Logie Awards (including four Gold Logies for Most Popular Personality on Australian television) for her breakthrough role as Maggie Doyle in the police drama Blue Heelers. Lisa’s other television credits include The Potato Factory (AFI nomination for Best Actress), MDA, Two Twisted, Tripping Over, Hell Has Harbour Views (Logie Award nomination for Outstanding Actress), Rake, Blood Brothers, five seasons of Sea Patrol (Silver and Gold Logie Award nominations), Reef Doctors (which she co-produced), It’s A Date (AACTA Award nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy), The Divorce, Ex PM, and The Warriors. Lisa recently wrapped on the new Network Ten comedy series How to Stay Married. Her film credits include The Little Death and Little Fish.

On stage, Lisa’s credits include leading roles as Maria in The Sound of Music, Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Hope Caldwell Urinetown (Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Green Room Award nomination), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Green Room and Sydney Theatre Award nominations), and Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Helpmann Award nomination). For Melbourne Theatre Company, Lisa has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and most recently, gave an acclaimed performance in the play Gloria. Lisa’s other stage credits include Peet Gynt for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Machu Picchu for the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and Follies in Concert for Melbourne Recital Centre.

William McInnes

Ludwig van Beethoven

William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. In 2006, William was awarded the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and the Age Australian Star of The Year Award. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer, and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.

In television, William's lead roles credits include Deep Water, The Time of Our Lives, The Shark Net, My Brother Jack, Blue Heelers, Stepfather of the Bride, East West 101 and Sea Change. He has also appeared in the ABC telemovies Curtin and Dangerous Remedy and as the host of Auction Rooms and Hello Birdy.

William’s work in Australian cinema is also widely celebrated. For Look Both Ways, he received an AFI nomination for the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor. William won the AFI and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Actor for his performance in Unfinished Sky. In 2009, William featured in David Caesar’s Prime Mover and Blessed directed by Ana Kokkinos. In early 2011, William was seen in the New Zealand feature The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, directed by Brendan Donovan.

His many lead roles on the stage include Don Juan for Sydney Theatre Company, Last Man Standing, The Waiting Room, The Effect, Macbeth and Ray's Tempest for Melbourne Theatre Company, and as Darcy for both company’s landmark productions of Pride and Prejudice. He also appeared in Equus for Perth Theatre Company and My Fair Lady in New Zealand.

William is also the author of nine books - Full Bore, A Man's Gotta Have a Hobby (winner of a 2006 Australian Book industry award), Cricket Kings (2007 Australian book industry award nominee), That'd Be Right and The Making of Modern Australia. His fifth book, Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, was awarded the 2012 Indie Non Fiction Book of the Year. The Laughing Clowns was released in October 2012, The Birdwatcher was published in November 2013, and William’s latest book Holidays was published in 2014.

Francis Greenslade

Anton Diabelli

Francis Greenslade began performing with the Adelaide University Footlights. Since then he was worked consistently in the theatre and TV. His TV credits include Mad As Hell, The Leftovers, Winners and Losers, Inspector Blake, The Ex-PM, The Micallef Program, Soul Mates, It’s A Date, Schappelle, Offspring, City Homicide, Full Frontal, Marshall Law and Pig’s Breakfast.

Francis’ theatre credits include The Boy From Oz, The Odd Couple, The Madwoman of Chaillot and Things We Do For Love for the MTC, Urinetown and Babes in the Wood for STC, You Got Older for Red Stitch Theatre Company, The Odyssey and Tartuffe for Malthouse, and The Club, Marat/Sade and School for Scandal for STC(SA). Francis’ adaptation of Accidental Death of an Anarchist was produced by STC in 2018. He has been a member of Equity since 1979.

Helen Morse

Dr Gertrude Ladenburger

One of Australia’s leading actors, Helen has worked with all the major theatre companies and many independent ensembles in a wide range of classics, contemporary international and Australian plays and recitals. Recent credits include Helpmann Award nominated performances in Brink Productions MEMORIAL for the 2018 Adelaide, Brisbane and Barbican (UK) Festivals and the MTC’s JOHN; five roles in Angels In America Parts1 & 2, Wit, Dreamers, The Rain, Ivanov, Duets for Lovers and Dreamers (all at fortyfivedownstairs); Daniel Keene’s Photographs of A (Antechamber/NEON); Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City (Belvoir); KAGE’s Sundowner (national tour); Love.War.Death.BREL (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); Tim Winton’s Signs Of Life, Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking (Kate Cherry/BSSTC) and Robyn Archer’s Architektin (STCSA). Helen’s many credits for MTC include Frozen, A Little Night Music, Arcadia, Alma de Gröen’s The Rivers of China and The Woman In The Window (Green Room Award for Best Actress) and she played Theodora Goodman in Adam Cook’s adaptation of Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story (MIF/Belvoir). Helen has also toured nationally with Death & The Maiden (STC); Duet for One; Good Works (Playbox) and Europe (MTC).

Helen’s many recitals include recent work with PLEXUS Trio: she adapted and performed Jean Anouilh’s L’Invitation au Chateau (2016 Port Fairy Music Festival) and in December 2018 co-devised Mélodies Françaises with PLEXUS composer and pianist Stefan Cassomenos (Salon/Recital Centre)

Closely associated with the resurgence of Australian cinema and television (Caddie, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Town Like Alice), Helen received several awards and most recently was nominated for an AACTA Award for The Eye of the Storm.

Toby Truslove

Mike Clark

Toby Truslove has been a favourite on Australian stage and screen for over 15 years. Toby’s television credits include True Story with Hamish and Andy (Season 2), The Wrong Kind of Black, Get Krack!n and ABC’s comedy Utopia (Season 1-3) as the 'media consultant guru' Karsten. Other lead roles for television include Bleak, Outland, The Strange Calls, Randling, Scumbus, The Unbelievable Truth, Tractor Monkeys, The Slideshow, Crash Palace and Laid for which Toby received the Monte-Carlo TV Festival’s Golden Nymph Award nomination for Outstanding Actor. Guest roles include House Husbands, Molly, Offspring, Tangle, McLeod’s Daughters, The Strip, and All Saints. Comedy series’ Lowdown, Some Say Love, The Librarians, Thank God You’re Here and Sleuth 101. Toby co-hosted the ABC’s 2015 NYE Fireworks coverage alongside Julia Zemiro and was a part of SBS’s Eurovision 2016 coverage team. Toby’s film credits include I Love You Too, Squid, How to Make a Monster, Smoking Will Kill You and The Eight Inch Pinch and will next be seen in the upcoming feature Koko: The Red Dog Story.

Toby’s Theatre credits include Bliss (Malthouse/Belvoir), The Beast (Ambassador Theatre Group), The Last Man Standing, The Speechmaker, The Cherry Orchard (Melbourne Theatre Company), Children Of The Sun (Sydney Theatre Company), Strange Interlude, Private Lives (Belvoir), and Troilus and Cressida (Bell Shakespeare). For his work in the 2012 production of Strange Interlude, he received a Sydney Theatre Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production.

Andre de Vanny

Schindler

Andre de Vanny is an award-winning actor who has worked in theatre, film and television for over 16 years. Andre starred opposite Colin Friels in John Logan’s award winning two-hander Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He starred in a main role in the Australian production of the heralded West-End smash War Horse for The National Theatre of London, performing more than 250 shows across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Andre was awarded Best Actor at the Green Room Theatre Awards for his role in Glory Dazed at Red Stitch Theatre Company. Andre was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his role in the award winning production Of Mice And Men for Sport For Jove Theatre Company. Andre recently starred as Don Pedro in comedy smash The Rover for Belvoir Theatre Company as well as the world premiere of new Australian play Night Slows Down for the Bakehouse Theatre Company. Most recently, Andre achieved widespread critical acclaim starring in the Irish monodrama Swansong, touring to Sydney’s Old Fitz Theatre, Melbourne’s Theatre Works, The Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles and New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival.

Andre has appeared in many Australian feature films including the upcoming The Combination 2, as well as Hating Alison Ashley, Under a Red Moon and Nice Shootin' Cowboy. He has also appeared on U.S television in The Pacific, Steven King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Salem’s Lot, and the mini series Hercules. Andre has starred in countless major Australian series including Wicked Science 1&2, Blue Heelers, MDA, Canal Road, Rush, City Homicide, Killing Time, and most recently Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Andre is also an established voice over artist having voiced major roles in the animated series Dogstar, Li’l Larrikins’, The Flaming Thongs! and Nate is Late.

Andrea Katz

Pianist

A pianist, accompanist and vocal coach of extraordinary versatility, Argentine born Andrea Katz is equally at home with Chamber Music, German Lieder and Grand Opera. She studied piano with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Alexander Tamir in Jerusalem and specialised in the interpretation of German Lieder with Graham Johnson in London. Since becoming an Australian resident in 1990, Andrea has worked with all major musical organisations in the country: Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Symphony, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane Festivals, Sydney Music Conservatorium and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She also works regularly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Auckland Philharmonia.

A prolific recital pianist, she performs regularly with prominent Australian and international singers and ensembles, including a yearly season at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Resonate Series. Highlights of the last 11 seasons are recitals with Yvonne Kenny, Peter Coleman-Wright, Emma Matthews, The Sydney Omega Ensemble, The Sydney Soloists, cellist David Pereira, and violinists Pekka Kuusisto and Gil Shaham.

Andrea is the founder and Artistic Director of Songmakers Australia, one of Australia’s foremost vocal chamber music ensembles, and since 2006, has been Director of the Vocal Ensemble at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. As a Lecturer at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, Andrea teaches the Italian and Spanish Songs Modules. She has also released 2 CDs with soprano Merlyn Quaife - Lest we Forget (TP185) and Fortune my Foe for Move Records.