Cameron Lukey


From 2011-13, Cameron performed as a principal artist for Oz Opera and as a chorister for Opera Australia. Cameron’s first play Playing Rock Hudson premiered at the Coopers Malthouse Theatre in 2013, followed by a season at Sydney’s Old Fitz Theatre in 2015. In 2014, Cameron and Michele Bauer co-founded Left Bauer Productions, presenting a tour of Terrence McNally’s Master Class (featuring a Green Room Award winning performance by Maria Mercedes) and the acclaimed Australian premiere of Harvey Milk – The Opera in Concert (which Cameron also directed) at the St Kilda and Sydney Town Halls. In 2016, Cameron presented tours of Tim Fountain's Resident Alien (featuring a Green Room Award nominated performance by Paul Capsis) and American pianist Anthony de Mare's Liaisons Project. He also joined the team at fortyfivedownstairs as their Development Manager and Executive Producer. Productions with fortyfive included SHIT, L'amante anglaise, Dead Royal, This is Eden and Awakening. Last year, Cameron presented Melbourne's first full production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America since 1994 (featured in The Age, Time Out Melbourne and The Guardian's top 10 lists for 2017), and this year, an acclaimed new production of Tommy Murphy's Strangers in Between.

Neil Gooding


Neil most recently directed the Australian premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman at The Old Fitz, the World Premiere concert version of Paris in Melbourne, the world Premiere of The Red Tree, as well as being the Assistant Director on the play Church And State, which premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in February 2017. He also produced and directed High Fidelity at Hayes Theatre Co. Neil produced the Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity, which launched the Hayes Theatre Co, before going on to have a national tour, as well as being one of the producers of the New York production of Handle With Care starring Carol Lawrence. In 2013, Neil was one of the producers of Alan Cumming’s one-man version of Macbeth, which ran for a special 14-week limited season on Broadway. In 2014, Neil was the director of Passion at the Arts Centre in Melbourne for Life Like Touring. He also directed the Australian premiere of Dogfight by Pasek & Paul (Hayes Theatre), the national tour of Thank You For Being A Friend, and the World Premiere of Truth, Beauty And A Picture Of You. Neil has produced and directed Sing On Through Tomorrow (Matthew Robinson), LOVEBiTES (Rutherford / Millar), as well as being one of the producers of the hit Australian play Holding The Man in the West End starring Jane Turner and Simon Burke. In 2009, he produced the original tour of Breast Wishes and directed and produced the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical! for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for his direction. In 2008, Neil produced (with WhiteBox) the World Premiere of The Hatpin which then went on to perform at the NYMF in New York. For Jacobsen Entertainment, Neil was responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular, the Long Way to the Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003. Neil also worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her Visualise Tour. Neil is the author of Back to the 80’s, which is now produced hundreds of times around the world every year, as well as the recently released Popstars. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland. Neil was the founding Chairman and one of the founding members of Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney.

Helen Ellis


Helen recently returned from the UK having been Executive Producer and General Manager for The Australian Shakespeare Company’s productions in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. She has also produced two National tours of Around the World in 80 Days starring Ian Stenlake and Pia Miranda, and was the Executive Producer and General Manager for the Australian tour of the French Dance Sensation PIXEL at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and the Australian Premier and National tour of the hit Broadway play Bad Jews. In 2016, Helen was the Executive Producer of the Victorian professional premiere of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (the Musical). She produced and directed the 2015-2017 National Tours of Flak – Stories from the Men who flew in World War Two, written and performed by Michael Veitch, was the Associate General Manager and Company Manager for the World Premiere of Mother and Son starring Noeline Brown, the Tour Co-ordinator for Paul Hogan’s recent National tour, and co-produced the National tour of The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell with Straight jacket Productions starring Samuel Johnson, Max Gillies and Michala Banas. Helen also co-produced Bud Tingwell’s National tour An Audience with Bud Tingwell, directed and produced the National tour of Dirty Dusting with Joan Sydney, Anne Phelan and Maggie King, and produced the east cost tours of The Housekeeper with Evelyn Krape and Peter Moon, and Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls with Fiona Harris and Laura Burzacott. In 2014, Helen produced and co-directed the Australian Premiere of Standing on Ceremony – The Gay Marriage plays featuring Spencer McLaren, Pia Miranda and Michael Veitch.

Gary Abrahams


A graduate of The Victorian College of The Arts, Gary has established himself as one of Australia’s most respected commercial theatre directors. He recently directed the Australian premieres of the hit Broadway plays Buyer and Cellar (Melbourne Theatre Company), Hand to God, and Bad Jews (both for the Vass Theatre Group). The commercial success of Bad Jews called for a return season in Melbourne, and a resulting national tour. He also directed the popular Australian premiere of Resident Alien for Cameron Lukey Productions, which completed two Melbourne seasons and two Australian tours. In 2017, he collaborated with Cameron Lukey productions on an acclaimed production of Angels In America: Parts One and Two, which was named one of the top 10 productions of 2018 by The Age, The Guardian and Time Out Melbourne. Other recent credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Vass Theatre Group), ROAM, The Pride, Day One. A Hotel. Evening, Laramie. 10 Years On, and Oh Well Never Mind Bye (Red Stitch Actors Theatre). For his own company Dirty Pretty Theatre, he has directed and written the plays The Lonely Wolf, Acts Of Deceit (Between Strangers In A Room), Something Natural but Very Childish, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, and Therese Raquin, which toured Australia in 2017. Gary received a Green Room Award for Best Director in Independent Theatre in 2010, and was nominated in the same category for his work in 2014. He is a recipient of THE GRACE WILSON TRUST AWARD for writing, THE JIM MARKS SCHOLARSHIP for Artistic Practice, and THE MIKE WALSH FELLOWSHIP for directing. Gary has worked as an assistant director at the Melbourne Theatre Company on the plays All About My Mother (2010), Songs for Nobodies (2010), The Gift (2011), Australia Day (2012) and the Melbourne Theatre Company and Chunky Move Melbourne Festival collaboration Complexity of Belonging (2014).