THE GREENROOM PROJECT RETURNS FOR A 2014 SEASON,

BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE.

After studying at the Victorian College of Arts Opera Studio, Anne’s career began with the original Melbourne production of CATS, then the first national tour before joining the German company in Hamburg. She subsequently spent six successful years working in the UK and Germany.

 

The premiere of A Swell Party (the story of Cole Porter) marked Anne’s London West End debut when she stepped in for the leading lady on opening night. Due to her overwhelming success, she continued to play the role for the entire season and featured in the subsequent film of the same name. Other credits includedAspects of Love (Rose Vibert, director Gale Edwards), Barnum (Charity Barnum, director Mark Bramble) Crazy for You (Irene Roth, director Mike Ockrent), Romance Romance, Into the Woods (the Baker’s Wife), and Closer Than Ever. On returning to Australia, Anne appeared in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Green Room Award for Best Cabaret), Crazy for You (Irene Roth) and The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder, director Susan Schulman); those two roles earning her Green Room Award nominations.

 

Anne spent nearly 3 years playing the playing the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the original smash hit production Mamma Mia!, earning her a Green Room Award and an invitation to play the role on London’s West End. Anne also recreated the role for the 10th Anniversary Australian national tour. For the Production Company in Melbourne, Anne, has appeared as Phyllis Stone in Follies, Mrs Mullin in Carousel, Meg Boyd in Damn Yankees, Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes and most recently as Electra the Stripper in Gypsy. Other credits include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (director Gale Edwards), the mother in Prodigal (director Dean Bryant), Closer Than Ever (directed by Richard Maltby and David Shire), Minefields and Miniskirts (for Malthouse Theatre), Australia’s Leading Ladies (concerts throughout Australia), the Soap star in Menopause the Musical and the role of Madam Morrible in the Australasian tour of WICKED.

 

Anne most recently starred as Muriel Eubanks in the Sydney season of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and Madame De La Grande Bouche in a concert version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Melbourne Zoo.Anne’s debut solo album – Divine Discontent – was released in 2012. www.annewood.com.au

Anne Wood- April 7

Season 2

NANCYE HAYES

 

Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director Nancye Hayes OAM began her career in JC Williamson’s production of My Fair Lady in 1961. However it was the title role in Sweet Charity in 1967 that established her name. Some of her musical successes include A Little Night Music, Pippin, Irene, Annie, Chicago, Sweeny Todd and Nine. She won a Victorian Green Room Award, the Norman Kessell Memorial Award and the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress for her performance in Guys and Dolls and a MO Award for 42nd Street. Her other stage credits include Grey Gardens, Turns, Murderers, Metro Street, Broadway Bound, Showboat, Same Time Next Year, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, Stepping Out, Follies in Concert, The Music Man, The Snow Queen, Eureka and Oklahoma  and the Sydney Theatre Company’s revival production of Summer Rain. During 2006/2007 Nancye was on tour with the enormously successful production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Ensemble Theatre/Christine Dunstan Productions) which co-starred Todd McKenney and delighted audiences throughout Australia. 

 

In 2008, Nancye wowed audiences in Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady playing the role of Mrs Higgins for which she won the 2009 Helpmann Award for best female actor in a supporting role in a musical.

 

As a director, Nancye’s credits include The Boy from Oz (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment), The 3 Divas (Christine Dunstan Productions), Annie (The Frost Organisation) and Gypsy starring Judi Connelli (part of the Encore Series for The Production Company). Nancye also worked as associate director alongside Judy Davis on Barrymore for Sydney Theatre Company.

 

Nancye’s choreographic credits include My Fair Lady for Victorian State Opera (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons), Falsettos for Sydney Theatre Company and Guys and Dolls for NIDA.

 

Nancye has also made numerous television appearances including guest roles in Home & Away, Blue Heelers, The Dismissal, The Last Bastion, The Sullivans, Carson’s Law, Rafferty’s Rules and GP and hosted the ABC’s Once In A Blue Moon featuring songs for Australian musicals. Her life story and career have also been honoured by This is Your Life and Talking Heads. Nancye recently completed filming the role of Jean Sledge in the Hanks/Spielberg production of The Pacific. 

 

Nancye’s first cabaret show Nancye with An E, written and directed by Tony Sheldon, has played throughout Australia and is available on CD.

 

Nancye is honoured to have received three Lifetime Achievement awards – from the Variety Club in 1997, from the Green Room Awards Association in 2003 and from the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2009.

 

In 2011 Nancye was honoured to be a recipient of the JC Williamson award that recognises an outstanding contribution to the Australian Live Performance Industry. During 2012, Nancye received her second Helpmann for best supporting actress for her performance as Big Edie in Grey Gardens (The Production Co) and toured nationally in the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie for GFO.

 

Nancye Hayes & Peter Cousens

Sunday June 15

PETER COUSENS

 

Peter is an actor, singer, producer, director and teacher.

He is the only Australian to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on London's West End which he did for eleven months in 1997/98.

 

He has starred alongside Russel Crowe in Blood Brothers, the late Richard Harris in Camelot and has had an extensive career playing major roles in musicals throughout Australia New Zealand and England

Peter also performs the role of Chris on the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon.

From 2006 to 2008 he was CEO and Artistic Director of Kookaburra: The

National Musical Theatre Company and produced seven musicals, two major concerts and fourteen cabaret events.The Musicals included - Pippin, Company, Tell Me on a

Sunday, I Love You Your Perfect Now Change, Songs for a New World, The

Emperor's New Clothes and Little Women.

 

 

His musical theatre roles include Tony in West Side Story; Eddie in Blood Brothers; Mordred in Camelot; Chris in Miss Saigon; Nanki Poo in The Mikado; Motel in Fiddler on the Roof; Eddie in Blood Brothers; Bill in The Sentimental Bloke; Raoul in the Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera; The Phantom in London's West End production of The Phantom of the Opera; Alex in Aspects of Love; Marius in Les Miserables; Ravenal in Hal Prince's Show Boat; Marius in Fanny; The Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass; Anthony and Tobias in Sweeney Todd; Bobby in Company; Mr Makin in The Hatpin; Floyd in Floyd Collins; Bobby in Company; Vince in Strange Bedfellows

As an actor he has worked extensively with Australia's major performing arts companies including Sydney Theatre Company Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Nicholas Nickleby, Chicago, Chinchilla and Convict's Opera; Griffin The Falls; Philip Street Theatre Whose Life is it Anyway; The Queensland Theatre Company Camille, Breaker Morant, You Never Can Tell, The Sentimental Bloke; Marian Street, London Assurance & Fanny; Melbourne Theatre Company Company; Sydney Dance Company in Tivoli; Out of Joint

(UK) The Convicts Opera; Darlinghurst Theatre The Paris Letter

On Television Cliffy, Phryne Fisher, Return to Eden, The Sullivans,

Carson's Law, The Young Doctors, Son and Daughters, The Timeless Land and Under Capricorn

 

He has recorded five albums- Corner Of The Sky, From A Distance, A Life on Earth, A Musical Christmas, The Peter Cousens Collection and the role of Chris on the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon

Peter tours extensively around Australia with his own one man show -A life on Earth and works regularly in concert performing in Australia's major performing arts venues and Symphony Orchestras.

Peter won the Variety Heart Award for Best Performer for Chris in Miss

Saigon

 

He has been nominated for seven Mo Awards and in 2009 he won the Glug Award for Services to Theatre

He is a consultant with the Talent Development Project and conducts workshops and master classes with elite talent from Government Schools across NSW. Peter also conducts classes and workshops with the NSW Education Departments Arts Unit specifically around the development of performance skills for secondary students.

Peter is an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign- making violence

against women a thing of the past and an Ambassador for Peer Support Australia

 

Peter is currently in post production on the feature film Carry Me Home

starring Cuba Gooding Jn. and William Sadler which he produced and directed in USA.

Born in New Zealand and trained at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA),

 

USA- Hayden has appeared in a number of productions including as Jack Worthing in the world premier of the new musical Being Earnest, Edward Rutledge in 1776 , Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf in Into the Woods, King Arthur in Camelot, Freddy Einsford Hill In My Fair Lady, Captain Hook / Mr Darling in Peter Pan .

 

Most recently he starred in Singapore in the leading role in "Take Me Out", his first non singing role. Hayden appeared as Marius in the 20th anniversary West-end production of Les Miserables, Thomas Andrews in Titanic: The Musical (A.T Award nom.), Professor Bhaer in Little Women The Musical (Glugg Award), Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific (A.T.G Award nom), the tours of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Songs for a New World The Wizard of Oz and created the role of Cuddlepie in the workshop of The Adventures of Snugglepot and cuddlepie.Hayden made his Opera debut in 2007 appearing in the Australian production of Dead Man Walking in the lead tenor role of Father Grenville.

 

He has toured internationally as Simon Stride and standby Jekyll and Hyde in Jekyll and, Freddy Einsford-Hill in Opera Australia’s production of My Fair Lady, Bustopher Jones / Gus / Growltiger in and Grumio in Kiss Me Kate. Hayden has two albums available on itunes and instores Hayden Tee self titles and GenerationwhY? www.haydentee.com

 

In 2014 Hayden will star as Javert in Cameron Mackintosh's new Australian production of

Les Miserables. 

Hayden Tee- May 5

RACHAEL is one of Australia’s most in demand performers. Widely known for her performance as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, Rachael has also appeared in numerous television productions and concerts. Television credits include Sam in Hey Dad for 4 years and most recently Home and Away.

 

Other theatre credits include Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’ Cabaret, Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables, Maria in The Sound Of Music, Peg Hartigan in Summer Rain for STC (directed by Robin Nevin) and Kathy Seldon in David Atkins’ Singin’ In The Rain.

 

Rachael also appears extensively in the concert and corporate arena, performing with Jeff Wayne on the Australian tour of War Of The Worlds and with Jason Robert Brown on his Australian tour.  Most recently, Rachael starred as Truly Scrumptious in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

RACHAEL BECK

Rachael Beck

Tuesday 8 July

The Greenroom Project Junior

ROB Mills is a born entertainer. A popular singer, presenter, actor and media personality, Rob has carved himself out a successful career spanning more than a decade, with many high profile credits to his name.

 

Rob first came to the nation’s attention in 2003 as a finalist on the first series of Australian Idol. His debut single reached Gold status and peaked at #6 on the ARIA charts.

 

He is currently starring in the role of Danny in the musical Grease which is soon to return to Melbourne after a sell out tour of Australia.  One of his passions is mentoring young talent; Rob was lucky enough to be doing this as part of his role of Host of Young Talent Time on Network 10 in 2012 and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with some of Queensland's finest up and comers in the Green Room Project.

 

Rob also hit our TV screens in Channel Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice, raising $40,000 for The Reach Foundation which he is a proud supporter of. Rob is also Ambassador for ACMF (Australian Children’s Music Foundation), and Friend of the “McGrath Foundation” and is an Equity Member.

 

Other musical theatre and acting credits include  . Winners & Losers (Channel 7, 2011), Underbelly – Razor (Nine Network, 2011) and principal roles in Grease – The Arena Tour (2005) as Johnny Casino, Hair (2006) as Claude, Original Australian Company of Wicked as Fiyero (2008-2010), Into The Woods as Cinderella’s Prince (Wicked cast production for Rob Guest Endowment Fund) and Jamie in The Last Five Years, which was nominated as Best Musical Production at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards. Legally Blonde as Warner Huntington III (2012-13).

 

Best advice I can give....IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME

 

Rob Mills & Ellen Simpson

Thursday 2 Oct

The Greenroom Project Junior