Following the acclaimed success of its 2010 and 2011 seasons, Twisted Broadway is fast creating a name for itself as Australia’s most unique performing arts charity fundraiser. Featuring Australia’s premiere performers singing songs originally written for the opposite gender, Twisted Broadway re-imagines contemporary and classic music theatre numbers in this one night only performance.
Modeled on the now six-year success of New York’s ‘Broadway Backwards’, an annual charity every raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Twisted Broadway will continue to raise money for research and developmental programs for people living with HIV/AIDS through Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Over 50% of those living with HIV/AIDS in Australia live under the poverty line.
On average, 20 people are diagnosed with HIV every week in Australia.
Twisted Broadway remains a strong voice for the ever-present support and commitment by the Australian Music Theatre Industry.
Kate has been involved in the theatre community in one way or another for over 10 years. With a background in performing, producing, publicity and marketing, Kate has developed a vested interest in fostering new artists and providing opportunities for Australian performers. Having worked with the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria to raise over $30,000.00, Kate holds the support of local charity in the highest esteem. Twisted Broadway has acted as the perfect platform for people from all areas of the arts and entertainment industry to get involved and support the research of HIV/AIDS. Kate is thrilled to be growing Twisted Broadway and watching it become one of the most important and worthwhile events in the Australian theatrical calendar.
With a background in Law and Performing Arts, Daniel began his producing career as an assistant at Newtheatricals on the Australian production of Jersey Boys. Currently the Australasian Licensor for the works of New York composer Drew Gasparini (under his company TheBengeGroup) Daniel is an Associate Producer on the October 2012 premiere of “Crazy Just Like Me” at Rahway, New Jersey.
TheBengeGroup is a benefactor under the Australian Cultural Fund. Working alongside a number of US producers to develop new works in both Australia & the United States, Daniel has an interest in developing unconventional business models to increase live arts patronage. In August 2012 Daniel will be moving to work for The Araca Group in New York City. Daniel is proud to see Twisted Broadway in its third year in Australia, with shows in 2012 spanning across two cities.
Ryan Barwood is a stage and production graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, with experience in project, production and orchestral management. His strong operations background in community, professional and corporate production, and commitment and motivation for successful outcomes has allowed him to develop a strong specialized skill in operations and logistics.
Ryan has worked across a number of national theatre tours, large corporate conventions/conferences, music educational programs, community events, and major events/festivals. He is currently the Production Coordinator for Orchestra Victoria, whilst in this position he has been on the frontline team for delivering services to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and Victorian Opera.
Further to his position at Orchestra Victoria, Ryan is currently managing his own operations consultancy business with services to Regional Arts Victoria, producer Bethany Simons, The Benge Group, Twisted Broadway, corporate branding company Bastion Brands and event services company International Management Group.
In 2008 - 2010 Ryan was employed by Adam Lowe Group Pty Ltd, progressing from a role as project manager to general manager in his final year. The company is dedicated to delivering medium to large scale theatre, arts and events across Australia, and International field. During this period Ryan lead the major events and projects team, as well as company management and operations. Ryan headed projects for Westpac, The Production Company, Midsumma Festival, Festival of Broadway, Shakespeare Festival, Movember foundation and a number of other small to medium projects.
In 2011 Ryan was identified by the Australian Business Arts Foundation as a practising arts manager with potential to make positive change to cultural Australia. He received endorsement via the Australia Cultural Fund to travel internationally to assist his career development and progression. The opportunity has allowed Ryan to plan a 2012 trip to the United States of America, to study orchestral management and operations.
Mietta was three when she began dancing in Tropical North Queensland. She studied all aspects of dance and at the early age of fourteen, moved to Melbourne to study fulltime at The Australian Ballet School. During her time at this prestigious school she was awarded various scholarships, toured regionally with The Australian Ballet 'Dancers Company' in The Nutcracker and graduated with her Advanced Diploma of Dance in 2005.
Two weeks later Mietta joined The Phantom of the Opera World Tour performing sell-out shows across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In between seasons she travelled extensively through Europe furthering her studies in acting, singing and dance.
In 2009, Mietta was invited to New York to workshop with Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company as part of their Summer Intensive program - she loved every moment of this wonderful experience.
Mietta was crowned Miss World Victoria and Miss World Australia Runner-Up in 2010.
She's now back in Melbourne after having recently finished performing the role of Velma (Jet Girl) in the Australian touring production of West Side Story.
Musical Direction - Melbourne
An in-demand Musical Director, accompanist and cabaret performer, James made his professional debut as the Assistant Musical Director/Orchestrator for Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant’s musical Virgins – A Musical Threesome at the Malthouse Theatre in 2006, touring with the show to the New York Music Theatre Festival later that year before conducting it on its regional Victorian tour in 2007.
That same year, he began performing at Melbourne's Premier Cabaret venue, the Butterfly Club and in 2008 he won their ‘Under Our Wing’ Award for best new talent. Since then he has performed around Australia at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals, the Darwin Festival and several Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. He co-wrote and was the Musical Director for the musical ‘Give My Regards to Broady’, which was presented by TheatreWorks as part of their inaugural ‘MusicalWorks’ program last year.
James is a recent graduate of the BA(Hons) Musical Theatre course at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and also completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University. In September this year he will be moving to Glasgow to take up a place in the highly selective Masters of Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is delighted to return as Musical Director for Twisted Broadway 2012, and would like to thank everyone who has made this fantastic event possible.
Musical Direction - Sydney
Chris King is a highly sought-after accompanist, pianist/keyboardist and musical director in Sydney and has performed extensively throughout New South Wales and the east coast of Australia. As a freelance musician, Chris also produces custom arrangements, orchestrations and backing tracks.
Chris has long pursued a busy performance schedule with his experience including musical theatre, vocal and instrumental exam accompaniment, piano bars, tribute shows, pop/rock bands and film/television.
Chris has a passion for musical theatre which has led to him sharing the stage with Australian performing icons such as Barry Crocker, Little Patti, Peter Cousens, Lucy Durack, Amanda Harrison, Silvie Paladino, Trevor Ashley, Margi Di Ferranti, Rachael Beck and Michael Falzon to name a few! Recent Sydney engagements include Kiss of The Spider Woman (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Der Gelbe Stern (Alexis Fishman’s cabaret), Hairspray The Musical (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment & Roadshow Live) and No Way To Treat A Lady (Darlinghurst Theatre Company).
Chris was also musical director on Hats Off! 2012 and Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens as part of Mardi Gras 2012.