JUDGING PANEL 2017
(in alphabetical order)

MS KIRRI ADAMS
Kirri is a two-time winner of Australia's most prestigious live performance accolade: the MO AWARD. Her career as a professional singer and singing teacher has taken her all over the world as a performer on cruise ships and she appeared in London's West End production of ZORBA. She has appeared on major TV shows and is involved with the Vocal Section of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. More recently she returned to the stage in FUNNY GIRL IN CONCERT, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ISN'T IT ROMANTIC?, THE GC LEADING LADIES, CABARET, IN THE MOOD, DUSTY - The Original Pop Diva, IN THE MOOD - AGAIN! and LET'S MISBEHAVE - A 1920s Jazz Age Party. . She is a sought-after singing teacher on the Gold Coast.


MS SUSAN CARY
Australian-born Susan began her theatre work in Brisbane at La Boite Theatre then completed a postgraduate diploma at the London Academy of Performing Arts. Theatre credits include UK & European tours: Trojan Women - Tabard Theatre London & Polish & Amsterdam Tour. RAA Theatre - UK & Romania working with Mikhail Mokeev (Moscow Art Theatre), Edinburgh Fringe & Cambridge Shakespeare Festivals & Weekly Repertory Season in Spilsby, Lincolnshire & various London Fringe venues. Shakespearean roles include Viola - TWELFTH NIGHT, Gertrude - HAMLET, Grumio - THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Lady Macbeth & Lady Capulet - ROMEO AND JULIET. Susan's most recent role was in the GCLT award winning production SOCIAL CLIMBERS. Susan has extensive experience in the UK & Australia within the Early Years Education, Health and Community Sector Fields and holds an MA in Early Childhood Studies.


MRS JUDY GADALOFF, B.A., B.Ed.St., A.MusA., A.S.D.A., L.S.D.A.
Judy is a Graduate of the University of Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium and has diplomas in Music and Drama. She has been a Teacher in secondary education - English, French, Geography and Drama for 30 years and Director of the Spotlight Orchestra in Dalby for 10 years. She was a Member of the original team developing the initial curriculum in Theatre Studies for senior students in secondary schools throughout Australia. She has led workshops in Drama, and been a keynote speaker for Drama Victoria. She is currently doing sessional work with School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.


MS TRACEY KRIZ, Dip T (Primary), Grad Dip Mus Ed, AMusA.
With teaching experience across all ages but particular focus with senior students in the performing arts arena, Tracey's forte is Drama, Music, Dance and Entertainment Studies. Tracey is also an accomplished Director, Choreographer, Musical Director, Choral Director and Musician, and an award winning and established Actor, Singer and Dancer in her own right. Recent shows directed include OLIVER!, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and GREASE for the Gold Coast Production Company and RUTHLESS - The Musical! for Top Hat Productions. Tracey has staged many major shows at the Arts Centre Gold Coast and directed JULIE ANTHONY, STUART WAGSTAFF and PETER COUSINS in major shows.


MR IAN LAKE
Ian is a well-known actor on the Gold Coast, but has also had a long career involving both professional and pro-am productions, including productions at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, the Australian Tour of OKLAHOMA for the Adelaide Festival Theatre, CAMELOT for the Richard Harris Australian Tour, SWEENEY TODD for the Qld Theatre Co., and the Australian production of JEKYLL & HYDE. He has also worked extensively in opera for both the VSO, the Australian Opera & the Lyric Opera Queensland.



DR PATRICK MITCHELL
Patrick has been an artistic & production director, writer, actor, teacher, audience development officer, facilitator and company manager with a range of Australian theatre companies and arts organisations, and has headed companies such as the Darwin Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company (Qld), and The Australian Theatre of the Deaf and Freewheels Theatre Company (NSW). Patrick has also worked with the Queensland Arts Council, the South Australian Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Riverina Theatre Company. Presently he balances part- time lecturing at Griffith University and is very close to completing a PhD entitled A Place in the Sun: An Exploration of the Theatre Ecology of the Gold Coast of Australia, that explores the nature of theatre and performance on the Gold Coast.


MRS KATE PETERS
Kate is a professional director/producer and performer who runs her own production company. Since re-locating to the Gold Coast in 1997 she has toured four times to major Queensland venues (with the Qld Arts Council and N.A.R.P.A.C.A.), and regularly stages pantomimes, musical revues and other major shows in a variety of theatres. She co-created the Canberra Area Theatre Awards in 1994 to acknowledge the contribution of community theatre groups in the A.C.T. catchment area. Kate also runs the Showbiz Celebrity Luncheon Club, Top Hat Theatre Parties and writes a weekly showbiz column for the Gold Coast Bulletin (Dressing Roomers), and has a weekly Showbiz radio slot on 94.1fm. In 2009 she was awarded the Gold Coast City Council Australia Day Cultural Achievement Award and was twice a finalist in the Entertainment Division of the Gold Coast Honours Awards. Kate continues to produce and direct mainstage productions of all kinds.

MR ANDREW ROSS-GRAHAM
Andrew has been performing for over 19 years and has trained in all forms of dance, including at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. Andrew enjoys every aspect of the Theatre, performing, choreographing, directing and teaching. Andrew has worked professionally in Australia and Overseas, as Dance Captain for numerous productions and most recently performing aboard the worlds largest cruise ship - "Oasis of the Seas" - appearing with the HAIRSPRAY cast on the 66th Annual TONY awards. He has recently assumed the position of Director of the Gold Coast Combined Dance Teachers Association where his goal is to facilitate professional dance opportunities for Gold Coast dance studios and students.


MR MARK TURPIN - Dip Teach. Mus, B. Ed and I.B.D.P.
Mark has been involved with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra as an Oboe player since 1986 & as Conductor since 2000. 2009 saw Mark and The Philharmonic Society being nominated for the Cultural Achievement Award and Mark was also nominated for Citizen of the Year in the 2009 Australia Day Awards, and was the winner of the 2009 Gold Coast Honours: Entertainment Category. Mark was the Orchestral Conductor of the Gold Coast Arts Centre production of BROADWAY IN CONCERT and conducted performances of the professional production of CAROUSEL at Twelfth Night Theatre, Brisbane.


MRS DAWN WARRINGTON
Before moving to Australia in 1997 Dawn was a teacher in New Zealand and spent the last ten years as Principal of a small country school. She joined local repertory groups and in Te Puke became very involved, acting in many productions, running the wardrobe, and doing a term as president. For her school, every Christmas for 10 years, she produced, directed and costumed an annual production which included all pupils from juniors (5 years) to seniors (13 years). On moving to the Gold Coast she joined the Gold Coast Little Theatre where she has appeared a few times on stage but has spent most of the ensuing 19 years as Wardrobe Director and member of the management committee. She was elected a Life Member in 2011 and has won awards for her costuming work in their productions.

MR DENIS WATKINS
Denis is from a dance background, trained in Perth by Ballet Russe. He has danced for Ballet Classique De Paris and The West Australian Ballet Company, and has worked all over the world - for Regmat Productions, Disney and Warner Bros. In London he worked at The Cockney Music Hall (West End) and appeared in the London Palladium's panto CINDERELLA with Richard O'Sullivan and Tessa Wyatt. He also toured extensively throughout Asia in Luis Moreno's HIGH SOCIETY FOLLIES. Back in Australia he worked for Hallmark Cards in childrens' shows all over Victoria. Now retired, Denis has been actively involved over the years in community theatre on the Gold Coast, performing in musicals and plays, costuming, choreographing and assisting on production teams.