DEAN GILD (Producer, Book)
With a background in theatre performance, Dean is an international award-winning director, writer, and producer. He has studied at both RMIT and VCA, and has gained tools and experience from Broadway industry mentors, as well as completing the Theatremakers Studio; Mastery in Development and Production. Dean wrote, directed, and co-produced the short film “In My Head"(2018), which was featured in 8 global film festivals, in cities across Australia, the US, and Europe. Dean has previously worked as a creative and strategist within various advertising and communications agencies, SUDDENLY marks his first theatrical production as lead creative producer.
JORDIE RACE-COLDREY (Director, Book, Music/Lyrics)
Jordie is a young Melbourne artist, well-known for his leading role in the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning TV Series Nowhere Boys (2016 - 2018). Writing and producing his own pop music for years, Jordie is a talented singer-songwriter, and has had over 400,000 streams on Spotify alone, with an audience around the globe. Jordie has also been in the world of theatre from a young age, having won awards for his performances in shows such as “Oliver!”, and “The Addams Family”. After years of writing pop music, Jordie is excited to be collaborating with this talented team for his first musical theatre work.
NED WRIGHT-SMITH (Arrangements/Orchestrations)
At 20 years old, Ned was the Musical Director for the critically acclaimed touring production of Sondheim’s “Sunday In the Park with George” (Watch This), leading his work to be recognised as ‘something marvelous’ (The Arts Review) and ‘worth listening to’ (The Age). Ned’s work as an organist includes solo performances in the US, Europe and New Zealand, and even being the opening act for Jacinda Ardern at the Melbourne Town Hall. In the past year, Ned has been the pianist for “On the Town” (VCA), “Bright Star” (Pursued By Bear) at Chapel off Chapel, and has conducted performances of “Les Miserables”, “CATS”, “Legally Blonde”, “Chicago” and “The Witches of Eastwick”, but he most enjoys working as an Arranger/Orchestrator for new Australian musicals.
MIA BROWN (Choreography)
Mia is an award-winning Dancer and Choreographer. She has been a part of many dance studios and companies including, the Michelle Slater Performing Arts Studio, and the Triple8Funk Hiphop Crew. Mia has worked on and appeared in, multiple film projects; including work choreographed by Debbie Keenan. Mia has been the assistant choreographer on shows for Ruyton/Trinity Grammar and Michelle Slater Performing Arts Studio, and was dance captain/assistant student choreographer for the development and production of the original Australian musical “My Brilliant Career”. She has choreographed award-winning pieces for competitions such as; Royal South Street, CSTD, and VPAC. Mia is incredibly thrilled to be a part of the creation of a brand new Australian piece.
EBONY MCMASTER (Scenic Designer)
Ebony has an extensive background in Theatre and Musical Performance, both onstage and behind the scenes. Currently studying a bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University, she has been involved in the Set Design, Construction and Production Management of a number of productions including RMIT’s “Spring Awakening” (2019), RMIT’s “Stupid f*cking Bird” (2019) and “A Great Silence” by Mathew Ziccone, a new, original theatre piece. Ebony works at RMIT Creative, assisting in the production of creative and performing-arts events and activities. Ebony studied music and performance for 14 years and plays a range of instruments including clarinet, piano and voice. She is very excited to be involved in this new piece of theatre and to be working alongside all these talented people!
ALEX CAMPBELL (Cinematographer)
Alex Campbell is a Melbourne based cinematographer and film director. He directed the multi-award winning 2018 short film "Humdingers" which had its screening debut at the Perth International Film Festival. His second film, Dusk chorus, is set to be released later this year. He is currently working as cinematographer for feature documentary ‘How to Thrive’, which delves into mental health, with release scheduled for 2021. Alex has a passion to help people discover and tell their best stories through film and video, working across a variety of platforms.
AIDAN KHAN (Dramaturge)
Aidan Khan has grown up surrounded by Melbourne theatre from a young age and has participated both onstage and off stage. Studying at both VCA and Swinburne University of Technology he has developed a strong sense of story telling, screenwriting and further developed his interest in theatre. With a passion for Australian content, he has written screenplays for both film and TV as well as web series. In addition to his writing experience, he has worked on numerous shows within the production department, specifically, as a production co-ordinator. He is thrilled to be working with SUDDENLY’s amazing team and cast.