Cast        Creatives

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 a strong audience around the globe. Jordie has been in the world of theatre from a young age, with numerous awards and praise for his leading performances. Jordie is excited to share SUDDENLY with world, as his first musical theatre work.

DEAN GILD
CREATIVE PRODUCER & BOOK

With a background in theatre performance, Dean is an international award-winning director, writer, and producer. He has studied at both the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts, and has gained tools and experience from local and Broadway industry mentors. Dean wrote, directed, and co-produced the short film “In My Head” (2018), featured in 8 global film festivals, in cities across Australia, the United States, and Europe. Dean has also worked as a creative and strategist within various advertising and communications agencies. SUDDENLY marks his first theatrical production as lead creative producer.

NED WRIGHT-SMITH
ARRANGEMENTS & ORCHESTRATIONS

Ned’s previous credits include being the Musical Director for the critically acclaimed touring production of Sondheim’s “Sunday In the Park with George” (Watch This Inc), leading his work being recognised as ‘something marvellous’ (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 being the opening act for Jacinda Ardern at the Melbourne Town Hall. Ned has been the pianist for many productions including; “On the Town” (VCA), “Bright Star” (Pursued By Bear), 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
CHOREOGRAPHER

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 local high schools, performing arts studios, 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 creative team of this brand new Australian piece.

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. 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.

ALEX CAMPBELL
CINEMATOGRAPHER

AIDAN KHAN
DRAMATURGE & 1st AD

Aidan Khan has grown up surrounded by local 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.

WILL BARKER
STAGE MANAGER

Will prides himself in his versatility and passion for the Performing Arts, working across different areas of management, creative departments and as a performer. Will is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, The Space full-time dance, as well as Patrick School of the Arts under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth. Will’s credits include Das Rheingold (Melb Opera), Guys and Dolls (PSA), Fidelio (Melb Opera), Fly (Lyric Opera), Nine (StageArt), Resist (Melb Fringe Festival), Company (VCA) as well as the Victorian State School Spectacular. Will has also undertaken internships with Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel), Jersey Boys (TEG Dainty), The Book of Mormon (GFO), and with the Melbourne Theatre Company. Will also recently produced his one man cabaret ‘The Pineapple Twist’- exploring his love for Hawaiian Pizza.