Cast
   

Emma Dean
lead vocals, piano, writer, producer, director

Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

"....It's just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company."
- Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan. She is a passionate advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family.

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.

In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing John Farnham's iconic song - You're The Voice.

"....Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button." – The New York Post

Emma’s new show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love is being performed around Australia and in Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.


 



   

Tony Dean
backing vocals, drums, guitar, synth, tech director

Tony graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor of Music specialising in jazz drums, in 2006. Since then, Tony has been a professional musician and has performed as a multi-instrumentalist across Australia, America and Costa Rica. Tony Dean also works as a music producer, choir assistant-musical director, and music educator.

As a singer songwriter, Tony has written and independently released his debut EP Whole Day. He also produces and releases original music in his recording studio Tiny Dream Studios for Brisbane based artists. One of his latest production releases is Emma Dean’s latest EP, Broken Romantics: A Vicious Song Cycle. Tony also helped record material for the closing ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tony performs around Brisbane as an in-demand covers singer, solo singer songwriter, jazz drummer/vocalist, and freelance studio musician. He's also the accompanist and assistant musical director of community choir Cheep Trill. Visit www.tonydean.net to view his performing career and music.


   

Jamie Kendall
physical theatre, choreographer

Jamie Kendall began training with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in 2006 and has since performed in their productions of Dusk (2017), In the Company of Shadows (2016), Cabaret (QPAC 2011), 2012: Apocalypse (Brisbane Festival 2011), GAIA (2010), Zeitgeist (Edinburgh Fringe 2009; Adelaide Festival 2010; Nelson Arts Festival 2011); The Tempest (2009), Sub-Con Warrior 1 (2006), I Wanna Be a Superhero (Creative Generations 2012), Thriller (Creative Generations 2011). Other companies Jamie has worked with include: Japanese Butoh company Dairakudakan, The Bolshoi Ballet, Queensland Ballet, The Maltman Lab, and his own company - The PHP Collective (Attachment Theory 2016/17, Hero + Leander 2017).

Jamie has performed extensively nationally and internationally, and he collaborates regularly with singer/songwriter Emma Dean. Jamie is currently studying his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is interested in using performance as a tool for broadening awareness around mental health issues.


 

Katie Swan
backing vocals, the sound of a unicorn

Katie graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy, with highlights including: Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Daphne & u/s Muzzy Van Hosmere, Ruth & vocal swing) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairperson: Maggie Turner & u/s Princess Puffer).

In early 2015, she performed her cabaret Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Everything in Ballarat and Melbourne. Since graduating, Katie has appeared in The Songs of Laura Nyro (Midsumma Festival), Aunty Donna’s 1999 series and has also toured her own music around Australia, with performances in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.


   

Wayne Jennings
backing vocals, cello, piano

Wayne graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Queensland in 1991, but soon found himself drawn more to multi-disciplinary arts performances than traditional classical music. While he has performed both nationally and internationally with assorted classical ensembles, he has also worked and toured with artists as diverse as Kate Cebrano, The Doug Anthony Allstars, and The Dresden Dolls. More recently he has worked on larger-scale multimedia spectacles with rock groups such as the flamboyant The Red Paintings and the more intimate Silver Sircus.

His personal interest in combining live music with physical performance has led him to study Tai Chi with The Australian Academy of Tai Chi, Acrobatics with Circa, and Physical Theatre with Zen Zen Zo. He has used these skils to perform, coach, and devise new works with a number of performance companies including Deep Blue Orchestra (Prelude 2008, The Dream 2010, Who Are You 2012, India Stories 2013), Out of the Box Children’s Festival (The Flying Orchestra 2012), and The Camerata of St John’s and Expressions Dance Company (When Time Stops 2013). He has collaborated with the Viola Cloning Project and Zen Zen Zo for the Butoh performance Here There Be Dragons in 2013, and In The Company of Shadows in 2016..

In 2010 he formed The RagTag Band to provide live music for local Burlesque and Circus performances, and with them in 2014 produced and directed Do It For SCIENCE! – an educational burlesque cabaret. In 2015 he produced Into The Dark with Deep Blue Orchestra, a chamber concert for blindfolded audience. In 2019 he will be Musical Director for Zen Zen Zo’s production of The Tempest.



 

Past cast member (Nov 2016 - Nov 2018):

Richard Grantham

backing vocals, viola, piano, looping

Emma writes: "As we welcome Wayne Jennings with big open arms, we sadly say goodbye to our beloved Richard Grantham. It has been a joy and honour to share the stage with our long-haired head banger loopy viola looper for the past two years but we know there are many more adventures in store for him! Onwards and upwards, my friend."


   
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