Julie Andrews (Director)
Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s Mary Poppins. Andrews’ iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar® nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She received her third Academy Award® nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her “dual” role in Victor/Victoria.
Today’s young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films The Princess Diaries and its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. More recently, she voiced the narration of the hugely successful Disney release of Enchanted. In 2010, Ms Andrews added to her multi-generational appeal with the release of three films, The Tooth Fairy, Shrek Goes Fourth and Despicable Me. Her earlier motion picture credits also include The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star!, Darling Lili and 10, to name only a few.
Julie was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, in her 1953 debut in the musical The Boy Friend. She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical My Fair Lady, which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. Thirty-five years later, Ms Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1995 stage adaptation of Victor/Victoria. Julie’s career came full circle in 2005 when she directed a revival of The Boy Friend which toured throughout North America.
Julie has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella. She later won an Emmy Award for her own musical variety series, The Julie Andrews Hour, and also earned Emmy nominations for Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center (with her “chum” Carol Burnett) and her performance in the special Sounds of Christmas. Andrews’ more recent television movies includes One Special Night with her friend James Garner, Eloise at the Plaza, Eloise at Christmastime and re-united with Christopher Plummer in the CBS live production of On Golden Pond.
Ms Andrews, already an accomplished best-selling author (Mandy, The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles), joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection was launched in 2003 and has released over 25 books to date, many of them bestsellers, including the Little Bo series, the Dumpy The Dump Truck franchise, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You, Simeon’s Gift and The Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies. The musical stage adaptation of Simeon’s Gift toured parts of the US in 2008, including two performances at the Hollywood Bowl, and in London in 2010. Home – A Memoir of My Early Years, Ms Andrews’ autobiography was released in April 2008 to rave reviews and immediately climbed to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list as well as several other prestigious lists in the US and abroad.
Julie and Emma are enjoying great receptivity to their new franchise of books called The Very Fairy Princess. The initial release ascended rapidly to #1 after its 2010 release on the New York Times Bestseller list and enjoyed top 10 status for over 10 weeks. It was followed in 2011 with The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage (which reached #1 status as well), and then in 2012, The Very Fairy Princess – Here Comes the Flower Girl (which enjoyed top 10 status for several weeks). In 2013, The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow was released and has shown its “sparkle” as a perennial by being re-released in November 2014 for the holiday season. Valentine’s Day 2013 was greeted by The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart and the latest picture book was The Very Fairy Princess Graduation Day which was released in April 2014. Interwoven in these releases were several activity books and doodle books and “earlier reader” books that have rounded out the franchise.
Inspired by the success of The Very Fairy Princess franchise, Ms Andrews, in partnership with the Walt Disney Company and Target, created National Princess Week in 2012 to celebrate the inner sparkle and individuality of children everywhere.
In 2012, Julie adapted and directed her best-selling children’s book The Great American Mousical as a musical for the stage. The project opened at the Norma Terris Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut and received a spectacular reception. Several other projects authored by Ms Andrews are currently being developed for filmed and TV entertainment. Although she continues to receive offers for films and TV as an actress, she is immensely enjoying her work “behind the cameras.”
In addition to her stage and screen work, Julie has dedicated her life to her family and to serving important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization with which Julie has traveled to such places as Vietnam and Cambodia. From 1992 to 2006 she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries.
Ms Andrews received her honours as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (CHOREOGRAPHER)
Christopher Gattelli was awarded the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography in Newsies. As choreographer, his Broadway credits include South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The King & I (Tony nomination), Sunday In The Park With George, Women On the Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Amazing Grace, Godspell, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, 13 and High Fidelity. Off- Broadway, Christopher’s credit’s include Dogfight (Lortel Award), Altar Boyz (Lortel Award, Callaway Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Bat Boy: The Musical (Lortel Award), tick, tick, BOOM!, 10 Million Miles, Adrift in Macao and I Love You Because.
In the West End, Christopher’s choreographic credits are South Pacific, Sunday In The Park With George and tick, tick, BOOM!, while his national and international tours include Altar Boyz, Godspell, Grease, Pooh’s Perfect Day (World Premiere, Disney Theatricals) and South Pacific at the Sydney Opera House. His regional credits include The Jungle Book (The Goodman and Huntington Theatres), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), Me and My Girl (Goodspeed Opera House), Tom Jones (North Shore Music Theatre) and O Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris).
As director/choreographer, his work includes Silence! The Musical (Time Magazine’s top 10 of 2011), the World Premiere of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Goodspeed Opera House), Radio Girl (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris) and Departure Lounge (The Public Theatre NYSF Summer Series). He recently directed and choreographed the world premiere of In Your Arms at The Old Globe in San Diego, which he also co-created, at New York Stage and Film.
He just completed his first feature film, The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, and two Broadway bound musicals, The SpongeBob Musical, and War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and will next be working on Disney Theatrical’s Frozen.
OLIVER SMITH (SET DESIGNER)
Winner of eight Tony Awards, five Donaldson Awards, New York City’s Handel Medallion and numerous other honors, Oliver Smith (1918-1994) was the twentieth century’s most decorated American set designer. His scenic designs for musical comedy spanned a golden age on Broadway from the 40s through the 70s, including My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, West Side Story, Brigadoon, Camelot, The Sound of Music, and over sixty others. His designs for the dance included Rodeo, Fall River Legend, Fancy Free and Les Noces (and many others for American Ballet Theatre, which he co-produced for forty years with Lucia Chase). His films included Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! and Porgy and Bess, and his opera designs filled the stages of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas.
Oliver Smith was born in Waupun, Wisconsin, and moved to Pennsylvania and New York while still a boy. His parents encouraged an early interest in theatre and opera, and while Smith had originally intended to become a playwright, he began painting in undergraduate school and moved to New York City after graduating from college in 1939.
During this first year in New York City, Smith’s watercolors were exhibited in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. When little sold, he created a theatre design portfolio and set about breaking into show business. It was a field uniquely suited to his talents, as his sensitivity to the sculpting of space made for scenic designs that were both beautiful and tailored to the practical needs of individual productions.
In 1941, Smith’s professional debut for Massine’s ballet Saratoga was hailed by a New York critic as a breakthrough in American scenic design. Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo followed in 1942, and On the Town and Fancy Free (with Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein) in 1944. Smith’s scenery won raves for each, launching a career in design for theatre, ballet, opera and film.
Throughout this career, Oliver Smith’s work blended a distinctly American painting style with the choreographed grace of his moving scenery, creating designs that earned accolades around the world.
CECIL BEATON (Costume Designer)
Cecil Beaton first designed for the production of Follow the Sun in London. A native of England, Mr Beaton’s work was seen in such Broadway productions as Cry of the Peacock, The Grass Harp, Noel Coward’s Quadrille, Look after Lulu, Saratoga, Dear Liar, Tenderloin and My Fair Lady, for which he won a Tony Award. He won Academy Awards for his designs for two motion pictures, Gigi and My Fair Lady. Mr Beaton was the author of several books including Cecil Beaton’s Fair Lady and he wrote the play The Gainsborough Girls. Mr Beaton was also a master portrait photographer. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. He retired in 1977 and died in January, 1980.
ROSARIA SINISI (SCENIC SUPERVISION)
Rosaria Sinisi was fortunate enough to study set design with Oliver Smith at NYU’s School of the Arts. After earning her MFA, she assisted him for five years, working on Broadway, in Hollywood and in Europe before embarking on her own design career. She designed the original sets for Shining Time Station, art directed five Tony Award ceremonies, and served as art director and visual consultant for all eight seasons of The Cosby Show. Her design work also includes film, television commercials and soap operas. While working on The Cosby Show, Rosaria earned a law degree at NYU, and subsequently practiced copyright law and served for five years as Vice President for Business Affairs and General Counsel of a company producing websites for celebrity clients, with a focus on content creation and licensing. At his death in 1994, Mr Smith bequeathed his copyrights to Ms Sinisi and entrusted her with the management and supervision of stage revivals of his design works. Since that time, she has supervised productions using Smith’s ballet and theatre designs (including West Side Story, Fancy Free, Fall River Legend and West Side Story Suite) around the world, working with (among others) the Jerome Robbins Rights Trust and the estate of Agnes DeMille, the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Danish Ballet. She also works with theatre and dance historians researching the thousands of pieces of theatrical artwork and drafting created by Oliver Smith, which are now in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Rosaria lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
JOHN DAVID RIDGE (COSTUME RECREATION)
John David Ridge has designed for Broadway, ballet, opera and television. Amongst some of the highlights are Ring ‘Round The Moon for the Lincoln Center Theater, for which he received a Tony nomination, Robert Joffrey’s seminal Nutcracker and David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre, both the original New York production and on television for PBS. Outside of New York, he designed, amongst many, for the Santa Fe Opera and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
In addition to costume design, Mr Ridge has had an extensive career executing costumes in Los Angeles, New York and London for stage and film, and from 1993 at his own studio in Los Angeles. Amongst his film creations are the Spiderman costume for Toby Maguire and Uma Thurman’s costume for Kill Bill.
In fashion, Mr Ridge designed HALSTON for six years after Halston retired in 1984. He has also been Head of the Costume Department at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center and Costume Supervisor for the National Theatre in London.
RICHARD PILBROW (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Richard Pilbrow is one of the world’s leading theatre design consultants, a theatre, film and television producer, and an author and stage lighting designer. He founded Theatre Projects in London in 1957, and was a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, Zorba. On Broadway he was lighting designer for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Rothschilds, Four Baboons Adoring The Sun, the Hal Prince revival of Show Boat on Broadway, in Toronto and London, and the Cy Coleman musical The Life. He was lighting designer for Our Town on Broadway with Paul Newman, Sir Peter Hall’s The Magic Flute for the Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington Operas and the 1999 Shakespeare Season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2007/8 Richard was lighting designer, with Dawn Chiang, for American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera, and A Tale of Two Cities at the Hirschfeld Theatre. In 2010 for the Irish Repertory Theatre, Richard lit Candida, and in 2011, with Michael Gottlieb, Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney and Dancing at Lughnasa.
Under his leadership, Theatre Projects Consultants has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world, with over 1200 projects in 70 countries to its credit. Pilbrow was chosen by Laurence Olivier to be lighting designer and then theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. He was also consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and many other significant arts buildings in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East.
In 1970 his book, Stage Lighting, became a standard international text that has also been published in China. A second book, Stage Lighting Design – the Art, the Craft, the Life, was published in 1997. In 2011, Richard completed A Theatre Project – A Backstage Adventure, in both print and e-book formats, about which UK theatre critic Michael Coveney wrote, “Huge and superbly illustrated. It is an absolute joy to read . . . a history of theatre from an entirely new and fresh perspective.”
MICHAEL WATERS (Sound Designer)
Michael has over 25 years’ experience in musical theatre and is a Green Room and three-time Helpmann Award winning sound designer. His recent designs include Fiddler On The Roof (2016 Helpmann nomination Best Sound Design), Singin’ In The Rain, My Fair Lady, Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz, Anything Goes (2015 Helpmann Best Sound Design nomination), The King And I (2014 Helpmann Award Best Sound Design, and 2015 Green Room nomination), Hot Shoe Shuffle (2014 Green Room nomination), and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (2013 Green Room nomination).
World premiere designs include The Rabbits, Dream Lover, Priscilla (2012 DAPA Award, Italy), An Officer And A Gentleman, Doctor Zhivago, soundscape design for ATOMIC – The Musical (Australia/Off-Broadway, New York), Rolling Thunder Vietnam, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006 Helpmann Award), and Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage (2005 Green Room Award).
Other sound designs include The Woman In Black (2007 Helpmann Award), The Boy From Oz with Hugh Jackman (2007 Helpmann & Green Room nominations), Placido Domingo with Katherine Jenkins, Company, Pippin, Dead Man Walking, Little Women, Saturday Night Fever (2005 Green Room nomination), and Singin’ In The Rain (2002 Helpmann nomination).
Prior to his musical theatre work, Michael’s early days saw him touring internationally with artists that include Pink Floyd, Genesis, Phil Collins, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney.
John Isaacs (Hair and Wig Design)
John Isaacs is an international hair-stylist and designer with over 50 years’ experience. He opened his first MichaelJohn salon in1967 in Mayfair London at a time when music, couture and hair style was trendsetting the world.
John’s clients have included the super models of that era including Twiggy, as well as members of the Royal Family. He has worked with many famous photographers and highly regarded editorial and fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harpers.
With the major success of MichaelJohn in London, John moved to the US and opened his first salon in Beverly Hills, California, where he was deluged by celebrities and the Hollywood elite. It was then that Julie Andrews and her husband, director/writer/producer Blake Edwards, first met and the start of a close 40 year professional and personal relationship ensued. The same was true of Carol Burnett. In 1979 John was asked by Mr. Edwards to work on the movie 10 with Dudley Moore and Bo Derek, whose style and iconic look transformed women around the world. John continued to work on the next eight Blake Edwards motion pictures, including the film, and subsequently, the adapted Broadway version of, Victor Victoria.
Aside from the Blake Edwards’ projects, Mr. Isaacs has designed and styled dozens of major feature films and television projects – Get Smart, Date Night, Interstellar, Little Fockers, Charlie Wilson’s War, Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Yes Man to mention a few. He has had the privilege of working with Robert DeNiro, Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, James Garner, to name a few. John has also worked with directors Mike Nichols, Christopher Nolan, Garry Marshall, Shawn Levy and Peter Weitz.
In theatre John designed the hair and wigs for the 2005 production and tour of The Boyfriend (Miss Andrews directorial debut), as well as the 2012 musical adaptation of the best-selling book entitled, The Great American Mousical.
John is thrilled to be part of this production of My Fair Lady.
Rick Sharp (Make-up Design)
Rick Sharp commenced his career in 1965 with a three year apprenticeship at Universal Studios, under the direction and auspices of the legendary Bud Westmore. He rapidly grew to be one of Hollywood’s leading make-up and facial design artists and has worked on hundreds of well-known American and European television shows and feature films including Flashdance, Xanadu, Forest Gump, Born on the 4th of July, Top Gun, Rain Man, The Sting, Days of Thunder, Charlie Wilson’s War, Princess Diaries, Get Smart and Date Night, plus many of the Blake Edwards films including S.O.B. and Blind Date.
Rick began working with Ms. Andrews in the 1978 film entitled Little Miss Marker (with Walter Matthau and Tony Curtis) which started a relationship that has spanned almost 40 years.
Other notables and Hollywood legends that Rick has worked with include Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Andy Garcia, Steve Carell, Diane Keaton, Olivia Newton-John, Kim Basinger and Sally Field among many other iconic actors. The directors who have brought Mr. Sharp’s talents on board include, Robert Wise, Garry Marshall, Mike Nichols, Sydney Lumet, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson and Billy Wilder, just to name a few.
Rick feels very blessed to be working his entire life doing something he so enjoys. He lives in Toluca Lake, California with his wife Nancy and has recently become a first time grandfather to Ryder Sharp.
GUY SIMPSON (Musical director)
Guy Simpson has been working as a Conductor, Orchestrator, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor for over 35 years.
Guy first conducted My Fair Lady in 1980 and is delighted to return to the show and to be celebrating its 60th anniversary with this new production for Opera Australia.
He is currently writing the 18 piece Big Band arrangements for the new musical Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical and has recently produced the cast recording for SONY. Last year he worked on the new musical Ladies in Black for QTC / MTC (music by Tim Finn) for which we was Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator.
His work on The Phantom of the Opera began in Australia in 1990 and has continued for the past 25 years with productions in Auckland, Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Brazil (in Portuguese), Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing and Seoul where he produced two cast recordings in Korean.
He has had a similar long association with Miss Saigon since the original production, conducting or supervising productions in Australia, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Seoul, The Netherlands and Japan.
Other international productions include Cats (Australia, New Zealand), Chicago (Australia, Hong Kong) and We Will Rock You, the QUEEN musical (Australia, Japan)
Recent productions in Australia include Passion, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush and Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This production has been filmed and released on DVD by Universal Pictures.
For The Production Company with Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, Guy has musically directed Funny Girl, Call me Madam, Mack and Mabel, The Music Man, They’re Playing our Song, Carousel, Oklahoma!, Camelot, Little Me, Follies, Promises Promises, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story.
Other productions in Australia include Les Miserables, Cabaret, Company, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy, Seesaw and Zorba.
Guy’s other musical direction work has included the UK Pop/Opera group Amici Forever, The Helpmann Awards, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Campbell – The Broadway Show.
Naomi Berger (Associate Scenic Supervisor)
Naomi Berger was attending New York University School of the Arts (now Tisch School of the Arts) as a lighting design student when she met Oliver Smith, who opened up the world of scenic design to her. She became his student and later had the honor of assisting Smith on such masterworks as Hello, Dolly! and West Side Story. While at NYU, Naomi met fellow student Rosaria Sinisi. Over the years, the two have worked together in various design capacities.
After leaving the theatre world, Naomi became a graphic designer and brand expert, always keeping the lessons she learned from Smith foremost in her mind. She was delighted when Rosaria asked her to assist in re-envisioning Oliver Smith’s iconic 1956 My Fair Lady scenery. Naomi views this project as an attempt to pay tribute to both Oliver Smith, an extraordinary man who continues to have a profound influence on her life, and to her lifelong friendship with Rosaria Sinisi.
Michael Gottlieb (Associate Lighting Design)
Michael Gottlieb (Associate Lighting Designer) lives in New York City. His design credits include the Broadway musical Lysistrata Jones, numerous productions off-Broadway, and designs for many US regional theatres including The Goodspeed Opera House, The Old Globe, and The Long Wharf Theatre. In New York, he enjoys an ongoing relationship with The Irish Repertory Theatre, where he has designed more than 20 productions. His work in television lighting has earned him an Emmy Award and several other award nominations. Earlier in his career he worked on international tours with composer Steve Reich and musician/artist Laurie Anderson.
He has worked with lighting designer Richard Pilbrow since the 1997 Broadway production of The Life, collaborating on such other productions as Sir Peter Hall’s production of The Magic Flute (LA Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco and Washington National Opera), A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway, and The Great American Mousical directed by Julie Andrews and choreographed by Christopher Gatelli.
Stephen Bienskie (Associate Choreographer)
Stephen is an award winning American actor who is continually studying acting, specifically forms of physical acting. He holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from Montclair State University and he also has an extensive background in rock music and has performed in many cutting edge American “dive bars” through the years. He’s has performed on Broadway stages and regional stages across the USA, appeared on American TV and starred on the hit web series “Submissions Only”. He has been associate/dance captain for Christopher Gattelli for many productions. Stephen is thrilled to be a part of this resplendent recreation of My Fair Lady.
Karen Johnson Mortimer (Associate Director)
Karen began her professional career at the age of 15 in the Australian production of Anything Goes starring Toni Lamond. She recently remounted the 2016 Korean Language production of Wicked in Seoul and was the Associate Director for the Australasian tour of Wicked for 2014/2015. Karen was the Associate Director for the 2015 production of Dirty Dancing. She directed the 2012 Australian production of Annie starring Anthony Warlow and choreographed Turns starring Australian theatre legends Reg Livermore and Nancye Hayes. Karen directed the Rob Guest Endowment Finalists Concerts in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Karen was Resident Director for Chicago The Musical, which toured Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong throughout 2009/2010 and also held this position on Grease-The Arena Spectacular in 2005. In 2008 Karen was one of four Artistic Directors for the World Youth Day Festival Performances throughout Sydney. In 2004 she completed a Masters Degree at the University of Wollongong in Theatre Research and currently maintains her position as one of the Artistic Directors for CaSPA (Sydney Catholic Schools Performing Arts).
As a performer, Karen played Cassie in the original Australian production of A Chorus Line and has appeared in many productions for J.C.Williamsons and Sydney Theatre Company including Company, Conquest of Carmen Miranda, Dames at Sea, Kiss Me Kate, No No Nanette, Irene as well as GFO productions Cabaret and Footloose. Throughout the 80’s Karen was a regular solo guest artist on The Don Lane Show and The Mike Walsh Show.
Karen’s choreographic credits include: Grease-The Mega Musical (GFO), Stones In His Pockets (STC), Leader of The Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Star City), Irish Dance Spectacular Anzac Military Tattoo (Acer Arena), Opening Ceremonies for numerous Bledisloe Cups (Telstra Stadium Sydney & ANZ Stadium Brisbane), Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Opening Ceremony (Qld), Opening Ceremony- Fina World Swimming Championships (Melb 2008), Helpmann Awards (2007), Tin Symphony (Opening Ceremony – 2000 Sydney Olympics), Gold Medallists Gymnastic Gala- 2000 Sydney Olympics (NBC-USA), Kelly’s Republic (Sydney Festival), Oscar’s Turn To Sing, Wonder Woman (Reg Livermore), Sacred Cow (Reg Livermore), Norman Gunston Show (ABC TV) and Farnham & Byrne (ABC).