• Matthew Henderson
    Matthew Management, PRODUCER

    Matthew has worked extensively within the Australian entertainment industry over the last fifteen years, establishing himself as a highly sought after Production Stage Manager and making a mark as an emerging Producer.

    He has had the privilege of working on the Australian and International tours of The Boy From Oz, Fame, Shout!,We Will Rock You (Australia & Japan), Disney's The Lion King (Australia & China), Miss Saigon (Australia), Disney's High School Musical (Australia) and was Assistant to John Bell on OzOpera's tour of Madame Butterfly.


    Matthew was Production Stage Manager on the Australian premiere of Jerry Springer The Opera for the Sydney Opera House and Production Stage Manager on Cameron Macintosh and Disney's smash hit, Mary Poppins in Australia and New Zealand.

    In 2002 Matthew established Blackbird Productions with Suzie Franke and held Producer credits on the Australian tours of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, The Debutante Diaries and BPM beatsperminute, the Melbourne seasons of Falsettos, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Australasian premieres of Jonathan Larson's Tick Tick ... Boom!,A New Brain and Loredo Malcolm's Dance Through Me.

    Recently, Matthew was the Production Stage Manager for the Australian and New Zealand tours of Yes, Prime Minister and Action to the Words' acclaimed UK production of A Clockwork Orange and in 2013 returned as Production Stage Manager for Disney's The Lion King currently touring Australia.

    During 2014 Matthew produced multiple seasons of Thank You For Being A Friend and YouTube sensations Cole Escola and Jeffery Self live for the first time in Australia in Desperate Houseboys playing during The Sydney Mardi Gras.

    Matthew is the Producer of Out From Under, an Australian Entertainment Industry response to the mental health of entertainment workers. The event, held at Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre in September will bring together some of the biggest and bestest names from Australia.

    In 2010 Matthew co produced Holding The Man in London, marking his debut as a West End Producer.

  • Neil Gooding
    Neil Gooding Productions, PRODUCER

    Neil Gooding Productions is currently one of the producers of The 39 Steps, which is playing at Union Square Theatre in New York. In recent years, he has also produced the Australian premiere of Dogfight, the Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity which launched Hayes Theatre Co, before going on to have a national tour. He was also one of the producers of the New York production of Handle With Care starring Carol Lawrence. In 2013, Neil was one of the producers of Alan Cumming's one-man version of Macbeth which ran for a special 14 week limited season on Broadway.
    In 2014, Neil was the director of Passion, at the Arts Centre in Melbourne for Life Like Touring. He also recently directed the Australian premiere of Dogfight by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul at the Hayes Theatre, and the national tour of Thank You For Being A Friend.

    Neil has produced and directed Sing On Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson), LOVEBiTES by Peter Rutherford and James Millar, Love Letters starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck, Irving Berlin: Songs In The Key Of Black starring Lucy Maunder, Mitchel Butel in Killing Time, The Divine Miss Bette starring Catherine Alcorn, as well as being one of the producers of the hit Australian play Holding The Man in the West End starring Jane Turner and Simon Burke, In 2009, he produced the original tour of Breast Wishes, and directed and produced the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical! for which he was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for his direction.

    In 2008, Neil produced (with WhiteBox) the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O'Connor, Peter Cousens, Barry Crocker AM and Melle Stewart, which then went on to perform at the NYMF in New York. Neil also served as the Assistant Director on both of these productions.

    For Packemin Productions, Neil has produced and directed Mary Poppins, The Phantom Of The Opera (Starring Ben Mingay), Beauty And The Beast (Starring Scott Irwin and Donna Lee), Annie (Starring Amanda Muggleton and Rodney Dobson), Hairspray (starring Jon English and Wayne Scott Kermond in 2013), The Wizard Of Oz, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011 and Oliver! in 2012.

    For several years, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment, where he responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular, the Long Way To The Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003.

    In 2005, Neil spent several months contracting to Jacobsen Entertainment exploring the potential of overseas productions of Dirty Dancing. Neil also worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her Visaualise Tour.

    Other directing projects include Side By Side By Sondheim, Diciasette – Mark Vincent, Back To The 80's, The Road To Bethlehem, Well Swung, Keeping Annabelle, Listen To My Heart, Building A Wing workshops of The Silver Donkey, High As A Kite, Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You and A Little Touch Of Chaos, and the two workshops of new Australian musical The Hatpin. Neil was also Assistant Director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company. Neil recently directed Nick Christo's cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye, which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award, and was presented in New York in 2009.

    Neil is the author of Back To The 80's which is now produced hundreds of times around the world every year, as well as the newly released Popstars. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland. Neil is also the Chairman and one of the founding members of Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney.

  • Neil Gooding, Co-Director

    In recent years, Neil has produced and directed Sing On Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson), LOVEBiTESby Peter Rutherford and James Millar, Love Lettersstarring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck, Irving Berlin: Songs In The Key Of Black starring Lucy Maunder, In 2009, he directed and produced the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical! for which he was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for his direction.

    In 2008, Neil produced (with WhiteBox) the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O'Connor, Peter Cousens, Barry Crocker AM and Melle Stewart, which then went on to perform at the NYMF in New York. Neil also served as the Assistant Director on both of these productions.

    For Packemin Productions, Neil has produced and directed Hairspray starring Jon English and Wayne Scott Kermond in 2013, The Wizard Of Ozin 2013, Oliver!in 2012 and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatin 2011.

    Other directing projects include Side By Side By Sondheim, Diciasette – Mark Vincent, Back To The 80's, Beauty And The Beast, The Road To Bethlehem, Well Swung, Keeping Annabelle, Listen To My Heart, Building A Wingworkshops of The Silver Donkey, High As A Kite, Truth Beauty And A Picture Of Youand A Little Touch Of Chaos, and the two workshops of new Australian musicalThe Hatpin. Neil was also Assistant Director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company. Neil recently directed Nick Christo's cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye, which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award, and was presented in New York in 2009.

  • Luke Joslin, Co-Director

    Luke graduated from the University of Western Sydney and the Actors College of Theatre and Television. His theatre credits include Annie for Gordon Frost Organisation, Midsummer Night's Dream for Wildrumpus, Threepenny Opera for Malthouse / Sydney Theatre Company, DrZhivago form GFO, Avenue Q for Arts Asia Pacific, Assassins for Neil Gooding, Dirty Dancing for Jacobsen Entertainment, Titanic the musical for Seabiscuit Productions, Sunday in the Park with George for Q Theatre, Karaoke the musical for Guy Noble, Guys and Dolls for Ambassador Theatre Group/ Donmar. For Luke's portrayal of Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, he won both a Greenroom Award and a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Directorial credits include Beaconsfield the Musical, Back to the 80's, Giggle and Hoot and Friends Live Tour, Educating Rita and Annie.

  • David Horne, Production Designer

    David had an innate curiosity for all things creative from a very young age. At the age of nine he discovered Lego Stop Animation, and from then on anything that was creative David had to be a part of.

    Having a tertiary education in Theatre [B.A Theatre Production – BAPA, and Post Graduate Dip. Performance Creation – Design, VCA] and completing a British based theatre research tour for 12 months has enabled David to work with a multitude of people and companies across varied projects, including stage and set design, audio-visual design, and event styling.

    David's passion has always been within the Arts, especially Theatre. His inspiration is drawn from historical architecture, arts movements and the world around him.

  • Rob Sowinski, Lighting Designer

    Rob Sowinski

    Rob is lighting and set designer based in Melbourne. He is resident designer for Melbourne Lyric Opera and Arts Events Australia and collaborates with a range of companies on national and international projects. Recent work includes Ned for City of Bendigo/ Groaning Dam Productions, The Trouble with Harry for MKA/ Melbourne Festival, Passion for Life Like Touring, Pacific Overtures and Assassins for Watch This Productions, MKA's Dogmeat, Iphigenie en Tauride for Lyric and Palace of the End for Dan Clarke/Theatreworks.

    Theatre Guild Award for Excellence (set and puppetry design) on Into the Woods. Other work includes Production and tour management for Marina Prior, Macy Gray, Chita Rivera, Melanie Safka, Helen Reddy and Ben Vereen. He teaches at National Theatre Drama School and mentors design students for Monash University. His lighting design work has been seen in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, New York, New Zealand and Jerusalem.

  • Thomas Duncan-Watt, Co-Writer & Original Concept

    One of Australia's most promising young comedy writers, Thomas started his career as a stand-up and joke writer on shows such as Good News Week and NewsJack, before becoming an in-demand writer for animated television and film (Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, Herb and Ray's Yum, Pirate Express). In 2012 he travelled to Los Angeles to be mentored by emmy-winning sitcom writer and show runner Ken Levine (Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons). Thank You For Being a Friend is his first foray into live theatre.

  • Jonathan Worsley, Co-Writer & Original Concept

    Jonathan is a former protégé of Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, La Boheme on Broadway, The Great Gatsby) with a career that began during film school after he convinced his formidable mentor to take him on as an apprentice at 17 years old, achieved by literally sitting in a gutter outside Baz' house with a cardboard sign. Previously named Channel 10's Young Achiever of the Year, Jonathan's work is as visually powerful and markedly humorous as it is diverse - from screenplays for some of Australia's best known dramas award-winning and acclaimed short films and documentaries including 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' at the MTV Awards for the satire Satisfaction, and the multi-award winning documentary Boy From the Blue Room. His screenplay Coming of Age was developed with Screen New South Wales and invited to the Dungog Film Festival's In the Raw program. With a raison d'etre to entertain and push boundaries, Jonathan directed the Australian version of Naked Boys Singing! which toured Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Melbourne season, returning by invitation to the Midsumma 2013 before a sell-out return to Sydney at the Comedy Store. Jonathan created and co-wrote Thank You For Being a Friend with writing partner Thomas Duncan Watt and together produced the original two seasons at the Comedy Store and Darlinghurst Theatre. Both originators of the show are very much looking forward to seeing Thank You For Being a Friend reach new audiences under the new talented creative team. Current projects for Jonathan include the stage adaptation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar alongside author Eric Carle.

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