CAST:

CHRIS ERK

FOREMAN

Christopher Erk

Christopher Erk was born and raised in Connecticut where he began dancing at the age of 4. He trained extensively with the School of the Hartford Ballet and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In ’97, he joined Tap Dogs, with whom he toured internationally for five years. After settling in NYC, he went on to work with some of the most predominant influencers in dance and theater: Gil Stroming and Break the Floor Productions, Jared Grimes and Broadway Underground, Rasta Thomas and Bad Boys of Dance - Tap Stars, the New York Song and Dance Company – Noah Racey’s Pulse. Christopher has 14 years' experience working extensively with Tee & Jam Productions as a performer and choreographer for the world's largest corporate events and business meetings. Christopher has also held residencies as a teacher of dance and theater at Wright State University and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. Christopher is the proud founding artistic director of the Tap Factor, an organization dedicated to enriching the world through tap dance education and performance opportunities. With the Tap Factor, he has established a strong relationship with Best Buddies with whom he facilitated an all-inclusive immersive tap dance experience that culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. He was also invited to present a performance interstitial at the 2014 TEDxPeachtree Conference in Atlanta, GA. Most recently, Christopher completed a 35-city European Tour with Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox as their tap dancer. A proud graduate of the New School for Public Engagement, Christopher continues to explore the most productive ways to impact the world through his performance, creative, and academic career. Stay up to date on what is new and exciting by finding Christopher at www.christophererk.com and @thetapfactor on Twitter and Instagram.

ANTHONY RUSSO

2iC

Anthony Russo

When Anthony first put his feet in a pair of tap shoes, he was just 2 years old. He left high school at 17 to join the 6th National Tour of Tap Dogs and went on to perform all 6 roles in the show throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (2001-2012). Russo moved to New York City at 19 and hit the ground running, tap dancing his way from the New York subways to the famous stages of Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, and Carnegie Hall. Anthony has participated in the creation and performance of several new shows including Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance's Tap Stars (Hamburg, Germany 2011), Noah Racey's Pulse (Sarasota, FL 2013), and Cirque Du Soleil's Banana Shpeel (Chicago, NYC, and Toronto 2009-2010). In addition to his performance credits, Russo certainly has his place in dance education. Coming from a family owned dance studio in St Charles, MO where he began teaching classes at age 15, Anthony has gone on to teach for many dance organizations worldwide including Dance Educators Of America (Costa Rica 2009), Dance Masters Of America (numerous regional and national events 2002-present), International Festival - Danse Encore (Quebec, CA 2008/2010), and most recently 24 Seven Dance Convention (2012-present). In 2005, Anthony started his own tap-intensive summer program called TAPademics and has since developed the touring tap workshop, Tap The Map. Since it's foundation in 2007, Tap The Map has put on 120+ tap dance workshops throughout North America and continues to grow.

RICHIE MILLER

ENFORCER

Richard Miller

Richie Miller was born in Titusville, FL and moved to St. Charles, MO at the age of 6. On a bribe, Richie began his training at Performing Arts Centre with Debbie & Tracy Davenport & Anthony Russo where he became a tap sensation! Upon graduation, he immediately was hired by Tap Dogs and has toured with them since 2009, dancing the roles of The Kid and Funky.

Tap Dogs tours took Richie all over the USA, Mexico, London's West End (with Coyote Ugly's Adam Garcia), Italy, France, Bah Rain, Asia, Dubai, and to Australia many times! He is now residing in and currently working in Australia. Since Riche has been in Australia, he has appeared on Naomi Campbells The Face, performed with the The Next Step, was featured in Commonwealth Banks’ Tap & Pay TVC. Richie is still currently with Tap Dogs, and performed at the 2015 NYE Lord Mayor's Ball. He also works as a master teacher and guest choreographer, sharing his passion for rhythm to students of all ages.

JUSTIN MYLES

RAT

Justin Myles

Excited to rejoin with Tap Dogs for another go around. Justin hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his childhood surrounded by music and dance. Tapping since the age of 3, taught by his mom & dance instructor Gracie, he graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a BA degree in Dance. Performed on Disney Cruise Lines as a singer/dancer and dance captain, Paramounts Kings Dominion, Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, and Busch Gardens Theme Park Williamsburg, VA. He recently spent 6 years touring with the International percussion sensation STOMP traveling the US, Canada and Brazil. When not performing in shows he joins the National Dance convention route with World Class Dance Experience. Justin now continues to write and produce his own music with albums available on iTunes. www.justinmyles.net

AARON BURR

FUNKY

Aaron Burr

Aaron began his dance training at the age of 3. When he was 11, he landed his first professional job at a local theatre in his hometown of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Early in his career, Aaron appeared on America’s Got Talent (Season 1) and America’s Most Talented Kids.

At the age of 12, he won “The Greatest Dancer in America Challenge”, a dance competition held on Good Morning America. One of the judges, nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune, later invited Aaron to join him on the National Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Aaron was extremely fortunate to perform a tap duet with Mr. Tune in every show while touring.

At 16, he appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the show Tap Kids, which received five-star reviews from The Scotsman.

Aaron taught his first tap master class at the age of 13, and loves to teach and choreograph tap for all ages and skill levels. He is also on faculty with Showstoppers Dance Conventions, which are held all across the United States.

When Aaron was 6 years old, he saw the VHS tape of Tap Dogs and was mesmerized by the style and energy of the show. He is honored to be a part of the 20th Anniversary cast of Tap Dogs. He would like to thank his dance teachers and his parents for changing his life and always believing in him.

JACOB STONEBRAKER

KID

Jake Stonebraker

Jake has loved to tap for as long as he can remember.  As he was growing up, Jake trained, competed, and performed with studios in Northern Colorado, primarily Dance Dimensions in Longmont.  Jake has been the recipient of numerous awards from nationally renowned conventions and competitions, such as New York City Dance Alliance, Jump, and NUVO. 

Most recently, Jake has been active as a member of the AXS Entertainment Group, performing in corporate events at the Colorado Convention Center. In addition, he has continually spent time in freelance work and promotional events.  

Jake has been a soloist and company member for Cherry Creek’s 7Dancers Performing Company.  He has been able to take part in many corporate and charity events, fundraisers, and other events in Denver. He has been featured in shows at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, McNichols Civic Center, Ricketson Theatre, Buell Theatre, and Arvada Center for the Arts. Jake was also the lead role in Colorado Contemporary Dance’s production of Clara and The Nutcracker.

Aside from performing, Jake has also found considerable success choreographing. He has been producing recreational and competitive choreography alike for studios such as Cherry Creek Dance, Pointe Dance Academy, and Ovation Academy of Dance.

Jake has aspired to be a Tap Dog since he was seven years old and saw the show for the first time.  He plans on tapping until he can’t anymore and loves bringing his passion to the stage.

KURT CSOLAK

INTERCHANGE

Kurt Csolak

Training: 
​Kurt started his training in dance at the age of 3 at his mother's performing arts school in New Jersey.​

​Since then, he has trained under and performed with some of the best tappers in the world (including some other members in the cast). A well rounded performer, Kurt has also studied acting and singing extensively in NYC, landing him TV, film, and theater roles.

Dance 
credits include: teaching at ​Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center NYC and a recently accepted judge for the IDO World Tap Championships.

Top Hat Lab - Chris Gatelli, White Christmas - Randy Skinner, The Tap Factor - Carnegie HallTap United ​International Tap Festival (choreographer/performer), I Love Tap - Derick Grant, America’s Got Talent - Aaron Tolson, Cats Paying Dues - Andrew Nemr. Kurt has also won top awards for choreography at national level competitions.

Film/TV credits include: Speed Racer: The Next Generation (Speed) on Nicktoons, and acting in ​numerous films and ​commercials. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, Kurt has also produced​ five award-winning short films, directed/shot music videos for notable young stars, and produced a feature film set to be released in 2016​.​

​As a first-time cast member, Kurt is thrilled to be a part of Tap Dogs this season. Grateful to Leesa Csolak, Clear Talent Group, and all other mentors and teachers throughout his life.

NATHAN BEECH

INTERCHANGE

Nathan Beech

Nathan Beech was born in December 1996, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

As part of a military family he moved frequently but has returned to the state and resides in Manassas. He is 18 years of age and a graduate of Forest Park High School. Nathan is a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He has performed all genres of dance but Tap Dance is his passion and strength. He received his primary dance training at DeGrasse Dance Studio in Woodbridge, Va and Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, Virginia.

The National Young Arts Foundation selected Nathan as a 2015 Young Arts Finalist awarding him the Silver Award in Dance/Tap and also recognized for his Exceptional Artistic Achievement in Dance/Tap in 2014. Debbie Allen selected Nathan from thousands of dancers nationwide to Perform as “Billy” in the Brothers of the Knight Production/National tour. While a member of The Potomac Ballet in Virginia, Nathan performed all major roles in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty from 2006-2013.

Additionally, Nathan was selected from worldwide applicants for Tap World, a feature length Hollywood documentary on Tap Dance. In 2013 he performed as a Guest Artist at the Georgia Regency University diversity summit. As a young boy he participated in TV/Commercials like "Worldwide day of Play" by Nickelodeon, and NHL–Washington Capitals advertisement.

His future goals include pursuing a degree in business, perform professionally, and teach his passion, Tap. Nathan is grateful for the many opportunities he has had thus far and is thrilled being able to perform with Tap Dogs.

NORIKO TERADA

MUSICIAN

Noriko Terada Hunter

Noriko Terada, multi-percussionist and drummer, is internationally known for her percussion recordings with the hugely popular video game series, Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns, as well as God Eater Rage Burst live performance DVD, and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die live performance original sounds track.

As a successful multi-percussionist, Noriko has performed at numerous well-known venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NY, Montreal Jazz Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, TED conference. She is also recognized as a major record label artist by JVC Victor Entertainment in Japan.

Born and raised in Kashima, Japan Noriko began playing the piano at the age of 3. At the age of 12, she found percussion/drums and quickly fell in love, which would go on to change her life.

At the age of 7, Noriko also began training in classical ballet, which would span over the next 13 years. During this time, Noriko came to understand a connection between music and dance as a composite art that thereby influenced her music.

After graduating high school, Noriko commenced training at the Tokyo College of Music, recognized as one of best music conservatories in Japan. In 2007, Noriko received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston.

After graduating at Berklee, Noriko has shown a great deal of versatility in musical styles including Musical Theatre, World music, Afro-Brazilian music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Jazz and classical. Noriko has performed with many well-known artists including Alan Silvestri (composer of the film Back to the Future), Don Was (Producer of Rolling Stones), Angelique Kidjo (Grammy award singer), Nobuo Uematsu (composer for Final Fantasy), Kenwood Dinnard.

Noriko also worked as an accompanist for modern dancers at Boston Ballet school, Boston Conservatory and Walnut Hill art school. She is currently a percussionist for the groups Women of the World and Video Game orchestra.

LYNDSAY EVANS

MUSICIAN

Lyndsay Evans

Originally from Bournemouth, Lyndsay studied at the Trinity College of Music, London before becoming a professional freelancer.

Deciding after music college that the best plan was simply to play with as many people as possible, Lyndsay went on to play with groups as diverse as Noise Ensemble, NYJO, Snakey Sue, A Snake Charmer, Moveable Feast, A World Music Band, Trance DJ Luke Slater and Polish artist Katy Carr, before departing into the world of pop.

Lyndsay played with the all-female group The Mentalists in 2006 before going onto play percussion with Reverend & the Makers having met them at the Glastonbury festival. In 2007, Lyndsay toured with Eros Ramazzotti and Ricky Martin before playing a weekly residency in London where she met and played with the Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse and Grace Jones. This led to an invitation to New York where Lyndsay played with Wyclef Jean!

As well as appearing in several music videos and adverts, Lyndsay regularly appears on shows including the X Factor, T4, MTV and has just presented a show for The Disney Channel, called 'Pro Jams', teaching the drums.

 

Creative

DEIN PERRY

CREATOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Dein Perry

Dein Perry, creator and choreographer of Tap Dogs, has come a long way from the garage behind his dance teacher’s house in Newcastle, where as a young boy he learned to tap. Dein moved to Sydney where he tried to break into show business. For ten years he worked in musical theatre, which eventually led to his big break when he was cast in a principal role in 42nd Street. When it closed, Dein decided to create a contemporary show around the themes of his industrial experience in Newcastle.

In 1991, Dein was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant and formed the Tap Brothers, a very early incarnation of Tap Dogs. Dein was then offered the chance to co-choreograph and star in the West End musical Hot Shoe Shuffle. The Tap Brothers become the stars of Hot Shoe Shuffle. This production earned Dein his first Olivier Award in 1995. During this time Dein was asked to produce a dynamic film clip for ABC arts programme Performance Space. The clip was called Tap Dogs.

In 1994, Dein conceived and choreographed the full stage show Tap Dogs, which was the hit of the 1995 Sydney Festival and has since toured five continents and 300 cities worldwide, including ten years of USA touring. The show has performed at a huge number of events around the world, including The Royal Command Performance (Royal Albert Hall) and Quincy Jones’s 50th Anniversary Special, appearing on stage with Stevie Wonder. Tap Dogs is a favourite of The Jay Leno Show, performing five times, including the 1996 New Year’s Eve programme. Dein Perry was awarded his second Olivier Award for Tap Dogs, back to back with Hot Shoe Shuffle, the youngest person ever to achieve this.

Tap Dogs has received more than 11 international awards, including a 1997 New York Obie Award, Pegasus Award (Spoleto Festival), Australian Variety Award for Entertainer of the Year and Mo Award for Showbusiness Ambassador of 1998. Dein’s awards include the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Mo Award for Dance Performer of the Year and an Australian Green Room nomination for Best Supporting Role in Hot Shoe Shuffle. He received two Australian Green Room Awards for Best Original Choreography for Hot Shoe Shuffle (1995) and Tap Dogs (1996). He was also nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for Best Choreography for Tap Dogs (1997). In 1998, Dein received an Australian Dance Award for Best Choreography and, in 2005, was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer.

In 1998, Dein Perry’s Steel City received its world premiere at Star City, Sydney Casino. Steel City was directed, choreographed and performed by Dein, with music by Tim Finn, a cast of 13 and four musicians. The show toured Australia during 1998 before playing a special season at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Dein directed and choreographed his first feature film, Bootmen, financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation and Fox Searchlight and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Bootmen had its worldwide release in 2000 and received five AFI Awards.

Dein choreographed the huge tap sequence Eternity, consisting of 1,300 dancers, at the celebrated Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, which was screened worldwide.

In 2003, Dein reworked the Tap Dogs concept, adding two female dancers, opening Tap Dogs Re-Booted at Sadler’s Wells in London, followed by a successful USA tour. In 2005, Tap Dogs celebrated its tenth anniversary with Dein Perry returning to the stage, delivering a sell-out national tour of Australia and an Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer. Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs is Australia’s greatest stage export. The show is in its 14th year and continues to tour worldwide.

To ensure the unique Tap Dogs style continues, Dein established a new breed of young male dancers known as the Tap Pups. Dein manages children’s tap classes in Sydney and Newcastle. There are over 180 Tap Pups enrolled and many have performed alongside Tap Dogs at national events.

In 2006, Dein directed David Campbell – Wild with Style, produced by New Theatricals. Wild with Style enjoyed a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House. In 2007, Dein was appointed as the game day and special events producer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Leagues Club and oversaw the creation of the Rabbitohs Drum Squad. He directed Human Natures in the round (National Motown Arena Spectacular tour). In 2008, Dein produced, directed and choreographed the opening match of the National Rugby League Centenary at the ANZ Stadium with 1,000 dancers. He was also a creative director for the 2008 NRL Grand Final.

In 2009, Dein was creative director for the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular, coordinating 100 boats. Dein and his wife Lisa opened Tap Dogs HQ in Sydney which is also now the home of the Tap Pups. Dein worked on the World Cup Soccer Bid Campaign for the 2018 World Cup, continues working closely with Australia’s premier football code, the NRL, and worked as a creative for the World Masters Games opening ceremony and the V8 Supercars. Dein also directed The Next Step, a new and exciting fusion of different dance styles.

Dein is currently in creative meetings for Happy Feet 2 and producing major football matches.

NIGEL TRIFFITT

DIRECTOR/DESIGNER

Nigel Triffitt

Nigel Triffitt is acknowledged as a leader in the field of visual theatre in Australia and internationally with shows that have successfully toured to over 20 countries, displaying a unique renegade talent. As a designer, devisor and director of his own shows, Nigel has an impressive track record over a career spanning 30 years. Arguably Nigel’s most successful project is Tap Dogs, which he designed and directed. Tap Dogs has become one of Australia’s greatest exports, having toured to over 250 cities worldwide. Nigel’s talent has led him on to other art territories, from grand opera to rock ’n’ roll, from film to huge outdoor spectacles, and to puppetry and dance, all of which have combined to create his unique fusion of artforms. His most recent productions have been the phenomenally successful revival of Hair and The New Rocky Horror Show, which toured Australia for eight years, and Gumboots. Nigel directed and designed the finale of the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, screened to an international television audience of an estimated 3.5 billion viewers.

ANDREW WILKIE

COMPOSER

Andrew Wilkie

Andrew Wilkie obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, later studying jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. His involvement with musical theatre began in 1992 when he was principal percussionist for the Sydney productions of Hot Shoe Shuffle, Porgy and Bess, Me and My Girl, Nine, HMS Pinafore and I Do! I Do! Other theatre includes: West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and Into the Woods. Andrew has also worked as principal percussionist with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australia Ensemble Sydney, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Sydney International Orchestra. He has regularly played with The Midday Show’s Big Band, The Catholics and The Umbrellas and, for the last two years, has been musical director for Australian flautist Jane Rutter. He has also worked with James Morrison, Monica & the Moochers, Mike Bukovsky, the Kays Jazz Orchestra and Martin Lass and was a band member in the Posh & Judy Ballet Sextet.

GAVIN NORRIS

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Gavin Norris

Gavin Norris’s lighting design credits include: Hot Shoe Shuffle (UK tour), Tap Dogs (worldwide), Kat and the Kings (UK tour, Frankfurt, Vienna, European tour, London season), Circus Days, Circus Nights (Channel 4), Jack and the Beanstalk (Richmond Theatre), Gumboots (worldwide), The Darkness arena tours (associate lighting designer), Mum’s the Word (West End), Diana Ross (Sydney), Human Nature arena tour (lighting, video and set design), Australia Day Celebrations, (Sydney, Darling Harbour), Le Grand Cirque (Sydney Opera House, set and design consultant) and Junglehammer (Sydney Opera House). Gavin currently works at the Sydney Opera House as a production manager. He also continues to work within the music and television industry as a lighting designer and lighting programmer. Gavin has recently started working as production designer and consultant for local Sydney band Junglehammer who have just released their new album Romeo Tree.

ANDY JACKSON

SOUND DESIGNER

Andy Jackson

Over the past 20 years, Andy Jackson has worked in a variety of audio environments as an audio designer, engineer, and consultant, primarily in theatre, music and the corporate market. West End and Broadway includes: sound designs for Tap Dogs, Inner City Jam, Gumboots and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. Early music events included Mercury Music Prize (1990-2002), concerts with Van Morrison, Suede and Primal Scream, and festivals including the Brighton Beach Boutique where Fat Boy Slim played in front of 250,000 people. In 2007, Andy set up Delta Sound in Dubai, and has grown the company into the largest specialist audio company in the Middle East, working with Elton John, Sting, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Iron Maiden and Queen. Orchestral work has played a significant role, working with the London Philharmonic, London Symposium, Armenian Philharmonic and the recently formed Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloists including Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Hiba Kawaz. DVDs include: Tap Dogs, Gumboots, Pop Idol and the inauguration concert for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent events and launches include: Atlantis Hotel launch, Burj Khalifa Tower (tallest building in the world) and Meydan Racecourse opening, all these events attracting worldwide media coverage. Andy has been married for 14 years to Lorraine and has a teenage son called Tod.

JOE ACCARIA

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Joe Accaria

Joe Giuseppe Accaria graduated in 1993 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Honours degree in music and education, majoring in contemporary and orchestral percussion. Since then Joe has performed and recorded extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and the USA including working with Andrea Bocelli, Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Ronn Moss, Big Brovas, Human Nature, David Campbell, Gabriella Cilmi, Kaz James, Wendy Matthews, Tina Arena, Yothu Yindi, Tim Finn, Paulini, Guy Sebastian, Shanley Del, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Colin Hay, Doug Parkinson, Jimmy Little, iOTA, Rick Price, Alex Lloyd, The McClymonts, Sister Madly, Im Ji Hoon (Korea), Dave Mason (The Reels), Andrew Farriss (INXS), Floyd Vincent and the Childbrides, Jackie Orszaczky, Wanderlust, Jay O’Shea, Karma County, Jeff Lang, Tim Hall, Jack Jones, Colin Buchanan, Abbey Dobson, Jackie Bristow, Christine Anu, Jessica Mauboy, Grace Knight, James Morrison, Jimmy Somerville, Tammin Sursok, Sister2Sister, The Rat Pack, Paul McDermott, Paul Capsis, Tripod, Dog Trumpet, The Sandman, Chris Franklin, The Fabulous Rhythm Boys, Skunkhour, Junglehammer, Bruce, She Is The King, Sandel, Lyall Adonis, Michala Banas, Freyja, Chakradiva, Darlene Zschech, Paul Turner as well as his own musical projects The Strange, Cactus Child and FSOA.

From 1997 to 2001, Joe featured in Dein Perry’s Steel City, with music by Tim Finn, which toured Australia and culminated in performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. He was also involved in performing and composing for Dein’s contribution to the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, Bledisloe Cup, Tri Nations and Lions tour rugby events. In 2005 and 2006, Joe performed in Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs 10th anniversary world tour in Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA as musical director.

Joe has appeared on numerous television shows, presentations and movie soundtracks including, recently, Thunderstruck, The Black Balloon, The Godfather Symphony Live, working with prominent producers, composers and orchestrators such as Mark Opitz, Michael Yeserski and Ashley Irwin, and under Marcello Rota on tour with Andrea Bocelli. In 2002, he travelled to Cuba, studying with some of Cuba’s finest percussionists and musicians including members of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. He will begin a masters degree in the near future at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Joe again collaborated with Dein Perry composing and performing for Tap Dogs at Australia Day and World Youth Day events as well as the 2008 NRL Grand Final.

Joe is musical director for Human Nature and David Campbell, appearing on their current albums. In 2009, he was in Las Vegas with Human Nature in a show presented by Smokey Robinson. 2010 sees Joe performing the Sydney Festival’s Smoke & Mirrors in Sydney and Edinburgh, Sydney Theatre Company’s Spring Awakening, David Campbell’s tour with Tom Jones, coordinating the music for Tap Dogs’ return to the West End and composing for the opening of the FIFA World Cup live sites.

Joe is exclusively endorsed by Sonor Drums and UFIP Cymbals and uses Silverfox Sticks, through Drum Partner Australia.

LAURENCE MADDY

MUSIC PRODUCTION, ENGINEERING & ADDITIONAL ORCHESTRATION

Laurence Maddy

Laurence Maddy has been actively involved in the music industry since the early 1980s. In live performance Laurence has toured with many contemporary Australian acts and has many national Australian and European tours to his credit. Laurence’s dominant area of expertise is record production/engineering and he has produced/engineered over 80 independent and mainstream releases including acts PEZ, Seth Sentry, T.I.S.M. Deborah Conway and Hunters and Collectors. He has also composed and produced work in film and television and received an AFI Award (best achievement in sound) for his work on Bootmen. A career highlight was Laurence’s involvement as music co-ordinator/producer for the final segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony. He is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dein Perry again, as their association goes back to 1998 where he was musical director for Dein Perry’s Steel City that toured Australia before a season at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

JAMES DOUBTFIRE

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

James Doubtfire

James started dancing at the age of four, performing in many cabaret and talent competitions with his sister Johanna and his brother Danny. At the age of twelve he created the role of “Laughing Boy” in the original company of  “Bugsy Malone” at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

James trained at North Herts College Hitchin, for 2 years. After leaving, he performed extensively across the U.K and Europe as Dancer and Dance Captain. He then went on to perform in musicals including the U.K. tour of 42nd St, the first U.K. tour of Me and My Girl with Gary Wilmot, An Evening With Sondheim, U.K. and Australian tours of Hot Shoe Shuffle, playing the role of “Tip”.

James has appeared in many television shows including, The Royal Variety Performance, The Clothes Show, Barrymore, The Generation Game, The National Lottery, This Morning with Richard and Judy and advertisements for T Mobile and Amena mobile phones, Boots Computers and Colgate Toothpaste. James had the honor of performing in one of the BBC famous, dance I dents that has been aired on BBC 1 for the past five years. His modelling assignments include Dolce and Gabbana, Paul Smith and various top magazines.

James has toured with “Tap Dogs” for the past nine years performing as Dancer/Dance Captain while acting as Assistant Resident Director for the company. He has toured with the show around Europe, Asia and London’s West End. He continued the role of Dance Captain/Assistant Resident Director for the West End production of Tap Dogs Rebooted. James has performed and choreographed many corporate events for The Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Audi, Mercedez Benz, Fifa 2000, Camel Clothing, Aida Cruises, 2003 Balldes Sports and many more. He also assisted with The 2000 Sydney Olympic Ceremony.