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    December 10, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Exploring the Australian Theater Biz, Pre- and Post-COVID
Friday 12/10 , 2021 at 4:30 eastern time

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In the room: In the room: Nancye Hayes (member of the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry), legendary Australian actress, dancer, singer and choreographer/director and narrator, a leading figure in Australian musical theatre (starring in Sweet Charity, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, Annie, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park, Follies and Australian  productions of new work) as well as plays (Born Yesterday, Same Time Next Year, Stepping Out, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and new work); Jason Langley, an award-winning Australian director (The Production Company’s revivals of Dusty, Brigadoon and The Boy From Oz at Melbourne’s State Theatre, Wonderful Town at the Sydney Opera House) and actor (Australian premieres of Spamalot as Brave Sir Robin and Mothers and Sons as Cal) with thirty-two years in the theatre; Natalie Mosco, an American actress (original Hair, The Magic Show; off-Broadway Housewives of Mannheim and her own A Brush wth Georgia O'Keeffe) and choreographer (Hair in Toronto, Boston, Paris) who became a star of Australian musical Theatre and TV; Alexis Fishman, Australian born Helpmann Nominated musical performer (Dusty, Shout!, Australian premiere of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Urinetown) and cabaret performer and coach who splits her time between New York and Australia.


    Born and bred in Sydney, Australia, Alexis is a graduate¬†of¬†the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her performance as 'Young Dusty'¬†in¬†Dusty,¬†her first show after graduating. Alexis then went on to star in some of Australia‚Äôs biggest musicals Including Shout!¬†and the award winning Sydney premiere of¬†Kiss of the Spiderwoman.¬†Other Australian credits include¬†Urinetown,¬†Closer,¬†Troupers for the Sydney Theatre Company as well as plays at the¬†Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Monkey Baa Theatre Company.¬†¬†Alexis is the creator of seven solo cabaret shows including the award winning Club Gelbe Stern¬†which made it‚Äôs US debut at the NYMF where¬†Alexis was awarded ‚ÄėOutstanding Individual Performance‚Äô.¬†Other shows have been performed across Australia at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals, Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival, The Reginald Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel, Ginger‚Äôs at the Oxford Hotel and Claire‚Äôs Kitchen. In New York, Alexis‚Äô shows have been seen at 54 Below, Pangea, JCC Manhattan, Triad NYC and Laurie Beechman Theatre as well as venues in New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. Recent highlights include performing one of her newer shows, Amy Winehouse: Resurrected alongside Amy‚Äôs father, Mitch Winehouse at City Winery, NYC in May 2019.¬†¬†Alexis is also a cabaret coach, helping clients realize their dreams of creating engaging, intriguing and sparkling cabaret shows.

    is one of Australia’s favourite theatrical actresses. She is an accomplished actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. She began her career with J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a chorus member in My Fair Lady. She went on to star in many major musical productions including Sweet Charity, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street. Most recently Nancye performed in the musical Half Time (Nineteen 98 Productions) at The Hayes, Ripcord for State Theatre of South Australia and her one woman show Hayes at The Hayes for which she received best cabaret performance by The Sydney Theatre Awards. Other credits etc. Other credits include Minnie and Laraz (Melbourne Theatre Co), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Todd McKenney for the Ensemble Theatre, Follies in Concert (Story Board Entertainment) , Sondheim on Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions), as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Harvest Rain), as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (State Theatre Company SA), in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions/Hayes Theatre Co), as Miss Hannigan in the Australian Tour of Annie (The Gordon Frost Organisation), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company), Grey Gardens, Follies, Oklahoma, Music Man, Funny Girl, Brigadoon (The Production Co.), Murderers (Ensemble), A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). Nancye Hayes has made a significant contribution as a theatre director. Her credits include The Boy from Oz, Sweet Charity, Gypsy (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment) and Noel & Gertie (Christine Dunstan Productions). Nancye has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Green Room Awards, The Sydney Theatre Awards and The Helpmann Awards. Nancye was honoured with The Order of Australia Award with an OAM in 1981 and an AM in 2014.


    is an award-winning director with thirty-two years‚Äô theatre experience variously as a director, actor, dramaturg, mentor and performance coach.¬†Pre-covid, Jason directed The Boy From Oz at Melbourne‚Äôs State Theatre for The Production Company, an Australian tour of Bosom Buddies starring Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney, the play Honest and the Sydney Theatre Award winning production of Hayes At The Hayes. In recent years Jason has directed: Brigadoon for The Production Company (Green Room Award nomination), Dusty at the Playhouse Theatre - Melbourne and Adelaide Festival Theatre, Bernstein‚Äôs Wonderful Town at the Sydney Opera House, Loving Repeating ‚Äď for which he received a Green Room Award, the play Here Lies Henry in London, four new Australian works (Between Worlds, Almost Home, Say Hello First and Playing Rock Hudson), the World premiere and National tour of Breast Wishes, the plays As You Like It and Mr Burns - A Post-Electric Play, Elegies at The Sydney Theatre, Flora The Red Menace, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Hello Girls ¬†for VCA, Yesterday an Incident Occurred, The Skriker, The Rimers Of Eldritch and Chekhov In Hell for AIM Dramatic Arts and for WAAPA; Carousel, 42nd Street, Legally Blonde, Merrily We Roll Along, Batboy, Once On This Island, A Chorus Line, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Noel Coward‚Äôs Easy Virtue. ¬† He is a regular guest lecturer and director at the esteemed actor training institutions around Australia and is performance coach for many Australian celebrities and reality TV stars. ¬† Jason‚Äôs most recent acting credits include Mothers and Sons (Ensemble Theatre), Under Ice (Griffin Theatre Co), Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk (Belvoir) and No Way to Treat a Lady (Darlinghurst Theatre Co). He also played Brave Sir Robin in the Australian premiere of Monty Python‚Äôs Spamalot at Her Majesty‚Äôs Theatre, Melbourne.


    Originally from New York, Australian-American Natalie made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of Hair.  With her dance background (Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty) producers tapped her early on to choreograph Hair in Toronto, Boston, Paris (playing Jeanie there in French), and finally Melbourne’s premiere season.  Natalie liked Australia; Australia liked Natalie, and roles ensued (Musicals: Rizzo in Grease, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Mona in Dames At Sea, Magenta in Rocky Horror, and the original quartet in Gershwin; Plays: Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleo, Maya in The Archbishop’s Ceiling, etc.; and Television: Bellbird, Number 96, Carson’s Law, A Country Practice, Flying Doctors, plus numerous roles with the ABC.)  After Melbourne’s season as Charmin in The Magic Show, she returned to Broadway to play that role for several years.  American regional theatre favorites include the groundbreaking revival at Paper Mill of Follies, Grushinskaya in Grand Hotel for Walnut Street (also, a role she played in London’s West End).  Off-Broadway highlights include Sophie in The Housewives of Mannheim (59 East 59th Street) and Georgia in her own play, A Brush with Georgia O’Keeffe (5 months run as well as at The Smithsonian in DC).  Additional writing includes a tribute to Harold Arlen, Get Happy! (two seasons in Australia).  She is currently at work on a one-woman play for herself. She also directs and produces.