Meet the Team

David Harrison

David Harrison (President)

David has worked extensively throughout South East Queensland as a producer, director and performer. His passion for theatre has seen him serve on the boards of Ipswich Musical Theatre Company, Phoenix Ensemble, Risk Productions and is a managing director of Downstage Theatre Company. His directing credits include the musicals Spring Awakening, Next To Normal, La Cage aux Folles and the Queensland premiere of Australian musical The Hatpin. David has served on production teams for shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and his performance highlights include leading roles in My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and The Last Five Years. As well as being a creative/director David has performed for Footlights including in Best of the West End, On the Rocks, and Classy Christmas 2. Footlights directing credits include Sirens Cabaret and L.O.V.E, and he is about to commence rehearsals for our Australian premiere of the musical Love Noel: The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward. David currently serves as President of Footlights Theatrical.

 

Roslyn Johnson

Roslyn Johnson – Artistic Director

Roslyn’s early experience is mostly sourced from her native North Queensland where she directed plays successfully for Townsville Little Theatre; including Cosi, Big Hair in America, The Children’s Hour, and It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I Want To. As a high-school Drama teacher, Ros has worked all possible theatrical jobs and directed more than her share of school plays and musicals. She has also written and toured book gigs for libraries, created dinner theatre and performance artwork, and was an assistant director on the theatrical juggernaut Nicholas Nickleby for Tropicsun Theatre.

Since moving south she has directed a diverse range of work including The Crucible, Blood Brothers, Noises Off, The Secret Garden, the world premiere of Billy Buckett: a Rock and Roll Love Story, Pirates of Penzance, Return to the Forbidden Planet, and Stepping Out for Beenleigh Theatre Group: as well as a number of shows and coordination work for BTG’s JETS youth program. Her extensive directing credits also include Taming of the Shrew for Phoenix Ensemble and Much Ado About Nothing for Villanova Players and for new company Ad Astra their inaugural show Female of the Species. For Footlights Theatrical she has directed Tell Me On A Sunday, a professional restage of Billy Buckett, and a range of cabarets and concerts; She has received multiple directing awards in drama festivals across Queensland and is the current coordinator of the Beenleigh One Act Play Festival. Roslyn will be directing First Date the Musical and is the script-writer/director for our first children’s show Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa in 2019.

 

William Boyd

William Boyd

William has lived his life on the Gold Coast, having studied at Canterbury College, where he was a high achiever in the drama and musical departments and has since extensively been involved in theatrical productions since 2012.

William has performed in many memorable musicals and plays across Logan, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane, including The Phantom of the Opera, Twelve Angry Men, West Side Story (Bernardo), It’s a Wonderful Life – A Radio Play (George Bailey), Witness for the Prosecution (Leonard Vole), Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), The Addams Family Musical (Lucas Beineke), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Pseudolus – twice!), Reasons to be Pretty (Greg), Rent (Mark Cohen), Noises Off (Frederick Fellows), Menotti’s The Medium (Toby), Blood Brothers (Michael Johnston), My Dead Bunny (Dad, Roadkill Bill), The Spiders (Boy), Curtains (Aaron Fox), Legally Blonde (Warner Huntington III) as well as a number of original works as part of Short n Sweet Festival, Anywhere Festival, the SE Qld One Act Play Circuit and is a featured performer with the Footlights Performance Ensemble appearing in Best of the West End, Classy Christmas 1 and 2, Jazz and Tonic, On the Rocks, L.O.V.E – a Valentine’s Special, Freak – A Halloween Special and Phelan Groovy and Friends.

 

Adam Bartlett

Adam Bartlett

Adam has loved performing since an early age appearing on stage at the Brisbane Arts Theatre at age 6 in “The Little Hero of Holland”. He decided to pursue performing as a career at Beenleigh State High where he played lead roles in many of the school’s annual musicals, culminating in playing Jesus in Godspell.

After High School Adam played Bobby in his first professional show The Boyfriend and worked at World Expo 88 as a street performer. He successfully auditioned for a place at the Victorian College of Arts and completed a 3 year Diploma of Arts in Acting in 1991.

Adam moved to Sydney and was cast in the ensemble of the John Frost production of South Pacific that toured Australia for a year. He regularly stepped into a lead role as the understudy to Lieutenant Cable.

Adam moved to the UK after the show to pursue theatre work in London and appeared in the pantomime Dick Whittington alongside Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph.

Returning to Australia Adam auditioned for producer and performer Simon Gallagher and was cast in his productions of The Merry Widow and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum alongside Jon English, touring Australia and New Zealand. Adam also played Hortensio in Kiss Me Kate in a concert version for the Brisbane Festival in 1998.

More recently at Beenleigh Theatre Group Adam played the lead role in High Society in 2009 and was The Beast in Beauty and the Beast in 2015. He has also appeared regularly in Phoenix Ensemble productions including as Freddie in Chess, Jesus in JC Superstar and won a Gold Coast Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor in the musical The Full Monty. In 2016 he played was again nominated for a Gold Coast Theatre Award for his performance as Dan in Next to Normal followed by playing George in La Cage Aux Folles. Adam was cast in his dream role – Jean Valjean – in Les Miserables for The Spotlight Theatre Company on the Gold Coast in 2017. For Footlights Adam has appeared in Classy Christmas 1 and 2, Jazz and Tonic, L.O.V.E a Valentine’s Special and Freak: A Halloween Special.

2019 will see Adam reprise Dan in Next to Normal at The Brisbane Arts Theatre and he will perform the title role in the Love Noel : The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward for Footlights Theatrical.

 

Matthew Dunne

Matthew Dunne

Matthew has been interested in music and drama from an early age. This interest grew immensely after becoming heavily involved in the music and drama department at St Paul’s School, eventually becoming the school’s choral captain in 2012. When Matthew was cast as Cowardly Lion in the school’s production of the Wizard of Oz in 2011 his love of musical theatre and live performance was sparked. In the same year Matthew was asked to be a solo vocalist in a small ensemble as well as perform a duet with the Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra. After graduating, Matthew went on to begin studying a Batchelor of Music: Classical Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under Lisa Gasteen. During this time performed in many small vocal ensembles including the QCGU Chamber Choir under the direction of Norma Maschke. After leaving the conservatorium in 2005, Matthew decided to pursue his interest in musical theatre and in the end of that year was cast as Tom Collins in Beenleigh Theatre Group’s award winning production of Rent. Since then, Matthew has been involved behind the scenes as a dresser in Phoenix Ensemble’s The Little Mermaid and performed the hilarious scene stealing role of Jacob in their La Cage aux Folles. His passion for all things costume continues in his professional work as a dresser at QPAC and continues most recently as part of the touring company of Aladdin. Matthew has performed in Jazz and Tonic, and is thrilled to be involved in the Footlight’s Ensemble.

 

Sophia Dimopoulos

Sophia Dimopoulos

Hailing from South Australia, Sophia has performed in a large variety of productions on stage. Lead roles Sophia has played include Persephone in Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013), and Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane (MCMT, 2013), for Beenleigh Theatre Group she has appeared as Keely in The First , Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast , The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ), and as Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes . She has also performed as Linda McFly in The Back to the Future Musical Parody (Brisbane Arts Theatre, 2018) and most recently Rebecca Rigby in The Hatpin (Oz Theatricals, 2018). Sophia’s favourite ensemble experiences include being in Sweeney Todd (HMC, 2011), Hairspray (MBM, 2012), Into the Woods (NLTC, 2012), Calamity Jane (BTG, 2013) and Billy Buckett: A Rock and Roll Love Story (Footlights Theatrical Inc, 2018). Sophia was part of the Australian Girls Choir and was invited to perform in a tour of the USA for G’Day USA (2009), performing in Carnegie Hall with Olivia Newton-John, with Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz (2006) and with Andre Rieu in 2009. Sophia is a regular performer with Footlights Theatrical Inc and has performed in their shows: Best of the West End, Sirens, Classy Christmas 1 and 2, On the Rocks, L.O.V.E. – A Valentines Day Special, Sirens Cabaret, Freak – A Halloween Special and Phelan Groovy and Friends shows.

 

Jermia Turner

Jermia Turner

Jermia has been performing for many years now and is no stranger to the stage. A graduate of The Actors Workshop (2012), Jermia has been busily working on various stage productions and film ventures ever since. Some of her theatrical credits include Shirley in the world premiere of Billy Buckett: A Rock and Roll Love Story, Jo March in Little Women, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of being Earnest (Winner Best Supporting Actress in the Gold Coast Regional Theatre Awards) and Julie in Cosi (Nominated Best Lead Actress Gold Coast Regional Theatre Awards). In addition to this, she can regularly be seen as one half of ‘Darren and Jermia’, a duo performing music predominantly from the 50s’ – 80s’ anywhere from Coffs Harbour to Bundaberg. Jermia has performed for Footlights in Best of West End, On the Rocks, Billy Buckett: A Rock and Roll Love Story, Sirens Cabaret, Freak : A Halloween Special and is looking forward to performing as a crocodile in 2019’s creative development project Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa

 

Row Lea Blackshaw

Row Lea Blackshaw

Row is an award-winning director, playwright and performer who has a genuine passion for the arts. Since graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting, Row has utilised her skills professionally. As a member, soloist and creative with Footlights Theatrical, Row greatly enjoys developing artistic works in the company. Row gets satisfaction from the challenges of playing a diversity of characters, loves to sing and enjoys working with a creative team. Off stage, Row works as a Duty Manager at SunPAC, is a Team Leader at Escape Manor and is an Educator at Brisbane Arts Theatre. She has appeared in Footlights Best of West End, Classy Christmas 1 and 2, Sirens, and On the Rocks, and will direct the 2019 cabaret Rock On.

 

Kellie Ireland

Kellie Ireland

Kellie began treading the boards in Townsville, with memorable roles including Eliza in My Fair Lady and Lady Thiang in The King and I for the Townsville Choral Society; Magnolia in Showboat and Anybodys in West Side Story for North Queensland Opera and Musical Theatre. Since moving to Brisbane her credits include Sandra Bloom in Big Fish for Phoenix Ensemble; Carrie in Carousel, Helen of Troy in Paris and Laurey in Oklahoma for Savoyards Musical Comedy Society; Rapunzel in Into the Woods for Ignatians Musical Society; Kim McCaffe in Bye Bye Birdie for Harvest Rain Theatre Company; and the Angel City 4 Soprano in City of Angels for Beenleigh Theatre Group. A founding member of all female cabaret group The Songbirds, Kellie performed in the group’s acclaimed shows at the Old Museum, Judith Wright Centre and in the Anywhere Theatre Festival, a show she also produced. Kellie has also appeared as a guest artist in the cabaret A Little Night Serenade at the Riverway Performing Arts Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre/Music) and by day works with the Australian Marine Conservation Society – saving the whales! Kellie joined Footlights Theatrical for their Christmas performances at Yarrabilba over the past two years and looks forward to working with this talented bunch performers in 2019 as the Last Potoroo in Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa and in the Australian premiere of Love Noel: The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward.

 

Aaron Griffiths

Aaron Griffiths

Newest member Aaron has been a musician on a number of Footlights shows and most recently the accompanist to Kurt Phelan in the cabaret show Phelan Groovy and Friends. Aaron’s passion and excitement for performing has always been a driving force in his life, being raised in a family who value the arts it was only natural! At the age of four he started learning piano. At nine, this endeavour lead to his first performance at the Sydney Opera House, inspiring him to develop new instrumental skills. He learnt to play guitar and ukulele and still avidly explores music composition. Aaron yearns to never stop expanding his abilities, having performed in countless productions since moving to Brisbane at the start of 2015. Aaron works as a Music Director, Performer and Director at many different companies and also writes on the side. Aaron’s 2018 credits include; Director, The Day My Bum Went Psycho. Répétiteur, Avenue Q

Audio Visual Designer Galileo, Répétiteur, We Will Rock You, Youth Musical Director, Act For Kids – Gala Ball, Dave, That 80’s Time Travel Movie The Musical, Musical Director, X-Files The Musical Parody. Aaron also has a respect for film. His time in the arts sphere has sparked a dream and inspired him to commence his second year at Griffith University, studying a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production. In 2019 Aaron will assume the mantle of Musical Director for two Footlights shows, First Date the Musical and Rock On.