Bradley Chatfield

Head Of Dance

Bradley Chatfield

Born in Mordialloc, Victoria, Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. As a child, Bradley trained under Vivienne Dunn before going on to The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1990. Bradley then joined the Hong Kong Ballet with performance highlights including roles in Paquita, Spectre de la Rose, Troy Games and Tales of Hoffmann. In 1991 he moved across to Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under the direction of Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, remaining with this company until 2009 and performing the full company repertoire to great acclaim.

Bradley has toured extensively with SDC, both in Australia and internationally, including tours to the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and South America. In 2008 Bradley was appointed to the role of Deputy Dance Director and then Dance Director in 2009.

Bradley joined Dancenorth as Rehearsal Director in 2010 after having spent 18 years as a dancer at Sydney Dance Company. Bradley is highly acclaimed in the dance industry being a recipient of numerous awards (see below), and in 2009 was named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney.

Beyond his work with Sydney Dance Company Bradley’s credits include reproducing Graeme Murphy’s Sequenza VII for New Zealand’s School of Dance; starring as Mr Mistoffelees in Really Useful Group and Seoul & Co’s touring production of Cats in South Korea 2003/04; performing in Worldwide Tour Company’s Aida; and in Garry Stewart’s THWACK. In early 2010, along with Brett Morgan, he also reproduced Free Radicals for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts final graduation.

In 2010 Bradley travelled to New York City to reconstruct Underland on Stephen Petronio’s Company, a work originally created by Bradley in 2003.

During his time at Dancenorth Bradley worked as Rehearsal Director of all of main stage works including ‘the cry’, Black Crows, MASS, Fugue, Abandon, A fall from Grace, [sic] and Allegories, a collaboration with Queensland Ballet and Expressions for The Brisbane Festival 2012.

Bradley has also worked with Dancenorth’s Community and Educations team on Small Dances/Big Stories with the Flexible Learning Centre in Townsville and Mt Isa, which was nominated for an Australian Dance Award in 2012. Small Dances/Big Stories was also programmed on the Gold Coast, involving disadvantaged youth from Inter Urban Arts. Also, Bradley has been working on Shake a Leg with Dancenorth’s Holidance program, which is based on the Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning book by Boori Monty Pryor.

Awards

  • Best Male Dancer Green Room Awards 2003
  • Best Male Dancer Australian Dance Awards 2003
  • Best Male Dancer Mo Awards 2004

Nominations

  • Best Male Dancer Australian Dance Awards 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006
  • Best Male Dancer Green Room Awards 1998, 2000
  • Best Male Dancer The Helpmann Awards 2003, 2004, 2007 2009
  • Best Male Dancer Mo Awards 2006


nathaniel-andrew

Head of Music

Nathaniel Andrew

Nathaniel is an internationally recognised bassist, guitarist, vocalist and music teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Jazz with ‘absolute distinction’ from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s Degree ‘Cum Laude’ from the University of Cincinnati.

Nathaniel has performed at Macy’s Jazz Festival (Cincinnati, OH), Sydney Opera House, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Magic Millions, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, Queenstown (NZ), Port Moresby (PNG), Fiji as well as touring in the US and Australia.

He has taught masterclasses and has conducted private tuition in both VET and tertiary institutions including The University of Kentucky (2010), The University of Cincinnati (2008–2010), and The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (2008, 2012–2014).

Nathaniel continues to perform around the Brisbane/Gold Coast region as a freelance musician in many different musical acts including The Brisbane RnB Jam, Anonymous Heroes, FunkNStuff, Groove Elements as well as providing corporate entertainment with Radio Club Band, RUSH entertainment, Onstage Entertainment and WhiteTree. Nathaniel has had to the opportunity to perform with and for Bootsy Collins, Victor Wooten, Mel Carter, Wilbert Longmire, Tjuperru, Jeff Coffin, Joe, Anita Baker as well as many other acts.

Nathaniel is a Yorta Yorta, Tattyara and South Sea Islander man.


Bridget Boyle

Head of Acting

Dr Bridget Boyle

Bridget is a co-founder of debase productions and holds a doctorate in Drama. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation of many new works, including The Furze Family Variety Hour, which she wrote and directed and which was staged as part of the Brisbane Festival in 2014. Other works include Hurry up and Wait (with Liz Skitch), originally commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Japan in a co-production with Kazenoko Theatre Company in 2012 and Lily Can’t Sleep (with Liz Skitch and David Megarrity), also commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Queensland after a premier season in QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival. With David Megarrity, she performs in Warmwaters, a musical comedy duo that premiered at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival in 2015.

For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For someone productions at La Boite, she performed in He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

She has taught in the Acting and Drama programs at Queensland University of Technology over many years, specialising in acting and performance making. Her doctoral thesis, which focused on gender and physical comedy, received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from QUT in 2015.

Directing credits include The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait for Queensland Theatre; Dead Man’s Cellphone, Little Revolution, Bassett, Twelve Angry Women, Top Girls and Little Hitler’s Ode to an Austrian Bentwood for Queensland University of Technology; Popping Lead Balloons, The Clown from Snowy River, The Look, Lovejunk and Titanic – The Clown Show for debase productions. Other credits include Of Our Own Volition (Spangled Drongo/ Metro Arts, Snagged (Vena Cava Theatre Company) and Glitter and Dust (pretend productions/ Metro Arts).

Bridget has also worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001.



Certificate II Coordinator

Judith Barker

With qualifications in Management, Training & Assessment, and Community Services, Judith has an extensive career in local, state, and federal government departments, along with a diverse array of private organisations.

Working in regional, rural and metropolitan regions across Australia, Judith has held positions with the Department of Employment Education and Training, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Department of Community Services and Health, and the Department of Justice and Attorney General. In the private sector, she has undertaken roles for a number of training providers, rehabilitation service providers, and human services.

Judith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people.

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