Spotlight: The CaSPA Podcast

Spotlight: The CaSPA Podcast

SPOTLIGHT is a free podcast produced by the CaSPA team, currently debuting its first season. 
It's an opportunity for candid conversations with industry professionals, artists, teachers and students about all things performing arts.
The CaSPA team will chat to practitioners about their process, career highlights, future ambitions and the role the arts play in their lives.
Listen to all the episodes HERE!

Episode 1

SPOTLIGHT ON: Music

FEATURING: James Long
DESCRIPTION
James Long has over 30 years in music education, and is well and truly a veteran of the arts. As well as decades in the classroom, his educational research includes a Masters in Music Technology completed at the beginning of the millennium and more recently studying online at the Berkley Music School in Boston, in the US of A where further strings to his bow include, Orchestra 101 and 102 and Music for Film and Television.

Listen to the episode HERE! 

Episode 2 

SPOTLIGHT ON: Stage

FEATURING: Karen Johnson Mortimer
DESCRIPTION
One of CaSPA's original Artistic Directors, Karen Johnson Mortimer shines the spotlight on stage where we chat about her roles as director, associate director, resident director, and the inspirational mentors who have helped shape her successful career as a choreographer and performer. Karen's extensive career includes roles as a creative or performer on stage, screen, and in stadiums. Some career highlights are: Chicago (2009 and 2019/20), My Fair Lady, Saturday Night Fever, Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing, Wicked, Annie, Grease the Arena Spectacular, Anything Goes, No No Nanette, A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, Irene, Cabaret, Footloose, Sydney 2000 Olympics, Anzac Military Tattoo, and numerous Opening Ceremonies. 

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Episode 3

SPOTLIGHT ON: Production, Puppetry, and Design

FEATURING: Graeme Haddon
DESCRIPTION
Graeme Haddon is an Australian producer, company manager and puppet creative. Graeme studied Technical Production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and then spent several years in Stage Management for major theatre shows around the country including Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, and Saturday Night Fever to name a few. His career in the Arts began at the theme park Australia’s Wonderland, first as a character suit performer and then as a puppeteer. In 1998, Graeme received the Mike Walsh Fellowship, which allowed him to study puppetry in the USA. On return, he was part of the puppetry team working on Farscape, a science fiction television series produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Graeme has puppeteered with the touring arena show Walking with Dinosaurs. He has directed the puppet portions of The Wiggles Movie and was puppetry director for Legoland in Malaysia. His design appears for the original children’s entertainment show Hi5, as well as Jay’s Jungle and New McDonald’s Farm. As a Company Manager, Graeme worked on several tours including Ghost the Musical, and KING KONG. As a Producer he has been engaged for cultural events  such as Melbourne’s White Night and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Most recently he was the Producer for Opera Australia’s relaunching of Bran Nue Dae to the stage at Parramatta Riverside. 

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Episode 4

SPOTLIGHT ON: Recording 

FEATURING: Philippe-Marc Anquetil 
DESCRIPTION
Philippe-Marc Anquetil is a renowned Australian singer, song-writer, vocal arranger, producer, and mixing engineer who has forged an international career working for artists such as One Direction, Little Mix and Jessie J. More locally, he has written and produced for Justice Crew, Alexa and Bella (The Voice Kids), Paulini and most recently Ruel. Philippe-Marc has accrued hundreds of top releases to his name and his success and experience in an ever-changing industry enables him to rank as a leading mentor and teacher for developing talent.

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Episode 5

SPOTLIGHT ON: Boys Dance

FEATURING: Hilton Denis
DESCRIPTION
Hilton Denis has been a member of the Sydney Catholic Schools CaSPA family for a couple of years now as an empowering role model for Boys Arts Enrichment. Studying many styles of dance at Brent Street Studios and through the Talent Development High School including jazz, tap, funk, classical, hip hop, as well as acrobatics, singing, and acting. Hilton's professional career began early after he appeared in tele-movies and musicals such as Show Boat and Oliver. Best known for his appearance on the premiere series of So You Think You Can Dance in the Top 20. Other television credits include Farscape, Australia's Next Top Model finale, MTV Video Music Awards, and The Helpmann Awards. Hilton has worked with many of Australia's leading Choreographers with stage credits including Le Grand Cirque and the Australian tour of West Side Story in 2010. As a Dancer, he has appeared in various film clips, TV and live performances. Artist credits include Flight Facilities, Jessica Mauboy, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Timomatic, Skryptcha, Lily Allen, Wynter Gordon, Fergie, Adam Lambert, Australia's got Talent, MTV Awards and X Factor. Hilton is also a breakthrough, passionate choreographer/director and has produced his own innovative stage shows called "Virada".
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Episode 6

SPOTLIGHT ON: The Performing Arts Classroom

FEATURING: Jessica Newey
DESCRIPTION
Jessica Newey is an exemplary music teacher currently working across a number of primary schools and is a valued member of the CaSPA team sharing her expertise in working with the student’s vocal program. She is also an industry professional working as a performer not only as a talented soloist but also as the front line singer for a variety of successful bands.  
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Episode 7

SPOTLIGHT ON: Physical Theatre 

FEATURING: Nick O'Regan 
DESCRIPTION
Nick O’Regan is a Sydney based artist who works as a writer, actor and puppeteer specialising in masked performance and physical comedy. 
He completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts then went on to pursue his interests in physical archetypes and masked performance studying Commedia dell’ Arte in Reggio Emilia Italy, under Commedia’s Guru Antonio Fava. Time spent working with Chiara Guidi from Societas Raffaello Sanzio in her errant method, and delving into the satirical world of Buffon with Giovanni Fusetti have directed Nick’s creative explorations to push both his body, writing & examination of culture to the limits.
A tour of Commedia performance throughout Europe provided experiences where Nick developed a deep passion for visual storytelling and creating narratives that transcend verbal language.  This interest was explored further through the medium of puppetry working with Matriark Theatre, Gary Friedman, Erth and Dead Puppet Society. 
Nick has recently been enjoying working with Erth, on VIVID,  Milk Crate Theatre and writing scripts for theatre & kids television. 
Nick is also a founding member of I Naufraghi Teatro I and Matriark Theatre, and Secondary English and Drama teacher!
Listen to the episode HERE!