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CREATIVE TEAM
JESS NEWMAN (Composer / Lyricist) Jess Newman is an Australian and New York based, award-winning composer, lyricist and performer. In 2020, his song ‘It Starts Again’ will feature on 16 Stories; an album of new musical theatre songs recorded by the Australian Discovery Orchestra and produced by Broadway Records, while his new musical Gold, produced by Neil Gooding will have a workshop reading at the Hayes Theatre in November. He was the winner of the 2017 New York City Center Encores song-writing competition, for which he performed an original song for Stephen Sondheim. His major musical, Einstein: Master of the Universe had its 2016 premiere in Melbourne, Australia, and was selected by The Age as one of the highlights of the year in theatre. He has also written music and lyrics for the song-cycle All The Time and the animated musical Out of the woods, which premiered at ACMI. He recently completed a masters of musical theatre writing at NYU Tisch, and his song, “Let Your Voice” premiered at Radio City Music Hall.
ISAAC HAYWARD (Music Director / Orchestrator) Isaac is an international, multi award-winning music director and orchestrator. His recent credits include music director for ‘The Secret River’ at the National Theatre London, music supervision and orchestrations for ‘Muriel's Wedding’ (Australia) for which he won both Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Awards, conductor for ‘The Mikado’ (New Zealand Opera), and electronic music design /assistant conducting for ‘King Kong’ (Broadway).
CLARY RIVEN (Director) Clary is a director born in Caracas, Venezuela. Some of Clary’s recent credits include directing ‘Rebel: A New Musical’ (2019- Greenroom Award nomination for Best Ensemble), ‘Drew Downing’s Ultimate 90’s Playlist’ (2019), ‘God Only Knows: Songs of Brian Wilson’ (2018-2019), ‘Tinder Tales: A New Musical’ (2018), ‘Beautiful Things: A new musical Workshop’ (2018), ‘Sonder: A Charity Concert’ (2017) and has assistant directed on various productions. Clary has a passion for new Australian works, and is excited to be a part of the creative team for ‘Genius’.
DEAN GILD (Producer) With a background in theatre performance, Dean is an international award-winning producer, writer, and director. He has studied at both RMIT and VCA, and has gained tools and experience from Broadway industry mentors, as well as completing the Theatremakers Studio; Mastery in Development and Production. Dean wrote, directed, and co-produced the short film “In My Head’"(2018), which was featured in 8 global film festivals, in cities across Australia, the US and Europe. Dean has previously worked as a creative and strategist within various advertising and communications agencies. He is also currently the writer and creative producer for ‘Suddenly: A Short New Musical’, expected to be released digitally in late 2020.