2012 Green Room Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for Victoria’s 30th Annual Green Room Awards have been released celebrating excellence on Melbourne stages for the calendar period January 1 – December 31 2012.

Christie Whelan and Hugh Sheridan in FORUM (c) Jeff Busby
Christie Whelan and Hugh Sheridan both nominated for Green Room Awards for their performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum. Image by Jeff Busby

The Green Room Awards, initiated in 1982 by Blair Edgar and Stephen Tandy acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of artists and technicians on stage, back stage, in the grid and in the pit in seven sectors of the arts: Dance, Opera, Alternative & Hybrid Performance, Cabaret, Theatre Companies, Independent Theatre and Music Theatre.

In musical theatre, The Production Company’s Chess the musical received 12 individual nods in the nominations while A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was next on the list with 8 nominations. South Pacific, the hit musical from Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher came away with only two nominations (leading lady Lisa McCune and Musical Director Andrew Greene), despite having swept the Tony Awards with the same production.

Opera Australia came away with the most nominations for an individual company (20) and Melbourne Theatre Company received 17 nominations for its work in 2012.

Winners of the 2012 Green Room Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the set of Driving Miss Daisy, thanks to The Marriner Group and the Gordon Frost Organisation on May 6 at the Comedy Theatre.

In addition to the nominations, a number of individual achievement awards will be made at the ceremony including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s recipient will be announced in April, ahead of the ceremony in May. 

Full list of nominations below:

Alternative & Hybrid Performance

Outstanding Production

100% Melbourne – Rimini Protokoll (City of Melbourne)
The River Eats – Justin Shoulder (Next Wave Festival) Shifting Ground – Zoe Scoglia (Arts House)
The Box – Chamber Made

Innovation and Excellence in Circus

Blindscape – Skye Gellmann (Next Wave Festival)
Dos and Duos ‘Deux’ – Stuart Christie and Kane Peterson (Melbourne Fringe Festival)
One Night Stand – Mitchell Jones (Melbourne Fringe Festival) Carousel – One Trick Pony (Melbourne Fringe Festival)

Outstanding Production – Creative Agency for Audiences

Flyway – Elizabeth Dunn (Next Wave Festival)
The Stream/The Boat/The Shore – Dan Koop (Next Wave Festival)
Bingo Unit – Team Mess (Next Wave Festival)
The Appointment with J Dark – Triage Live Arts Collective Fugue State – Jason Maling



A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy – Backwards Anorak
Candice McQueen: Nasty! – Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Tina C: Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word – Malthouse Theatre, Christopher Green, Julia Holt and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Musical Direction

James Baker – A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
John Thorn – The Men My Mother Loved
Tyson Legg – Showfolk
Spanky and Robert Tripolino – Candice McQueen: Nasty!


Bob Downe – 20 Golden Greats
Christine Johnston – RRAMP – the Collector, the Archivist & the Electrocrat
Emilia Rusciano – Emilia Rusciano: The Musical
Spanky – Candice McQueen: Nasty!
Yon – Mandaddy


Aphrodite’s Bordello Bild Lilly
DasShoku Shake


Michelle Brasier and Vince Milesi – A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Jenny Wynter – An Unexpected Variety Show
Spanky – Candice McQueen: Nasty!
Tommy Bradson – The Men My Mother Loved



Niklas Pajanti – An Act of Now (Lighting), Chunky Move Robin Fox – Keep Everything (Audio Visual), Chunky Move
Benjamin Cisterne – Year’s Work – Sweedeedee (Lighting/Set), The Australian Ballet; Keep Everything (Lighting), Chunky Move; 2 One Another (Lighting), Sydney Dance Company
Olaf Meyer – Black Project 1 (Video Projection), Anthony Hamilton
Damien Cooper – The Narrative of Nothing (Lighting), The Australian Ballet

Sound and Music

Oren Ambarchi – Weather (Composition), Lucy Guerin Inc.
Ria Soemardjo – Opal Vapour (Composition and Performance), Jade Dewi Tyas Tungall
Helen Mountford and Ria Soemardjo – Tower
Suites (Composition and Performance), Ros Warby
Brett Dean – The Narrative of Nothing (Composition), The Australian Ballet

Concept and Realisation

Hiatus – Fiona Bryant
Black Project 1 – Antony Hamilton
An Act of Now – Chunky Move
There’s Definitely a Prince Involved – The Australian Ballet

Betty Pounder Award for Choreography

Frances Rings – Terrain (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
Antony Hamilton – Black Project 1 and Keep Everything (Antony Hamilton & Chunky Move)
Rafael Bonachela – 2 One Another (Sydney Dance Company)

Female Dancer

Lauren Langlois – Keep Everything (Chunky Move)
Lilian Steiner – Supertone (Rennie McDougall)
Atlanta Eke – Monster Body (Atlanta Eke)
Vivienna Wong – Warumuk – In The Dark Night (The Australian Ballet)
Natalie Allen – 2 One Another (Sydney Dance Company)

Male Dancer

Alistair Macindoe – Year’s Work (Lucy Guerin Inc & Chunky Move)
Andrew Killian – Year’s Work (The Australian Ballet)
Kaine Sultan-Babij – Terrain (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
Jhuny-Boy Borja – Terrain (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
James O’Hara – There’s Definitely A Prince Involved (The Australian Ballet)


Chunky Move – An Act of Now
Cast of Briwyant – Vicki Van Hout
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Terrain
Sydney Dance Company – 2 One Another

Music Theatre

Actress in a Supporting Role

Julie Lea Goodwin – Annie
Christie Whelan – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Chelsea Plumley – Promises, Promises
Alinta Chidzey – Chess


Andrew Hallsworth – The Producers
Andrew Hallsworth – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Tony Bartuccio – Chess
Michael Bennet and Bob Avian – A Chorus Line

Design – Lighting and/or Sound

Michael Waters – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (sound)
System Sound – Chess (sound)
System Sound – The Producers (sound)
Simon Gregory – A Chorus Line (sound)
Paul Jackson & Robert Cuddon – Chess (Lighting)

Actress in a Leading Role

Lisa McCune – South Pacific
Silvie Paladino – Chess
Anita Louise Combe – A Chorus Line
Fem Belling – From Genesis to Broadway

Actor in a Leading Role

Geoffrey Rush – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Wayne Scott-Kermond – The Producers
Matt Hetherington – Promises, Promises
Simon Gleeson – Chess
Martin Crewes – Chess

Actor in a Supporting Role

Rohan Brown – A Chorus Line
Todd McKenney – Annie
Mitchel Butel – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Hugh Sheridan – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Design – Set and/or Costume

Krystal Giddings – Chess (Costume)
Shaun Gurton – Chess (Set Design)
Kenneth Poy – Annie (Set Design)


Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth – The Producers
Simon Phillips – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Gale Edwards – Chess

Musical Direction

Peter Casey – Annie
Andrew Greene – South Pacific
Vanessa Scammell – The Producers
David Piper – Chess

Outstanding Musical Production

The Producers – The Production Company
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – John Frost with Power Arts, Elizabeth Williams, Two Left Feet Productions, Latitude Link, Anita Waxman/Tom Dokton, Jane Bergeré, The Dodgers
Chess – The Production Company
A Chorus Line – Tim Lawson by special arrangement with John Breglio


Male Principal

Giorgio Caoduro (Enrico) – Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Australia)
Andrew Jones (Papageno) – The Magic Flute (Opera Australia) Andrew Collis (Nick Shadow) – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)
Byron Watson (Ray Clarke) – Midnight Son (Victorian Opera)
Jose Carbo (Figaro) – The Barber of Seville (Opera Australia)

Female Support

Sian Pendry (Suzuki) – Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia)
Dimity Shepherd (Cherubino) – The Marriage of Figaro (Victorian Opera)
Nicole Car (Valencienne) – The Merry Widow (Opera Australia)
Roxanne Hislop (Baba the Turk) – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)

Male Support

David Corcoran (Narraboth) – Salome (Opera Australia)
Phillip Calcagno (Marcello) – La Boheme (Melbourne Opera)
Jonathon Bode (Mother Goose) – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)
Kanen Breen (Monostatos) – The Magic Flute (Opera Australia)
Thomas Hall (Jokanaan) – Salome (Opera Australia)

New Australian Opera

Contact! – Angus Grant (Composer & Librettist) with Kate Schmitt (Librettist)
Midnight Son – Gordon Kerry (Composer) and Louis Nowra (Librettist)


Cameron Menzies – Contact! (Arts Centre Melbourne)
Gale Edwards – Salome (Opera Australia)
Suzanne Chaundy – Cosi Fan Tutte (Melbourne Opera)
John Bell – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)
Nicki Wendt – Midnight Son (Victorian Opera)


Contact! – Arts Centre Melbourne Midnight Son – Victorian Opera
Lucia di Lammermoor – Opera Australia Salome – Opera Australia


Julie Lynch (Costumes), Brian Thomson (Set) and John Rayment (Lighting) – Salome (Opera Australia)
George Tyspin (Set) and Julie Taymor (Costume) – The Magic Flute (Opera Australia)
Christina Logan-Bell (Set & Costumes) – Cosi Fan Tutte (Melbourne Opera)
Leon Krasenstein (Set & Costumes) and Matt Scott (Lighting) – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)


Simon Hewitt – Salome (Opera Australia)
Giovanni Reggioli – Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia)
Andrea Licata – Turandot (Opera Australia)
Richard Gill – The Rake’s Progress (Victorian Opera)

Female Principal

Emma Matthews (Lucia) – Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Australia)
Sian Pendry (Rosina) – The Barber of Seville (Opera Australia)
Hiromi Omura (Cio-Cio-San) – Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia)
Cheryl Barker (Salome) – Salome (Opera Australia)
Jessica Aszodi (Rose) – What Next? (Victorian Opera)

Theatre – Companies

Female Actor

Alison Bell (Sylvia) – Tribes (MTC)
Helen Thompson (Pearl) – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (MTC)
Erin Jean Norvill (Waitress/Angie) – Top Girls (MTC)
Ruth Sancho Hurerga (Servant) – Blood Wedding (Malthouse)
Natasha Herbert (Performer) – On The Misconception of Oedipus (Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.)

Male Actor

Colin Friels (Mark Rothko) – Red (MTC)
Darren Gilshennin (Elling) – Elling (MTC)
Ewen Leslie (Performer) – The Wild Duck (Malthouse)
Anthony Phelan (Performer) – The Wild Duck (Malthouse)
Richard Pyros (Performer) – On The Misconception of Oedipus (Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.)

Lighting Design

Damien Cooper – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (MTC)
Damien Cooper – Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare)
Richard Vabre – Beyond the Neck (Red Stitch Actors Theatre)
Geoff Cobham (Lighting Design) & Chris More (Video Design) –
Pinocchio (Malthouse, Windmill & State SA Theatre Co.)
Matt Scott – Red (MTC)

Set and/or Costume Design

Dale Ferguson (Set & Costume) – Top Girls (MTC)
Christina Smith (Set) – Elling (MTC)

Andrew Bailey – Years Work – On The Production of Monsters (Set); The Golden Dragon (Set & Costume) and Happy Ending (Set)
Zoë Atkinson (Set & Costume) – On The Misconception of Oedipus (Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.)
Anna Cordingley (Set & Costume Design) – Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare)


Paul Charlier (Sound) & Alan John (Composition) – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (MTC)
Elizabeth Drake (Composition & Sound Design) – Top Girls (MTC)
Kelly Ryall (Composition & Sound Design) – On The Misconception of Oedipus (Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.)
David Franzke (Composition & Sound Design) – Pompeii L.A. (Malthouse)
Kelly Ryall (Composition & Sound Design) – Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare)


Jenny Kemp – Top Girls (MTC)
Neil Armfield – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (MTC)
Simon Stone – The Wild Duck (Malthouse, A Belvoir Production) Zoë Atkinson, Matthew Lutton and Tom Wright – Devising On The Misconception of Oedipus
Pamela Rabe – Elling (MTC)


Top Girls by Caryl Churchill – MTC
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler – MTC
On The Misconception of Oedipus devised by Zoë Atkinson, Matthew Lutton and Tom Wright – Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.
Pompeii L.A. by Declan Greene – Malthouse
The Wild Duck after Ibsen, written by Simon Stone with Chris Ryan – Malthouse


Cast of On The Misconception of Oedipus – Malthouse & Perth Theatre Co.
Cast of The Golden Dragon – MTC Lawler Studio
Cast of The Wild Duck – Malthouse Theatre, A Belvoir Production
Cast of Pompeii L.A. – Malthouse Theatre
Cast of The Pride – Red Stitch Actors Theatre

Theatre – Independent

Male Performer

Richard Bligh (performer) – The McNeil Project (fortyfivedownstairs)
Stuart Bowden (performer) – The Beast (Melbourne Fringe, Tuxedo Cat)
Tom Considine (Falstaff) – Henry IV Part 1 (fortyfivedownstairs)
Charles Purcell (performer) – Show Me Yours I’ll Show You Mine (Melbourne Fringe, Rehearsal Room, North Melbourne Town Hall)
Cain Thompson (performer) – The McNeil Project (fortyfivedownstairs)

Female Performer

Whitney Boyd (performer) – sex.violence. blood. gore. (MKA North Melbourne Season)
Georgina Capper (performer) – The Unspoken Word Is Joe (MKA/ La Mama)
Nikki Shiels (performer) – The Unspoken Word Is Joe (MKA/La Mama)
Karen Sibbing (Alma) – Persona (Fraught Outfit and Theatre Works)
Janine Watson (performer) – Triangle (MKA North Melbourne Season)

Set and/or Costume Design

Chloe Greaves (Costume) – The Pineapple Sorrows (La Mama)
Suitcase Royale (Set & Costume) – Zombatland (Artshouse North Melbourne Town Hall)
Dayna Morrissey (Set & Costume) – Persona (Fraught Outfit and Theatre Works)
Eugyeene Teh (Set) – Triangle (MKA North Melbourne Season)
Zoe Rouse (Set & Costume) – I Am The Wind (Turtle Lab and Public Front at Collingwood Underground Arts Park)

Lighting Design
Danny Pettingill – Persona (Fraught Outfit and Theatre Works) Rob Sowinski – Triangle (MKA North Melbourne Season)
Govin Ruben – Doku Rai (The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm, Liurai Fo’er & Galaxy at Arts House)
Matthew Adey – I Am The Wind (Turtle Lab and Public Front at Collingwood Underground Arts Park)
Tom Willis – The Temptation of St Antony (Four Larks)

Claudio Tocco (Sound Design) – sex. violence. blood. gore. (MKA North Melbourne Season)
Russell Goldsmith (Sound Design) – The Rule of Three (Melbourne Fringe, Elbow Room)
Emma Valente (Sound Design) – Orlando (The Rabble, Malthouse Helium Season)
Suitcase Royale (Music Composition and Performance) – Zombatland (Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall)
Ellen Warkentine and Mat Sweeney (Music Composition) – The Temptation of St Antony (Four Larks)

Rob Conkie – Henry IV Part 1 (fortyfivedownstairs)
Adena Jacobs – Persona (Fraught Outfit and Theatre Works)
Declan Greene – The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/ La Mama)
Tania Dickson – Triangle (MKA North Melbourne Season)

Henry IV Part 1 – fortyfivedownstairs
Persona – Fraught Outfit and Theatre Works
Triangle – MKA North Melbourne Season
Doku Rai – The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm, Liurai Fo’er & Galaxy at Arts House
Hullo My Name Is – Theatre Works

Stuart Bowden – The Beast
Glyn Roberts – Triangle
Tim Spencer – Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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