Sophie Smyth — Performer/Writer
Sophie Smyth is a singer, actor, dancer, and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She moved from rural South Australia for study and graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre in 2016. Her university credits include Into The Woods (puppeteer/Baker’s Wife Cover), The Addams Family (Grandma), The Pajama Game (Gladys), and Motor-mouth Loves Suck-face: An Apocalyptic Musical (Blasko Tupper). Since graduating, Sophie returned to the role of Blasko Tupper in Motor-Mouth Loves Suck-Face: An Apocalyptic Musical at La Mama Theatre in July/August of 2018. Her cabaret The Aspie Hour, co-written and performed with Ryan Smedley, played to sold-out audiences across Victoria and enjoyed successful seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2018-19), Melbourne Writers Festival (2018), and the Ballarat Cabaret Festival (2017).
Sophie is currently on national tour as Juniper in the Helpmann Award Nominated musical Robot Song with Arena Theatre Company.
Ryan Smedley — Performer/Writer
Since graduating from Federation University Australia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre), Ryan Smedley has performed across Australia with groups such as the Melbourne Shakespeare Company (The Comedy of Errors), Echelon Productions (Fair Dinkum!) and Boutique Theatre Company (Beneath the Skin). Ryan is also proud to have performed in many workshops and premieres of original Australian musicals, such as “Butch Masters: Man of Destiny”, “Join the Dots”, “Moonlite”, “Tan Toey’s House” and “Stealing Picasso”. As well as his songwriting in “The Aspie Hour”, Ryan has contributed songs to “Bookcrastinators Anonymous”, performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017. Nowadays, Ryan is studying post-graduate Information Management at RMIT University, and is intent on developing his career in archives and records management. He enjoys researching the history of original Australian musical theatre works and has several essays in the pipeline, one of which has been commissioned by the VCA. Ryan’s cabaret, “The Aspie Hour”, co-written and performed with Sophie Smyth, delighted sold out audiences across Victoria in 2018 with it’s witty yet poignant look at Asperger’s Syndrome, musical theatre, and mental health.
Fiona Scott-Norman — Director
Fiona Scott-Norman was Artistic Director of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival in 2017, and through her work as a sessional cabaret director at Federation University’s Arts Academy, dramaturged and directed 150 individual cabarets between 2012 and 2017. She founded the Victorian Green Room cabaret award, and as a freelance director, dramaturg and writer has worked on many individual cabarets, including Eddie Perfect’s Angry Eddie; Catch A Falling Star with Paul McCarthy, Eddie Perfect and Emily Taheny; Mandaddy with Yon from Tripod; Existential Romp with Matthew Grant; Cling with Luke Gallagher and Nigel Ubrihein; Wes Snelling’s Man Diva; Isabella Vallette’s Princestuous; and The Aspie Hour with Sophie Smyth, Ryan Smedley, and Rainer Pollard. She is currently plotting world domination through cabaret.
Rainer Pollard — Musical Director
Rainer Pollard is a freelance musician, Music Director and educator based in Melbourne. He is a highly sought after music director (for both musical theatre and cabaret), accompanist, vocal coach, pit musician and arranger. Rainer currently works as a sessional lecturer, vocal coach and musical director at Federation University in Ballarat. Some of his credits include “Chicago”, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, “Urinetown” and “Cats”. His cabaret work includes shows such as ‘The Aspie Hour’, ‘Ovariacting: a Period Cabaret’ and ‘Comma Sutra’. He is also part of the duo that runs ‘Fab Friday’ at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne on Friday evenings.