Cast

THE CAST & CREATIVES

 

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ANDREW Fee – Co-Choreographer/Director (not touring)

Choreographer and Director of UNTAPPED!!  Andrew is the Founder & Producer of RAW, at only 18 years old, Andrew created Raw Metal in 1998… which has grown from a tap based group, to include breakdance, hip hop, beatboxing, circus, live music and a whole lot of energy.  Andrew has successfully toured and presented RAW’s many different productions all around the globe; including on 42nd Street, New York City,  Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Malaysia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Netherlands, Belgium & the United Arab Emirates.  Andrew has developed extensive creative, choreographing, producing and touring experience – performing and producing shows in New York to Sydney and everywhere in between.

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JACK Chambers – Co-Choreographer/Co-Director (not touring)

Jack Chambers has been singing and dancing since the early age of three.  Winner of the first series of Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance,  Jack quickly became a household name. In 2010, Jack starred as Link Larkin in the Australian production of Hairspray the Musical Jack has also performed in Jason Gilkison’s world renowned production Burn The Floor on the West End in London, Hong Kong, Korea & Japan. While in the UK, Jack was approached to assist Disney’s Associate Choreographer, Geoffrey Garratt, & Tony Award Winning Choreographer, Christopher Gattelli, with the West End auditions for Broadway Hit Musical Newsies.  Jack has also Choreographed and taught at the famous Joffrey Ballet School and PeriDance Capezio Centre in NYC. Other credits include: Broadway on Broadway in Times Square, Spring Gala 2010 at The Kennedy Centre – hosted by Liza Minnelli, and has worked with choreographers including Brian Thomas (Pink, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson) & Broadway Choreographer, Josh Prince (Shrek The Musical, Beautiful). Jack’s 2016 will be spent singing and dancing in the rain, alongside Adam Garcia, as Cosmo Brown in the Australian Tour of Singin in the Rain.

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GEOFF Squires – Production Coordinator / Lighting & Set Design

As a designer, Geoff has lost count of the number of shows he has lit. Shows such as GRACE KNIGHT, JIMEOIN, BROADWAY BABY (Tivoli) and ALIVE-STILL LIFE (Access Arts at the RNA) to name a few. As resident designer for Acronym Theatre Company he lit all of their shows of which CYRANO de BERGERAC, AS YOU LIKE IT, KING LEAR, TEECHERS, and BENT are most notable. As resident designer for Trocadero Productions, designs include productions such as TITUS ANDRONICUS and KING JOHN at the old Boggo Road Jail, HENRY V, and LIFE IN THE THEATRE. Other designs include PSYCHO, RESERVOIR DOGS, TRAFFORD TANZI, BITING PAVLOV, and THE LAST WORD.

At La Boite, BOUNCERS, FURIOUS, SHE OF THE ELECTROLUX, MILK AND HONEY, EMMA CELEBRAZIONE, and CLARK IN SAREJEVO. He designed for Fractal RICHARD III, BOUDICCA DECADENCE, DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, and MY LOVE HAS A BLACK SPEED STRIPE. For Matrix HAMLET and for QUT MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM and THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY. Other designs include Genre’s CLOSER and BLASTED, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (lighting and set design) CACA COURAGE, ALIVE AT WILLIAMSTOWN PIER, THE PITCHFORK DISNEY, REDEMPTION, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, SATELITES, and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and BASH/MAD HERCULES for QTC.

For Expressions Dance Company he lit their studio season WAM! and school show SURF’S UP and spent 1997 as their Production Manager and toured Israel, Wales, London, and Singapore with them. Other dance designs include PILGRIM, six QDSE Graduations, TOUCHSTONES, MIND IF WE MOVE, PROJEXT X and UNTAPPED. Geoff teaches Technical Theatre at

Southbank TAFE and has lit all of the end of semester shows for the last six years. He also runs his own design and production business, Pro-Nel Lighting where he owns more lights than he knows what to do with. Geoff received a MATILDA Commendation 2000 for Lighting Design and a MATILDA BACKSTAGE AWARD Commendation 2001 for Sustained Contribution to Theatre.

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GINNER Whitcombe – Tour Coordinator

Ginner Whitcombe is a 26year veteran in the dance world. He was born and raised in New Zealand where his passion for dance grew studying Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary locally at JFDS and Wellington Performing Arts Centre. He then followed his love of the arts to pursue his career as a professional dancer setting his sights on Australia to further his training at the nationally acclaimed Brent Street Performing Arts and ED5. This set the platform for what has taken him around the Globe working and collaborating with the likes of the world renowned Raw Dance Company, Fergie, Chingy, T-Pain, Ja Rule, Ricki Lee, James Morrison, Last 4 One, Skill@Will, The Next Step, Tap Dogs, The Hooley Dooleys, Sony BMG, Warner Brothers Studios, Universal Studios, Dreamworks SKG, Village Road Show and the ABC to name a few. Ginner is extremely excited to be taping his way down 42nd Street for the first time as a member of the performing cast of Untapped 2016.

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KIERAN Heilbronn – Performer

Kieran Heilbronn grew up studying all styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop and of course his passion TAP!  Kieran has toured throughout the world with RAW over the past few years, including the original Off-Broadway New Victory Theater season, along with tours in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand.   Kieran has toured and performed over 400 shows throughout North America with Jason Gilkison’s BURN THE FLOOR.  Kieran has also worked with international artists Kelly Rowland and Jason Derulo.  Kieran is currently working on board the Ruby Princess Cruise Lines presenting a Stephen Schwartz work.  Kieran is looking forward to continuing to tour with Untapped, performing for new audiences around the globe.

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KATIE Struik – Performer

Katie began her dance training at the age of 3 in Hervey Bay, Queensland where she immersed herself in jazz, ballet and tap. At 15 she moved to Brisbane to train at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and later attended the Australian Dance Performance Institute. She was also fortunate enough to secure a position with Raw Metal’s ‘Raw Suga’ in 2007. After graduating from ADPI, she was offered a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines and performed all over the world between 2009-2012. Since moving to Sydney in 2012, Katie has had the pleasure of performing with a wide variety of artists including Ricky Martin, Red Foo, Jessie J, Timomatic, Delta Goodrem and Adam Brand. She has also performed regularly on ‘The Voice’, ‘X Factor’, ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and as a regular dancer at ‘Pacha’ at the Ivy. Katie is also a member of ‘Girls on Tap’ and a full-time dance teacher in Sydney. She is thrilled to be joining the fabulous cast of ‘Untapped’ in 2017.

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Martin Kay – Performer

Martin began his dance training in Rockhampton at the age of 5.  After completing high school in Central Queensland Martin moved to Brisbane to where he obtained his Certificate IV in Dance with RAW Dance.  Martin is trained in all styles of dance, including salsa, hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, partnering, Broadway, musical theatre, acrobatics and circus/aerial work.    Martin has perform with RAW at various corporate events including Westpac, Mountain Designs, Creative Generations and the Woodford Folk Festival.  Martin has also performed in Burn the Floor Untapped in Florida, a Burn the Floor and RAW collaboration, as well as with Royal Caribbean’s The Liberty fo Seas (USA).

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BRIANNA Taylor – Performer

Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading professional female tap dance artists and performers on the scene. The Far North Queensland country girl- turned Melbournian, fell head over heels for the art form of tap dancing and performing arts from the age of five, training in all styles of dance where she studied at Brent Street Studios. Her dance career has seen her perform beside some of the world’s best international tap artists and has appeared on popular international television show Good Morning Britain. Brianna is thrilled to be touring New York as part of RAW Dance Company’s latest show, UNTAPPED. Brianna can’t wait to work alongside such a talented cast and is excited to be one of the first female tap dance artists in Australia to be offered a contract with Untapped.

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OWAIN Kennair – Performer

Owain Kennair is a Brisbane based Dancer/ singer/ actor who discovered dance from a young age. Owain threw himself into as many different styles as possible including Musical theatre, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, Salsa, House, Singing, Drama and many more.  After high school Owain completed the Full Time Diploma in Musical Theatre Course with Raw Dance – opening his mind and body up to the world of dance. Owain has performed and taught with RAW dance throughout Australia and North America.  Owain will tour with Untapped throughout the Nation, and travel back over to North America with the Raw Metal boys.

THE MUSICIANS

 

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GENESIS – Beatboxer

Beatboxer Gᴇɴᴇsɪs has mastered the art of producing beats, rhythms and sounds using only his mouth! Genesis is one of Australia’s Beatbox Champions!  Armed only with his mouth and voice, he is able to replicate drum patterns, sound effects and manifest various genres of music with razor-sharp precision.  With experience rocking crowds in some of the most prestigious events/venues. He started Beatboxing at the age of 12 and been doing it for more than 7 years. He recently came back from Berlin, Germany for the World Beatbox Championship Battle to represent Australia around the World.

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BRENDAN Ramnath – Drums / Percussion / Musical Director

Brendan Ramnath is very excited to go on his third international tour with RAW to New York. The first two being New Zealand and Netherlands, as well as shows around Australia. The South African born drummer is always looking into new technological advancements to incorporate into his groove and rhythm. He is pushing the boundaries of traditional drumming to the new age. As a working musician, Brendan works with many Brisbane artists and also owns his own teaching/recording studio which is a playground for all his technologies to come together and forge into the evolution of drumming. Brendan has been featured on Australia’s Channel 7 The Morning Show and performed to an audience over 9000 for Fresh Elements Dance Company. He has a profound admiration for dancers and is thrilled to be apart of such an amazing dance company.

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MAURICIO Hosi – Guitar  (not touring)

Professional musician from the age of 16, Mauricio Hosi has been developing a solid carrier as a guitarist working with names such as James Morrison, Darlene Zschech, Luke Keneddy among others.  Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mauricio has been gaining more and more notoriety among musicians in the Australian music scene. Most of his work is seem on the Brazilian-Latin circuit where he leads two bands – “Coisa Linda Brazilian Jazz” and “Para Voce”, performing in South East Queensland area, Melbourne and Sydney. He has also worked with groups such as Brisbane Singers, School of Hard knocks and Third Degree Music.  In 2013 Mauricio met Andrew Fee and joined Raw Dance Company for the show Untapped.

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JEREMY O’Connor – Electric & Double Bass (not touring)

Jeremy O’Connor has been working as a musician for over 16 years.  After completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he quickly found work playing on the local Brisbane music scene. Some of Jeremy career highlights include touring with Raw Dance Company as a backing musician. They toured though Holland and Singapore late 2009, Australia early 2011 and landed a month residency at the Victory Theatre, New York City in November 2011. Jeremy also joined the 10 Tenors on their Australian & German tours, late 2006.  Jeremy is predominantly a freelance bass player but also spends his time working towards 2 bands – Scat, a straight ahead jazz vocal group (with a twist), and the Chris Poulsen trio – an intense jazz/funk/fusion group. The two groups have produced 9 albums between them. He also leads a 20 piece contemporary gospel band which played to 6000 people at Easterfest, 2012. When working on the local scene, Jeremy can sometime be working with up to 4-5 different groups a week, varying from Jazz, Brazilian, Funk, Rock, Afro- Cuban, Pop, Dance etc.He is also a keen music educator, having held bass teaching positions at Nudgee College and St Pauls School.