Stoppard wins at the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards

Thrilled that Caroline Brazier won Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production, at the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards, for I Want To Sleep With Tom Stoppard, the show I produced on behalf of

Sydney Theatre Awards

The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Reviewers are Elissa Blake (Sun Herald), Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Chris Hook (Daily Telegraph), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Darryn King (Time Out Sydney), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian) and Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise website).

The 2013 Awards took place at Paddington RSL on Monday 14th January 2013

We got three nominations for I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard:
Best New Australian Work – Toby Schmitz
Best Supporting Actress in a leading Independent Production – Wendy Strehlow
Best Actress in a leading Independent Production – Caroline Brazier

Presenters at the Awards ceremony included Amanda Bishop, Wayne Blair, Mitchell Butel, Zoe Carides, Trudy Dalgleish, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Alice Livingstone, Michael Scott Mitchell, Lara Mulcahy, Tommy Murphy and Guy Noble.

Congratulations to al the nominees, and thanks to the organisers for such a great night.
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I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard

Very proud to have worked on this one!

“…a smart, witty love letter to the stage….Highly recommended.” 8/10 (Elissa Blake, Sun Herald)

“…a fine sample of the wit and energy we associate with Schmitz’s work as an actor.” * * * * (Time Out)

“…the modern comedy of manners is often delightful. What’s more, his wry observations on acting and actors pack a truthful sting…Leland Kean’s production for Tamarama Rock Surfers matches the script for fluency and intelligence.” (Sydney Morning Herald)

“Schmitz’s witty script and fascinating characters provide plenty of food for thought.” * * * * (Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph)

“Schmitz and co pull out all the Stoppards…Sarah is played by Caroline Brazier with an extravagant brilliance.” (The Australian)

“Bold, brash and magnificent in her captivating unravelling is Caroline Brazier as girlfriend Sarah. Schmitz’s goal was to create a complex femme fatale and she is beautifully realised, thanks in no small part to a sensitive and intelligent treatment of the material by director Leland Kean.” (Australian Stage)

“The best satirical-comedy-farce of this and many other years.” (Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise)

“All of the performances are wonderful. A listen and laugh fest…see this.” (Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary)

Don’t wait, houses are filling fast – click here for more info or to book now.

Wed Sep 12 Post Show Industry Panel: included with your ticket price – What is the future and relevance of theatre in Australia? Chaired by Nell Schofield, with Writer Toby Schmitz, Actor Kate Mulvany, Diana Simmonds (Stage Noise) and Chris Mead (Playwriting Australia).

Speaking at NIDA Industry Week

Received a very pleasant phone call from NIDA asking me to come and speak to 3rd year students at NIDA as part of their Industry Week.

The session is called: The Co-op: Staging your own production:

The Actor emerging into the industry, now more than ever needs, to be proactive in creating work and managing their careers. The Co-op is one way of creating self employment and keeping alive their craft and skills. The aim of this session is to advise and provide insight into how to put up a production/work/film, what kind of pitfalls to watch out for and who to approach with your work – possible questions to answer:

Is a producer really necessary?
Where to find a producer?
Funding – different ways to raise funds
Marketing – social media, advertising etc
How do I propose/pitch my your work
Independent programs

I’ll be joined by Phil Spencer at Tamarama Rock Surfers and Skye Kunstelj NIDA Independent Program, which is the program that Sam and I were selected for, with our new work ‘SET’ which runs in April 2013 at NIDA.

Really looking forward to this discussion to see what Phil and Skye have to say. I wish the Producer wasn’t neccessary because I believe everyone should be a producer. Sadly, especially in the creative arts, the producer does the being the scenes work that doesn’t get noticed, is rather time consuming and certainly not as exciting as rehearsing or performing!

But a producer is neccessary because it frees the key creatives up from the administrative elements so they can concentrate solely on developing the artistic process to the best of their abilities.

Tamarama Rock Surfers announce 2012 season – including The Interview

The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company are proud to announce our 2012 season of works at the Old Fitzroy and Bondi Pavilion Theatres. 2012 marks the Rocks Surfers 15th year producing, presenting and creating the best independent theatre in Australia. Click here to check out all the shows

And we’re delighted to be involved again with the Australian premiere of The Interview by Theo Van Gogh

When a jaded war correspondent interviews a young pop super-starlet who will win the ensuing power battle? In a world of celebrity what is truth?

Dreamhouse Artists is a conglomerate of like minded artists who like to tell stories and delve deep into the worlds of the plays they produce. The Interview brings back together the team from Bondi Dreaming: Nick Bolton’s producing , Sam Atwell’s directing , Alon Ilsar’s Musical Directing, Tom Bannerman’s on set and design.

Supported another crowdfunding opp – Theatre at The Bondi Pav!

Received a Facebook message for a new theatre show from Carla Nirella, who I acted in an online video commercial for Altium a few years back

Now this particular invite piqued my interest on several counts
a/ this new project sounds really funny and something different
b/ its at The Bondi Pav and part of the Tamarama Rock Surfers 2012 season, which I’l be part of later on in the eyar, so gotta support my fellow producers
and c/ they’re crowdfunding it –

I went to the Pozible event in Sydney a few weeks back to get a feel for crowdfunding as the jury is still out for me on a long term sustainable model, but came away convinced I would try it with my next show.

So I had to show a little support to the show and pledged $25. Will be interesting to see how carla and the team go with this model revenue raising method.

Project Description:


The Colour Blind Project are wanting to take their latest production, Keep Smiling! The Housewife’s Guide, a bawdy, farcical, and at times haunting, tale of six women, to the stage at The Bondi Pavilion Theatre.

In development since 2010, this is a tale of survival, but always with a smile. It’s inspired by a selection of female characters written by William Shakespeare – but is no ordinary Shakespearean adaptation.

Think Mad Men-meets-Desperate Housewives-meets-Shakespeare!

Heavily inspired by social and cultural trends and events of the 1960s, the play is also inspired by real stories of real women from Sydney.

Those who have seen the work in development have laughed, cried and been thoroughly entertained and we think it’s time for Sydney Audiences to share in their experience.

Get involved here: