The Cabaret Winter Workshop with Queenie Van De Zandt and Friends

Whether you are an up and coming Cabaret artist, a seasoned professional or simply somebody who might maybe have the outlines of a concept, the Cabaret Winter Workshop (June 9-20) is aimed at giving you the best chance possible of developing your own one-person show.

Image by Carla Gulmaraes
Image by Carla Gulmaraes

“What the hell is Cabaret?”
“I do not own a corset.”
“But I cannot play piano/guitar/solve a rubik’s cube/whilst singing.”
“You mean I have to actually have to talk to the audience?”

Queenie Van De Zandt is one of Australia’s foremost Cabaret experts. Through 15 years of organising professional masterclasses and courses, Queenie and her company Amazon Woman Enterprises have demonstrated a commitment to the next generation of Musical stars.

Young or old, amateur or professional, performers have walked away raving from former initiatives like the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop in Brisbane, organised in partnership with Harvest Rain Theatre Company, and Queenie’s own Children’s Audition Preparation Workshops which run yearly.

“Queenie van de Zandt has a knack of bringing together the best in the business to be a part of her courses and she’s done it again with Cabaret Winter Workshop. What an amazing opportunity to work with the leading lights of the cabaret scene to develop your own cabaret show.  I wish this had been around when I was starting out!”David Campbell

With an all-star list of educators featuring the brightest musical minds in the country, the Cabaret Winter Workshop is the latest in a string of cutting-edge opportunities available to those committed to learning about their craft. Whatever your current skill set.

And what an opportunity it is!

Running from June 9-20, the Workshop is a program which features 20 Masterclasses by the Who’s Who of Australian Cabaret. The 2 week program is focused towards the development of student provided cabaret ideas and on the final night of their tuition, each participant will have the opportunity to present the kernel of their cabaret, performing as a part of the Hayes’ Cabaret Season. This performance will be accompanied by both Queenie Van De Zandt and celebrated Musical Director, Max Lambert, and will be open to the public for viewing.

Above is a video from the inaugural Cabaret Winter Workshop which took place in 2014, and below is a list of the artists contributing to the Workshop in 2015. The astute reader will note that a vast majority of these artists are also involved in producing, or performing in, or directing upcoming productions Australia wide.

If you are a professional performer then– this workshop represents an invaluable opportunity to pick the minds of currently jobbing creatives, men and women who you may next meet on the other side of that fearsome beast, the multi-headed Audition Panel.

Paul Capsis Legendary international cabaret performer and writer – Make Me a King, Paul Capsis: Songs of Love & Death, The Capsis Experience

Trevor Ashley Performer/writer/producer – Liza (on an E), Fat Swan, Diamonds are for Trevor, I’m Every Woman, Showqueen, star of Les Miserables, and in his directorial debut, Heathers at the Hayes Theatre Co later this year.

Max Lambert Legendary composer and musical director – Strictly Ballroom, King Kong, Hairspray, Miracle City

Mitchell Butel Triple Helpmann Award-winning performer – Avenue Q, The Mikado, The Venetian Twins, and writer – Killing Time, Excellent Adventure, Now for the Weather) and in his directorial debut, Violet at the Hayes Theatre Co later this year.

Phil Scott Musical director, writer  & performer– The STC’s Wharf Review, and the only artist to perform at every Adelaide Cabaret Festival since it’s inception.

Graeme Russell Artistic Director of Ballarat Cabaret Festival and Theatre Manager of Her Majesty’s Theatre

Garry Scale Director – Fat Swan & writer/performer at the legendary cabaret venue – The Tilbury Hotel

Tyran Parke Performer/writer – Compositions, a Musical Close up, Children and Art, Light in the Dark and director – Assassins, Our House

Andrew Dunn Publicity & Marketing – Mollison Communications –  Spiegelworld, Absinthe, Empire, Cirque du Soleil

Alison Avron Performer and cabaret venue producer – The Newsagency, Sydney

Andrew Worboys Musical director, songwriter and arranger – Sweet Charity, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You, Love and Death and An American Guitar, The Divine Miss Bette, STC Wharf Review.

Neil Gooding Producer, Dogfight, Sweet Charity, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You, The Divine Miss Bette, director & writer.

Toby Francis Performer: Love and Death and an American Guitar, Dogfight, The Just for Laughs International Comedy Gala, writer & producer:

Graeme Gillies Founding director of Grayboy Entertainment – Australia’s No 1 Cruise Entertainment Service

Geraldine Quinn Multi-award winning comedienne, cabaret artist & writer – MDMA – Modern Day Maiden Aunt, Shut Up and Sing, Rock Whiz, Spicks and Specks

The Cabaret Winter Workshop is currently accepting applications for one of only 30 positions available within the program. Interviews will be conducted to assess suitability either in person (for Melbourne based applicants) or over Skype.

WHEN: 9–13 June, Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm, with a public forum on Sat 13 & 15-20 June, with a public performance on Sat 20 June 2015
WHERE: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St (cnr Perry & Cleveland) and Hayes Theatre Co., 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point, Sydney

COST: $1765 (incl. GST) Early-Bird (payments made in full by Sunday 24th May)
$1865 (incl. GST) (payments made thereafter)

For more details please visit the Cabaret Winter Workshop website here.

Chris Fung

Hailing from the wind-blasted steppes of Mongolia, Chris Fung is a highly accomplished mathematician, award-winning potato grower, and habitual liar. Two specialities which have lent themselves perfectly to his current career in Musical Theatre. Chris met former AussieTheatre Editor Erin James when they were both cast members of the Australian national tour of 'The King and I', wherein Chris was fortunate enough to understudy and play the title role to 25 audiences at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. 

The King that is, not Mrs. Anna. 

Chris studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (B. Musical Theatre), at Sydney University (B.A. in Performance Studies and Education) and at the School of Hard Knocks (B. ing a very bad man that nobody wanna mess with)

Chris Fung

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