Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co


Board Members

Lisa Campbell


British born Lisa Campbell is a producer and casting director.
She has a company with childhood friend Richard Carroll and husband David, called Luckiest Productions.  Luckiest Productions has produced national tours, international documentaries and live recordings for DVD and cinema release.  They have won Helpmann and ARIA awards.  She was producer of Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 2009-2011, with David as Artistic Director.
Lisa is a founding member of Hayes Theatre Co, and is now Chair of the Board.  At Hayes Theatre Co. Luckiest Productions has produced four musicals at the Hayes: Sweet Charity (with Neil Gooding Productions), Miracle City, Little Shop of Horrors (with Tinderbox Productions) and Only Heaven Knows.
She also works as a Casting Director. She has cast numerous productions including Heathers, RENT and most recently cast the forthcoming national tour of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.
In addition to producing theatre, Lisa also produces children – seven year old Leo and two year old twins, Billy and Betty.

Nick Hart

Nick Hart

Deputy Chair

Nick is a leading theatrical lawyer and a director of boutique technology, media and entertainment law firm Blueprint Law (www.blueprintlaw.com.au). At Blueprint Law, Nick heads up the theatre and live events practice, one of the only practices of its kind in Australia. Many moons before becoming a lawyer, Nick cut his theatrical teeth in Edinburgh, programming and emceeing at the Fringe Club at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently gained extensive experience as a media and entertainment lawyer, working across the full breadth of the music and theatre industries at specialist law firms and in-house in London and Sydney.
Nick combines technical expertise with a commercial approach gained from working at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group in London and as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Global Creatures. He has wide-ranging experience across all aspects of developing, producing and licensing theatrical and arena productions in Australia and worldwide.

Richard Carroll

Richard Carroll directed an acclaimed re-imagining of Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co in 2017, which won 2 Sydney Theatre Awards and toured Australia in 2018, including a mainstage season at Belvoir. At Hayes Theatre Co he has also directed a new production of Gypsy starring Blazey Best, and the Australian premiere of Side Show, which was nominated for 3 Sydney Theatre Awards. He co-directed An Act of God at Darlinghurst Theatre Co, and co-created and directed The Show Goes On at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne for award-winning performer Bernadette Robinson.
As part of Luckiest Productions, Richard has produced the musicals Sweet Charity and Miracle City, and has produced High Society and Darlinghurst Nights for Hayes Theatre Co, as well as producing Side Show, Calamity Jane and Gypsy as One Eyed Man Productions.
Richard sits on the board and the programming committee for Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney. He is also a member of the artistic assessment panel for New Musicals Australia, and the cabaret panel for the Helpmann Awards.

Darren Challis

Darren is an executive and board search consultant. As Managing Director of Challis & Company, he has led many successful assignments to find Chairs, NEDs, CEOs, country managers and functional leaders across a range of industries. Before founding Challis & Company, Darren worked as a consultant with Egon Zehnder; a senior executive at Fairfax Media; a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, and a solicitor at MinterEllison.

Over the years, Darren has also served on a number of commercial and community boards. He has twice been elected to the University Council at UNSW Sydney, its governing body, where he also served on the University’s Finance Committee, Planning Committee and as a Governor of its Alumni Association.

Darren is passionate about the arts, particularly musical theatre.

Kerry Comerford

Kerry has extensive experience in the arts and entertainment industry internationally. Since 2016 she has worked as an independent Consultant. She is a Director – Hayes Theatre Sydney, Circa, Brisbane and Destination Sydney Surrounds North – NSW tourism board.

From 2012-2016 she was Vice- President, Asia Pacific for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group. She joined the company in 1996 as Executive Producer and was responsible for Cats; the Australian and Asia tour; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1996; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2001 Kerry was appointed General Manager for RUG in the Asia Pacific region and oversaw the presentation of; the first Korean Language production of The Phantom of the Opera in South Korea; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Beijing and Shanghai; the Australian production of The Graduate; and The Phantom of the Opera productions in South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has been responsible for numerous international Cats seasons including presentations in Lebanon, Qatar, Kuala Lumpur, Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Athens, Macau, Philippines, Thailand and an 8-city tour of China.

Kerry worked for many of Australia’s leading theatrical companies including the MLC Theatre Royal, The State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. As Executive Producer for the AFCT she was responsible for the national and international tour of Me and My Girl, the Australian tour of Stephen Berkoff’s One Man and the national tour of Hello Dolly. She was Marketing Manager for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Director, Tandanya, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Administration of Come Out Youth Arts Festival and Office Manager with the State Theatre Company of SA.

Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.
Having created Neglected Musicals in 2010, Michelle has presented 21 musicals over the past 10 years. She is the Associate Producer of the critically acclaimed and Award winning Calamity Jane starring Virginia Gay, which  toured  Australia in 2018 and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT touring in 2020.  Michelle is also a board member of Hayes Theatre Co.
Michelle has produced the Coogee Carols for Randwick City Council for 18 years and each year provides Christmas Entertainment events across Sydney .
With over 20 years as one of Australia’s leading Entertainment Publicists, Michelle has managed the media for Cyndi Lauper, Barry Humphries, The Dali Lama, CATS, The Graduate, The Phantom of the Opera, Guys & Dolls, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, The Helpmann Awards and more.
Previously Michelle has been General Manager of Peter & Ellen Williams Presents at the Sydney Opera House, director of Australian Creative Management, Client Manager with the Harry M Miller Group, Publicist with Mollison Consulting and The Really Useful Company Australia before setting MGM Publicity & Promotions in 2002.

Jaclyn Lee-Joe

Jackie has over 20 years of marketing and digital experience across media, tech and communications.  She has worked in a myriad of global and regional roles around the world with well-known consumer brands including Netflix, BBC, Skype and Virgin.

At the BBC, Jackie had oversight of more than 300 brands globally, fostering franchise brands such as Doctor Who, the Planet Series and Top Gear, and for developing new brands.  Jackie was instrumental in helping to create new content experiences, partnerships and ways for communities to engage with BBC content globally.  At Netflix, she brought her experience in media and entertainment together with a deep understanding of the internet and tech – building reach and fan engagement for a growing international content slate across an expanding range of genres, deepening partnerships, leading popular culture by fostering conversations around the world, and developing Netflix’s brand.

Wayne McKenna

Wayne has had a lifelong interest in the performing arts since first performing on stage at an early age.

He commenced his professional career in the performing arts as General Manager of The Queensland Ballet and went on to become Business Manager of Opera Queensland. He subsequently moved to Sydney to further his interest in commercial theatre where he has worked for The Gordon/Frost Organisation, Jacobson Entertainment and, more recently, Newtheatricals. Over the years he has been involved with a number of major theatrical productions including The Sound of Music (GFO), the world premiere production of Shout! (JE), The Witches of Eastwick (JE), Jersey Boys (NT), Rock of Ages (NT), The Addams Family (NT), The Blue Man Group (NT) and Legends! (GFO).

Wayne has also worked for a number of years in the Government sector as the Business and Financial Analyst for the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Darren Yap

In 2020 Darren recently directed Joseph and His Amazing Dreamcoat in Tokyo, the remount of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam for NTofP at Belvoir Street Theatre and Merrigong Theatre, Double Delicious for The Sydney Festival and CAAP.  He performed as the Sultan in Disney’s Aladdin touring New Zealand, Adelaide and Singapore.

Other productions he has directed include the world premiere of The Great Wall, for Glowstick Productions in SingaporeMiracle City for Hayes Theatre and Theatre Division, A Murder Is Annunced for Louise Withers and AssociatesLetters To Lindy for Merrigong Theatre, Ghost The Musical for Toho productions in Tokyo;  Diving For Pearls and Ladies Day for Griffin TheatreThe Serpent’s Table (co-directed with Lee Lewis) for CAAP and Sydney Festival.

Darren’s outdoor events and musicals include Associate Director for the 2019 Abu Dhabi National DayBetty Productions UK, Artistic Director for The City Of Sydney Chinese New Years Parade for two years, Segment Director for The Closing Ceremony Of The 15th Asian Games In Qatar, Artistic consultant on the Opening of The National Gallery of Singapore, Associate director for The Cairo Pre-Show Celebrations, Miss Saigon 2007-2014 (Australia, Japan, Korea, Amsterdam, West End) and Mamma Mia 10th Anniversary Tour in 2009. 

Darren won the Broadway Regional Award for best Director of a play: Diving For Pearls and also was nominated for Miracle City for best outstanding main stage production in 2017.

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