Lisa Campbell – Chair
Lisa Campbell is a producer and casting director. She founded Luckiest Productions in 2007. Since then Luckiest Productions has produced national tours, international documentaries and live recordings for DVD and cinema release. They have won numerous Helpmann, ARIA and Sydney Theatre awards. She was a producer of Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 2009-2011, with her husband, entertainer David Campbell as Artistic Director. Lisa is a founding member of Hayes Theatre Co, and Chair of the Board. At Hayes Theatre Co. Luckiest Productions has produced five musicals at the Hayes: Sweet Charity (with Neil Gooding Productions), Miracle City, Little Shop of Horrors (with Tinderbox Productions) Gypsy and Only Heaven Knows. She also has a casting company. She has cast productions including Heathers, RENT, Priscilla Queen of The Desert and most recently the forthcoming Broadway smash, Moulin Rouge The Musical. Lisa is a member of the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia and is head of the Musicals Panel for the Helpmann Awards. Lisa is also mother to ten year old Leo and five year old twins, Billy and Betty.
Kerry Comerford – Deputy Chair
Kerry has extensive experience in the arts and entertainment industry internationally. Since 2016 she has worked as an independent consultant. As a Director – Hayes Theatre Co, Sydney, Circa, Brisbane and Destination Sydney Surrounds North – NSW tourism board. She was Vice-President, Asia Pacific for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group (2012 – 2016). In 1996 as Executive Producer she was responsible for Cats; the Australian and Asian tour; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1996; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for New Zealand, Hong Kong & Singapore. In2001 Kerry was General Manager for RUG Asia Pacific Region and oversaw; the first Korean Language production of The Phantom of the Opera in South Korea; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Beijing & Shanghai; the Australian production of The Graduate; The Phantom of the Opera productions in South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Singapore. She has been responsible for many Cats seasons including; Lebanon, Qatar, Kuala Lumpur, Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Athens, Macau, Philippines, Thailand & an 8-city tour of China. As Executive Producer for the AFCT she was responsible for the national and international tour of Me and My Girl, Australian tour of Stephen Berkoff’s One Man & the national tour of Hello Dolly.
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 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 Minter Ellison. 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.
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.
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 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 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, He has also directed the world premiere of the Great Wall (Glowstick Productions) in Singapore, Miracle City (Hayes Theatre Co and Theatre Division), A Murder Is Announced (Louise Withers and Associates), Letters to Lindy (Merrigong Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Toho Productions) in Tokyo, Diving For Pearl & Ladies Day (Griffin Theatre), The Serpent’s Table (co-directed with Lee Lewis) ( CAAP & Sydney Festival). Outdoor events and musicals include Associate Director for the 2019 Abu Dhabi National Day (Betty 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 The Cairo Pre-show Celebrations, Miss Saigon 2007-2014 (Australia, Japan, Korea, Amsterdam, West End) & Mamma Mia 10th Anniversary Tour in 2009. Darren won the Broadway Regional Award for Best Director of a Play: Diving For Pearls and nominated for Miracle City for Best Outstanding Main Stage Production in 2017.