Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co

Programming Committee


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.





David Campbell is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile entertainers. A proven television and radio host, he also headlines theatre, cabaret and concert performances as well as being a multi-platinum recording artist. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia as part of The Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for service to entertainment and the arts . David is the popular co-host of the national Today Extra show for the Nine Network, as well as the beloved annual Christmas Eve broadcast of Carols by Candlelight. For radio, David presents his own top rating, national weekend afternoon radio show on Smooth FM and in print, David is a regular featured columnist in Stellar, News Corp’s popular Sunday magazine. David has won four Helpmann Awards, a Sydney Theatre Award and an ARIA.  He is one of Australia’s biggest selling recording artists and has sold over half a million records. In recent years David’s position in the Australian entertainment industry has extended beyond his roles as a performer, including his appointment as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With Luckiest Productions (the production company he runs with his wife Lisa Campbell) David produces national concert tours and live theatre productions. He is a founding member of the Hayes Theatre Co. Despite having such a fascinating and varied career, David’s favourite role by far is being husband to Lisa and father to their three children.




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 2018-19, including a mainstage season at Belvoir and a commercial run at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. At Hayes Theatre Co he has also directed Monty Python’s Spamalot, Gypsy, and the Australian premiere of Side Show, which was nominated for 3 Sydney Theatre Awards. Other directing work includes Oklahoma! for Black Swan State Theatre Company, The Boomkak Panto for Belvoir, and Once & An Act of God for Darlinghurst Theatre Co. He co-created and directed The Show Goes On at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne for award-winning performer Bernadette Robinson, and The Boy, George for comedian Joel Creasey. Richard has co-produced the musicals Sweet CharityMiracle City at the Hayes for Luckiest Productions, and has produced High Society & Darlinghurst Nights for Hayes Theatre Co, and Side Show, Calamity Jane & Gypsy as One Eyed Man Productions. Richard sits on the board and the programming committee for Hayes Theatre Co.







Neil Gooding is an international theatre Director, Producer and Writer. He was the originating Chairman and one of the founding members of Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, is the head of New Musicals Australia and in 2002 established his company, Neil Gooding Productions (NGP). Neil has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland. As a director, Neil was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical. He has also been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award for his direction of the Australian premiere of Dogfight. Other directing highlights include the Australian premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman (Old Fitz Theatre), the World Premiere concert version of Paris, the World Premiere of The Red Tree, Church And State (Asst. Director – New World Stages), Passion (Arts Centre Melbourne for Life Like Touring), the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O’Connor which went on to perform at the New York Music Theatre Festival (as Asst. Director), Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You and High Fidelity (Hayes Theatre Co); the national tour of Thank You for Being A Friend; as well as Side by Side by Sondheim and Diciasette (starring Mark Vincent) As a producer, Neil’s work internationally includes the New York production of Handle with Care starring Carol Lawrence; The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre); Alan Cumming’s one-man version of Macbeth on Broadway; Church And State (New World Stages, NYC) as well as being a financial investor in the Broadway productions of It’s Only A Play and The Ferryman. In London’s West End, Neil was a producer of the hit Australian play, Holding the Man. His producing credits in Australia include: High Fidelity (Hayes), the multi Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity (Hayes / National Tour)); Sing on Through Tomorrow); LOVEBiTES ; Love Letters starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck and the original tour of Breast Wishes.



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.





Nancye Hayes AM is one of Australia’s favourite theatrical actresses.  She is an accomplished actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. She began her career with J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a chorus member in My Fair Lady.  She went on to star in many major musical productions including Sweet Charity, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street. Most recently Nancye performed in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for The Production Company. Other credits include Minnie and Laraz (Melbourne Theatre Co), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Todd McKenney for the Ensemble Theatre, Follies in Concert (Story Board Entertainment) , Sondheim on Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions), as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Harvest Rain), as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (State Theatre Company SA), in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions/Hayes Theatre Co), as Miss Hannigan in the Australian Tour of Annie (The Gordon Frost Organisation), Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company), Grey Gardens, Follies, Oklahoma, Music Man, Funny Girl, Brigadoon (The Production Co.), Murderers (Ensemble), A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). Nancye Hayes has made a significant contribution as a theatre director. Her credits include The Boy from Oz, Sweet Charity, Gypsy (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment) and Noel & Gertie (Christine Dunstan Productions).  Nancye has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Green Room Awards, The Sydney Theatre Awards and The Helpmann Awards. Nancye was honoured with The Order of Australia Award with an OAM in 1981 and an AM in 2014.



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 Game. 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.




Ursula Yovich is a singer, song-writer, actor, playwright and storyteller. She grew up in Australian’s Northern Territory, in Darwin and Maningrida. As an actor Ursula has worked for all of Australia’s leading theatre companies, her performances and writing have been recognised with numerous awards and nominations, most recently four Helpmann Awards 2019 and four Green Room Awards 2020 for the rock musical, Barbara and The Camp Dogs, which she co-wrote with Alana Valentine. Ursula featured in Australia’s first Aboriginal opera, Pecan Summer.  Ursula also wrote and starred in her own one-woman cabaret, Magpie Blues, and more recently as playwright on the powerful piece The Man with the Iron Neck which was performed at the Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin Festivals last year. Ursula has toured Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada with the musicians of Black Arm Band in Dirtsong. She has also performed in the all-girl group Barefoot Divas whose six singers represent the indigenous cultures of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Notable feature film credits include: Top End Wedding, Australia, Goldstone and Jindabyne. Ursula is also a familiar face on Australian television, with roles in many acclaimed series: Wakefield, Wanted, The Code, The Gods of Wheat Street and Redfern Now.   Ursula is a writer on the NITV animated children’s TV series Little J and Big Cuz, as well as being the voice of ‘Nanna’ and ‘Levi’.