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About Us 2017-02-27T23:38:35+00:00
• THE PRODUCTION COMPANY •

The Production Company (Aust) Ltd is a not-for-profit theatrical company specialising in promoting and showcasing new and established theatre talent and to stimulate the Melbourne and Australian theatre industry. The Production Company stages a series of three musicals at the Arts Centre Melbourne each year.

Since 1999, Melbourne has been serenaded by the The Production Company, celebrating the best of Broadway. Each season gives three glorious shows the chance to be staged in Melbourne at the beautiful State Theatre. We stage the works of such greats as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Neil Simon and Jerry Herman.

Originally conceived as “concert versions” we rehearse for two weeks. The actors’ intimacy with the audience, the directors’ creative staging, and the choreographers’ dazzling contribution have grown each season. The casting mixes established stars with new talent.

Chairman Jeanne Pratt and her team engage the best local directors, choreographers and designers to stage the shows to best effect. The Production Company Orchestra plays the scores with maximum impact under Australia’s best conductors.

Two weeks of whirlwind rehearsals in the studio and just one week technical rehearsal in the theatre before opening each Season, The Production Company shows are thrilling and energetic.

We receive no government subsidy and rely solely on the Box Office proceeds and support of the corporate sector and individuals to exist.

JEANNE PRATT AC
CHAIRMAN

In 1978 Jeanne together with her late Husband Richard Pratt, established the Pratt Foundation which is now one of the largest private sources of philanthropy in Australia.

She also acquired and restored the National Trust property Raheen which has helped to raise many millions of dollars for charity.

Born in Poland, Jeanne grew up in Sydney, where she was educated and worked as a journalist. After marrying Richard in 1959, she moved to Melbourne where she has established a national reputation as a leading philanthropist and arts patron.

Jeanne is Chair of The Production Company, a non-profit theatrical company which she founded in 1998, Senior Vice-President of the Carlton Football Club and a Council Member of the National Gallery of Australia.

Jeanne is Life Governor of the Australian International Opera Awards, Patron of the MTC and member of the Advisory Committee for Her Majesty’s Theatre. She was Chairman of Opera Foundation Victoria for twenty years, sat on the Board of Melbourne Theatre Company for ten years and was a Director of Spoleto Melbourne for a similar period of time. In addition to her leadership roles, she is committed to the combined Emergency Services Victoria Foundation, a Patron of the Australian Council of Christians & Jews and Bass Care a non-profit community aged care organisation.

Jeanne has received countless awards, including an Order of Australia (AO), and the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), B’nai B’rith International Gold Medal, Variety Club International Humanitarian Award, and the American Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship to name a few.

In 2011 Swinburne University of Technology awarded Jeanne an honorary doctorate and in July she was honoured as 2013 Victorian of the Year by the Victoria Day Council.

Jeanne has three children and nine grand-children.

KEN MACKENZIE-FORBES AM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

A Director of The Production Company in Melbourne since 1999, Ken was also the inaugural Artistic Director from 1999 until 2001 and has been in this position since 2009.

For nineteen years Ken was General Manager of the Victoria State Opera. Under his management the VSO, by the early 1980’s, had become recognised as one of the most successful performing arts companies in Australia.

Ken is an executive producer of opera, musical theatre and major events. His successes include national tours of the musicals HMS

Pinafore, West Side Story, Anything Goes and the New York Shakespeare Festival’s The Pirates of Penzance (1984). Major arena productions he has produced include Carmen, Aida and The Puccini Spectacular. He also co-produced national concert tours by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Anthony Warlow.

Ken was Artistic Director for IMG Australia for four years, where he produced the national tours of the hit musicals Chicago and My Fair Lady.

He established Macks Entertainment in 1999 and co-produced national tours of the musicals, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, (both with SEL/GFO) and Hair with The Production Company.

An Arts Graduate of the University of Queensland, Ken’s first position in the music industry was as Senior Music Officer with The Australia Council for four years.

From 1997 to 1999 he was an international judge of the Placido Domingo World Opera Contest.

In 1986 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the music industry.

RACHEL D TAYLOR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rachel D Taylor joined The Production Company as Production Coordinator in 1999, its inaugural season, and was General Manager from 2000 to 2006. She was appointed Executive Director at the end of 2006, and has worked on every musical in the company’s history.

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree (History / Literature) Rachel began her career with Cameron Mackintosh Pty Ltd in Melbourne working backstage on Les Miserables and The Phantom of The Opera.

She then trained in company management

under the late, great Kevin Hanily on the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for The Really Useful Company.

Rachel went on to work as Company Manager for Victoria State Opera (VSO), and toured nationally on West Side Story for VSO / IMG. She later toured as Company Manager for Jon Nicholls on his Australia tour of Jolson The Musical.

Rachel formed part of VSO’s Musicals & Concerts Division as Production Coordinator: highlights included the Australian arena tour of The Puccini Spectacular.

Rachel then joined IMG’s newly created Arts & Entertainment Division with Ken Mackenzie-Forbes AM. Her production highlights there include producing tours of West Side Story, Shirley Bassey, My Fair Lady and Chicago The Musical.

Rachel is a nominating member of the Helpmann Awards © Musicals Panel and a Director of The Production Company.

• OUR VALUABLE TEAM MEMBERS •

Hon. Secretary
Don Maloney

Directors
Deborah Beale
Keith Beecher OAM
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty
Mark Gogoll
John Hay-Mackenzie
Garry Krauss AM
David Mann OAM
Ross Mollison

Development Manager
Simone Goodwin

Orchestra Services Manager
and Consultant
James Kempster

Associate Producer
Min McCallum

Marketing
AKA Australia
www.aka-au.com

Publicity
CAVANAGH PR
julie@cavpr.com.au

PA to Jeanne Pratt AC
Chris Gibbons

 

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