Shane and Daniel
MEET OUR TRAVEL GANG-ERS
Daniel Stoddart - Managing Director, Tour Manager, Tour Leader
Daniel is from Newcastle, Australia and is one of the region’s most well-established performers and event promoters. He is an actor, director, artist, producer, entertainer, singer, business owner, blogger, designer, entrepreneur, public figure, teacher, and writer. Daniel is the Founder of Hunter Drama and was the Artistic Director for 10 years, running weekly courses in Acting, Screen Acting, Musical Theatre, Script Writing and much more. Daniel is a Multi-City of Newcastle Drama Award winner, with recent theatrical credits including Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Waiting For Godot. Daniel is a recent Freddie G Fellowship recipient and was also presented with the “Keys to the City” in Elizabeth City, NC, for his services to the arts. Daniel has previously stood as President for the City of Newcastle Drama Association and was a Co-founder of the Junior Theatre Celebration Australia, sponsored by MTI Australasia.
Daniel’s been to... AUSTRALIA | AUSTRIA | CZECH REPUBLIC | ENGLAND | FIJI | FRANCE | GERMANY | ITALY | NEW ZEALAND | SPAIN | SWITZERLAND | THAILAND | USA
Shane Bransdon - Managing Director, Tour Manager, Tour Leader
Shane is an actor/director and educational specialist based in Australia. His recent show credits include Les Miserables (2017), Wicked (2016), and Mary Poppins (2015). Shane has been a drama lecturer at the University of Newcastle where he is currently undertaking a PhD research project in the value of theatre. Shane is a judge for the CONDA theatre awards and is the event producer for the Junior Theatre Celebration Australia.
Shane’s been to... AUSTRALIA | AUSTRIA | BELGIUM | CHINA | ENGLAND | FIJI | FRANCE | GERMANY | ITALY | JAPAN | MEXICO | NETHERLANDS | NEW ZEALAND | SPAIN | SWITZERLAND | TURKEY | USA
Hayley Stoddart - Tour Leader
Hayley is a passionate organiser, traveller and safety specialist based in Newcastle. Her performing theatre credits include Mary Poppins (2015) and is a City of Newcastle Drama Award Nominated Choreographer for Alice in Wonderland JR. and Beauty and the Beast JR. Hayley is the General Manager of Hunter Drama, a drama academy for young people based in the Hunter Region of NSW. She has helped to grow Hunter Drama and be part of its operations since 2008. Hayley is also an integral part of the production team for the Junior Theatre Celebration Australia. Hayley loves to be involved in theatre and can often be found back stage conducting set changes, company managing or organising quick changes. Hayley is also Mum to Levi, Vienna and River.
Hayley's been to... AUSTRALIA | AUSTRIA | CZECH REPUBLIC | DENMARK | ENGLAND | FIJI | FRANCE | GERMANY | GREECE | HAWAII | ITALY | MEXICO | NEW ZEALAND | NORWAY | SPAIN | SWITZERLAND | THAILAND | USA | VANUATU
Tim Turner - Tour Leader
Tim’s a country boy hailing from the small town of Gunnedah, North-West NSW. Starting music and acting early, he became involved in school choir and small performances at his local church. Performing and studying Music and Drama in high school he went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts/Comms majoring in Drama and Public Comms. Tim has studied dance, including ballet, contemporary, and jazz funk. Additionally, he worked as a children’s performer during university. Tim attended Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta in Jan’18, and was on the production team for Junior Theatre Celebration Australia, Newcastle 2017.
Tim’s been to … AUSTRALIA | ENGLAND | GERMANY | INDONESIA | ITALY | NEW ZEALAND | PHILIPPINES | SINGAPORE | USA
Candece Bergin - Trainee
Candece graduated from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education. Her first teaching position was in Moree, NSW. She is currently the College CAPA Coordinator and Music Teacher at Callaghan College in NSW, Australia and leads Creative and Performing Arts projects within 15 primary schools, 3 high schools and the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2001, Candece became a Director of The Marching Koalas, which is a world renowned marching band based in Newcastle, Australia, and has toured overseas 8 times and loves nothing better than facilitating the creation of lifelong memories through musical experiences for all of her students!!
Candy's been to... USA | CANADA | GERMANY | CZECH REPUBLIC | AUSTRIA | CHINA | NOUMEA | CHRISTMAS ISLAND | MEXICO | AUSTRALIA
Kristi Street - Trainee
Kristi trained at BADA (London) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art performing in London, Edinburgh, New York, Sydney and the Hunter Region. In 1999, Kristi received an Australia Council Emerging Artist Grant in directing which lead her to a career directing theatre, film and TV content. Since 2002, each year she has written and directed a new Musical Theatre production at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, Australia. Kristi is currently lecturing in screen production while completing her PhD in Filmmaking and Creativity. A filmmaker herself, she is the founding director of The Shoot Out 24 hour filmmaking festival that operated both in Australia and abroad.
Kristi's been to... USA | AUSTRALIA | ENGLAND | SCOTLAND
New York City, USA