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26th July 2020 | ONLINE | Authentic Storytelling in Musical Theatre

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Do you feel unsure or apprehensive when it comes to the Music Theatre genre?

Confused about how to approach a theatre song and authentically express your intention to an audience?

Want to know how to help guide your students in this increasingly-popular style?

This interactive webinar workshop and masterclass is for you! Tyran will begin the session with a series of engaged exercises to establish how best to tell stories through spoken word with one’s unique authenticity and individuality. Lisa-Marie will share her approach in preparing the Singer across the wide style requirements of Music Theatre Singing and will speak on the importance of self-reflection. Observe Lisa-Marie & Tyran work collaboratively with invited singers as they find authenticity in songs from a range of music theatre styles.

With the wealth of knowledge and experience held by these two esteemed performers and educators, this workshop will not only inspire and excite you, but will energise you to approach your performing and teaching of music theatre in a new way. Do not miss this opportunity! For more information on the presenters, see below.


  • All ANATS members: A$20

  • Non-members: A$40

  • Student Non-Members: A$30

  • Masterclass Singers: A$10


Simply submit two (2) song options from the categories below and a short paragraph about your singing background and ambitions. Email to:

We will be in touch regarding final song selection and with details on how to prepare and present during the online masterclass. Due date for masterclass submissions: 30th June 2020.

  • Golden Age of Musicals (1920-1960) - Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bock & Harnick, Lerner & Lowe, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver!, Camelot etc.

  • Strong Text-Driven Theatre songs (1960-1990) - Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Ahrens & Flaherty, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Working, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Singin’ in the Rain, Pippin, Miss Saigon etc.

  • Contemporary Musical Theatre (post 1990) - Jason Robert Brown, Jonathan Larson, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Michael John LaChuisa, William Finn, Scott Alan, Marc Shaiman, Jeanine Tesori, Once on this Island, Children of Eden, Newsies, The Secret Garden, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, etc.

  • Current Rock/Pop Musicals - Lin Manuel-Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Hamilton, We Will Rock You, Shrek, Sister Act, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, Come From Away, Once, The Colour Purple, Next to Normal etc.

Four performers will be selected to perform based on song choice and style as appropriate for the masterclass. The cost of singing in the Masterclass is A$10. If you are selected, you will be asked to book through TryBooking.


Tyran Parke

In a short period of time, Tyran Parke has firmly established himself as an acclaimed director on the Australian theatre scene. He directed the all-star production of Follies at the Melbourne Recital Centre, followed by last year’s acclaimed production of Barnum starring Todd McKenny and Rachael Beck.

Professional directing credits include plays Thom Pain, Pool (no water), The Laramie Project, Great Expectations, and Proof; musicals Jekyll and Hyde, Lovebites, Metro St, Cheek to Cheek, Rent, The Goodbye Girl, A Chorus Line, Hello Again, and operas The Coronation of Poppea and The Fairy Queen.

Parke is a huge devotee to the work of Stephen Sondheim. Having played the title role in Sunday in the Park with George, he was thrilled to recently direct the highly acclaimed 2018 production in Perth at WAAPA. Aside from Follies, Assassins – which toured throughout Victoria after its sell-out Melbourne season, was a highlight – Into the Woods and Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim repeated this artistic success.

Concert work includes the acclaimed Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in Tapestry, Caroline O’Connor’s From Broadway with Love and three separate national tours of From Broadway to La Scala over a six-year period.

Other productions include the acclaimed Ordinary Days (Green Room Award – Best Director), Big Fish (Broadway World and Glugg nominations – Best Director), Falsetto’s (Green Room Nomination – Best Director) and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera Chaser Award – Best Director of an Opera).

As a teacher, Parke has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is also Artistic Director of Clovelly Fox Productions.

Lisa-Marie Parker

Lisa-Marie Parker is a versatile singer and actress whose career has spanned over 22 years and is also a freelance Music Theatre Voice Teacher, Audition Coach and Career Mentor with over 19 years experience.

Her various Performing stage credits include: Jekyll and Hyde with Anthony Warlow, Serenading Adela-A Street Opera, American Song Cycle: A Double Bill (Self Produced), The Sedaka Songbook, Grand DiVisions - A Moved Urban Cantata (Outer Urban Projects), Sondheim on Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions), Taxithi- An Australian Odyssey; Legally Blonde (Exitleft Productions), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street Productions) Nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Linda in Blood Brothers, Green Room Awards (2014), Atlantis-The Concert by Matthew Robinson, Cats (Really Useful Company) Nominated for Female Artist in a FeaturedRole in a Musical for Jellylorum/Griddlebone, Green Room Awards (2010); John and Jen (Cast/Producer.) Nominated for 5 Green Room Awards (2009) including Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Production; The Sound of Music (ExitLeft Productions), Merrily We Roll Along, Mary Bryant (Magnormos); 1975-A Love Story (Brisbane Canto Coro); We Will Rock You (Louise Withers & Assoc); 1975-A Populist Opera (Melbourne Workers Theatre); Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Production (Cameron Mackintosh); McCubbin-A Musical Biography; Hello Dolly, Hair, Music Man, Call Me Madam (The Production Company); And the World Goes Round; Putting It Together; Songs for a New World; Crusade-The Concert (Picture This!) and It's All About Me! Lisa-Marie Charalambous in Cabaret.

As Voice teacher, Lisa-Marie has worked with the wonderful singers at Centrestage Performing Arts School, Brunswick, Outer Urban Projects, Exitleft in Hobart, Walt Disney Special Events, Starbound, Signal 37 Project, Anti Racism Action Band Sound Hub to name a few and was a regular judge at the Highpoint Star Search Competition. A member of the Music Theatre Advisory Board for the development of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Music Theatre Syllabus in 2014, Lisa-Marie continued on as an AMEB examiner for Music Theatre and also the Singing for Leisure Syllabus. In 2020, Lisa-Marie Parker joined the incredible staff at Victorian College of Arts teaching voice for the Bachelor of Fine Arts - Music Theatre, as well as teaching privately from the Lisa-Marie Parker Vocal Studio in North Melbourne, Victoria.

Lisa-Marie is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor Of Music Performance- Majoring in Classical Voice.


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