Mark was 43 before he discovered the exquisite pleasures of theatre performance when he played ‘Cooley’ in Don’s Party. He then joined with his daughters in several music theatre productions before he established Stella Entertainment with Mark Raynes.
Through Stella Entertainment, Mark has produced several pro-am and amateur productions. He has been a financial supporter of community theatre and school productions over many years. He has directed amateur theatre and has been assistant director to Mark Raynes in several amateur music theatre productions.
Jon is a passionate supporter of music theatre and is committed to driving MTM’s mission. He has been involved in the music theatre industry in a professional capacity and as an investor in Australian productions over many years.
He continued to perform in numerous amateur production over the next twenty years until he had the joy of performing with his talented daughters. Realising they were better, he turned his hand to set construction, costumes and lighting design, earning a guild nomination for design. Eventually he moved on to Directing with companies such as PLOS (Beauty and the Beast) as well as numerous productions for Panorama. In 2004 he gained the rights to Produce the World Premier of Jon English’s Paris and formed Stella, a new company with Mark Featherby. Mark took on the role of Production coordinator and Paris was followed by the Australian Amateur Premier of RENT and Life After High School. Stella then collaborated with John Bucchino to produce its only Life which was eventually taken to the States to perform at the iconic Birdland.
Peter’s first dual biography, Pioneer Players: The Lives of Louis and Hilda Esson, was shortlisted for four national awards. His second, The Two Frank Thrings, won the 2013 National Biography Prize.
Peter has produced two feature film screenplay adaptations, Brilliant Lies and Hotel Sorrento (for which he won an AFI Award in 1995). As a novelist, Peter has published the football murder mystery Death in the Back Pocket (1993) and the historical crime novel Promontory (2001)
He is the author of flowerchildren: The Mamas and Papas Story, which enjoyed highly successful seasons at Theatre Works (2011) and the Comedy (2013), and with composer Anthony Costanzo created the book for both the Green Room Award winning Life’s a Circus (2009) and, just a few months ago, the much-acclaimed musical Crossroads.
Geordie has played many lead and supporting roles in numerous shows in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2012, he appeared in Sunset Boulevard and as Pat Denning in 42nd Street, whilst in 2013 Geordie appeared in Phantom of the Opera and as Eddie in FLW’s The Wild Party. In 2015, Geordie performed the roles of Captain Schultz and The Club owner for Footlight Productions’, sell-out Season of Miss Saigon. Later in that year, he a starred in the lead role as Reverend Shaw in OCPAC’s production of Footloose.
Geordie has trained in Meisner Technique with Ward Studios (New York/Melbourne) in 2014 and has studied voice and singing with David Rogers Smith and David Wisken. In 2010 Geordie was a semifinalist in the highly acclaimed Rob Guest Endowment Award.
Geordie is also a successful businessman, specializing in elevating startup companies to the next tier of business. Currently he is General Manager of CPR Service, a Remedial Construction Company responsible for the upkeep of Victoria and NSW’s major civil assets.