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CAST AND CREW OF GOD OF CARNAGE

 

TOM COYLE

After 30 years as Bass Trombonist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tom switched his focus to acting in 2017. His stage productions include Ibsen’s Ghosts, Matthew Ryan’s Brisbane,  and Much Ado About Nothing. He has also appeared in a number of short films as well as various TV and film productions.

In 2019 , Tom was a core member of The Curators, and in 2020 he joined the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble apprenticeship program and is currently working with them on a radio play version of Macbeth.

In addition to working with the QSO, Tom has also taught at UQ, Griffith University, USQ and QUT in music, mathematics and computing, including 20 years as Lecturer of Trombone at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Tom was also a founding member, manager and co-artistic director of the contemporary chamber music series, A Musical Asylum. This series commissioned many new compositions as well as performing numerous world and Australian premieres, and was broadcast regularly on ABC-FM.

Tom has also been a member of the Federal Executive of the Symphony Orchestra Musician Association and Queensland Vice-President of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and worked on the joint Federal/State Government body set up to facilitate the merging of the Queensland Symphony and the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestras.

Tom has studied acting with NIDA Open, La Boite, Matrix Theatre, ARC, Peter Rasmussen and The fACTory. 

 

HELEN EKUNDAYO

Musicians on Stage
 

DEIDRE GRACE

God of Carnage is Deidre’s first production with Ad Astra Theatre Company.

Deidre commenced Acting Workshops with the Brisbane Arts Theatre in 2018 after a long hiatus from theatre (during which she and her husband raised two delightful daughters and continue to manage a successful business).

In 2019 she completed a twelve month Acting Internship the Arts Theatre. For 2020, Deidre is undertaking two twelve month programs – NIDA Screen Acting Studio and Professional Screen Acting with The Warehouse Studio.

The role of Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire was Deidre’s third mainhouse production with the Arts Theatre (2020).

Deidre performed as Miss Jacobs/ Mrs Crown in the 2019 Arts Theatre production of the musical Ladies in Black and in their ensemble production of Bertolt Brecht’s epic, The Caucasian Chalk Circle earlier that year.

Fleeting glimpses of Deidre can be seen in a number of QUT and Griffith graduate student short films produced in 2019 and she will be seen again in 2020.

 

SANDRA HARMAN

Sandra is a professional theatre and film actor, director, producer, children’s entertainer & events
host. She was co-founder of the Edge Theatre Company with Ron Kelly, has won several awards
on the Queensland Festival Circuit, and toured The Netherlands, England, Wales, and Australia as
Sybil Faulty in Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience.
Theatre productions have included Medea, Shadow of a Gunman & The Lesson (Edge Theatre),
West Side Story & Murder on the Nile (Starbuck Productions), Bell, Book & Candle, In Camera, &
Dead White Males (Brisbane Arts), Six Degrees of Separation (Diabre), White Devil (Trocadero)
Elephant Man & The Woman in Black (Harvest Rain) The Norman Conquests (Mixed Company),
Jakes Women (Stagewise), The Rocky Horror Show (On The Boards), Loot (Nash), The Miracle
Worker (Crossbow),Wait Until Dark & Shadowlands (Centenary Theatre), Henry V and The
Taming of the Shrew (4MBS Shakespeare Festival) and The Vagina Monologues
(4Stage.Productions)
Sandra recently took a 2 year hiatus from theatre to again concentrate on film and television
where she has appeared in a number of short films, feature films, and TV commercials for RACQ,
Queensland Health, Crisco and KFC. In 2019, she returned to the stage in Picnic at Hanging Rock
(Brisbane Arts), and as since appeared in Murder at the Bodega (Murder She Wrote), Ruby Moon
& Spring Awakening (MBTC) and Dinner in Transylvania & Forbidden Broadway (Casa Mia Productions). She was a Palm Awards finalist for best actress in a leading role (Ruby Moon).

 

JACQUELINE KERR

Director

Jacqueline Kerr has been directing since she became a drama teacher in 2001, with school musicals such as Annie, Jungle Fantasy, Just Desserts, Man of Steel, Annie (again!) and Wizard of Oz and over 15 versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream that she has written and produced herself.

In 2013 she had her directorial debut in professional theatre with her performance of Mother Country, which she wrote and produced for heartBeast Theatre Company as part of the Anywhere Festival. She followed this with an Australian Gothic interpretation of King Lear, again for heartBeast Theatre. In 2016 she started directing for Villanova Players, directing Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (2016), Calendar Girls (2017) High Society (2018) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (2019. In 2018, Jacqueline started up Ad Astra with Fiona Kennedy, sharing the roles of managing and artistic directors, and since then has directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Equus and Jingle Bells Suck (which she co-wrote). She is also currently working towards the world premiere of Captain Moonlite for Redcliffe Musical Theatre Company.

 

PIERCE GORDON

Assistant director