BEN NICHOLSON & NICK HEDGER - CO-FOUNDERS/DIRECTORS
Adelaide-bred Ben and Melbourne-local Nick met in Perth while studying Musical Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. The pair started Home Grown in 2014 to give their fellow writers the opportunity to get their work heard, seen and developed.
“Worth the Breath: An evening with Hedger & Nicholson” featured as part of the Chapel Off Chapel 20th Anniversary celebrations. Their first piece, “Hook Up”, openedas part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe and was accepted as part of the 2015 New Musicals Australia program at the Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney. It was also performed at the National Theatre by Patrick Studios Australia Music Theatre in July 2015, where Ben and Nick teach in the Performing Arts Academy and the Music Theatre Certificate. The pair continue to work on their developing musicals and are proud to have seven of their original songs selected to be apart of the A.M.E.B Music Theatre Syllabus.
Both performers in their own rights; Nick has been seen in the Production Company's The Pirates of Penzance and was a top 30 finalist of the Rob Guest Endowment, and Ben in Matthew Robinson's Atlantis: In Concert, Terence O'Connell's Carrie, and Lane Hinchcliffe's The Front.
ADAM LOWE - SECRETARY & TREASURER
Adam J. Lowe's 20 year career spans a substantial body of work creating and managing theatre, international tours, cultural, ceremonial and sporting events and festivals. Today, as Creative Producer, Adam (and his team at adam lowe group) continues to work across a multitude of disciplines. Most recently his 7th Victorian State Schools Spectacular - a stadium spectacular that showcases the talents of Victorian Government school students such as Harrison Craig, Jaz Flowers, Ruvarashe Ngwenya and others.
Adam has worked with creative teams on development, and realization of themes, images and concepts, scripts, storyboards, designs and drawings. In addition, he has maintained the theatrical director’s intent in the performance of primary cast, as well as the rehearsal and performance of understudy cast/s.
After a successful music theatre career behind the scenes, Adam has Executive Produced each Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert (2009-2013). He has otherwise celebrated greats of music theatre as Executive Producer of The Festival of Broadway featuring composer Stephen Schwartz in candid interview with performances by such legends such as Australia’s own Silvie Paladino, and Broadway star Liz Calloway.
Adam's international stadium spectacle experience began in 1998 touring Grease - The Arena Spectacular starring Dannii Minogue and Craig McLachlan. Later, ceremonial stadium theatre alongside David Atkins OAM and others for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (Calling Stage Manager), Doha 2006 15th Asian Games (Production Stage Manager), FINA 2007 World Aquatic Championships (Production Stage Manager), 12th Arab Games Doha 2011 and the 2011 Rugby World Cup – Auckland, New Zealand (Both Production Stage Manager).
With many of Australia's leading theatrical producers Adam has extensive background including musical theatre throughout Australia and Asia: Production Stage Manager on Hot Shoe Shuffle (95-99), Little Shop of Horror's with James Reyne and Christine Anu, An Ideal Husband directed by Sir Peter Hall, A Little Night Music, Chicago – The Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Bert Newton & Nikki Webster), Annie directed by Martin Charnin &, Man of La Mancha both starring Anthony Warlow also too, Hair, the Full Monty, and the Tony Award winning Mel Brooks Musical The Producers. Company Administrator for The Production Company Season 2004 and 2008-2012.
HARRY PROUSE - ASSISTANT PRODUCER
A 2015 Graduate of the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts (Music Theatre), Harry is thrilled to be a part of the Home Grown team. Delighted to be working behind the scenes for a change, he has also worked in 2016 on Broadway Unplugged. As a high school student Harry developed Youth Music Industries, an organisation dedicated to nurturing emerging music artists. There he was awarded two National Bank Grants to produce the Four Walls Festival and Little BIGSOUND. Also a Music Theatre and Cabaret performer, he has performed in sell-out shows Dinner is Served and Cheek to Cheek.