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Musical theatre by Australian writers

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Forrester & Swan



Hailing from Brisbane, Katie completed a certificate IV of music theatre in 2012, before moving to Victoria to further her study and experience in music theatre.

She is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at Federation University’s Arts Academy.

Some highlights since being at the Arts Academy include Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Smash Hit (The Jazz Singer) and Thoroughly Modern Millie covering the roles of Muzzy Van Hosmere and Ruth, as well as acting as vocal swing.

Theatre credits include The Laramie Project and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You.
Earlier this year, Katie had the pleasure of performing her own cabaret Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Everything, for which she enjoyed sold out seasons in both Ballarat and Melbourne.


Tim Swan

Originally from Perth, Timothy has had extensive training as a musician. Once graduated from high school, he underwent training in music at the University of Western Australia before completing two musical theatre courses at both WAAPA and Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts.
He is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) at the Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat.
While at the Arts Academy, he performed the roles of Mike in the workshop of “Smash Hit” [dir. Sara Grenfeld] and Dr Billeaux/Assistant Musical Director in “Urinetown” [dir. George Torbay] as well as featuring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” [dir. David Wynen]. Most recently, he was involved in the creation and performance of “Riches, Romance and Rebellion” which was created and directed by Nancye Hayes and performed at the international conference of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance in Perth.

Being in full-time study and still quite new to the composing scene, Forrester and Swan currently have a few shows in the works. Currently in development is a mini-musical to be performed by some of the talented actors in their year as a part of the Federation University's Student Driven season in July 2015. They are also currently working on a concept musical, 'Waves'.

The pair are very proud to announce that the first song they ever wrote together, “If You Knew Me,” has been selected to go into the brand new AMEB Musical Theatre syllabus that will be released at the end of the year.