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Musical theatre by Australian writers

A place to experience the best and newest material written by the Australian industry's own music theatre writers.

Matthew lee robinson

New York based Australian composer/lyricist and performer Matthew Lee Robinson has won the UTAS Stephen Schwartz Songwriting Award, the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, the $100,000 Australia Council Music Fellowship and been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work. He is a Churchill Fellow, a Peer of the Australia Council for the Arts and has been a writer in residence at the Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers Colony.

His latest musical ATLANTIS was most recently developed in New York City directed by Tony-winning Newsies creative Christopher Gattelli. His next musical in development, Happy People, was most recently workshopped by Village Theatre, Washington. Robinson's music has been heard in concert at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Broadway’s Future Songbook Series, iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival (Atlanta), Junior Thespian Festival (Dallas Keynote Speaker), Ars Nova NYC Uncharted series, Seattle’s New Voices series and at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Robinson's writing credits also include songs for the Emmy-nominated television series Dance Academy, the five time Helpmann-nominated musical Metro Street (State Theatre Company of South Australia and Daegu International Musical Festival), the musical revue Sing On Through Tomorrow (Glug Award, Original Cast Recording available through iTunes), the Shirley Bassey biographical cabaret Where Do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey and the Australian national tours of three music showcases featuring Helpmann Award-winning actress Lucy Durack. In the corporate sphere, Matthew has penned songs for the events of Coca-Cola, Nintendo, Bosch, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Nokia Siemens Networks and the Australian Open Tennis Championships.
Robinson is a proud musical theatre educator, having been a guest lecturer at institutions including the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Australian Institute of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Sheridan College (Toronto) and Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He has led workshops for Broadway Dreams Foundation in New York City and produced two workshop series across Australia, The Singing Actor and Matthew Lee Robinson Presents New Voices. His music currently appears in the published and extended works for the Australian Music Examinations Board Musical Theatre syllabus.