Past Finalists

2015

DANIEL ASSETTA

Daniel is one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming performers. He trained at The Glenda Yee School of Dance and graduated from ED5 International with a Diploma of Performing Arts. Daniel’s professional stage credits began with numerous Opera Australia productions including Carmen, Tosca, Turandot, Billy Budd, Carmina Burana and The Magic Flute. He also appeared on television shows as a dancer such as The ARIA Awards, X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance and Young Talent Time whilst getting the opportunity to work alongside Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke and Kelly Rowland. In 2013, Daniel made his Musical Theatre debut in Wicked (GFO), touring throughout Australia, Manila and Auckland for two years. He is now currently playing ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in the Australian Tour of the revival production of CATS The Musical (LTP/RUG). He was also recognised last year at the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment as a semi finalist and was honoured with the Playbill Future Prospect Award.


Finalists:
Blake Appelqvist, Hilary Cole, Georgina Hopson, Robert McDougall, Ashleigh Rubenach


2014

JOSHUA ROBSON

Joshua trained as a performer at the Victorian College of the Arts where he finished a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2011. There he performed in many shows including excerpts of Spring Awakening (Ernst) and West Side Story (Tony). After leaving VCA, he performed in the Spring Music Festival 2012 in The Threepenny Opera (Macheath). Most recently he was part of the ensemble in the world premiere production of King Kong: Live on Stage (2013) and is currently performing in the ensemble of Les Miserables that opened in July 2014 and is currently residing in the Capitol Theatre Sydney.


Finalists:
Ben Bennett, Andrew Cook, Angela Scundi, Monica Swayne, Karla Tonkich


2013

Samantha Leigh Dodemaide

After becoming the 2013 recipient of the ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment, Sam accepted a place to study acting at the prestigious Atlantic Acting School’s summer intensive in NYC. Prior to this Sam spent

 a year performing in the world premier of  King Kong (Global Creatures). Other professional credits include WICKED (USJ), Anything Goes (TPC), The Producers (TPC), and A Chorus Line (TML) in which she understudied and performed the lead role of Cassie as well as understudying the roles of Sheila, Diana, Maggie and Judy.

Sam has also appeared along side some of the worlds finest actors in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (GFO) performing the role of The Geminae.

Sam’s training began at Patrick Studios Australia; she has also studied at 16th street, The Hub Studios and privately in acting, singing, voice and movement with some of Australia’s best coaches.


Finalists:
Angelique Cassimatis, Elisa Colla, Euan Doidge, Edward Grey, Rob Mallett


2012

Glenn Hill

Glenn trained with Rodwells Studio of Dance and the Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Sydney, with vocal training from Lynda Barnes and Patricia Oertel.

Glenn is has appeared in Legally Blonde The Musical where he covered the role of Emmett. Other recent credits include the World Premiere production of Dr Zhivago, for which he was also Dance Captain. After a successful Australian tour he travelled to Seoul as part of the creative team to stage a Korean production of the show.

Glenn began his professional career aged 16 in Jolson – The Musical with Rob Guest and was an original cast member and Assistant Dance Captain for the Australian and Japanese tours of the QUEEN musical – We Will Rock You.

Other theatre credits include Kookaburra’s debut production of Pippin, Sweet Charity and Little Me for The Production Company and a Korean tour of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision. He appeared in Monty Python’s Spamalot in Melbourne, in which he was Dance Captain and understudy for several lead roles. He toured nationally with Mamma Mia!, understudying Pepper and Eddie.

Glenn’s other performance credits include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and various ARIA Awards broadcasts.

He has appeared for Australia’s leading choreographers at numerous corporate, sporting, live and televised events.


Finalists:
Kirby Burgess, Andrew Conaghan, Euan Doidge, Samm Hagen, Allyce Martins


2011

Blake Bowden

Most recently, Blake was seen as ‘Lt. Joseph Cable’ in Opera Australia’s South Pacific, which he played at the Sydney Opera House before going with the show on a national tour.

In 2013 Blake performed the role of Prince Charming for Melbourne’s Gertrude Opera in their production of Massenet’s Cinderella.

After winning the ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2011, Blake created the role of ‘Pat Matthews’ in the 2012 world premiere of the Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow. Also in 2011 Blake played ‘Lysander’ in the Australian tour of Eamon Flack’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, and was a principal artist in the international tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In 2010 Blake appeared in the Australian tour of West Side Story regularly performing the lead roles of Tony and Riff.

Other music theatre credits include: Dirty Dancing, The Boy From Oz Arena Tour with Hugh Jackman and Jekyll and Hyde.


Finalists:
Ashlea Pyke, Gretel Scarlett, Kirby Lunn, Luigi Lucente, Jamie Ward


2010

Francine Cain

Francine Cain graduated from WAAPA in 2009. At WAAPA Francine performed as Maureen in Rent, Mary Phagan (Parade), Lorraine Flemming (42nd St), Alice B.Toklas (Loving Repeating) and The Narrator and Rebecca Hilliker (The Laramie Project).

Before attending WAAPA, Francine completed an Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre and Commercial Dance at the Australian Dance Performance Institute in Brisbane while receiving her Speech and Drama CDPA from AMEB.

Francine also represented Australia at the international Folk Song and Dance Festival in China with The Fame Talent Agency.

Francine feels so thankful & privileged to be apart of this years Rob Guest Endowment.


Finalists:
Drew Weston, Bree Langridge, Sarah Baker, Simon Brook Mclachlan, Nathan Derrick


2009

Danielle Matthews

After Graduating from VCA in 2004, Danielle has continued honing her skills through an array of vocal and dramatic training in contemporary and musical theatre genres and teaching singing lessons throughout Melbourne.

In 2006, she performed in her own cabaret Inside Out before joining the cast of Respect The Musical in 2007. She has performed in Light the Night in 2007 and Some of my Favourite Things in 2008 before undertaking Big Band Beat with E-Productions in Tokyo in 2009.

Danielle was a top 40 finalist in the 2009 Australian Idol and has continued to work on a new cabaret and record a demo of her original works.

She is honoured to be the recipient of the 2009 Rob Guest Endowment award.


Finalists:
Ross Hannaford, Zack Anthony Curran, Sarah Bakker, Daniel Belle, Laura Page