The McDonald Faculty Musical Theatre


The McDonald Faculty is happy to announce the appointment of Kathryn Dunn as their subsequent Head of Musical Theatre.

Dunn is a deeply skilled performing arts practitioner who brings to Australia’s main performing arts faculty a wealth of world expertise as a performer, director, choreographer, artistic, producer, educator, curator and advocate for artwork and artists.

On the age of 16, Dunn gained the Royal Academy of Dance scholarship to review on the prestigious Royal Ballet College in London. Then, as a member of The Royal Ballet firm, she carried out many main roles and labored with icons of the ballet world together with Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

Upon returning to Australia, Dunn was invited to hitch Sydney Dance Firm as a principal artist. She was additionally a founding member of Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Transfer, and she or he was honoured to hitch Stephen Web page’s Bangarra Dance Theatre, touring Ochres round Australia.

Her choreography credit embody Affiliate Choreographer/Co-Creator of the unique Billy Elliot – The Musical for West Finish and Broadway, Affiliate Choreographer for the unique Matilda for Broadway and Nationwide, and Affiliate Choreographer of the unique manufacturing of Groundhog Day in London and subsequent Broadway productions.

Her efficiency expertise extends to musicals on and off Broadway and West Finish, together with Chicago and encompasses movie, documentaries, tv sequence and commercials. She has additionally held lead directorial and curatorial roles for festivals such because the Brief and Candy Dance Competition in Los Angeles.

Dunn was engaged by the College of Southern California as Professor of Dance in Musical Theatre and has taught quite a few masterclasses across the US, Europe and Australia. Most just lately, Dunn was the Assistant Director for Bangarra Dance Theatre on Wudjang: Not the Previous and with Opera Australia on Madame Butterfly.

Dunn stated, “The attraction of The McDonald Faculty is the chance to develop proficient college students who’re in a position to pursue their ardour with out compromising their tutorial training. This can be a really distinctive alternative that I’m thrilled to simply accept. I’m a agency believer that the transferable expertise {that a} performing arts scholar accumulates places them in good stead for any profession – be it on the boards or in boardrooms.”

Principal of The McDonald Faculty Maxine Kohler stated, “We’re extremely lucky to have somebody of Ms Dunn’s calibre be part of us. Her expertise as a extremely skilled performer and as an educator will encourage, problem and nurture our musical theatre college students as they put together for the longer term, becoming a member of our many profitable alumni. I’d additionally prefer to take this chance to thank our outgoing incumbent, Mrs Dolores Dunbar, who has taught generations of McDonald college students for 27 years.”



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