What is
Camp Curtain Call?

Our Team

Camp Curtain Call is a sleep over Music Theatre camp that runs for one week. We hire industry professionals to teach our campers singing, dancing, acting and audition technique. We inspire our campers to create, perform and study in a community of performers with other like minded children. On the final day of Camp Curtain Call, the campers present and perform their work for the Camp Curtain Call Showcase for their invited family.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to inspire and educate children through the power of singing, acting, dancing and theatre studies. We thrive to expose children to an abundance of performing techniques with industry professionals at their disposal. Anchored in this safe and supportive community, each camper will have fun, acquire new skills, feel valued for who they are and develop a sense of belonging. We will nurture children while they enhance their performance skills and confidence in a busy, professional and safe environment.


Josh Gardiner  - Camp Director

Josh graduated the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Since then, Josh has appeared professionally on stage, in film and television. Josh was a part of the cast of RENT at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney starring Casey Donovan, which ran for two sell out seasons. Josh also creates his own shows and has appeared in the International Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Josh was a child chaperone on Matilda the Musical in Australia, where he worked with 29 children assisting them with preparation in rehearsals, during the show and backstage. He traveled with Matilda working with the children in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland.


Dioni Butt  - Camp Director

Dioni is a Stage Management graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She has since been working in professional Musical Theater for many years. Notably she was the Children's Manager for the tour of Matilda the Musical in Australia and New Zealand and for the Australian tour of Billy Elliot - The Musical in 2007-08.
Dioni has also been the Company Manager for Legally Blonde The Musical, West Side Story and Deputy Company Manager for Dusty The Musical.

Dioni is also a succesful casting administrator and has worked for Lynne Ruthven Casting for many years coordinating and running auditions for Australia's professional musicals.


Guest Staff Members:

Peter Rutherford - Musical Director

Peter works most often as a Musical Director, Composer and Vocal Coach. Recently he was the Children's Musical Director of Matilda the Musical and the Associate Musical Director for Annie starring Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes.

He co-wrote both The Hatpin, LoveBites, and the recipient of the Arts Victoria and VCA new work grant, A Little Touch Of Chaos with long-time friend and collaborator, James Millar.
His shows have been produced across Australia, New York, London and many other cities in the world to critical and award-winning acclaim.

Matidla The Musical, Beyond Desire, A Little Touch Of Chaos, On The 20th Century, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Little Women, The Hatpin, LoveBites, Sing On Through Tomorrow, Annie (AMD), Cats (AMD), Jekyll & Hyde (AMD), The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (AMD), amongst others. Most recently, he returned from working at several major tertiary institutions in London as a resident vocal tutor and musical director.

Rachel Trevorrow Dunham - Voice Coach

With an extraordinary singing voice and stage presence, Rachel was in much demand as a jazz singer, touring as lead vocalist in the Queensland Youth Big Band, working in studios for EMI and BMG, singing in TV commercials, music videos and fronting 9-piece Sydney show band Cool Weazel.
Based in New Zealand for several years,  Rachel fronted sell-out jazz shows at the Wellington International Arts Festival, opened for Ray Charles in his New Zealand tour and performed to 30,000 people at the Millennium Celebrations in Wellington.
In 2011 Rachel was cast in New Theatricals production of “Rock of Ages”, where she received 5 star a review in the Melbourne Age for her performance of “Justice Charlier”. Rachel continues to perform in stage musicals, most recently in Brisbane Harvest Rains production of “Hairspray” as “Motormouth Maybelle”.
Now based in Melbourne, Rachel won two major awards in the 2012 Melbourne Short and Sweet Festival with her cabaret show “Oprahfication”. Rachel toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2013. In 2014 the show had a sold out season at the Melbourne MIDSUMMA Festival and then debuted in Sydney at the Sydney Mardi Gras. Rachel was then invited to take “Oprahfication” to New York for the
New York Musical Theatre Festival where she received rave reviews and received an award for Most Outstanding Individual Performance.

Jared Bryan - Dance coach

 Jared's recent professional theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company); the Opera Australia's Carmen Directed by John Bell and Choreographed by Kelley Abbey; Jack Stone in Reefer Madness (Chapel Off Chapel); Bobby Pepper in Curtains and John in Funny Girl for (The Production Company); Australian tour of Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises); Action in Gale Edwards' West Side Story (The Production Company); Grease (GFO) understudying Kenickie and Sonny for the Australian/Asian tour; Carmen and Madame Butterfly (Opera Australia); Anyone Can Whistle, Flinders St – The Musical and Hello Dolly – A Jerry Herman Triptych (Magnormos) which he co-choreographed.  Commercially Jared has performed with a huge array of Australian and international artists including Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Jessica Mauboy, Tim Campbell, Todd McKenney and Brian McFadden. TV credits include Dancing With The Stars (Ch 7), The AFL Footy Show (Ch 9), Australia’s Got Talent (Ch 7), The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (Nickelodeon Channel), Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Network Ten), TV Turns 50 (Ch 7) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries(ABC)  along with numerous music videos, television commercials and corporate events.

Maxwell Simon and Pheonix Mendoza
Camp Mentors


Maxwell Simon is a recent graduate of the Music Theatre programme at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). While at VCA, Maxwell performed in the musicals Spring Awakening as ‘Moritz Steifel’, The Hatpin and 42nd Street as Ensemble cast.

Last year, Maxwell made his professional theatre debut in Company 16’s production of How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found in the roles of ‘Charlie/Adam’.  Fresh from participating in a workshop for the new Australian musical Between Worlds, he joined the highly talented ensemble cast of Assassins at the Hayes Theatre as ‘The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald’, receiving generous critical acclaim.  Maxwell is also currently in the cast touring Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s American Idiot. 

From a very young age Phoenix spent a lot of time in theatres watching her mother perform in various musicals. Growing up surrounded by performers, her love for the theatre and performing felt instinctual. Phoenix is making her professional debut in Green Day’s American Idiot.

She has spent the past year studying at the Victorian college of the Arts where she feels the experience was invaluable.


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Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm​
Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

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