JYE BRYANT - Creator
Upon graduating, Alex co-founded the Felt Tip Theatre Company in 2011, going on to take artistic directorship. Through Felt Tip, Alex has directed, acted, written and produced numerous productions. With Felt Tip and privately he has worked with local community and arts groups, twice being the artistic director for Armidale’s short play festival, Favourite Shorts, and being the assistant director for an amateur production of Legally Blonde. In addition to this, he was involved with the NBN Geeks in Residence Project run by the Australia Council, and Sydney Theatre Company’s New England Project.
He works extensively with young people in regional areas, running workshops on improvising and Shakespeare, his passion. In 2015 he was the Drama Co-Ordinator for CAPERS, the regional NSW equivalent of the School Spectacular, and is preparing to do so again this year.
This is Alex’s fourth Sydney Fringe Festival, and his second at New Theatre, following the huge success of last year’s production of Bathhouse: The Musical. This is his third collaboration with music director Antonio Fernandez.
Last year Alex won a scholarship to undertake an intensive course on Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Later that year he relocated to Sydney, where he has been pursuing his acting with a TVC, a corporate video, and Oscar Wilde play, and dancing about in a melon costume.
His directing credits include: Rent, Beauty and the Beast, The Spanish Tragedy, Wyrd Sisters, An Enemy of the People, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Misanthrope, The Wind in the Willows, A Short Guide to Shakespeare, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare’s Villains: Everyone But Iago, The Impresario, Bathhouse: The Musical, Grimm Tidings, Twelfth Night.
You can find more information about Alex here.
Antonio is a Spanish-born Australian pianist best known for his work as a collaborative pianist and music director. Having worked with some of the most esteemed choirs in Sydney including Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and Gondwana Choirs, Antonio feels at ease working with other like-minded musicians. Currently, Antonio works as pianist/repetiteur for Opera Australia's Schools Company NSW Tour. He is also the principal accompanist of the critically acclaimed Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and an alumni of Pacific Opera’s Young Artist program.
Antonio was trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid and has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. Since his arrival to Australia in 2013, Antonio has strived to embrace every single musical genre, but more specifically music for the stage. This has led him to perform with several theatrical organisations like Australian Theatre for Young People (Spring Awakening, 2016) or Performance Space (Holcombe Waller’s Mass, 2016), as well as several appearances at the Sydney Opera House with Philharmonia Choirs in workshops (Singing in the House: Mamma Mia, 2017) and rehearsals (Festival Choir 2017, Chorus OZ 2017). His experience as a collaborative pianist is nothing short of broad and eclectic, ranging from cabaret shows (Songs for Sarah Connor, finalist of the Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival 2016) to independent opera productions (Il Tabarro, 2016, directed by Constantine Costi; L'Enfant Prodigue, 2017, directed by Lucy Scott), passing through musical theatre pits and recording sessions. In March 2016 he was commissioned to create a music installation that explored the intersection between improvisation, spontaneous collaboration and space for the Art, Not Apart Festival 2016 (WORKBENCH, 2016).
As a music director, Antonio has worked with Ashfield Musical Society (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 2015; Sweet Charity, 2016) and for New Theatre’s Sydney Fringe 2016 season (Bathhouse: The Musical, 2016), receiving raving reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2017, Antonio participated as Music Director and Composer for Felt Tip Theatre's production of Twelfth Night. He will also work as Music Director for the 2017 Sydney Fringe season of The Things I Could Never Tell Steven by Jye Bryant, taking place at the iconic New Theatre.
You can find more information about Antonio here.