TIM O'CONNOR

Artistic Director of Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Producer of CATS, GREASE and HAIRSPRAY ARENA SPECTACULARS.

 

 

 

Tim grew up dreaming of a life in the theatre, and over the last twenty years has built an impressive career not only as a theatre director and producer, but also as a mentor, a teacher and an inspirational speaker. Through his work in the world of musical theatre, he has built a platform from which he encourages people from all walks of life to think big, live brave and dare to follow their dreams.  

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Tim is currently the CEO and Artistic Director of Harvest Rain Theatre Company, one of Australia's largest musical theatre companies. 

 

As a producer and director, Tim has worked with some of Australia's most respected performers, having directed Daryl Somers in GUYS & DOLLS, Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Beck and Eddie Perfect in INTO THE WOODS and Frank Woodley, Simon Gallaher, Jon English and Julie Anthony in SPAMALOT (which won a Matilda Award for Best Musical in 2014). He also produced the 30th anniversary production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at QPAC, starring Andrew O'Keefe, Nancye Hayes and John Wood and directed by Simon Gallaher. 

 

In 2014, he had a vision for a new style of theatre that would allow young dreamers to connect with and perform alongside their heroes and mentors, and so he mounted an arena production of CATS that starred Marina Prior and featured over 800 performers at the Brisbane Convention Centre. It was seen by 13,000 people across 5 sold out performances and went on to become the largest production of CATS ever staged in the southern hemisphere. Following this success, he mounted a new arena production of HAIRSPRAY, again featuring a large mass ensemble performing alongside some of Australia's biggest stars, including Simon Burke, Christine Anu, Tim Campbell, Amanda Muggleton and Wayne Scott Kermond. The initial season was so successful that it ended up touring the country, giving over 4000 young performers across Australia the chance to be part of the record breaking production. Tim is currently mounting a new arena production of GREASE that will commence a national tour in April 2017. 

 

Tim has recieved 9 Del Arte Chart awards for his work in the theatre and won a Groundling Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Queensland Theatre Industry. In 2012 he was nominated as Brisbane Person of the Year and in 2014 he won a gold Matilda Award for his work with Harvest Rain. 

Tim is the host of Behind the Red Curtain, and online interview series designed to celebrate the careers of some of theatre's biggest names - eeryone from Philip Quast to Kristin Chenoweth. 

 

Tim is passionate about helping young creative people to pursue their passion and follow their dreams. As such, he is the founder of both the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop and the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre and regularly teaches and mentors emerging young artists.

 

He also hosts his own weekly podcast, TimTime; creative conversations about all things meaningful, and regularly shares his inspirational views on life both on his podcast and on his social media pages. 

Tim is a daredevil dreamer, committed to dreaming and daring to make those dreams come true.

 

www.timoconnor.net.au

 

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