Cast and Crew
Pleasuredome stars Lucy Lawless, the extraordinarily talented actress best known for playing Xena on the internationally successful television series “Xena Warrior Princess.” She is also widely known for her role as Number Three on the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” series and for her role as Lucretia on “Spartacus.” Lawless, who has a background in musical theatre, first appeared on Broadway in a production of "Grease" in 1997, playing “Betty Rizzo.” She continued to sing during the run of “Xena” in two musically-oriented episodes, "The Bitter Suite" and "Lyre, Lyre, Heart's On Fire." Most recently she was the lead in Michael Hurst's critically acclaimed production of "Chicago."
Vince Harder is an extremely talented performing artist, recording artist, producer and songwriter. In 2003, Harder was cast in his first ever musical as the lead role of “Simba” in Disney’s Australian stage production “The Lion King”, directed by Julie Taymor. Post Lion King Harder came 3rd in the first Australian TV version of The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s music talent show, beating over 100,000 people who originally auditioned for a place in the finals. Since then Vince has gone on to collaborate with artists and producers including P-Money, Stan Walker and Samantha Jade as well as returning to the musical theatre stage to star in “Sweet Chariot” and “Jersey Boys” and taking away 3 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in 2016.
Olivia has been working professionally in theatre, film and television for 20 years, after landing her first role at the age of seven in ‘Xena: Warrior Princess.’ Since then, she has appeared in various TV and film productions including, ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Why does love?,’ ‘When we go to war,’ Power Rangers: RPM,’ ‘Shortland Street’ and the hit Australian show ‘800 Words.’ Liv’s theatre credits include the original production ‘360’ (Theatre Stampede), ‘The Book of Everything’ with Silo Theatre, ‘Guys and Dolls, ‘Stepping Out’ (ATC) and the role of choreographer on the sell-out production of ‘That Bloody Woman.’ Liv returned to NZ in 2013, and is currently studying for a masters in Speech Therapy at Auckland University.
Quentin Warren joins the cast from Los Angeles, California. His studies include a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from California Institute if the Arts. Past credits include The Wire and #Adulting - Web Series. As a recent transplant, this is Quentin’s first production in New Zealand.
Stephen is a graduate of Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School and is one of NZ’s most experienced and prolific stage and screen actors. Best known for his role on “Neighbours”, Stephen has also been cast in leading roles on “Ash vs Evil Dead” and “The Making of The Mob”. In 2016 Lovatt played “Jackie Elliot” in the ATC production of “Billy Elliot”.
James graduated from full-time dance training in Sydney, Australia in 2010. Since relocating to Auckland he has become a highly sought after performer and choreographer for high profile events and shows including “Chicago”, “Billy Elliot”, “Wicked” and “Dancing With The Stars”.
Hannah is a professional dancer and performance artist. Her most recent musical theatre roles include "Cabaret" and "Chicago" as part of The Auckland Theatre Company.
Byron Coll is a professional character actor working consistently in film, television and theatre since graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2007. His work includes roles in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake - his character 'Penguin' was written for him by Jane Campion after seeing his character work as a penguin from the award-winning play Heat by Linda Chanwai-Earle. Other credits include Warp Films multi award-winning featureShopping by Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston, which featured at such festivals as Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale Film Festival, Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan Singer, Lippy Pictures’ television drama Tangiwai, Jean and Field Punishment No.1.
Aeyla Samantha Duncan is a 23 year old transgender woman. Having always had a passion for dance, she has been performing since the age of 5 and began competing at the age of 16, winning the title of National Young Performer of the Year in 2013 from PACANZ. Overcoming her struggle with identity, guided and supported by her friends and the tutors during her time at Unitec, Aeyla looks forward to pursuing her passion for dance and performance on the professional stage. “I am so thrilled to be a part of the amazing experience that is Pleasuredome. This show season I perform in remembrance of the trans community, my brothers and sisters before me, gone but never forgotten, with love and respect, I perform for you.”
James graduated from Toi Whakaari only at the end of last year, since then he has spent the first quarter of the year working on Shortland Street as Detective Darryl Warwick, which he began midway through his final year. James then went on to make his international screen debut on the NETFLIX series The Roman Empire (season two) as Lucius Afranius (soon to be released). Pleasuredome will be James' second musical theatre production; the first being at the end of his second year at Toi Whakaari, playing Sophie’s fiancé Sky in Mamma Mia at the St James theatre.
In 2015, Jadyn graduated with a Diploma in Dance Performance from the New Zealand School of Dance. She has worked with acclaimed NZ and international choreographers, including Sarah Foster, Ross McCormack, Douglas Wright, Kuik Swee Boon and Nils Christe.
This year she has been based in Auckland, teaching dance, facilitating workshops and working out of her massage studio - jadynlily Bodywork. She has also understudied for contemporary dance show 'Orchids,' choreographed by Sarah Foster. Jadyn will relish the opportunity to explore her role as Lisa in Pleasuredome.
Todd Williamson is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, originally from Wellington. In 2013, Todd completed a 2 year Diploma of Performing Arts (Commercial Dance). He was a member of the Royal Family Dance Crew from The Palace Dance Studio from 2014-2016 touring extensively in Europe, UK, Australia and the USA. Currently, he is teaching both hip hop and jazz at dance studios in the Auckland area. Todd started dancing and musical theatre at 8 years of age and is an accomplished performer in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Ballet. Todd represented New Zealand at the World Hip Hop Championship in the USA in 2011, 2013 and won a silver medal in 2015.
Shanelle started dancing at the age of 20, completing her Dance Studies at the University of Auckland in 2004. Over the next 10 plus years she went on to perform extensively locally and internationally. Her Rehearsal Directing credits include; NBR New Zealand Opera ‘Onegin’ season, AUT Dance Collectives and Inflagrante Cabaret Edinburgh Festival season.
Leighton is a passionate dance practitioner with experience both in New Zealand and overseas. He graduated from the University of Auckland with an Honours Degree in Dance Studies: his choreography and dance practice taking him as far afield as Singapore, China and America. In New Zealand, he has been part of Tempo, Short N Sweet Dance and Auckland Fringe Festival as both choreographer and dancer. He has also worked commercially with highlights being shows for Momentum Productions and Diamond Entertainment. Leighton is constantly furthering his dance knowledge by staying driven and pushing himself to explore all aspects of movement and dance.
Heidi Chen is a graduate of New Zealand Performing Arts, having successfully completed a Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts and a Diploma in Dance Teaching. Her passion for dance began with Chinese classical dance in Beijing where she completed her Diploma of Chinese Dance at People’s Liberation Army Arts College. Since her arrival in New Zealand in 2013, Heidi's dance experience has diversified and now includes jazz, commercial, classical ballet and contemporary. Credits include Tempo Dance Festival, Da-Bang World Tour at Spark Arena, Christmas in the Park, NZ Breakers, Mystic Netball and Auckland Live. Heidi is a member of Street Candee Dance Company and teaches dance at the Auckland Academy of Dance.
Jane Strickland, a versatile Dancer/Singer & Choreographer. After graduating in 2007 from APO Arts Academy in Melbourne with a diploma in "Dance Performance" her career has taken her throughout Australia, around the Mediterranean and NZ. Some of Strickland's recent credits include core dancer/co-choreographer Momentum Productions, Principal Singer/Dancer Norwegian Cruise Line, Dancer/Choreographer Tempo Dance Festival, "The King & I" Production Company(Melbourne), Sony, Highlife Entertainment, The X-Factor NZ, Skycity, Lulu Lemon, Air NZ, Spark, World Organic, Auckland Transport and Mazda.
An in demand professional Dancer, Choreographer, Singer and Actress Rebekkah has trained in Auckland and later in New York at "Broadway Dance Centre" She has had the pleasure of working with some very talented people. Some of her credits include “Chicago” with Auckland Theatre Company, X-Factor Dancer (Season One) Les Mills Gym and Choreography for Video Clips, Musicals and Live Events. She received the “Stand out Female Performer Award” at “Short and Sweet Dance Festival 2015” for her contemporary piece “The Crickets Have Arthritis” and last year completed a month at the "Banff Arts Centre" in Canada as part of the contemporary Indigenous Dance Residency.
Blaise graduated from Unitec Performing Arts School (BA Acting) in 2015. During his studies, Blaise travelled to New York City and trained in various dance styles at the Broadway Dance Center whilst undertaking industry based training in Singing and Vocal technique. Blaise also holds a solo seal diploma in Tap Dancing (BAL 2014). Recent Credits include Macbeth & Merchant of Venice (Ugly Shakespeare Company National Tour 2017), Billy Elliot: The Musical (Auckland Theatre Company 2016), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Auckland Theatre Company 2016) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Auckland Theatre Company 2014). Blaise is thrilled to be part of the Pleasuredome cast.
Kurt is a passionate dancer and actor, performing professionally for the last 10 years in New Zealand, USA, South Africa and Australia. Kurt's dance highlights include performing with the Auckland Dance Company and Soul Of Siren Dance Company. Kurt is also an accomplished actor with numerous lead and support roles in award winning NZ feature films, TV series, short films and TV commercials.
Ashleigh Taylor Ashleigh is a triple-threat performer from Sydney. She graduated from the Brent Street Academy with a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2013. Most recently Ashleigh featured in the heartbreaking Miss Saigon in the role of Ellen, as well as the explosive Australian premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot in the role of Heather. Previously she starred in Packemin Production’s Wicked in the role of Elphaba, earning her a Glug award nomination for “Most Outstanding Performance From a Newcomer.” In 2015 Ashleigh joined the all-female group The Diamonds helping to bring down the house performing some of the biggest hits from the greatest divas of all time. She was also the lead vocalist of Sydney Showboat in Darling Harbour.
Spartacus, Chicago, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show
Andrew Cesar and Kayla Paige are the directors of momentum productions. Both have extensive training in Hiphop, Jazz Tap, ballet and Contemporary dance and between the two of them they have choreographed and/or performed for television, numerous corporate events, dance theatre productions.
Some recent credits include X-factor 2105, LorMTV VMA’s 2017, 2 Silver Medals at World hip-hop Champs (IDCO), Vince Harder, Stan Walker, Highlife Ent, The Project (TV3), Tap Reloaded European tour, Royal Caribbean Cruise-lines, Kim Dotcom’s Mega Upload launch and now Pleasuredome the Musical.
2011 Rugby World Cup Opening
The Dead Lands, River Queen, Hercules, Xena
Makeup & Hair Design
Ghost In The Shell, Pete's Dragon, Dior, Mercedes Benz, Moet & Chandon
Glastonbury, Telecom Christmas tree
Blood punch, Shortland Street, Being Eve
818. Chris Henry
Westside, Power Rangers, Ash v Evil Dead
Assistant Musical Director
Ash v Evil Dead, 800 Words
Avatar, Ash v Evil Dead, Spartacus
Musical Director / Arrangement
Disjointed (Netflix), Spartacus, Ash vs Evil Dead
Marketing & Design
Chasing Great, Short Poppies
Additional Costumes By
Amadeus (Auckland Theatre Company)
Elysium, Tin Tin, Spartacus, Ash vs Evil Dead
Evil dead, Spartacus
Augusto, Disney, The Basement Theatre, The Generation of Z
- Jim Wigins' Faces of AIDS
- The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus archives at the GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
- Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection [reproduction number, e.g. LC-USZ62-114550] *(Note: There are three photos of Alvin Ailey from this source, so we should print all three reproduction numbers, which are detailed on the spreadsheet. They are: LC-USZ62-114550, LC-USZ62-114551, and LC-USZ62-114552]
- Photographs of American writers by Robert Giard © Jonathan Silin. Robert Giard photographed over 500 American LGBTQ+ writers and activists in the 1980s and 1990s for his project: Particular Voices: Photographs of Gay and Lesbian Writers. For more information: www.robertgiardfoundation.org
- Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography, and the ‘House of Angels: Living in the Bailey-Boushay House’ photo essay (1992-1995) documenting life at the Bailey-Boushay House, America’s 1st AIDS hospice, in Seattle, WA.
- Courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
- Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Records and Jeff Katz.