Dr Colin Jory

Dr Cate Clelland

Dr Mark O'Connor

Dr Paul Kauffman

David Pereia


Dr Paul Kauffman is a writer, administrator and polymath.

He was leading actor in Shakespearean and classical tragedies at school and university since the age of 16. He studied five European languages at school and five Asian languages at university. He gained a doctoral scholarship to Cambridge University at age 22. He has written four non-fiction books, three novels and published some 30 articles, including seven on psychiatry. In 2017 he established Australian Players ACT to provide paid work to talented Australian actors and directors. He is writing five plays about outstanding women. His plays are accompanied by academic articles and e-books with numerous coloured illustrations and portraits. He established website with other eminent scholars.


For many years he worked with Australian Indigenous peoples helping them gain land rights, native title, and establish housing, health and educational programs. He has also been a visiting professor at Cambridge, University of British Columbia, UQAM Montreal, Konstanz University Germany and the OECD in Paris. He met his wife Jan when 18 in Venice. They married and 12 months later had twin daughters and a son 15 months thereafter, blessed with children even more quickly than William and Anne Shakespeare.



Plays Emilia and Wil; Princess Phaedra; Lou Andreas Salome.

Music and songs by David Pereira, scripts by Paul Kauffman


Dr Mark O'Connor is a professional widely published poet, inventor and environmentalist.

He gained a first class honors degree in English and Classics from Melbourne University and a doctorate in Shakespearean studies from the University of Western Australia in 2015. He has undertaken fellowships throughout the world including USA, Europe, Russia, China and India and has been Creative Arts Fellow at many universities. He was commissioned to write poetry about the Sydney Olympic Games, and was henceforth known as “the Olympic Poet”. He has translated Shakespeare into modern English.

He is a frequent voice on a range of ABC radio programs. His books include The Olive Tree:
Collected Poems of Mark O’Connor, published by Oxford University Press.

See also: an-italian- a-presentation- by-mark- oconnor
John Leonard (about Mark O’Connor) "He is that rare thing, a genuinely popular poet of real power and complexity.”


Dr. Colin Jory is a Canberra, Australia secondary-school teacher, historian and Shakespeare scholar.


His Honours, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees were completed at the Australian National University, usually ranked world-wide as Australia’s foremost research university. His Doctoral thesis was on the early manuscripts of Hamlet and the history of scholarship concerning them. He is currently putting the finishing touches to an inter-related series of 14 manuscripts on Hamlet, other matters Shakespearean and Elizabethan Europe. He is married with eight children.


Dr Cate Clelland is a Director.

She taught Drama at the Australian National University for over twenty years, including many
years as Head of Department.
She holds degrees in drama from the University of New South Wales and the Australian
National University.

Cate has been an active participant in the Canberra theatre scene as a director and designer (and a
few other things) for over two decades.
She is interested in all types of theater – from Fringe to Opera – and has worked with many professional, pro-am and community groups in Canberra, and previously in other cities. Cate is the recipient of several Canberra Critics Circle and Canberra Area Theater awards. Designing for Phantom, with its history and challenging requirements, is a serious and exciting
undertaking, and Cate has relished the opportunity to work on such a grand scale.

She produced, directed and had a leading role in Claudio Monteverdi's opera, L'Orfeo (2014),
Much Ado About Nothing (2016), Phantom of the Opera, Handel’s Esther (2017) Australia Day, the Art of Teaching Nothing.


David Pereira is a world-class cellist and Australian composer.


He was Student of the Year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completed postgraduate studies at Indiana University, USA and was principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has toured
Australia and the world, including the United States, China, India, Japan and the Philippines.
His many awards include twice winning the Sounds Australian Award for Best Performance of an Australian Composition and he has written three books on cello technique, including The Larrikin Cellist –68 ideas on freedom and control for the extraordinary cello student. See PEREIRA CELLO TECHNIQUE A USER'S GUIDE with reviews.
His original pieces have premiered at the Canberra International Music Festivals since 2013.
Tall Poppies recordings include Complete Bach Solo Suites (TP144), Electric Cello (TP180), Blue Silence (TP222) with Timothy Young on piano, The Wild Russians, with Lisa Moore on piano (TP018), and ABC Award for the Best Australian Recording. There is a CD of solo Australian cello music Cello Dreaming (TP075) a recording of Carl Vine’s Inner World for Cello and Sampled Cello CD (TP101), Complete Works for Cello by Peter Sculthorpe (TP136), a collection of solo works in Uluru (TP096), with Ian Munro the Complete Works for Cello by the Finnish composer Rautavaara (TP156) and in 2016 Dreaming with Daisy
CD which includes David Pereira&'s own compositions. Since 2015 he has made 30 videos on YouTube at ‘David Pereira Australian Cellist’. His wife Gillian is a cellist and yoga teacher and they have three young children.