MEET THE PACK
Jesse Rasmussen - Creative Director & Cast Member
Trained on the Gold Coast with Peta Norton and Robert Sturrock, Jesse has now a wide range of professional credits in live entertainment, commercial dance, corporate and within the film and television industry.
In 2009 Jesse was selected into the Top 20 finalists for Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance and has since returned as a choreographer for the show.
Jesse has toured Australia playing the role of “Tip” in David Atkins' Hot Shoe Shuffle and also worked in Peter Jackson's film King Kong.
Jesse’s musical theatre credits include: Oh What A Night, Grease and Wayne Scott Kermond's Candy Man. Jesse was cast in George Miller's Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2.
Jesse is also running two hip hop dance companies, J-TOWN and FlowCity - The Australian Dance Convention which has seen him work with Guy Sebastian, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Savion Glover. FlowCity is the largest Australian dance convention, bringing the best choreographers world wide to Australia.
Jesse choreographed and performed for Jessica Mauboy, travelling all over Australia and was a part of Channel 9s Hey Hey It's Saturday 2009 reunion show. Jesse and his brother Joel then toured as the support act with Beyonce on the Beyonce "I am..." World Tour.
Jesse recently has been choreographing and performing for Stan Walker touring and performing across New Zealand and Australia.
Jesse performed on the West End with the 2010 cast of Tap Dogs and and at Jupiter's Casino with the 2012 show.
Jordan Pollard - Creative Director & Cast Member
Since he was half as tall, Jordan has been involved in numerous facets of the entertainment world.
Jordan graduated from ED5 International in 2007 and most recently he could be seen as the "Preacher" in Violet and in the Australian and Japanese tour of Singin’ in the Rain (understudying the roles of “Don”, “Cosmo”, “Roscoe” and “Dialect Coach”).
Jordan made his musical theatre debut in 2008, performing in Guys and Dolls and went on to tour in 2010/11 with West Side Story playing "Big Deal" (understudying the roles of "Action" and “Riff"). He was a part of the Australian Tour of A Chorus Line performing as "Don" (understudying “Zach”) and was with the Australian Company of The Addams Family.
Shows with The Production Company include Chess, Pirates of Penzance and Singin in the Rain.
Jordan was a featured cast member of Wayne Scott Kermond’s Candy Man show, he toured with Melinda Schneider in Doris – So Much More Then The Girl Next Door and was in Opera Australia’s Anything Goes (understudying “Moonface Martin”).
He also performed as “Princeton/Rod” in Avenue Q for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where he was nominated for a Green Room Award for “Male in a Leading Role”.
Jordan is one of the Creative Directors of The Tap Pack, which has toured both Australia and Internationally.
Thomas J Egan - Creative Director & Cast Member
Thomas worked as a commercial dancer in Sydney with Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic, Jessica Mauboy, X-Factor, Australia's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Channel V. Thomas appeared in Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby and that year he landed his first tour with Tap Dogs. Tap Dogs took him all over Australia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE. It also brought him to perform in front of his largest audience of 500 million TV viewers for the spring gala in China. He also performed in the Production Company's season of Singin' In The Rain and Fame The Musical choreographed by Kelley Abbey.
Thomas Trained with his mother Sharon Lawrence and Barbara Lynch while spending his high school years in an Arts School (VCASS). He grew up in the theatres of Melbourne working at 10 years old as young "Peter Allen" in The Boy From Oz, Singin' In The Rain, Oliver and Gypsy. Thomas sought further training from Robert Sturrock and trained in Los Angeles for Hip Hop and Tap.
The Forge Tap Project was created by Thomas in 2016. The Forge is a Tap Dance initiative that creates tap projects including, but not limited to Masterclasses, Choreography and Dance Films. Current projects include the Tap team of 20 kids from Sydney and touring Open Workshops. The Forge is an Australian project and advocates for Australian Tap talent. Street Feet is another of Thomas’ creations. Other creations could be seen at; Slide Night Club, Wendy Brown Productions, SMA, Short n’ Sweet and the Great Australasian Beer Festival. You can find him on the internet@cruiseliketom for Instagram and @ThomasJEgan on YouTube.
Nigel Turner-Carroll - Director & Co-Creator
Award winning director, Nigel’s credits include- The Tap Pack, which has most recently toured to Beijing and Edinburgh Fringe festival 2016, winning The Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Matthew Mithcam’s Twists and Turns, which received accolades in it’s first season in the Spiegel Tent at Perth Fringe World 2014. Winner-Best Cabaret and nominated Critics Choice Award, as well as Matthew Mitcham’s second show Under the Covers premiering earlier this year.
Nigel has also Directed and Produced Damn Good Divas Australian Tour, which won a Mo Award for Best Production Show and nominated for Best Tribute Show at the ACE Awards.
Nigel is also noted as being the Artistic Director of the Champions Small Business Awards 2013, directing irish stage show Eireborne 2017, Back to Bacharach 2015, staging preshow and half time entertainment segments at the NRL Grand Final 2014 and World Cup Cricket pre game 2015 and working alongside composer Joe Accaria, in building the all female drum sensation DrummerQueens.
Kym Halpin - Producer
Kym Halpin has had an interesting and varied career in theatre over the past 30 years. Her true passion and focus is in producing and directing, but over the years she has progressed through the ranks as Performer, ASM, Stage Manager, Company Manager, Tour Manager, Production Manager, Technical Director, Director, Writer and Executive Producer. Kym has created, directed and travelled shows extensively to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Buenos Aries, Orlando, New York, Chicago, Bergen Norway, Shanghai, Beijing, Berlin and London as well as all around Australia.
Some of the shows Kym has Produced and Directed include, Barney’s Greatest Hits Asian tour 2015 - 2017,Barney’s Birthday Bash Asian Tour 2013 -2104, Todd McKenney Sings Peter Allen 2013 - 2015, City of Friends Norway 2012, Ben 10 Middle East and Asian Tours 2009 – 2011, The Little Big Club Middle East and Asian Tours 2009 – 2012, Let’s Imagine Hong Kong 2008, The Opening of the Venetian Macau Resort-Hotel, Macau 2008, Barney’s Big Funtime Delhi 2007, Menopause the Musical Sydney 2006, Samsung Global Roadshow Shanghai 2005, Todd McKenney Live Sydney 2004, Opening of Knowledge Village Dubai 2003, Batman and Robin Bangkok 2002, Pokemon Live The Musical Dubai 2001, Closing Ceremony of the Goodwill Games Brisbane 2001, and The King of Thailands 72nd Birthday Celebrations in Bangkok 2000.
Kym is currently Producing The Tap Pack after starting with them at Hayes Theatre in Sydney in 2014 and now in 2017 takes them to Beijing, Berlin, Bergen, Aqaba, London, Venice, and a South-East Queensland Tour as well as performing numerous cruise and corporate engagements.
Kym also produces Matthew Mitcham’s Under the Covers and Monique Montez’s The Real Thing.
Kym is always on the look out for new and interesting projects.
Sean Mulligan - Cast Member
Sean began training at the age of four under the direction of Peta Norton.
West End includes: "Bob Crewe" Jersey Boys, U/S "Warner/Emmett" Legally Blonde, "Kenicke" U/S "Danny" Grease and "Tony Manero" in Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria Theatre/National and Asian Tours).
Theatre includes : Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs and Steel City (Australian Tour / Radio City Music Hall); Show Boat; Happy Days - The Arena Mega Musical; "Rolf" in The Sound of Music; Mamma Mia!, "Buck" in Hot Shoe Shuffle and Leader of the Pack - The Ellie Greenwich Musical, Saturday Night Fever, A Chorus Line (Tel Aviv), White Christmas.
Sean has also toured Australia with Sophie Monk and Danni Minogue and performed with Drew Anthony and Leonie Page in The Fabulous Rhythm Boys. He has just recently finished performing West Side Story as "Riff" for the Production Company in Melbourne.
Rohan Browne - Cast Member
Rohan has recently finished performing as "Don Lockwood" in the Australian Tour of Singin' In The Rain. Previous to that he was "Ken Railings" in Baz Lurhman's Strictly Ballroom the Musical. He was also in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum as one of the chameleon Protean actors. For the Production Company, Rohan was "Don Lockwood" in Singin' In The Rain and "Carmen Ghia" in The Producers. Prior to that he had played the lead role of "Zach" in A Chorus Line in Singapore.
Other roles include "Gregory Gardner" in the Australian tour of A Chorus Line, "The Purser" in Anything Goes, "Riff" in West Side Story (Green Room Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), "George" in Melbourne Theatre Company's The Drowsy Chaperone (Green Room Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), "Fred Casely" in Chicago, "Rum Tum Tugger" in Cats, "King Herod" in Jesus Christ Superstar, "Clarrie" in Sydney Dance Company's Tivoli and "Wing" in Hot Shoe Shuffle.
Other musical theatre credits include the world premiere of The Boy From Oz, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Kiss Me, Kate (Green Room Award Nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies and Mame.
He was the Co-Narrator of Doris- So Much More Than The Girl Next Door and appeared at The Famous SpiegelTent as "Ro-hung" in Josie Lane In the Bathhouse.
Rohan’s film credits include Happy Feet and a recently workshopped new Australian film, The Boy Castaways playing the role of "John". He will soon be seen in ABC TV’s Dance Academy Season 3 as "Hugo Greyson".
Christopher Horsey - Cast Member
Christopher Horsey is a performer and creative based in Australia. His career covers commercial and independent theatre, film and television on both sides of the camera and teaching and lecturing. He is best known for his participation at the founding level of both international theatrical successes Hot Shoe Shuffle and Tap Dogs, in which he performed nationally, New Zealand, Japan and London’s West End with the former and 15 cities in Nth America, including 6 months on Broadway with the latter. He was original cast of 42nd St, Chicago and Singin In The Rain and played the role of "Big Deal" in West Side Story. For The Production Co, he has played "Andy Lee" in 42nd St, "Lank Hawkins" in Crazy for You and "Benny Southstreet" in Guys & Dolls.
Chris has choreographed musicals including High Society and Sugar (Some Like It Hot) for TPC, Kiss Me, Kate (Opera Qld), Ruthless (Theatre Division), The Detective’s Handbook (Hayes Theatre Co) and recreated choreography for West Side Story (Qld Conservatorium). He provides movement for major concert events Witches and Praying For Time, both for Sydney Symphony Orchestra and created/choreographed/performed with Adam Garcia during his tenure as judge on Got To Dance (SKY1/UK). Chris is nominated for an Australian Dance Award for his Direction/Choreography on Swing On This.
Not since Tap Dogs has there been a significant Australian Tap Show until The Tap Pack and Chris is proud to have performed with them during their Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut and Hayes Theatre season.
Ben Brown - Cast Member
Ben studied performing arts from a young age at several schools including the Victorian College of The Arts and Dance World Studios in Melbourne, where he completed his Certificate III in Classical Ballet and Diploma in Performing Arts.
Shortly after graduating Ben took off to Japan, where he spent the next year performing in shows at Tokyo Disney Land. After returning home to Melbourne, Ben landed his first musical, Monty Python's Spamalot. He has performed in several shows with The Production Company including Follies, Damn Yankess, Mame, The Boyfriend, Sugar, The Boy From Oz, Crazy For You. In 2010 he joined the cast of Wicked and toured Australia and Asia. In 2013 Ben flew to New York and performed in the 'Broadway Backs Boston’ benefit concert and ‘Voices for Change’.
Upon returning home he joined The Tap Pack for the first time in their season at Chapel Off Chapel, which was nominated for two Greenroom awards. In 2014 he was cast as "Emcee" in Once where he got to showcase his skills as a musician. Ben has just finished performing with the Australian and Japanese seasons of Singin in the Rain.
Max Patterson - Cast Member
Originally from the Gold Coast QLD, Max followed his older sister Roxie into dance class at the age of 3 where he studied under the direction of Peta McKenney before moving to NSW to complete his Diploma in Performing Arts.
At 9 years old he made his Music Theatre Debut as a "Munchkin" in Gordon Frost Organisation’s The Wizard of Oz. Since then Max has performed at the Helpmann Awards, Australia's Got Talent, The Dally M Awards as well as numerous corporate performances and international live stage shows throughout Asia and the Middle East.
In 2013 Max made his adult music theatre debut as “Tap” in David Atkins Enterprises Hot Shoe Shuffle. Other professional theatre credits include Funny Girl and West Side Story for The Production Company.
Sam Marks - Cast Member
Sam trained at the Conroy Dance Centre in Brisbane, Australia. His career began as a child performing in Les Misèrables, Singin’ In the Rain and The Wizard of Oz. Sam continued his career as an adult with credits including CATS, Wicked, Tap Dogs, South Pacific, King Kong Live on Stage, Dirty Dancing and Singin’ in the Rain. Sam has also worked extensively in the commercial dance industry including the Closing Ceremony of The 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow. Television appearances include Sunrise, The ARIA’s, 3 seasons of The X Factor and various TV commercials.
Recently Sam could be seen in Brigadoon and Hello Dolly for The Production Company.
Glenn Hill - Cast Member
Having trained from an early age at Rodwell’s Studio of Dance and the Brent Street School of Performing Arts, Glenn began his professional career at 16 in Jolson with Rob Guest and was a cast member & Assistant Dance Captain on both the Australian and Japanese tours of We Will Rock You.
Glenn has since appeared for The Production Company in Sweet Charity, Little Me and Showboat playing "Frank Schultz" with The Herald Sun praising he “shines as the goofy, singing-dancing vaudevillian, Frank Schultz…” and Simon Parris celebrated Glenn as “an endearing and affecting leading man”. Recently he performed the role of "Cornelius Hackl" in Hello Dolly, and as an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar, for The Production Company's 2017 season.
He has appeared in Pippin, a Korean tour of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Dance Captain & u’study – Prince Herbert/Bedevere) and MAMMA MIA! – The 10th Anniversary Australian Tour (u’study – Pepper/Eddie).
Glenn was a member of the world premiere of Dr Zhivago (Dance Captain and understudy "Liberius"). Glenn then took on the role of Associate Choreographer for the South Korean production of Dr Zhivago.
In 2012, Glenn was proud to be announced as the recipient of the ANZ Trustees – Rob Guest Endowment Award, marking him as a highly regarded up and coming performer within the Australian musical theatre industry.
He appeared in the Helpmann Award for Best Musical - Legally Blonde The Musical as "Aaron Shultz" (understudied - Emmett Forrest). He also was a featured cast member in the critically acclaimed musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Glenn appeared in Squabbalogic’s Man of La Mancha as "Padre Perez" and in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Australian production of MATILDA - The Musical as the "Escapologist/Magnus".
Jan Di Pietro - Cast Member
Jan is currently performing at the State Theatre in Melbourne with the musical Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical.
Jan’s recent credits include the "Dialect Coach" in Singin’ In The Rain where he danced the iconic Moses Supposes tap routine, and the role of "Bert" in Mary Poppins for The Court Theatre in Christchurch. Previously, he understudied and performed the role of "Lord Evelyn Oakleigh" in Anything Goes. He has featured in productions across Australia, Japan and the USA including The Producers, Sweet Charity, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Promises Promises, The Boy From Oz, Music Man, The Mikado and Pirates Of Penzance, to name a few.
Jan is an acting graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he became a member of the exclusive American Academy Company, performing such roles as "Dan" in Emlyn Williams’ thriller Night Must Fall, "Clive/Edward" in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, and "Dr Rance" in What The Butler Saw. Jan holds a BA in Communications (screen studies, creative writing) and is a keen creator of original content across multiple platforms and creative disciplines. Jan is a proud member of the MEAA since 2002.
Dion is currently in Aladdin the Musical and will be performing in the new tour of Mamma Mia.
His stage credits include the roles of "Gavroche" in Les Miserable, "Sammy" in Jolson and "Captain" in Oliver. He toured with the Australian production of Altar Boyz,where he performed the role of "Mark" and was part of the award winning Australian production of Mary Poppins.
Dion starred as "Frankie Valli" in the Australian/New Zealand production of Jersey Boys and recently, he could be seen in Baz Luhrman's Strictly Ballroom.
Dion has also featured in numerous television commercials and series including his role as “Bud” in the AFI Award winning film Soft Fruit. He has also had the chance to work with many of Australia’s finest choreographers including Kelley Abbey, Matt Lee, Leah Howard, Cameron Mitchell, William A Forsythe and Katie Kermond.
Daniel Raso - Cast Member
Hailing from Sydney, Daniel’s musical theatre career began with High School Musical (Disney Theatricals). Most recently he appeared as ‘Michael Wormwood’ in Matilda The Musical (RSC; Louise Withers). Other credits include ‘Sonny’ in Grease (GFO), ‘Cash’ in The Tap Pack (The Tap Pack Pty Ltd) and ‘Paul’ in Kiss Me Kate (Hebei Salang Productions). He also assisted choreographer, Kelly Devine, on the world premiere of Doctor Zhivago (GFO).
Television appearances include Puberty Blues, A Place To Call Home, Comedy Inc., as well as Bollywood feature films Orange and Mr. Perfect. He was also a Top 24 finalist on the last series of Australian Idol.
Kuki Tipoki - Cast Member
Kuki is a creative artist who specialises in creating live music experiences as an accomplished vocalist, dancer and musician playing over 6 instruments.
Kuki's most recent musical theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors and Sweet Charity. Both productions were a part of the Hayes Theatre in Sydney where he combined his love of music theatre and his love of music by being both an onstage actor and pitt musician simultaneously.
Other stage credits include The Tap Pack, Songs For a New World, Mamma Mia, SHOUT!, the 2006/2007 Japan tour of We Will Rock You, and the Australian tour of the Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease - The Arena Spectacular, The Man From Snowy River, The King and I, and South Pacific.
He has also been involved in many TV productions including talent show X Factor, Mornings with Kerrie Anne and Sunrise.
His musicianship and theatre background combined have afforded him the opportunity to work with Warner Music and Sony artists including Taylor Swift, Aston Merrygold, Nathaniel, Stan Walker and Timomatic.