New Australian Musical Theatre

Forrester and Swan are a composing duo, whose focus and passion is to write new Australian musical theatre.  Tim Forrester and Katie Swan met in 2013 while studying musical theatre at the Arts Academy in Ballarat.  The first song they wrote together, If You Knew Me, is featured in the AMEB Musical Theatre syllabus and published in the Grade 3 (male) songbook.  In 2014 they had their first show together in Ballarat, supporting Emma Dean and Francesca DeValence.  Since that first show, they have continued to perform their music, with the help of some very talented Australian performers, all over Australia in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.

About the writers

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Katie Swan

Katie graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy, with highlights including: Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Daphne & u/s Muzzy Van Hosmere, Ruth & vocal swing) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairperson: Maggie Turner & u/s Princess Puffer). In early 2015, she performed her cabaret Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Everything in Ballarat and Melbourne. Since graduating, Katie has appeared in The Songs of Laura Nyro (Midsumma Festival), Aunty Donna’s 1999 series and has also toured her own music around Australia, with performances in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.  

Katie is also very passionate about young performers and teaches singing and acting to school-age students for Fame Theatre Company.

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TIMOTHY FORRESTER

Originally from Perth, Timothy has had extensive training as a musician. Once graduated from high school, he underwent training in music at the University of Western Australia before completing two musical theatre courses at both WAAPA and Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts.

He is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) at the Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat. While at the Arts Academy, he performed the roles of Mike in the workshop of “Smash Hit” [dir. Sara Grenfeld] and Dr Billeaux/Assistant Musical Director in “Urinetown” [dir. George Torbay] as well as featuring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” [dir. David Wynen].

Most recently, he was involved in the creation and performance of “Riches, Romance and Rebellion” which was created and directed by Nancye Hayes and performed at the international conference of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance in Perth.