Welcome to the official site of Tyran Parke,
Australia’s award-winning singer, actor, director and recording artist. He is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), the Executive Producer of the Australian Musical Theatre Festival and the Artistic Director of Clovelly Fox Theatre Company.
‘To examine his career since he graduated from WAAPA in 1999 is to see a ceaseless string of shows. He has performed, written, workshopped, directed, taught and creatively consulted from coast to coast in Oz and from north to south in NZ. He’s played some of the truly great roles written for the music theatre and all to utterly stellar reviews.’ Aussietheatre.com
“His talent is undeniable” The Sydney Morning Herald
Tyran Parke worked as a professional actor before firmly established himself as an acclaimed director on the Australian theatre scene. With credits that span Shakespeare, plays, musicals, cabaret, concerts and opera, Tyran has twenty years of performing credits to his name.
For the past decade, Tyran has turned attention behind the scenes, and is now a much sought-after director, producer and teacher. For Adrian Storey, he directed the all-star production of Follies at the Melbourne Recital Centre, followed by the acclaimed production of Barnum starring Todd McKenny and Rachael Beck, CHESS starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Rob Mills and Paulini and Tick Tick Boom! starring Hugh Sheridan.
Professional directing credits include the plays Thom Pain, Pool (no water), The Laramie Project, Great Expectations, and Proof; the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, Lovebites, Metro St, Cheek to Cheek, Rent, The Goodbye Girl, A Chorus Line, Hello Again, and the operas The Coronation of Poppea and The Fairy Queen.
Parke is a huge devotee to the work of Stephen Sondheim. Having played the title role in Sunday in the Park with George, he was thrilled to direct the highly acclaimed 2018 production in Perth. Aside from Follies, Assassins – which toured throughout Victoria after its sell-out Melbourne season, was a highlight. Into the Woods, Anyone Can Whistle and Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim repeated this artistic success.
Concert work includes the acclaimed Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in Tapestry, Caroline O’Connor’s From Broadway with Love, Dirty Dancing in Concert and three separate national tours of From Broadway to La Scala over a six-year period.
Other productions include the acclaimed, Ordinary Days (Green Room Award- Best Director), Big Fish (Broadway World and Glugg Nominations- Best Director), Falsetto’s (Green Room nomination- Best Director) and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera Chaser Award- Best Director of an Opera)
As a teacher, Parke has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). He is also Artistic Director of The Australian Musical Theatre Festival in Tasmania. www.amtf.org.au