An introduction to the staff at Loud and Clear.
David has a wide range of experience in the broadcast media including master control operator at 2GB, panel operator at 2KY, network control operator for TCN Nine and Sky Channel, and over 6 years as senior broadcast technician for Nine News in Sydney, coordinating hundreds of live to air segments each year.
With a diploma in Sound Engineering, and certificates from the AFTRS in post production for film and TV, experience directing and producing musicals, and time on two society committees, David has also performed on stage and for film and television.
Kathryn has a wide range of experience in live audio mixing ranging from Magic shows and dance concerts to Blues bands and Musicals. After obtaining a Certificate IV in Audio Engineering at SAE she spent 2 US summers at a Summer Camp dedicated to performing arts running sound in up to 4 venues at once, worked in the Audio department at Wonderland Sydney for almost 2 years and has lost count of the number of shows she has done with Loud and Clear.
Having spent many years performing on stage in musicals and choirs, in the pit and in varied bands, and with 2 years service on the committee of a musical society Kathryn has a great love and enthusiasm for all aspects of musical productions.
SENIOR ACCOUNTS MANAGER AND HR MANAGER
Thanks to her mum who took her to every show that came to Sydney, this Blue Mountains girl had a love of musicals from a young age. As a young singer she performed with Hugh Jackman, Marina Prior and The Wiggles; appeared in some commercials involving airlines and chips; sang at sporting grand finals; and toured the UK and USA finishing with a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC and a performance for the Royal Family in London.
By her teens she switched her love to backstage and arts management. She completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Arts and Entertainment Management at AIM while working in the Music Department of Disneys The Lion King at Capitol Theatre.
Working as an Events Manager in Sydney with many high profile and large outdoor events up her sleeve, she joined L&C part time in 2008 as an all dancing Mic Tech and in 2011 began her learning curve as an Engineer.
Erin couldn’t be happier to turn her love of musicals, sound and arts management into her dream job and in 2012 joined the crew full time.
SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER
Having known Dave Betterridge since he was a little pup Drew joined the team at Loud and Clear in 2011. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music from The Australian Institute of Music in 2008, Drew has a passion for working with people and all things musical! With experience in studio recording and mixing, live music, teaching, theatre productions and as a musician as well, he brings a wide range of experience and knowledge across many genres to the job. And nothing beats a positive can-do attitude, patience, a good set of ears, oh, and of course a good old laugh and smile too!
IT AND JUNIOR ACCOUNTS MANAGER
Based in Sydney, Australia, Oliver started his career in the arts industry from the early age of ten where he volunteered his technical skills at the local theatre company. From there he pursued the technical side of theatre and in particular sound all throughout high school working in various roles on productions from plays such as The Crucible to musicals like Les Miserables. After high school he detoured a little to study a Bachelor of Arts, Screen at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) before returning to theatre (with a little bit of film on the side) to join the Loud and Clear as the IT and Junior Accounts Manager after three years working as an Engineer whilst at Uni. He continues to enjoy mixing musical theatre far more than he should for his job as well as working in film, television and classical recording.
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From a young age, Sydney born Cameron Hissey has had a keen interest in all things musical. Commencing a singing career at the age of five with the Newington College Chapel Choir, he progressed through various choral and string ensembles at the College beginning formal singing lessons at the age of eight. In 1999 he was awarded a choral/instrumental scholarship to Newington College.
Cameron first got involved with the technical side of theatre during High School, working on several shows with the ATYP including a gala party for Baz Luhrmann. More recently, Cameron has undertaken a Bachelor of Music majoring in Audio Engineering at the Australian Institute of Music. He is focusing his talents on the technical side of theatre while still maintaining a keen interest in performance, having played the lead role in Purcell’s Dido and Anaeas at the school in early 2009.
Cameron is currently living in the USA and we hope to have him home soon!
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Daniel is a Sydney-based music producer, audio engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. With a degree in Composition & Music Production and an academic scholarship in Audio Engineering from The Australian Institute of Music, Daniel is moving towards studying a Masters of Architectural Science (Audio & Acoustics) at The University of Sydney.
Daniel has over six years’ worth of professional studio experience; producing and engineering alongside industry figureheads such as Glen Phimister and Jason de Wilde, as well as successfully running his own music production business. Daniel has also worked in live sound, musical theatre, broadcast and stage management, as well as digital production, film animation and advertising!
Accompanying his technical endeavours, Daniel is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and has worked as a music teacher for over five years. Daniel has a true passion for audio and is absolutely dedicated to giving a project the love and commitment it deserves!
David’s association with theatre stretches over 25 years and includes several years in regional operations from Tamworth to the Hunter, and across Sydney covering not only Audio, but Musical Direction, keys, saxophones, percussion and production.
As a theatre administrator, David has recently designed and led the company restructure for Newcastle Dramatic Art Club Incorporated, one of Australia’s oldest community theatre organisations.
Although trained as a classical pianist, David’s professional gigs include Grease and Phantom of The Opera plus regular Edinburgh Fringe Festivals to engineering La Grande Cirque’s recent OZ Tour.
Jessica is an actor, producer and Helpmann nominated sound designer. For Squabbalogic Jessica produced Grey Gardens, Hello, Dolly!, Triassic Parq, Man of La Mancha, Bye Bye Birdie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Carrie The Musical; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ordinary Days, [title of show], A New Brain, Forbidden Broadway and Reefer Madness, the latter of which she also starred in a leading role. She has also appeared in productions of Xanadu, Into The Woods, Avenue Q, Seussical, Lucky Stiff, Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wedding Singer, Bat Boy: The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors. Jessica is an audio engineer, radio microphone technician and sound designer. As a technician her most recent credits include The Unbelievables, Les Miserables, Wicked, Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Australian tour of Legally Blonde The Musical and Disney’s Mary Poppins. Her design work was heard on Grey Gardens, Triassic Parq, Man of La Mancha, The Drowsy Chaperone, Carrie The Musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Forbidden Broadway for Squabbalogic; Sweet Charity for Hayes Theatre Co. (2014 Helpmann Nominee Best Sound Design); tick, Tick…BOOM! for Newline Productions and Matthew Robinson’s Sing on Through Tomorrow.
Josh’s musical theatre journey started onstage in 2009, where he was somewhat coerced into playing Jesus for his high school’s production of Godspell. Since then he has developed a great appreciation for all things theatre including the production of it! Mixing for Loud and Clear fits together nicely with his current studies at the University of Sydney where he is completing his Masters in Acoustics.
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A musician since the age of 11, Ross has been involved in the performing arts on both sides of the stage for over 25 years. He started working with audio whilst at school and continued working for theatre companies throughout Adelaide whilst studying at University. Whilst he loved working in theatre, a decision was made to concentrate on a career as a classical saxophonist. The first of a succession of poor decisions, he completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (History) at the University of Adelaide.
The illusory promise of travel and adventure led to a 15 year career in the Royal Australian Navy Band where he performed in, to name a few places: Turkey, China, UAE, Brunei, USA, and Tonga. A gradual evolution into the position of senior audio engineer led to concert tours to the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Iraq & Afghanistan to entertain the deployed Australian and allied troops with artists such as Angry Anderson and Ian Moss. In 2013 he acted as the Technical Co-ordinator of the Band Program for the International Fleet Review and also completed a Master of Business at UNSW.
In 2015 Ross decided to pursue new challenges, departing the RAN as a full-time member. A love of theatre drew him to Loud and Clear, where his abilities to lift things without complaining (much) appear to be appreciated.
His main life goal is to one day grow a decent beard.
He would also like to use this bio to officially call shotgun on Hamilton.
Alice has been working for Loud and Clear since 2011 but has been involved with musical theatre in Sydney since 2004. She was in the Australian Girls Choir for 13 years, plays the saxophone and attended drama and singing classes at Stage Artz Performing Arts School. As well as a passion for musical theatre, Alice also has a love for working with children and introducing them to music at an early age. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at Macquarie University.
Alice loves working for Loud and Clear and hopes that one day she can use the knowledge she has learnt about theatre and sound and combine it into teaching children all about theatre!
Ben has been working for Loud and Clear since 2007. He graduated from The Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE with a Diploma in Screen in 2006. Ben is currently completing a Macquarie University Bachelor of Business Administration with Events Management. Ben has been working in theatre for the past 6 years and has worked extensively in venues all over Sydney. Hehas worked in all aspects of theatre, whether it is sound, stage management, lighting, staging and lifting heavy things. Ben has a passion for musical theatre and has been involved in more shows than he can remember. Just don’t ask Ben to sing…no one needs to hear that!
Courtney officially joined the Loud and Clear team in 2017 after doing work experience in 2015. She starting volunteering for school plays and with Loud and Clear Audio from 2014 – 2015, then straight out of high school was keen to get into working in the industry right away. She has been mic tech for a large variety of musicals for Loud and Clear as well as mic tech and audio engineer for other audio company’s over 2017 and 2018. Some of her biggest achievements in Sydney include being a secondary sound swing for Kinky Boots 2017, sound swing for the last few months of Beautiful the Carol King Musical in 2017-2018 and is currently sound swing for The Book of Mormon 2018. Courtney is very passionate about everything to do with theatre and ready to work hard to continue to learn and grow over many years to come while working along side all the incredible employees at Loud and Clear.
David J was once on the receiving end of the work performed by Loud and Clear. He was often spotted treading the boards of various theatres throughout Sydney and beyond. But 10 years ago he was so impressed with what we do, he started “working” for us. A couple of years after that we even started to pay him. Since then he’s still been known to do the odd role here and there. Sometimes he’s even performed roles at the same time as being the mic tech.
Whilst not changing mics backstage, he can be found giving direction, choreography, vocal training, hugs etc to the cast and crew. And then there’s the food… but we don’t have room to elaborate on that here.
Erin, otherwise known as Jimi, began her work with Loud and Clear in high school as a part of her VET Entertainment Course work placement. After graduating high school in 2012, she quickly sealed her spot as the youngest member of the Loud and Clear family, and has since been the overly enthusiastic Mic Tech for many musicals as well as the Lord Mayor’s Picnic NYE. Since performing in her first musical in 2009, it has been impossible to tear Erin away from the theatre. Clearly obsessed, she has been involved with numerous shows as a performer, pit vocalist, stage manager and of course, mic tech.
Erin is currently enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) majoring in Composition, and it is no surprise that musical theatre is one of her favourite genres to compose. In future, Erin plans to become a high school music teacher and hopes to spread her love and knowledge of the theatre on unsuspecting students. Erin couldn’t ask for a better job and adores being able to work in an industry that she is so passionate about.
Evan started work with Loud and Clear in 2012 and has been keenly interested in theatre and particularly lighting and sound since being involved in musical theatre at The King’s School. Evan has a Cert IV in Technical Production and has worked as a Systems Tech on many major productions during his time with Chameleon Touring Systems. Evan is well experienced in Lighting Design and Programming and is kept busy with productions for SYMT, Hornsby M/S and any other shows he can. For relaxation he plays drums and trumpet.
Jess has been on stage since the age of 4. She has been involved in many productions, generally performing. For the past 5 years, she has gradually swapped the dressing rooms for the sound booths. In 2010, Jess started her degree of Creative Technology at The JMC Academy in Sydney. She had an immediate love for recording studios, going on to work in Love Hz Studios, BJB Studios, The Brain Recording Studios and Sydney’s famous FOX Studios. Recently Jess has gone back to her roots and rediscovered her love of stage productions, this time from the other side, opening up the door to live sound and theatre audio for the first time.
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With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Keith began working with the team at Loud and Clear in 2011. He first met them while completing work placement hours for his TVET Entertainment course in 2010 and was beyond eager to join up as soon as he completed school. Now part of the family for 2 years he has been given amazing opportunities which have stretched his boundaries and fed his knowledge. His enthusiasm and talents have found him both backstage and at the mixing desk running shows already.
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MARIA DE LOS REYES
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Matt’s first encounter with Loud and Clear was in 2016 while running the production team at his high school. With an audio engineering background he was welcomed to the team in 2017 and has worked on a number of shows in various roles.
Matt’s passion for musical theatre has quickly grown and he is enjoying the change of pace from mixing bands around Sydney. He is looking forward working on more shows and furthering his knowledge of musical theatre.
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Maxwelle-Jane Dwyer is a highly committed third-year university student with a passion for the arts seen in both her technical experience and her background in marketing and customer service. She currently studies Business and Law at Western Sydney University which she intends on utilizing within the entertainment industry, and she holds a Cert III in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations), which has allowed her to put her talents towards supporting emerging artists and local theatre groups alike.
Despite her vast catalogue of unfinished and unrecorded self-written songs, her confidence borders on audacious, which shows in her commitment to work both in academia and the arts. She’s performed with a number of the performing arts companies west of Sydney including the Richmond Players, Penrith Musical Comedy Company, Blackout Theatre Company, and Blue Mountains Musical Society, and loves to apply her passion wherever she’s able to help out, which is what led her to join Loud and Clear in 2016 as a Microphone Technician.
After bugging Dave for years to take a chance on him, Philby was welcomed into the Loud and Clear family in May 2014. Since then, he has tech’d many shows and is often put on jobs mainly for his ability to lift heavy things and move them from point A to point B, often via points C through H. He is a musical theatre tragic and has been involved in many shows in the Sydney region, and is currently studying to be a High School Music Teacher. He loves everyone in the L&C family except 2 (they know who they are…) and he has threatened to continue working for Loud and Clear until death. Or until his wife threatens divorce. But probably death.