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Ian Milford - Director

Ian’s direction credits with Fusion Theatre include “The King and I”, “Calamity Jane”, “Les Miserables”, “Oklahoma!”, “Oliver!”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Titanic The Musical”, “HMS Pinafore”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Chess”, “The Boys in the Photograph”, “Evita”, “Phantom of The Opera”, “Miss Saigon”, “Aida”, “Sunshine on Leith” and “Whistle down the Wind”.

Ian’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” won Best Modern Opera and Best Amateur Director at the 2007 Waterford Festival of Light Opera. The following year, Ian won AIMs award for Best Director for Fusion Theatre’s production of “Pirates of Penzance”.

in 2010 Ian fulfilled a long held and treasured dream to take part in the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival; his faith in cast, crew and band was confirmed when the production of “HMS Pinafore” won the inaugural Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Youth Competition and Best Show (NI Region) at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards. 

In 2011, Ian won Best Musical Director for “Beauty and the Beast” making him the only person to win an AIMs award for both Best Musical Director and Best Director. Fusion’s following show “Chess” saw Ian lead the company to pick up “Best Youth Show” and “Best Stage Management”.

2012 saw him take up the enormous challenge of taking on the Ireland premiere of “The Beautiful Game”, a particularly pertinent piece of theatre is set in Belfast during the early days of “The Troubles”. Ian had the privilege of working closely with the writer Ben Elton and The Really Useful Group. 

Aside from Fusion, Ian has written and produced a one act play entitles “The Three Acre Bog” which was performed at the Waterfront Hall. He has also directed shows for Lisnagarvey Operatic, Downpatrick Choral Society and Newcastle Glee. No stranger to treading the boards himself, Ian has played many principal roles including Fredric (Pirates of Penzance) a part for which he won AIMs Best Male Singer. 

Niall O'Flaherty - Musical Director

Lynne Gourley - Choreographer

Choreographer Lynn Gourley is Banbridge born and bred. She has wide experience in all forms of dance, and two years ago was awarded most rhythmical tap dancer at a competition with British Theatre Dance Association and was also crowned All Ireland, Ulster and Northern Ireland dance champion in hip hop with dance crew Ajendance.

She trained from 2000-2012 with the Kim Arlow Dance Academy in Banbridge studying tap, modern, ballet and lyrical. In 2012 she started training at the Jennifer Marshall School of Dance in Richhill, and in 2014 began with Ajendance Dance Company in Belfast studying all arts of hip hop and contempory and commercial modern jazz.

Lynn has attended many high profile professional workshops including: Summer school at the Sylvia Young Theatre school in London (2013); one-day workshop at Urdang in London (2014); Dance Forward Workshop in London working alongside professionals Wayne Sleep and Lizzie Gough (2014); Bursary to train with professionals in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast (2014); hip hop workshop by Natz McP in Belfast (2015); hip hop workshop with Don King Rongavilla (2015).

She has choreographed routines for local fashion shows and in 2014 took part in shows including Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I and Oliver for Banbridge Musical Society.

Lynn has choreographed routines for the Jennifer Marshall School of Dance for local competitions, and choreographed routines for a local dance school for their end of term showcase called Gotta Dance.

And just to prove she is multi-talented, Lynn is also a great singer, having achieved Grade 6 with distinction back in 2011!

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