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HELEN'S FULL BIOGRAPHY

Helen is a veteran of stage and screen, both in Australia and London, where she famously created the role of the original Glinda in Wicked, opposite Idina Menzel. During that time she performed for the 2007 Royal Command Performance for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. She regularly works on the West End, where she recently starred as Cinderella in the Olivier Award winning production of Into the Woods at Regents Park. Helen just completed the Australian tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, starring as Paulette - for which she is nominated for a Helpmann Award 
 
Helen first made her name playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls while still at NIDA. She has subsequently appeared in many productions for Sydney Theatre Company, where she was part of the actors ensemble that opened The Sydney Theatre, with the musical The Republic of Myopia and the play Harbour. She starred in the leading role of Simone in David Williamson's hugely successful Up for Grabs, directed by Gale Edwards, as well as in Pentecost, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness and The Hanging Man. Recently, she played all the Adult Women in Spring Awakening and she regularly makes appearances in The Wharf Revue. She also starred as air hostess Gloria in Boeing Boeing opposite Shaun Micallef for New Theatricals.
 
Helen has simultaneously enjoyed a career on screen, starring in the feature films Mr Accident, Russian Doll, The Sugar Factory, Tempe Tip and in the British Feature Mother's Milk.  She starred as Meg in the ABC TV movie Secret Bridesmaid's Business, as Annette Gordon in The Day of the Roses, as well as in the mini series' Postcard Bandit and Little Oberon. Guest roles include Midsomer Murders, Laid, Chandon Pictures, Home and Away, Rescue Special Ops, All Saints, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Flipper, Pacific Drive, GP, Water Rats, In Your Dreams and This Christmas (airing soon). She has also appeared in several US productions including the TV movies South Pacific, The Three Stooges, and the US feature film Kangaroo Jack.
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Helen has 18 years teaching experience. She taught acting for the camera at Re:actor, at Fox Studios from 1995 - 2000, co-directing two agent showcases. She also taught improvisation and voice at London School of Dramatic Art for their full time acting course in 2007, directing their end of year agent showcase. She has privately coached countless actors in drama school auditions, musical theatre auditions and film and television castings.

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

Helen was artistic director of the theatre company Hair of the Dog, which was instrumental in the independent theatre movement of the late 90’s that established The Old Fitzroy Hotel as a new fringe venue.

Helen co-wrote and directed
Light Particles at The Stables Theatre, and directed Will Eno’s Tragedy; a tragedy, The New Inhabitant, Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and the musical Jumpin’ the Q by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank at the Old Fitzroy Hotel.

Hair of the Dog was also a part of launching Belvoir Street’s first BSharp season, with Sean Monro’s
Art of Penetration and later, the highly praised Sweet Phoebe by Michael Gow, both directed by Helen.

"I can never thank her enough for helping me achieve my dream."