Show business is in Wayne’s blood. Being “born in a trunk”,
he is a fourth generation performer.
Wayne’s introduction to professional musical theatre was at the age of 11 when he was casted as a tap dancing sailor in Gypsy. He then went onto to co-star and play such roles as Tom Thumb in Barnum, Baby John & Arab in West Side Story, Andrew in Seven Little Australians, Waxy Collins in Jonah Jones (STC), Benny Southstreet & Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, Mike in A Chorus Line, Fogerty in Chicago and Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown (MTC). Wayne is most acclaimed for his starring role as Cosmo Brown in the Australasian Tour of Singin’ in the Rain, and his show-stopping slapstick running up the wall routine Make ’em Laugh. Wayne also starred as Max Bialystock in The Producers, the Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, The Vaudevillian in Smoke & Mirrors and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray The Big Fat Arena Spectacular. And he most recently starred in Opera Australia’s and GFO’s Touring production of Anything Goes as Moonface Martin.
Wayne has been nominated and is the recipient for numerous Helpmann, Green Room and Mo Awards, such as “Male Musical Theatre Performer of the Year”, “ Best Lead Actor In a Musical “ and the “ Peter Allen Variety Entertainer of the Year.” He has conceived and starred in the Australian musical comedy Jive Junkys, which toured extensively and received a coveted Pick of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Wayne’s film credits include Kings In Grass Castles, The Heroes, Heroes 2 The Return, Rebel, and the Academy Award Winning Movie Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2 playing the lead motion capture roles of LoveLace & Memphis.
Wayne’s love of Cabaret has lead him to, create, star and produce with his wife Katie such shows as Candy Man - a celebration of the ultimate Song & Dance Man, Sammy Davis Jnr. And The Kermond 3 Gen Variety Show, alongside his Dad and son Zan at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival where it receiving five star reviews. He most recently conceived and produced Spiegelesque in the SpiegelZelt tent touring Australia, playing the role of the cheeky Emcee “Vayne”.
In the last 4 years, Wayne has directed, with his wife Katie choreographing, productions of Evita, Mary Poppins, Wicked and most recently We Will Rock You for The Rockhampton Regional Council at the Pilbeam Theatre.