Barb Rowland has worked in media and production for most of her working life, both in Melbourne and London where she met her husband John. Together John and Barb ran one of London’s premier voice-over and jingle studios, also specializing in radio drama production. After ten years in London they moved back to Australia and established a three studio complex in South Melbourne, providing voiceover studios and audio post production facilities, which ran successfully for 20 years. Since then they have worked together in documentary and film making as well as running Rowland Media Productions from their base in Castlemaine. Barb looks forward to contributing her production background along with her management and financial skills to Moonlight Theatre Company.
John’s career spans six decades of radio, television, sound, film and documentary making. Heading off to London in the late 70s, John quickly made waves in the then new commercial radio scene, starting his own studio on a converted barge in Little Venice. During this time John became heavily involved in radio drama, producing regular radio plays and series for Capital Radio, which led to introducing and teaching “Acting for Radio” at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Back in Australia John and his wife, Barb, established and ran Rowland Productions – one of Melbourne’s top commercial recording studios and post production sound facilities. Since then John has run documentary film production companies, filming in many parts of the world. These days John’s time is split between general manager at community radio station, GDR in Melbourne, and producing media projects through his own company, Rowland Media, based here in Castlemaine.
From staging plays in a nissan hut on her parents’ farm Sophie studied Prof. Writing at RMIT and a Pos.Grad in Playwriting at VCA. She studied Design for Theatre in New York and had a play accepted at The Royal Court London. She has won awards for ‘Monsters Play’ and ‘A Bunch of Henry’s’ was nominated for a Premier’s Award. She is delighted to be a part of Moonlight Theatre Company – a place where we can work, play and give something really special to our wonderful community in Castlemaine.
Born and raised in Castlemaine, Michael began his acting career at the VCA School of Drama, graduating in 1996. His first professional engagement was for the 1996 Castlemaine State Festival with his one man show Visions of POE which has enjoyed numerous subsequent incarnations including a critically successful three week run at Theatre Works in St Kilda the following year. Michael has performed with the Melbourne Theatre Company, THE OLD VAN Pty Ltd, Melbourne Midsumma Festival, Brisbane’s MELT Festival, Anvil Productions Inc, Daylesford Words in Winter and Hobbo Playhouse as well as recording audio books for Vision Australia and many radio voice overs. After a long hiatus from acting Michael reclaimed his joy and love of performing by working on many local theatre productions. As a co-founding member of Moonlight Theatre Company he is excited by the new opportunities and possibilities this offers not only personally as a performer but to audiences of Mount Alexander Shire.