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I've learned that people will forget what you said, 

people will forget what you did, 

but people will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

ABOUT US

Be You is a charity focussed around education and empowerment in the music theatre space. The sole purpose of the organisation is to make ourselves obsolete by creating universal standards that work towards a music theatre industry that is inclusive, representative of the diversity of our context, and centres these diverse stories as the core of music theatre.

We believe the narrative is key to the story and our emotional connection, not the presentation. We empower and inspire performers, challenge industry norms, and provide opportunities to artists from all backgrounds. Their core purpose is to create a more inclusive and supportive musical theatre community where diversity is celebrated, and every individual has the chance to shine.

 

Key to this, we are focused around addressing the inequities of the music theatre industry through the redistribution of power, disruption of unchallenged norms, and actively holding space for marginalised and emerging performers.

At the heart of what we do are our values: Be Balanced, and You Belong.

 

We use best practices from across industries to help create a more robust music theatre space and set standards for teamwork and professionalism in an otherwise unregulated industry. Be You runs educational workshops and courses to empower young performers with technical and non-technical skills, fosters new works and creates spaces for performers by putting on full-scale professional productions.

OUR VALUES

We want an independent music theatre industry where:

  • Every single person feels confident pursuing their goals

  • Companies are open and transparent about their processes

  • Power is available to everyone, and not just directors and production teams

  • An ethical profit share model is used to benefit everyone working on a show

 

We seek to create meaningful and lasting change for a fairer, more sustainable system. We strive to create a space for authentic and empowered storytelling, where diversity across all dimensions is not only embraced but actively celebrated.

 

Be You strives to create a space where you can Be Balanced where You Belong.

 

Balance and Belonging are at the heart of all that we do; through this lens we aim to create systems and processes to ensure greater equilibrium is found. We’re a company that foregrounds collaboration between diverse people, and through these efforts foster their ability to create, lead, and engage in all that we do

Be Balanced

Balance to us is when everyone feels they not only have a seat at the table but have an equal opportunity and power.

People

  • We will seek to follow equitable decisions making processes, based on your personal circumstances.

  • We will seek to counteract any inherent bias and aims to remove any barriers to participation.

  • We will strive to always improve, owning fault and seeking ongoing feedback to ensure accountability for our actions.

 

Actions​

  • We will model transparency; we are honest and open.

  • We will uphold strict conflict of interest policies to ensure casting opportunities are truly open

  • We will be measured and reasoned in our approaches and decisions.

You Belong

Belonging is founded on our sense of community, where you can come as you are and be accepted wholeheartedly for you.

People

  • We will seek to empower people to reach their full potential.

  • We will seek to create psychologically safe spaces.

  • We will strive to create a workforce and theatre industry that is reflective of our community, taking steps to ensure all voices are equally heard.

 

Actions

  • We will normalise seeking support, values your time and respect your decisions​

  • We will act with compassion and understanding.

  • We will be committed to tell stories with diverse perspectives.

  • We believe that more voices create more robust and balanced decisions

  • We value your time and respect your decisions

The Be You Operations Team

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Bradley Dylan (he/they)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

As the founder of Be You, Bradley is the artistic voice and vision behind all of its projects. His passion for leadership, holistic approach to sociology and social systems, and degrees in business, management, and applied psychology, coupled with extensive experience in running production companies and performing arts studios since 2004, gives him a unique perspective on the future of theatre, and how best to use applied psychological approaches for the betterment of everyone involved. 

Bradley is an accredited Coach, a member of the Diversity Council Australia, the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and is currently studying a Master of Social and Organisational Leadership.

He is the Producer of Broadway Unplugged and Artistic Director of Be You Productions.

Brendan Jelley (he/him)
Casting and Communications Director

Brendan is a Casting and Communications professional as well as passionate performer with experience in many areas of the industry, currently working in a similar capacity for Helen Pandos Management. His performance journey includes Musical Theatre productions, dancing around the world on cruise ships, as well as working with contemporary and commercial dance companies. 

 

A proud member of the Be You Operations team he strives for an industry of empowered performers, creatives and companies. He aims to promote a more diverse inclusive industry in his roles as Casting Director and Head of Communications. As an advocate for supportive environments in what can be a tough industry, Brendan always strives to challenge stigma, create opportunities, and share insight through experience.

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Daniele Buatti (he/him)
Head of Broadway Unplugged & Graphic Design

A passionate musician, music director, and storyteller, Daniele loves nothing more than exploring how music can be used to effect an audience and support the sharing of stories. He brings a wealth of experience to the team through his knowledge of music, his love of story, and his desire to make genuine connections with people.

The Be You Board

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Laura de Iongh (she/her)
President

Through a lifetime of dance experience that led her to choreographing musicals in London, Laura brings her love of creation and organisation to the board, helping us to tailor our programs to suit wide audiences. As both a performer and creative team member, Laura brings a unique perspective to Be You that helps guide our values, and create safe, supportive theatre experiences.

Harry Tibballs (he/him)
Vice President

 Our inaugural secretary, Harry brings years of committee and secretariat experience in a range of educational and cultural charities and not-for-profit organisations to our board. His passion for helping others is the driving force behind the board’s productivity, while performing in shows and working as a Junior Doctor.

Harry believes in balance, and that everyone involved in staging musicals should be kind, productive and prioritise fun. He created and runs our

Be New program.

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Nabs Adnan (he/him)
Treasurer

Nabs is a Masters of Professional Accounting student by day, and a theatre performer and maker by night. In his 4 short years in Melbourne, Nabs has dipped his toes in various roles in community theatre as a performer, creative, and production team member. Nabs is passionate about equity and diversity in theatre and as Be You's Treasurer, he is committed and passionate in making a fair and equitable environment for everyone. Nabs has been on Be You’s Advisory Board, a director of Cabaret Entree, and Producer of Ordinary Days with Productions. 

Rebecca Price (she/her)
Board Member

Rebecca is a proud descendant of the Tagalaka people of Far North Queensland and was recently an artist of the 2021 Maybe This Time showcase. Recently graduating with her Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) from AIM, her love of engaging and performing with like-minded creatives to foster healthy work environments and inclusive conversations has her excited to be joining the board for Be You.

Moving forward, her dream for the future of the theatre industry is one where everyone’s voice is heard and inclusivity and empowerment is second nature.

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John Mondelo (he/him)
Board member

John is a singer, actor and food lover originally from Perth. He is a recent graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium (ECMT) and has previously completed a BA in Classical Voice at the University of Western Australia, the Certificate course at WAAPA in Musical Theatre, and the Music Theatre Intensive at the Stella Adler Studio NYC.

John is also co-founder, performer and executive producer of the new theatrical collective, EXEUNT (Pursued By A Bear) Productions, and is a budding Music Director.

John is extremely passionate about Be You and strives to make the Australian theatre scene as equitable and representative as possible. He has been involved in a few Be You programmes including working on MTT, Broadway Unplugged, an Associate Director for Ordinary Days and also a participant in Be New.

Riley (they/them)
Board Member

Riley is an actor, singer, musician and songwriter based in Naarm, Melbourne. After finishing their training with Associated Studios Australia, Riley has leapt into action, taking on the world of performance with a fiery passion and warm embrace.

Some of the many projects Riley has had the honour to take part in include; Be You Inc's Broadway Unplugged as a Resident Artist, Wish You Were Gay Cabaret (co-writer, co-producer and lead) at The MC Showroom, A Waitress Does A Cabaret (writer, co-producer and lead) at Chapel Off Chapel, Be You Production's Ordinary Days (associate director) and most recently joined the co-creators of The Lyre and the Hyacinth - an original Australian musical (co-composer & co-lyricist) and Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s production of The Wacky Wombat! (instrumentalist/puppeteer/actor).

Riley is incredibly excited to be a part of Be You Inc and their passionate journey of making the world of musical theatre inclusive for everyone.

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