Faculty of Education and Arts

David Wynen

Position Program Coordinator- Bachelor of Arts Music Theatre
Study area Performing Arts
Location Arts Academy, Camp St, Old Law Courts
Phone 5327 8687
Email d.wynen@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Master of Arts - University of Ballarat - 2013
Bachelor of Arts - LaTrobe University- 2004


Teaching

Program(s)

Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre)

Courses

  • Performing Arts Directed Workshop Dance (PADWD 1002)
  • Performing Arts Music Theatre Studio (PAMTC 2003)
  • Performing Arts Music Theatre Performance (PAMTP 3002)
  • Performing Arts Acting Musical Showcase (PAAMS3004)

Biography

David has appeared extensively in theatre, cabaret, theatre restaurant and television and his training has included all facets of dance, drama and voice. David's theatre credits include the Australasian tour of 42ndStreet, Hocus Pocus, Showstoppers, and Disney Showcases. He has also featured in both Victorian State Opera and Australian Opera productions including Macbeth, Xerxes, Don Quixote, La Traviata and Carmen…the Grand Arena Tour. David has performed for the Prime Minister's Olympic Presentation and also appeared as one of the featured dancers in the movie Blonde. David has appeared on television in Halifax and Feds as well as being a guest vocalist on Good Morning Australia. David was recently featured in the cast of Billy Elliott for its Australian premiere season, at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and performed in Brenda Bufalino's: Last Rehearsal Hall (USA).

He has choreographed many productions and produced many corporate events through his production company including: The Toorak Village People, 60's Beach Party, Tap Jive, Jammin, Techno Tribe, and Cabaret Idol.

He is constantly in demand as a dance educator, choreographer, lecturer and international adjudicator. He has been commissioned to write two dance syllabuses and has also worked to put dance into regional areas through his own performing arts school. David also has been providing classes through adult education since the late 80's

Most recently David has choreographed Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate,Working, Company, Prodigal, 42ndSt, Merrily We Roll Along, , Sweet Charity, Witches of Eastwick, the White Rose, Godspell and Showcases 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 for the Arts Academy. In 2005 he directed Simply Frank/ Being in Line. David recently directed and choreographed the Australian premiere of the Life and well as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Charity and 42nd St- 2013, and Showcases 2009, 2010, and 2011. He has completed a Masters by research and in 2006 participated in a residency at The New York City Tap Festival and attended the Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival as well as the Jump Rhythm Jazz intensive. He has also been awarded the EJ Barker Fellowship, which allowed him to fulfil his goal of dancing on Broadway as well as working with jazz Master Luigi. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 David had the privilege of working one on one with Luigi and presenting choreography internationally. In 2010 he also presented jazz Master classes at Lehman College, New York as part of their Working Professional series. David recently worked on a piece for the Commonwealth Games: Bollywood meets Tap. This included design, production, music editing, choreography, direction, film direction and post production.

David presented his cabaret: David Wynen Unplugged and Untapped to a sold out season and taught at the Melbourne International Tap Festival. He has lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently Senior Lecturer in Dance and Movement and Program Co-ordinator of Music Theatre at Federation University Australia. He has completed a contemporary choreographic commission with Legacy Dance Company in Boston. Recently, David worked one on one with tap dance legend Brenda Buffalino, and took Tap Rhythm overseas presenting master classes at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.


Areas of expertise

Music Theatre, Dance, Luigi Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Direction


Research interests

Jazz dance as a rehabilative tool, Tap Dance as musicianship


Publications

Websites

Tap Rhythm www.taprhythm.com

Refereed journal articles

http://ausdance.org.au/publications/details/brolga-37

http://ausdance.org.au/articles/details/bollywood-meets-tap-undertaking-a-commissioned-dance-event


Associations

  • Australian Teachers of Dancing
  • International Tap Association
  • Music Theatre Educators Alliance