Directors Past and Present

July 2014 –      Chrissie Shaw

ChrissieShawChrissie Shaw is a performing artist presently based in Canberra.

Chrissie’s performing career began in her home town of Sydney at the tender age of eight with a double role as a Cornish Pixie and a Party Guest in the Pantomime ‘Cinderella was a Princess’.

In her 20s, while at University, she sang haunting folk songs with an antique French guitar, and spent some time at Sydney’s New Theatre. She began her professional theatre career touring around Australia with Pipi Storm Theatre-In-Education Company in the mid-1970s doing group-devised shows and workshops for children. She also performed in a number of shows for grown-ups as well. She visited Canberra with several of these productions, and stayed from 1987.   She worked for many local theatre companies in a variety of roles: acting/musical directing eight productions, and promotion.

She has produced several independent shows. Flotsam and Jetsam (a show about lighthouse children) and Gran’s Bag ( a show for little children) continue to be in demand. Her latest production for a general audience Bijou – a Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction, an alternate cabaret-theatre piece, has enjoyed equal success selling out its season. The show tells the story of Madame Bijou and takes place in a Paris Bar in 1933, a year after the Hungarian photographer Brassai has taken 3 photos of Bijou at the Bar de la Lune in Montmartre.

Chrissie has been awarded for her work:

1998  ACT MEAA Green Room award

short-listed – 1998 Australian Centre For Cultural Studies Award

2001  Edna Ryan Arts Award

2005  ACT Senior Australian of the Year – Finalist

2006  Critics’ Circle Award – production – ‘Drumming on Water’

2011  Critics’ Circle Award – ‘Lawrie and Shirley’ by Geoff Paget

2013  ACT MEAA Green Room Award  /   Critics Circle Award – latest production – ‘BIJOU – A CABARET OF  SECRETS AND  SEDUCTION’ – an alternate cabaret-theatre piece

In her spare time, Chrissie has been musical director of several community choirs, is a founding member of A BUNCH OF POSERS, a Corporate and Events entertainment troupe, now evolved to a musical troupe and has performed in training videos for Government departments as well as independent films!

As well as being an accomplished vocalist, she plays the Piano Accordion, piano, guitar ukulele, recorder, and clarinet.

Nov 2010 – Sept 2013 / Lynne Bentley


Lynne Bentley was born in Canberra into a musical family and began singing in early childhood, in school and church choirs and regularly competing in voice and piano in the annual National Eisteddfod in its early days.

She has continued choral singing throughout adulthood, with the Canberra Choral Society and Llewellyn Choir in Canberra, and with the Brussels Choral Society and Les Alizes Choir of Noumea in the course of overseas postings with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  More recently she was the piano accompanist for Tuggeranong’s Out of the Shower choir.

Lynne currently sings with The Llewellyn Choir and plays the recorder with the Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society Orchestra.  She is married with three adult children.

Oct 2009 – Nov 2010 / Michael Politi
Part time Director

MichaelPolitiDirectorMichael is the musical director for the ACT Singers and has been involved in a number of productions with that group.  He is also currently musical director/tutor for a community singing for pleasure group.

He was chorus master for the School of Music’s production of The Merry Widow and has appeared in a number of productions with Canberra Philharmonic Society including, Les Miserables, Evita, Oliver, Pirates of  Penzance and HMS Pinafore.

Michael teaches voice and violin at his private studio in Chapman.