Director / Senior Agent
Rowena has over 30 years experience within the arts industry – as an actor, director, producer, author and agent. She has worked extensively in television, theatre and film, both in Australia and the UK, and understands the life of the performer from personal experience – which is why she now tends to avoid the pointy end of cameras as a matter of survival. Rowena’s performing credits include “Neighbours”, “Carson’s Law” and “Death of a Soldier” and she is the author of two books for Young Adults.
As Director and Senior Agent at BMEG, Rowena is particularly passionate about nurturing up and coming young talent and has launched the international careers of actors such as Brenton Thwaites, Stef Dawson and Mitchell Hope. With co-Director Mary-Ann Vale, she is building a strong stable of actors and Music Theatre performers all over Australia with the ultimate goal of facilitating the access of local performers to the US.
Director / Senior Agent
Mary-Ann was previously the General Manager of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She was a founding member of Tightrope Theatre Co in Sydney and worked at Griffin Theatre Company at the Stables Theatre in Sydney for 9 years. Her roles there included Board Member, Administration, Membership Secretary, Front of House Manager and Producer of the Sunday Cabaret and the Performers Club. Mary-Ann was awarded “Life Member” at Griffin Theatre Co in 2001 and The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation (now in partnership with NIDA) in 2000.
Moving to Noosa for 10 years saw her producing for The Drama Queens and assistant producer and Director for Theatre ‘s’. During that time, she also ran her own business as a Teacher of Acting, personal management to a singer and directed 25 plays including the main productions for The Noosa Long Weekend Festival. She was Assistant Director of Rabbit Hole for QTC in 2008 and also directed “Spirits in Bare Feet” at USQ for the Breez Finance Children’s Festival 09. She also conducted acting workshops at USQ.
Through Arts QLD she gained grants to attend “Acting for Camera” workshops in Paris in 2005 and The World Conference Shakespeare Master Classes in 2006. Mary-Ann is a Performing Arts- graduate DDIAE (now known as USQ). She worked professionally as an actress in Sydney for 18 years in theatre, TV & film and also produced and directed. Mary-Ann has also had experience as a Casting Director for TVC’s in the past couple of years.