- david atkins
Recognized in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the entertainment industry, David Atkins is Australia’s most awarded producer, choreographer and director. He has starred in, produced, directed, choreographed and created over 20 musicals in Australia, Britain, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2000, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Olympic Committee, presented David with a Gold Olympic Pin for his work as artistic director and producer of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. David is the first and only Australian to win an MTV award for choreography (for an Elton John music video). His production Hot Shoe Shuffle was the first Australian musical on London’s West End, where it won him the prestigious Olivier Award. Most recently, David was executive producer and artistic director for the Ceremonies of the Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, as well as the Opening Ceremony of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
- ignatius jones
Ignatius Jones is one of the world’s leading major events directors. He was responsible for three of the largest events in Australian history: Sydney’s Millennium Celebrations, the Harbour Spectacular of the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and Sydney’s New Year’s Eve and Centenary of Federation celebrations. Ignatius directed the famous horse segment that launched the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Games. He subsequently wrote and directed the hugely successful Man from Snowy River — the Arena Spectacular, with his colleague David Atkins. In 2002, Ignatius staged the Independence Ceremonies of the Democratic Republic of East Timor for the United Nations. Corporate events include the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia, which he produced in 2005. Ignatius also worked closely with David Atkins as artistic director for the Ceremonies of the Doha 2006 Asian Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the Opening Ceremony of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
- anna maidon
A writer, producer and casting director, Anna has produced shows and creative content for numerous corporate clients, and has extensive experience in live event sports productions. Her latest projects include a national tour for a luxury automobile brand and product launches for high-profile software and hi-tech companies. In the live event arena, Anna’s major credits include casting for the Ceremonies of the Doha 2006 Asian Games, the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, several Academy Awards, as well as cast logistics for four Super Bowl halftime shows. Most recently, Anna was associate producer of the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
- drew anthony
Drew is an Australian performer, director, choreographer and producer with countless international corporate and stadium event credits to his name including the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. His international theatre productions include Hot Shoe Shuffle, Jolson, 42nd Street, Cats and Buddy.
- jodie hitchcock
manager, projects & new business
Jodie’s career has spanned a myriad of roles during 25 years in the corporate, theatrical and special events spheres, including associate producer, project manager, event manager and stage manager. She has been involved at integral levels with all David Atkins Enterprises major events, Show Movement and Control Room Manager for Doha 2011 Arab Games Opening Ceremony, Associate Producer for Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony, Art Department Contract Manager and Associate Producer for the Closing Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and Production Manager for the Sydney Olympics Ceremonies in 2000.
Jodie has strong administration, coordination and organisational abilities. She has been the Manager of Projects and New Business for David Atkins Enterprises since 2004 and has been instrumental in the tendering, planning, preparation and set-up stage of all DAE’s major Ceremonies.
- sharna mcKenzie
executive assistant to david atkins
With a background in providing Executive Assistant services to leading players in the entertainment industry, Sharna McKenzie joins DAE as Assistant to David Atkins.