Meet The Team
Andrew Cockroft-Penman (CP)
Artistic Director & Founder
Andrew (He/Him) is a director, producer, actor, theatre maker and the Founder/Artistic Director of Technicolour Theatre Company. His directing credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Players Theatre Company – at 17, the youngest director of a mainstage musical in the 50 year history of the company; Youth Australia Day Award Nom for achievements in performing arts), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (University of New England. Albert Bussell Cultural Award), Woyzeck (UNE), Wizard of Oz (PTC), The Popular Mechanicals (UNE), Comedy of Errors (Centre Stage Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Spotlight Youth Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Spotlight Theatrical Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (STC, 3 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Oliver! (STC, under the patronage of Shelia Bradley; Australia’s original ‘Nancy’), Curtains (BTG, 11 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Kiss Me, Kate! (GCLT, 14 GPTA Noms inc Best Director and winner of 4 Dolphin Awards), Fifth Wall (GCLT, Creative Development), GeSS Education TVC (Channel 10), The Government Inspector (Javeenbah Theatre Co.) and Peter Pan (Technicolour Theatre Company).
His acting highlights include: ‘Khilestacov’ in The Government Inspector (PTC), ‘Dromio’ in The Comedy of Errors (UNE), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UNE), ‘Borachio’ in Much Ado About Nothing (Popinjay’n’Uncle), ‘Hortensio’ in Taming of the Shrew (Shepherds Purse Theatre), ‘Cecil Graham’ in Lady Windermere’s Fan (GCLT. DA Nom), ‘Anthony Hope’ in Sweeney Todd (PTC), ‘Jack’ in Into the Woods (EPC), ‘Lewis’ in Pippin (STC), ‘Geek/Dad/Cop’ in Heathers (STC), ‘Barnaby Tucker’ in Hello Dolly (GCLT. GPTA Nom) and ‘Michael Minetti’ in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Javeenbah). For children’s theatre and pantomime: ‘Mrs Twit’ in Roald Dahl’s: The Twits and ‘Grandpa’ in Dr Seuss’s: Butter Battles (UNE), ‘Mother Gothal’ in Rapunzel (STC), ‘Muddles’ in Little Red Riding Hood (PTC), ‘Prince Pekoe’ in Aladdin (PTC), ‘Jingles’ in King Arthur (PTC), ‘Badger’ in Wind in the Willows (Hastings Theatre) and ‘Lord Vermin’ in Utter Garbage (HT).
CP has cultivated an impressive list of teaching credits, each a source of great pride. At the University of New England’s Earle Page College, he filled the role of Theatre Academic Mentor, securing a Resident Fellowship and Cultural Bursary for achievements in Performing Arts. He has worked as resident senior drama teacher for Spotlight Theatrical Company (2016-18), resident head tutor for Technicolour Theatre Company (2019-present) and senior drama tutor for 'Raise Your Voice Workshops' (2017-present).
Under Andrew’s curation, Technicolour Theatre Company facilitates opportunities for engagement between young/emerging performance artists and various industry professionals, empowering ensemble members with the practical skills and technical knowledge to develop their craft.
Regarded as “dedicated, creative, innovative and pioneering… [and] undoubtedly already leading the way in bringing youth and adults back to the heart and soul of theatre." (Dr Elizabeth Celi), TTC has produced immersive performance experiences. Next year, it’s contemporary stagings of classical texts, working in partnership with the GC City Council to activate the GC Botanical Gardens with a season of outdoor performance. Andrew is also an award-winning lighting designer and choreographer, winning two Dolphin Awards for his work on Lady Windermere’s Fan in 2017 and various Gold Palm Theatre Award nominations for set and lighting design adjacent to his direction. In 2019 he accepted a Special President's Award for services to Gold Coast Theatre. He also convened and curated the Gold Coast Festival of One Act Plays, facilitating the creative development and premiere of three new Australian Plays. @andrewcp