Category Archives: Judges

Coralie Wood OAM

Coralie has been in the theatrical limelight both on and off the stage for many years, but is known firstly as a publicist, secondly as one of the founders of the CAT Awards, thirdly as a sometime actress and one woman performer and lastly as a normal housewife from Curtin ACT! Born in Melbourne, commencing […]

Don Whitbread OAM

After a varied career as a teacher, Senior Adviser (Arts and Culture) in the Prime Minister’s Department and Assistant Director, National Film and Sound Archive, Don is now a freelance conductor. He has his own music consultancy – Music Co-ordination Australia – and is Artistic Adviser for ACFEA Tour Consultants in Australia, an international company […]

David Whitbread

One of the original judging team, David's major interests are music, design and performance. David has performed on piano as associate artist in cabaret performances at the Queanbeyan School of Arts Cafe and Theatro Vivaldi in Canberra. He has been a member of the popular Canberra-based Aeolus Wind Trio, in which he plays the bassoon, […]

Anne Somes

Anne formed Free-Rain Theatre Company in 1995 and this is the 13th year the company has been in production. Free-Rain was the Company in Residence at the Currong Contemporary Arts Theatre in 1999 and has been based at the Courtyard Studio at the Canberra Theatre Centre since 2000. The Company has received many awards for […]

Rose Shorney

Rose is a classically trained pianist who began playing at the age of six. Her teachers were the Sisters of St Joseph in Leeton and Goulburn, whom she considered to be some of the finest teachers in the country. She spent her early primary school years gaining valuable experience by accompanying school choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists […]

Norma Robertson

Norma’s love of theatre began at school singing in G. and S. productions and playing for others. At the age of sixteen she was invited to play piano for revues produced by Bill Stephens for the Griffith Revue Company. In those days, the Sydney Philip St. revues were a favourite haunt and Norma became fascinated […]

Oliver Raymond OAM

Oliver has been a member of the judging panel since the inception of the CAT Awards in 1995. Oliver had a 31-year career as a Defence research scientist and senior executive. He retired in 1992 and spends most of his time on music and theatre. President of Canberra Repertory for three years (1990-93) after four as […]