Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward is a Melbourne-based composer, musical director, arranger, musician and sound designer recognised for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores.  A multi Green Room Award winner and Helpmann nominee, he has worked with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies including; Malthouse Theatre CompanyMelbourne Theatre CompanySydney Theatre CompanyBelvoirMelbourne Symphony OrchestraOpera VictoriaChamber Made OperaBack to BackChunky MoveLucy GuerinAustralian Dance TheatreAphidsStuck Pigs SquealingRawcusKAGE and more.

A composition graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, Jethro draws upon his detailed understanding of contemporary music and its uses in live performance, including innovative uses of technology, combining live instrumentation with prerecorded, electronic, musical and sound elements into a seamless flexible and responsive score.

Jethro regularly tours his work internationally and has won Green Room Awards for his work on; The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse Theatre), Moth (Malthouse Theatre / Arena Theatre), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse Theatre / Arena Theatre) and Irony Is Not Enough (Fragment 31). 2018 Jethro Was the recipient of the GRA Technical achievement Award.

Jethro Woodward

LIVE PERFORMANCE

THE BLACK RIDER

An opera By Tom Waits & William S. Burroughs,

Malthouse Theatre, Opera Victoria & Melbourne Festival 2017

– Soundscape design

THE ELEPHANY MAN

By Tom Wright, Malthouse Theatre

– Original score (for strings and electronics), musical direction & sound

design
MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID

By Meow Meow. Directed by Michael Kantor.

Edinburgh Festival, Sydney Festival, Auckland Festival, Perth Festival,

Brisbane Festival, Malthouse Theatre. 2016 – 2017

– Musical direction, arranger, guitar & keyboards, backing vocals, sound

design & performance

SONG FOR A WEARY THROAT

Rawcus Theatre & Invenio Singers, Theatre-Works

– Composition and musical direction (in collaboration with Gian Slater),

sound design

MEOW MEOW – SOUVENIR by Meow Meow & Jherek Bischoff & Jethro Woodward

– Original songs, guitars, vocals, sound design & performance

RITA DREAMING – SARGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

LIVERPOOL

– Sound artist and designer

A Sound installation created in collaboration with Meow Meow (concept), Andrea Lauer (visual

design) & parking attendants from the city of Liverpool (interview recordings) at The Oratory

Liverpool to celebrate 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatle’s Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely

Hearts Club Band album.

RITA RIOT & RITA REQUIEM – SARGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 50TH YEAR

ANNIVERSARY LIVERPOOL by Meow Meow, Jherek Bischoff, Jethro Woodward & Andrea Lauer &

Culture Liverpool

– Original songs, guitar, backing vocals, sound design & performance

A Street Parade & 2 outdoor concerts to celebrate 50th Anniversary of the release of the Beatle’s

Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

ANTIGRAVITY by Anouk van Dijk. & Ho Tzu Nyen. Chunky Move & Malthouse Theatre

– Original score & sound design.

PERMISSION TO SPEAK by Kate Neil & Tamara Saulwick. Chamber Made Opera & Arthouse 2016

– Sound design & operation

WINNER of ‘State Award for Performance of the Year’ – APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2017 NOMINEE ‘Best

Choral Work of the Year’ – APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2017 NOMINEE ‘Best Sound Performance’ in

Contemporary and Experimental Performance category — Green Room Association Awards 2016.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN (a new musical) by Windmill Theatre & State Theatre Company Adelaide –

Adelaide Festival Centre 2016

– Original songs, score, musical direction & sound design.

WINNER: Best Show – Musical/Opera – Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards

BACK AT THE DOJO by Lally Katz, Stuck Pigs Squealing & Belvoir Theatre 2016

– Original score & sound design

L U C I D by Anouk van Dijk, Chunky Move 2016

– Original score & sound design

WINNER “Concept and Realisation” 2017 Green Room Award

TIMESHARE (original musical) by Lally Katz, Malthouse Theatre 2015

– Original songs, score, musical direction & sound design

PINOCCHIO (original musical) by Windmill Theatre & State Theatre Company, New Victory

Theatre Broadway New York, Sydney Opera House, Malthouse Theatre & Adelaide Festival Centre

– Original songs, score, musical direction & sound design.

WINNER: Best New Australian Work : Helpmann Awards 2014

WINNER: Best Presentation for Children : Helpmann Awards 2014

NOMINEE: Best Original Score : Helpmann Awards 2014

WINNER: Best Work – Ruby Awards

THE WIZARD OF OZ by Windmill Theatre, directed by Rose Myers

Adelaide Festival Centre & Sydney Theatre 2009 – 2010

– Musical direction, arrangements & Sound design

WINNER Best Theatre Show 2009 Advertiser Box office awards

NOMINEE Best Music : Helpmann Awards 2010

NOMINEE Best New Work Ruby Awards 2010

BIRDLAND MTC 2015

– Composer, sound designer

ANTIGONE, Malthouse Theatre 2015

– Original score for voice and electronics, musical direction & sound design

CAPTIVES OF THE CITY, Chamber made opera & Arts Centre Melbourne

– Musical direction & sound design

HUNGER By Rawcus in collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

– Composer, musical director & sound designer

WINNER 2008 Classical Music Awards Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in Education

FILM

LOT 57 (2017 – release Dec 2017), directed by Marcia Ferguson

– Original score & sound design.

THE CROSSING (2016) directed by Marieka Walsh

-Original Score for Strings, electric guitar & Mandolin (bowed)

– Guitars, mandolin & musical direction

TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING – FOG (2013)

Created by Robert Connolly, directed by Jonathan Auf Def Heide.

-Original score + musical direction

VAN DIEMAN’S LAND (2009)

Noise & Light. directed by Jonathan Auf der Heide.

-Original score composed & performed.

ALBUM CREDITS

2016 MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID: producer, musical directer, arranger.

2013 CLOSING TIME AT YAH YAH’S by Nick Batterham: bass, guitars, backing vocals.

2013 ANOTHER LAMENT by Ida Dueland & Jethro Woodward: composer, producer, recording &

mix engineer

2013 DIE WINTERISE by Ida Dueland: producer, recording & mix engineer

2010 ALWAYS COMING DOWN by Cordrazine: electric bass & backing vocals

MAJOR AWARDS

Green Room Awards

WINNER 2013 – Best Sound & composition Theatre Companies – The Bloody Chamber

WINNER 2010 – Best Sound & composition Alternative & Hybrid – Irony is not enough

WINNER 2010 – Best Sound & composition Theatre Companies – MOTH

WINNER 2009 – Best Sound & composition Theatre Companies – The Bloody Chamber
In addition to his award wins, Jethro’s work in theatre, dance and hybrid performance has been

recognised by the Green Room Awards Panel with over 20 nominations.

Helpmann Awards

NOMINEE 2014 Best Original Score – Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre)

NOMINEE 2014 Best Sound Design – The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse Theatre)

EDUCATION

University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts – Bachelor of Music Performance

2006 Professional development in New York and Ann Arbor, Michigan, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, researching innovative approaches to sound design and operation.

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