Directing work includes Zanna Don’t! (Chapel Off Chapel, Midsumma), Beyond Therapy (The Store Room), Lucky Stiff (Chapel Off Chapel), The Naked Drag Queen (Melbourne Fringe), Arabian Nights (Seattle, USA), A Snatch of Miss Penelope (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Victorian AIDS Council's Celebrity Benefit Performance - Athenaeum Theatre), Trial By Jury (Port Fairy Spring Music Festival), Partners In Rhyme (St Martins/Playbox Theatre) and associate director of Vincent - An A'Cappella Opera (Gasworks). He was nominated for a Green Room Award (Best Director of a Musical) for his work on two successful seasons of the Ahrens/Flaherty musical, Lucky Stiff in 2001 and 2002.
Alongside his work with Friends of Barbra Luke also worked for several years with Kaye Sera and Adrian Kirk in shows including Harder, Longer, Faster, Share and Cher Alike and The Grass Roots Tour (which toured to Adelaide as part of Feast Festival).
He joined forces with Dolly Diamond in 2009 and they produced many successful seasons including The D&G Experience, Diamond & Gallagher: Getting Down and Brassy and Diamond & Gallagher in Concert in cities including Adelaide, Melbourne, Daylesford, Bendigo, Coffs Harbour and London.
Luke is Creative Producer for Life Like Company and has produced several major musicals including Sondheim and Lapine’s Passion, Cy Coleman's City of Angels which was nominated for three and won one 2016 Green Room Award, and most recently Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ The Light in the Piazza. Luke is also Creative Producer for Life Like Touring producing live theatre and arena shows for family brands including PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Scooby-Doo, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and many others for audiences around the world.
“Luke Gallagher is a stayer in the live theatre circuit. He’s been in and outta the game over the past 20 years and knows his shtick. He sings very well, revels in holding the stage and can be both the straight man and brunt of the joke simultaneously – and this is no mean feat!”
THE TOORAK TIMES
Luke Gallagher has a Bachelor of Education (Drama and Dance) from Deakin University.
Upon finishing his degree Luke spent two years full-time with the Victoria State Opera Schools Touring Company. In this time he performed for over 60,000 school children around Victoria in Bookworm: Adventures on the Internet and The Bitter Curse of Baggle-Crunch. Following his two years with VSO Luke joined the Opera Australia chorus and appeared in productions including The Barber of Seville and Beatrice and Benedick at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Following his work with the opera company Luke freelanced for several years as a singer/actor, director, producer and publicist.
Theatre work as an actor and singer includes his work as an original cast member in Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Brad Pitt Why Haven’t You Called? (Midsumma Festival), The Wild Blue (Gasworks), Big Dicks On Stage (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras), the one man show VoiceMale (Melbourne Fringe), Only Heaven Knows (Midsumma Festival), The Last Blue Angel (Midsumma Festival), SuperNature (Playbox) and Vincent – An A’Cappella Opera (St Martins Youth Arts Centre).
Luke is proud to be featured on the international cast recording of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, as Toomas Jerker, representing Estonia.
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