Ian is currently writing his PhD in musical theatre at Monash University and holds a master's degree in musical theatre, a bachelor's degree in drama, and an AMusA in flute performance. His honours thesis was entitled "Transposition in Jonathan Larson's RENT," and his master's examined Jason Robert Brown's early-career compositional techniques. In his extra-curricular life he is a musical director, vocal and audition coach, author, commentator, and critic.
He has been a performer, musician, chorus master, and musical director for a number of productions including Jesus Christ Superstar (Flute); Chicago (Mary Sunshine); Oklahoma! (Chorus Master); Finian's Rainbow (Flute/Piccolo); The Sound of Music (Flute/Piccolo); Barnum (Ringmaster), for which he received a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria commendation; Hook: The Pantomime (Flute); RENT (Musical Director); Into the Woods (MD); Parade (MD); Sweeney Todd (MD); The Witches of Eastwick (Michael Spofford); and The Producers (MD). More information about Ian can be found here.