Magnormos credits: All productions since inception. Founder of company.
Aaron Joyner is a producer, director, writer and leading advocate for original Australian musical theatre.
In 2000 he founded Australianmusicals.com (the digital hub for the Australian musical), and in 2002 he became the founding Artistic Director of Magnormos, a production company specialising in producing both Australian, and landmark international musicals.
During the past five years his numerous credits for Magnormos include directing Australian premiers of FLOWERCHILDREN, [TITLE OF SHOW], FLORA THE RED MENACE (Kander & Ebb's Broadway debut), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, ARCHY & MEHITABEL (Mel Brooks’ Broadway debut), SATURDAY NIGHT (Sondheim’s first professional musical), and THE THING ABOUT MEN (Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts), as well as Australian musicals THE BEAUTY SPOT (Pratt Prize finalist), A BUNCH OF RATBAGS (the 1966 Pinne & Battye classic Australian musical) and Nick Enright and David Kings landmark musical MARY BRYANT.
As the Executive Producer of Magnormos, Aaron has overseen many successful independent productions including LIFE'S A CIRCUS (multiple Green Room nominee), DUTCH COURAGE (which resulted in a New York season at Wings Theatre Company) and the Green Room Award winning THE HATPIN. In 2013 he produced his first commercial season with a remount of FLOWERCHILDREN at the Comedy Theatre which recieved outstanding audience and critical acclaim.
For the first Magnormos production in 2002, Aaron directed, produced and musically directed his own original adaptation of WORKING (Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers et al) in which he also performed. In 2006 he directed the world premiere of SILLY SEASON at Monash University Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies, and in 2010 directed IT'S ONLY LIFE for Stella Entertainment, which featured the writer John Bucchino at the piano and was reprised in 2011 at New York's famous Birdland Jazz Club, which Aaron also directed.
In the first six months of running Magnormos, Aaron launched the landmark OzMade Musicals showcase, an annual event to support, promote and expose Australian-written musical theatre. The event has led to numerous pathways for Australian work including JOE STARTS AGAIN performing as part of the inaugural New York Music Theatre Festival, and premiere productions for many musicals including THE BEAUTY SPOT, LOVE EQUALS and LIFE'S A CIRCUS.
To celebrate the 80th birthday Stephen Sondheim in 2010, Aaron created a partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre to produce A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH, which culminated in Melbourne being recognised as the third part of the international triangle of Sondheim birthday celebrations (joining New York and London). The one-night-only staging of three Sondheim 'flops' as a triptyh celebration recieved front page news coverage on significant Broadway websites (playbill.com and Broadway World.com) and also recieved special mention in the Sondheim Review. Establishe then as a concept to celebrate the careers of instrumental musical theatre writers, Aaron produced a JERRY HERMAN TRIPTYCH in 2011 and in 2013 will present a triptych of works of long-time friend Stephen Schwartz.
Aaron is a graduate of Monash University (Bachelor of Performing Arts) and graduated with specialist diploma and certificate qualifications in Small Companies and Community Theatre (NMIT) and Small Business Management (RMIT).
Aaron was recognized for his work as a composer while he was still a teenager. At the age of just sixteen he was invited to join the ABC Young Composers Program and this led to the performance of one of his original orchestral works by the Melbourne Symphony. By the time he was twenty-one he had written three original musicals, and seen his musical Noraa, successfully staged at Monash University while he was still a student.
Aaron is a qualified Body Balance instructor, and also works as a video editor, teacher, performer and arts administrator.