Essgee Production & Technical Personnel


Robert Ginn
Executive Producer

The NEW Mikado (and before that Essgee Entertainment's all other major productions) is for Robert Ginn the very happy continuation of an association with professional musical theatre which began with Charlie Girl, the 1972 hit starring (Dame) Anna Neagle, Derek Nimmo and John Farnham (when he was called Johnny). Robert was General Manager of Aztec Services and later Managing Director of JC Williamson Productions Ltd. He worked with theatre-legend Ken Brodziak on the production of a host of musicals and was Executive Producer of highly successful musicals including the classic A Chorus Line, Annie (with Jill Perryman and Hayes Gordon) and They're Playing Our Song (with Jackie Weaver and John Waters). He was General Manager of La Cage aux Folles and the first Australian production of Me and My Girl. He also was involved in the presentation of other events (including Peter Allen, Chicago, Don McLean, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Carol Channing and Rod McKuen) and was Executive Producer of many plays (including John Waters' Dracula and Torch Song Trilogy). Robert spent two years based in New York as Tour Manager with singer Don McLean, and as the US Representative of Aztec, working throughout the US, the UK and parts of Europe. During a stint as General Manager and later Managing Director of the Melbourne Festival (and its Spoleto predecessors) he was Executive Producer of a new production of Porgy and Bess (which holds the Festival event attendance record) and presented hundreds of international opera, dance, theatre, orchestral, visual arts and concert events, producing a financial surplus each year. Robert also co-produced the television mini-series A Thousand Skies (directed by David Stevens) and was co-owner of Melbourne's Palais Theatre. He has been a Director of ten companies, and has served on boards or committees of various arts organisations. Robert serves as Essgee's Executive Producer and General Manager on all Essgee projects.

Jean Burke
Company/Production Manager

Jean has spent the past 15 years living out of a suitcase. She toured Australia with the Essgee's 1994 production of The Pirates of Penzance. This show was such a phenomenal success that the company launched their new Mikado in 1995 and she went 'on the road' again touring Australia, with the show playing to packed houses. Jean toured New Zealand in 1996 when Essgee Entertainment launched The Mikado in New Zealand visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. She returned there for their season of The Pirates later that year. Jean has since been Essgee's Production Manager as well as Simon Gallaher's personal assistant with all projects. From 1985-90 Jean was able to indulge her passion for opera whilst working for Lyric Opera of Queensland (Opera Queensland), firstly as assistant to the Artistic Director and then as the Marketing and Publicity Officer. Since, then she has also worked as publicist for Colin Harper and the Queensland Pops Orchestra in Brisbane Australia, and served on the Marketing Committee of Radio 4MBS, also in her home town of Brisbane. Jean continues to be Essgee's Production Manager on all productions as well as Simon Gallaher's personal assistant.


Jim Paine
Technical Manager

Jim's career credits include opera, ballet, music theatre, movies and concerts. He began his professional career with J.C. Williamson in the 1960s and joined The Australian Opera in 1969 as Chief Technician. He was instrumental in the opening productions of the Canberra Theatre, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney's her Majesty's Theatre and the Perth Entertainment Centre. He went on to become Technical Manager for Seagulls Rugby League Club, Kevin Jacobson's Jupiter Casino, Victoria State Opera, Lyric Opera of Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, Warana Festival, the Commonwealth Games, Expo '88 in Brisbane, Movie World - Special Effects installation, A.A.V. Australian International tour of Carmen and David Atkin's Dancing Dynamite. Jim was Chief Technician for the 1984 tour of The Pirates of Penzance and returned to the Pirates Ship (along with eyepatch) for the 1994/5 Essgee tour as Technical Manager. Other recent major productions have been for Staging Dimensions Queensland and the Australian and New Zealand tours of The Mikado. He was also touring Technical Manager for HMS Pinafore, The Merry Widow and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and the new anniversary production of The Pirates during 2001-2003. Jim continued his association with Essgee for their new 2004 production EUREKA and was Technical Manager for Essgee's new 2009 production of The Mikado.