Leanne danced professionally for over 23 years in shows such as Evita, Oklahoma, Song and Dance (where she was nominated for an “Adam Award”), Cats (as the original Dance Captain), Possum Magic and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dance Captain and lead dancer). Her extensive TV work includes The AFI Awards, Don Lane Show, Mike Walsh Show and several variety specials.
From 1993 to 1995 Leanne was resident director of Cats throughout Asia and Australia and resident choreographer on Sunset Boulevard at the Regent Theatre. In 1998 she was associate choreographer with Anthony Van Laast for The Boy From Oz and continued to maintain the choreography throughout its Australian run. In 1999 she was flown to London by Paul Dainty to meet with Arlene Phillips the director of Saturday Night Fever and to consult on casting the show in Australia. She was also Associate Choreographer on Happy Days the Arena Mega Musical,original casting consultant on Mamma Mia, choreographer for the Production Company’s Mack and Mabel and choreographed Putting It Together at Chapel Off Chapel.
Previous to Centrestage, Ian was an actor, singer and director who worked professionally in the industry for over 20 years. He was an original cast member ofCats (Australia, Hong Kong & NZ) and original cast member of Les Miserables (Sydney) and also performed inJesus Christ Superstar (Australia and Asia) andDreamer (Korea). He has toured with Toe Truck Theatre, created the role of ‘Father Blasé’ in the hit comedy Late Night Catechism and appeared on TV in Young Doctors, Chances, Mr Squiggle and Friends (2 years) and Neighbours.
While performing with Cats, Ian also took over the role of Assistant to the Director and was subsequently asked to act as Children’s Director for the Australian tour ofJoseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in both 1993 and throughout Asia (Singapore/Hong Kong) in 1998.
For the past 10 years Ian has focused his energy on the school and the establishment of Centrestage Agency and Ian White Management – theatrical agencies which represent children and adults respectively for professional work in film, television and on stage.