Avigail Herman Biography
Avigail’s career is as diverse as it is rich. She is a multi- talented performer known primarily for her wonderful music theatre and cabaret performances. She has also worked in TV, is in demand as a teacher/ vocal coach, musical director / director and has an illustrious career as a voice over artist and session singer.
On stage Avigail has performed in musicals such as Cats, Godspell & Elegies for Angels Punks & Raging Queens (World Gay Games). She has sung in concerts such as the All Star Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Follies & Twisted Broadway. On TV her credits include Winners and Losers, Heartbreak High and Always Greener. She was Musical Director/ Director for the prestigious Australia Day Lunch, & has directed everything from Jerry Herman’s Milk & Honey in a staged concert version to Pirates of Penzance for North Sydney Boys Centenary. She also produced, musically directed, co-directed & performed in the very successful & hilarious spoof: Musical of Musicals: The Musical!
Avigail has toured with some of the best international artists from Sammy Davis Jr to composer John Bucchino & she has also had a series of very successful one woman shows including Follow the Yellow Brick Road ( A Musical Journey with Harold Arlen), Fingerprints & Hey World Here I Am – The Streisand Story which have been both critically & publicly acclaimed nationally. She is currently performing around the country in her new show Good Girl/ Bad Girl.
Avigail is also a highly respected educator. She was Head of Music at NIDA from 1993 to 1997 leaving that position to set up and develop in 1999 NIDA’s hugely successful one year Music Theatre course which she headed until the end of 2010. Avigail’s teaching is highly sought after & she is in constant demand from institutions and organisations both nationally and internationally. She currently takes workshops/ master classes in the art of Story- telling through song (music theatre), cabaret & voice overs.
Avigail has worked everywhere: from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA, nationally in every state at acting schools & festivals like the Adelaide Cabaret Festival & Festival of Voices ( Hobart) for example, & she consults for the Talent Development Unit for the NSW Department of Education. Most recently she has been vocal coach on Love Child series 2 and 3.
As a voice over artist & session singer, Avigail has lent her vocal expertise to themes & episodes for TV shows such as Farscape & Rush, as well as innumerable award winning advertising campaigns both nationally & internationally. She has been a judge of the Sydney Cabaret Convention & more recently the Cabaret Showcase & a member of the judging panel for the Young Australian of the Year.