John O'May

Herr Shulz

John’s career in the entertainment industry encompasses musical theatre, cabaret, drama, opera, concerts, comedy, radio, writing and directing.

He began his career in 1972 in the original Australian production of Godspell. Other theatre credits include: Che, in the original Australian cast of Evita, No, No Nanette (WA Theatre Company), Blue Window, Beyond Therapy, Sexual Perversity In Chicago and The Ripper Show (Playbox), A Couple Of Strangers (Nimrod), Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore with Paul Eddington (VSO), Paris in La Belle Helene (VSO), Mr. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera opposite Robyn Archer (West Australian Opera) Count Danilo Danilovich opposite Marina Prior in The Merry Widow (Essgee Prod), Bela Zangler in Crazy For You (GFO), Frederick Egerman in A Little Night Music (MTC) – for which he won the Green Room Award for Leading Male Performer - and Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! John participated in the workshop of a new Australian work, Dreamsong, starred in the lead role of Georges in La Cage aux Folles and played the role of Captain Bracket in the acclaimed Opera Australia production of South Pacific.

John played M. Andre for three years in the original Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera, and he has toured Australia and Asia with Phantom playing the role of M. Firmin.

For The Production Company, John has performed the roles of Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me, Kate, Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes and Major Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale in Grey Gardens.

His association with the Melbourne Theatre Company began in 1984 playing in Pax Americana and he went on to perform in Curse Of The Werewolf, Shadow Of A Gunman, The Glass Menagerie, Too Young For Ghosts, Heartbreak House, The Servant Of Two Masters, Daylight Savings , Woman In Mind, Assassins and The Tempest. For the Sydney Theatre Company, John has starred inInsignificance, Extremities, Company, The Normal Heart, Harold In Italy, Six Degrees Of Separation and Falsettos. John produced, directed and starred in the only Australian production of the award winning The Light in the Piazza. Other directing credits include Summer Rain, The Witches of Eastwick (for the University of Ballarat’s graduating music theatre students), Seven Little Australians, The Musical (in which he also starred), and Artistic Director of Arena Theatre five years.

In cabaret, John has performed at The Famous Spiegeltent in the self-devised Three Vile Men for which he won a Greenroom Award, performed his two one-man shows Oh Johnny, O’May Sings Mercer and Being Alive for the Castlemaine Festival and performed Love. War. Death. BREL at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with Helen Morse & Lucy Maunder.

He has appeared in many television programs and mini-series including City Homicide, The Games, State Coroner, Good Guys, Bad Guys, Carson’s Law, The Flying Doctors, The Lancaster-Miller Affair, Cluedo, Cop Shop, The Four Minute Mile. In film, John has appeared in Between Wars, Starstruck, Rebel, Georgia and A Heartbeat Away.

John, more recently, toured internationally as Cardinal Felici in The Last Confession, played Dr Tambourri in Passion and played opposite Marina Prior and Lisa McCune in The Divorce