With five major productions currently in performance or development on three continents, Global Creatures is a worldwide leader in innovative stagecraft and breathtaking theatricality. Through our groundbreaking integration of animatronics, puppetry, music and movement, we’ve brought some of film and literature’s most astonishing adventures spectacularly to life on stage. At the heart of all our work remains a commitment to the human side of storytelling – to celebrating authentic emotional experiences on an epic scale.
Global Creatures first achieved international recognition in 2007 with Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC-TV series. Developed in Australia with state-of-the-art animatronics, this innovative triumph still tours worldwide. Following the success of Dinosaurs, Global Creatures developed another tech-forward stage phenomenon, How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. This co-production with DreamWorks Theatrical cemented the company’s reputation for bringing large-scale adventures to a live audience.
The unprecedented theatrical event King Kong had its world premiere at Melbourne’s Regent Theater in 2013. The show’s “leading man,” weighing in at 2,000 pounds and operated by a flawlessly integrated team of artists and technicians, is arguably the most technologically advanced puppet in the world. In November 2018, this “heart-stopping spectacle” (Newsday) opened on Broadway in a debut People Magazine called “as thrilling as any action movie.” King Kong is now moving to Shanghai, for the first of several planned international productions.
In addition to their groundbreaking work in puppetry and animatronics, Global Creatures has recently mounted two critically acclaimed musical adaptations of beloved Australian films. Based on the Baz Luhrmann movie, Strictly Ballroom the Musical premiered in 2014 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre and completed its West End run in October 2018. In 2017, Global Creatures co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company the sold-out world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre. In March 2019 Muriel’s Wedding the Musical commenced an Australian tour, playing Melbourne, a return Sydney season and Brisbane.
In 2016, Global Creatures announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! would come to the stage as a new musical with a book by John Logan and directed by Alex Timbers. The production made its World Premiere at the newly reopened Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston in July 2018 and is now playing to sold-out houses on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Gerry Ryan, OAM
Gerry is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur and managing director with diverse business interests in Australia and overseas. These interests span the manufacturing, property, entertainment, leisure and tourism industries.Read More
Gerry is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur and managing director with diverse business interests in Australia and overseas. These interests span the manufacturing, property, entertainment, leisure and tourism industries. Gerry is the Chairman of Global Creatures and the world-class animatronics workshop Creature Technology Company, the creative forces behind the Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. It was Gerry’s strong belief in the show’s potential and his steadfast financial support that allowed a dedicated and hugely talented creative team of artists, designers, engineers, puppeteers and technicians to develop the production in Melbourne over several years. Gerry feels privileged to have worked with this team to bring a new form of world-class entertainment to the global stage, and he takes great pride in the fact that the show continues to amaze and delight audiences wherever it is staged.
In recognition of his contribution to the nation’s manufacturing, leisure, sports and tourism industries, Gerry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999. Through his vision, drive and business leadership, Gerry continues to make a much valued contribution to the wider community.Read Less
Director, CEO and Producer
Carmen was educated in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts and an MA in Business Administration. Throughout the 1990s, Carmen’s career spanned various theatre companies including the Really Useful Company where she was executive producer.Read More
Carmen was educated in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts and an MA in Business Administration. Throughout the 1990s, Carmen’s career spanned various theatre companies including the Really Useful Company where she was executive producer.
Carmen Pavlovic is the CEO of Global Creatures, an innovative live entertainment company that creates original work internationally. Throughout the 1990s, Carmen’s career spanned various theatre companies, including the Really Useful Company (Australia) where she was the executive producer. In 2001, Carmen took up the London-based role of executive producer at Clear Channel Entertainment. Later, she became the director of the international production department for Stage Entertainment, responsible for establishing new territories (including Russia, Italy and France), licensing and programming of 25 theatres across Europe and overseeing international productions in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. In 2008, Carmen returned to live in Australia and founded Global Creatures, with business partner Gerry Ryan, where she also holds the position of CEO. Carmen’s favorite drama is raising her two children, Ned and Millie, with husband, Pete.
For Stage Entertainment Carmen was the International Executive Producer of the European premiere of Dirty Dancing in Germany and subsequently Holland, the Russian-speaking productions of Cats and Mamma Mia! (the first open-ended musicals in Moscow), the German-speaking production of Wicked; the Spanish-speaking production of The Producers; the French-speaking productions of Sam Mendes’ Cabaret at the prestigious Folies Bergere and The Lion King at the Mogodor Theatre in Paris.
In 2008, Carmen returned to live in Australia and founded Global Creatures with business partner and Chairman Gerry Ryan. The company combines technical wizardry and potent storytelling. Carmen is the Producer of the ground-breaking Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, King Kong, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical and Moulin Rouge! The Musical. 2018 represents a milestone year for Global Creatures with world premiere productions in London (Strictly Ballroom), Boston (Moulin Rouge!) and New York (King Kong).Read Less
Chief Finance Officer
Sam joined Global Creatures as CFO in November 2018 as the company was launching King Kong on Broadway.Read More
Sam joined Global Creatures as CFO in November 2018 as the company was launching King Kong on Broadway.
Sam has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 11 years spending most of this time at Sky News Australia. As CFO at Sky, he was involved in business growth, developing and executing strategy, leading multidisciplinary teams, treasury, capital investment and maximising shareholder value. He was also involved in the sale of the business and the integration processes that followed. More recently, Sam has worked as Interim Director of Finance for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Before moving into the entertainment industry, Sam has worked in professional services, wealth management, healthcare and banking.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Read Less
Head of Legal and Business Affairs
Nick has practised extensively as a lawyer across the media, entertainment and technology sectors, both in-house and for prominent international and specialist law firms.Read More
Nick has practised extensively as a lawyer across the media, entertainment and technology sectors, both in-house and for prominent international and specialist law firms.
After training at international law firm Slaughter and May in London and Singapore, Nick practised as a solicitor at leading specialist music and entertainment firm Bray & Krais in London. He subsequently joined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group as in-house counsel, before moving to Sydney to become Special Counsel at a law firm (now part of the international firm Bird & Bird) specialising in IP, technology, media and commercial law.
Nick joined Global Creatures in 2011 as its Head of Legal and Business Affairs. He has continued to fulfill this role since moving to boutique media and entertainment law firm Blueprint Law as a Director and Principal in 2015.
Nick is admitted to practice law in both Australia and the UK, and holds an MA in English Literature.Read Less
Head of HR & Operations
Judy joined Global Creatures, and the entertainment industry, in 2008. With a background in Human Resource Management, Judy relishes combining her profession with her love of the theatre.Read More
Judy joined Global Creatures, and the entertainment industry, in 2008. With a background in Human Resource Management, Judy relishes combining her profession with her love of the theatre. Judy works closely with the production teams on all HR and work, health and safety matters. She has worked on the Global Creatures productions of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, King Kong, War Horse, Walking with Dinosaurs – Arena Spectacular and How to Train Your Dragon – The Arena Spectacular. Judy also oversees the operations of the Global Creatures Head Office.Read Less
Head of Marketing
Angela joined Global Creatures in 2009 as General Manager for Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular.Read More
Angela joined Global Creatures in 2009 as General Manager for Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. In the subsequent years, Angela has worked on the following Global Creatures productions in either a marketing or production role: How To Train Your Dragon – The Arena Spectacular, King Kong, War Horse, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical and soon to open in Boston, Moulin Rouge The Musical. Angela has been involved in the arts and entertainment industry for more than 30 years. Musical theatre has been a highlight including SEL’s production of The Producers; IMG’s productions of Miss Saigon and Oliver! and then years with Cameron Mackintosh’s Australia office working on Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Rent.Read Less