Kirby Burgess is the true definition of a triple threat. A recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Broadway Musical Theatre Scholarship (New York) and a graduate of the Urban Dance Centre full time Performing Arts course, Kirby has trained and performed with some of the industryís best talent.
Burgess is currently in Sydney performing as Baby in Dirty Dancing, a role made for her. When not on stage she is busy trying to catch up with family between performances.
Often cast as the bad girl, Burgess was performing the part of Rizzo in Grease when she flew from Perth to Sydney to audition for the role of Baby. Having danced her way through a number of roles including a spot on the big screen in Baz Luhrmannís The Great Gatsby, Burgess has secured a reputation for herself as an outstanding dancer.
Her dramatic ability recently shined when she took on the leading role in LOVEBiTES at the Hayes Theatre. Barely drawing breath she headed straight into rehearsals for Dirty Dancing. She admits she is keen to make the most of her recent success and will be touring with Dirty Dancing next year.
Burgess confides that there is nothing quite like theatre, it gives instant satisfaction and reward in the applause. She admits she does love the intimacy of film and TV but could never leave behind the theatre, her first love.
Taking on the role of Baby presented a challenge for Burgess. Babyís naivety and innocence is a change for her. Every night she has to get inside the head of a 17-year-old in the 60s, not quite the same as a 17-year-old today. Dirty Dancing features hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the iconic (Iíve Had) The Time of My Life. It remains one of the most popular musicals of all time.
Burgess seems thrilled with her new role and is looking forward to going on tour next year.
Dirty Dancing is currently playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Anna Romer grew up in a family of book-lovers and yarn-tellers, which inspired her lifelong love affair with stories. A graphic artist by trade, she also spent many years travelling...On September 18, 2013
By Sophia WhitfieldOn March 26, 2013
Kate Betts is the ultimate fashion insider. In addition to her earlier stints as the former editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar and as #2 editor at Vogue (under Anna Wintour), she...On June 10, 2015
Graduating from the NIDA Directors Course in 1988, Adam Cook has since directed over 100 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States, for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and...On July 9, 2014
By Sophia WhitfieldOn May 22, 2015
By Sophia WhitfieldOn November 14, 2013