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|Born:24 October 1958|
|Actor, singer, director, pianist|
Simon Gallaher (born 24 October 1958) is an Australian singer, actor, director and pianist.
Gallaher was born in Brisbane and educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School. During the early 1980s, he had his own television program, The Simon Gallaher Show, in which he sang and played the piano. Later, he joined the Queensland Light Opera Company.
With his own musical theatre company Essgee Entertainment, Gallaher has produced and acted in stage productions of The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Merry Widow and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others.
For most of the 1980s his song "Australia Be Proud" was heard at the conclusion of each broadcast day on television station CTC Canberra, accompanied by a montage of video clips from across Australia.
In 2014 Gallagher returned to the stage to be reunited with Jon English for the first time in many years as they performed in Spamalot at QPAC. This sell-out season was a triumph for The Harvest Rain Theatre Company. In 2015 he has taken over the role of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz in the Australian production of Wicked and opened with it at the commencement of the Brisbane season. Gallaher recently sat in the director's chair for the first time and created a new version of his version of The Pirates of Penzance, which played at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in March to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Arts Centre and of the show's original opening.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees of QPAC, the Chair of The Harvest Rain Theatre Company and is also on the board of the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC). He is patron to many arts organisations including The Queensland Show Choir, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Spotlight Theatre Company and the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance. He is a member of Live Performance Australia (LPA) and sits on the Helpmann Awards nominating panel for Musical Theatre.