The Judges

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Andrea Gibbs is the host of Weekends With Andrea Gibbs on ABC digital radio across Australia and the co-creator of Barefaced Stories, Australia’s longest running storytelling night of its kind.

Andrea is also an actor and was billed as a ‘revelation’ by The Australian newspaper in the lead role of Griffin Theatre Company (SYD) & Perth Theatre Company’s production of 8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene.  She has most recently been seen in Is This Thing On? by Zoe Coombs-Marr at The Blue Room Theatre (Best Performance 2016), The Mars Project by Wil O’Mahoney (Best Supporting PAWA) and Ben Elton’s new feature film Three Summers alongside Magda Szubanski.

In 2003 she won Triple J’s Raw Comedy State Final and is a core member of Perth’s premiere improv-comedy ensemble The Big HOO-HAA!   She has been a guest speaker at TEDxPerth and Marieke Hardy’s Women of Letters.
TWITTER: @AndreaGibbs



Sherryl Spencer is a Perth-based actor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Post-graduate diploma with first class Honours in Performance Studies from Curtin University.

She has been involved in theatre for a little over three decades. Some of her favourite roles to date have been: Mrs. Marwood in William Congreve’s The Way of the World; Chorus/Montjoy in Shakespeare’s Henry V; and Dora Maar and Jacqueline Picasso in Brian McAvera’s series of monologues, Picasso’s Women.

Sherryl is also a freelance television news editor. She is currently Vice-President of Blak Yak Theatre Company.



An award-winning stage and screen actor, theatre director, voice and acting coach, Vivienne has worked with most of the major theatre companies in Australia.

Her TV career spans four decades, from playing 'Rose' in the ground-breaking series Number 96 to iconic TV series such as Matlock Police, Division Four, Homicide, The Norman Gunston Show, Mother and Son, Bodyline, Haydaze, Ship to Shore, Streetsmartz and the ABC/Scottish TV award-winning series, Minty. She was a company member of the celebrated Rex Cramphorns Performance Syndicate for five years, devising original physical theatre in the 1970s and working with internationally acclaimed Jerzy Grotowski and his company.

A NIDA graduate with a BA in Dramatic Arts and Post Graduate studies in Voice, she has won WA’s Award for Best Female Actor for Dead Funny, was nominated for Live Acts on Stage, Equus and The Clean House and won Best Female Supporting Actor in 2014 for Other Desert Cities.

Vivienne’s theatre performances include The Dybuk, Lady Nijo, Girls, Extremities, Servant of Two Masters, On our Selection, Waiting For Godot, The Crucible, The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets, Checklist for an Armed Robber, Europe, the musical Lonely Hearts, When the Rain Stops Falling, An Oak Tree, Lebensraum, Biddies and the Maj Monologues, along with many Shakespearean productions, including A Midsummers Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Loves Labours Lost, The Tempest, Measure for Measure and Hamlet.

She has also starred in and produced two one-woman shows, Death of Minnie and Witchplay. Her directing credentials include Breast Stroke, Ursula's Ecstasy, The Spook, Magritte, Tartuffe and 26 short stories for ABC Radio national.

She studied Voice and Shakespearean text at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC Canada and has taught Stage and Screen Acting, Voice and Theatre studies at WAAPA, ECU and Notre Dame universities, the Australian Film and Television Academy, Fremantle Television Institute and NIDA’s open program.