Thern has had an extensive and varied career in Musical Theatre. He was cast in his first professional show in 1989 while still in high school – it was the original Australian production of 42nd Street. Thern has barely stopped since. His career has taken him all over Australia, Europe, Asia & the Middle East and has seen him take on many challenges, as ensemble member, understudy, Dance Captain, swing, minor roles, major roles, Resident Director/ Choreographer & Director.
Thern's theatre credits include West Side Story, Easter Parade, Red Hot & Rhonda, My Fair Lady, Wing in Hot Shoe Shuffle, Happy Days the Arena Spectacular (Dance Captain), Miss Saigon (Dance Captain), CHESS, The Boy from Oz, RENT (Dance Captain), Tulsa in Gypsy, CHICAGO (Dance Captain), Joseph in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Play The Game, Lewis in Pippin, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (Green Room Award Nomination), Flinders St (Director), The Mayor/Paul Gill in Rock of Ages (Dance Captain), An Officer & A Gentleman (Dance Captain), Mary Poppins, South Pacific, The Cherries Man in FOSSE, Tonight’s The Night, Mind The Gap, Moulin Rouge (film), De-Lovely (film) and The Rocky Horror Show (Resident Dir/Choreographer).
Thern’s most recent credits include Dream Lover, Brit in We Will Rock You, the Resident Director for Cabaret, The Production Company's Jesus Christ Superstar and Funny Girl in Concert for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He most recently appeared in Evita for Opera Australia, starring Tina Arena.
Born in Sydney, Robert studied classical ballet from a young age at the McDonald College and later at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. He went on to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, and the West Australian Ballet.
Career highlights include performing roles such as the Nutcracker Prince, the lead in The Rite of Spring, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He’s worked with world renown choreographers such as David Dawson, Natalie Weir, Marc Ribaud, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Ohad Naharin, and danced in works by Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley and John Cranko. In 2013 he performed for the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and has been recognised as a Distinguished Graduate by the New Zealand School of Dance.
Since 2015 he’s been working as a freelance ballet teacher, including work for the West Australian Ballet, Australian Ballet School, RAD Festival (WA), and Genee Dance Challenge (WA), and Cecchetti Society (WA). He is currently furthering his studies at the Australian Ballet School (Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction).
Robert studied classical ballet at the McDonald College and New Zealand School of Dance. He went on to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and the West Australian Ballet.