Peter Cousens

Peter Cousens, is the Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project. A graduate of NIDA, he played the role of The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on London’s West End for 11 months and has had an extensive career playing major roles in plays and musicals throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
His musical theatre roles include over 1500 performances as Marius in Les Miserables; and Raoul in the Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera; over 500 performances as Chris in Miss Saigon for which he won Variety Heart Award for Best Performer. His other performances include roles in The Mikado, The Fiddler on the Roof, Boojum, Bernstein’s Mass, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, Darlinghurst Nights, Strange Bedfellows, The Hatpin, Company, Aspects of Love, Floyd Collins in Concert and recently Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
He has worked extensively with Australia’s major performing arts companies starring in Nicholas Nickleby, Hamlet, Chicago, Chinchilla, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, You Never Can Tell, Whose Life is it Anyhow?, The Convicts Opera, Breaker Morant, Camille, The Sentimental Bloke; And on Australian television, including, The Divorce, Cliffy, Phryne Fisher, Return to Eden, The Sullivans, Carson’s Law, Cop Shop, Skyways, The Young Doctors, Son and Daughters, The Timeless Land and Under Capricorn.
He has recorded five albums – Corner of The Sky, From A Distance, A Life on Earth, A Musical Christmas, The Peter Cousens Collection and he sings the role of Chris on the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon.
Peter directed the feature film “Freedom”, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler in the USA and is the Director and Co – writer of the feature film Where Is Daniel? about the abduction of Daniel Morcombe.
Peter is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Central Queensland and an Ambassador for Freedom Hub – Rebuilding the lives of people who have experienced human trafficking and slavery within Australian borders.