Kurt Kansley


Most recent Victorian Opera performance

Kurt played Mr Truppo (The Governor) in Happy End, March 2022.


Kurt is a seasoned Australian and British actor. Kurt was born in Cape Town South Africa and immigrated to Australia with his family as a child. Kurt trained in dramatic arts and music at Monash University and The Melba Conservatorium in Australia.

Kurt’s theatrical credits in the UK include; Heathers (Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper; UK and Ireland tour) A Christmas Carol (Ensemble, u/s Marley, The Dominion Theatre, West End), Fanny and Stella (Lord Arthur Clinton, The Garden Theatre), The Nutcracker (Drosselmyerand Mother Ginger, New Theatre Royal), Wirework (KoosMalgas, Tristan Bates Theatre), Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Tenor Soloist, Southbank Centre), Guys and Dolls (Harrythe Horse, The Royal Exchange), Miss Saigon (Shultz, West End), Exposure (Bob, West End), The Lion King (West End), Elegies (Doug, West End), Ragtime (Coalhouse, Regents Park and The Landor), Sweet Bird of Youth (Jacky, Chichester and The Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tom Snout, Regents Park), The Love Girl and The Innocent (Kolodoy, Southwark Playhouse), Hair (Berger), The 12 Tenors, Rock Around the Clockand Robinson Crusoe (Friday). In workshop, Kurt’s credits include; Power Play, Sherlock Holmes, Mulan and The Last of the Mohicans.

Kurt’s theatrical credits in Australia include; Ragtime (Coalhouse, Production Company-nominated Best Actor in a musical, 2020 Green Room Awards), Evita (Che, Opera Australia-nominated Best Actor in a musical, 2019 Green Room Awards), Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair (Leroy, Production Company), The Lion King (Australian tour), RENT (Australian tour), The Grand Hotel, Godspell and Show Boat(Australian tour).

Kurt co-writes in a writing duo called Kansley & Lidert (Kurt Kansley& Oliver Lidert), they write original book, music and lyrics for new musical theatre projects planned for the UK, USA and Australia. Some of Kansley & Lidert’s shows include; THE SONGS I’LL NEVER SING, CONFESSIONS, HAS#ED OUT, AUTUMN RHYTHM and FABLE.