Our Story

Dream BIG, Broadway Big.  Annette Tanner, Founder of BDF, is a Kiwi who has spent her career in the US as a casting agent and photographer, and brings the BDF Team, Faculty and Alumni to New Zealand as a way to give back to her homeland.

Patrick Kelly, our Executive Director has come onboard to share with New Zealand that Broadway Dreams can come true. "With access to Broadway Dreams programs, Masterclass, Summer Intensives and Workshops, BDFNZ have the desire to give back by providing training programs to make a difference in advocating for Kiwi's on the international stage."

Our Approach

We take the best and make them better!

BDFNZ is about taking you on YOUR next step you towards your Broadway Dreams. We work with you to build professional skills for real world audition, rehearsal and performances, we offer industry insights and business training, while supporting you with access to Broadway performers, creatives and producers to help you channel your career in the performing arts.


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Patrick Kelly

BDFNZ Executive Director

Founded Harmonious Events in 1993, and has a celebrated career in the arts and in theatre management, producing hundreds of theatre productions in New Zealand and Australia over 25 years. Well known as both a performer and writer/composer for developing new musical theatre works. His catalogue of musical theatre credits spans 50 original musicals and has worked with most of NZ's top theatre producers and industry professionals.

He has proudly partnered with BDFUSA to provide a world class service of performing arts training to NZ performers and is passionate about advocating for NZ and Australian performers on the world stage.


Annette Tanner

Founder and President BDF US

Annette Tanner (Founder and President) founded Broadway Dreams in 2006. Originally from New Zealand, she has a distinguished background in arts management, independently serving as the casting director on several major films, television shows, and commercials; as an agent at Richard Kent Management in Sydney, Australia; and as the General Manager for the United Kingdom division of Australia’s largest photography studio. In addition to her leadership of Broadway Dreams, she has maintained her work as a casting director for two pre-Broadway workshops of The Me Nobody Knows, the revised Zanna, Don’t,The Preacher’s Wife and as an associate for select New York projects, including Annie, Mary Poppins, and Altar Boyz. Most recently, she was the casting director for Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You show at New York’s Beacon Theatre. In 2016, she co-produced the first ever United States-Russian musical theatre collaboration with Stage Entertainment Russia, which performed two sold out performances at the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow.