Brave. Gritty. Authentic.

The new brand of independent theatre


Collaborating. Growing artistically. Telling the stories.


Nothing compares to a night of theatre that invigorates the heart, inspires conversation and changes an audience. Workhorse Theatre Company was built to do just this. We deliver outstanding work and we don’t compromise on script or production standards. The reason we do this?…we love it! We love our audiences loving it and most importantly we want to see our new faces taking the leap onto main stages. We want to educate, we want to share stories that excite us, and we want our actors and creatives to bridge the gap between Independent and MainStage theatre. We don’t do anything by halves and we give our creatives the opportunity to be seen by the larger, funded theatres in the absolute best forum possible. 

We are Brave. We are Gritty. We are Authentic. We are Workhorse!


Previous productions.

one of the real stunners of the independent scene
— Jo Litson, Scene and Heard
a fiercely good production
— Australian Stage Online
Unless miracles occur for the rest of 2013, The Motherf**ker with the Hat has to be right at the top of the list of best ensembles, best productions and best individual performances we are likely to see in Sydney this year
— Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
There are, however, two unmissable productions in Sydney at present: Sydney Theatre Company’s Children of the Sun and Workhorse Theatre Company’s revival of it’s 2013 hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat
— Deborah Jones, The Australian
The most powerful hour on stage in Sydney right now
— Stage Whispers - 4:48 Psychosis
The performances and exquisitely wrought production make this an absorbing, tender, shocking and extraordinary 65 minutes
— Stage Noise - 4:48 Psychosis


Troy Harrison

Beginning in Musical Theatre, Troy has toured Australia and parts of Asia with the productions The Boy from Oz, Saturday Night Fever (playing the role of “Double J)”, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Monty Python’s Spamalot and was one of four chosen to tour Australia with Barry Humphries in his show Dame Edna Back with a Vengeance.
Since moving on from Musical Theatre Troy has had guest roles on the TV shows ‘East West 101′ and
‘Cops LAC’ and played the lead role in short films The Russian, Femme, Hyperosmia and For Love or Money.
Recently Troy was cast as the lead role of Robert Masters in the TV pilot ‘The Carousel’.
Troy also played the lead role of James in the successful season of ‘The Burlesque Effect’ at the Newtown Theatre and the role of Owen in Workhorse Theatre Company’s hugely successful debut production ‘That Pretty Pretty: or, The Rape Play’
For Workhorse Theatre Company Troy has also appeared as Tony Aronica in ‘Savage in Limbo’ and Jackie in ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’
Troy can be seen in numerous TV commercials including JEEP, Virgin Velocity , Berocca, Epson, ESPN, KIA, Thredbo, 3M, McCafe, New Idea and Axe Deodorant.
Troy studied under Lynette Sheldon and was chosen to be a participant in the first Australian workshop of acclaimed U.S. acting coach Larry Moss.

Zoe Trilsbach 

Zoe has extensive experience as an actor, singer and dancer.
In her role as Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat directed by Adam Cook she was nominated for best lead actress in an Independent production for The Sydney Theatre Awards. Most recently she performed as one of three women in 4:48 Psychosis directed by Anthony Skuse at The Old Fitz. Previously she played Linda Rotunda in Savage in Limbo directed by Stuart Maunder,  ‘Agnes’ in That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, Honey Gordon in The Burlesque Effect at Newtown Theatre, Doreen in Saturday Night Fever and was an ensemble member in the musicals Pippin, We Will Rock You, Candy Man and Dusty.

Her film and television credits include Tricky Business, Janet King, Happy Feet 2, Forced Hand, Flirting and has appeared in numerous TV commercials.
Zoe was a band member of the pop group Cherry, signed to Sony music with 3 top 40 singles. Zoe is a session vocalist, voice over artist and plays in numerous Sydney bands.
Zoe works successfully as a singer in the corporate world both nationally and internationally: clients include Foxtel, The Merivale Group, Bank America and Optus.


*Troy + Zoe are also sitting members of The Board. 


The Board

Adam Cook

Adam was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia for 2005-2012. His directing credits for the Company include The Ham Funeral, The Glass Menagerie, Three Sisters, November, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Price, King Lear, Mnemonic, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Architektin, Blue/Orange, LyreBird: Tales of Helpmann, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Life x 3, Noises Off, The Government Inspector, Crow, The Shifting Heart and The Daylight Atheist.

Graduating from the NIDA Directors Course in 1988, he has since directed close to 100 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States, for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble, Sydney Opera House Trust, NIDA, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, La Boite, Q Theatre, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Opera Australia, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare, OzOpera, Playbox, Festival of the Dreaming, Windmill Performing Arts, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, City of London Festival and the Barbican International Theatre Event (BITE).

Adam Liberman

Adam is a lawyer of over 40 years experience, including as a partner in one of Australia’s largest commercial law firms and as General Counsel and General Manager Intellectual Property at CSIRO. He is involved in a diverse range of activities including with various start ups. He is currently a Director at Deloitte IP Advantage and a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the UNSW Law Faculty.

He has his own commercial theatre production company – Strange Duck Productions Pty Ltd - and is the producer of “Freud’s Last Session” ( Theatre Royal, Sydney; Cremorne Theatre, QPAC); “Blonde Poison” ( Old Fitz, Sydney; The Studio, Sydney Opera House; The Lawler, Southbank Melbourne); “The Time Machine” (The Playhouse, NIDA Theatres); “Lip Service” (The Lawler, Southbank Melbourne) as well as co-producer of “Howie the Rookie” (Old Fitz, Sydney).

He brings a unique combination of experience in the law and theatre to the Workhorse Theatre Company board.



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2014 Sydney Theatre Awards

Nomination - Best independent production for ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best lead actress in an independent production (Zoe Trilsbach)

Best supporting actress in an independent production (Megan O’Connell)

2017 Sydney Theatre Awards

Winner - Best lighting design for 4:48 Psychosis (Alex Berlage)

Winner - Best sound design for 4:48 Psychosis (Ben Freeman)


Make independent theatre possible.

Workhorse Theatre Company is an unfunded not for profit organisation. We cannot survive on box office sales alone. With the generosity of individual supporters and corporate sponsors, we can create, educate and entertain, ensuring the future of independent theatre in Sydney.

To donate or for information on sponsorship or corporate partnership: please contact us via email admin@workhorsetheatreco.com

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.