Kurt as the Stage Manager, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, director Joan Ross Gold Coast Little Theatre

Kurt A Lerps

Kurt's Roles | Kurt's CV

Kurt brings to his responsibilities as an adjudicator a background in English Literature and Drama studies together with extensive theatrical experience in acting, directing and adjudicating

Born 21st November 1940 in New Rochelle, New York, Kurt's early experience was in his native New York, having first stepped on stage at the age of nine to play Jim in Treasure Island for the Becket Players in Becket, Massachusetts.

Kurt was an active member of the Pennsylvania Players in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for three years, alongside Hal Prince, legendary New York theatre producer and director. Starting as a hoofer, fond memories include tours of Guys and Dolls , Kismet , and finally lead male dancer in Once Upon A Mattress . Since coming to Australia in 1971, he has been deeply involved in Community Theatre throughout Southeast Queensland. Along with Dina Heslop, Jason Ingram Roth, John and Sue Stibbard, Graham McKenzie and Val Farmer, Kurt was a founding member of the Australian Community Theatre. Funded by the Queensland Government, this group toured seven plays in six years throughout Southeast Queensland. His enthusiasm and commitment have earned him great respect in the non-professional theatre movement in Southeast Queensland and overseas. Kurt has recently been made a Life Member of the Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport, where he was Artistic Director for several years. Kurt also just completed a two-year stint as the Artistic Director of the Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.

Kurt has acted in and directed numerous plays, ranging from the classics to the most modern. One of his two favourite roles is the Stage Manager in Our Town . The other is Lenny Ganz in Neil Simon's Rumors , the only role that Kurt has ever created four times, for three different directors. Kurt recently appeared as the Max Cranwell in The Edge of Darkness for Brisbane Arts Theatre and, once again, as Lenny Ganz in Rumors for Front Row Theatre, Hamilton, Brisbane. In 2004, he also directed The Farndale...Macbeth for Brisbane Arts Theatre.

Kurt has conducted Master Classes in Acting and Directing for the Gold Coast Little Theatre; the Ipswich City Council; the Norfolk Amateur Theatrical Society; and The Association of Community Theatres.

Kurt has always been a great advocate of the one-act play Festival Circuit, seeing it as an invaluable means of keeping community theatre alive. Kurt feels that festivals are a wonderful way for people with an interest in theatre to meet, share ideas and develop their craft. Kurt has adjudicated for Brisbane Arts Theatre; the Murrumba Theatre Festival sponsored by the Mousetrap Theatre, Redcliffe; the Ipswich Little Theatre Festival; and the Trans Tasman Drama Festival, Norfolk Island. He adjudicated the 2005 Trans Tasman Festival, along with the inaugural Act 1 Strathpine Drama Fest, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival, and the Queensland Country Women's Drama Fest. In 2007, he will once again be the adjudicator for Norfolk Island's Trans Tasman Festival.

Anyone interested in Kurt's services as adjudicator, actor, director or teacher can email him at kurtalerps@tpg.com.au or ring him on (07) 3268 6431.