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Tony Le-Nguyen Actor/Writer/Director

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The formative years...

He is best known for his pivotal role as Tiger in Jeffrey Wright's 1992 feature film "Romper Stomper".

He has appeared in many Television productions including: Stingers, Sea Change, Raw F.M., G.P., Fast Forward, All Together Now, Embassy, Secrets, the Damnation of Harvey McHugh, Paradise Beach and Australia's most wanted.

Mr. Le-Nguyen studied Television Production at the RMIT in 1989 and completed his Bachelor of Arts Drama/Community Development) in 1998 and Diploma of Education in 2000 at Victoria University.

Between 1986 and 1988, Tony toured with Mary Coustas in Handspan Theatre's production A Change of Face written by Andrea Lemon and directed by Carmelina di Guglielmo. He worked on the Victorian State Opera's 1990 production of Madama Butterfly and performed in Theatreworks 1992 production of Titus, directed by David Pledger and Robert Draffin

In May 1994, he founded the Australian Vietnamese Youth Media with the support of Huu Tran and the Theatre co-ordinator at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. The company received its first funding from the Queens Trust in 1995 to produce Chay Vong Vong, a play written and directed by Mr. Le-Nguyen with the Vietnamese Community in Footscray, Melbourne. The following year, the company received funding from the Australia Council and the Sidney Myer Foundation to re-stage Chay Vong Vong as a fully professional production at the Napier Street Theatre, in South Melbourne. In 1998 he was commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects to write and direct Chay Vong Vong with the Vietnamese Community in Sydney.

Mr. Le-Nguyen has directed and produced numerous professional and community productions including, A Time of Your Life, St. Martins Youth Theatre and Flemington Community Centre 1996, Now I Lay Me Down, La Mama 1997, Taboo, Next Wave Festival 1998, Running In Circles, Urban Theatre Projects and 1998 Carnivale Festival in Sydney, Aussie Bia Om, 2001 Fringe Festival and directed segments for the Maribyrnong Festival in 1997 and 2000, Tony co-directed Worlds Apart in 1996 with Gary McKechnie, a half-hour Television drama about generation conflict within a Vietnamese-Australian family. World's Apart was first screened on SBS Television in December 1997.

At a Glance

Date of Birth: 3-10-1968
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Family History: Arrived in Australia in 1978
First Professional Role: VC Boy in "Sword of Honour"
Astrological Sign: Libra