Noel Tovey born on 25th December 1934, is an Australian dancer, actor, mentor, director and choreographer. He was the artistic director for the indigenous welcoming ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Noel Tovey was born in the ‘slums of Carlton’. He lived in degraded conditions until he and his sister Bev were adopted by Arthur Challenger. Despite this hardship he went on to become successful in the theatre in both Australia and London, including appearing in the world premiere of Oh! Calcutta! He taught at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and co-founded the London Theatre for Children before returning to Australia in 1990.
Tovey became a principal dancer with The Sadler’s Wells Company in London and then made his singing debut in On The Level, a musical by Australian Ron Grainer. Noel’s career as a choreographer was launched in 1966 with a production of Sandy Wilson’s The Boyfriend.