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Ian is an Administrative Officer in the School of Arts and Sciences at the Melbourne Campus and a MPhil candidate.

How would you spend your ideal day?

On Broadway or the West End with a cafe breakfast then a matinee and evening musicals. Rinse and repeat.

In life I have learnt…

That saying no isn't always a bad thing.

Something that inspires me…

Anyone who has a passion for their career is infectious.

What would surprise people most about your job?

That my other job is singing in Suade, Australia's Number 1 male a cappella group! www.suade.net

What has been the most significant development in your field since starting your career? 

The reality TV era, where musicals are now cast by the audience through a TV show (How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?) rather than a panel of theatre professionals.

If you could invite any five people to dinner, who would they be (and why)?

Jonathan Larson, composer of RENT, because no one else has had a chance to talk to him since he died; Jason Robert Brown, to discuss how he is surviving as an artistic musical theatre composer in the age of the faux- and mega-musical; Valentino Rossi, so he can teach me how to ride like him; Stephen Sondheim, just because; and, Idina Menzel, because she's an amazing performer and not too hard on the eye, either.