Elysia has been singing and dancing for over 15 years and is a former student of Stage School Australia. Elysia holds an Associates Degree from JMC Academy and has trained in Jazz, Tap and Funk. Elysia has appeared on Hey Hey it’s Saturday as a special guest, The Denise Drysdale Show, Good Morning Australia, Blue Heelers, The Red Room on Channel 31 and Various TVCs. In 2006 she co-wrote a song, which was nominated as Best Dance single at the Music Oz Awards on Channel V. Elysia supported Vanessa Amorosi at Rod Laver Arena, sang the National Anthem for the NBL finals and has also supported international acts in Europe which were broadcast on the Waltzing Matilda program.
Luke began his musical theatre career in the GFO Production of Man of La Mancha, follwed by Get Happy, and the role of Cliff for the Australian tour of We Will Rock You. Luke has performed in London’s West End including We Will Rock You and Saturday Night Fever. On return to Australia Luke appeared in The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia, Xanadu, Moonshadow the musical, A Chorus Line and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He has also played the role of Spring in Hot Shoe Shuffle. Luke has created and starred in his own One Man show The Dancin Man, which he has taken to Sydney, Melbourne, Regional and most recently P&O Cruises. Luke is a sort after Choreographer, Carols by Candle Light, Saturday Night Fever at chapel off chapel just to name a few. Tv credits include Always Greener, Australia's Got Talent, Paul O’Grady Show, Kerrie Anne and Sunrise. On the Big screen, Montmartre dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Dein Perry’s Bootmen, Gallipoli From Above as Tom Usher, and The Divorce for the ABC.
Emma graduated from VCA in 2014. In 2013, she completed a course of Film Performance at New York Film Academy (NY). Since graduating she has performed in theatre productions I Still Call Australia Homo, Bock Kills Her Father, Reasons To Stay Inside, Absurd Person Singular and Undercoat: A Parafoxical Tale. She has also performed in short films Sweet Misery, My Father, the feature film Nightshift, commercial projects for Holden and RACQ and has conducted theatre workshops at La Boite Theatre Company, Footscray Community Arts Centre and St Martins.
Having taken dance classes from a young age, Jaimee began training with the YABC at the age of eleven and became a Triple Threat at sixteen. She holds a Bachelor of Arts for Theatre and Performance from Monash University and was the Assistant Director for the university’s musical adaption of Every Man. Alongside many performances with the YABC, Jaimee’s performance credits include The Wizard of Oz as 'Dorothy' (Stage School Australia), 'Lily' in The Secret Garden at MTC’s Lawler Theatre (Stage School Australia), Metamorphoses as 'Echo' (Monash University), The Little Mermaid (Windmill Theatre Company) and Chicago (Windmill Theatre Company).
A graduate of the Ballarat Arts Academy and the London International School of Performing Arts, Amanda is a passionate actor, playwright, and drama teacher. Upon completion of her acting degree in 2009, Amanda co-founded Two Friends Productions, an educational and museum theatre company. Since then, she has written and performed 18 plays for various institutions in Victoria and interstate; including Sovereign Hill, The National Sports Museum, and The State Library of Victoria. She also regularly performs at schools, libraries, and camps and has completed several interstate tours. Amanda also has six years experience in drama teaching, including teaching in schools in India.
Caity's dance training began at Parkwood Dance Academy at the age of 6. Her love of Musical Theatre grew over her 9 years performing with the company in the YABC. Caitlin has performed in shows including; Seussical the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and most recently Legally Blonde The Musical. Caity also choreographed Our Lady our Sion College’s production of Hairspray in 2014, along with numbers from their 2016 musical Anything Goes. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at Deakin University.
Jenny has been dancing for 19 years and is trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance. A former student and Triple Theatre of the YABC, Jenny has also studied extensively in dance. She completed a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Business Management and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Deakin University) majoring in Dance and Psychology. Jenny hopes to undertake a Master of Secondary Education to further her teaching career.
Originally from London, James is a 2013 graduate of the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (Music Theatre). Recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Australian Shakespeare Company), Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (VTC), Dogfight (Doorstep Arts), Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies 2016/2017 (ASC), Fair Dinkum & My Friends Dot Com (Echelon Productions), Showdown at Two Bob Billabong (NTC), Barassi (Jager Productions) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Boutique Theatre). James can also be seen in various short films, web commercials and music videos. James’ other training includes the VCASS and CAP21 (NYC).
Susan de Jong
A vibrant and versatile singer with international performance and extensive teaching experience, Susan de Jong is a passionate artist who has performed and recorded with groups in jazz, music theatre, blues and popular styles. Last year Susan ran a vocal workshop at Silkaporn University, Bangkok, and recorded a soon-to-be-released jazz album in Christchurch, New Zealand. With a Master of Music (distinction), Susan is a highly regarded choral director, arranger, songwriter and senior academic.
Tessa Devlin studied with the Young Australian Broadway Chorus as a Triple Threat until 2012, where she then studied Musical Theatre in the Showfit Program at Centre Stage Performing Arts School. Since then, Tessa has trained with professionals such as Les Chantery, Carl Ford, Anthony Wong and Elizabeth Kemp. She has worked on Neighbours and in short films and has recently graduated from the Full Time course at 16th Street Actors Studio.
Eddie holds a Bachelor of Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts and has been teaching for VYT since 2014. His writing and directorial credits include music video Let Go, short film documentary Generators (Mariaa Randall) and short films Pierrot, Rigor Mortis, Bobby and most recently Emily which awarded him the 2014 AMP Foundation Tomorrow Maker Award. In 2015, Eddie received the RAW Artists Melbourne Filmmaker of the Year award. Eddie’s experiences with the circus, travelling, performing and observing combine to create a unique voice in the Australian film landscape.
Sally has worked as a drama director with Stage School Australia since 1999. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) and a Master of Arts in Drama and Theatre Studies from Monash University. Sally has worked as a writer on productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as a director on final year productions at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar. Sally has also worked as a writer for the CPCA. During the completion of her masters thesis, Sally was a visiting scholar at the City University of New York where her play 'Pandora's Box' received a public reading. After studying Screenwriting at RMIT she has worked on feature film scripts with Film Victoria and continues to work on television projects with melbourne film company, Resolution Independent.
Roby is an Acting and Theatre Making graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with various theatre, film, music video and television credits. He has also accepted awards as an independent playwright and short film producer as a co-founder of Neosurge RG Media. Last year Roby performed three roles in Make A Scene's The Servant of Two Masters as well as web series pilot Purgastory. He recently appeared in Through The Haze at St Kilda Film Festival and HBO’s television drama The Leftovers. He will soon appear in an original work for the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Brad is an experienced manager, trainer and performer with a successful track record in the arts and customer service. He has particular experience developing, managing and delivering programs in the arts and entertainment industries. As well as teaching with Stage School Australia, Brad is studio manager for Rio Dance Studio, having previously been a senior instructor there for many years. He has studied musical theatre at the National Theatre Drama School and has been a member of the Australian Dancing Society for many years.
Acting, writing and and creating through all her years in numerous theatric, film and television performances. Ellie is passionate when it comes to sharing her knowledge of the performing arts with her students. In 2011 Ellie graduated from St. Martin’s Performance Ensemble and Monash University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts with the highest of credits. Post-graduation Ellie furthered her study at 16th Street Actor’s Studio as a Full-time ensemble member. There she worked with reputable teachers, mentors and industry professionals from all over the world to further hone her craft in film and theatre studies. Most recently Ellie played the role of Tracey Corelli in The The Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC).
A professional actor, Petra has appeared in hit television shows such as Dr Blake Mysteries, Its A Date, Stingers, City Homicide and Neighbours as well as numerous television advertisements. She has starred in productions bot here and in the U.S by internationally renowned theatre companies such as Ward Theatre Company and in local and international award winning independent films. She works in film and theatre production, casting and artistic direction. A qualified primary and secondary teacher, Petra has directed for Stage School Australia for 18 years.
Sam completed his Bachelor of Arts in Screen Studies and Australian Theatre at Melbourne University. Since completing training with Stage School he has gone on to land roles in series such as INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Rove Live, It’s A Date and City Homicide to name a few. His recent film Between Trees was in the Melbourne Film Festival. Sam’s devised drama piece was also selected by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority as being one of the top 3 pieces in the state and as a result he has performed at venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre and The Palais Theatre.
Reuben has worked with Stage School Australia for over 10 years as is currently employed as Head Agent with the Talent Company of Australia. He has trained in music theatre at Victorian College of Arts and has a BA from LaTrobe University. Reuben has appeared on both stage and screen throughout his career as a performer. Highlights include roles in Round the Twist, Blue Heelers and various TV commercials. He is a founding member of international theatre company Four Larks and has performed in several of their works over the last five years, including a successful U.S. Tour in 2014. Reuben is also a freelance reviewer for theatre and film.
Having trained in music theatre for a number of years, Nik decided to turn his focus to composition and songwriting. Living in London for a while, he completed classes at Goldsmiths University in writing, recording and mixing. Now back in Melbourne, Nik is furthering his studies with a Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) at the Victorian College of the Arts. This has seen him write a number of pieces, including music for short films, web series and his own, and collaborative, pop tracks.
Josh began dancing at age 4 with the Sharon Lawrence Dancers before training and performing in many styles of performance art. He grew up as a student of the company training with both the VYT and the YABC since 2000 before becoming a teacher. With the YABC, Josh was lucky enough to tour on multiple occasions to both the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the USA playing a range of characters including Pascal in The Silver Donkey and The Cat in the Hat in Seussical. Off the stage, Josh co-wrote One More Year which had its debut performance in 2012, directs Mordialloc College’s annual school production and plays percussion for various shows across Melbourne.
Jessica has been acting professionally since she was a teenager. Best known for playing mischievious Sharon Davies in Neighbours, Jessica played Nancy in Oliver! in the UK and starred in touring comedies, musicals and pantos including Cinderella and Snow White. Jessica trained at LAMDA and the VCA. Her Aussie TV credits include Blue Heelers and Frontline. Currently Jessica is rehearsing for a new play called The Process about Australia’s ill-treatment of refugees, to be performed at Metanoia Brunswick in December. Jessica is thrilled to be part of Stage School Australia’s teaching team, and loves working with children.
Maggie completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts Degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012. Prior to her training at the VCA, she trained in Film/TV and was involved in several productions. Since graduating, she has worked on three seasons of Wentworth, Neighbours, Offspring, and Childhood’s End and the feature film Joe Cinque’s Consolation.
Since graduating from NIDA in 1994 Natalia, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, has been working in film, television and on stage here and abroad. Her film credits include feature films ‘Salvation’(dir. Paul Cox) "Russian doll', "Technical writer" (USA), TV film 'Balmain boys' as well as TV series “House husbands”, “Sea change” (*nominated for best actress in a television series AFI Awards 2001, "Fireflies" (ABC), “The Handler" (CBS, USA), “Killing time” and “Rush”. Her theatre credits include Olga in “Three sisters” at Metanoia theatre (dir. Greg Ulfan), Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” with Australian Shakespeare Company (dir. Glenn Elston), Nurse Ratchet in “One flew over the cockoos’ nest” (dir. David Miles), Nastya in “The lower depths” at 45 Downstairs (Dir. Ariette Taylor) “Jack goes boating” at Red stitch (dir. Alex Menglet) and “A checklist for an armed robber’ with Theatre at risk (dir. Chris Bendal) Natalia has been teaching drama for the last 7 years at various schools and has been working at Stage School Australia since 2016.
Lucy is a composer, music director/arranger, pianist and singer. This year she is Monash University's Artist in Residence, & in January, studied the Music Direction Intensive at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut, USA. Her MD credits include Company (fortyfivedownstairs and Victorian Regional Tour), Godspell (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre), and Flourish Production's Sing On Through Tomorrow, (Melbourne Cabaret Festival), and The Songs of Alan Menken (Chapel off Chapel). She earned a coveted Besen Placement on Timeshare (Lally Katz, Malthouse Theatre) after graduating from the VCA (BFA Interactive Composition). She currently hosts piano bar Fab Fridays at the Butterfly Club.
Josh is a recent Bachelor of Music graduate from the University of Melbourne, having majored in Voice and Italian studies. This is his first year teaching with Stage School and he has found it to be a very rewarding. Josh has a passion for all things theatrical and is quite often involved in productions, either on stage or helping out behind the scenes. Outside of the theatre, Josh enjoys studying languages and hopes to work as an interpreter.
Sian completed a Bachelor of Arts. She has worked as a TV presenter and Scriptwriter for Channel Seven’s Cartoon Connection and as a production assistant for Twos Company. She has worked for "Handspan Theatre", Italian Troupe, 'I Comici', and in outdoor productions at Ripponlea with "Jack of All Trades" Theatre. She also worked for 5 years as a script writer and performer for Adelaide- based theatre company "Carouselle Theatre", which toured Eastern Europe. She has toured with the Australian Puppet Company specialising in visual theatre for both Primary and Kindergarten children. Her directing resume includes a national tour for Commedia dell'Arte troupe 'Peregrine Productions', and directing 'Rumpelstiltskin' in the historic Ripponlea Gardens. Sian has also acted in commercials, including K-Mart, Bosch, and I-Primus and on 'Neighbours'.
Becky is an experienced musician, performer and vocal teacher who holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She works as a musical theatre performer, a singer/songwriter and as a vocalist in several different bands and shows across Melbourne, including playing Frida in the SOS Abba Tribute Show. Besides her performing work, Becky is an in demand vocal teacher and has recently returned from New York, where she was Head of Performing Arts at a Performance based Teen Summer Camp.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Dance at Deakin University in 2010, Amber went on to study her Honours in Contemporary Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as part of Link Dance Company. With Link, she worked with international choreographers, performed for Ausdance WA, toured through Europe and nationally around Australia. In 2015 Amber performed in and co-produced her first Melbourne Fringe Festival show at Dancehouse while completing her Masters of Arts Management with RMIT. Teaching dance for Stage School Australia with the YABC since 2012, Amber now teaches across all streams of the Australian Boys Dance Academy.
Daniel is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). His theatre credits include Chase in the Australian & Asian tours of Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue (Life Like Touring), Ensemble in Reefer Madness (RL Productions), Wayne in Fair Dinkum (Echelon Productions), Ensemble in Spring Awakening (YABC/Matthew Henderson), Young Simba in The Lion King (Disney Theatrical Productions) and Nipper in Oliver! (Cameron Mackintosh/IMG). Last year, Daniel was also Assistant Choreographer for YABC’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Claire has been performing from a very young age and has trained in mainly Jazz and Tap but also contemporary, ballet and singing. She has also performed in numerous musicals, plays and cabaret shows here in Melbourne and New Zealand. Her career highlights to date include roles in ‘Cats’, ‘Mary Poppins, ‘42nd Street, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, 'Beauty and the Beast' and more recently ‘Wicked’ . As well as teaching for Stage School Australia Claire also enjoys working as a freelance choreographer and teacher for corporate functions, events and competition routines.
Hannah was a student at the YABC and performed with the Triple Threats. During this time she also received formal lessons in singing and guitar at her secondary school, later receiving an Excellence Scholarship for Music (Contemporary Voice). Additionally, she trained in Jazz and Tap with Dance Explosion. Upon completion of her VCE Hannah completed a one year course in Music Theatre at the VCA and is now studying a Bachelor of Music/Education at Monash University.
Lauren has always been passionate about the performing arts. Since starting singing lessons at the age of 8, Lauren has undergone 13 years of contemporary and classical voice training, 5 years of jazz/contemporary/lyrical dance, and has been involved in many musicals over the years. Most recently, Lauren played the role of “Melena” in PLOS’s production of ‘Wicked.’ Lauren spent a year at the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts), undertaking the Music Theatre Foundation Course and for the last two years, has been undergoing a Bachelor of Music and Arts at Monash University, specialising in Popular Voice. While currently a dance teacher to some adorable budding music theatre stars, prior to this, Lauren was a performer with Stage School Australia for 3 years as part of the YABC (Young Australian Broadway Chorus) as one of the ‘Triple Threats.’
Madison has trained as a student for seven years in the Young Australian Broadway Chorus. She is currently studying Arts/Law with a diploma in French at Monash University. She has been competing in jazz and pom with Monash Mystics Cheerleading and won three undefeated national titles. After winning Grand National champions in the university section in 2014, Madison and her team will go on to represent Australia at University Worlds in America this January. She has also performed in productions of Guys and Dolls, Fame and West Side Story.
Megan graduated from The University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Arts; Music Theatre. Whilst at BAPA she was cast in RENT!; Alexi Darling, The Secret Garden; Rose(Cover) and Oklahoma. Megan has performed at Melbourne’s iconic ‘The Butterfly Club’ with her cabaret The Perfect Match and also featured in A Night With Ford & Sly. She’s also performed her sell out cabaret Life’s a Party at Chapel Off Chapel in 2015. In July Megan appeared in Paris a Rock Odyssey with Music Theatre Melbourne. Megan also teaches singing privately and loves helping people discover their voices.
Alex is a leading Australian actor known for his roles in television, film and theatre. His recent television credits include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Gallipoli and Fat Tony and Co. Early credits include Short Cuts, Lowdown, Wentworth, Neighbours, Tangle and Wilfred. Alex has performed in independent theatre in productions of The Bacchae for Melbourne fringe and Brother-boy for Big-West Arts festival. Alex has also trained with acting gurus Ellen Burstyn and Larry Moss. Throughout his career Alex has consistently taught and directed for Stage School Australia deriving much satisfaction by giving back to the school that first fostered his love affair with performing
Since graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, Tyson has appeared in countless plays and musical productions in his home town of Adelaide. In Melbourne, Tyson has choreographed and performed as a dancer for various productions and corporate shows, as well as teaching and mentoring at several dance schools. As a singer, he has performed back up vocals for John Farnham at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and is a regular performer with the touring children’s theatre group Ticklish All Sorts. Tyson is also a current member of Melbourne Dance Theatre.
Emily is proud to have begun her training with the VYT and YABC at age 8. She started acting professionally at age 12, landing a role in the highly successful musical The Sound of Music at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. Over the last 15 years, she has worked extensively in film and television, including some of Australia’s biggest TV shows leading/ongoing roles in TV shows Rush, Neighbours, The Slap, Blue Heelers, and children’s show Noah & Saskia. Emily has enjoyed countless roles in many plays and short films, as well as feature films 6 Plots and The Subjects. Most recently, Emily shot a supporting role for the upcoming Summit Entertainment film Gods of Egypt. As a graduate of the 16th Street Full-Time program, Emily has worked with many world class teachers, including Penelope Chater, Penny McDonnald, Kerry Armstrong and Larry Moss (2012 Masterclass).