Meet Our Teaching Artists
Teaching young people with industry professionals
Our classes are taught by professional teaching artists. They either work professionally in the performance industry and/or are trained drama teachers. They specialise in working with different age groups and experience levels, tailoring their teaching to the needs of the individual classes.
Halina Abramowicz was trained at the State Academy of Theatrical Arts in Wroclaw [Poland]. Her film and television credits include: The Blind Chance, Silver City, City West, Displaced persons, Sons and Daughters, Two in the Bush, The Edge of Power, Fragments of War, Tender Loving Care, Emma, The True Believers, Tanamera, Rafferty’s Rules, English at Work, Sky Trackers, Requiem, The Miraculous Mellops, Home and Away, Caviar Noir, All Saints, The Alice and I, Spry.
As a tutor and director she has been involved in such institutions as: MSTYP, Sydney Talent Company, Hornsby Girls’ High School, Ensemble Acting Studios, Australian College of Entertainment, Roundabout Youth Theatre, Hornsby Dance Centre, McDonald College, PLC, Pennant Hills, Epping Heights and St Ives North PS.
Halina’s students successfully entered and/or completed courses at NIDA, Ensemble Studios, VCA, Newtown PAHS, Northmead PAHS, Northolm Grammar and John Curtin College of Art. Some performed in leading parts in TV movies and miniseries.
Sher has worked as an actor for Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company and a number of regional and state theatre companies.
For MSTYP Sher's directing credits include co-directing with Margie McCrae the following productions: Babe, Captain Midnite, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Danny in the Toybox. As a teacher at MSTYP, Sher has taught drama to young people of most age groups over a period of twelve years.
As co-founder and artistic director of outdoor theatre company, ‘Shakespeare on the Green’, Sher has directed and co-produced five Shakespeare plays.
For five years, Sher directed at Chatswood High special needs group for the 'Page to Stage' program.
In 2014 and 2015 Sher directed CROSSING for Blaxland and Daughter which toured metropolitan and NSW primary schools.
Goldele is a Director, Dramaturge and Teaching Artist working in the independent theatre sector, Community Arts and Cultural Development and Education.
In 2018 she is a Young Artist (Director) in Pacific Opera’s emerging artist program. In 2015, she founded independent theatre company, Company of Rogues; they are currently developing the new, award winning, Musical/Opera Mash-up The Marriage of Kim K, which will be mounted in 2019. Their most recent production, Morgan Stern, was presented at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Undercover Artists Festival (Brisbane, Australia). In 2017 the company expanded to provide theatre and acting workshops (School of Rogues) and established a regular Cabaret room “The Bedlam Cabaret”, to showcase Sydney’s best established and emerging artists.
From 2014-16 she was the Artistic Program Coordinator at the Milk Crate Theatre, where she managed their theatre workshop programs for people who have experienced homelessness. In 2014 she was awarded a professional development grant from Accessible Arts.
Goldele graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, on the Dean’s Honor’s List, at Monash University in 2007.
Goldele’s recent credits include: “Morgan Stern” – (Director, Blood Moon Theatre 2016, Belvoir Street & Edinburgh Fringe 2017), “Turning Towers” (Director/Joker, Milk Crate Theatre), “The Typists” (Director/Performer-The Exchange Hotel Balmain, 2015); “The Vagina Monologues” (Director-National Theatre, 2009).
Emma-Jane Watson (née Dann) has worked as a Drama Tutor for more than 10 years at Marian Street Theatre for Young People with the 9-12 year old class. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New South Wales University, Kensington, where she majored in Theatre and Film Studies and History. For over five years Emma-Jane was also a regular member of the theatre societies, first NSW University Theatre Society (NUTS) and then at the New Theatre Newtown. Following her degree she worked for 12 years in Australian Television, working in production, continuity, casting, research and writing for children’s television.
Lucy's work combines hand-crafted costumes, installations and soft sculptures, with performance informed by acting, clowning, dance and storytelling. She is interested in examining the expectations we humans have created of what ‘humans’ are, and how we have to behave, so we can feel safe thinking, being and expressing differently. Lucy is passionate about the role of art in community, and has been facilitating theatre-making classes and processes for a range of groups, styles and settings since 2012. 2017 highlights include co-curating Heads Will Roll, a multi-media installation exploring the mental health of artists, at 107 Projects, and presenting a solo work called Very Big Bird, for Crack Theatre Festival. In 2018 she has been working with Gosford Youth Arts Warehouse as Artist in Residence, to facilitate and co-create a theatre work with young people with disability.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Emery
Brooke has been teaching voice, movement, drama and dance for seven years. She has taught for many different academies and theatre companies, working with children from the ages of 5 to 18.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Performance in 2008 and has continued with her studies at the University of New South Wales, where she completed her Masters in Art Curating in 2017.
Since graduation Brooke has been involved in a variety of film and theatre projects. One film, The Future, directed by Venesia Taylor, has been screened in over 120 film festivals world wide and received 17 awards internationally. She was also the lead in a horror film, made by Annoula Films, which was screened at the Holly Shorts film festival in the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood LA. Brooke also had the great opportunity to extra in Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby in the role of ‘Beluga’s Girl’
Brooke is passionate about teaching and believes in the long term benefits drama has on children’s creativity and confidence.