Teachers

MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

 

Our classes are taught by professional teaching artists. All have professional training at a tertiary level. They 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.

NATE GILKES – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

BMus(MusEd) (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). PGradDip(PerfCr) – Directing (Victorian College of the Arts) Nate is an artist, director, facilitator, music director and performer and the Artistic Director at Marian Street Theatre for Young People. Before joining MSTYP, Nate presented work nationally and internationally with some of…

BOSILKA MAY

BA in Photography and Media Studies at London College of Communication. Master of Fine Arts in Voice and Theatre at NIDA Bosilka’s drive for Drama, Theatre and Voice is based on the vision that these skills develop more confident, self -aware and contributing young adults….

VICTORIA NICOLLS

BA (Hons) Flinders University Drama Centre Victoria has maintained a professional career spanning 40 years as an Actor, Director, Writer and Presenter. Armed with her training, BA (Hons) Flinders University Drama Centre, Victoria launched herself into The Entertainment Industry which proved to be a successful…

CLARE ELLEN O’CONNOR

Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at The Arts Academy, Ballarat Clare has always loved to perform, her first memory of this being when she was 4 and would perform Hanson concerts (her students would be too young to remember those guys!) for her family in…

KATE MURPHY

BA Theatre Arts, Majoring Acting (University of Southern Queensland 2008) Kate graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2008 with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts, Majoring in Acting. Since then, she has worked as a teaching artist, director and voice over artist. Kate is incredibly passionate…

LAURA GAVA

Bachelor Creative Arts Performance, University of Wollongong  Laura Gava has been training and working within theatres for over 17 years. She holds a TAFE certificate in Entertainment and a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Performance (University of Wollongong). She is professionally trained in acting, singing,…

BONNIE COWAN

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean’s Scholar) – University of Wollongong Bonnie is a concept-centric, process-driven performance artist and drama teacher. Since graduating from the University of Wollongong’s theatre course in 2015, Bonnie has created various solo performances and performative installations such as affect me (2017-2018) Do Something That Feels…

ANNA ORCHARD

Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) University Sydney  Over a career of 30 years, Anna has worked within a variety of disciplines including: health, drama, storytelling, education, communications and creative play; bringing a unique set of skills to the creative space. She has worked extensively with…

LUCY WATSON

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English and Drama, from Australian National University. Master of Art majoring in Sculpture, Performance and Installation, from UNSW Art and Design. Lucy’s work combines hand-crafted costumes, installations and soft sculptures, with performance informed by acting, clowning, dance and storytelling….

HALINA ABRAMOWICZ

State Academy of Theatrical Arts -Wroclaw – Poland, Zaglebia State Theatre Company – Sosnowiec – Poland 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…

CAT MARTIN

PhD (Linguistics/Drama, Macquarie University), Power of Acting (Actors Centre) Cat has worked extensively in theatre and television as a teacher, actor, writer, and director.  A graduate of MSTYP herself, she has taught children’s and teenage drama classes at MSTYP for many years, as well as…

CHELSEA ZELLER

Chelsea Zeller is a comedian, actor and theatre maker. She has devised and performed new works for The Malthouse Theatre, The Butterfly Club, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and has toured with Regional Arts Victoria. Her recent solo shows at Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festival had…

JESSICA BLAXLAND ASHBY – GENERAL MANAGER

BA Creative Arts (Macquarie University, Sydney), MA Advanced Theatre Practice (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London) Jessica is a passionate and self-motivated arts administrator with a love for new writing, puppetry, movement-based storytelling and visual art. Graduating with distinction from her MA in…

Mick Gosden

Michael is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer and actor with over 10 years of experience working in short & feature-length narrative and documentary films, commercials and music videos. The filmmaker behind GoodChat TV’s viral cause-based hit “You’re Wonderful”, and UBER’s “Hitchin’ a Trike”, Michael…

Sally Dashwood

Sally Dashwood is a performer, choreographer, director of Australia’s premiere tap dance company Girls On Tap and co-director of Well Done Creative alongside her husband Tim. Most recently Sally was Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer of A Chorus Line at Darlinghurst Theatre Co., Revival Director…