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Teaching Artists

Meet The Team

Scene Study

Rob Horton

Rob (He/Him) is from the UK and has extensive theatre experience. He is also a qualified teacher. He was Artistic Director of his own professional community company ‘Raa Theatre’ and of Spilsby Theatre in Lincolnshire,UK. Work with the international director Mikhail Mokeev(Moscow Art Theatre) provided him with the Stanislavski System and he went on to perform the title roles in ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Macbeth’ and a wide variety of repertory roles in the UK. In Australia, Rob has concentrated on film and television work, appearing in PJ Hogan’s ‘Mental’ with Toni Collette, the children’s TV series ‘K9’, and local film director Michael O’Halloran’s ‘Breaking The Rock’ and ‘The Dossier Case’, among many other projects. Rob currently teaches acting(Meisner Technique) at the New York Film Academy, Gold Coast. He has recently completed Masterclass work with Scott Williams, the renowned Master Meisner Teacher. www.robhortonactor.com 

Musical Theatre

Rachael Beck

One of Australia's leading performers and educators, Rachael Beck (She/Her) is a multi-faceted, award - winning powerhouse whose talents span across stage and screen, as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. Rachael Beck is widely remembered for her award-winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, which won the 1996 ARIA Award for the Best Australian Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release.  Her outstanding credits include her Green Award nominated performance as 'Fantine' in Les Miserables and 'Rumpleteaser' in Cats, both produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

In 2017 Rachael became the National head judge and panel member for Wakakirri, a National Story Sharing Arts Festival for primary schools; whilst conducting regular workshops and residencies in such schools across Australia as Pymble Ladies College (Sydney), Villanova College (Brisbane) and Pulteney Grammar School (Adelaide). Rachael has also developed The Lionhearted Theatre and Arts Program with workshops currently running in High schools throughout Australia, helping students to unearth mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and disconnection by helping them tell their story using the creative arts. 
https://www.rachaelbeck.com.au/

Audition Technique

Gabriella Flowers

Gabriella (She/Her) received her BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from Arts Educational Schools London. Since graduating she has performed, directed and produced in London, New York and Australia. Career highlights include directing the first production worldwide to feature a fully working steam train. And has won a host of awards for her work performing, writing or directing such productions as MURDER IN THE MANSION, THE TRAIN TEA SOCIETY, THE CONFESSION and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT. She was most recently recognised for BEST DIRECTION for THE PRODUCERS in the 2017 Del Arte Charts. She is hugely passionate about creating new work that inspires and pushes the limits of what theatre can be perceived as. She loves collaborating with fellow art-makers. Gabriella has been a Performing Arts coach for both children and adults for over 10 years. Her classes and workshops are based on building a safe and supportive environment for performers to be creative, to grow in confidence and to have fun. www.flowerstheatreco.com

Clowning and Comedy

Dorothy May

Dorothy (She/Her) began her professional development at the Victorian College of the Arts, studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre and learning from the best in the Industry, attending Masterclasses with Philip Quast, Ahens & Flaherty, Jason Robert Brown and many others. Since then Dorothy has gathered five years of accumulative teaching experience teaching Acting, Singing, Dancing, Clowning and Improvisation to both Adults and Children. She has explored other areas such as Stand-Up Comedy, Self Devised Work and Clowning while continuing her training in Improvisation, Shakespeare and Dance. Dorothy currently works as a Performing Arts Teacher in Brisbane, runs an Independent Start-Up called The Humour Experiment and is a Seasonal Performer herself. This year she has learnt from working alongside Rachael Beck in a Children’s Holiday Workshop, Produced and Directed her first one woman show, ran a Clowning Workshop and Variety Show. She works to assist others in uncovering their dreams and take action. 
www.thehumourexperiment.com 

Pathways to Practise

Emma-June Curik

After graduating from NIDA’s Singer Dancer Actor program in 2006, Emma-June (She/Her) spent several years working as a performer across theatre, cabaret and corporate sectors with credits including Chess, Godspell, Into the Woods, Footloose, Avenue Q and most recently, Olive in UGP's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; earning her the 2014 Undie Award for Best Actress. In 2012, she graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) and turned her focus to directing and producing. She is currently employed as Producer at HOTA on the Gold Coast and continues to develop her directing practice, having worked as Associate Director on several productions including Wicked (Matt Ward Entertainment), The Wedding Singer (Phoenix Ensemble), 9 to 5 (Spotlight Theatre) and Heathers (Spotlight Theatre)

Physical Theatre

Ruby Donohoe

Ruby Donohoe (she/her) is a performance-maker and visual artist whose practice offers defiant acts of sensitisation and is rooted in the politics of encounter. The embodied experience is central to her work and in her career she has embraced a diversity of disciplines and formal outcomes, including solo and ensemble performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and plays. Ruby has created work in New York, Porto, Seoul, Tokyo, Vancouver, and throughout Australia. She has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Anne Bogart and SITI Company (NYC), Daniele Constance, Dairakudakan (JAP), Dancenorth, Dead Puppet Society (NYC/BRIS), Doppelgangster (UK/AUS), HYPHEN (-) (KOR), MKA: Theatre of New Writing, Phluxus2 Dance Collective, Playlab Theatre, Strings Attached, The Good Room, The Only Animal (CAN), Younes Bachir (SPN), and Zen Zen Zo. https://www.rubydonohoe.com/
 

Dialect Coaching

Jacki Simmons

Born in London, Jacki Simmons (She/Her) has worked as an actor, both in the UK and in Australia. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Jacki has since appeared in numerous theatre, film and television productions. She began her career in television roles in Australia including Australia’s Most Wanted, Rafferty’s Rules and Two in the Bush, and appeared with Barry Humphries as Sir Les Patterson’s assistant in the satirical video, Flashbacks. She is also an accomplished voice over artist, recording various commercials and audio books. As a voice over artist, she has recorded commercials for Parodontax, the Scarlet Road study and the audio books Hot Island Nights, The Slap and The Silver Brumby for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. A qualified teacher, she has worked as a tutor and lecturer for a number of acting schools in the UK, including East 15 Acting School and the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, and conducted workshops for The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and the Actors Centre, London, among others. She currently teaches for QUT and NIDA. www.jackisimmons.com

Stage Combat

Jason Mckell

Jason (He/Him) is an actor and functional movement specialist, who focuses on training athletic theatre performers, such as Circus Performers, Dancers and Physical Theatre Artists. Jason has over 10 years’ experience as a physical theatre artist and teaches movement and combat as part of the Griffith Conservatory’s Acting BA. Jason holds a Bachelor in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2009 and was an inaugural member of the Actors International Corporate Networking Tour to England in 2010. Jason was awarded a full scholarship for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Apprenticeship Program in 2012 and furthered this interest by training and performing with the Oxford Shakespeare Company for several productions in New York and London. Jason made his professional theatre debut in the critically acclaimed production ‘The Truth About Kookaburras’ in 2012.

Jason became a qualified Commedia dell’arte instructor at Antonio Fava’s Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia Italy 2015, a Clown Master at Bont’s international school in Menorca Spain 2018, and a Fight Director with the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc 2019. Jason holds a cert IV Master Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness, is a certified Pilates instructor with Studio Pilates and is a mixed martial arts instructor under Progressive Martial Arts and Guro Dan Inosanto of the Inosanto Academy in California.

 Acrobatics 101

Luke McConnell

Luke (He/Him) began his dance training at 5 years old in Melbourne's South East. In his younger years Luke was an avid eisteddfod boy, had completed examinations across all styles of dance and also actively worked with numerous theatre companies, playing leads in musicals such as Hairspray, The Wiz & Pippin. After secondary school Luke went on to further his studies and gained his Diploma of Musical Theatre at Kelly Ayker's Full Time Dance. Under the careful and nurturing guidance of Kelly Ayker's herself, Luke played Charlemagne in Pippin and Mary Sunshine in Chicago. Luke has now worked on children's dance shows, in TV commercials (Dancing with the stars), in corporate shows for Crown Casino and K-Mart and has also danced backup for Troy Sivan, Sketchshe and Jenna Marbles at Youtube Fanfest and Brandcast under the choreography of Matt Steffanina. Most recently Luke has finished the regional Victorian tour of a new dance show with Company A: Broadway and Beyond.

Puppetry

Larrikin Puppets

Performing puppet shows all over South East Queensland, Central Queensland, Hamilton Island and Northern NSW, Larrikin Puppets were formally trained in the USA by Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street and now provide that training for Australian kids and theatre professionals. Performances and workshops are in line with the Australian school Design and Technologies curriculum, teaching the basic techniques that bring Muppet-style puppet characters to life. Students get to practice puppetry techniques using real puppets. Within the lesson they also learn skills like voice work, projection, character building and improv. Learning puppetry is great for building confidence, improving communication skills, making people laugh, discovering the skill behind the magic of Sesame Street and The Muppets, and having fun!

Technicolour Tech: Sound

Brady Watkins

Brady (She/Her) is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music Technology in 2015. Since graduating, she has made a name for herself in the Brisbane theatre scene as a composer/sound designer and FOH sound operator. In 2020, Brady will make her mainstage design debut on La Boite’s The Neighbourhood and Queensland Theatre’s Phaedra. Her other credits include: As Composer/Sound Designer: The Revisionist (Refraction Theatre), The Trial (Queensland Theatre), Reagan Kelly (Rocket Boy Ensemble). As Sound Consultant: Antigone (Queensland Theatre). As FOH Sound Operator: Antigone (Queensland Theatre), Neon Tiger (La Boite), Sweet Charity, Edges: A Song Cycle (Understudy Productions), Spring Awakening, Don’t Call Me Ishmael (Underground Broadway). As Associate Sound Designer: Sweet Charity (Understudy Productions). As Assistant Sound Designer: Spring Awakening (Underground Broadway), Carrie: The Musical (Wax Lyrical Productions)​

Technicolour Tech: Lights

Christine Felmingham

Lighting Designs: Statum (Counterpilot & Flipside Circus); The Secret Garden (Queensland Theatre); TRUTHMACHINE (Counterpilot); The Trial (Queensland Theatre); Echo (Expressions Dance Company); Sweet Charity (Understudy Productions); Rovers (Belloo Creative); The Sound of a Finished Kiss (Now Look Here); Crunch Time (Counterpilot); The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek (Playlab & La Boite); Spectate (Counterpilot); Short+Sweet 2017 (Short+Sweet QLD); Splendour (Now Look Here); Short+Sweet 2016 (Short+Sweet QLD); Allen (Awkward Productions); Architects Reborn: Arena Spectacular (Architects of Sound); A Slight Ache & The Lover (Now Look Here); Children of the Sun (QUT Acting); Of Little Matter (Vena Cava Productions) and Iphigenia 2.0 (Vena Cava Productions). Associate/ Assistant designs: Ben Hughes: From Darkness (La Boite). David Walters: Everyday Requiem (Expressions Dance Company); Lest we Forget (Queensland Ballet); Prize Fighter (La Boite Theatre Company). Internships: David Walters: Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre); Prize Fighter (La Boite Theatre Company). Ben Hughes: Medea (La Boite Theatre Company); Samson (La Boite/ Belvoir Theatre Companies); Jason Glenwright: Sunnytown (La Boite/ Shot in the Dark); Matt Scott: Red Shoes (Expressions Dance Company). Production/ Technical Management: TRUTHMACHINE (Counterpilot); Bitch on Heat (Leah Shelton); Supercell Festival of Dance, 2019 (Supercell); Crunch Time (Counterpilot); Graeme of Thrones Australian Tour (RIP Productions). Education: Bachelor degrees’ in Technical Production and Drama from QUT.

Acting for Stage, Scriptwriting & Theatre History

Andrew CP

Andrew (He/Him) is a director, producer, actor, theatre maker and the Founder/Artistic Director of Technicolour Theatre Company. CP has cultivated an impressive list of teaching credits, each a source of great pride. At the University of New England’s Earle Page College, he filled the role of Theatre Academic Mentor, securing a Resident Fellowship and Cultural Bursary for achievements in Performing Arts. He has worked as resident senior drama teacher for Spotlight Theatrical Company (2016-18), resident head tutor for Technicolour Theatre Company (2019-present) and senior drama tutor for 'Raise Your Voice Workshops' (2017-present). Under Andrew’s curation, Technicolour Theatre Company facilitates opportunities for engagement between young/emerging performance artists and various industry professionals, empowering ensemble members with the practical skills and technical knowledge to develop their craft. Regarded as “dedicated, creative, innovative and pioneering… [and] undoubtedly already leading the way in bringing youth and adults back to the heart and soul of theatre." (Dr Elizabeth Celi), TTC has produced immersive performance experiences. In 2019 he accepted a Special President's Award for services to Gold Coast Theatre. He also convened and curated the Gold Coast Festival of One Act Plays, facilitating the creative development and premiere of three new Australian Plays. www.technicolourtheatre.com.au @andrewcp

Guest Director (Romeo + Juliet)

Timothy Wynn

Timothy (He/Him) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of THAT Production Company. In 2007 he graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York where he trained as an actors and then turned to directing and studied under Dr David Fenton as a part of JUTE Theatre Company’s Director Development program. Directing highlights include: Saved by Edward Bond (THAT Production Company), When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (Ipswich Festival/THAT Production Company), The Tuckshop Kid based on a book by Pat Flynn (Story Arts Festival/THAT Production Company) which he also adapted for the stage with Cassandra Ramsay, Cosi by Louis Nowra (Beenleigh Theatre Group) which was nominated for 7 Golden Palm Awards and won Best Supporting Actress and Magic Moment of Theatre, Yielding by Emma Workman (THAT Production Company) which was nominated for 3 Matilda Awards, Thread by Emma Workman (staged reading for La Boite HWY Festival), Kill Climate Deniers by David Finnigan (Metro Arts Local Program/THAT Production Company). In 2019 Timothy took on the position of Directorial Observer for Queensland Theatre’s 70th anniversary production of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller directed by Jason Klarwein.
http://www.thatproductioncompany.com.au/

The Voice of the Actor

Caroline Taylor

Caroline (She/Her) holds a Masters of Music Studies (GU), Bachelor of Music Theatre (CQU), Graduate Certificate in TESOL (GU) and is currently completing a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) through UNE.

Caroline works as a Vocal Tutor at Saint Stephen's College; teaching individual singing lessons and running the senior 'SSC Voices'. She also teaches the international students weekly classes in ESL, using music and drama to enhance and develop their English pronunciation.

In her role at SSC she has assisted with the school’s productions of Into the Woods, Lion King Jnr, Spamalot & Mary Poppins Jnr.

Similarly, she contracts to St Hilda's School for their Junior School Musical Productions and is proud to have worked on their productions of Peter Pan Jnr, Little Mermaid Jnr and Aladdin Jnr.

Her Musical Directing credits includes: Spotlight Theatrical Company's production of Oliver (2018) and Kiss Me Kate (2018) at GCLT, for which she won a Dolphin Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Music.

In 2020, she is delighted to be Director of the Senior School production of Grease at Saint Stephen’s College 

http://www.carolinetaylor.net.au/