Directors

Todd Patrick – Director

Todd Patrick is the founder and director of Patrick Studios Australia, one of the biggest and most successful performing arts schools in Australia. He is also the director of Kissing Bee Productions and Clover Agency & Events, a talent & events agency who represent some of this countries greatest performers & acts.

Todd started his career working for American giants Disney. Whilst on tour he began modeling and choreographing for designers including Versace, Dior, Issey Miyaki, Gucci and Chanel across Europe and Asia.

As a dancer he has worked for an array of cabaret companies starting in The Lido in Paris before moving up to principal dancer and working for companies in Korea and Germany.
In the commercial industry Todd has performed for pop artists including Vanessa Amorosi, Ricki Lee Coulter, Zoe Badwi, Madison Avenue, Kate Alexa, Toni Pearen, Hi-5, Guy Sebastian, Kate Ceberano and Dannii Minogue in film clips, TV appearances and live performances. He has also choreographed for international DJ’s and pop artists including Inaya Day (New York), Barbara Tucker (New York), Peyton(London), DJ Frankie Knuckles (New York) and Tune in Tokyo (Melbourne).
His theatre/television choreographic credits include SK2, Target, Cabaret De Paris (Jupiter’s Casino),Sesame Street (XSystem International), Pororo Live (XSystem International), Ooh La La (Kissing Bee Productions), Sensation –Ocean Of White (Etihad Stadium), Peter and the Wolf (Melbourne Recital Centre), Countdown – The Arena Spectacular (Australian Tour) and Tobio (Malaysia). Todd continually choreographs for corporate clients including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cricket Australia, KPMG, Flight Centre, HBA and Aussie Bum.

Amanda Stone

AMANDA STONE – DIRECTOR OF ELITE

Amanda Stone works as a Producer ,Choreographer, Director, and Teacher; she does it all with precision and an unrivalled professionalism. She has been the Elite Squad Director at PSA since 2007.

Amanda trained in all styles of dance. She completed Certificate 3 in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at Bartuccio’s, and extended her education by getting her Associate Diploma of Arts in Dance Instruction and Management at the Box Hill Institute of TAFE. In 2014 she also completed her Certificate IV in Training and assessment .

Her Curriculum Vitae reads like a Who’s Who of children’s entertainment. She has choreographed and been associate choreographer for American powerhouse Walt Disney Studios, Gary Ginivin Attractions (Lazy town Live, Pinnochio, Possum Magic & Wombat Stew ), Andrew K and Associates ( Hairy Maclary ,Giggle & Hoot & friends ), Shine Entertainment (Thomas and the Hidden Treasure), X System Entertainment (Barbie -Mattel, Nickelodeon, Hit Entertainment, Sesame Street Workshop, Astro Boy, Garfield, Care Bears), Marilla productions (Looney Tunes, Winx Club, Totally Spies and Strawberry Short Cake). These shows have been performed all over Australia and Asia to huge success with Australia’s biggest and best musical theatre talent.

As a dancer she has worked right across the globe from commercial events to blockbuster ET News, Kylie Minogue’s body double, TV shows, film clips, cheerleading for Melbourne Storm and huge corporate events for all of Australia’s best Choreographers.

On top of it all, Amanda danced in every Disney production in Australia and Asia for several years until her talent for choreography was noticed and she became one of their highly respected Choreographers.

Amanda’s next step was joining X System Entertainment the children’s entertainment company where she was resident Choreographer and Show Director for several years creating stage shows to tour throughout Asia and Australia.

Amanda was also Creative Director for the event “Vic Moves” a dance based competition for Victorian Secondary schools in 2010 at the Melbourne Comedy Theatre. She also Co- Choreographed “Peter and the Wolf”, an educational contemporary dance piece , performed with a live orchestra at the Melbourne recital Center in 2011.Due to popular demand it returned for a second season in 2012.

Most recently Amanda formed her own production company Stone Productions Australia. She has produced several shows for big brands such as Sesames Street, Pororo , Chuggington and Looney tunes. In 2017 she be working on Dinosaur Train Live which will Tour Australia .

Amanda has also found the time to give something back to the industry as Director of Patrick Studios Australia’s Elite Squad and Junior School. Training and developing young dancers for a career in the Performing Arts, who are no doubt to fill spots in her shows and all others in the Performing Arts
future. She is the best choice to nurture and support young artists on their way to a successful performing career, with her extensive career as both a Choreographer and Teacher her talent is unrivalled. She delivers an amazing amount of knowledge onto her students that will no doubt bring them all the same success that she has enjoyed for many years and many more to come.

Watch for her name, look for her shows and look out for her students as they are the next generation of Australia’s top performers. She is Generation X at its best driven, talented, passionate and extremely well respected.

ANDREW HALLSWORTH – DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL THEATRE

 

Andrew won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for Opera Australia’s Anything Goes following his 2014 Helpmann Award win for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity. He won the 2016 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for Little Shop Of Horrors. 

Andrew’s most recent credits are the World Premier of Muriel’s Wedding, The Musical (STC/Global Creatures) Dream Lover (John Frost & Gilbert Theatrical), Vivid White (MTC) Assassins (Hayes Theatre/Luckiest Productions) and the 10th Anniversary tour of  Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassell) 

His theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions). Sydney Opera House – The Opera and Two Weddings One Bride (Opera Australia)Ladies in Black (QTC/MTC) Rupert (Daniel Sparrow Productions), Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman. For the MTC he has choreographed Rupert which toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, Private Lives, Hamlet, Next to Normal, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Andrew co-choreographed the international production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert for Broadway and its other worldwide seasons. 

For The Production Company he has co-directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes and choreographed Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boy Friend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie. 

Further choreographic credits include the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival, West End and UK tour. Menopause – the Musical, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography), Sideshow Alley, The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew and Prodigal.

Other live and cabaret shows include Doris Day-So Much More Than The Girl Next Door, ‘Tegrity, Newley Discovered, Todd McKenney-Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and Cry Me A River-The World of Julie London. 

Andrew’s television credits include the Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance, “Indigeridoo” and “Ja’ime’s Assembly Routine” on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV, The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media (TEN). 

NATHAN PINNELL –  TERTIARY MUSICAL THEATER COURSE COORDINATOR

Nathan is an award-winning performer with a career spanning over two decades. His professional career began at the age of 9 in two Opera Australia productions, Falstaffand Manon Lescaut. As a young boy he also appeared in numerous television commercials such as Sea Monkey’s, Australia Postand Meadow Lea. Nathan has been involved in Melbourne Fashion Week, re-opened Hamer Hall Arts Centre, performed for the Prime Minister at Australia House in London and took part in launching for Mercedes Benz.

His theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Production Tenor and Dialect Coach), Hugh Jackman: Broadway To Oz (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble), Anything Goes(Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Billy Crocker), Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom: The Musicalas Liam Lamb (Understudied and performed Ken Railings, Nathan Starkey and Clarry Welch), Legally Blondeas Carlos (Savoy, West End), West Side Storyas Baby John, Chicago: The Musicalfor which he received a Green Room Award (Cover: Mary Sunshine), Dusty: The Original Pop Divaas Young Tom, We Will Rock You (Ensemble and Swing), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, High School Musical(Cover: Jack Scott/Ryan Evans), Eurobeat: Almost Eurovisionand Rhythm and Runners(Melbourne Fringe Festival).

For the Production Company: The Boy From Oz (Chris Bell),Gypsy(Tulsa), receiving Best Supporting Actor for the Theatre People Pro Choice Awards, Promises Promises, 42nd Street, Sweet Charityand The Music Man.

Television credits include: It Takes Two, Blue Heelers, So You Think You Can Dance, The Footy Show, Australia’s Most Wanted, Wicked Science, The Morning Show, Morning’s with Kerrie Anne andSunrise. Nathan was also Assistant Choreographer for Caroline O’Connorand Strictly Sydney Mardi Gras Finale Float 2014.

Nathan has been teaching and choreographing for various universities, full time courses and dance studios for the last 16 years. He is renowned for his progressive work as a passionate performer, teacher and artist within the industry and continues to create and work with the worlds finest.

HAYLEY WINCH – ACADEMY DIRECTOR

Hayley has been performing professionally in the entertainment industry for over 10 years, with a career that has seen her conquer a variety of stages around Australia, Asia and the UK. In the Countdown Arena Tours 1 and 2 she has danced with rock royalty; Rick Springfield, Molly Meldrum, Jon Paul Young, Kate Ceberano, The Bay City Rollers, The Angels and many more. Hayley’s Australian Musical Theatre credits include: A Chorus line, Guys and Dolls, The Boy from Oz, Oh!What a Night. Production company shows: Follies, The Boyfriend and the Australian workshop of the world premiere King Kong.

She has contributed backing vocals on James Reyne’s album “Thirteen” and filmed a live Music Max session in Sydney. Hayley is a lead vocalist for cover bands in many of Melbourne and Australia’s most iconic live music venues and has tread the boards in nearly all of the entertainment world, continuing to stamp her name across the industry.

Her other credits include: Video clips & TV: BBC London LOVE SOUP series, Ricki-Lee Coulter’s “Can’t sing a different song”, Kate Alexa’s “Teardrops”, Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars with Todd Mckenny, Channel 9’s AFL Footy show. Kids Entertainment: Cartoon Network Asian tour. Bands: Stand and Deliver, Soda Pop, Cherry Bomb, Vox Pop, Hey Charger, The Honeys. Corporate: Cheerleader for Aggreko Dynamo Rugby Sevens in Dubai, Cheerleader for Adelaide’s Port Power AFL team, Vodafone Ferarri, Fashion parades and other: Alana Hill Fashion Parade, regular Crown Casino vocalist and dancer.

Hayley has a Diploma in Musical theatre and her cert IIII inTAE certificate. She is now the fulltime Manager of the Performing arts, Musical theatre and Academy courses and a regular jazz, /Broadway jazz and Musical Theatre dance teacher for Patrick Studios Australia.

STEVEN GRACE – ARTIST MANAGEMENT: PATRICK MANAGEMENT

Steven is an award-winning performer. His professional career has spanned over 25 years internationally.

He has choreographed for Vogue Australia with multiple Oscar winner Catherine Martin & Baz Luhrmann and Choreographer/Co-director for Strictly Sydney Mardi Gras float 2014.

Steven began his career at 10 years old when he played the role of Luke in Strictly Ballroom. He was the lead tango dancer in Moulin Rouge! and featured in Vogue USA with Nicole Kidman, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. At 18 he played Radio City Music Hall NYC in Dein Perry’s Steel City, Fame for Kelley Abbey and has danced for Danni Minogue, Jessica Mauboy and Kylie Minogue. He toured with We Will Rock You and was personal choreographer to Caroline O’Connor.

West End: Chicago, Priscilla (Assistant Dance Captain), Carmen (Royal Opera).

London: Michael Bublé, Elton John, Sam Sparro, Geri Halliwell, Jamelia, Take That, Will Young, Aleesha Dixon, Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Show.

Australia: Dance Captain for Strictly Ballroom and The Sound of Music, Chicago (Assistant Dance Captain), Barry Humphries’ Eat, Pray, Laugh!, original workshops for King Kong, Dancing with the Stars, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera Australia), The Boy from Oz and Promises, Promises (The Production Company).

Teaching Staff

 

Todd Patrick – jazz/contemporary 

Andrew Hallsworth – musical theater

Amanda Stone –  jazz/ musical theater 

Karen Ermacora – VCE/VET dance 

Michael Ralph – musical theatre 

Nick Hedger – vocals 

Dana Jolly – musical theatre /jazz 

Hayley Winch –  musical theater /jazz 

Ben Nicholson – Acting 

Simon Story – Acro / conditioning 

Reid Monks –  cardio weight training 

Nadia Tornese –  hip hop 

David Wisken –  vocals 

Laura Brent –  acting 

Natalie Gamsu –  audition prep 

Phillipa Sprague –  ballet 

Adrian Spuria – hip hop

Adrian Dimitrivitch – ballet  

Luca Dinardo –  jazz / lyrical 

Zoee Marsh – contemporary 

Nathan Pinnell –  tap/jazz/musical theater 

Steven Grace –  ballroom/jazz 

Priscilla Stavrou Latin/jazz

Kyle Davey – ballet

Guest teachers 

Kelly Abby 

Kirstin king

Michelle hopper 

Kylie Norris 

Steven Tannos 

Samantha Dodemaide 

Ashley Smith