Todd Patrick – DIRECTOR

Todd-Patrick1Todd 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 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.


Andy-HallsworthAndrew has been teaching and mentoring at Patrick Studios Australia for 11 years.
Andrew won the 2106 Sydney Theatre Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for Little Shop of Horrors. 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, which also toured Australia in 2015.
Theatre credits – Dream Lover, Sydney Opera House – The Opera, Ladies in Black, Rupert, Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman, 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.
For Melbourne Theatre Company he choreographed Born Yesterday, 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 with Ross Coleman. He staged Priscilla for Broadway followed by Italian and Brazilian season, US and UK Tours, Swedish, Korean, Spanish and South African productions and recently a cruise ship version for Norwegian Cruise Line.
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.
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).


Kerrie Patrick – Academy Director

Kerrie Patrick is the Academy Director for Patrick Studios Australia, and looks forward to nurturing and guiding the talented students who attend.

Kerrie has a long and esteemed history working with children and young adults she was an outstanding Director for a government childcare facility. Kerrie holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as over twenty years of experience in business and practice management for childcare operations and services.

Amanda Brice – Artist Management: Patrick Management


Hazel Rempillo – FOH Adminisrator



Teaching Staff

Karen Ermacorma VCE/VET DANCE

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 1.52.15 pmAfter graduating with a Degree in Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, Karen worked as a contemporary dancer with TAS Dance Company & Danceworks performing across Australia. She coordinated, choreographed & danced in multiple Dance Fest seasons of independent dance, completed her Graduate Diploma of Education & has taught in contract positions at Wesley College, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Croydon Secondary College, Hallam Senior College, Box Hill Institute, the CAE, Drama School of Victorian College of the Arts & private dance studios. Karen is currently the Dance Coordinator at Swinburne University of Technology with a Master of Education, Cert IV TAE and is registered with the Victorian Institute of Education.


Darren’s theatre credits include the Australasian production of Cats (Really Useful Company), Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh/ LWAA) as Dance Captain, Thoroughly Modern Millie as Dance Captain and assistant to choreographer Dana Jolly (The Production Company), Saturday Night Fever as Bobby C (DAE), Showboat(Livent/Marriner), Happy Days (Paul Dainty), Pan where he understudied and performed the role of Peter Pan (M.E.A.G./Kevin Jacobson), Anything Goes (The Production Company), and as Dance Captain in Showboat (The Production Company) Oliver (Cameron Mackintosh/IMG), Legally Blonde (GFO), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and John Frost’s production of Annie where he also worked as Resident Director.

Alison Mantegazza TEACHERS AID

  • (Currently Studying) Master of Engineering (Civil) ­ The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
  • Bachelor of Science (Civil Systems) ­ The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
  • Certificate II Information, Digital Media & Technology [ICA20111] Asia Pacific Training Institute (APTI), Melbourne.
  • Certificate of Spanish (LOTE) VCE Level – Victorian School of Languages (VSL), Collingwood.
  • Mathematical Methods & Spanish Tutor

Jason – Duff BALLET

A graduate of the Australian Ballet School with Honours after studying with Michelina Di­Salvatore in Leeton NSW. The first Australian recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, awarded by Kitty Dukakis in his graduating year.
An exchange program to the US and the Bolshoi Ballet. There after gained entry into the Australian Ballet Company, performing soloist and principal roles touring nationally and internationally as well as the West Australian Ballet. Performer for; “Hello Dolly” (Australia), Lido (Paris)., Mardi Gras Organisation events with international guests,
“Helmet” for Gary Stewart, Sydney Dance Company, performing innumerous industrials, commercials, film clips etc.. Resident Choreographer for Jersey Boys

Nick Simpson-Deeks – Acting

Nick-Simpson-Deeks-blackwhiteNick graduated from NIDA with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting at the age of 21, and has worked consistently across the mediums of film, television, theatre and musical theatre for over a decade.

He is a two-time Green Room Award nominee, having earned consecutive nods for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins in 2014, and then as Manjiro in Pacific Overtures in 2015 (both for Melbourne initiative Watch This).

Other notable stage roles include Bobby in Company (Watch This / 45DS), Fitzpatrick in Ned: A New Australian Musical (Groaning Dam Productions), Kolya in The Parricide (La Mama), Vic in Tim Winton’s The Turning (Perth Theatre Co.), Phil in Handbag (Focus / Seymour Centre), Tom in Away (Railway Street) and Skeets Miller in the 2010 concert performance of Floyd Collins at Sydney’s Angel Place City Recital Hall. He also appeared in Jerry Springer the Opera for the 2009 Sydney Festival (Sydney Opera House), and was the alternate Frankie Valli in the original Australian cast of Jersey Boys. In 2015, Nick toured to Auckland as Fraser in Michael Gow’s Sweet Phoebe with Both Sides Now Theatre Co.—of which he is a founding member—and in 2016 he performed the Australian premiere of Douglas Rintoul’s award-winning monologue Elegy to critical acclaim (Midsumma / Lab Kelpie / Gasworks).

Onscreen, Nick is best known for portraying journalist Archie MacMahon in both seasons of the award-winning SBS drama series The Circuit, and Rhys Mitchell in Channel Seven’s Winners & Losers. Other screen credits include Underbelly: Fat Tony & Co. (Nine) Mr & Mrs Murder, (Ten),The Strange Calls (ABC), City Homicide (Seven), Stormworld (Nine), The Postcard Bandit (Ten), and Play School (ABC). He played the role of Billy Name in Jim Sharman’s 2012 film musical Andy X, and portrayed Irish rider Pat Smullen in the 2012 feature film The Cup.

Nick is a Mike Walsh Fellow, an award-winning writer, and a graduate of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s prestigious School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. He has taught musical theatre, improvisation, Shakespeare, screen acting, and advanced acting techniques for a variety of schools Australia-wide including ATYP, Talent Company of Australia, Patrick Studios Australia, and NIDA Open.

Michael Ralph –  MUSICAL THEATRE

Performer in; Pirates of Penzance Pirate/Policeman The Production Company, Singin in the Rain Ensemble The Production Company, Moonshadow Ensemble World Premiere Cast, CATS Skimbleshanks Really Useful Group, Fame the Musical Dance swing / Role cover GFO ­ John Frost, CATS Pouncival / understudy Really Useful Group Choreographer for; Georgy Girl – Workshop Young Backstage Productions, Hollywood Honky Tonk Self conceived dance show Giving Productions ­ Gasworks, Pacific Overtures Watch This & Manila Street, My Fair Lady Footlight Productions, Pippin Magnormos, NOW & THEN Self conceived dance show Gasworks Theatre Co – , Project Elvis “Best Choreography” Short Sweet + Dance festival Happy People OZMade, Milk and Honey, Flinders Street ­ OZMade FILM/TV 2014 So You Think You Can Dance Top 16 Choreographer Shine Australia The Singing office Resident Dancer Foxtel ­ FOX 8


Nick hedger SINGING

After graduating from WAAPA (BA Music Theatre) in 2012 Nick made his professional debut performing in The Production Company’s “Pirates of Penzance” in October 2013 and in Hook Up at the Melbourne Fringe. Nick featured in the workshops/readings of Air Supply musical, “All out of Love”, in Playground at Chapel Off Chapel, and as part of Chapel Off Chapel’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations. Whilst at WAAPA, Nick performed the role of, The Baker, in ‘Into the Woods’, and was also featured in ‘How to Succeed…’, ‘Xanadu’ and ‘Violet’. In 2006, whilst with the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, Nick toured US high schools performing the role of Pascal in Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank’s musical, ‘The Silver Donkey’, later reprising the role in an MTC reading. Nick performed and wrote his cabaret, ‘Crap I Found in My Room’, at The Butterfly Club in July 2013. Nick also forms one half of the writing team Hedger & Nicholson.

Tim Smith – Vocal Alchemy

Tim-Smith--blackwhiteAs Artistic Director of Vocal Alchemy, Tim has recently taken multiple workshops on the music theatre voice in England, Ireland, Scotland, France and around Australia. He was recently seen as the Associate Musical Director during the Australian tour of The Lion King and Musical Director for Mamma Mia. He was Assistant MD for Billy Elliot in Australia, spent 18 months as Assistant Conductor/Vocal Coach on The Lion King in Australia and China 2016 and was the Founding Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent work as a vocal coach has been for the Australian professional productions of A Chorus Line, Grey Gardens and pre-production coaching for Legally Blonde.


Over the past 15 years he has been engaged as a lecturer/guest speaker at a number of Australian universities and performing arts institutions including the Australian National Theatre, the Arts Academy at Ballarat University and The Victorian College of the Arts where he was the Founding Head of Music Theatre, authoring the original syllabus for the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree. Originally trained as a classical pianist, singer, orchestral conductor and educator, his work covers a wide variety of areas and styles. An award-winning musical director, he has worked on more than 30 musicals and other musical events ranging from Caroline O’Connor’s Bombshells for MTC to Beauty and the Beast for Jacobsen’s to Barbra Streisand’s Timeless concert tour in Australia. He has performed with artists ranging from Michael Crawford to

Petula Clark. He has been a musical director and vocal coach/consultant for the Walt Disney Company throughout Australia and Asia for the past thirteen years. During 2010 he was the composer for an orchestral art-music project with New York artist Kaye Mahoney.

Dana Jolly – Musical Theatre

DanaDana’s career began at age of 9, in the musical Gypsy at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne.

Dana then studied at the Victorian College of Arts, before performing with Victorian State Opera and the Australian Contemporary Dance Company.

Dana then moved to London, performing and choreographing in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Japan, for over a decade.

Some of Dana’s credits include, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance London West End and European Tour, The Royal Variety Performance, British Music Awards, National Music Express Awards, Winter Olympics Norway, ‘Shall We Dance’ UK and European tour,‘Souls In Motion’ European tour and West End, Hollywood and Broadway UK Tour, The Michael Ball television series, the Miss World Competition, Stonewall Concert Royal Albert Hall London, Strauss Waltzes Royal Festival Hall, and a wide variety of corporate, trade, fashion, Film,and television shows.

She has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Madonna, Prince, East 17, Cliff Richards, The Kinks, Ewan Mc Gregor, Michael Ball, Gloria Estefan, Robert Palmer, Oasis, Ray Charles, and Michael Crawford to name a few.

International choreographers and directors that Dana has assisted include Hal Prince, Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman in New York, and Ben Elton, David Gilmore, Arlene Phillips, and Anthony Van Laast in London.

Dana returned to Australia as Resident Choreographer for the Australian productions of Showboat, receiving a Green Room Nomination, We Will Rock You, and The Producers, before choreographing 2,000 dancers and puppeteers in Citrawarna Colours Of Malaysia Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Dana then choreographed 2 productions for The Victorian Opera, and Everybody Loves Rhonda for the opening of The Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Other projects in Australia include choreography for Australian pop artists, Crown Casino, Australia Post, The Liberal Party etc, several television commercials, and Melbourne’s Moomba Parade and Water Festival for 3 years.

Dana’s Musical Theatre credits include Respect, staring Rhonda Burchmore, and various productions for The Production Company, including Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Me, Follies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Showboat, and recently Nice Work If You Can Get It. In 2012 Dana choreographed the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for TML Enterprises, which toured Australia (2012 & 2013), followed by the Sydney premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Sydney’s Theatre Royal (2013), which received glowing reviews. In 2015 Dana was invited to choreograph the new Australian musical Sexercise, which opened the Alex Theatre in St Kilda, as well as 2 productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Jumpy starring Marina Prior and Jane Turner, and the new Australian work Last Man Standing, written by Steve Vizard, and staring Peter Carroll. Dana has just finished recreating Jerome Robbins original choreography for the musical Fiddler On The Roof that opened in Melbourne January 2016. Dana has 2 new musicals about to go into production for 2016, as well as transferring Fiddler On The Roof into Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.



Musicals: Oh!What a night Australian tour, Guys and Dolls­Australian tour, Boy from Oz­Aust. tour, Follies­The production company Melbourne, The Boyfriend­The Production Company Melbourne.

Film clips: Ricki­lee coulters “Cant sing a different song”, Kate Alexa’s “teardrops”. Bands: Cover bands: Stand and Deliver, Soda Pop, Melbourne City Rockets, Vox Pop, Action Sa

Backing Vocals for James Reyne on his tour and new album. Back up dancer for australian idol, the Arias and done lots of corporate functions, cheerleading and fashion parades.

Ben Nicholson – ACTING

After graduating from WAAPA in 2013 Ben made his Melbourne theatre debut in Matthew Robinson’s acclaimed “Atlantis ­ In Concert” followed by “Playground”, both at Chapel off Chapel. Ben played the role of Stokes in “Carrie: the Musical” & read the role of Bert in the Festival Centre reading of Lane Hinchcliffe’s “The Front”. Ben was also the Assistant Director on the Melbourne Comedy Festival production of Avenue Q. During his time at WAAPA Ben played the roles of Dromio of Ephesus ­ “The Comedy of Errors”, Moritz Stiefel in “Spring Awakening” and Lee Harvey Oswald in “Assassins” as well as featuring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Once on This Island”. Ben read the role of Murray in the reading of Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowski’s musical, “The Last Man Standing” and featured on the cast recording of Lane Hinchcliffe’s musical “The Front”. Ben also forms one half of the writing team Hedger & Nicholson.


Simon trained at the ROYAL BALLET in London and worked as a dancer with the BEJART BALLET company in Europe. He later studied physical theater and acrobatics with the late Johnny Hutch ( A British legend in Circus and acrobatics). Simon has performed in London’s West end as an acrobat / Dancer/ singer and actor. He has featured in nearly fifty TV commercials and a few short films. Recently he has worked for GLOBAL CREATURES, performing in ‘How to train your Dragon’. Simon has performed with OPERA AUSTRALIA in Aida and Rigoletto.

Simon’s knowledge of the human body and how to build lean beauty, strength and flexibility is unique.
He is a passionate teacher and coach with the ability to help you develop your skills and talent.

Alicia Coon – BALLET

Performed for; Sydney Dance Company, Augsburg Ballett, Theater Chemnitz, Stadt Theater
Koblenz, Queensland Ballet ­ Professional Year, Bondi Ballet Company – Touring Season, Carnival Cruise Lines Teacher for; Sydney Dance Company workshops, Debra Whitten School of
Dance, Algeria Studios, Danz Factory. Qualifications; Professional Year ­ Queensland Ballet Company, Completed Royal Academy of Dance Teachers Certificate (ARAD), Awarded Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal, Alegria Dance Studios, Sydney – Full­time (RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova,)

Billie Casey-Jabore

BillieIs An Australian Dancer/Choreographer/Agent. Originally From “Gold Coast, Queensland” Billie Has been a successful working Dancer throughout australia since 2005 whilst based in Melbourne Australia.
Billie has been an “under dog” growing up and now living her dream in the entertainment industry, she has been lucky enough to not only dance for her clients but play the role as overseeing director for tours , choreographing for most of her events she works with.
Billie is a hard working woman that is dedicated/reliable, always puts her heart and soul into everything she does, billie offers versatility as a dancer/Choreographer and is always wanting to push the limits of style and creativity.

Kim Adam –  ­ Jazz/Lyrical

Kim has worked extensively in the industry including movies,television,corporate events and promotions. In 2008 Kim along with good friend Paul Malek, they created a dance company called ” Collaboration the Project” a company that inspires and allows dancers a chance to explore different avenues of dance and choreography, since opening Collaboration they have produced numerous award winning productions and have grown in recognition within the professional industry.

In october 2012 Kim choreographed and directed her first show “4 LETTERS” at Theatreworks. Kim also gained a scholarship to attend the prestigious L.A school “The Edge” which she learnt from the likes of Adam Parsons, Tovaris Wilson, Eddie Garcia and Mandy Moore just to name a few. Kim’s movie credits include “The Wog Boy” movies and “Bad Eggs” she was also the assistant choreographer. Major corporate events include Shared Tables Crown Casino,BHP ,”Countdown the Arena Spectacular” “Channel 9 Footy Show” Carlton Football Club Cheerleader,Nova Radio Dancer, World Cup South Africa Hip Hop event, “Urban Vibe Hip Hop Challenge”.


With a Musical Theatre Diploma for Patrick Studios Australia, Lucas credits include; Assistant Dancer for SYTYCD Paul Malek/Kim Adam/Adrian Ricks, TAC AFL/Wipe out 5 TVC Featured , Australia s Got Talent Back up Dancer Network Seven, ‘Too Far’ Pilot Character: Aria Mondayitis TV, Thank God You’re Here, SPC Spaghetti, Think Pink Ball ­ Crown Palladium, Dance Cancer Initiative dancer, NYE Performance Crown Palladium, Pororo Christmas Spectacular Crong ­ Singapore­ AUX Centre, Peter and the Wolf ­ The Duck ­ Melbourne Recital Centre, Billy Elliot The Musical Ballet Girl, Little Britain Australian Girl Little Girl, Magic Flute (Opera)

Melanie Hawkins –  ­COMMERCIAL JAZZ

During her time completing fulltime dance at Patrick Studios Australia, Melanie performed for many corporate and commercial events including Countdown One and Two, the Hairspray movie premiere, Ricki­Lee film clips and cheerleading for the Dragons Basketball team and The Rugby Sevens in Dubai. Barely out of school, Melanie made her professional musical theatre debut in Shout! ­ The Legend of the Wild One, followed quickly by Wicked The Musical (Ensemble/Witch’s mother) and Rock of Ages (to name a few).

Nadia Tornese –  ­HIPHOP

Nadia Tornese was a self taught hip hop dancer from the age of 12. She started teaching at the young age of 17 when she then decided to take dance more seriously and began casual classes around Melbourne. Nadia then went on to study full time dance and performance at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance where she was offered a scholarship to further her training for a second year. As well as a dancer she has a unique passion for choreographing and creating which in 3 short years has lead her to choreograph and be apart of such events as Vega fm idol party, featured dancer on Neighbours (Network 10) dancer for MC Hammer on the 7pm Project (Network 10) and a finalist for Short and Sweet Dance 2010 and 2011. She has choreographed for Melbourne’s biggest industry night ‘Immersed’ and also for the event ‘Underground’. She has recently returned from the United States where she trained intensely in all genres of dance at Broadway Dance Centre, Debbie Reynolds and Millennium Dance complex.

John Kachoyan

John is a free-lance director, writer and dramaturg who works across Australia and internationally in opera, theatre and film. He was most recently the Creative Director of MKA: Theatre of New Writing, previously Director In Residence for the Bell Shakespeare Company and the co-founding Artistic Director of IronBark.John holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and originally trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) as a playwright. John was a member of the 2015 Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Programme and of the inaugural Lincoln Centre Melbourne Director’s Lab.

Directing credits include; Red Stitch, Lab Kelpie/Midsummer, MKA, MTC NEON Festival, Lyric Opera Melbourne, Blue Room/Summer Nights, Mind’s Eye, ATYP/Under The Wharf, Finborough Theatre, OVNV/The Old Vic, Young Vic Genesis programme, NYTGB, Soho Upstairs, Edinburgh Fringe, Rock Surfers, NIDA, Old Red Lion and Darlinghurst Theatre. Dramaturgy credits include; Bell Shakespeare, MKA, IronBark, Old Vic New Voices, The Last Great Hunt and NIDA.

John’s plays have been performed in New York, Toronto, London and Melbourne and his arts writing has been published internationally in Cream Magazine,
Filmink and Dwell. He has assistant directed for Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, Finborough Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket and has
taught acting, directing, playwriting and dramaturgy at RSCCD, VCA, NIDA, 16th Street and Monash University.