Drama work encourages Concentration, Communication skills, Acceptance, Cooperation, Trust, Responsibility and Team work.
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I started Creative Awesome Confident Kids (CACK) in 2015, as a way to get Primary School children learning 'real' drama-that of Improvisation, Devising, Clowning, Mask, Mumming, Street Theatre and Characterisation.
I first fell in love with performing at the age of 8 in Canberra. I slowly developed my skills from chorus work to lead parts- my apprenticeship. During this time, I lead drama workshops for children and attended many as a participant with other companies.
I enjoy choir singing and was lucky enough to be accepted in the Woden Valley Youth Choir, that performed on many occasions, most notably The World Athletics Cup in 1985.
I worked hard during my high school years, and achieved a High Distinction in a double major for drama. I was lucky enough to score lead roles in both the Drama and Musical productions in year 10, year 11 and 2 in year 12!
I directed and produced "Launching the Gurgleburger", which was performed at the launch of ACT Health week.
It was in this year that I received the schools only Certificate of Recognition for my Contribution to Drama and Productions.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts-Communications, specialising in Theatre/Media. Out of the 5000 people who showed initial interest in this course, I was one of just 25 to be accepted. Here, I co-foundered Street Theatre Company, "Disarmed and Dangerous". Performing comedic/political theatre for International Womens Day, Free Education rallys, Lunchtime performances, Sexual Assault Awareness forums, opening of Student Services week and much much more.
I also taught weekly Drama and Speech classes at Wattle Flat Public School.
I then performed on and off stage at both the Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, as well as touring secondary schools in Sydney.
I have worked on film sets for such films as "Two Hands", "Praise" and "Strange Planet".
It was whilst performing in a Cabaret at Belvoir St Theatre, that I fell in love with the powerful voice and amazing stage presence of my co- tutor, Craig Vance.
During this time, I also managed respite/recreation groups, taking Craig with me. Our unique working partnership encouraged our professional best, and made it much more fun!
I have written scripts all my life and am currently in the midst of writing two novels.
I became a parent but never lost my passion for the theatre.
I heard of dancing and performance groups that were both competitive, hard to get into, expensive and VERY CLICKY! I wondered what had happened to the joy of making theatre accessible to everyone?.
Drama should be Creative, Inexpensive, Innovative and Fun!
Drama has taught me communication skills, the competence to relate to a wide variety of people, the skills to think quick, acceptance of myself and others, the ability to laugh, and an awareness of physicality and team work.
Young People need these skills for a well rounded and happy life.
I first realised my flair for the dramatic at the age of 6.
I graduated The Centre of Artistic Development (Queensland) in 1988, and joined Pyramid Playhouse as a drama teacher/director, devising workshops, scripts and performances for young people, touring Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
In Sydney, I performed at Belvoir St Theatre, the opening of the 2000 Sydney Festival, The Seymour Centre and The Sydney Opera House.
I performed in Melbourne for the Midsummer Festival in front of 10,000 people at Federation Square, whilst DJ/Emcee for corporate and private functions.