Teaching is a dynamic practice where I continuously learn, adapt, and create new approaches to cater to the unique needs of my students and the materials we explore. I work through a trauma-informed, consent-forward, culturally-responsive framework that respects and acknowledges each individual’s experience, identity and background, and aims to meet you exactly where you are.

 

I encourage actors to develop their autonomy, creativity, and problem-solving skills so that you define your own artistic practice and artistry. I aim to loosen reliance on external validation, building your capacity to critically self-reflect with kindness and clarity.

 

Although I am best known as a Michael Chekhov teacher, I draw inspiration from diverse sources to enrich my approach and incorporate various techniques into my practice. Recognizing that specificity and structure provide a foundation for freedom and exploration, I encourage actors to develop a flexible, individual process fusing embodied play, critical thinking, wild imagination and joy.

 

I have worked in universities in the USA, including Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (New Studio Broadway) and the University of Michigan (Music Theatre), as well as in Australia, most notably for more than 15 years at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, VCA (Music Theatre), where I was the inaugural Head of Music Theatre, 2009-2018. Whilst my career has largely focused on training musical theatre performers, as someone who comes from a non-musical theatre acting background, I am equally comfortable teaching acting in all aspects of the performing arts.

 

Whether I am coaching you one-to-one, teaching a university setting or my drop-in classes at Antipodes, I will equip you with tools that you can apply independently, helping you make appropriate choices that reflect your unique perspective, whilst at all times supporting your confidence in your creativity and joy as an artist. Read some testimonials from my past students below, and reach out to discuss what you’re looking for.

Teaching, to me, is an art form that thrives on curiosity. It is a dynamic practice where I continuously learn, adapt, and invent new approaches to cater to the unique needs of my students and the materials we explore. Rather than merely replicating what I was taught during my training, I embrace the opportunity to evolve alongside my students.

 

I am committed to meeting each student exactly where they are on their learning journey. Culturally responsive and constantly expanding my repertoire, I strive to listen, observe, and support the specific requirements of every student’s intersecting identities and abilities. I firmly believe that creating a learning environment that respects and acknowledges each individual’s experiences and backgrounds is essential for their growth and flourishing. Therefore, my teaching approach is trauma-informed and prioritizes consent.

 

Central to my teaching philosophy is the cultivation of critical self-reflection. I encourage students to develop their autonomy, creativity, and problem-solving skills, enabling them to become the self-assured and independent artists they aspire to be. My goal is to empower students to embrace their own artistic voice so they are not reliant on external validation or process, but rather, they joyfully embrace collaboration with anyone they encounter.

 

I find a delicate balance between structure and play in my teaching methodology. Recognizing that specificity and structure provide a foundation for freedom and exploration, I create a supportive framework that encourages students to delve into their artistic potential while nurturing a sense of playfulness.
In my teaching, I prioritize embodied play and imagination rather than delving into an actor’s personal lived experiences, which can intrude on their psychological well-being. Although I am best known as a Michael Chekhov teacher, I draw inspiration from diverse sources to enrich my approach and incorporate various techniques into my practice.