The Sydney Theatre School has an outstanding teaching faculty comprising experienced industry professionals who enrich the school with their unique skills, experience and passion for their craft.

The school’s teachers and directors have been strategically assembled, to ensure a breadth of talent, knowledge and industry experience in the training offered, across every part of our curriculum.


Daniella Lacob - Movement

Honours in Dramatic Arts (Cum Laude); Wits University, South Africa (2003) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Movement Studies at NIDA (2008). Daniella is the Executive Director of Sydney Performance Studio and a Performance Coach for NIDA’s Corporate Theatre and Open Program (2008 – current). She was recently Movement Director and Choreographer of Under Milk Wood and Assistant Choreographer for Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company and Choreographer for Brothers Size for Griffin Theatre Company and Every Single Saturday at the Glen Street Theatre.

Dr Dominique Sweeney  B. Ed; Diploma of Theatre; B.A. (Hons); PhD - Contextual Studies

Dominique trained and works as a performer and work has seen him on stages, screen and other locations throughout Australia. He is a core member of Theatre Kantanka and Fine Line Theatre. Dominique’s education includes the two-year Diploma from L’ecole de Theatré Jacques Lecoq, Paris; B.Ed in Drama/Dance/Philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) and a Ph.D. from ANU. He has worked as a performance studies and theatre teacher and lecturer at UWS; Sydney University; ANU; Macquarie University; Griffith University and the Institute for Dramatic Art and Cinematography in St Petersburg, Russia.

Gabrielle Rogers - B.A. Hons; LTCL; GRAD DIP (NIDA); Cert IV TAA. Member VASTA – Voice

Gabrielle holds an Honours Degree in Literature from the University of Sydney, a Licentiate from Trinity College London in Speech as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a graduate of NIDA’s prestigious post-graduate Voice Studies diploma and has taught at: Actors Centre Australia, Actors Studio Australia, Bell Shakespeare Company, NIDA, Sydney Theatre School and The Actor’s Pulse.

Jerome Pride – B.A. Acting (VCA) – Acting Teacher / Director

Jerome graduated as an actor from the V.C.A. (1994) and has been working in the industry, in all media, since that time. His many stage credits include: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Bell Shakespeare) and ‘Macbeth’ (MTC). Jerome has also worked extensively as a narrator of audio-books and specialises in authentic UK accents.

Keith Agius – Diploma; Arts, Diploma of Acting (NIDA) – Guest Director

Keith graduated from NIDA in 1986. Since then he has worked extensively here and internationally as an actor (most recently with Bell Shakespeare Company, Sport for Jove and Monkey Baa TIE company on national tours), director and producer.  Although his expertise lies in the classics – especially Shakespeare, Keith has a passion for the development of new and existing Australian plays. He has also worked within the corporate sector training managers in presentation, negotiation, influencing and communication skills.

Kevin Jackson – Guest Director

Kevin graduated from the acting course at NIDA in 1971 and was a member of the Old Tote Theatre Company from 1973-1974. He has made numerous appearances on Radio and Television and in productions with the Sydney Theatre Company, Marian Street Theatre and Nimrod Theatre. He was a founding member of Q Theatre from 1975-1982 and was Head of Acting/Senior Acting Tutor at NIDA from 1984-2011.

Louise Fischer - MA Theatre Studies (UNSW) – Guest Director

Louise has an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW and is also the Artistic Director of the New Theatre. Her directing credits are numerous, and include The Crucible (Seymour Centre), Vernon God Little, Honeymoon Suite, Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lemon Delicious and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (New Theatre) and many more.

Malcolm Frawley Acting Teacher / Director

Malcolm is a writer/director/teacher/actor with over 30 years of professional experience. His plays and productions have been performed extensively throughout Australia. Malcolm was co-director of NIDA’s screen acting programme for Third Years from 2000-2003 (inclusive). He has been teaching at Sydney Theatre School since 2007.

Michael Pigott – B.A. (Hons) Performance Studies, Dip.Ed. (Drama) – Devised Performance

Michael is a director, actor, teacher and writer. He was recently Shopfront’s artistic associate and has worked with the company as Season Director/Mentor for RAW since 2006 and with the ArtsLab program since 2008. In 2012/13 he performed in Twelfth Night with renowned Shakespeare company Sport for Jove. He has taught and run programs at Macquarie University and the Belvoir St Theatre and will direct a production in the 2014 season at the new Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst.

Netta Yashchin – B.A (Acting), Director’s Course (NIDA) – Guest Director

Director, performer, musician and workshop tutor. Fluent in Russian, Hebrew and English, Netta first came to Australia as a member of Israel’s Itim Ensemble for the 1998 Adelaide Festival of Arts. Since calling Australia home, she has led masterclass workshops for various companies, including Legs on The Wall, Brink Productions and NIDA.

Nicholas Papademetriou – Performing Arts, Theatre Major (WAAPA) – Guest Director

Nicholas Papademetriou is an Australian actor with many television, film and theatre credits. He is a graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has had an extensive career in film and television since he graduated in 1984, but is best known as a stage actor, having appeared in productions in Australia, London, New York and Edinburgh.

Prudence Holloway - Music & Singing

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Prudence Holloway holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (VCA), has completed postgraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and more recently completed acting training at The Actors Pulse, graduating in the Meisner Technique. Prudence is a consument Singing Coach in Sydney with students gaining entry into prestigious educational institutions. She is also choral master/musical director for a choir that regularly performs at events around Sydney. Her professional theatre credit’s include Bye Bye Birdie (Deborah-Sue) The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Godspell: Prepare Ye, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Tracey).

Salvatore Coco - Screen Acting

Salvatore has been an actor, singer, voice artist and entertainer for over 20 years. Famous for performances as Con Bordino in the television series ‘Heartbreak High’ and as notorious enforcer Harry ‘Hammer’ Hamoud, in the 2011 TV Week Silver Logie Drama Series winner, ‘Underbelly 3: The Golden Mile’, Sal now brings his knowledge to the school.