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 - MovementHonours 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.
Amy Hume - Teacher (Voice)Amy is a voice and language coach and Designated Linklater Teacher. Amy’s approach to voice is grounded in her extensive training with world-renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater, and focuses on releasing tension in order to develop a free, resonant voice. She also holds an Associate Diploma in Drama & Performance and a Certificate in Speech Communication from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), on top of her B.A from The University of Sydney. In 2012, Amy was named one of the Top 5 Teachers of Speech for young students by AMEB. Her commitment to young voices has been acknowledged by members of the Voice and Speech Teachers’ Association (VASTA) and the Speech and Drama Association of New South Wales (SDA-NSW).
Dana-Lee Mierowski-Bennett - TeacherDana-Lee has a Bachelor of Arts (Drama and English) and a Bachelor of Education at The UNSW and studied at Screenwise, The Australian Film and Television Academy and London’s National Film and Television School. She has worked on numerous film and television productions, theatrical productions, music videos, commercials, animations, community service announcement, web videos and documentaries, many of which she wrote, directed and produced. My understanding of screen acting, ability to obtain strong performances from actors and talent in igniting creativity and passion in filmmakers, has led me to have the opportunity to work with Sydney Film School and The Australian Film and Television Academy in teaching filmmakers and actors how to work with one another. I very much enjoy helping students write, film and edit work, encouraging kids to enjoy drama and gain confidence and assist actors in making remarkable differences in their screen acting.
Gael Ballantyne - Teacher (Singer)Gael is a graduate of the Ensemble Theatre Studios and holds a Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training. She is an accomplished actor, singer, director, acting and voice coach who has taught at Village Performing Arts, TAFTA, Tom McSweeney ED5 International, Grayboy The Agency, Brent St, ACTT, Ensemble Studios, Warner Bros Movieworld, ADPI, QCPA, QTC, AADA, Looks Model Management, Coastal Dance Co, Dynamite Dance Studios, and Sharyn Allback Studios (Summer School Workshops). Directing credits include Assist Director Truth Beauty and a Picture of You, P& O Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Ensemble Studios, Hash Honey Pty Ltd, Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Cairns Casino, Assistant Director Blood Sweat and Dance Zealous Prod/Gold Coast Arts.
Julian Garner -
Teacher (Screen Acting)Julian is a NIDA graduate. Since then he has appeared in many professional productions in film, TV and theatre as well as short plays and poem readings for ABC radio. Some of his credits include the role of Sean in the critically acclaimed feature film Head On, and numerous guest roles on TV in such productions as Wildside, Water Rats, Home and Away, Murder Call, GP, White Collar Blue, McLeod’s Daughters and recently ABC TV’s Janet King. For 5 years Julian was a member of the Bell Shakespeare Company playing many roles around Australia, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Orsino in Twelfth Night.
Robert Carne - Teacher (Acting)Robert Carne is a graduate of the University of New England. He is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He has been working in the entertainment industry in Australia and the US for over 35 years. He currently teaches acting at the Sydney Theatre School and Wesley Institute. His recent directing work include Titanium (feature film), Never Too Late (feature film) and Cinema Network Australia.
Serhat Caradee Teacher (Screen Acting)Serhat has an extensive background in drama, theatre and acting studies, with appearances in TV, theatre and film in Australia, including the second series of the award winning ‘East-West 101′ on SBS TV. He was a Theatre Director and Producer in Sydney before moving into film. Serhat was runner up of the European Union Film Award, with acceptance into the Berlinale Talent Campus, part of the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival. His film ‘Cedar Boys’, had its world premiere at the 2009 56th Sydney International Film Festival winning the Audience Award (Fiction Section). It screened at the 2009 Vancouver, Chicago, Antalya, Dubai International Film Festivals, and also 2010 The London Australian Film Festival. ‘Cedar Boys‘ was released in cinemas by Hoyts and the DVD by Sony Home Entertainment (SHE). Serhat also has nominations from the Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE), Australian Directors Guild (ADG), Australian Film Institute (AFI).
Dr Dominique Sweeney B. Ed; Diploma of Theatre; B.A. (Hons); PhD - Contextual StudiesDominique 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 – VoiceGabrielle 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 / DirectorJerome 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 DirectorKeith 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.
Malcolm Frawley - Acting Teacher / DirectorMalcolm is a writer/director/teacher/actor with over 35 years of professional experience after graduating from the Independent Theatre School. His plays and productions have been performed extensively throughout Australia. He spent some years writing, and script editing, for TV shows that included Neighbours and E Street. Malcolm has taught at Excelsia College, Screenwise, Theatre Nepean (Uni of Western Sydney), A.C.T.T., Screen Actors Workshop and 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.
Prudence Holloway - Music & SingingA 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 ActingSalvatore 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.