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

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.

Robert Carne – Acting Technique

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 – Screen Acting

An award winning Australian filmmaker, Serhat’s films have screened at over 50 local and international film festivals, winning numerous prizes and awards. He wrote, directed and co-produced the feature film ‘Cedar Boys’, which won the Audience Award at 56th Sydney International Film Festival, screened at 5 international film festivals and garnered many nominations and accolades in Australia, including AFI (AACTA), AWG, ADG and IF. He is currently working on numerous projects all in various stages of development through his company Bonafide Pictures with support from Screen NSW, Screen Australia and other production companies. Serhat is also a Directing Graduate from AFTRS and comes from an extensive background in theatre, drama and performing arts studies. His vast array and experience covers all aspects of working on stage, TV and film. As an actor he has performed with the following theatre companies – Shakespeare by the Sea, New Theatre, Genesian Theatre and The Pilgrim Theatre. On TV in the second series of the award winning ‘East-West 101’, in the 2015 SBS TV series ‘The Principal’ and recently in the 2016 U.S Sci-Fi series ‘Hunters’, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (‘Terminator’ 1 & 2) and created by Natalie Chaidez (‘Heroes’). Serhat also teaches casually at NIDA, Sydney Theatre School and UNSW.

Malcolm Frawley – Improvisation & Director

Malcolm 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 – 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).

Leah Pellinkhof – Acting Teacher & Director

Leah is a graduate of the NIDA  M.A. (Writing for Performance) program in 2015. She has worked as a performer, writer, director and producer on numerous stage and screen productions but her true passion lies in the classroom where she is an inspiring, engaging, and nurturing teacher. Leah has taught acting to all ages for over a decade at many actor training institutes such as Mad Youth Theatre, Brisbane Junior Theatre, The Actors Development Program, The Actors Conservatory and the Performance Workshop and is now thrilled to be part of the teaching staff at Sydney Theatre School. She started her career in the entertainment industry as an actor, appearing in various short & feature films, TV commercials and stage productions . Although she received much kudos as a performer, Leah decided to take a step out of the spotlight to go behind the scenes. Her work as a director has ranged over Shakespeare, musicals, stand-up comedy, feature films, music videos and her own original productions. Her writing and directing talents have scored her many accolades. The Works of William Shakespeare (BY CHICKS) was acknowledges with a Dell’Arte award for best play, The Matilda award nominated My Pet Human also scored her a Dell’Arte Award for favourite playwright. Her short film Chook and Maureen which she wrote produced and performed in won the Tropical Alternative Film Festival and many of her shows have received rave reviews, sell out seasons and audience acclaim.


Luke Rogers – Director

Luke is a theatre director, actor, producer and teaching artist. He is a graduate of NIDA (Directing, 2012) and Theatre Nepean (Acting, 2002), and the Artistic Director of Stories Like These. In 2014, he was a Resident Studio Artist with Griffin Theatre Company. Directing credits include: MinusOneSister, Fireface, The Last Five Years, The Carnivores (Stories Like These), Play House (NIDA), The Pillowman, Waiting For Godot, Don Juan in Soho, Art is a Weapon, After The End, Blasted (New Theatre), Pool (No Water), 4.48 Psychosis, Eyes To The Floor (Sydney Theatre School), Mr Marmalade (CQUniversity), Embers (AIM Dramatic Arts), Shakespeare’s Women, Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (ACTT) and Two Weeks With The Queen (Mountains Youth Theatre). Tour Director: The Witches (Griffin Theatre Company). Assistant Director: Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography (Griffin Theatre Company / Perth Theatre Company), Story of the Red Mountains (NIDA), The Boys (Griffin Theatre Company / Sydney Festival), Steel Magnolias (Blackbird Productions/Australian Tour), Assassins and The Crucible (New Theatre and Seymour Centre). Luke was previously the Theatre Manager of New Theatre (2007 – 2012) and the creator and Artistic Director of The Spare Room. He has worked as a dramaturg for Playwriting Australia and teaches and directs at various drama schools. His production of The Last Five Years was nominated for Best Production of a Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Luke was the recipient of an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. For more information about Stories Like These, visit

Danielle Maas – Contextual Studies

Danielle is a multidisciplinary performance practitioner who has presented works in theatres, a warehouse, an art gallery, a ballroom, a bar, a library, a basement, a pier, a reservoir garden, a former prison, an abandoned supermarket, and a bedroom blanket fort in Sydney, Adelaide and cities throughout the United Kingdom. Her first play, Country Matters, won a 2011 Sydney Fringe Award for Excellence: Devised Work, and was subsequently picked up for a revival in Women, Power and Culture: Then & Now at the New Theatre that same year. Directing credits include new writing (Absolutely Relative, 22 Short Plays), classics (Her Tongue, The Stronger) devised work (Here We Come Together Here We Fall Apart, Porphyrias Slumber), and assistant directorships on operas (O Mensch!, An Index of Metals, Xerxes, The Lighthouse). She holds a M.A. Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, a Bachelor of Performance from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, and a Diploma of Theatre Performance from Sydney Theatre School; she is also the recipient of a dramaturgy internship at Playwriting Australia, a residency with the Live Art Development Agency & Create Dublin, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award.

Chloé Boreham – Screen Acting

Chloé is a graduate of the prestigious 16th Street Acting Studio in Melbourne. She has also trained with Coach Peter Kalos at the Melbourne Actor’s Lab and trained internationally in Paris and Los Angeles. Chloé has worked in leading roles in TV, Film and Theatre in both english and french speaking roles. She has worked with Award-Winning Directors such as Director Kim Farrant in a leading role in the provocative Featurette Between Me rehearsed over the course of 8 months and screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner (2014), Director Tim Marshall in a leading role in the thriller short Gorilla which was awarded the winner of the UK Iris Prize Award (2013) and had its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Short Fest (2013), Director Greg McLean in a supporting role in the thriller/horror Feature Wolf Creek 2 which premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2013) and screened at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (2013), and most recently Director Samantha Lang in a leading role in the Channel 7 Telemovie The Killing Field, starring alongside Rebecca Gibney, Peter O’Brien and Liam McIntyre. Chloé was also recently invited to be part of the rehearsal process of the Australian Feature Strangerland (starring Nicole Kidman), rehearsing with actors Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving with Director Kim Farrant. Chloé is passionate about the craft of acting and teaching screen acting.

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