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.

Amy Hume – Voice

Amy is a voice and language coach and Designated Linklater Teacher. She was recently the resident voice coach for the Sydney season of Matilda – The Musical at The Lyric Theatre. 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).

Julian Garner – 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 – 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

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).

Jerome Pride – Director

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.

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).

Sally Blackwood – Director

Sally is a graduate of NIDA post-grad Directing and BA (Theatre/Film; French), UNSW. She is an exceptional Artistic & Stage Director working internationally. Director in Residence Sasha Waltz & Guests Berlin, Sally has recently returned to Sydney. Sally has over eighteen years experience in the performing arts and film industry as a director & producer: creating and managing annual programs, festivals and events; directing main-stage productions; and touring nationally & internationally. Production credits include: outdoor festival productions; events; community workshops; PD training workshops; children’s theatre/musicals; circus; opera; theatre; dance; cabaret; television commercials; series drama; & film. Sally was Artistic Director Jigsaw Theatre Company; KidsPlay Glen Street Theatre; Associate Artistic Director Patch Theatre Company; Director/Tour Manager C!RCA; Performing Arts Producer at Sydney Opera House. As an opera director Sally is a regular guest director at Opera Australia and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Sally’s work in the performing arts and film industry is to make a positive contribution to our global community, using art to inspire, question, provoke and entertain. Sally is passionate about supporting emerging artists, facilitating vibrant artistic debate and creating new work with an ensemble of multitalented artists.


Hamish Pritchard – Voice


As a respected international acting and voice coach, Hamish has worked developing strong and expressive actors, within Australian and UK conservatoires. Teaching in world-renowned conservatoires such as The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) London, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) the Actors Centre Australia (ACA), Sydney Theatre School (STS), the Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing (ASAD), C-Company Theatre, and Questors Theatre. As an experienced acting coach his responsibilities have included the instruction of textual analysis and interpretation and character development. With experience in various techniques such as the ‘Method’ at the Actors Studio and the Meisner Technique in London, as well as a number of other prominent acting styles such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. Hamish’s work enables the actor to integrate technique with their own intuitive impulses. Discovering the balance between the choices an actor makes, that motivate exciting actions and the ability to unfold the intellectual and emotional life of the characters they portray. Hamish also qualified with an MA in Voice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), London and has studied with various recognised voice and speech practitioners, such as Cicely Berry at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kristin Linklater, Barbara Houseman, Arthur Lessac and Catherine Fitzmaurice. He recently completed work as accent and dialect coach on Jerry Mitchell’s Broadway production of Legally Blonde, which opened at the Lyric theatre in Sydney, as well as the new production of Hollywood Ending at The Griffin Theatre.

Natasha McNamara – Voice


Natasha is a Performing Arts graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a graduate of NIDA Voice Studies. She has worked with vocal gurus Cicely Berry and Barbara Houseman and forum theatre legend, Augusto Boal whose techniques she utilises in a lot of her teachings. Most recently she travelled to LA to work with Patsy Rodenberg. Natasha teaches masterclasses for Actors Equity specialising in accent coaching. Her theatre credits as a voice coach include: JULIUS CAESAR (Bell Shakespeare), THE BROTHERS SIZE, NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Griffin Theatre), MEDEA(Belvoir), SKYLIGHT, RED, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, BECKY SHAW, GREAT FALLS, LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY (Ensemble). Her film work as an accent coach includes: TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN and WISH YOU WERE HERE. Natasha worked as an American accent coach on a US TV series, CAMP starring Rachel Griffiths, shooting in Murwillumbah. Recently she has worked on The Devils Playground with Toni Colette and on Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.

Jane Phegan – Director


Jane graduated from UWS / Theatre Nepean.  Australian premiers include Singing the Lonely Heart (Alana Valentine), I Will Always Love You (Tom Holloway) and Homemade (Vanessa Bates). Jane has also voiced a number of radio plays an performed Angels in America (TheatreInk & Riverside Theatres).  As Company Artist with version 1.0, Jane has devised and performed in From a Distance..., Deeply Offensive & Utterly Untrue, THIS KIND OF RUCKUS, A Distressing Scenario and The Table of Knowledge.  For Siren Theatre Co: As You Like It, Fox (Monkey Baa/National Tour)

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

Suzi Dougherty – Screen Acting


Suzi is an established Australian actor. She is a founding member of the Bell Shakespeare Company and has worked with leading Australian theatre companies such as The Sydney Theatre Company and The Melbourne Theatre Company. Suzi is currently in ‘Home and Away’. She is about to appear in the Kettering Incident on Foxtel’s SoHo in Australia in 2016 and BBC Worldwide internationally. Other film credits include ‘The Loved Ones’ with Xavier Daniels, Queen of The Damned, ‘Love and Other Catastrophes’. She has had significant roles in many Australian television shows. Suzi graduated from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and studied screen-writing at RMIT. She directed and shot the successful short film ‘2b or not 2b’ which screened at The St Kilda Film Festival. Suzi has recorded over ten award winning books for Bolinda Audio Books including Tim Winton’s Dirt Music. She is currently on Home and Away as Cheryl Braxton.

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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