Every 3 months, the Theatre Bugs Leadership Group gathers for a professional development and planning meeting. On Sunday February 4th, we had our first meeting for 2018.
It was an exciting day as we discussed the beginning of Term 1 classes, themes for holiday programs, upcoming theatre productions and how much we are looking forward to seeing our students and families again.
In particular, we had a delightful time meeting 4 new teachers Teachers who have recently joined our team. Ben Francis, Georgia Brass, Lucy Rackham and Matt Houston are really looking forward to meeting their new students and families this week. They are a highly talented teachers with broad range of experience as both teachers and performers. If you have time, please take moment to say “Hello”. They are very much looking forward to getting to know you and we are very proud to have such outstanding new teacher joining the Theatre Bugs team.
Here is some further information bout Ben, Georgia, Lucy and Matt.
Ben has many years of musical experience. His training has taken him around Australia, to Hong Kong, Paris and to London where has performed in the West End and The Royal Albert Hall.
In 2016, under the direction of internationally-acclaimed director, Gale Edwards, Ben performed as a supporting lead in the State Opera of South Australia’s world premiere production of Cloudstreet. Ben was short-listed for the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s 2016 Best Young Performer Award for his critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other notable credits include major roles in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz and Pirates of Penzance. Ben has also acted as Musical Director and Conductor for several local productions, including Bugsy Malone and 13! The Musical with Adelaide Youth Theatre.
As co-founder of the highly successful youth performing arts company, Promise Adelaide, Ben has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers while raising over $19,000 for charity organisations.
Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Education and Arts (drama specialisation) from Flinders University. She has experience teaching drama from Years 8-11, and taught at Seaford Secondary College in 2017, where she wrote and directed her own senior production.
Living and breathing drama, music and dance from a young age, Georgia has studied in specialist music, drama and dance classes for over 15 years. She has extensive dance experience in multiple genres including: jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and Bollywood
During 2016, Georgia worked at the State Theatre Company of SA as an Education Intern and Assistant Development Coordinator. This role enabled her to develop a strong understanding of the inner workings of a major professional theatre company. Georgia also worked as a Drama Assistant at Westminster School supporting the after-school Theatresports program and as an Acting Coach supporting school productions.
Georgia is extremely excited to be working with Theatre Bugs and is keen to pass on her passion for the performing arts to the next generation of Theatre Bugs.
Matt is an experienced performing arts teacher and award-winning local actor. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and also in France, where he taught English to middle school students including those with special needs.
Matt has delivered drama workshops to both primary and secondary students and specialises in stagecraft and performance techniques. He has trained with industry professionals and has also worked as a private acting teacher.
Matt’s primary objective as a Theatre Bugs teacher is to create a collaborative and creative learning environment which is inclusive and respectful of student diversity. By developing dynamic, relevant and fun lessons, Matt inspires his students to achieve their best across all areas of the performing arts.