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INSTRUCTORS

MEET OUR 2021 INSTRUCTORS

 Every shake & stir instructor holds a current blue card and has vast experience with the company and the theatre industry. Read a little more about our amazing team of instructors below.

ZOË

Zoe teaches at Ashgrove, Albany Hills, OLA and Junction Park

Where did you grow up? Brisbane

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? Both! I loved it in high school and I am now in my final year of Drama at QUT!

What do you love about drama? I love that drama lets you  walk into a room of total strangers and instantly build a community. I also love getting a chance to be silly and make the audience laugh.

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? Hilda from ‘Hilda’ or Miles from ‘Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

Favourite drama game? Mime it down the alley  

MADDI

Maddi teaches at McDowall, Calamvale and Junction Park. She is also shake & stir’s Youth Engagment Manager.

Where did you grow up? I moved a lot! Grew up in Newcastle, Hunter Valley and North Queensland!

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? Sure did – I studied drama at University of Queensland and Royal Holloway University of London

What do you love about drama? I love to do things on stage in character that I would never do in real life!

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? I have always loved Matilda!

Favourite drama game? I love paper bag advertisements, and oots!

LIZ

Liz teaches at Morningside, Ascot and Nundah

Where did you grow up? My dad was in the RAAF so my family was always moving as I was growing up. But I have come to call Brisbane home for the last 15+ years.

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? Yes! I have studied theatre, acting, writing and directing at QUT, UQ, Griffith University and various other academies. I have a BFA in Drama & Creative Writing.

What do you love about drama? I mean besides the fact that it’s SO MUCH FUN? My greatest passion is for the theatre, particularly youth and children’s theatre. Through my training and work experience, I have come to believe that the theatre environment is one that teaches young people how to build strong friendships and professional relationships. I believe that youth who have the opportunity to participate in positive theatre experiences, will also learn diligence, gain self-confidence, and most importantly, become aware of their own creative talents, which will aid them in finding their own career path. In short – drama is life changing.

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? Jessica Day from ‘The New Girl’

Favourite drama game? Dude

LYDIA

Lydia teaches at Calamvale, McDowall and Albany Creek
Where did you grow up? Brisbane.
Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? I studied Drama in High School, then went on to Griffith University to study a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre, graduating in 2018.
What do you love about drama? I love how drama creates an exciting learning environment – there is always something new to explore and collaborate on, and your imagination can run wild!
Favourite character from a movie or TV show? Either Wonder Woman, or Bluey.
Favourite drama game? Has to be Mafia!

SOPHIE

Sophie teaches at Morningside, Ascot, Nundah and Junction Park

Where did you grow up? Gold Coast

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? Acting

What do you love about drama? I love the collaboration, creativity and play. Drama has the power to help people grow in confidence, ability and certainty of who they are!

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? Amy from Brooklyn 99

Favourite drama game? Beep beep!

ED

Ed teaches at Morningside, Albany Hills and Junction Park

Where did you grow up?
Born in Sydney, raised in Brissie! I’ve spent the last few years studying in Canberra, but have returned to the stomping grounds and am in the process of re-discovering my home, and everything that’s changed with it!

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school?
An unapologetic drama nerd at heart, my appearance in one of my high-school’s annual theatrical productions was as guaranteed as two plus two equalling four. I studied drama throughout school, starring in and producing shows every year all the way into university – I have yet to give it up! I spent two years as a Workshop Artist for Canberra Youth Theatre down in the capital, working with artists from as young as Grade 1, all the way up to Grade 9, to acquire and develop their dramatic repertoires, and create their own original works. An alumni of shake & stir’s Greenroom program and a longtime admirer of the company, I am beyond thrilled to now be working with the primary school team to introduce and welcome back students across Brisbane to the fantastical world of drama!

What do you love about drama? How much there is to learn! Constantly working with new people, in new, unfamiliar or challenging environments, teaches you a myriad of lessons in teamwork, communication and creative thinking. As importantly, drama can be pivotal in emotional development; acting is the art of placing yourself in another person’s shoes, and seeing the world from their perspective – this is an invaluable capacity to have in our society.

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show?
Gustave from The Grand Budapest Hotel

Favourite drama game?
Oscar Winning Moment

 

BILLY

Billy teaches at Calamvale and McDowall.

Where did I grow up?
: Toowoomba
Study: I studied drama in my senior years of High School, and then went on to study acting at the University of Southern Queensland.
Why do I love drama?: I love drama because it offers up a safe space for people to grow in self-confidence. If I didn’t have the opportunity to do drama at school, I would still be the shy kid who couldn’t answer a phone call without crying!
Favourite character from a TV show or movie?: I also adore Sister Monica Joan from Call The Midwife!
Favourite drama game: “beep beep”.

LIAM

Liam teaches at Ashgrove and Nundah
Where did you grow up? Brisbane
Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? I was Theatre Captain at Gregory Terrace and now studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
What do you love about drama? Exploring and becoming emotionally invested into a character that isn’t myself.
Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? Lucifer from Lucifer

Favourite drama game? Park Bench

JIORDIE

Jiordie teaches at Calamvale and OLA

Name? Jiordie

Where did you grow up? I grew up on a grain farm in Cecil Plains.

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? I studied drama in my senior years of high school which is what led and inspired me to study acting at the University of Southern Queensland.

What do you love about drama? I love drama because it allows you to open yourself up and express who you are. Drama helped me so much with my confidence and is such a fun way to meet new people and learn so many new things.

Favourite character from a movie or TV show? My favourite movie character is Lance Corporal Schofield from 1917. He is such a strong and courageous character who never gives up during his long, intense, and heartbreaking journey. He is a beautiful reflection of the heroism shown in World War 1.

Favourite drama game? My favourite drama game would have to be House Party which is a super fun improv game I learnt in highschool where a host has to guess who or what all the party guests are.

LIBBY

Where did you grow up? Moranbah and Mackay

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? I studied drama at the University of Queensland 

What do you love about drama? I love collaborating with others to create interesting stories and characters 

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? Eleanor Shellstrop from ‘The Good Place’ 

Favourite drama game? Bus Stop

CEDAR

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and in Bethesda, MD (in the United States)!

Did you study acting or theatre at uni or school? All through school I studied drama, and now I’m studying a course in musical theatre!

What do you love about drama? I love that drama allows you to transform yourself into any character or thing. All you have to do is play with how you communicate, move and feel and you can be anything in the world!

Favourite Character from a movie or TV show? My favourite character from a movie is Corny Collins from Hairspray!

Favourite drama game? My favourite drama game is 21. Everyone stands in a circle and has to count to 21 without looking at each other or speaking. If two or more people say a number at the same time, you have to start again!