Teachers

APAC employs talented teachers who are also industry professionals. This gives our students an excellent performance grounding, whilst building their confidence, and readying them for the entertainment industry.

Katherine Earle-McLean

Principal of APAC, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acting & APAC Companies

Phillip Filo

Music Theatre, Vocal Group & School Patron

Nathan Sheens

Eisteddfod Tap

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Simone Camilleri

Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Boys Technique & Boys Masterclass

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Ross Burford

Singing & Private Singing

Jacqueline
Clarke Mitchell

RAD Ballet

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Nicole Clarke Mitchell

RAD Ballet

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Deanne Hall

Private Singing

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Wendy Perfect

Acting

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Eugenia Lewis

RAD Ballet

Maree Simpson

CSTD Tap & Jazz

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Sophia Brennan

Hip Hop

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Brodie Shepherd

Acrobatics

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Sarah Atkins

Jazz, Tap ‘n’ Tumbling, Sing/Act/Mime & CSTD Tap

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Sophia Charters

Sing, Act, Mime & Relief Teacher

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Bridie Kay

Relief Teacher

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Lisel O’Hehir

Deputy Principal

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Dominique Mawad

Administration

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Melinda Atkins

Administration

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Lea Tietzel

Administration

Full Teacher Biographies

Katherine Earle-McLean

Principal of APAC, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acting & APAC Companies

Katherine is a performer, teacher, director and choreographer whose extensive industry experience and expertise is highly regarded throughout Australia.
 As one of the most sought after and multi-skilled teachers and directors in the country, Katherine is the founding director of the Australian Performing Arts College. Her other credits include Mighty Good Entertainment (Dance Director), The Australian College of Entertainment (Principal), NIDA, McDonald College, and many other schools across Australia.
 Katherine’s incredible work has fostered the success of many young artists, many of whom have successfully gained entrance to, and graduated from, the Australian Ballet School, NIDA, WAAPA, and VCA. Her students have performed in major Musical productions both in Australia and overseas, have been finalists on shows such as The Voice, Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance and appeared on television programs such as Packed to the Rafters, Home and Away and Neighbours.

Katherine has produced, directed, written and choreographed numerous stage productions and performances for a variety of companies around Australia involving casts of 4 to 600 people. Her choreographic skills span TV shows including guest choreographer for Pop Stars to pop groups and musicals such as A Chorus Line, Les Miserables and Sweet Charity. Katherine has a wealth of experience in children’s entertainment including professional pantomimes such as Cinderella, Little Red and the Three Bopping Pigs, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other custom kids shows that have been very popular with young audiences.

As a performer, Katherine has toured Australia and internationally as an accomplished singer, dancer and actor. Her vast range of talent has seen her performing as the lead singer on both the Tahitian Princess and P&O’s Pacific Sun cruise ships as well as lead singer/dancer in the very popular Live Rock n Roll Monster Show at Universal Studios, Japan. She has toured the country as the lead role in childrens’ pantomimes including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood for MG Productions along with numerous Warner Bros. shows. She has also performed as lead singer at many of Australia’s top corporate venues including Jupiters Casino and Entertainment Centre’s in most cities for popular party bands such as Chunky Custard. Katherine has been seen on a variety of television commercials and has often served as an audition panelist as well as adjudicating extensive competitions and eisteddfods Australia wide.

 

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Phillip Filo

Patron of APAC, Singing, Music Theatre and Workshops

As a triple threat with thirty years of professional experience under his belt, Phillip has enjoyed an exciting and rewarding career both on and off the stage.

Phillip’s credits include numerous appearances on the Australian hit television show Young Talent Time; local and international commercials including Colgate, Arnotts, Mattel and Coca-Cola; playing ‘Doody’ in the national tours of Grease – The Arena Spectacularand Grease – The Mega Musical; performing in Norwegian Star’s Starcast and touring Australia with Sir Tim Rice, INXS, David Essex and Anthony Warlow as a singer as well as choreographer in Tim Rice’s Musical Spectacular.

In 2005 Phillip decided to step completely behind the scenes and quickly became one of the main show directors for Universal Studios Japan. USJ credits include Sesame Street, Musical Director/Choreographer; Hello Kitty, Musical Director/Choreographer; Universal Halloween Parade, Director/Choreographer; Santa’s Toy Party, Director/Choreographer and Magical Starlight Parade, Head Choreographer.

Since returning to Australia, Phillip’s creative credits include McDonalds Australia Ronald & Friends, Musical Director/Choreographer; Lazytown Live, Director/Choreographer; Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites National Launch, Director/Choreographer; The XXXX Angels, Musical Director; Carnival Cruises, Musical Director; 2012 Carols In The Domain Ice Age Segment, Choreographer; Grayboy Entertainment’s Please Don’t Stop The Music and DIS Connected, Musical Director. Most recently, Phillip musically directed and produced P&O’s brand new show The Very Last Night Show which premiered on the Pacific Pearl in April 2014 and has since opened on the Pacific Jewel and the Pacific Dawn. Phillip’s work is showcased on all ships of P&O’s Australian fleet.

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Nathan Sheens

Eisteddfod Tap

Nathan is trained in all facets of the entertainment industry. He began his career in 1992 at Australia’s Wonderland before working at Conrad Jupiters Casino. He is an original cast member of Tap Dogs, touring throughout the world including London’s West End and New York City, he then became Dance Director and took over the lead role for the North American Tour. Nathan played the lead role in Dein Perry’s Steel City; he was an original cast member of the Australian musical Shout; and played Eddie in Mamma Mia at Sydney’s Star City. He assisted Dein Perry in choreographing the tap section of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony and opened his own entertainment company, Sheen Co Entertainment, to produce and direct his own concepts and ideas for such venues as the Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane and the Parramatta Football Stadium. In 2007 Nathan was co-director of a new tap dance company in Sydney called Tap Works and recently co-created, directed and choreographed BPM beatsperminute, which had two sell out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and finished an Australian Regional Tour. Most recently, Nathan has been working with the cast of Billy Elliot in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Jacqueline Clarke Mitchell

RAD Ballet

Jacqueline is a Choreographer, Dancer and RAD Registered Teacher. She received her early training in Newcastle, Australia with Tessa Maunder O.A.M, Robyn Turner R.A.D, Karen Hudson and the Australian Ballet Associate Program. Upon gaining 97% Distinction in the R.A.D Advanced 2 Examination, Jacqueline was offered a full scholarship to the National College Of Dance under the direction of Marie Walton Mahon R.A.D R.T.S Solo Seal. Over two years she attained a Certificate IV as well as a Diploma in Dance Performance and consecutively topped her year in Classical Choreography.

Some of Jacqueline’s performance and choreography credits include working with; Sir Paul McCartney, The Australian Ballet Company’s La Sylphide, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Ministry Of Sound, Billy Cowie’s Dark Rain and Stereosonic Trilogy 2, Jaguar, Royal Caribbean International, and for Linda McCartney’s Friends Of The Earth Banquet.

Jacqueline has been the recipient of various awards such as Prix Du Jury Festival Culturel International De Danse Contemporaine, Society Of Dance Arts Scholarship, Wenkart Foundation Classical Ballet Championship and was a silver medallist in the prestigious Isobel Anderson Awards.

As a Registered Teacher with The Royal Academy Of Dance, Jacqueline has taught Classical Ballet in Newcastle, Sydney and internationally with London’s leading Private Girl’s Schools; South Hampstead Junior School and Southbank International.

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Nicole Clarke Mitchell

RAD Ballet

Nicole is a choreographer, dancer and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She trained in Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz and Musical Theatre with well-known choreographer Debbie Ellis Linnert (SYTYCD). Nicole completed her classical ballet training in Newcastle with Tessa Maunder, O.A.M and Robyn Turner R.A.D.

After receiving a full scholarship to Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy she began her vocational examination training where she gained Distinctions for all her examinations, including a 94% in her Advanced 2, R.A.D examination.

Nicole specialises in teaching the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi, ballet open classes, conditioning classes and pointe training lessons as well as private tuition for eisteddfod solos and competitions at various, prestigious schools across Sydney.

Nicole has received various awards such as finalist for the Junior and Intermediate Society Of Dance Arts Challenge, The Isobel Anderson Awards, the winner of The Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Dance Championship, The Wenkart Foundation Classical Ballet Championship, The City of Newcastle Junior Dance Championship, the City of Newcastle Intermediate Ballet Scholarship and the representative for NSW at the Royal Academy of Dance Bursary Awards.

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Deanne Hall

Private Singing

Deanne has trained as a dancer and vocalist at Conroy Dance Centre and Brent Street Studios. Her stage experience includes performances as part of the Paul Mac Experience Tour; Masterpiece for Event’ful Special Events; at Australia’s Wonderland; in Warner Bros and Cartoon Network shows for Millennium Entertainment; in Japan’s Dance Encore productions; on the P&O Fairstar; at Carols by Candlelight for Network 7; and in the Friends Concert for Starz Entertainment. Her television credits include Paul Mac Live on Rove Live, 1000ft High and Just the Thing on Pepsi Chart, and as a regular vocalist on Good News Week for Channel 10; What U Want on Channel V; and as part of a Five Piece Girl Band on the Logie Awards for Channel 9.

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Wendy Perfect

Acting

Wendy trained at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney, where she trained in all aspects of theatre. She was a regular member of the Children’s Theatre and the educational programs presented at The Independent.

Once she graduated, she performed professionally in productions of Disney on Parade, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell and Pippin to name but a few.

She has also appeared in films which include Picnic at Hanging Rock, Rebel and Barnaby & Me. Television credits include Rush, McCloud in Australia, The Lost Islands and A Country Practise.

While living in Tamworth she developed her own Children’s Theatre Company called Tell Tale Travellers and commenced her playwriting career, something she has a genuine passion for.

After returning to Sydney, Wendy became the tutor for the Young Peters in The Boy From Oz Arena Spectacular, with Hugh Jackman.

Wendy is the resident writer and drama coach for Melbourne City Ballet, and along with her work at APAC, Wendy has taught at MacDonald College and at various venues around Sydney. She has a passion for theatre and loves passing her knowledge on to her students.

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Eugenia Lewis

RAD Ballet

Eugenia is an RAD registered teacher, dancer and full time student. Eugenia learnt Ballet from a young age in Newcastle under Tracy Caldwell and Roxanne McCourtie at Newcastle Dance Academy. After completing her RAD Advanced 2 exam, Performance Award in the Khorobushka National Character Syllabus in 2010, and her RAD Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate in 2011, Eugenia went on to work and travel overseas dancing. Eugenia worked for 6 months in Bollywood in Mumbai, India and then progressed to work for 3.5 years for MSC Cruises completing 5 contracts travelling all over Northern Europe, The Mediterranean and South America.

Upon returning to Australia in October 2015, Eugenia has been teaching Ballet in Newcastle and Sydney. Eugenia also has a lot of experience in teaching special needs dance, movement and singing classes working for Perform Ability. Eugenia moved to Sydney February 2016 to begin studying at Macquarie University undertaking a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

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Maree Simpson

CSTD Tap & Jazz

Maree is a graduate of ED5 International’s Diploma of Performing Arts, she has completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre and well as having her Teacher’s Certificate in CSTD Tap and Jazz.

In 2015 Maree has performed as a dancer for Premiers Seniors Week Gala Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and on the Air BnB float for Sydney Mardi Gras. She has performed as part of the NYE White Paradise Party and the Myer Christmas Pantomime. She has danced when Jessica Mauboy at Suncorp Stadium. Maree was also a Parade Dancer for Disney land in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

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Brodie Shepherd

Acrobatics

Brodie is an internationally trained dancer, having taken classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. He is currently rounding out his Australian training at ED5 International. Brodie also has 5 years dance teaching under his belt in Jazz, Acro and Tap.

His performance experience includes an extensive number of shows with with the Raw Dance Company, including UNTAPPED and many corporate and public performances as part of Raw Metal.