HEAD OF MUSIC
Nathaniel AndrewNathaniel is an internationally recognised bassist, guitarist, vocalist and music teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Jazz with ‘absolute distinction’ from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s Degree ‘Cum Laude’ from the University of Cincinnati.
Nathaniel has performed at Macy’s Jazz Festival (Cincinnati, OH), Sydney Opera House, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Magic Millions, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, Queenstown (NZ), Port Moresby (PNG), Fiji as well as touring in the US and Australia.
He has taught masterclasses and has conducted private tuition in both VET and tertiary institutions including The University of Kentucky (2010), The University of Cincinnati (2008–2010), and The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (2008, 2012–2014).
Nathaniel continues to perform around the Brisbane/Gold Coast region as a freelance musician in many different musical acts including The Brisbane RnB Jam, Anonymous Heroes, FunkNStuff, Groove Elements as well as providing corporate entertainment with Radio Club Band, RUSH entertainment, Onstage Entertainment and WhiteTree. Nathaniel has had to the opportunity to perform with and for Bootsy Collins, Victor Wooten, Mel Carter, Wilbert Longmire, Tjuperru, Jeff Coffin, Joe, Anita Baker as well as many other acts.
Nathaniel is a Yorta Yorta, Tattyara and South Sea Islander man.
HEAD OF DANCE
Simon LindHaving spent the last 5 years as artistic director for Davidia Lind Dance Centre (DLDC) and their Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses, Simon has had a hand in taking many of his students on to great successes within the entertainment industry as well as delivering ASQA standards in written assessment tools and criteria for the courses. He has extensive experience in working with colleagues and students from diverse backgrounds. Simon has also had varied and distinguished career as a professional performance artist, a choreographer, a director, a writer and producer as well as being an artistic director. His personable approach and eye for detail make him an excellent teacher and highly sought-after creative consultant in the industry.
X-Factor Australia (Artistic Director)
Australia’s Got Talent (Resident Choreographer)
Australian Idol (Resident Choreographer)
So You Think You Can Dance (Regular Choreographer on all 4 series)
Human Nature – #1 Australian singing group (Choreographer)
Delta Goodrem – Australian Tour (Choreographer)
Jessica Mauboy (Choreographer)
Brian McFadden (Choreographer)
Chris Lilley – Angry Boys series (Choreographer)
Kelly Rowland – USA (Choreographer)
Toni&Guy – Launch (Writer/Producer/Director/Choreographer)
Brisbane City – Xmas Parades and Pantomime (Artistic Direction/Choreographer)
Essgee Productions – The Mikado (Choreographer)
The Production Company (Mel) – Singin’ in the Rain (Choreographer)
GFO – Grease the Arena Spectacular (Assistant Choreographer)
Baz Luhrmann – Emporium Launch (Choreographer)
TVC’s – Coca Cola (Asia), YY Tea (Asia), Lamb (Australia), 7 Up (India), Target (Australia), Optus (Australia) – (Choreographer)
Numerous corporate clients (Artistic Direction/ Choreographer)
West Side Story – Australian Tour (Performer)
The Boy From Oz – Australian Tour (Performer)
JoIson – Australian Tour (Performer)
Singin’ in the Rain – Australian Tour (Performer)
Grease the Arena Spectacular – Australian Tour (Performer)
Kelly Clarkson – USA (Performer)
Will Young – UK (Performer)
Guy Sebastian (Performer)
Shannon Noll (Performer)
Happy Feet – The Movie ( Featured Motion Capture Performer & Open Face character)
Happy Feet 2 – The Movie (Principle Motion Capture Performer & Open Face character)
HEAD OF ACTING
Charles AllenCharles initially attended university with the intentions of becoming a dentist, but his path changed after taking an acting class as an elective. Upon leaving university, he relocated to Dallas, Texas to continue his training and to begin building a professional resume by booking roles in local theatre and regional commercials.
After a successful audition he gained entrance into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he relocated to Los Angeles. However, upon arrival, Charles decided to pursue private training with industry-respected coaches. This led to training privately with Beah Richards, Tony Greco, and most notably, Eric Morris. His time with Morris encompassed 19 years of intense training while continuing to work in theatre, film, television, radio, and voice overs for video games.
Charles collaborated with fellow Morris trained actors to form Mojo Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles-now defunct), which was a company of actors who sought to produce theatre by actors who shared a common, practical approach to acting.
His association with Morris eventually led to an opportunity to join the staff in the acting department at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane where he taught from 2008-2011. Since arriving in Australia, he has had the opportunity to work in theatre at La Boite, Sport for Jove, and Griffin Theatre, as well as in film and television.