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Drama is an invitation to create and share story, to explore and express our responses to the world and to celebrate the fundamental human act of play. Drama and the craft of acting hone our communication, cultivate our confidence and self-expression, and challenge us to find ourselves truly in the moment.

 

Blue Mountains Drama is a broad-reaching resource for the Blue Mountains community and delivers workshops in a range of locations. It is our hope to build a community of children with common interests and to provide adults with a place to play again. Improvisation is at the heart of much of our work and students with an interest in performance are also given the opportunity to stretch themselves in rehearsed productions.

 

Our teachers are professional actors, theatre makers and experienced tutors.

 


Principal Tutors

 

Georgia Adamson 

Georgia is a professional actor who has performed for many Australian theatre companies, including Sport for Jove, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and the Ensemble Theatre. In 2015, she received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in an Independent Production for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor in Sport for Jove's production of The Crucible. Georgia has appeared in numerous Australian television shows including Peter Allen - Not the Boy Next Door, Love Child, The Code, Hiding,  Rescue Special Ops, All Saints, Gangs of Oz, McLeods Daughters, Out of the Blue and A Country Practice, as well as the films Footy Legends and Hacksaw Ridge. Most recently, Georgia played Sal Thornhill in Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Secret River at the 2017 Adelaide Festival and will appear in Home & Away in September 2018.

 

Georgia began teaching in 2004, running workshops for high school students for Bell Shakespeare Company. Since 2009, she has taught for Sydney Theatre Company on their School Drama program, a partnership program run with Sydney University that uses drama strategies to increase literacy outcomes in primary school students; she also delivers this program in Juvenile Justice Centres. Since 2011, Georgia has run drama classes in the Blue Mountains, working with home school and school students and in 2014 she founded Blue Mountains Drama.


Claire Jones 

Claire is a professional actor who has been working in Australian theatre since 1989.  She has worked with a number of Australia’s foremost directors and performed and toured nationally and internationally with many of Australia’s major companies including; Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Black Swan Theatre Company.

 

Claire is President of Weatherboard Theatre Company based in the Blue Mountains. In 2003 she founded The Green Room, a network of Blue Mountains performing artists, to support local playwrights in developing and promoting their work.


Claire has taught acting and voice at a number of secondary and tertiary performing arts institutions including NIDA, Adelaide College of the Arts, The Actors Centre and John Curtin College of the Arts. From 2004-2007, Claire ran the acting program for adults and youth at the Q Theatre (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Claire has also taught extra-curricular drama at a number of Sydney Schools.


Eliza Logan 

Eliza graduated with a BA (Performance) from UWS Nepean. Eliza’s extensive theatre credits include The Ham Funeral (Siren/Griffin); Sugarland - National Tour (ATYP); The 26-Storey Treehouse World Premiere & The 13-Storey Treehouse Australian Tour (CDP); Circle Mirror Transformation (Ensemble Theatre); Cloudstreet (Australia, UK, USA), The Underpants, The Laramie Project, & Run Rabbit Run (Belvoir); Twelfth Night, Frozen, Wanna Go Home, Baby?, Polly Blue, (Siren Theatre Co. / Belvoir/ Griffin / ATYP); The Wild Party (Sydney & Melb Int. Comedy Fest); Fast Cars & Tractor Engines (Urban Theatre Projects); Crestfall (Griffin); Ruby Moon (STC); Rope (Cabin Crew/Old Fitz); and ten years (acting, writing and directing for Sydney's homeless and disadvantaged) for Milk Crate Theatre. Eliza’s film highlights include Ladies in Black (dir - Bruce Beresford), Truth (USA - dir James Vanerbilt), The Eleven O'Çlock, The Amber Amulet, After the Credits, Miracle Fish, The Square, Black Balloon, and Ali & the Ball. On television, Eliza has appeared in Sando, Soul Mates, The Moodys, The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting; Rake 2; Akmal's Members & Guests; Changi; Secrets of the Jury Room; Jessica; All Saints; and Water Rats. Eliza has also worked in animation voiceover on Hairy Legs, Bananas in Pyjamas, Sea Princesses, Tracey McBean, and The Kangaroo Creek Gang. Eliza is very proud to have also written for Bananas In Pyjamas for the ABC.


Eliza has taught for all ages for 25 years, including group classes and bespoke workshops for Darlo Drama, Milk Crate Theatre, AFTRS, NADO, The Arts Unit, UTS, ATYP and Theatresports. Eliza's private lessons or film, theatre, comedy, communication and voice have been enjoyed by many notable actors, acting students, comics, school auditionees, people with speech difficulties, performance anxiety, english as a second language students and corporate clients. Eliza's classes are renowned for being fun, inspiring and dynamic.




Casual Tutors


Tahmour Bloomfield

Tahmour has a broad range of experience creating, producing and touring theatrical shows.  She graduated with a BA in drama and film, and then went on to study circus. The last few years have seen her busy creating and touring shows, initiating and delivering social circus and drama programs in the Blue Mountains and abroad, and creating exciting one of a kind theatre experiences locally and throughout Australia. She has performed in over 15 countries, in 5 languages, touring solo shows, educational theatre and street theatre. Tahmour has over 10 years experience with diverse groups from professional circus, school sport and drama, outreach work including in Indigenous and refugee communities, and in juvenile justice centres. She has been teaching with Blue Mountains Drama for a year and loves the creativity of the students.


Catherine (Cat) Corkins

Cat is a graduate of the Wollongong University with a BA in Theatre Performance in 2000. After graduation, Cat spent a number of years in the US working with theatre companies in North Carolina & Rhode Island and even performed in a Bollywood film with Govinda (India's Jim Carey)! Cat recently performed in local film Remembering Agatha by Blackheath artist, Emma Magenta, which has received magnificent accolades. Currently studying a Primary School Teaching Degree whilst working as a Teacher's Aid supporting kids with disabilities at Blackheath Public School, Cat is delighted to be joining us.


Michael Cullen

Michael’s work as an Actor, Puppeteer, Artist, and Facilitator has taken him around Australia, Europe, Asia, East Timor and Brazil. Film and TV credits include the lead in the supernatural thriller TIMELESS, due for release early 2016, Tricky Business, Underbelly-RAZOR, Packed To The Rafters, Home and Away, Wrath, Microstories, Shelling Peas. Theatre credits include Macbeth, Taming Of The Shrew (Sport For Jove Theatre), Construction of The Human Heart, Closer (Apocalypse Theatre), As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Golden Ass, and The Young Tycoons. Michael’s one-man show, The Best Corn Chip In The Universe, won the ‘Tour-Ready’ Award at Sydney Fringe 2016, and went on to 5 star reviews at Adelaide Fringe. next stop, Hong Kong and Taiwan Festivals.


Teaching Credits: Acting, Theatre-making, Devising Workshops for: Sport For Jove (Schools Symposiums), Australian Theatre for Young People, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Poetry In Action (National Touring Program Director), The Rocks Ghost Tour (Children’s Host/Script Development), Darlinghurst Theatre Company (adult classes), nine years with Milkcrate Theatre (as the Forum Theatre Host/Joker), Bibi Bulak - East Timor (Guest Director), OPA Street Theatre - Salvador, Brazil, ten years+ with ERTH Visual and Physical, including interactive, educational shows for young people: Dinosaur Petting Zoo (Host & Puppeteer – International & National Tours), Museum of Our Future’s Past (Puppetry Director), Sea to Shore (Co-writer, Puppet Maker, Host), Spirit Creatures (Writer/ Director/ Host).


Drew Livingston

Drew is a graduate of the WAAPA Acting course and has been working professionally as an actor, singer, composer, director and Musician for over ten years. He has performed on stages all over the country for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Ensemble Theatre and Sport for Jove. Drew toured with the highly acclaimed Australian Company of War Horse for the National Theatre and Global Creatures. In 2014 Drew played the role of Fluellen in Bell Shakespeare critically acclaimed production of Henry V, for which he won a Sydney Theatre Award and was nominated for a Green Room Award for his compositional work. Drew is also an accomplished song writer, having written songs for the new Australian play River at the End of the Road as well as releasing So Long Lives This, an album of Shakespeare's sonnets set to songs, with his wife and writing partner Naomi Livingston.


Sophie Prior

Sophie has a BA degree in Theatre & Performance, a Masters in Teaching Drama and trained with Lyn Pierse, becoming a certified Advanced Theatre Sports Teacher.

 

In 2001 she founded a physical theatre company ‘Mimic Octopus’ specializing in mime, movement & circus skills. From 2003-2006 she performed with Sydney Playback, a story-telling impro group, before joining Impro Australia to coach, judge, and co-host the Theatre Sports School Challenge.

 

Sophie has been teaching extra-curricular Drama at Blue Mountains Grammar School for the last 6 years and previously worked at Kambala Girls School for 10 years directing plays for years 3 to 9 and coaching students for yearly exams, the annual Shakespeare competition, and the National Theatre Sports competition.

 

Sophie loves encouraging the creative art of play and story-telling in people of all ages, taking care to build trust and confidence while always having fun.



 

 
     

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