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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 has taught widely, including for Bell Shakespeare Company and Sydney Theatre Company's School Drama program, a partnership program run with Sydney University that uses drama strategies to increase literacy outcomes in primary school students; she has also delivered this program in Juvenile Justice Centres. Georgia has run drama classes in the Blue Mountains since 2011, working with home school and school students, and in 2014 she founded Blue Mountains Drama.

Georgia is a professional actor who has performed for many Australian theatre companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sport for Jove 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 a recurring role in Home and Away and has appeared in numerous other Australian television shows including RFDS, After the Verdict, 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. Georgia reprised the role of Sal Thornhill in Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Secret River at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre in London and has a role in the upcoming independent feature Coo-ee.

 



Claire Jones 


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.

Claire is a professional actor who has been working in Australian theatre/film/tv since 1990.  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.


 

Eliza Logan 


For over 25 years, Eliza has taught both face-to-face and online for all ages 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 for film, theatre, comedy, communication, voice and accent coaching, 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.

Before moving to the Blue Mountains in 2012, Eliza was Head of Co-Curricular Drama for 9 years at St Catherine’s School, Waverley (teaching and managing Trinity Guildhall Speech & Drama and After-School Group courses for both junior and high school). Amongst others, Eliza has guest tutored for Nagle College, Maroubra High School, St Vincent’s College & Macdonald College. Eliza also spent ten years writing, acting and directing for Sydney's homeless and disadvantaged for Milk Crate Theatre and is proud to have also written for Bananas In Pyjamas for the ABC, as well as creating numerous scenes and plays for her students over the years. 

On the acting front, Eliza has worked extensively in the theatre with such companies as: Belvoir, Griffin, Siren Theatre Company, STC, ATYP, and CDP; performing in numerous productions including Australian premieres of new works, and international & national tours. Eliza also has enjoyed many years in flilm and television, including a multitude of animation voice over roles for both Australian and international productions. For more information on Eliza's acting credits, please visit: https://lmcm.com.au/artists/eliza-logan/


Guest Tutors


Lemuel Appel 


Lemuel (Lem) graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2021. He is an experienced theatre and screen actor with frequent work ranging from short films to touring educational shows.

Lem's long history with Blue Mountains Drama started when he joined Georgia's classes in primary school, which he attended until year 10, when he went to Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School. Lem is delighted to return to Blue Mountains Drama as an educator and excited to help students find their own passion for drama.



Maddi Jones
 


Most recently, Madeleine played the role of Utterson in the Australian premiere production of Jekyll Hyde The Musical for Hayes Theatre Company. Madeleine s other stage credits include Delphi Diggory in the Australian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for Michael Cassel Group Sonia Friedman Productions, The Humans for Mophead Redline, Assassins for Hayes Theatre Sydney Opera House, Muriel s Wedding The Musical for STC Global Creatures, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night s Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac, Romeo and Juliet, Loves Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing for Sport for Jove Theatre Company, Ladies in Black for Queensland Theatre, Avenue Q for LCW Presents, Once for GFO, MTC and M.Rock for STC atyp. She won a Green Room Award for Girl in Once, a Sydney Theatre Award for Rhonda in Muriel s Wedding The Musical and received a Helpmann Award nomination for both.



Giles Gartrell-Mills


Giles is an actor, writer and director. Originally from the UK, Giles trained at the Oxford School of Drama. In 2007 Giles directed Caligula at the Union Theatre in London, and in 2008-9 directed Jekyll & Hyde, The Dark and Cavernous Walls and Sweeney Todd as resident director at the Union Theatre. In 2013 he moved to Sydney and has continued to work as an actor, writer and director.

 

 
     

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