Spotlight on the Arts

Spotlight on the Arts

SPOTLIGHT on the Arts is an opportunity for candid conversations with industry professionals, artists, teachers and students about all things performing arts. The CaSPA team will chat to practitioners about their process, career highlights, future ambitions and the role the arts play in their lives. Season 6 Spotlight on the Arts, the HSC Series. Join us as we chat with high achievers and exemplary HSC Arts students who share their process, creativity and tips to survive the final year of schooling.

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May 21, 2022 18 min

Daniel trained at The McDonald College, and has appeared in smash hit musicals, Matilda, American Psycho, Grease, High School Musical and Kiss Me Kate. His biggest credit to date, has been playing the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. 

He’s also appeared in tv shows such as Puberty Blues, and A Place To Call Home, as well as singing with Tim Minchin for the opening of the 2020 BAAFTAs.


 


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Brad is a graduate of Brent Street - Diploma of Musical Theatre & Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year - Diploma of Contemporary Dance. He also is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

 

Brad is a Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Improvisation Artist and Teacher. He brings a mix bag of experiences to his teaching and likes to blend his experiences together so that students can learn a variety of skills from ...

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With her experience and versatility in the performance of multiple vocal genres, mezzo-soprano Deborah Rogers has become a sought after stage and concert presence nationally and internationally. Originally from Brisbane, Deborah holds post-graduate degrees in Music from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She is a soloist with opera companies around Australia and New Zealand and a music theatre and jazz performe...

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Rosemary Andre is principal of the school communities at Pagewood and Matraville, Our Lady of the Annunciation (OLA) Catholic Primary School and St Agnes’ Catholic Primary School.Rose’s philosophy is that every Primary school child should have the opportunity to be part of a musical at least once in their Primary school years and aims to ensure that her school communities put on a musical every second year.

She has been involved in ...

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Anne-Marie has been performing in theatre for most of her life. From school and university plays and musicals, to community musical theatre in her early twenties and beyond. She has performed for a range of Musical Societies including the Regals, Miranda, Rockdale, Hurstville, Engadine and Bankstown and for Rockdale Guild Theatre.  She has played a variety of leading and supporting roles with some of her favourites being Adelaide i...

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Matthew Barclay is currently the Artistic Advisor for The Arts team, and comes to us with a wealth of experience, in directing and choreography both nationally and internationally.  He also specialises in the training and mentoring of emerging artists - reflecting on his own journey in the Creative Arts.

 

Starting as a chorister he commenced his dance training at the VCA and the Australian Ballet School.  Over the years he has worke...

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Jordan is involved in many areas of the entertainment industry as a director, performer, master of ceremonies, producer, corporate performance coach and all-around theatre creative.

Studying at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA), Jordan has been fortunate to work in musical theatre, with Packemin productions, and his own company BLOOM, as well as TV Commercial’s, live entertainment and film. He is also a very charming and...

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A graduate of the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Musical Theatre BA (2005), Nate Butler is a highly accomplished and respected education leader and performing artist with the creative insight and operational acumen essential to excellence. 

As the founder and Artistic Director of Palm Studios Performing Arts College, Nate developed a one-person operation into a partnered Registered Training Organisa...

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Chris King is an in-demand Pianist/Keyboardist, Accompanist, Arranger, Musical Director and Conductor based in Sydney, Australia. A versatile musician, he has extensive experience playing across several musical genres including musical theatre, cabaret, vocal and instrumental exam accompaniment, piano bars, tribute shows, pop/rock bands, big bands, and jazz combos. He also works in music production providing keyboard tracks to reco...

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Andrea is a veteran Stage Manager with 15 years experience across the full range of theatrical genres. She has worked on large scale shows in Australia and internationally, with a focus on opera and musical theatre. Between 2016-2020 Andrea was the resident stage manager at Dubai Opera, which brought in shows not only from Broadway and the West End, but from all over the world. Andrea has toured extensively and worked with the high...

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This compilation episode kicks off 2022, with a focus on musical theatre as we return to stages across the country. The episode features Australian Musical Theatre legends and performers from previous seasons including 

  • Karen Johnson Mortimer, one of Australia’s leading directors and choreographers currently directing 9 - 5 at Sydney Lyric Theatre
  • Sally Dashwood, Director and choreographer of Australia’s premiere female tap dance com...
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    Sian Fuller  of St Patrick’s College Sutherland is a dedicated and talented Music student. She has been a valued cast member of Catholic Schools Performing Arts Sydney. She has a love of musical theatre and most recently was a semi finalist on the 2021 season of The Voice, Australia under the mentorship of Rita Ora.

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    Lachlan Kerley of Marist College Eastwood is a dedicated and talented Visual Art and Music student. Lachlan has represented the College in the Sydney Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Band and Catholic Schools Performing Arts programs.


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    Claudia Roussel of St Clare’s Catholic College Waverley is a dedicated and talented Dance student.  She’s been studying dance at Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood through the VIVA. Claudia has been dancing for 13 years and has majored in Dance Appreciation for the HSC.

    Hayley Ryan of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington is a dedicated and talented Dance student. Hayley has been dancing for 13 years and has majored i...

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    Tiffany Morris of Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton, is a dedicated and talented DRAMA student.  She has been studying drama for 4 years and is currently busy preparing for her upcoming HSC exams.

    Ari Tjandra of  Marcellin Catholic College, Randwick is a dedicated and talented DRAMA student. He has been studying drama for 9 years and is currently busy preparing for his upcoming HSC exams. He has also been involved in a number of ...

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    Lydia Donato of Domremy College, Five Dock is a dedicated and talented Music student. She has been a valued member of the Catholic Schools Performing Arts (CaSPA) Vocal Ensemble for the past 7 years and has a passion and love of Musical Theatre.


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    Monique Frasca from Clancy Catholic College is an outstanding Visual Arts student whose  Body of Work, “The Impetus Past'' demonstrates her passion, talent, and dedication to the Visual Arts. Monique’s AR animation drawings of historical houses showcases her impeccable drawing technique but also her ability to take the audience on a journey to another dimension with her animation. Monique will be featuring in the upcoming S...

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    Imogen Grant of Brigidine Catholic College, Randwick is a dedicated and talented Dance student studying the course through the VIVA Program at Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood. 

    Imogen has been studying dance for 12 years and has been a valuable ensemble member of CaSPA’s Murrawadeen Goodjarga Program for the past 5 years.


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    Eleanor Payne of MARIST SISTERS College WOOLWICH, is a dedicated and talented DRAMA student. She has been studying drama for 4 years and is currently busy preparing for her upcoming HSC exams.

    Fletcher Scully from St John Bosco College Engadine, is a dedicated and talented DRAMA student. He has been studying drama for 10 years and is currently busy preparing for his upcoming HSC exams.

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    Denton Nguyen of Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield is a dedicated and talented Music student. He has represented the College in Sydney Catholic Schools ( CaSPA ) Music Ensembles and more recently at the 2021 SCS Eisteddfod.  
    Denton is a keyboard specialist.  At the college, Denton has been the keyboard player in “The Ambassadors” and “Black Sriracha”. Outside of the College he is a member of the function band “MT Band”. Denton...

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