Pip is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Theatre (WAAPA) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Film and Television).
Pip has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian theatre, film and television industries.
As an actor Pip is well known for his roles in the hit film ‘Strictly Ballroom’ (Wayne Burns) and the award winning TV series ‘Frontline’ (Stu). Pip’s other acting credits include ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Good Guys Bad Guys’, ‘Halifax’ and ‘Secret Life of Us’. Pip also featured in Peter Jackson’s international hit, ‘King Kong’. On stage Pip has worked with the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Playbox Theatre.
Pip began his directing career in theatre, where his credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Avenue Q (Victorian Music Theatre Guild awards nomination – Best Production, Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along, Crossing Delancy, Big Al, Yentl, La Serva Pedrona Falsettos (Victorian Music Theatre Guild awards nomination – Best Production, Best Director) Arafat in Therapy, From Phantom to Figaro, Biloxi Blues (‘Most Outstanding and Memorable Production of the Year’ nomination, Victoria Drama League), Mother and Son – National Tour (Resident Director), Fiddler on the Roof (Resident Director), The Book of Mormon (Resident Director).
Pip has also worked in Television as a director/producer roles in a variety of television programs as well as directing the feature film ‘Josh Jarman’, which was released nationally through Hoyts Cinemas and selected for seven international film festivals.
At schools, Pip has worked as a guest director at Mount Scopus College and the King David School.
In 2008 Pip developed the Drama Time program which has now run in over 40 primary schools and kindergartens in Melbourne. 2010 saw the introduction of the Drama Time for Kinder Kids! program and the Drama Time Vacation Care Workshops. In 2012 the Drama Time Glee Club was introduced.
Pip lives in Melbourne with his wife Bindy and their four ‘little productions’ – Jasper (13), Rani (11), Coby (10) and Benji (6)
Prior to joining Drama Time, Debbie worked at Telstra for over 10 years and has a background in training and development, project management and customer service. Debbie has also undertaken volunteer work as a radio announcer for Vision Australia and teaching English as a second language.
Debbie enjoys traveling, engaging with new cultures and trying different foods. She has travelled to India, where she found a passion for yoga. Recently she has taken up baking and cake decorating. Debbie is very excited to be part of the Drama Time Team and looks forward to assisting you.
Kate has worked extensively with children in performing arts both teaching and performing throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Kate graduated from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art - Christchurch NZ) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts before completing her studies with a Post-graduate in Dance at ED5 International (2009). Kate has been actively working in the industry since graduating; most recently performing her cabaret show “Shake it Out” at the international Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Teaching drama is fun and inspiring for Kate, and that’s why she loves it!
Alicia is a talented actress with a lot of experience and advice to bring to her classes. She has been a Drama Teacher at various schools around Melbourne for over 4 years and is delighted to be part of the Drama Time team. Alicia has had loads of experience as an actress with experience in Australian film, TV, short films and theatre productions, as well as studying at established drama schools including Howard Fine Acting Studio, The National Theatre Drama School and 16th Street Actors Studio. Alicia loves working with children and is passionate about helping them find their spark in drama.
Nicole has been passionate about performing from a young age. The way it allows you to connect with others, express yourself, explore your creativity and truly open up is what excites her about it.
She has been involved in performance for over 10 years. This includes dance, gymnastics, theatre acting, film acting and singing. For 7 years she studied dance at the Bartuccio Dance Centre where she learnt Jazz, Tap and Ballet. In 2010 she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Acting at the University of Ballarat and she has since been in a number of theatre and film productions. In 2011 and 2012 she studied gymnastics at NICA and in 2012 she began her Yoga teacher training.
In 2011, she worked with the very successful Flying Bookworm Theatre Company where she travelled throughout Victoria performing in over 150 shows for children of all different ages.
She is currently studying acting at both 16th Street Actors Studio and at the Chekhov Drama School. Nicole hopes that she can inspire children to explore their creativity with freedom and joy and through which, they can truly feel confident in themselves.
Performing in many productions over the years Sandra went on to write original material on both guitar and piano. She sang professionally in Covers and Original Bands and when motherhood happened, Sandra enjoyed the informal and relaxed feel of community choral ensembles.
Along the way Sandra has studied African Dance, Jazz, Voice, First Aid (Level II) Hebrew, Italian, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi and trained as a Civil Celebrant.
Sandra is an experienced Drama Time teacher who positively engages with children of all age groups and looks forward to developing your child’s creativity in a fun, learning environment.
Kathy graduated from The University of Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts in 1997 and has since worked professionally in the industry as an actor, singer, voice-over artist and teacher. She has worked with La Mama, Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre, Keene – Taylor, Chapel Off Chapel, and various independent film and theatre companies. Kathy is currently doing my Masters in Teaching primary/secondary at Deakin University. She also continues to work professionally in theatre, TV, film, singing in bands and doing voice-over work. Kathy has a strong love and enthusiasm for performance.
Kathy is a dedicated and passionate actor/teacher with a flair for motivating, inspiring and supporting young people in the development of their personal and acting potential. With over 10 years’ teaching experience, she takes on creative projects with vision, respect, quality and pride.