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Our Team 


New Teachers 
Drama Time is always looking for dynamic, passionate drama teachers to join our fabulous team.
If you love teaching, love drama and love working with children, please send your CV and cover letter to

Current Staff

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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.


Rose Brio is a multi-instrumentalist and works as a performer, teacher, session musician and social justice advocate. She uses theatrical elements in her performances so people do not just hear the music but see it too. Specialising in violin, viola and cello, she loves the dramatic sounds and atmosphere that can be created with those instruments. This is very evident in her shows with her use of costume, props and movement to create the show. Rose also has years of experience working with children from children’s’ parties and events to childcare. She understands the role that drama and music have to help children develop their conīŦdence, social skills and thought processes. Rose is all about positivity and maintaining a calm yet engaging atmosphere at all times. Recognisable with her trademark bright red hair, you’ll see Rose enjoying her drama classes just as much as the kids do!!
Philippa has a Licentiate Teachers Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Trinity College of Music London and also completed the acting course at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London (ALRA). She also received the actors gold medal from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She is currently studying a bachelor of education K-12 majoring in Drama. She has performed in many theatre productions both in the UK and Australia and has taught drama for Stage Coach in London, The Bigfoot Theatre Company and the London Theatre Workshop Company. Philippa has been acting since a child and still remembers her drama classes that inspired her when she was at primary school. Philippa loves teaching drama to children and passing on her knowledge of the world of theatre and the performing arts.
Paul Dawber is a veteran of Stage & Screen as well as an experienced drama teacher with children, having taught in several schools including “Screen Actors Australia”. A graduate of The National Theatre Drama School, Paul has acted in over a dozen Feature Films including the title role in “The Novelist” (2017). In television he has appeared in over a dozen TV movies and about 200 TV episodes, including “Neighbours” (80 episodes). On the stage he’s had over 1000 perfomances with theatre companies such as QTC, Malthouse, GFO (National Tour of “The Sound of Music”- 3 years) and The Los Angeles Shakespeare Company (2 years). Paul loves working with children and he has two girls and a boy of his own plus one adorable granddaughter.

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.

Caroline is a vocal teacher and drama teacher with an extensive vocal, acting and dance background. Caroline is a cabaret performer, a vocalist in tribute shows, bands and duos, and a music theatre and classical performer. Caroline also has TV and film experience and is a session vocalist and songwriter. She has taught the performing arts and English privately, in primary and secondary schools and performing arts academies. Caroline has conducted choirs, created Eisteddfod performances, written a primary school musical and has been a vocal coach, choreographer and stage manager for secondary school musicals.
Naomi is a qualified primary teacher with a background in art, drama and the Montessori Method. She has always loved performing and studied film making and script writing at university. This led to further experiments in amateur theatre and improvisational acting. Through playing dress ups as a fairy and hosting children’s parties, she came to realise that she had a knack with children and decided to take it further by becoming a teacher. She loves working with children and being able to indulge her love of drama by encouraging children to act.
Sandra has enjoyed a lifelong love of performing. Most of her childhood she studied classical ballet but quickly realised it was music theatre, incorporating the 3 disciplines of singing, dancing and acting that was most fun!

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.

Britni has a Bachelor of Theatre from the University of South Alabama. She has also gathered a wealth of knowledge studying Musical Theatre and Dance independently with some of the best teachers in the USA. She is thrilled to be back performing in Melbourne again. Most recently you could have seen her performing Tess in Crazy for You and Val in A Chorus Line, and before that in Perth as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, she worked in Orlando, Florida, professionally for over 6 years where she performed with Walt Disney World (Ariel, Belle, Nemo, Alice in Wonderland), Universal Studios (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop), Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Sea World.
In 2010 Britni moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she performed Gladys in The Pajama Game for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Soon afterwards, she packed her bags again to start an exciting adventure in New York City. While in the Big Apple she performed Val in A Chorus Line and appeared in several cabaret shows across the city.
Some of her most beloved credits throughout her career to date include Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn) Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Chicago (Roxie), The Sound of Music (Maria), The Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Annie (Lilly).

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.

Chelsey's background is predominantly theatre and musical theatre, and she has been principle characters in many shows including Little Mermaid, Copacabana and Just So. Chelsey attended in National Youth Drama school for three years and majored in voice and improv. Chelsey, originally from New Zealand, decided to move to Melbourne because it was known as the 'arts capital of Oceania', to pursue her performance and creative dreams. Chelsey loves teaching children and is committed to developing their talents in drama, creativity and self-confidence in a fun and supportive classroom environment. For Chelsey, it is the best feeling to be able to help someone achieve a love of drama.
Vicki’s background in the Performing Arts stretches back to early childhood with over 20 years’ dance and acting training as well as graduating from Rusden with a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts in 1995. She then went on to work in casting and as a professional actor appearing in many Australian productions including Blue Heelers and Neighbours. Her career branched into Event Management, Staging and Theming where she worked with on some of the largest events in Melbourne and the London over a 15-year period. Now, as a Mum of two little ones, Vicki has returned to her passion of the Performing Arts and is studying her Masters of Teaching at Deakin University, specialising in Drama and Dance. Vicki brings a wealth of knowledge and love of children and the belief that learning the skills of performance, ignites creativity and paves the way to develop confident and exciting little people.
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