MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS
Choreographer / Dance Coach
Amazingly energetic and driven, Caitlin has 30+ years qualified dance teaching experience and is an associate of the ATD (Association Teachers of Dance). Caitlin has performed her entire life in choirs since primary school and as a teen in HMAS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, Lola Montez, and a lead role in Jack and Jill, South Pacific and Annie. Caitlin is a regular performer at Wodonga Carols, and is involved heavily in local theatre. Caitlin has choreographed and taught dance for numerous local dance schools and theatre companies including Livid Productions, Albury Wodonga Theatre Company and ByteSized Theatre. Some of these shows include Peter Pan, Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Xanadu, Les Mis, Chicago, Grease, Nunsense, Kinky Boots, Camp Rock & Spamalot and is a Georgy Award winner, for her choreography in Chicago.
Caitlin provides students with an opportunity to try new dance styles, even if they have no experience and has an uncanny knack of always bringing out the best in them. Caitlin's dance knowledge is second to none, and her passion for dance and children theatre is exactly the same.
Musical Director / Vocal Coach
Lauren Schmutter has lived on the Border for the past 20 years and is well known for her voluntary work and contribution to local theatre. Vice President of the local theatre company, Livid Productions, she has not only worked with Livid over the past 10 years, as their Choral Director, but she has also performed on stage in many of their shows, in both leading and ensemble roles. Some of these shows include Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd and Les Miserables. Some of her other roles have included Music Director for various BYTE Sized productions such as Peter Pan, Beauty and The Beast and Xanadu. She has been Regional Director for the Millennium Chorus Melbourne, Choral Director for the Livid Gospel and the Little Livid's Choir, Choral Director for the Contemporary Choir NEVR Music Camp and many more. During the week, Lauren is a Vocal Teacher for Wodonga Senior and Wodonga Middle Years Colleges, working one on one with many students, ensembles, choir and instrumental groups, over all three campuses.
Business Manager / Producer / Creative
Allyssa has been involved in the arts scene for many years. Firstly as an artist and gallery owner, then moving into set painting, design and producing for local junior theatre. Allyssa has run her own art business for 10 years, published a book, Amazing Australian Artists, and recently been a production assistant on numerous films, including, Azzurro, that was filmed in Italy. She is a competent scriptwriter and has her first feature film attached to a well-known producer and actors, ready for filming. Allyssa is qualified in Marketing, Strategic Management and has her Cert IV in Training and Assessment. She has also attended AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), Intensive Filmmaking and trained with Con Filippidis at the Filmmaking Summer School at Melbourne Uni. With many years of passionate arts experience, Allyssa is excited to be a co-founder of Border Show Business Academy, a project that she has looked forward to achieve for some time.
During the year there may be alternate teachers from specialised areas as an alternative to the normal classes. These classes are expected to be attended just like the normal classes. They are designed to add value to the whole Show Business experience.