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 her other roles have included Music Director for various BYTE Sized productions such as Peter Pan, Beauty and The Beast and Xanadu, she was Co-Director for Xanadu and Director for 2019 Camp Rock. 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.
Lauren is very passionate about singing and has trained with many other singing teachers from all over the world, to gain extensive knowledge in how the voice works.
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.
MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS / TUTORS
Acting Coach and Mentor
Mitch has developed a love for all drama and theatrical performances since his involvement in 2016. His passion for drama has led him through an action-packed four years, being involved in ten shows across ByteSized, AWTCO and LIVID. These including Farquaad in Shrek JR, Backstage in Annie, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast JR, Montparnasse in Les Miserables, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Danny in Xanadu Jr, Assistant Director for Kinky Boots, Nate Gray in Camp Rock, Patsy in Spamalot and Genie in the COVID cancelled Aladdin JR. Mitch, through his involvement in the theatre, has been awarded 3 Georgy Awards and 3 CAT Award Nominations for his roles as Farquaad, Cogsworth, and Danny. He has been studying Drama at the secondary level at Xavier High School for four years and has just completed his studies of the HSC. Mitch, amidst his Drama experience, also has a Vet Qualification in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways as well as a certificate for Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace. Mitch wishes to provide support, skills and knowledge to those who share the same interest and passion as he does for everything Drama and theatre.
Acting Coach and Mentor
Ellie has recently topped her Year Twelve VCE drama class, winning the Most Outstanding Student in Drama 2020. Performing since the age of three in dance and calisthenics, she moved into musical theatre for the first ByteSized Musical Theatre show in Aladdin in 2013. Ellie has been in every ByteSized show since then, playing Flounder in The Little Mermaid and a lead character, Kira in Xanadu Jnr. Other productions include school productions and Livid Productions, Annie and Spamalot as well. Ellie has also worked on set of numerous short films in the sound department and as well as a runner on the Elton John, Day on the Green Concert and as a work experience student with channel 7's Fam Time. She has studied with Sharyn Hill, School of Speech and Drama, Olivia Simone's, Off the Beaten Track and Scott McMahon at TAFTA. Ellie has recorded a song at Backlot Studios for a feature film that she is attached to and expected to commence filming in 2021.
SAVANNAH "GRACIE" CLARKE
Junior Dance Coach and Mentor
Savannah A.K.A Gracie has been dancing since the age of 2. She is trained in jazz, hip-hop, modern expressive, contemporary, tap, musical theatre dance, commercial and ballroom dancing. After years of competitions, Gracie developed a love for musical theatre in 2016 after performing in Shrek Jr as a tap-dancing rat. Her passion for performing grew as she was cast as a dancer in Annie, a silly girl and feather duster in Beauty and the Beast Jr, a featured dancer in Xanadu Jr, co-choreographer in Kinky Boots, co-choreographer and featured dancer in Camp Rock Jr. Gracie went on to win the judge's award for her work as a co-choreographer and performance skills as a strong dance leader at the 2020 Georgy awards for Camp Rock Jr. She was also cast as a dancer in the 2020 show, Aladdin Jr, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid. Gracie couldn't be more excited to share her love of theatre and dancing with her students.