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    Thank you both and all the team for a wonderful year. The performances we saw were just wonderful! James thoroughly enjoyed his semester, his role and the production and we as his family were so, so proud. You and your team have given him direction, confidence and opportunity to live his dream. We are so grateful and love your creativity and vision for the company.

    Unfortunately we missed the last day of term so did not get to thank you all personally and send on our Christmas wishes. So now a little late we are wishing you all a New Year filled with happiness, good health and exciting new adventures! We are looking forward to sharing the Art Umbrella journey in 2013 with you all . Enjoy the well-deserved break and we will see you in the New Year .

    ~ Deb, Mike , James and Will Anderson


    Michelle McCuaig B.A (Hons.) Drama Dip. Ed.

    Michelle is a highly qualified drama teacher with over 25 years drama teaching experience. Michelle brings to the school a wealth of talent and experience in physical theatre, singing, direction and theatrical design. Michelle has extensive drama workshop experience as a committee member of the NSW Drama Association and a specialist tutor on N.S.W DET Gifted and Talented Programs. Michelle has directed performance pieces for International University Conferences and NSW State Drama Festivals. She has also been an audition panel judge for the NSW Performing Arts Unit. Michelle is currently involved in running in-services in Drama Teaching Technique to primary school teachers.”

    Robert McCuaig B.A Dip. Ed. M.A (Film & Theatre Studies), Cert 111 Entertainment Industry

    Robert is a highly experienced drama teacher who has numerous directorial credits, having worked as a director for the NSW Performing Arts Unit for six years. In 1999, Robert toured the United Kingdom with The NSW P.A.U Drama Company. Robert has over 25 years drama teaching experience including 15 years experience as a Drama Examiner for the NSW BOS. Robert has acted for stage and screen and trained in screen acting technique. As a qualified VET Entertainment Industry teacher, Robert brings to the school wide ranging knowledge and skill in production.

    James McCuaig

    James is a talented actor, singer and musician who achieved a Band 6 in HSC Drama, was a member of the NSW State Drama Company and who has studied Performing Arts at Wollongong University. He has performed in various musicals including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Les Miserables”. James travelled Australia performing in Iconic Productions T.I.E production, The Colonial Show. More recently, James appeared on Octopus, a Chinese nationally broadcast television show at the Sydney Opera House. James is currently the founder and director of his own theatre company, Studio South.

    Thomasin McCuaig

    Thomasin is a talented singer and actor who achieved a Band 6 in HSC Drama and who is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, majoring in Theatre Studies. She has performed in various plays and musicals. Other singing achievements include performing at the Brass Monkey, at Star City Casino for a major charity event, on the main stage at Cronulla for Australia Day in 2016 alongside upcoming artist Jordan Kenny, and with the James Morrison Big Band. Thomasin currently holds a paid position writing reviews for the Sydney Uni publication, Pulp Media.

    Katie Johnston (Make-up Artist)

    Katie is our resident make-up artist who is responsible for the design and application of make-up for all our productions. In addition to holding a TAFE Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Katie graduated in 2013 with a Certificate IV in Make-up and Special Effcets from A.M.U.S.E.

    Her industry experience includes Phantom of the Opera (Sutherland Musical Society), Puberty Blues and Circle of Lies.