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Exclusive to the DHPC group acting program, each student has three filmed performance opportunities to showcase a variety of directed scenes, with a scene partner, in front of a live audience. The year culminates with a final performance showcase at CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL!
A group class where our students learn the ins and outs of nailing a music theatre audition. It couples the technical attention to detail of a singing class, with the emotional and story-telling nuance of an acting class, culminating in a total embodiment of character and song. Each week, students workshop their music theatre piece on the DHPC stage, performing to their coach and peers. Students learn to break down a song into its many components before building it up to a fully rounded performance. This class also gives students the invaluable opportunity to learn to work with other artists, as they would in a full-scale production, exploring ensemble and movement work, and connecting to their scene partner in song. All artists are given the opportunity to perform live in an upmarket venue in Prahran every six weeks to practice and hone their public performance skills.
This multi-faceted group class is for singers that want to learn the craft of songwriting or need a professional assessment of their current songwriting skills. Students have the option to bring their lyric or melodic ideas to the class and collaborate with their coach to create a full song with instrumentation. Live in-class recording and full production are available and this unique opportunity is a way to create a Soundcloud account or Youtube recordings for originals or covers. This approach allows our artists to create a catalogue of professional, original demos that can be ultimately presented to record companies. The adage ‘the money is in the songwriting’ is true and this class arms you with the tools and skills to facilitate your songwriting dreams and make you a formidable force in the industry.
This scene study class is designed to get actors adept at working in a group environment whether being on set or in a company of actors. We give them the opportunity to work with a variety of different scene partners and teach the skills of taking direction. We cover script analysis, improvisation, sensory work, emotional access, animal work and character development. This unique experience offers our actors a chance to workshop weekly in front of their peers and put their developing skills to the test in a nurturing environment under the guidance of working professional directors.
Peter’s career as a director, dramaturge and teacher in theatre, professional actor- training and secondary education has allowed a lifetime study of great texts of Australian and world literature for over two decades. He has had a significant opportunity to work with exceptional actors at their craft and participated in many facets of the industry. His approach to theatre-making and working with actors in the exploration of text and improvisation is collaborative, rigorous and enjoyable. He has a particular aptitude for script analysis and its translation to the stage or screen, and an ability to communicate effectively with actors. A diligent and skilled researcher and dramaturge, Peter seeks to engage the curiosity and playfulness of acting with deep exploration and a commitment to excellence.
Peter completed his Masters of Directing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) in 2016 with a collaboration between young and emerging artists across a number of disciplines in Zone Four. The production, instigated by a showcase reading of ATYP’s Fresh Ink initiative at the end of 2015, sees Peter unite his artistic endeavours with a history of working with young people through education. He taught Literature, History and Media Studies in Sydney and the UK for 5 years before relocating to Melbourne to serve as dramaturge, teacher and Programs Coordinator for 16th Street Actors Studio.
Since returning to an arts-based career, Peter has focused on staging independent dramas and comedies across a broad range of styles and approaches, with a keen interest in staging work by Australian writers. Peter has worked in Los Angeles with the Australian Theatre Company on a number of occasions, as assistant director to world renowned acting coach Larry Moss for the play Holding the Man and with his recent staging of Brendan Cowell’s Ruben Guthrie winning the LA Scene Awards for Best Comedy and Best Director (Comedy) in the ‘intimate theatre’ categories. Peter is directing the Australian premiere of Stupid F#cking Bird (an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull), at the Mechanics Institute in Brunswick in summer 2017.
Laura has been acting for the stage and screen since 2007. She has been nominated for two AACTA awards, for her work in feature film Animal Kingdom in 2010 and her role in telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story in 2012. In 2013, Laura won Best Actor at the TROPFEST film festival forWe’ve All Been There, and later that year starred in The Woolgatherer at LaMama theatre, directed by iconic actor Kerry Armstrong. Her role in the short film The Kingdom of Doug earned her a Best Actor nomination at St Kilda Film Festival. She has led a series of other successful shorts and independent features including Wakey Wakey in 2011 and After The End in 2016. In between film projects Laura has guest-starred in 7Networks’ Winners and Losers, and ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Get Krackn.
Laura is a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio full-time program and VCA’s studio program and has studied with master teachers in both Melbourne and Los Angeles.
More recently Laura starred in highly anticipated Stan Originals’ series Wolf Creek S2 and ABC iView comedy series The Housemate. In early 2018, Laura wrote, produced and starred in her own short film Happy Memories.
DHPC offers a variety of workshops in performance for both junior and senior students. They range from ‘The Ultimate Performance Workshop’ (2018), covering singing, acting, songwriting and stage craft to discipline-specific workshops that cater to students wishing to learn more about their chosen craft.
All workshops include invited industry guests sharing their years of wisdom and tips on how to break through and achieve success. These intensive one-day workshops are a great way for student to extend their capabilities and increase their theoretical knowledge base.
All workshops are run during the school holidays.
PREDESTINATION (Ethan Hawke, role: Young Jane 5yrs),
THE DRESSMAKER (Kate Winslett, role: Young Gertrude)
Olivia came to Dan for some one on one valued coaching for film acting and singing. After being cut to a short list for the Dressmaker, Dan helped Olivia be confident with any environment and assisted in her landing the role of young Gertrude in the film. Dan makes himself available in any form (skype – pre audition cafe) to get that final rehearsal at a drop of a hat. Dan is so confident with his students, that it makes his students confident. As a vocal, voice accent and acting coach, the information passed on is invaluable…
(Mother of Oliva)
WRONG GIRL, THE DEATH OF OTTO BLOOM
NEIGHBOURS, 7 STORIES DOWN
SAM STEAINS & SALLY CARSON
ROCK OF AGES and AMERICAN IDIOT
This unique experience offers DHPC students the opportunity to work with a live band, gain professional footage for their own promotion, record of progress and celebrate their growth with their family friends and industry professionals.
Gaining experience, confidence and promoting your range and versatility in a live professional environment.
With social media packages available to market your filmed performance and gain online content, this recorded event also offers our students and tangible way to track their growth and progress at DHPC.
Hailing from Perth, Dan began his performing career in earnest by winning STARSEARCH, the West Australian Young Performer of the Year consecutively in 2002 and 2003, . No mean feat for a 17 year old up against the state’s finest up and coming performers.
In 2003 he auditioned and accepted a much coveted place in prestigious WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts), embarking on a Diploma of Contemporary Voice. During this time he fine-tuned his knowledge of song writing and singing pop, R&B and jazz.
In 2004 at 18 years old, Dan was a Top 10 finalist for Channel 7’s Popstars Live, competing against the likes of Rickie-Lee Coulter. During the show a group album was recorded and music video with UNIVERSAL RECORDS resulting in a Gold ARIA award for the Finalist Album. Following Popstars, Dan was in heavy demand for live vocal performances and appearances.
He has appeared on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon Kids, 110% Tony Squires and My Restaurant Rules with performances for the AFL, QANTAS, Wildcats and Hopman Cup among others. He has performed at a number of charity events with guest performances for the Channel 7 Telethon, the Red Cross, Make a Wish Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.
After the Popstars publicity, Dan relocated to Sydney for a year to work on a pop album. Writing with the likes of Australia’s legendary song writer Rick Price, he performed extensively. In 2005 Daniel came second in the MUSIC OZ Australian Song writing Awards in the R&B Division.
On screen Dan has appeared in television commercials, several short films, a feature film and a telemovie for the ABC. He has had guest lead roles on City Homicide, Neighbours and Hard Rock Medical (Canada). Daniel’s performances have been included in the TV WEEK Best Neighbours Moments of 2011.
Dan is one of the founding members of the theatre company: THE KIN COLLECTIVE. His colleagues within the company include the likes of Noni Hazlehurst, Marg Downey and Michala Banas. In 2012 the theatre company debuted their original production entitled Glimpse at 45 Downstairs.
In 2010/11 he was a member of the Australian touring production of West Side Story in the role of Action and as understudy for the lead role of Tony. Daniel got singled out in a number of reviews for his strong performances. The Sydney Herald said:
” There’s a good deal of chest puffing, fist clenching and chin pointing among the gang members, all are credible, but especially Dan Hamill playing the Jets Lieutenant Action.”
“Daniel Hamill steals the show as Action- arrogant, hot headed and overly aggressive, Hamill is everything you love and loathe about the character.”
In 2011-2012 Dan was a main character in the animated international cartoon series called Shezow, which aired on Channel 10 and in the US.
In 2013 Dan finished shooting ABC’s Telemovie THE BROKEN SHORE. Alongside the likes of Claudia Karvan, Don Hany, Robin Nevin and Noni Hazlehurst and directed by Rowan Woods (The Boys, Little Fish). Followed by Playing the role of Steven Morris opposite Craig McLachlan.
In 2015 Dan has Played the character Wayne Dilthey opposite screen legend Guy Pierce in the ABC series JACK IRISH and was a top 12 Finalist in Channel 7’s X-FACTOR, mentored by world music sensation JAMES BLUNT.
In 2017 Dan can be seen in HOUSE HUSBANDS season 5 and as the leading man of LOVE CHILD season 4, playing the role of DR ANDREW PATTERSON.
Represented by leading Australian acting agent SOPHIE JERMYN MANAGEMENT, Dan also now debuts his new corporate band- the DAN HAMILL BAND, which is being described as Australia’s answer to Michael Bublé with a Justin Timberlake twist.
Dan has been teaching singing and acting for over 10 years.
His qualifications include:
-Bachelor of Arts (BA) of Music Theatre, from the WEST AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (WAAPA)
-Graduate of the 16th STREET Full-time ACTING PROGRAM.
Dan has a current Working with Children check.
Since moving to Melbourne in 2008, he has worked as a private coach and group acting and singing teacher at many of the states highly respected full-time dance schools. Including The Edge Performers School, Spectrum Dance, Rob Sturrock Industry Dance and for the past 3 years has been the primary acting and musical theatre teacher for Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.
For five years now DAN HAMILL PERFORMANCE COACHING has been considered Australia’s premier studio for actors and singers.
Spike Leo is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, engineer and all round performer who has recently returned from Spain after creating the show ‘Sama Sama’ for Cirque Du Soleil. Spike was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School at the age of 16 after a vigorous audition process and was involved in an innovative program which inaugurated 200 hopeful dancers and musicians to reach their full potential. After graduating, Spike was accepted into The Arts Academy where he achieved a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Whilst touring Israel, Spike was accepted into his first company, Tararam Tour Group, later successfully auditioning for the Israeli renowned Mayumana group (Cirque Du Soleil) where he performed in the show ‘Momentum’.
Mayumana had their debut tour of New York, Broadway, performing to rave reviews in the New York Times and Time Out magazine.
Spike is a sought-after music producer/mix engineer/songwriter in Australia and has worked with some major Australian acts as well as helping many independent artists get on their feet and gain radio play with his unique creative writing abilities and savvy production skills.
Yvette Lee is one of the most sought-after choreographers in Australia. Over the last ten years, Yvette has solidified a strong place in the Australian Dance Industry. From television, film, theatre and live events, her versatility has seen her choreograph in all arenas of the entertainment industry. Yvette is at the top of her game and brings this experience to the students of DHPC, helping to develop performances and create polished artists.
Yvette has created amazing choreography for some of the world’s biggest stars including Dami Im, Guy Sebastian, Zara Larsson, Harrison Craig, Illy, Vera Blue, Samantha Jade, Aston Merrygold, Hugh Sheridan, Rob Mills, Casey Donovan, Bonnie Anderson, Andy Grammer, Josh Groban, Ricki Lee, Rule, Dan Hamill, Dylan Joel, Tim Campbell, Bobby Fox, Andrew De Silva and Deni Hines.[
Melbourne singer/songwriter Sophia Brown created a storm on YouTube and as lead singer ofMelbourne band RnBabe. Sophia is an incredible vocalist specialising in R&B, Neo Soul and Pop music but is also an intuitive and masterful song writer.
Her ability to write and create mash-ups with the use of piano, guitar and loops is second to none. Sophia is a vocal and songwriting coach and imparts her experience of the music industry in a nurturing environment.
She assists students with idea creation, lyrical composition and instrumentation. Sophia says “Music can be so personal and I hope to influence others to help them discover their own flavour’’ – that is whatever musical groove or flow speaks to them.”
“I want students to be able to bring their own unique twist to cover renditions and inspire them in their own original writing.” Sophia is the perfect coach for students wanting to take their songwriting and creativity to the next level.
Anna Burgess has had a successful professional career as an actor spanning 20 years. Anna began her career at Chanel Nine as a presenter on Postcards and went on to study acting at the prestigious Strasberg Studio for two years in New York.
Her career flourished and she has successfully won roles in theatre, television and feature films. In 2011 she filmed ‘The Caretaker’ which was awarded Seattle and DC Best Feature Film and she was nominated for best actress in Buffalo Film Festival, New York.
Anna followed this up with roles in ‘Any Questions for Ben’, Loves Brother and SMS. Anna is currently filming the role of Doctor in American feature film ‘The Wheel’ in the Docklands. Anna’s television credits include Neighbours, Last Man Standing, Good Morning Australia, Starstruck, Screen Stars, Australian Idol and Thank God you’re Here.
Her most recent television work was the role of ‘Rona Newton John’ opposite Delta Goodrem in Channel 7’s Olivia Newton-John. Anna’s stage credits are many and varied and she recently finished a successful season of Broadway hit ‘Bad Jews’ at the Alex Theatre to rave reviews. Anna also starred in Yasmina Reza’s ‘God of Carnage’ playing the role of ‘Annette’ and won the lead role of new Australian play ‘Goodbye Miss Monroe’ playing multiple roles, including Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Gwen Verdon.
Other stage credits include the female lead in the widely acclaimed British comedy ‘The 39 Steps, Raimondo Cortese’s play ‘Inconsolable for Metanoia’, Neil Cole’s ‘Groucho’ for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the original cast of Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’, Rigoletto, Macbeth and The Barber of Seville (Opera Australia), Waiting for Godot, Memoranda, The Pursuit of Happiness, Time Warp, Karaoke the Musical, Crazy for You, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, The Pyjama Game and Anything Goes.
Anna is the Head of Acting at DHPC and takes private lessons for not only aspiring actors, but also those already in the industry needing to brush up on skills, prepare for roles, auditions and screen-tests.
A graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Zack is a Melbourne based actor, singer and voice over artist. Recently Zack returned from the Australian tour of Fiddler on the Roof staring Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton.
Zack understudied and performed the role of Motel and also Perchik. Other recent roles include the role of twin brother Mickey Johnstone opposite Amanda Muggleton in Blood Brothers for Harvest Rain Theatre Company at QPAC. Other theatrical projects include It’s Only Life – Accompanied by John Bucchino in NYC, Hello, Dolly!, Anyone Can Whistle, Hello Again and the National and NZ tour of My Fair Lady for Opera Australia as the understudy to Freddy Eynsford Hill.
Zack was a finalist at the Inaugural Rob Guest Endowment Concert at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. In New York City, Zack has performed It’s Only Life – Accompanied by John Bucchino at the iconic jazz venue “Bird Land” and in The Good Fight by Nick Enright and David King as invited by the New York Music Theatre Festival.
After securing a position in the top 24 she received critical acclaim from will.i.am stating “you’ve got buckets of soul” and standing ovations for every performance on the show. She has since made her theatre debut in the role of ‘Effie White’ in the Australian premiere of Dreamgirls to rave reviews of her performance in the Herald Sun. She followed this up with an acclaimed portrayal of ‘Shug Avery’ in the sold-out season of The Colour Purple.
Thando released her much-anticipated debut EP ‘Digital Love Letters’ in June 2016 and music from the EP has had radio play on Triple J and Double J. She opened for Maxwell at the Palais for his BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS tour alongside DJ MzRizk and has just completed a sold-out national tour with her originals band.
Thando is a technical vocal genius with impeccable stage presence and is perfect for any artist wanting to become technically brilliant to break into the industry.
Josh Williams wrote his first song at the age of 15. In 2004 he auditioned for NZ Idol after which he chose to pursue a career in dancing. Josh joined New Zealand’s internationally acclaimed dance crew ‘Prestige’ and they subsequently won Silver at the 2006 World Hip-Hop Dance Championshios in Los Angeles.
Josh was discovered by NZ label ‘Illegal Musik’ and released his debut Album ‘Young Love’ and followed up with popular collaborations with Scribe, Dane Rumble and international artist Maino.
Josh travelled the world sharing his music in America, Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, Rarotonga and a special highlight was touring his home island of Samoa and American Samoa in 2012.
From 2013-2016 he worked in Disney’s Australian national tour of The Lion King as the understudy for the main character of ‘Simba’. Josh recently released his latest album ‘Virgo’ with 4 singles and videos with collaborations with well-known NZ artists Brooke Duff, K One and Dane Rumble. Now teaching pop vocals and songwriting at DHPC, Josh is passionate about sharing his experience with upcoming talent and guiding them along the path to success.
We collaborate with Melbourne’s finest producers, Spike Leo and RMR Productions to provide an elite industry recording package. We take your demos to the next level – ready for release! The package includes a 3 hour professional recording session with Spike Leo at The Aviary Recording Studios, full production, mixing and completing your single ready for airplay. This partnership offers an affordable way for our aspiring writers to take their demos to the highest industry standard. This partnership also entails music videos and filmed recording’s.
We specialise in piano, guitar and looping (made famous by Ed Sheeran!). These classes are designed specifically for singers looking to accompany themselves in performance and songwriting. We employ the most effective, efficient and simplest methods to learn instruments making our singers multifaceted and self sufficient in an industry where playing an instrument is an enormous asset.
To know how to move properly and work the stage as an artist is essential to success. This class gives you one-on-one private sessions with one of Australia’s leading choreographers, Yvette Lee, who has choreographed for Zara Larson, Adam Lambert, Dami Im, Guy Sebastian and Samantha Jade to name a few. We teach how to move in a way that unlocks our artist’s personal styles by finding movements, gestures and choreography suited to their songs which brings life to their performances and creates confidence in their bodies. From ballads to up-tempo tracks, this is the finishing school class for artists wanting to give their performances the winning edge.
We teach world renowned acting techniques to arm each actor for peak performance in industry auditions and professional work, both for screen and stage. We cover voice work, accents, movement, sensory work, emotional access, script analysis, character development, audition preparation for screen tests, theatre and in-house self tapes. We teach our actors tools to self care and build resilience in the industry and guide them to nailing auditions and gaining representation.
This scene study class is designed to get actors adept to working in a group environment whether being on set or in a company of actors. We give them the opportunity to work with a variety of different scene partners and teach the skills of taking direction. We cover script analysis, improvisation, sensory work and emotional access, animal work and character development. This unique experience offers our actors a chance to workshop weekly in front of their peers and put their developing skills to the test in a nurturing environment.
This multi-faceted class is for singers that want to learn the craft of songwriting or need professional assessment of their current songwriting skills. Students bring a lyric or melodic idea to class and collaborate with their coach to create a full song with instrumentation. Live inclass recording and full production is available and this unique opportunity is a way to create a soundcloud account or youtube recordings for originals or covers. This approach allows our artists to create a catalogue of professional, original demos that can be presented to record companies. The adage ‘the money is in the songwriting’ is true and this class arms you with the tools and skills to facilitate your songwriting dreams and make you a formidable force in the industry.
We specialise in all vocal styles and run classes that cater to beginners, intermediate and working professionals. We develop technical excellence in tone variation, vocal acrobatics, phrasing, vibrato, breathing technique, dynamics, style, vowel modification, mic technique and ability to support singing while dancing. We develop leading edge acting techniques to evoke appropriate emotion in each performance. These technical elements are applied and worked into a song of choice by the artist on a weekly basis until perfected. All artists are given the opportunity to perform live in an upmarket venue in Prahran every six weeks to practice and hone public performances.
This unique experience offers singers the chance to workshop a song on a weekly basis with a DHPC coach and their peers. They perform on stage with mic and sound system and each artist receives industry feedback on their performance. This class teaches vocal technique, emotional connection, stage craft and performance skills, harmony work and improvisation. Students have the opportunity to workshop their chosen song in a safe, supportive environment, where they can push themselves weekly in a group setting.