Our Team


When you are sending your children to an activity you ask yourself a few questions; What are the tutors like? Are they positive role models? Do they know their stuff? Will my children be safe? Will my children be inspired? We also ask these questions of all our tutors and staff. Hunter Drama has the most dynamic and inspiring team of creative artists working with young people in the Hunter region. It is our mission to inspire young people to be the best versions of themselves and our tutors practice what they preach. Every week they turn up as the best versions of themselves ready to rock the socks off our students.

Daniel Stoddart - Founder/CEO

Daniel is one of the Hunter’s most well established performers in our region. He is an actor, director, artist, producer, entertainer, singer, business owner, blogger, designer, entrepreneur, public figure, teacher and writer. He is a busy guy!

With credits to his name for performing, directing and producing events Daniel has over 14 years of theatrical and event experience in the Hunter, Sydney and beyond

Daniel is a Multi-City of Newcastle Drama Award winner with recent theatrical credits including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for Popular…

Hayley Stoddart - General Manager

Hayley grew up dancing in the Newcastle area and eventually teaching for over 10 years It was this experience that saw her co-found the Musical Theatre courses here at Hunter Drama

Her theatre credits include City of Newcastle Drama nominations for Choreography for the productions Beauty and the Beast JR…

James Chapman - Program Director

James is an actor, writer, director and producer from Newcastle, NSW His most recent stage credits include Circumference Of A Squirrel, Mamma Mia and Year Of The Rooster
He holds an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) and has worked as a workshop facilitator with several well known drama schools in Newcastle…

Jennifer Halliburton - Executive Assistant

Jennifer fell in love with theatre when she was 16 and works professionally at the Civic Theatre as well as at Hunter Drama She is a keen props maker and loves creating new things she also has her YouTube channel called ‘That Props Girl’ showcasing her designs She has…

Alison Hodge - Head of Musical Theatre

Alison has more than 10 years of teaching experience, as well as many years of training both in Sydney and Newcastle Alison has trained vocally with Kym Parrish in Sydney, and within this time studied the Estill Vocal Method, with a heavy focus on vocal health and anatomy

Alison has…

Allison Van Gaal - Head of Drama

Allison is much sought after vocal coach with over 20 years experience She is a qualified high school music teacher and is also qualified to teach VET Entertainment Industries

Allison holds a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education Allison has performed in over 80 local productions in…

Renae Youman - Drama

Renae fell in love with the theatre as a child and has made it part of her life ever since She began dancing at age 5 which sparked her passion for all things theatrical! Renae was fortunate to travel to the USA as a teenager, where she performed at…

Lesley Coombes - Drama

Lesley has had over twenty years experience in theatre Lesley was artistic director of Maitland Jr Repertory Theatre from late 2009 – 2014, teaching drama and directing their annual productions Lesley has a passion for teaching and is a qualified primary school teacher with Masters and is currently working…

Daniel Stranger - Drama

Dan is a performing arts worker from the United Kingdom Since moving to Australia in 2009, Dan’s work as a director and theatre-maker includes Ubu Roi (2013), The Tempest (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 & 2018), Insert Drama Here (2015), Children’s Stories (2016), Titus Andronicus (2016), Wild Words…

Drew Holmes - Drama

Drew Holmes is a seasoned Newcastle performer In his time within the Theatre scene Drew has been lucky enough to work as an Actor, writer, Director & teacher

Drew co-wrote “Unforgettable”, a piece that was chosen in the top 10 for the 2015 Sydney Short and Sweet festival for which…

Madeline Baillie - Musical Theatre

Maddie has studied acting at NIDA, the Mark Piper Byron Bay Film and Television school and the Pasvolsky Studio As a Primary school teacher who is passionate about instilling a love for the performing arts in young people she teaches drama and musical theatre in Newcastle

Madeline has been singing…

Tim Turner - Drama

Tim is an actor, educator and entertainer, with a strong passion for teaching and instilling the joy of performance in young people Tim studied acting and theatre and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Communications majoring in Drama, Media Production and Public Relations from the University of Newcastle During university, Tim…

Brooke Lidbury - Musical Theatre

Brooke has been performing in Newcastle and aboard for the last 15 years After completing her education, she went onto study at the University of Newcastle and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK

Brooke has performed in various musicals such as MAMMA MIA (The Very Popular Theatre CO) ROCK OF AGES…

Sarah Watson - Drama

Sarah has worked within the Australian theatre and film industry for over ten years and has been producing and directing both independent and commercial works since the age of fifteen She studied a Bachelor of Performance at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art where she was tutored by some…

Jody Hooker - Musical Theatre

Jody has been working in the arts for many years currently working as a Creative and Performing Arts high school teacher and Starstruck Vocal director She has completed a Diploma of Dance through Village Full-time, a Bachelor in Musical Theatre majoring in Vocals at the Australian International Conservatorium…

Sophie Carmody - Musical Theatre

Sophie’s love of the performing arts developed from a very young age She began her dance training (RAD) at age 3 and later started training in singing Sophie currently attends Hunter School of the Performing arts in Broadmeadow and has participated in the Department of Education’s Starstruck…

Rylee O'Rourke - Drama

Rylee started her theatre journey in high school where she landed her first main role as Mike TV in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Since leaving school she has gone on to study a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Drama and English) at the University of Newcastle During…

Amelia Carpenter - Musical Theatre

Amelia is very passionate about musical theatre and all things performing She began her love for performing at a young age and has been singing, dancing and acting for over 10 years with Hunter Drama and has been apart of many shows such as A Christmas Carol, Little Mermaid…

Adam Soldo - Drama

Adam is an enthusiastic young actor, writer and director who started his training in 2013 where he represented his school in the Newcastle Regional Drama With this, he pursued acting at Lambton High School where he was accepted into the Accelerated Drama Program which enabled him to participate…

Bill Parry - Co-Tutor

Bill is a young actor, songwriter and sound designer who started his drama career in 2015 where he was apart of his school production of Hairspray, and later in 2017, High School Musical Bill has been a part of Hunter Drama for 3 years starting in Singleton and later…

Isabella Parker - Co-Tutor

Isabella started dancing at the age of 2 at Kicks Dance Academy She  then moved to Newcastle Dance Academy at age 6, where I began my training in Ballet (RAD – Advanced Foundation Certificate), Jazz, Tap (Pullar’s tap syllabus), Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre She has represented Newcastle…