Staff

EXECUTIVE TEAM:

Principal: Professor Kyunghee Lee

Head of School: Wendy Lindeman

Assistant Principal: Eunice Chung Lee

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Professor Kyunghee Lee

Mr John Dawson 

Mr Noel Cislowski

Mr Peter Krupski

Mr Issac Chung Lee

 

ACADEMIC STAFF:

English: Ms Catherine Fowell & Mr Geoff Smith

Mathematics: Mrs Christine Jordi & Mr Barry Hagerman

Science & Biology: Mr Lawrence Briggs

PDHPE & Dance: Ms Melissa Ayers

History: Mr Geoff Smith

Geography: Ms Wendy Lindeman

TAS: Mrs Eunice Chung Lee

Business Studies: Mr Geoff Smith

Society & Culture: Mr Geoff Smith

Drama: Mr Alexander Andrews

Music: Mrs Lisa Gardner

Visual Arts: Mr Daniel Fischer

Japanese: Ms Yukiko Watanabe

 

PERFORMING ARTS STAFF:

MUSIC

Lucy Bailes 

Lucy Bailes

Lucy is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she completed a Master of Music Performance. She commenced piano lessons at three, violin at four, and won her first concerto competition at fourteen.

Lucy was a finalist in the National Aria Competition in 2008 and 2010. Among her many prizes and scholarships are the winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera and Arts Support Group People's Choice Award, the Wagner Society German Award and Wagner Society Lisa Gasteen Summer School Scholarship and Finalist in the McDonald's Aria in 2015.  

Lucy has performed at the United Nations, the Rockefeller Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Washington Cathedral, the Juilliard School, the Barbican, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St George's Chapel Windsor and Westminster Abbey and studied with world acclaimed artists. She continues to work with renowned tenor, Glenn Winslade.

Her performances include:  Romilda in Xerses, the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, Cleopatra in Julius Caesar, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Frasquita in Carmen for Guildhall Opera Ensemble; in Cavalieri Rusticana for Barbican.  

 

Mr Julian Kuo 

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Julian Kuo has been performing professionally since the age of 11 when he was cast in an Opera Australia production. He continued to perform with OA until 2005, appearing in various operas including: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the‘The Magic Flute’. Julian graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2011.

He has appeared with the Whale Jazz Quartet and subsequently as the Julian Kuo Quintet, at Woodfire Cabaret in Double Bay, the El Rocco Room in Kings Cross and Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City.  Julian performed his solo show ‘Interpretations: The Music of Cole Porter’ at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne, starred in and produced Melvyn Morrow’s one man show, ‘Broadway Bard’ in Sydney and Canberra. He produced Exclaim Theatre Company’s inaugural show, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and starred the Australian Premiere of ‘Glory Days’ by Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner.’

Recent credits also include ‘Spring Awakening’ for ATYP and Bernardo in Packemin Production’s ‘West Side Story.”

 

Mr Jamie Valente 

Jamie Valente

Jamie Valente has a Bachelor of Music (AIM) and Diploma of Education (ACU). He has been teaching music for over 4 years, and working as both a guitarist and sound engineer in the industry for 6 years. He regularly performs and engineers at venues across Sydney including: Rock Lily at The Star Casino, Moonshine at The Steyne Manly, Navarra Venues, Doltone House and Dockside Group venues, and the Argyle.

 

Mr Jeff Doukakis 

Jeff Doukakis

Jeff’sprofessional career as a performer has included performing in 12 countries including at festivals such as Belladrum (UK), Wickerman (UK) and Canadian Music Week. He has also toured nationally, performing on Channels 7, 9,10 and SBS.

Jeff is currently the drummer for the "Steve Edmonds band" and electronic act “The Khanz", performing over 120 shows per year. He has also toured and filled in with artists like Cosima DeVito, St Leonards, I Know Leopard and Mabel. Jeff was also the National Under 19 Snare Drum champion in 2002 and has been a Paiste Cymbals artist since 2009.

He is passionate about his teaching, with a focus on teaching his students how to learn using drumming as the medium, as well as a focus on correct technique and efficient movement. 

 

Mr Conrad Hamill 

Conrad Hamill

Conrad Hamill is a pianist, cellist, educator, music director and a graduate of a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. He has extensive experience across a range of disciplines in the Australian professional music theatre and classical music industries. His recent credits as Music Director, include the Hayes Theatre’s Side Show, the 2016 Hayes Theatre Carols by Cabaret, and Hispanic Attack. He also appears as a TV musician on both The X Factor and The Morning Show. 

While performing professionally in the industry is a great thrill for him, music education is Conrad’s greatest passion. As well as teaching voice and musical theatre at APGS, he trains students privately and coordinates the pre-senior and senior vocal ensemble program at Brent Street Studios. He has also been appointed the Head of Cello at Inaburra School in 2017. In addition to his teaching and performing, Conrad is also working on his Master of Sustainability thesis at the University of Sydney, exploring effective and sustainable models for education. 

 

DANCE

Stephen Clarke

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Leading our Musical Theatre Technique class and and co-teaching our Musical Theatre Production class Stephen Clarke has been Dancing and Choreographing professionally since 1985 when he first choreographed RIDGEY DIDGE for Channel 10's childrens department at the age of 18. As well as numerous TV commercials. Stephen successfully performed in the stage musical RASPUTIN, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical EVITA, and the 1988 ROYAL BICENTENIAL CONCERT.
He was a regular on Ray Martin's MIDDAY SHOW and toured Australia with the WORLD'S GREATEST DANCE SPECTACULAR in 1990. He worked with KYLIE & DANNII MINOGUE as well as MARGARET URLICH & NICOLE KIDMAN just to name a few before leaving Australia for the first time in 1990.
His first destination would be TOKYO JAPAN, where he worked his way into a competitive market of music videos and Television shows and commercials. Some of his earliest successes were for companies such as McDONALDS, J-PHONE & JRA.
Five years later at the invitation of fellow Australians Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Stephen relocated to London where he bacame in-house choreographer for the TERRY BLAMEY MANAGEMENT COMPANY. (world wide representation of Kylie and Dannii Minogue)
Whilst in England he had the pleasure of Choreographing Dan Goggins Musical comedy NUNSENSE for the Cavalcade Theatre Company in Londons WEST END to rave reviews.
Clients such as MITSUI CRUISES, WALT DISNEY, CYNDI LAUPER, SWATCH, VIRGIN & DIANA ROSS requested Stephens return to Tokyo regularly over the next few years until his eventual return and relocation back in 1998. As well as Choreographing for AVEX TRAX (Japans leading Music Company) Stephen became involved with world famous Jewllery designer KAZUO OGAWA and Choreographed shows in both the USA and Japan tours for Japanese Royalty and American Dignitaries representing both SOUTH AFRICA & EGYPT.
In 2000, Stephens production company ALL MIGHTY PRODUCTIONS was born. This company was established to introduce international performers to Japanese based companies for Tv commercials, music videos and dramas.

Lauren Elton

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Lauren Elton has trained in all styles of dance since she was 8, her favourites being Commercial Jazz and Contemporary. Since graduating full-time, Lauren has gone on to perform for artists such as Little Mix, Jessica Mauboy, Charlie XCX, Havana Brown, Samantha Jade, Danni Minogue, Red Foo, Jessie J, and many more. Lauren works regularly on TV shows such as The X Factor and Australia's Got Talent and she is currently a part of Marko Panzic's ' The Dream Dance Company', touring Australia with 'The Secret Society', choreographed by Candace Brown.

 

Ms Talia Fowler

Talia Fowler

Talia’s career has spanned across a wide variety of dance genres and media platforms.

She is a classical ballerina having performed for companies - The Queensland Ballet, Ballet BC (Quebec), Madboots Dance (NY), Gregory/Dawson Project (San Francisco), Leigh Warren Dancers (Adelaide), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (San Francisco). She has performed both classical and contemporary works in Australia, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA. In 2009 she was the winner of Season 2 ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.  Talia has worked for the likes of Tabitha & Napoleon, Sonya Tayeh, ARIA’s, AACTA’s & various music artists, including soloist and pas de deux performances.

Her work for Sony Music can be seen in choreography, movement direction and video editing for Timomatic & Pusha T music video ‘Delilah’, and video editing/movement direction for two other Timomatic music videos. Talia can be seen in lead acting roles in music videos ‘Parachute’, and The Veronicas ‘You Ruin Me’. Talia landed the cover of Dance Australia, advertising campaign and face of Bloch ‘Heritage’ pointe shoe and guest performances for the Australian Dance Awards and the World Dance Congress.

She is a private technique coach and has taught workshops and masterclasses nationwide for the past 6 years; judged and adjudicated solo competitions and dance festivals across the country, and is a guest speaker for organisations ‘Beautiful Mind’s’ and ‘The Halogen Foundation’.

 

Ms Gaynor Hicks

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DRAMA

Mr Alex Andrews 

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Alexander’s passion is in building knowledge and skill through collaboration. His teaching philosophy is one that focuses on balancing student learning with academic achievement, while encouraging self-investigation and creativity. Alexander has spent the past two years teaching drama at Cronulla High, working closely with the head of Performing Arts, he has assisted in developing units of study and extra-curricular activities such as the school musical and drama ensembles. After school hours, Alexander tutors students in HSC Drama, English, and History with Tutoring for Excellence. He also works with younger students, programming and facilitating extra-curricular drama classes for Huada Multicultural School Centre and Kool Kidz Holiday Camp. Alexander has recently joined the Ranger Jamie Tours team, for which he conducts curriculum-based excursions in the Royal National Park for primary and high school groups.

Alexander has a wide range of direction and design credits, including productions of A Little Night Music (2015) and Anyone Can Whistle (2014) for the Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble. Recently, he adapted, co-directed, designed, and performed in Tiny Horse Theatre’s production of Under Milk Wood for Sydney Fringe Festival (2015), co-directed Kore Productions’ Spring Awakening (2015), directed and designed Edgewise Productions’ The Women for Sydney Fringe Festival (2016), and directed Painting Seventeen for Sydney Short+Sweet Festival (2017). Alexander has taken on acting roles in various independent productions, such as No Good Boyo in Under Milk Wood (2015) Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes (2014), Paul in Company (2013), Rooster in Annie (2012), and Cinderella’s Prince / The Wolf in Into the Woods (2011).

 

Ms Eleni Schumacher 

Eleni Schumacher

After completing a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at Sydney University, Eleni trained at Atlantic Acting School in New York City, where she received tuition in the Practical Aesthetics acting technique, voice and speech training, improvisation and movement. Since returning to Sydney she has appeared in commercials for television; produced, developed and performed in new theatre projects; and voiced characters for ABC Radio National as well as literary and comedy podcasts. In 2016, she formed part of Equity Foundation’s Storyville program, reading weekly to primary school students around Sydney. Most recently, Eleni has worked as assistant to Wayne Blair for post-production of Dirty Dancing and pre-production of Cleverman Season 2, in Sydney and Los Angeles.

 

Ms Harriet Graham-Anderson 

Harriet Gordon-Anderson

Harriet is an actor / theatre maker, and has performed on screen and stage both in Australia and internationally. In 2016/17 she toured with the Helpman Award-nominated Picnic at Hanging Rock including their season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

She has worked in television for Screentime Australia, the Seven Network, ABC2, and SBS. Harriet trained in acting for theatre and screen at WAAPA, and has been working in this field since her graduation in 2015. Before studying acting, she trained in dance and completed a Bachelor of Media and Communications at The University of Sydney.

She has been a teacher at APGS since 2016, and is passionate about the unique training and intensive opportunity provided by its PA program.  

 

Alicia Gonzalez

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A Jacques Lecoq Theatre graduate, Alicia is a director, theatre-maker and teaching artist specialising in movement and ensemble devised techniques to storytelling. She works across theatre, film and education as a co-devisor, movement director, teacher and performer. Alicia is Artistic Director of Marquez Laundry Theatre Company and Director at the Clown Institute.

Alicia's interest in training and collaborating with others is in response to a growing trend of artists taking control of their creative output and specifically geared towards visually arresting, non-traditional performance styles. Alicia likes to work with artists across disciplines in devised processes to create original works in which drama, comedy, time and space all play a key role in shaping a visceral experience for the audience. 

VISUAL ARTS

Mr Daniel Fischer

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