Specialty – Vocal Technique, Repertoire enhancement & basic-intermediate keyboard accompaniment.
A graduate of the prestigious WAAPA Musical Theatre Degree 2005 Nate is one of Australia’s most sought after vocal coaches. His fresh approach, youth and enthusiasm puts him way ahead of his competition. Nate’s students have been X Factor finalists, top 30 in The Talent Development Project, School Spectacular & Star Struck soloists.
Nate has passed on his knowledge to vocalists from many bands including Grizzle Train, The Million, Taylor and The Makers, Joe Kalou & Holly Buchannan.
Nate has been a finalist on the X Factor TV show, making it to the bootcamp round and working with the judges and producers for the Fremantle Media TV production.
Nate has played the Sydney Circuit performing @ Slide Bar, Bar Me, Lizottes, The Vanguard, The Brass Monkey, Sydney Novetel and many other exclusive venues.
Along with Corporate gigs for major international companies. Nate has also been a guest artist on P&O Cruises performing around Australia.
Nates professional Musical Theatre credits include, The Lion King, Dead Man Walking, Encore Vocal Group & Salt Vocal Group just to name a few.
Leisi Edmonds – Role – Managing partner
Specialty – Contemporary Vocal Technique, strengthening vocal belt
Leisi is one of the best belt vocalists in Australia who studied at the NIDA Musical Theatre Program.
Leisi has also explored the modern techniques of Brett Manning’s Singing Success, Throga, and other classical methods. She is a skilled singer with impeccable technique and an amazing ability to communicate with her audience.
In 2012 Leisi took part in the reality TV singing competition X Factor where she was a finalist taking part in the bootcamp & working with celebrity judges
and producers. Mel B said her “voice was amazing”. Her credits include : X-Factor 2012, The Sunrise breakfast show, “The Tooties” childrens album, Sydney foreshore Australia day celebrations, SeaFm Blue Tongue Stadium carols & Mingara Carols By Candlelight in front of 20,000 people, Numerous corporateperformances for John Howard, Performed on the bill with David Campbell, Nathan Foley, Kate DeAraugo. Fright Night Theatre Restaurant
(no.1 comedy restaurant in sydney), Lizottes Sydney & Central Coast.
Leisi also performs regularly with Nate at different venues and events around Sydney & The Central Coast.
Her Musical Theatre credits include lead roles in Rent, & The Jungle Book.
Specialty – Contemporary Vocal Technique, Basic-intermediate guitar accompaniment.
Jade has completed her Contemporary Vocal certificate with high distinctions though VIDLA.
Jade is an amazing musician who has fantastic vocal technique; she is also an accomplished guitarist. Jade has explored the modern techniques of Throga, Brett Manning’s Singing Success and even classical. She also studied here at the studio for over 5 years.
Jade is fantastic with singers who are just starting out as her calm influence and positive attitude help to nurture young talent.
Full-time Course Staff
Steve Le Marquand – Steve has been appearing on Australian screens and stages since graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney in 1992.
On film Steve has been seen in Broke (Best Actor, Cardiff Film Festival), One Eyed Girl, A Few Best Men, Beneath Hill 60 (Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Supporting Actor nomination), Last Train to Freo (AFI Best Lead Actor nomination and Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Lead Actor nomination), Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance, Men’s Group, Kokoda, Lost Things, Mullet, South Pacific, Two Hands and Vertical Limit. Steve has recently finished filming Blue Dog in Karratha, WA (which is the prequel to Red Dog). He has also appeared in various award-winning short films including Cliché (Best Actor, Tropfest 1996), Bomb and Franswa Sharl.
Steve has been seen on stage in Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (also for MTC and QTC), Death Of A Salesman, Paul, The Spook, Buried Child and Waiting For Godot for Belvoir St Theatre; Gaybies for Darlinghurst Theatre: Ugly Mugs (also for Malthouse), Songket and The Return for Griffin Theatre; War Of The Roses, Gallipoli, The Serpent’s Teeth and Tales From the Vienna Woods for the Sydney Theatre Company (with the STC Actor’s Company); Holy Day for STC and Don’s Party for MTC/STC.
He co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the hugely successful theatre production He Died With A Felafel In His Hand.
Television credits include Rake, The Moodys, Old School, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife-Fighting, Small Time Gangster (ASTRA Awards Most Outstanding Actor nomination), Underbelly:Razor, Sea Patrol, Laid, All Saints, Farscape, Young Lions, A Difficult Woman, Backberner, Blue Heelers, Wildside, G.P, Murder Call, Big Sky, Water Rats, Soldier Soldier, Home and Away and Police Rescue.
Nick Christo – Nicholas has directed and taught at AIM, ACTT and most recently at WAAPA for the world premiere of the new operatic drama MELBA composed with Johannes Luebbers (for which they won the NEW MUSICALS COMPETITION at The Hayes Theatre in 2015).
He has been the recipient of a Western Australian Equity Award (A Swell Party) and was the WINNER of the Sydney Cabaret Showcase Competition for 2005. He was nominated for the 2008 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Cabaret for The Fabulous Frances Faye in Australia. Nicholas subsequently toured this SHOW to New York, The Adelaide Cabaret and FEAST Festivals, Mardi Gras Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre (WA), Belvoir St for B Sharp and QPAC for their 12 Acts of Cabaret Festival.
Directing and writing credits include; Well Swung and Doorknockers (His Majesty’s Theatre WA and Noosa Long Weekend Festival) Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope with Luigi Lucente (Ballarat Cabaret Festival, Hayes Theatre, Midsummer Festival and His Majesty’s Theatre WA) and VAMP: The songs of Kander and Ebb for Elise Brennan (Ruby’s Jazz Room)
Nicholas has worked as an assistant director on; LoveBites (Subiaco Theatre Centre and Seymour Centre) and on the Helpmann nominated Gutenberg! The Musical! (Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Seymour Centre and Parramatta Riverside).
Nicholas is also the co-author of the hit school production POPSTARS the ‘90s Musical! with Neil Gooding released through WWW.DAVIDSPICER.COM.AU.
Nicholas and Neil both won the Short, Sweet and Song Festival for their joint direction of Climb the Smallest Mountain in 2009.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Curtin University) and Bachelor of Arts (WAAPA).
Tim Maddren – Maddren was raised in a very musical family and was encouraged from an early age to develop his interest and skills for performing and entertaining. He plays the guitar, piano, the trumpet and a bit of drums. Maddren is a left-handed musician.
In 2003 Maddren moved to Perth, Australia to study at the WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) from which he graduated in 2005.
He has performed in many theatrical productions such as Topol’s Fiddler on the Roof (2007), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Chess, Les Miserables, Crazy For You, International Miners Emporium, Street Scene, Guys & Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and My Fair Lady. In 2008 he was part of the original Australian cast in the musical comedy Altar Boyz playing the role of Luke.
Television credits include Blue Water High playing the guest role of Connor (ABC TV).
Maddren taught singing and acting at the Ministry of Dance, North Melbourne.
He became part of the Hi-5 cast on 5 January 2009. Hi-5 segment: making music. Maddren has expressed that the best thing of being on Hi-5 is “seeing all the happy faces on the kids when we’re up there performing in front of them.”
Maddren had a parallel career to Hi-5, acting in the musical show The Addams Family, playing Lucas Beineke. In December 2012, Maddren confirmed that he will leave Hi-5 in 2013. It was informed by Stevie Nicholson on his Twitter account.
Maddren is currently performing in the role of Brad Majors in the Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show.