FACULTY

The calibre of our teaching staff and team speaks for itself. They comprise of world class, sought after Professionals, Performers and Choreographers with a wealth of industry experience. Their individual credits provide inspiration and a wealth of knowledge.

OUR DIRECTORS

TODD PATRICK

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

Todd Patrick is the proud founder and director of Patrick School of the Arts, which he launched in 2005. (originally established as Patrick Studios Australia)

Todd started his career working for Disney. Whilst on tour he began modelling and choreographing for designers including Versace, Dior, Issey Miyaki, Gucci and Chanel across Europe and Asia.
He built his professional dance career and strong reputation performing in an array of cabaret shows, including The Lido in Paris. He quickly moved up to principal dancer, performing across Korea and Germany.

Commercially, Todd has worked with famous Australian pop artists including Vanessa Amorosi, Guy Sebastian and Dannii Minogue across a range of entertainment and media productions, including film clips, TV appearances and live performances.

Additionally, Todd also choreographed for international music festivals, DJ’s and pop artists. Under his talent and production companies Kissing Bee Productions and Clover Agency & Events Todd has delivered worldwide acclaimed theatre and television performances for brands such as SK2, Target, Cabaret De Paris, Peter and the Wolf, Countdown -The Arena Spectacular (Aust. Tour), Tobia (Malaysia) as well as entertainment icon Sesame Street.

Todd continually choreographs for corporate clients including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cricket Australia, KPMG, Flight Centre & HBA.

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AMANDA STONE

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMY & PROF.  DEVELOPMENT

Amanda Stone is a highly respected and renowned entertainment Choreographer and Producer. We are fortunate to have her at the helm of the PSA Elite Squad.

Trained in all styles of dance, Amanda completed Certificate 3 in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at Bartuccio’s and further extended her education with an Associate Diploma of Arts in Dance Instruction and Management. She has also completed her Certificate IV in Training and assessment.

Amanda has choreographed for American powerhouse Walt Disney Studios and many other hugely successful shows performed all over Australia and Asia. As a dancer she has worked internationally for commercial and mega stage events including ET News, cheerleading for Melbourne Storm (rugby) and was Kylie Minogue’s body double!

Most recently Amanda formed her own production company Stone Productions Australia. She has successfully produced several shows for big brands such as Sesames Street, Pororo, Chuggington and Looney tunes.

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ANDREW HALLSWORTH

DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL THEATRE
Andrew is an international showbiz heavyweight.
With steam-roller record of awards and accolades, his resume is beyond impressive, boasting big production names such as Priscilla and The Boy from OZ. In 2015, Andrew won the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for Opera Australia’s ‘Anything Goes’ following his 2014 Helpmann Award win for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity, which also toured Australia in 2015. Andrew’s most recent credits are the World Premier of Muriel’s Wedding, The Musical (STC/Global Creatures), Dream Lover (John Frost & Gilbert Theatrical), Vivid White (MTC), Assassins (Hayes Theatre/Luckiest Productions) and the 10th Anniversary tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassell). Other live and cabaret shows include Doris Day – ‘So Much More Than The Girl Next Door’, Tegrity Newley Discovered, Todd McKenney-Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and ‘Cry Me A River’ -The World of Julie London. Andrew’s television credits include the Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance, “Indigeridoo” and “Ja’ime’s Assembly Routine” on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV, The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media (TEN).

NATHAN PINNELL

TERTIARY  CO-ORDINATOR

Nathan is an award-winning performer with a career spanning over two decades.

His professional career began at the age of 9 in two Opera Australia productions, Falstaff and Manon Lescaut. As a young boy he also appeared in numerous television commercials such as Sea Monkey’s, Australia Post and Meadow Lea.

Nathan has been teaching and choreographing for various universities, full time courses and dance studios for the last 16 years. He is renowned for his progressive work as a passionate performer, teacher and artist within the industry and continues to create and work with the world’s finest.

Theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Production Tenor and Dialect Coach), Hugh Jackman: Broadway To Oz (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble), Anything Goes(Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Billy Crocker), Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom: The Musicalas Liam Lamb (Understudied and performed Ken Railings, Nathan Starkey and Clarry Welch), Legally Blondeas Carlos (Savoy, West End), West Side Storyas Baby John, Chicago: The Musicalfor which he received a Green Room Award (Cover: Mary Sunshine), Dusty: The Original Pop Divaas Young Tom, We Will Rock You (Ensemble and Swing), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, High School Musical(Cover: Jack Scott/Ryan Evans), Eurobeat: Almost Eurovisionand Rhythm and Runners(Melbourne Fringe Festival).

MIKE SMITH

DIRECTOR OF ACTING: STAGE & SCREEN

Mike is an Australian actor on both the stage and screen. He graduated from NIDA (Bachelor of Dramatic Art) in 2005 and has since been working within the entertainment industry on many levels.

During these past 15 years Mike has developed his skills, not only as an actor, but a voice artist, acting coach, singer, director, and in 2014 opened his own recording studio – Melbourne Actors’ Self Tape. Since then, he has worked closely with Australian and US casting directors to develop the highest quality self tapes for his auditioning clients.

Mike’s key television credits include: All Saints playing Ambulance Officer Heath Velaga, Winners & Losers, as Callum Gilbert as well as City Homicide, Neighbours and a string of other guest roles. He has also appeared in a long list of TV Commercials and short films.

On stage Mike’s career highlights have been in Billy Elliot – The Musical where he received a Green Room Nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Billy’s brother, Tony, The King & I (The Production Company), Fifteen And Then Some (Toby Schmitz), Young Tycoons (Darlinghurst Theatre), The Prince of Brunswick East (The Old Fitz), The 39 Steps as Richard Hannay, Hotel Sorrento as Dick, The Sapphires as Dave (all National tours with HIT Productions).

In the voiceover world Mike has been the voice of many Australian and International brands working for the likes of Oral B, TAC, Woolworths, Vic Roads, Mortgage Brokers and Campbells.

As part of his continued learning, in 2013 Mike received a Howard Fine Masterclass Scholarship to work with the renowned LA acting coach.
As a teacher, Mike has been a constant student of the art, sharing his knowledge whilst working with students at the NIDA Open Program, many secondary and performance schools throughout Melbourne, through his private tutoring and, more recently, when he was appointed resident director on the national touring production of The Sapphires.

He is deeply proud and equally delighted to be bringing this unique and rewarding opportunity to young, aspiring actors who have something to say and want to make a difference.

STEVEN GRACE

ARTIST MANAGEMENT: PATRICK MANAGEMENT
Steven is an award-winning performer with an international career spanning over 25 years. His vast experience, reputation and strong industry network is aimed at enhancing the careers of our artists.
His appetite for showbiz success began at the age of 10 , after playing the role of ‘Luke’ in Strictly Ballroom. At 18 he played ‘Radio City Music Hall NYC’ in Dein Perry’s ‘Steel City’, ‘Fame’ for Kelley Abbey and has danced for Danni Minogue, Jessica Mauboy and Kylie Minogue. He also toured with We Will Rock You and was personal choreographer to Caroline O’Connor. Since then, Steven has experienced incredible international success working with, and performing for, high-calibre theatre shows and productions including West Ends’ Chicago, Priscilla (Assistant Dance Captain), Carmen (Royal Opera) as well as performers Michael Bublé, Elton John, Sam Sparro, Geri Halliwell, Jamelia, Take That, Will Young, Aleesha Dixon, Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Show.
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Jan di Pietro

ACTING: STAGE & SCREEN COORDINATOR

Jan has been a working professional across theatre, film, TV, and commercials since the age of 13. His recent theatre work as a performing artist was in Muriel’s Wedding- The Musical for Global Creatures.

On the screen, Jan can be seen in the latest season of ABC’s Utopia. He has appeared in numerous TVCs, Musicals, Plays, and Operas across the years.

As a creative, Jan has been a Director and Choreographer for education, private institutions, corporate, and commercial. He has devised new works for large scale cultural and sporting events including the AFL and the Australian Open.

Jan is currently a Resident Playwright with leading independent theatre company Q44 where his debut play Tuntable Ck is being developed for production. As a producer and coordinator, Jan has worked in film production, theatre, art, and events. He was particularly excited and challenged by his work that helped produce the Australian premier of the immersive existential evocation ALONE.

Jan’s early training was done at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. After graduating high school, Jan took a place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York City where he undertook practice-based theatre training under chief instructor Jackie Bartone. In his graduating year, Jan was honoured with the Charles Jehlinger Award for excellence in Acting. He also gained a place in the highly competitive third-year Academy Company of Actors where we worked under seasoned Broadway veteran and Director/Writer Jonathan Bolt.

Whilst continuing a creative career in Australia and abroad, Jan began studying online to further his education. He now holds a Bachelor Communication (Hons) from Griffith University, and has been awarded 1st Class Honours for achieving outstanding results across the program. His creative dissertation/thesis was a multidisciplinary transmedia experimental fiction called The Laika Project. It explored the morality and ethics of blending human and machine creativities, humanitarian crises, and the existential threat of AI.

TEACHING STAFF

GUEST TEACHERS

TODD PATRICK
Jazz/contemporary
ANDREW HALLSWORTH
Musical theatre
AMANDA STONE
Jazz/ musical theatre
MICHAEL RALPH
Musical theatre
NICK HEDGER
Vocals
BEN NICHOLSON
Acting

SIMON STOREY

Acro / conditioning
REID MONKS
Cardio weight training
NADIA TORNESE
Hip hop
DAVID WISKEN
Vocals
LAURA BRENT
Acting
Natalie Gamsu
Audition prep

ADRIAN DIMITRJEVITCH

Ballet
LUCA DINARDO
Jazz / lyrical
NATHAN PINNELL
Tap/jazz/musical theatre
STEVEN GRACE
Ballroom/jazz
PRISCILLA STAVROU
Latin/jazz
Lisa Woolley
VCE/VET Dance
Nick Simpson-Deeks
Acting
Jackson Fisch
Ballet
Ben Scarmozzino
Hip hop
SCIMM
Contemporary
Elysia Kennedy
Ballet
Adrian Tamburini
Vocals
Stefan Lagoulis
Jazz/lyrical

KELLY ABBEY

KIRSTEN KING

MICHELLE HOPPER
KYLIE NORRIS

STEPHEN TANNOS

Yvette LeE

Oriana Siew-Kim
Brittany Page
SAMANTHA DODEMAIDE

TEACHING STAFF

GUEST TEACHERS

KELLY ABBY
KIRSTIN KING
MICHELLE HOPPER
KYLIE NORRIS
STEVEN TANNOS
SAMANTHA DODEMAIDE
ASHLEY SMITH

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