Our Team

Drama Time is an exciting and rewarding drama program especially created for primary school aged children.

The goal of the Drama Time program is to develop self-cofidence, communication skills and of course creativity.

This is achieved through a stimulating and rewarding drama program designed to encourage active participation, self-expression and build character.

Lara Wiser - Director/Manager

Lara is a passionate and experienced educator and has a wealth of experience as a teacher, performer and producer.

Lara has a Masters in Primary Education and has over ten years teaching experience in a variety of positions. These include the roles of Primary School Teacher, Literacy Co-ordinator and three months teaching English to various under- resourced and needy communities in El Salvador, Central America.

Lara has a Licentiate Degree in Speech and Drama with the Trinity School of London and has forever been passionate about teaching drama to children. As a performer Lara has had a vey successful performance career, most notably playing the ongoing role of Serena Bishop for three years in the long running series Neighbours. Lara also performed in various plays and television commercials and toured England, playing the lead role of Beauty, in the 'Beauty and the Beast' pantomime.

In 2010, Lara created "Applause for a Cause Inc" - a charitable company which produced educational plays for not-for-profit organisations. She produced and performed in its first production “I Can Cry” which had a sold out season and raised over a hundred thousand dollars for a variety of chairites.

Lara is passionate about teaching drama both for the art of drama, as well as for the enhancement of life skills. 

Lara is extremely excited to join Drama Time as a director and manager and looks forward to bringing confidence, imagination, communication and the development of social skills to children of all ages.

Pip Mushin - Director

Pip is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Theatre (WAAPA) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Film and Television). Pip has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian theatre, film and television industries.

As an actor Pip is well known for his roles in the hit film ‘Strictly Ballroom’ (Wayne Burns) and the award winning TV series ‘Frontline’ (Stu). Pip’s other acting credits include ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Good Guys Bad Guys’, ‘Halifax’ and ‘Secret Life of Us’. Pip also featured in Peter Jackson’s international hit, ‘King Kong’. On stage Pip has worked with the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Playbox Theatre.

Pip began his directing career in theatre, where his credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Avenue Q (Victorian Music Theatre Guild awards nomination – Best Production, Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along, Crossing Delancy, Big Al, Yentl, La Serva Pedrona Falsettos (Victorian Music Theatre Guild awards nomination – Best Production, Best Director) Arafat in Therapy, From Phantom to Figaro, Biloxi Blues (‘Most Outstanding and Memorable Production of the Year’ nomination, Victoria Drama League), Mother and Son – National Tour (Resident Director), Fiddler on the Roof (Resident Director), The Book of Mormon (Resident Director). Pip latest show as Resident Director is Evita stariing Tina Arena.

Pip has also worked in Television as a director/producer roles in a variety of television programs as well as directing the feature film ‘Josh Jarman’, which was released nationally through Hoyts Cinemas and selected for seven international film festivals.

At schools, Pip has worked as a guest director at Mount Scopus College and the King David School.

In 2008 Pip developed the Drama Time program which has now run in over 40 primary schools and kindergartens in Melbourne. 2010 saw the introduction of the Drama Time for Kinder Kids! program and the Drama Time Vacation Care Workshops. In 2012 the Drama Time Glee Club was introduced.

Pip lives in Melbourne with his wife Bindy and their four ‘little productions’ – Jasper (15), Rani (12), Coby (11) and Benji (7).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Herreen - Teacher

Originally from Adelaide, Nicole has been a passionate performer for her entire life. From a young age, she trained in singing, acting and a variety of dance styles. Her extensive training and experience in performing, singing teaching and music makes her a very well-equipped teacher.

In 2018, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Prior to this, she graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre.

Nicole’s credits include Jo March in Little Women the Broadway Musical, Serena Katz in FAME!, Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and featured artist in Con2theCabaret. She has gone on to sing as a soloist in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and on QPAC’s stage with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and QPAC Choir.

Now Melbourne based, Nicole is very excited to be joining the Drama Time team and hopes that her love of performing and teaching will encourage her students’ own passion, creativity, skills and confidence to flourish!

 

 

 

 

Montana Sharp - Teacher

Montana is a creative, fun and animated drama teacher!

Currently completing a double degree of Arts/Music with a major in theatre, Montana seeks to combine her dramatic and musical skills with her love of connecting with children.  She has had years of experience in assisting and directing youth musicals, both locally and in the USA. Additionally, Montana has spent the past few years as a children’s entertainer, and is very passionate about adding a touch of sparkle and magic to her classes. 

As an avid composer and performer, Montana gigs locally and participates in both the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. She has also completed multiple musical intensive programs in Europe and the US, whilst also interning at the Soggy Dog Recording studio. Montana’s extensive training in Estill Voice Mechanics and high achievements in the AMEB program has equipped her with an all-encompassing understanding of music, and a skill in translating musical complexities to young beginners.

Montana is ecstatic to join the Drama Time team and can’t wait to help students develop their sense of empowerment, creativity, and most importantly, JOY! 

 

Isabella Etlis - Teacher

Isabella is a lover of all things drama. Undergoing a Bachelor of Education with a special interest in Theatre, Isabella seeks to combine her love of teaching with her passion for the performing arts. She is a seasoned performer herself, having held both lead and supporting roles in productions of Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and The Wiz.

Isabella approaches all classes with enthusiasm and positivity, and loves the way in which drama can spark joy and creativity within children.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Jasmin Goldberg - Teacher

Jasmine’s love and passion for Musical Theatre developed at a very young age. Jasmine has trained in Musical theatre from the age of 12 and absolutely loves sharing her skills and passion.

Jasmine has perfromed in professional productions such as Gordon Frosts “Annie The Musical” and Tim Lawsons ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical” both at teh Regent Theatre. She has also appeared in television shows, commercials, short films and has been the voice over for the doll “Lala Loopsy”. Jasmine was fortunate enough to become Melbourne Apprentice runner up at “JOIP on broadway workshop and audition” with J.oipternational productions.

Jasmine has had many years experience teaching musical theatre, dancing, acting and sport at various schools. She continues to train, enabling her to grow as a performer. Jasmine approaches every class with enthusiasm, patience and positivity. Through Drama Time, Jasmine aims to enhance students’ creativity, confidence and communicative skills whilst having a fun time!

 

 

Katya Taibi - Teacher

Originally from Queensland, Katya Taibi grew up singing, acting and dancing from a young age. Her passion for theatre developed further when she made her professional debut in Harvest Rain’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at age twelve. After finishing high school she was accepted into the Music Theatre foundation course at Griffith University. 

To continue her studies, Katya moved to Victoria where she completed her Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University performing in shows such as “The Spirit Level”, “My Favourite Year”, “Crusade” and “Chicago”. 

Katya is extremely excited to be teaching with Drama Time and is thrilled to share her passion for Drama with the students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyndsay Marsden Teacher

Lyndsay is a professionally trained Workshop Facilitator that has recently made the move to Australia. Working in both educational and community settings, she is passionate about collaborating with young people and enjoys devising theatre that enables children to creatively explore the world in which they live.

Inspired by contemporary art making practices her workshops provide an inclusive and fun space for participants to engage in drama and the theatre making process. Children are encouraged to observe, respond and take ownership of their ideas within the sharing experience.

Lyndsay originally trained in London and worked in Musical Theatre, studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She then went on to study Applied Theatre: working with Young People, at the critically acclaimed Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in partnership with the Almeida Theatre. Lyndsay is excited to collaborate with Drama Time and looks forward to teaching this term.

 

Hilary Harrison - Teacher

Growing up in an artistic family, performing has always been a huge part of Hilary’s life. From a young age Hilary began lessons in drama, dance, singing, piano and saxophone. This inspired her to study fulltime musical theatre at the Australian Dance Performance Institute in Brisbane for 2013.

Continuing her study through to 2016, Hilary graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Throughout her study she played roles such as ‘Beverly’ in Abigail’s Party, ‘Maureen’ in RENT, ‘Linda-Lou’ in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ‘Dabby Bryant’ in Our Country’s Good. After graduating, Hilary joined the cast of Love Train as a lead vocalist which performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for 2018.

Hilary is very excited to be taking on this new role with Drama Time, and wants her skills and passion for the arts to influence and inspire kids to be creative, brave and bold!

 

 

 

Jamie Boiskin - Teacher

Originally from Sydney, Jamie Boiskin grew up studying singing, acting and dancing as a child. Her passion for theatre developed in high school when she became a student ambassador for The Griffin Theatre Company. Upon moving to Melbourne, she studied at 16th Street learning Chubbuck and Alexander technique, and also completed the VCA short course VCA Music Theatre Studio.

Jamie recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at Federation University where she performed in Showtrain, Bye Bye Birdie, Rent and Sweeney Todd. Whilst at Federation University Jamie devised the cabaret “Ovariacting: A Period Drama”, which she has since performed at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2018 and will be performing again in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019.

Jamie is excited to be teaching with Drama Time and is thrilled to share her passion and love of Drama and Theatre with the students.

 

 

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