Miss Cathy

Miss Cathy – Owner and Director, & Speech and Drama Teacher

Miss Cathy is a talented teacher who has been facilitating Speech and Drama in both group and individual settings since 2006. Cathy studied speech and drama throughout both primary and high school, and appreciates the benefits speech and drama has to offer. She is passionate about helping kids reach their full potential.

My mantra is confidence, creativity, communication. Perfect these skills – believe in yourself, think outside the box, and communicate well with others – and where can you go wrong?  

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With a strong background in drama and performance, Cathy brings Speech and Drama to life! She has a huge collection of resources (she promises that she can find a poem to fit any student) and she is very creative when it comes to developing activities that help kids engage with their voices and with literature.

Cathy has a wide experience in the creative arts including drama, singing, ballet, and has a particular interest in film and television, digital media, set and costume design, skills she has channeled into developing Speak Up Studio’s unique filmmaking program for kids!


Cathy studied Speech and Drama throughout school, completed exams and eventually worked her way to completing the teaching qualifications with the AMEB. In 2006, Cathy began working for her then Speech and Drama Teacher, Sally Symonds.  She worked under the guidance of Sally for several years, devoting many hours to perfecting her teaching style and her lesson planning skills. During these years, Cathy also completed a film degree, graduating from Griffith Film School at the end of 2010. After finishing uni and starting Speak Up Studio, Cathy’s time was divided between film projects and teaching speech and drama, but in 2013, after seeing the potential of her little business, Cathy decided to focus on Speak Up Studio full time, and that’s when the business really started to take off!

Cathy has found a new passion since starting Speak Up – a passion for business! That is to say, a passion for finding talented people and giving them a platform to do what they love, and an eagerness to work not only in the business, but also on the business. Cathy gets enormous satisfaction from identifying weak spots within business, putting in place strategies to combat them, and then watching weaknesses disappear! Cathy is proud to have created a business model that is able to provide more students with access to high quality speech and drama classes than she could have done as a “one man band”.


Favourite Poem

It was nine o’clock at midnight at a quarter after three
When a turtle met a bagpipe on the shoreside by the sea,
And the turtle said, “My dearie,
May I sit with you? I’m weary.”
And the bagpipe didn’t say no.
Said the turtle to the bagpipe, “I have walked this lonely shore,
I have talked to waves and pebbles–but I’ve never loved before.
Will you marry me today, dear?
Is it ‘No’ you’re going to say dear?”
But the bagpipe didn’t say no.

Said the turtle to his darling, “Please excuse me if I stare,
But you have the plaidest skin, dear,
And you have the strangest hair.
If I begged you pretty please, love,
Could I give you just one squeeze, love?”
And the bagpipe didn’t say no.

Said the turtle to the bagpipe, “Ah, you love me. Then confess!
Let me whisper in your dainty ear and hold you to my chest.”
And he cuddled her and teased her
And so lovingly he squeezed her.
And the bagpipe said, “Aaooga.”

Said the turtle to the bagpipe, “Did you honk or bray or neigh?
For ‘Aaooga’ when your kissed is such a heartless thing to say.
Is it that I have offended?
Is it that our love is ended?”
And the bagpipe didn’t say no.

Said the turtle to the bagpipe, “Shall i leave you, darling wife?
Shall i waddle off to Woedom? Shall i crawl out of your life?
Shall I move, depart and go, dear–
Oh, I beg you tell me ‘No’ dear!”
But the bagpipe didn’t say no.

So the turtle crept off crying and he ne’er came back no more,
And he left the bagpipe lying on that smooth and sandy shore.
And some night when tide is low there,
Just walk up and say, “Hello, there,”
And politely ask the bagpipe if this story’s really so.
I assure you, darling children, the bagpipe won’t say “No.” ~ Shel Silverstein

Favourite Play

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream ~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Favourite Book

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Favourite Musical

You’re never fully dressed without a smile! ~ Annie, Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin 

Favourite Quote

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr Seuss