Miss Maddie – Studio Coordinator, and Speech and Drama & Musical Theatre Teacher
Miss Maddie has been writing, developing and teaching drama, literature, musical theatre, and dance programs in Brisbane performing arts schools since 2006. Maddie has been teaching for Speak Up Studio since 2012, and is now the studio manager for Speak Up. She assists the directer in marketing, administration, content development, and studio coordination. A long time dancer, actor, and singer, Maddie brings the energy of performance to all of her classes.
A background in theatre
Maddie has a keen interest in Theatre in all aspects, for all ages. From the age of three, Maddie studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, contemporary, hip hop, singing and musical theatre. During this time she completed RAD, FATD, BBDS exams in Ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern and jazz, to a teaching level in all fields. Through primary school and high school drama and acting played a lead role in her learning. She has developed her skills further in theatre through completing her qualifications (Cert IV) in stage management and front of house coordination. Over her years in theatre she has had the opportunity to work for multiple companies, both teaching and developing stage crew.
Educational Studies have always played a key role in Maddie’s studies and work life. Over the years gained experience in childcare through au pair work with many families, and had the opportunity to work in an early childhood development programs in the Brisbane region. This work gave her the opportunity to help children learn and grow from a young age, and again furthered her interest in education for all ages. Throughout 2009 and 2010 Maddie worked with an early childhood development centre extending her knowledge in the field and helping children of all ages reach their developmental goals.
From 2006 – 2013 Maddie worked in multiple performing arts companies across Queensland, teaching dance, musical theatre, and acting.Working with a wide range of students, Maddie furthered her teaching skills in all aspects of performing arts.
In 2011 Maddie was residing in New York City and volunteered her time in a magnet (public) school, assisting in the dance and drama program that the school was running for students. During her time in New York she was able to also take part in other classes within the school, and assist the students develop their goals in performing arts and humanities.
Every child can perform. Every child can sing, dance and act. Sometimes they just need a teacher to let them know they are a natural on stage.
In 2013 Maddie graduated her Bachelors degree in Arts from the University of Queensland, majoring in Drama and English literature. She also holds a degree Secondary Education and worked in multiple schools around the Brisbane region as an English, Humanities, and Drama teacher. This also lead Maddie to work individually with students, tutoring children of all ages in english literature, ESL, humanities and arts subjects.
Maddie holds a Masters degree in Educational Studies (Guidance and Counselling), and in late 2014 gained certificate IV qualifications in counselling through a Melbourne institution. Recently she published a thesis paper on Art Therapy and it’s importance for Children and educational settings. She is now qualified in assessing children with multiple educational, reading, and developmental needs; with a particular interest in play therapy and the creative techniques to assist students with cognitive develop issues.
Currently Maddie is working towards completing a certificate in Australian sign language, in order to further develop her work with students who have a range of needs and abilities.
More About Miss Maddie
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night. ~ The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll
Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. ~ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? ~How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr Seuss
….He’s a good kid, he just needs a little, y’know, guidance. ~Jersey Boys, Music By Bob Gaudio, Book by Marshall Brickman
Those who don’t believe in Magic will never find it! ~ Roald Dahl