Information For Current Speak Up Families
 
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Behind the Curtain

Hi, I’m Miss Cathy


I founded the business when I was 20 years old, as a sole speech and drama teacher. A decade later, Speak Up has developed a full primary drama syllabus, a series of in-demand creative holiday workshops, and has over 800 students participating in weekly lessons across our Brisbane venues. More importantly, the Speak Up community is thriving and I am surrounded by a team of remarkable women.

I have Speech and Drama to thank for that.

Speech and Drama lessons made me the person I am today. It taught me how to talk to people, to believe in myself, and gave me the license to express my creativity.

It’s no wonder communication, confidence and creativity are our core values. I am where I am today because these highly transferable skills were cultivated in me as a child.

This is what I want for every child

 

I want them to be able to communicate to their peers and to adults. I want them to have the courage to trust in themselves and be their number one cheer squad. I want them to try new things, take risks and never stop thinking, dreaming, and creating. Because when a child is armed with these qualities, they are set for life.

 

– Miss Cathy Clur

We call them Team Rainbow

The Speak Up team is made up of extraordinary, inspiring and unique humans who live and breathe our philosophies. Our office is filled with colour, laughter, Disney music, and cheerful people who are serious about the benefits of performing arts education.

Meet the team that brings Speak Up to life and who will be working alongside your child as they grow up in our studio family.

Miss Olivia

Our resident incubating duckling. You will always find Olivia wrapped up, perched in the sunlight and sneaking away to turn the heating back on. A fountain of knowledge and talent, Miss Olivia co-ordinates our spectacular performances, equipped with a musical gift and an answer for every ‘Hey Olivia… just a quick question…’. Our teaching team would be lost in the dark (and cold) without her.

Miss Olivia

Studio Manager and Drama Queen
Miss Anna

A dash of colour and a sparkle out the corner of your eye - it’s none other than Miss Anna with her bright spirit and a glittery pair of earrings to match! Like your favourite aunt at Christmas, Anna brings a smorgasbord to the table, as she surprises us again and again with her ability to do, well, just about anything. Anna can adapt to all situations and tasks at the speed of light, all while catering to the needs of each and everyone of her students - we’re convinced she could build a rocket ship in a day if she needed to.

Miss Anna

Studio Co-ordinator and Drama Queen
Miss-Jess-Drama-teacher

Meet Jess: you'll hear her before you see her. Don’t be fooled by her ‘I mean business' guise, this woman is sunshine in human form. Jess comes into any room with the energy of a caffeinated kelpie and leaves every child feeling loved, included and exhausted. Have a problem? Jess is your girl. In fact, most days it seems that Jess is on a mission to help as many people as she possibly can, whether it’s venue hunting, lesson planning or smile spreading, Miss Jess is on the case.

Miss Jess

Business Development Manager and Drama Queen
Miss-Caitlin-speech-and-drama-teacher

Do you know that moment when you feel like you can tackle the world? Like nothing can stop the smile on your face and the spring in your step? That’s every day when Miss Caitlin is around. You can find Caitlin nestled in a cosy corner of the office with a warm cup of tea and an excited glint in her eyes. Students and parents alike absolutely adore Miss Caitlin and the beautiful energy she brings into her classrooms, and we don’t blame them, we adore her too.

Miss Caitlin

Senior Drama Queen
Miss-Grace-drama-teacher

There are very few things that can get Miss Grace down. A colourful bundle of excitable energy, Grace is always looking for a chat, a laugh and especially a challenge. A mixed bag of a human, Miss Grace likes to keep us on our toes, always surprising us with her theatre knowledge, an obscure new skill or a story about her cat. Most importantly, Miss Grace loves what she does, and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

Miss Grace

Dreamers Co-ordinator and Drama Queen
Miss-Heather-drama-teacher

Our intrepid adventurer, Miss Heather has traversed the globe in search of new and exotic ways to drink coffee and teach musical theatre. Making friends with Miss Heather is the easiest thing in the world. She is warm, genuine, and always ready to jump behind the piano. She can get even the most uninterested kids singing along in no time. Like a puzzle piece, Heather has slotted straight into the studio and her new classes, she’s a perfect fit.

Miss Heather

Curriculum Co-ordinator and Drama Queen
Miss Emma

Don’t be fooled by this young teachers fun-sized appearance. Miss Emma is a bold, powerful woman and performer, who’s always ready to share her passion for theatre with her students. Emma can put a smile on even the most nervous child’s face, and her pockets are always overflowing with “I love Miss Emma” notes from the kids. She’s a fan favourite!

Miss Emma

Drama Queen
Miss Annie

There’s far more than meets the eye when it comes to Miss Annie. She’s been busy at work in the arts world for many years, going as far as London to study her craft. An actor, theatre maker, playwright and all-round wonderful human being, Miss Annie brings to Speak Up a vast knowledge of Speech and Drama and a tonne of experience.

Miss Annie

Drama Queen
Miss Jordon

Have you met Miss Jordon? It’s easy to mistake her for a garden fairy thanks to her love for magic and fantasy, balanced by her grounded, fun-loving nature. She loves to see kids be kids and values how important drama is for helping young people be themselves. She's easy to spot with her striking hair and bright personality.

Miss Jordon

Drama Queen
Miss Riley

Miss Riley is a way-finder to her students, helping them find their footing as they grow their confidence. She’s your go to for compliments when you need a pick me up, and is always a loud, positive voice in the room. Riley assumes her teacher responsibilities with enthusiasm and flair, and never just takes the simple path. She’s a lover of stripes and aims to own more rainbow socks.

Miss Riley

Drama Queen
Miss-rachel-speak-up-studio

Miss Rachel wears many hats. Being a playwright, director, actor and teacher, she brings all of this knowledge to her wonderful students. But her most favourite hat is being her student’s biggest cheerleader. Cheering them on for every step of the way in their drama journey. She loves to see her students find their own unique voices and change the world!

Miss Rachel

Drama Queen
Kara

Kara joined the studio in the least dramatic role we can imagine - bookkeeper - a role she executes with flair and passion! Like any good accountant, Kara knows the details are critical to informing the big picture, and her work enables us to keep the boring bits of studio management in order. Kara's greatest strengths are her empathy and compassion. She's the voice of kindness we all need around the office, reminding the perfectionists at the studio that we can try again tomorrow.

Kara

Finance Co-ordinator
Amy

Amy is our tap-dancing marketing genius. She excels in creating everything from scratch, from sourdough to signage that sparkles. She is a wizard at strategy and social media, whipping up marketing plans and designing pleasing Instagram feeds, with just a flick of her magic wand (and a tap tap tap on her computer!) Amy is also a great example of, just because you get the job doesn’t mean you stop learning, always looking to build on her marketing knowledge.

Amy

Marketing & Enrolments Manager
Sarah

Sarah is our resident agony aunt. Her kind, soothing energy rubs off on everyone at the studio and helps keep us all calm - even on the craziest of weeks. Dial our number and you’ll likely catch Sarah, ready to listen to all your worries about your kids and solve all your problems. This warm-hearted Canadian hates the snow and loves to read. Ask her for a book recommendation next time you call the studio.

Sarah

Office Manager
Katie

With a love for colour, Katie fits right in at Speak Up - easily mistaken as a rainbow and always radiating sunshine, no matter the weather. She has an eye for design, and loves creating bright and bold marketing content. In her spare time you can find Katie, brunching and munching at her favourite local cafes and binge watching Harry Potter.

Katie

Marketing & Enrolments Assistant
Speak Up Studio Costume Coordinator

Rubi is our go-to guru for all things costumes. Hot glue, fabric and pom-poms make her as happy as a pig in mud. Nothing puts a smile on her face like seeing excitable students wearing their costumes for the very first time. When Rubi’s not frolicking in fabric, you can find her trying out some new wacky hobby like surfing or learning French.

Rubi

Costume Co-ordinator
Matt

Matt oh Matt! Where would we be without our resident Apple nerd to make sure we have enough disk space to actually use our computers. Matt combines his business acumen with his impressive problem-solving skills to get the tech side of our studio humming! Though he now spends most of his time in computer land, Matt has a history of musical theatre and certainly gets what we're all about at Speak Up.

Matt

The Computer Guy
Whiskey

Whiskey is full of mischief and keeps our staff cheerful, most of the time. When he pretends to go buy us coffee with a cardboard tray in his mouth he's good, but when he is tearing apart the taffeta he is bad. Life at Speak Up wouldn't be as lively without Whiskey.

Whiskey

Drama Bichon
I love the passion and enthusiasm of the teachers. I think you have to have passion in life – and when you teach it is essential. I LOVE the positive energy and kindness and support that all the teachers show each and every one of the students. That love for what they do, the effort that goes in every single day – is what makes such a huge difference to our young people. Having this positive input into their young lives is going to stay with them all of their days. Iit is always about the people, the passion and the kindness and support.

 

Kristy, mum

Work With Us

Are you a good communicator? Are you confident? Are you creative?

Are you looking for a job that’s more than a job?

If your life’s purpose is to use your strengths to lift others up, then we want to hear from you. We’re always on the lookout for new professional Drama Queens to join the Speak Up family. 

Other programs we’ve created

 

As our community has grown and changed, so have we. Once our big speak up kids grew up and told us they weren’t going anywhere, we created Dreamers. 

In response to the COVID crisis, we invented a new, low cost drama program called Drama Club. Both these programs are facilitated by Speak Up teachers.

Where to next?

Learn how to become a Speak Up Member on the next page or click the green button if you’re ready to enrol via the Parent Portal.