Welcome to White Rabbit Studio
A CREATIVE SPACE TO LEARN AND EXPLORE 

White Rabbit Studio was launched in February 2017, and offers classes in Drama, Theatre and Musical Theatre for the creatively inclined: from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. As well as regular weekly classes for Gold Coast children and youth, throughout the year we offer Workshops, Master Classes and Short Course opportunities, led by artists with extensive industry experience and expertise.

White Rabbit Studio is all about exploring your creativity in a supportive, joyful environment. Developing essential skills for live performance, drama classes utilise games, improvisations, voice and movement, text based work and rehearsal techniques to gain a comprehensive understanding of stagecraft, and what is required to create believable characters and engaging performances.

Training Opportunities for Adults, Teachers and Professional Artists are offered throughout the year, including short courses, workshops, intensives and master classes. For more information, please keep an eye on our What’s On page. Upcoming courses will include opportunities for exploration in Cabaret, Improvisation, Physical Theatre and Stunt Performance Skills, as well as a course especially designed for Drama Teachers and Educators.

Support is also available for actors preparing for auditions, and school leavers preparing for drama school audition processes.

White Rabbit Studio also offers a comprehensive weekly in-school program.

If you’d like to enquire about White Rabbit coming to your school, contact info@whiterabbitstudio.com.au for more information or to enquire about availability within our current Drama Class schedule.

 


The Benefits of Drama for Children

Whether you have dreams of being a professional actor one day or simply wish to develop confidence and have some fun, there is much to be gained from a dramatic education. Students develop language and literacy skills, vocal skills, physicality and characterisation, improvisational skills, hone reflexes and spontaneity, and improve confidence, focus, cooperation and imagination. These skills have real life applications for everyone – confidence in public speaking, job interview skills, interpersonal communication and creativity in problem solving. New students are welcome and free trials are available.

 


THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

LISA SMITH Studio Director/Studio Drama Classes & Private Drama Tuition

Lisa Smith is a director, actor, writer, teacher, facilitator, singer and theatre maker who has worked over the last 15 years with various theatre companies and performance artists in London, Melbourne, Townsville as well as on the Gold Coast where she established White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble in 2012. In 2017 White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble launched White Rabbit Studio, offering actor training, master classes, workshops and drama classes to adults and children in their home studio space, The Burrow.

Lisa is passionate about collaboration with dynamic theatre artists, and is delighted to be able to actively support and create new work for theatre; thus far the company has nurtured and created several new works including ‘The Grand’ by Victoria Carless, which was subsequently published by PlayLab Australia. Currently, Lisa is working as a writer, director and producer with White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble as they undertake the creation of a new work for children ‘Pocketful of Pebbles’ that will have its premiere in July 2017. Lisa also works as a Drama Facilitator with Crossing Divides, nurturing performance skills in young adults with disabilities, and is one of the GENERATE artist who have been selected to create new works for the 2018 Commonwealth Games cultural program, Festival 2018.

Lisa is a proud Gold Coast resident and is committed to the creation of professional theatre and supporting the growth of cultural practices in this city, as well as nurturing and supporting the growth of the young creatives by creating opportunities for them to spread their creative wings.

 

CHARNE LOUISE Musical Theatre Classes & Private Singing Tuition

Straight out of the throws of writing her one-woman show, and gigging with her rock band, Charne Louise is ready to inspire and educate the young creatives of tomorrow. Having 3 seasons at Draculas as musical Director and lead female, Mentoring The Greenroom Project junior, current vocal and piano teacher at Tiffani Woods Singing Studio, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, live gigging with various bands and as a soloist, Adelaide and Melbourne fringe festival, contestant on The Voice, Howl at the Moon, Bachelor of Music at QUT and Self-confessed interpretive dance lover, Charne comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge for all musical and stage ventures.

Where there is a will there is a stage.

Specialties include

  • Cabaret, musical theatre, rock and jazz
  • Performance technique/ training for both live and in the studio
  • Stage Craft
  • Microphone technique
  • Audition preparation
  • Pitch improvement
  • Improving range and vocal tone
  • Breathing techniques
  • Private and small group lessons
  • Song writing
  • Show Crafting

 

FIONA GOSLING In-School Drama Program/Specialty tutor

Formally trained, Fiona Gosling has extensive experience in children’s theatre and theatre in education

She has recently been booked as the artist in residence at All Saints Anglican School as part of the Live Wire festival. She will perform her new children’s physical comedy show “Fiona Pavlova” at the Nairn Theatre and present comedy workshops to the students.

When she isn’t treading the boards, Fiona regularly runs her popular comedy and drama theatre skills workshops for children and young adults.

Fiona Gosling has trained at NIDA, the Sydney Drama Action Centre and under Lyn Pierse Improcorp Australia.

She has worked as a Clown doctor in Sydney and New Zealand and has toured Theatre in Education shows across Australia and New Zealand as a solo performer and as part of the Kids 4 Drama NZ ensemble.

Fiona is known for her comical high-energy musical theatre and physical theatre portrayals.

She has a keen interest in old school slap stick comedy, acro balance and long board surfing.

When Fiona grows up, she dreams of being shot out of a canon in the Circus Spectacular amidst sparkly rainbow confetti where she will reach for the stars (at her full 150cm height) and fly to “infinity and beyond”.