Let's Talk Kids (LTK) prides itself in being the largest Speech and Drama studio in Queensland. In 2021, LTK ran programs in 13 Brisbane based schools. LTK classes are run by qualified Speech and Drama teachers who love primary aged children and love and understand the theatre. This year LTK has over 500 students enrolled. The main focus of every class is to develop skills in the performing arts and therefore develop individual communication and presentational skills.
In 2019, Miranda received her ATCL (Associate Diploma - Speech and Drama Teaching) with Distinction, from Trinity College London. She received the highest mark in Queensland for this diploma. In recognition of her achievement, Miranda is the recipient of the Maggie Lovejoy Memorial Award and was also awarded the Quota Maibry Wragge Bursary. In addition, Miranda currently holds a CSTD Level 8 Performing Arts Certificate in Musical Theatre. In 2021, Miranda was delighted to recieve the opportunity to adjudicate the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod (Drama).
Having a decade of experience teaching and assisting in dance and drama, Miranda strives to instill confidence in her students through the development of their performance and communication skills. She loves to incorporate elements of physical theatre and choreography into class and stage work to visually enhance each performance. Miranda's passion, experience, and dedication are an asset to LTK. During her time at Let's Talk Kids, Miranda has enjoyed preparing LTK students for eisteddfods, group exams, and LTK productions "Patchwork" (2017), "Believe" (2019), "Showcase" (2020), and "Illuminate" (2021). Miranda, as choreographer and stage manager of Illuminate, looks forward to all the possibilities of 2022. Miranda is keen to start choreographing and creating new work for our Showcase in 2022, as well as working towards our group Eisteddfod in October.
In 2021, Lily recieved her ATCL (Associate Diploma - Performing) from Trinity College London. Lily has recently moved to Brisbane from her hometown of Mackay to study her dream course, Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama at QUT. Lily has danced for fifteen years and in that time has completed her CSTD Jazz exams, Tapatak Oz exams, up to Level 2 of the Jason Winters contemporary exams, as well as up to Level 2 of her Dance Steps assistant teaching modules. Lily has completed all eight of her Trinity College London speech and drama exams, receiving distinctions for all. She has worked at Mackay Fame Talent School as an assistant teacher in Tap, Jazz and Contemporary since 2016 and in her final year of high school was promoted to teacher and taught the Tiny Tots baby ballet classes. Lily brings youth and vitality to the LTK Team. Her performance experience in both dance and drama is exceptional. LTK is lucky to have Lily on board to pass on her knowledge to our young performers.
In 2022, Nina will commence her studies towards a Bachelor of Education. Having shown a passion for the creative arts at a young age in dance and drama, Nina has been devoted to working both onstage and in film. Since 2016, Nina has been involved with Brisbane-based theatre company School2Stage, and has performed in plays at Metro Arts and the Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2019, Nina completed School2Stage’s Assistant Director’s Pathway Program, which has allowed her to work beside professional directors in settings like QPAC, with actors aged 13-25. Nina currently works as an intern for School2Stage. The program has given Nina a strong interest for working behind the curtains with the actors and especially with the youth of today. Nina loves helping children reach their best potential through speech and drama. Nina worked proficiently as our technical director for our 2020 Showcase, and in our 2021 production, Illuminate. Nina looks forward to furthering her technical knowledge for our 2022 Showcase season.
Alyssa has been involved with the arts from a very young age. Her professional singing lessons started at the age of 11. Dancing and acting and being part of musicals were high priorities in Alyssa’s school life. Alyssa loved performing in Eisteddfods and excelled in Speech and Drama, especially in primary school when she joined LTK for the last couple of years. In High school Alyssa volunteered to assist with LTK at Mansfield primary and is looking forward to coming on board as an assistant teacher for 2021. This year Alyssa will undergo degrees in Secondary education and Arts at The University of Queensland. In 2021, Alyssa played the musical role of "Dream Fairy" in our production, Illuminate. In 2022, Alyssa will once again showcase her voice on stage and will assist again with teaching classes.
Georgina is currently in her third year of study at the University of Canberra, completing her Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance). Captain of the St Aidan's Anglican Girls School Drama Club, Georgina performed in many theatrical productions throughout her secondary schooling. She also performed in Brisbane Arts Theatre's "Beauty and the Beast" (2017). Additionally, Georgina continues to study in areas including stage management, music theory, and singing; performing in showcases and productions at the Norman Price Theatre in Southbank, Brisbane. As a proud Aunty, Georgina has witnessed first-hand the crucial role played by the arts in a child's development. In 2021, Georgina was our lighting technician for Illuminate and did a remarkable job. Georgina brings a creative flair to all of the classes she teaches, and she looks forward to guiding our young performers at Let's Talk Kids as they prepare for our 2022 performance season.
Ellie Webster (Assistant Teacher)
In 2022, Ellie is set to complete her ATCL (Performing) Diploma with Trinity College, London. Ellie has been actively involved in all areas of performing arts since utero and started her private individual Speech and Drama lessons at the age of five. At the same age, Ellie also commenced classical dance training with Ashfield Ballet School. She has assisted LTK backstage with many productions over the last 6 years. Ellie has completed Trinity Drama exams to Grade 8, has a background in dance and singing, and has competed successfully in many Speech & Drama eisteddfods. An asset to LTK as a young creative skilled performer that relates to children of all ages.