Let's Talk Kids (LTK) prides itself in being the largest Speech and Drama studio in Queensland. In 2021, LTK will run 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 will have over 400 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. In addition, she was also awarded the Quota Maibry Wragge Bursary. Miranda currently holds a CSTD Level 8 Performing Arts Certificate in Musical Theatre. After almost a decade of teaching and assisting in dance and drama, Miranda continues to adore working with children and endeavours to instill confidence in her students through the development of their performance and communication skills. She loves to incorporate movement 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), and "Showcase" (2020). In 2020, Miranda choreographed our specatular opening number and looks forward to continuing her work with this group in our 2021 show season.
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 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, and is highly dedicated to her work as an LTK teacher. In 2020, Nina worked very proficiently as our technical director for our Showcase. Nina looks forward to furthering her technical knowledge and being hands-on for our 2021 show season.
Lucinda has been involved in the Performing Arts from a very young age. Participating in countless musical showcases encompassing choral, acting and dance performances. She was highly successful in her musical theatre studies at her high school All Saints Anglican School, where she was not only involved in numerous large and small musicals and plays but also directed and led many young students in such creative endeavours. Throughout her studies, Lucinda has competed in many dramatic competitions including the Gold Coast Drama Festival. She has received numerous first place and highly commended awards and, in 2020, she received the prestigious ‘Outstanding Actor Award’ which is awarded to only 6 of the over 150 competitors in the festival, for her performance in the Australian play, ‘The Bleeding Tree’. Lucinda is extremely passionate about working with children and continues to find that she has just as much to learn from them as they do from her. Lucinda looks forward to working at many of the LTK schools this year as she helps to assist shape our show for 2021. Lucinda will have a busy year as she also undertakes her Bachelor of Law and Arts degree at the University of Queensland. Lucinda is going to be a hit at LTK.
Leah has been involved heavily in the arts since she began her first dance lessons at two-years-old. Since then, her passion for performing has blossomed as she’s immersed herself in singing, acting and dance both in school-based, amateur and professional settings. She was highly successful in her studies at All Saints Anglican School, where she was heavily involved in a number of showcases encompassing choral, acting and musical performances, and she also gained years of experience in childcare as an after-school-care assistant. Last year, in particular, was a big year in the arts for Leah as she exercised her role as school drama captain with great enthusiasm. She also starred in her school’s 2020 productions, playing Mrs Johnstone in the musical ‘Blood Brothers’ and Daughter in Australian drama ‘the Bleeding Tree’, for the latter receiving an outstanding actor award. She also obtained a plethora of various accolades for her involvement in the performing arts on the whole, including two Colours awards for music and drama, the All Saints Anglican School Arts Award and the Gold Coast International Women’s Day Performing Arts Award. Outside of school, Leah trains in classical singing and acting. Also, for six years she has trained in classical and contemporary dance at Launch Performing Arts Centre on the Gold Coast. Leah is extremely passionate about the arts, and looks forward to marrying that with her love of teaching this year. As she pursues a Bachelor of Advanced Humanities at the University of Queensland, she looks forward to getting a chance to pass on some of her own skills and knowledge at LTK, whilst simultaneously learning a thing or two herself.
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. It is also hoped that Alyssa will demonstrate her years of vocal training and become a singing vocalist in our end of year LTK production. It is great to have Alyssa in our team as a young entertainer who has trained with LTK as a student.
Ellie Webster (Assistant Teacher)
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 both Trinity qualifications to level 8, a dance and singing background and is an Eisteddfod performer. An asset to LTK as a young creative skilled performer that relates to children of all ages.