Meet The Haus Sitters

by Theatre Haus

When the Haus Mates are away - the Haus Sitters come out to play!

At Theatre Haus, we are incredibly grateful for our supportive team who help check our mail and water the plants. These creatives make up just a small fragment of some of Brisbane’s established and emerging artists. With a wealth of experience in education, media and our theatrical community, we welcome our awesome and talented team of reviewers and writers. 

Elizabeth Best

Elizabeth Best

Elizabeth is a journalist who's been in love with theatre and performance ever since she was cast as Dorothy in her primary school production of 'The Wizard of Oz' (and the people sitting in front of her parents called her precocious). A self-confessed media tart, Elizabeth has written for many publications including Woman's Day, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Age, Empire Magazine, SheSAID, Mamamia, Your Tango, Ravishly, Whimn and My City Life. She also co-hosts the podcast review podcast Castology for the That's Not Canon network. Elizabeth likes long walks up the makeup aisle (check out her beauty product filled instagram @thebeautypalate) and correcting people's grammar.

  • Elizabeth once made it through to the final shortlist to appear on The Bachelor Australia (before being disqualified for working in the media and, rightly, refusing to quit her job to appear on the show).
  • She has seen more than 60 shows on Broadway thanks to long NY trips where she sees a show every night. #letsgocrazybroadwaystyle
  • She's probably spent more money on makeup than just about anything else in her life except her car (Sephora Gold Member for life... oops).

Nick Bleeker

Film, music and now theatre reviewer, Nick Bleeker is the host to number one netball podcast in Australia, "The Goal Circle", and lead producer to many more over at FirestarterFM.

  • Nick shoots many goals in life. He's an eight-time Social Netball Competition Winner, with also a Social Netball Division 3 (lowest division...) win under his belt as well. He's the real MVP!
  • Need a trivia team member? Nick's your guy. He's the current Netherworld Trivia Champion.
  • Nick saw 'Pacific Rim' seven times at the cinema... in a week. Like once a day on the week of its release. That's dedication!
Kym Brown

Kym Brown

Kym is a High School Music Teacher, and has spent many years both on and off stage, in a variety of roles. As a Singer, Pianist and Musical Director, she is one of the founding four members that produce the 24 Hour Musical each year, as well as working with a wide variety of theatre company’s around Brisbane. Kym has spent many years behind the scenes as a Director, Stage Manager and Lighting Designer, and is passionate about training well-rounded arts practitioners wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) and Graduate Diplomas of Music and Secondary Education.

  • Kym never completed Year 3 of her school education; however she did complete 12-years of high school… you do the maths!
  • In Kym’s spare time, she creates her own cross stitch patterns!
  • History has it that somewhere down the line, Kym is a descendant* of Captain Cook’s sister! (*this fact is not completely verified but brought to you by Kym’s family).
Fotini Box

Fotini Box

Fotini is a composer, flautist, pianist and teacher. She has a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, during which she wrote scores for student films that have won numerous awards overseas and in Australia. Fotini is also an accomplished flute and piano player with over 12-years of experience and is currently studying an Associate in Music, Australia (A.Mus.A). on flute and a Certificate of Performance on piano. She was also a part of the massed ensemble in Harvest Rain's 2014 production of 'Cats' and hopes to write her own musical one day. When Fotini isn't listening to musicals, practicing, or reading, she runs her own business where she teaches flute, piano, and composition from her home studio. Fotini is thrilled to be sharing her love of theatre as a reviewer for Theatre Haus.

  • Fotini - somehow - cries during almost every musical she sees.
  • Since mid-2017, Fotini has been a part of the book community on Instagram where she reads and reviews books for various publishers.
  • Fotini loves Vincent van Gogh and owns six books about him.
Brad Chapman

Bradley Chapman

Bradley is one of Australia's leading Drama educators. His prolific work regarding the impact of theatre on the welfare and academic outcomes of teenage boys has inspired Drama teachers across the country who have described Brad's work as 'changing the face of Drama and Theatre education nationally'. Bradley has worked with amateur and professional companies across Queensland for over two decades. Some recent directorial credits include: ‘Holding the Man’ (UGP) ‘Lord of the Flies’ (BTG) ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘Into the Woods’ (SSC) ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ (JTC). Recent onstage credits include: Reverend Hale in ‘The Crucible’, Doug in ‘Cosi’ (BTG), Bazzard in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ (Spotlight TC) George Banks in ‘Mary Poppin’s, Edna Turnblad in ‘Hairspray’ (The Brolga Theatre) among others.

  • Brad has spent a lot of time at University. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and a Master of Educational Leadership. He wrote his thesis on gender culture and if he hears you mention anything connected to it, he will swoop in and spout bits of the thesis at you.
  • Brad has many awards for acting and directing. Most recently he was recognised as Best Youth Director at the Gold Palm Theatre Awards for his work on ‘Lord of the Flies’.
  • Brad's favourite thing to do is play video games. He would rather play them than eat, sleep or talk to you. His long-suffering boyfriend is pretty worried about him, actually.

Kelly Cooper

Kelly is an accomplished performer, director and teacher who oozes talent and passion for Musical Theatre. With a degree in Applied Theatre from Griffith University and her Secondary Teaching Diploma, Kelly aims to foster a love for Drama and the Arts in her role as a Secondary Teacher on the Gold Coast. She has directed various award-winning productions throughout her career and has also received nominations and awards (Best Actress in a Musical at the Gold Coast Theatre Awards) for roles she has played on the community stage. Some of Kelly's most notable roles include Glinda in 'WICKED', Emma in 'Jekyll & Hyde', Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast', Kathy in 'Singin' in the Rain', Kate Monster in 'Avenue Q', Johanna in 'Sweeney Todd' and Liesl von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music' among others. Kelly has also dabbled in Cabaret, last year writing and performing her own one-person Cabaret entitled 'Vanilla Lace'.

  • Kelly has an intense fear of fish, birds and ... creasing paper (an origami workshop would be Kelly's worst nightmare!).
  • Kelly does an excellent Blinky Bill impersonation.
  • Kelly only has a few obsessions in life - some of which include Harry Potter, Disney and the TV Show, 'Friends'.
Isabel Davies

Isabel Davies

Originally from England, Isabel is a new Brisbane based performer currently studying her Advanced Diploma of Arts (Musical Theatre & Commercial Dance) at The Queensland College of Dance. Since she was 4, she's been involved in everything arts and performing; playing the flute, painting, performing in theatre, photography, and even swimming competitively. Throughout her years of training and studies, Isabel has had opportunities to work with industry professionals such as Ian Good, Rachel Beck, and many other local and Broadway-based professionals. Isabel was cast in the Australian Premiere of 'The House of Mirrors & Hearts' with Kleva Hive as 'Young Lily' (2019) and has had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland Anaheim, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood with her theatre company in 2018. When she isn't studying hard, Isabel works as a children's entertainer and dabbles in both character and suit work.

  • Isabel is very interested in the idea of horoscopes. If you must know, she is a Taurus Sun, Capricorn Moon and Rising Virgo.
  • She has painted every surface possible; including jackets, calculators, and the mirrors and windows in her room.
  • Isabel has a growing collection of over 15 plants on her windowsill.

Lachlan Driscoll

Lachlan is a Brisbane based performer and creative who drinks iced coffee in all weathers. He holds a Certificate III In Performing Arts from the Australian Dance Performance Institute and is currently studying a double degree in Drama and Business at the Queensland University of Technology. A guy who likes to tap his feet and belt out some tunes, Lachlan enjoys dancing, singing and acting, having trained with multiple institutes including Conroy Dance Centre and the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre. On stage, he has performed with many local companies including Brisbane Arts Theatre, Harvest Rain Theatre Company and Lynch & Patterson. When he's not reading an engrossing thriller novel or browsing for engrossing thriller novels at Dymocks, you can find him planning the next project for his performance group 'FUTURE DRAMATICS'.

  • Lachlan can easily pronounce the name of the Hawaiian fish 'Humuhumunukunukuapuaa' (which may or may not be because of High School Musical 2).
  • He once tried a Twinkie due to the hype around them and was disappointed.
  • He sat front row at 'The Book of Mormon' and didn't have to pay a cent! (thanks to a very generous friend!).
Alley Edwards

Alley Edwards

Alley is a teacher turned writer with a deep passion for all things theatrical. Hailing from Adelaide, Alley worked as a secondary English teacher for five years before seeking a change of scenery. In 2017-18 she lived in London where she fell in love with live theatre, particularly musicals. Alley returned to Australia in January 2019 whereby she relocated to Brisbane to be closer to family. She recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Journalism through Deakin University's Cloud Campus. A self-confessed cinephile, globetrotter and theatre buff, Alley keeps various blogs on these subjects. She is aiming to branch into video reviews and vlogging in 2020. Moving forward, Alley looks to combine her passions for entertainment, travel and writing through freelance journalism and reviewing. After all, the world has so many stories to tell.

  • Most of Alley's Spotify playlist is made up of podcasts rather than music. Depending upon her mood, she usually jumps between the categories of education, entertainment, travel, and true crime.
  • Alley collects Disney-themed mugs due to her love of tea and Disney. Her favourite is the one she bought from Disneyland Paris featuring animation sketches of The Lion King's Simba.
  • When boarding an aircraft, Alley must step on with her right foot first so as to avoid any unnecessary turbulence during the flight. That's not superstitious at all, right?
Merilee Ettia

Merilee Ettia

Merilee is a singer/actor/writer/composer who works across musicals, plays, immersive theatre and concerts. Her stage credits include the leading roles of Stella ('Mettle, Moxie & Melody'), Genie ('Aladdin'), Hamlet ('Hamlet') and Princess ('The Game'), as well concert vocalist positions alongside Mirusia, Amanda Harrison and more. She studied acting with Queensland Theatre and QUT, receiving the Margi Brown Ash Scholarship and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) with Distinction. As a singer, her accomplishments include an advanced certificate in classical voice and numerous bursaries. Merilee is also a playwright and composer, who studied with Playlab and QACI under celebrated artists Richard Jordan and Nicole Murphy. Her award-winning works, such as satirical play 'Fallen for Olympus', are regularly performed with companies and festival around Brisbane. Merilee is an analytical and passionate theatregoer who is excited to begin her reviewing journey.

  • Merilee owns thousands of books. Literally thousands. This is not hyperbole. She could literally build a fort out of books and live in it. Which is the dream.
  • She is a real-life Princess... or at least runs around in a ballgown and sings to small children for a living. Which is a dream come true.
  • Elle parle français and she enjoys writing, singing and acting in French. Although not yet fluent, her ultimate ambition is to play Cosette in a French production of 'Les Mis', which is her dream role.

Aaron Evans

Aaron Evans has immersed himself within the arts since he was 16. Playing an ass (Bottom) in 'Midsummer Nights Dream'. Rest is history. Aaron is an actor, director, playwright and producer. Performing on stages all around Queensland and overseas. In 2012, Aaron formed Downstage Theatre Company to give more chances for creatives to do their thing. Aaron has won over 35 awards for his acting and directing. In 2018, Aaron was nominated for Young Australian Of The Year in the Ipswich region for writing and producing his play, 'Stage Directions'. Aaron has worked with many companies such as Ipswich Little Theatre, Ipswich Musical Theatre Company, THAT Production Company and Brisbane Arts Theatre. Shows Aaron has been involved with include 'Metamorphoses', 'The Odd Couple', 'A Few Good Men', 'The Glass Menagerie', 'Two Weeks With The Queen', 'An Inspector Calls', 'Wait Until Dark' and 'Orphans'.

  • Coffee beans aren't Aaron's friend and they make him throw up instantly. No other side effects. Just sick.
  • Both of my Aaron's ears are completely different - one side looks like his fathers and the other side looks like his mothers.
  • At the Big Day Out in 2012, Aaron made Noel Gallagher (of band 'Oasis') shake his head in disapproval when Aaron clapped out of tune.
Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan

Originally from Ireland, Sean graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a Musical Theatre Voice degree. Recently, Sean made his professional debut at the Brisbane Powerhouse as musical director for the Australian Premiere of 'Daddy Long Legs' (Passion Productions), which was nominated for Best Musical at the 2019 Matilda Awards.
Sean has also been Musical Director and Director for 'Forbidden Broadway' (Casa Mia Productions) and Musical Director for 'Murder at the Bodega' (Murder We Wrote, 2019), 'Victor Victoria' (Beenleigh Theatre Group Inc, 2019), and 'High Society' (Villanova Players Theatre Company, 2019). He also was Musical Director for Prima Org's '2000s Theatre Restaurant Show', where he was nominated Best Musical Director for the Gold Coast Palm Awards.

  • The song that made Sean fall in love with showbiz was "Can't Help Lovin' that Man of Mine" from 'Showboat'.
  • Sean loves experimenting with food and seeing how good or bad it turns out.
  • Following his previous fun fact, Sean shamelessly doesn't eat fruit.
Tara Goldhardt

Tara Goldhardt

In 2009, Tara graduated with a bachelor of Applied Theatre/Education from University of Southern Queensland and has been a high school drama teacher ever since. Throughout this time, she has featured in several productions including roles in 'The Sound of Music', 'Chicago' and 'Oklahoma!'. In recent years, Tara has also branched out into television work, featuring in the nationally televised Stop Bullying Now campaign.

Dedicated to continued learning, Tara has travelled the world to undertake actor and teacher training courses with companies such as The Stella Adler Academy in New York City, The Hollywood Improv and Brisbane's own Zen Zen Zo. In the future, Tara would love to transition into directing community theatre.

  • Tara has met Lin Manuel Miranda – he was literally the sweetest person in the planet.
  • While in New York City, Tara saw 11 Broadway productions in 9 days.
  • Tara is a proud #dogmum to Oreo the Border Collie.

Chloe Hutchins

Chloe is an actress, singer and teacher of English, Drama and Humanities. Having been involved in all things theatrical since the age of four, it's only natural that her writing and reviewing skills are now at play, after starring in musicals such as 'The Boy From Oz', 'Rent' and 'Beauty and The Beast'. Whilst catching (and sustaining) the travel bug for the past 7-years, Chloe has managed to earn a Bachelor of Theatre Studies (2010) and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (2014). Travelling has summoned Chloe's innate curiosity in the world, and has led to her desire to continue learning from people and bring these new understandings to life through performance.

  • Chloe is terrified of mannequins! Even more so if they are dressed in regular clothing.
  • Chloe has explored 34 countries and missed approximately that many flights.
  • If you're wondering who keeps the business/factory alive of those glucojel jellybeans you see at the counter of any pharmacy, it's Chloe. She's never not bought a packet! De-licious!
Hannah Kassulke

Hannah Kassulke

Hannah has been involved in the Brisbane theatre community for a number of years. She graduated with distinction from the University of Queensland in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in drama and history, and underwent an internship with Harvest Rain Theatre Company in 2014. With extensive experience in community theatre in Brisbane, her credits include shows such as 'Next to Normal' (Natalie), and 'Ladies in Black' (Fay) at Brisbane Arts theatre; 'Les Miserable' (Fantine understudy) and 'Wicked' with IMTC, and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' with Phoenix Ensemble. She participated in the South East Queensland One Act Play festival for which she was awarded Best Actress in her section. She also directed 'Reasons to be Pretty' at Brisbane Arts Theatre. When she isn’t in the rehearsal room Hannah is working on her independent speech-writing business, as well as working as a children’s entertainer.

  • Hannah has never eaten/consumed/tasted/tried a McFlurry.
  • Hannah's cockatiel can sing the tequila song... a little out of tune.
  • As a guilty pleasure, Hannah collects Yowie toys and blue-tacs them to the dash of her car.

Johanna Lyon

Johanna Lyon is a young performer and writer dedicated to laughing with others. After graduating with her Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in acting from the University of Southern Queensland, she undertook further study to develop cabaret comedy. Jo is obsessed with consuming great performances/stories and coming to understand what makes them so. She is most interested in discussing and unpacking why humans do what we do in areas of life including: love, childhood, and discrimination. She aims to achieve connection between strangers within her work, for an audience to relate to something that is confessed/proposed/thought and then (best-case scenario) share their own relevant experiences with others.

  • Both of Jo's elbows are double-jointed. Spaghetti Woman.
  • Jo is a addict to the hot glue gun, if she had her way she worn adorn it all; ceiling to floor, in pearls, sequins and rhinestones.
  • If she weren't reviewing Brisbane's best theatre, she'd probably be a Smell Detective, with her keen, powerful schnoz.

Ella O'Brien

Ella is a Law and Creative Industries Student at QUT majoring in Entertainment. She has a love for all things theatre and has a very special space in her heart for musicals. For years before moving to Brisbane, Ella partook in as many performance opportunities she could. Starting with dance when she was just three years old discovering her love for theatre at the age of ten in her school’s production of ‘Oliver!’. After clocking in eleven different productions in eights years, Ella went on to Direct her first production of ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ this year. Since branching into academia, Ella has found a new-found appreciation for Entertainment after becoming part of her universities own resident theatre group, Vena Cava Productions, as their Head of Administration. She often finds herself using her legal writing skills to prepare documents for Vena Cava. She hopes to use these same skills when Haus Sitting.

  • Ella likes to deconstruct movies that she watches at the cinemas, talking for hours about why the director chose to put certain things into the film and the ways in which they captured certain scenes. Ella’s friend and family do not.
  • Ella’s first professional production she ever saw was 'Strictly Ballroom' in 2015.
  • Ella thinks the most versatile food is potatoes. Don’t argue with her on this.
Ruby Sanders

Ruby Sanders

Ruby is a passionate young actor new to Brisbane. Originally from the Toowoomba region, Ruby took up acting, piano and singing lessons from a young age and performed locally in many musicals and plays including Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth', Truly Scrumptious in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', Scaramouche in 'We Will Rock You' and most recently, Stacy in 'X-Stacy'. She was also a member of the Empire Theatre’s 2018 IMPACT Ensemble, a progressive youth theatre program for emerging actors and writers, in which she part took in creating and performing a brand-new work based on Picnic at Hanging Rock. Ruby is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at Queensland University of Technology, has launched her new theatre group The Black Box Collective and is a member of the 2019 Backbone ensemble. She has a passion for performing, creating and watching theatre. When she’s not at the theatre you will find her in a park, at a sushi train or curled up watching a movie in bed.

  • Ruby cannot turn down a challenge EVER. For example, she had always sworn she would never go bungy jumping.  However, her sister dared her to do it on a family holiday and now she has survived jumping off a 43m high bridge in New Zealand.
  • Ruby is a HUGE fan of olives.
  • In 2017, on a family holiday to Bali, Ruby almost got attacked by a gang of Monkey's in the monkey forest in Ubud but survived.

Priya Shah

Priya is an active participant in the Brisbane entertainment scene both on stage as an actor and off stage as a cinema worker. Be it via acting, writing or sitting in the audience, she finds no greater joy than exploring the world through the eyes of another! In her academic life, Priya is studying a Bachelor of Communication and Arts (Writing and Drama) at the University of Queensland. She finds theatre reviewing the perfect way to merge her two passions. After spending her early years in Britain, Priya adores the world of British Film and TV. Her dream is to one day work for the BBC on the next big comedy!

  • The highlight of Priya's life was when she got upgraded to business class on a flight from Manchester to Singapore. She has not been the same since!
  • Priya is a firm believer that pineapple DOES go on pizza and will fight you over it!
  • Priya can act and sing but dancing is not her strong suit! Despite this, Priya's favourite TV show is 'Strictly Come Dancing' (the original and BEST version of 'Dancing With the Stars').
Matt Young

Matt Young

Matt Young is the host of 'The Story Chunder', a weekly storytelling event at BackDock Arts in Fortitude Valley. A former Broadway dancer ('A Chorus Line', 'West Side Story', 'On The Town'), he has been seen by Brisbane audiences in 'YANK!', 'Good Bye Miss Monroe', 'Annie' and the original Australian cast of 'The Producers'. Last year saw his film choreography debut in 'The Other Side of Heaven 2', and he will appear in Nash Lawrence's short film 'Danny' at the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival.

  • Matt was born into a Polish immigrant family in the USA, and his mother was the first woman in her family to marry a non-Polish person. Matt's husband is a non-Polish Australian.
  • Matt lived in Fiji for 5 years where he founded Tukuna Acting Club and was the TEDx Suva speaker coach.
  • Matt loves indoor rock climbing, even though he suffers vertigo and a fear of heights!
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