I’ve been a passionate acting coach and qualified teacher for thirty years in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Vietnam.
The old saying ‘Those who can do, those who can’t teach’ has never been an ideology to which I relate. In my experience, I do and teach. The two go hand in hand in one’s development as an artist. It’s important to give to those starting on their journey what you know from experience and study. Then, to allow your students to teach you as much as you teach them. Learning is a two way giving process. The best lessons I’ve discovered are when the coach feels more like the facilitator for the creativity taking place. This is the feeling from which the best fun can be had. I follow a prepared lesson plan each time but allow myself the freedom to be inspired by my students, to take the lesson to a surprising point.
After completing my Licentiate Teachers’ Diploma London in 1991, I taught speech and drama privately prior to my degree at The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 1993 to 1995. I did this alongside performing/touring with several theatre in education companies around Australia. I also played guest roles on many Australian productions including A Country Practice, Come in Spinner and The Girl from Tomorrow. My time at NIDA influenced my teaching knowledge greatly. I went on to be the Co-founder of ‘Re:actor Acting Services’ at Fox Studios Sydney. I taught and co-directed showcases for actors using the medium of theatre and film. With Re:actor I designed and taught courses for teenagers in On Camera Careers and Audition Technique for Theatre and Drama Schools whilst also featuring in Cold Feet, All Saints, Water Rats, Sydney Theatre Company's Cyrano de Bergerac and Hugh Jackman'sThe Boy from OZ arena tour.
From 2008 to 2011, I was the Training and Development Consultant at The London School of Dramatic Art (LSDA). This time in London helped me solidify and expand my coaching techniques. I gained professional camera experience in a feature film and commercials and was given the opportunity to direct the graduating plays of the two year diploma students. I went on to perform in five plays/musicals touring the UK, Europe and Vietnam for two professional companies. I took some workshops for students in Vietnam at this time and won a ‘National Youth Achievement’ award in Singapore.
Since returning to Australia, I have taught children, teenagers and adults in the South Coast region and directed/produced plays and presentations for my students. I also now undertake private coaching sessions from my home in Kangaroo Valley. My teaching repertoire now includes singing and drumming lessons. I currently perform as a vocalist/drummer with the popular rock band, Baxter Stone and The Chocolate Dogs, launching their album in 2017 and am the voice of The Narrator and Bluebird for the international award winning series Guess How Much I Love You on ABC Kids TV and other international networks. My current voice contract is with Trackdown Digital at Fox on Nate is Late for Channel 9, France One and German Networks 2018.
I co-produce, direct and perform theatre for a creative hub named The ARTSLAB. Its’ Artistic Director, Sarah Butler currently inspires my work. We are currently in pre-production on a debut 2018 doco/film/theatre event Safety Nets.
I have a plethora of testimonials from students and colleagues available on request.
‘Jilly helps you believe that you can truly achieve greatness’
– Emily Carmichael (London School of Dramatic Art)
We are currently in creative development not preproduction on Sarah Butler's play in association with Shark Island Institute. 'Safety Nets' is a multi media theatre piece and new Australian work