Who are we?
Studio Space Theatre Company was established in 2017 to create and develop inclusive art programs for people living in Northern Tasmania. The mission of Studio Space is to give all people with all abilities who are living in Northern Tasmania the opportunity to access high quality training in various art disciplines by professional artists. The programs are tailored to participants’ needs and are inclusive of age and ability. The various programs offered by Studio Space include training in all aspects of theatre, drama, dance, singing, radio/podcasts, and photography.
Gerard Lane - Artistic Director & Drama Teacher
Gerard Lane is a trained Actor based in Launceston, having moved from Melbourne in 2015. Gerard graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School and Monash University with degrees in Dramatic Art and Performing Arts.
Some acting theatre credits in Tasmania include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Launceston Players), Murder at Clarendon (Three River Theatre), Islamophilia (MTC/New Stage), Twelve Angry Men (Three Rivers), One Day Redux (Mudlark), Mary Poppins (Encore Theatre Company). In Victoria, Gerard has performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Preferred Plays), King Lear (VCA), Eurobeat: The Eurovision Musical (MICF), I Heart Frankston The Musical (MICF - Butterfly Club), My Grandma Lives in Gooligulch (Gary Ginnivan attractions/ Australian Tour), After Miss Julie and What the Butler Saw (Highway1), History Boys (Boorondara), The Man of La Mancha (CLOC) and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (VCA). Gerard has also directed U LG for Junction Arts Festival/Mudlark Theatre and Murder at Clarendon for Three River Theatre.
His television credits include guest roles in City Homicide (7 Network) Offspring (Ten Network) Winners and Losers (Channel 7) and skit comedy show The Delightful World of Hayden and Lachlan (Channel 31). He has also appeared as himself on the ABC News, The Today Show and Millionaire Hotseat. Gerard has often been heard as a guest and presenter on Chilli FM and ABC Northern Tasmania. He has appeared in television advertising campaigns for Fox Footy, British Paints, VicRoads, Ford, RACT and Tamar Valley Wines Region.
Gerard has taught and directed for Victorian-based Stage Left Performing Arts School, and is one half of the musical comedy duo “Emergency Poncho”.
Melissa Wimmer - Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Melissa has over 25 years of experience of performing in local theatre productions. She has had roles in My Fair Lady, The Mikado, Guys & Dolls, Swan Lake, Giselle, Fractured Fairy Tales, Crazy for You, Stepping Out, Euro-beat, Shout, The Boy from Oz, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line and 9-5 the musical to name a few.
She has also performed at Festivale, Carols by Candle Light, New Year’s Eve at Aurora Stadium, the Military Tattoo and many Cabarets, Concerts and Eisteddfods.
Melissa has trained in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance for as long as she can remember and is very excited to share her passion for dance with the students at Studio Space.
She teaches dancing in a nurturing, caring, non-competitive environment with the aim to prepare students for their theatrical performances.
Amanda Hodder - Artistic Associate
Described as 'magic' by esteemed UK accompanist Malcolm Martineau, Amanda Hodder holds a Masters in Music from the University of Melbourne. During her earlier undergraduate studies, she won various awards for collaborative pianism, undertook master classes with pianists such as Ian Munro and Geoffrey Lancaster, and was featured on ABC Classic FM's Rising Stars program. As a repetiteur, Amanda has worked for all the major Melbourne opera companies, as well as Opera Australia. In addition to this, she has also worked for Symphony Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Children's Choir and has performed with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Chamber Singers. Amanda has worked for Cameron Macintosh (Oliver!) and The Really Useful Company (The Phantom of the Opera) and Jersey Boys.
Amanda Hodder's impressive list of awards includes the Major Ensemble Award at the National Liederfest (2003 and 2009); the Hugh D. T. Williamson Accompanist's Award at the Mietta Song Recital (2004), enabling her to spend most of 2005 studying in Paris and Southern Germany; the Lady Hamer Award (2007), an award made specifically for pianists who are interested in working collaboratively with other musicians; the Geoffrey Parsons Award (2008), an award run by the Accompanist Guild of South Australia, supported by the Geoffrey Parsons Trust UK and judged by Mr Martineau; the MacDonald Trust Scholar award (2008) at the VCA, and was the only accompanist employed by the voice department; and the Margaret Schofield Award for Outstanding Accompanying (2009).
On television, Amanda has worked with The Choir of Hard Knocks, performed with Ronan Keating on Rove Live, and was the recommended vocal coach for the Melbourne finalists of ABC TV's Operatunity Oz.
Amanda regularly works with both Oz Opera and Opera Queensland, music directing their education programs. In 2011, she was appointed Associate Lecturer in Accompaniment Studies at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.
Sally Crates - Artistic Associate
Starting at an early age Sally fell in love with performing, treading the boards in many local musical productions in her native Canada. She studied classical voice with Dr. Nadia Izbitskaya and musical theatre with Julie Mylks and continued her studies obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors) - with a major in Drama from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Favorite Canadian credits include: Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lucky Stiff, A Grand Night for Singing, Leader of the Pack, Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound of Music.
Taking a break from performing Sally spent several years traveling the world teaching English in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Since arriving in Australia in 2010 and making Launceston home Sally has had the many opportunity to perform: credits include Carols by Candlelight, VOX Harmony Choir, Shout!, A Chorus Line (G- String), Oliver!, Avenue Q and Spamalot (LMS), Jesus Christ Super Star, Annie, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Mary Poppins, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Wicked and Blood Brothers (Encore).
Jan Gluszyk - Drama Teacher and Artistic Associate
Jan has two passions in life. The first is being a passionate follower of the Theatre. He loves to act and direct, and has been involved in many shows, both here in Tasmania, but also on the mainland and in New Zealand. Some of his favourite shows include, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Anniversary, The Flesh Game, Whose Life is it Anyway?, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Twelve Angry Men and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Jan’s second passion however is teaching, and supporting and working with people of all ages who have a wide range of needs. Jan holds two graduate teaching degrees in Drama and Education, as well as a post-graduate degree in working with people who have difficulty speaking English.
Jan’s involvement in Studio Space has seen both of these passions, Drama and teaching come together. He loves being a part of a team where everyone, old or young, can learn from each other, play, have fun, and be an essential part of a respectful and professional team.
Antonio Zanchetta - Drama Teacher and Artistic Associate
Antonio is a trained drama and voice studies teacher who is passionate about three things: accents and dialects, actor/character physicality and passing on his knowledge to others.
Antonio studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania, specialising in Theatre. Antonio graduated from this degree in 2015, and has since gone on to study an Honours degree in 2016; where he researched ‘accent diversity’ in Launceston, Tasmania and the interesting hybrid pronunciations that exist in some of its residents.
In 2017, Antonio completed a Graduate Certificate in Voice Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) and simultaneously began his Masters of Teaching at the University of Tasmania. In 2018, Antonio completed his Masters of Teaching and is now currently teaching at local schools in Launceston, Tasmania.
Over the last 8 years, Antonio has been honing his skills in local Tasmanian theatrical performances, with some notable credits including; Much Ado About Nothing (Adaptivity Theatre Company), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Launceston Players), The Tempest (Persona Collective), Disclosed: A Port Arthur Dream in Three Cells (Three River Theatre), The Balcony (University of Tasmania), R&J+J&R (University of Tasmania), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Looking Glass Productions) and Peter Pan: The British Musical (Looking Glass Productions).
Since 2010, Antonio has directed several small-scale theatrical works and has appeared in three short films. In 2018, Antonio was a co-founder of a local theatre-restaurant company called Food-For-Thought Theatre Company, which will be looking at holding its inaugural show in the near future. In 2018, Antonio also appeared in the Timberlink: Made of Tasmania advertising campaign.
Antonio began teaching on a casual basis with the Studio Space Theatre Company in 2018, and enjoyed their ‘Sing, Dance, Act’ Saturday classes. Antonio appreciated the creative minds of his students and the fun educational atmosphere that the program produced. Also in 2018, Antonio became an Assistant Director with the Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble (LYTE) and supported their Middle Company with their performance of Tails of Hamelin.
Antonio looks forward to continuing the Studio Space tradition of providing enjoyable learning opportunities, for students of diverse ages and abilities, in engaging and interesting ways.
Bella Harper - Singing Teacher and Musical Director
Studio Space is once again thrilled to be welcoming Miss Isabella (Bella) Harper to our teaching team having previously led the SING DANCE PLAY course in 2018. Studio Space values greatly the addition of Bella to lead the SING classes as part of SING DANCE ACT –Saturday school of the performing arts as she brings with her a wealth of experience and skill for someone so young.
Bella’s passion and performance journey begun at age ten, joining Sing Elon, City of Launceston International Youth Touring Choir. Throughout her time in the choir, Bella went on to represent Tasmania and Australia on a number of tours to Japan, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Italy and throughout Australia.
Bella then went on to perform in a number of productions during high school and college including, Alice, West Side Story, The King and I, Freckle face Strawberry and CATS.
Bella has appeared in four Encore Theatre Company Productions over the last three years. Her credits with the company include Wicked, Blood Brothers and The Sound of Music, as well as portraying the role of Cosette in the award winning production of Les Miserables. She was also invited to be a featured singer as part of the Earl Arts Centre celebration entitled 25! The Community Celebrates the Earl in 2018 performing Greenfinch and Linnet Bird from Sweeney Todd.
Bella is in the advance stages of studying a double degree in Performing Arts and Education and is relishing in the opportunity with Studio Space to share her passion, skill and knowledge of theatre with her students whilst continuing her performing and teaching journey.