About

 

BANG! Academy of Performing Arts is led by a creative team of performing arts facilitators and directors. We are passionate and dedicated to provide a rich and innovative learning experience within a wide range of genres. We are excited to help foster talent while creating a safe and explorative platform for performance. 

OUR MISSION

  • To create a greater awareness of the Performing Arts within our local area

  • To allow for individuals to explore, problem solve and express within a safe learning environment

  • To gain insight through providing training through a wide range of specialised facilitators

  • To activate physical activity, life skills, safe risk taking, connectivity with one another & the environment and collaborative skills needed to succeed in life

  • To foster and harness confidence within each student

  • To build skills in technique within the genres of the performing arts

 
 

 
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Anouska Gammon - Director & Facilitator

Anouska has had extensive experience and involvement in the performing arts industry of Australia for over 25 years. After completing a Diploma at Brent Street Performing Arts and a double degree in Dance and Drama Education at UNSW, Anouska has continued to pursue her love for the performing arts through teaching and choreographing in various institutions throughout NSW. She is an active choreographer for both the State Dance Ensembles and Schools Spectacular in Sydney, along with her locally co-founded and directed theatre company in Bangalow, Bangalow Theatre Company (BTC). Anouska currently lectures at Southern Cross University in Performing Arts Education and hopes to share and inspire more creativity into the region. 

 

 
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 Frauke Hahn - Facilitator

Frauke Huhn has trained and worked in Theatre for over 20 years. She has been involved with productions, projects and trainings for various institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She lectured in Theatrepedagogy and Applied Theatre at the at the Institute for Economic and Social Sciences and worked as a Communication Trainer at the Eberhard-Karls- University of Tübingen in Germany, which is her Alma Mater. Frauke studied as well at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and holds two M.As in Science and Education, is a certified Applied Theatre Teacher ( Theatrepedagogy BuT) and accredited Secondary Teacher (Boostes). After she moved to Australia she became the founder of CICADE, Centre for Innovative Coaching and Applied Drama Education and the Director of Education for Public Act -Theatre for All, Byron Bay. She has been a Board member of Drama NSW and currently teaches at local Schools. She continues to train and coach educators and teachers overseas. Since experiencing the power of Theatre in her own teenage years and working in the Children Theatre Section of a State Theatre in Germany at the early beginnings of her career, Frauke has never lost her love and commitment to work with young people throughout her professional life. Her projects for and with children and youth have been awarded by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture, Germany. She is excited to share her extensive experience with BANG! Academy of Performing Arts.

 

 
 
 
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Melia Naughton

Melia is an actor, songwriter and classically trained musician. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art and she has a Masters of Arts and Entertainment Management from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney.

Melia toured the country with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Actors at Work and worked with Playbox Theatre Company, Melbourne. Highlight roles include Megan in The Fat Boy written by Tony Ayres and Sally in Falling Petals written by Ben Ellis both at the Malthouse. Melia’s film credits include Eron Sheean’s Fish which screened at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She played the role of Karen in BAFTA award winning filmmaker Hattie Dalton’s short film Summer’s Day. Melia has collaborated and devised work with various co-op theatre companies in Melbourne, she has written a short film score and is a voice over artist. Since moving to the Northern Rivers, Melia created Scarlett Affection, an award winning theatrical folk pop two-piece with her sister, winning the John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2012 and the Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence at the Australian Songwriters Association. They toured their harmonies to the USA and Canada and have played major festivals across Australia. Recent theatre credits include Frances in Five Women wearing the same dress with the Drill Hall Theatre Company; and Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone presented by Bangalow Theatre Company.