Sabrina McGarraghy – Principal and Business Owner
Sabrina started her Dancing life at the age of 3, and since then…..hasn’t really stopped! She is CSTD trained in jazz, tap and acrobatics, with early RAD ballet training, as well as keeping up to date with many years of dance training and performance experience in both her younger years and adulthood. She is also a mother of 2 sons and has a genuine LOVE of working with children. Sabrina enjoys seeing her students’ skills develop and their self-confidence blossom! Sabrina created her very successful Tiny Showstoppers with Miss Sabrina Drama and Dance program for children aged 2 1/2 – 5 years in late 2009 and has developed it further as she has gone along teaching it, with 2018 being the 9th year that the program ran. She was also the assistant teacher for our Tiny dance classes for a number of years. With Sabrina’s Showstoppers now growing so much, Miss Sabrina has decided to retire from teaching her Tiny Showstoppers program in 2019 to focus more on the running of the studio and developing it further – but will still be very ‘hands on’ giving her attention to ALL classes run at the studio. In previous years, Miss Sabrina has played a big part in the script writing for the End of Year Showcases, but in 2020, Sabrina enjoyed writing both scripts completely by herself for our Junior Drama and Drama Showtime classes to learn and perform at our Showcases. Along with co-ordinating and producing our End of Year Showcases each year, Sabrina has enjoyed producing 2 x original Productions: Escape to the Galaxy in 2018 and Mad House in 2019. She looks forward to producing her next original production in 2021.
Sabrina also prides herself on being a strong businesswoman, aiming to manage her growing team to utilise their strengths as much as possible to help provide a better service, and at the same time she enjoys personally ‘connecting’ with her customers who she believes are all part of her Showstoppers ‘family’. With her many years of Administration and Accounting experience behind her along with the growing amount of years as a business owner, this has helped her to enjoy watching her business Tiny Showstoppers with Miss Sabrina grow considerably in it’s first 2 years, then grow even more when it became Sabrina’s Showstoppers in February 2012 up until today. She has also found that her studio has the ‘community feel’ she wanted for it and really enjoys the big social aspect of her studio. Sabrina enjoys catering for both recreational and more competitive students, and still stands behind her motto that everyone deserves to SHINE!
In 2021, she is wanting to take Sabrina’s Showstoppers to even greater heights with her professional teaching staff who she believes not only offer top quality dance and performance training, but who are fantastic role models for instilling good life values in the students(whether they are recreational or competition level) who attend her studio. Sabrina is looking forward to expanding Sabrina’s Showstoppers even further and has lots of exciting plans in store for it.
Joshua Walker, BA MSS – Theatre Production Course Teacher & Director
Josh’s love of the arts began at a young age. When he was 12 years old, he starred in the Singapore national stage pantomime, and after that he just had the bug. Throughout his life, he has dabbled in practically every medium it is possible to create in. By the turn of 20, he decided to forgo financial stability and pursue the life of an actor.
Josh studied at Curtin University in Western Australia where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Performance. Since then he has found himself sliding slowly sideways into the dual realms of directing and producing. His original stage works ‘Speechless’ and ‘Breathless’ have won him several awards for direction and innovation of theatre festivals across WA. This also led to the creation of his theatre company, the Shadowlight Darkly Theatre Company, and his professional debut as a director at Perth Fringe World 2015. This has led to other professional appointments including directing jobs and chairing the board of Umbrella Works INC.
The suggestion of an old mentor brought him to the WA Screen Academy and he loved every stress-filled minute. His creative works from that year include ‘Splendours of a Mind’ (Director) ‘Trytophan’ (Producer) ‘Out on a Limb’ (Director) ‘Little girl Lost’ (Producer, Writer and Director) and ‘Godot’s Clinic’ (Producer) which has so far been nominated for a WA screen award and won Best Picture at the Channel Nine Awards.
Josh’s ongoing goal is to find a way to reconcile all of his creative pursuits and make a living whilst doing so. He enjoys swimming, painting and playing with his puppy; and is highly passionate about education.
Josh enjoyed both teaching our Theatre Production Course and directing our two successful Theatre Productions “Escape to the Galaxy” in 2018 and “Mad House” in 2019. In 2019, the popular Theatre Production Course expanded from one class to two classes with Josh teaching both classes, DUE TO COVID 19, Our Theatre Production Course was put on hold until 2021, and Josh is excited to return next year.
Nicole Hannan, CSTD – Senior Dance Teacher
Being one to always sing and dance around the house, it was no surprise when Nicole pursued a career in dance. Beginning lessons at the age of 2, she received her CSTD Tap and Theatrical Teaching Diplomas while training at the Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre. It was here that she gained invaluable performance experience through exam preparation, competitions and floorshow work.
Nicole has been teaching Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acro and Hip Hop over the past 20+ years. During this time she has taught students of all ages, at various high schools throughout Perth, and successfully run her own studio for 10 years. After the birth of her eldest daughter, she closed her doors to concentrate on being a mum, but continued to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to not only her 2 girls, but also the other studios she has been involved with ever since.
She looks forward to continuing her journey of teaching her passion of dance to our Showstoppers students.
Sophie Moore – Ballet Foundation Dance Teacher
Sophie trained at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy from age nine under the influence of Katharine Mantle and Adrienne Eastoe. She has currently completed her Certificate 2 and 3 in Dance, and has graduated from John Curtin College of the Arts in 2017. She has competed in various competitions in Australia and the United States and has been awarded Teen National Champion of the Dance Life Unite Finals in Sydney for both 2014 and 2016. She has been awarded most outstanding dancer at the WA Dance Expo and has completed all RAD vocational levels. In 2016, Sophie was accepted into the Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional year, but decided to pursue her University studies in Criminology as well as continuing with her love of choreographing and dance teaching.
Miss Sabrina has personally known Sophie since the age of 6 years and has enjoyed following Sophie’s very impressive dance and performing journey over the years, and watching her transform in to the beautiful young lady she is today.
Sophie has become an integral part of Sabrina’s Showstoppers, with 2021 being the 4th year of teaching at the studio. Sophie loves working with our Showstoppers students, and enjoys helping them with their dance journey.
sebastian vidot – ballet foundation dance Teacher
Photo Credit: Wendell Teodoro
eilidh sinnamon – musical theatre teacher/vocal coach
Eilidh is thrilled to be joining our team in 2021 and will start off primarily teaching our vocal classes and private vocal lessons on Saturdays. Eilidh has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from WAAPA, and has just been accepted into the 3 year Bachelor of Musical Theatre Course at WAAPA. FULL BIO TO COME.
STEPHANIE VALENTI – ACRO SPECIALIST AND DANCE TEACHer
MEGAN RENNIE – HIPHOP AND COMMERCIAL JAZZ TEACHER
Megan has performed and choreographed at various events around Perth , including for fashion brands, magazine publications, and alongside musical artists: constantly updating her training. She attends workshops in a variety of styles to incorporate diversity in her choreography, Heavily in demand to teach at schools around Perth, we are so lucky to have Megan teaching for us. Her SS students in 2020 thoroughly enjoyed learning her modern choreography in their hiphop and commercial jazz classes. In 2021, Megan will add a junior hiphop class to her teaching schedule with us – so we hope to see a few younger hiphoppers join us in 2021.
Keren Schlink, BA MSS – production scriptwriter
Keren has been busy in the theatre since the tender age of eight, first as a dancer, then an actor and finally as a writer and director. Keren’s achievements include writing and directing for Stirling Players Youth theatre group (winning Most Innovative Production at the ITA Youthfest and Dramafest), writing Tryptophan (nominated Best Screenplay at the Ouchy Film Awards) and writing A Spoonful of Sugar (nominated Best Documentary – Short at the WA Screen Awards). Keren is also an experienced Theatre in Education performer and puppeteer having worked with the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, Safety House WA and Class Act Theatre.
Keren enjoyed her role as Scriptwriter for our two original Theatre Productions “Escape to the Galaxy” in 2018 and “Mad House” in 2019 as well as relieving Joshua Walker teaching the Theatre Production Course when needed. Due to COVID 19, our next Production is scheduled for 2021, with Keren expected to be our scriptwriter.
Letisha Carozza – Ballet Foundation Teacher
A ballet, contemporary and lyrical dancer and teacher, Letisha has been dancing from the age of 7, with the majority of her training occurring and continuing at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy. She has danced competitively, winning many awards. In addition, she has completed 8 RAD ballet examinations, receiving a Distinction in Advanced 2 last year. She attended Santa Maria College, where she completed her Certificate II in Dance in 2016 and received Dux upon graduation. She is currently studying Physiotherapy at University of Notre Dame. Letisha aims to encourage her students to develop a love of dance and is excited to see them flourish and gain the many skills that come with dance training and performance.
Taylah Carozza – Dance Teacher
Taylah has trained at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy in Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Jazz. Since the age of 6, she has competed in both state and national competitions, as well as having completed up to Advanced 2 in RAD Ballet examinations.
Taylah was accepted into WAAPA’s Bachelor of Dance course for 2019 and also Sydney Dance Companies’ pre-professional program for this same year. However, she has decided to study an undergrad of Biomedical science and postgrad in a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Taylah was chosen to perform an own choreography piece in 2019’s WA Performing Arts Perspectives and has been selected to perform in RAD’s Gala Night for 4 years running since 2015.
With a strong passion for contemporary dance, Taylah continues to train in this style and is excited to share this passion with the students of Sabrina’s Showstoppers.
zoe jay – Drama and musical theatre Teacher/director
Zoë’s musical theatre experience started when she was 9 years old, being part of the cast for ‘The King and I’. However, Zoë is better known around the Perth area as a dancer and choreographer, having 25 years of experience in the dance world.
In 2009, Zoë started her directing journey, completing a number of one act plays and variety shows. After graduating from WAAPA, she started with Murray Music and Drama Club in 2009, winning a Finley Award for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ for ‘Oklahoma’. She continued on with MMDC, and thoroughly enjoyed directing the children’s musical ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ in 2011. Zoë’s directing experience is not just limited to the stage, but also has extended to film and screen.
Zoë then completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries, double majoring in Photomedia and Film. After graduating from university in 2011, Zoë disappeared for 2 years whilst traveling around Europe. She continued her love of theatre and dance overseas, watching over 20 West End shows and even traveling on a Salsa trip to Cuba.
Since returning, Zoë has directed ‘Bonnie and Clyde the Musical’, for MMDC in 2015, in which they were nominated for 3 Finley Awards with 2 winnings. Her next directing gig was for ‘Jekyll & Hyde the Musical’ at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre. Outside of theatre you found her in her photography studio, owning and managing the multi-award winning and the winner of ‘Top Performing Photography Franchise’ 3 years in row.
Zoë considers herself a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to business and organisation. She thoroughly enjoyed working with our Drama students in 2020, expressing her interest to take on more work at the studio. After seeing what a wonderful job Zoe did directing the Drama students interpreting Miss Sabrina’s scripts and storyline so well, in 2021, Zoe will also take over the popular Triple Threat class and will work with our Theatre Production team for our 2021 Production, as well as working towards items with these talented students for our End of Year Showcase.
amy mccann – drama assistant and vocal technique teacher
Perth born and raised, 18 year old Amy McCann, has always had a such a huge passion
for Performing Arts. She started singing and dance lessons at the young age of 5, and
took her first Musical Theatre class at the age of 10. She fell in love with it instantly and
has been training and performing ever since. Amy started attending APAN Academy full
time in 2016, and graduated in 2019, completing her Certificate II and IV in Musical
Theatre and Certificate IV in Commercial Dance. Her performance credits include
Telethon, City of Perth’s Nativity and various APAN Entertainment productions including
‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Shrek Junior’ and ‘Grease’. Most recently, Amy
performed in APAN’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as the leading role; ‘Dorothy’. She
has done all of this while completing her academic studies online through ‘SIDE’, and
has just recently graduated Year 12. Amy is so grateful to be able to do what she loves
every day, and is so excited to begin this new chapter in her life; learning to teach, and
pass on the great skills and knowledge she learnt throughout her training. Amy was amazing in her drama assistant role in 2020, and will now add her very own Vocal Technique class to her teaching schedule at Sabrina’s Showstoppers in 2021.