Sarah M. Chapleo

Lead Teacher

Sarah is an international Theatre Director and Facilitator, from London, UK.

 

Sarah has almost ten years’ experience working in youth theatre. She has collaborated with Russell Actors London, Constella Opera Ballet and The Orange Tree Theatre on her mission to bring joy and creativity to young people through theatre.

After graduating in English and Drama at Queen Mary University, she worked with professional actors and young people alike in the UK for some years.

Her work as a Theatre Director in the UK saw her named Associate Director of new-writing theatre, Theatre N16, and her project Your Ever Loving, had a successful run at the Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh, where it was nominated for an award by Amnesty International.

In China, she worked as a Drama Teacher and Director. Her work in China ranged from small school projects to large-scale youth theatre productions in the Poly Theatre, Shenzhen.

Sarah believes in silliness: When we are silly, we relax, and when we relax we feel more able to take risks and become better performers. This philosophy is honoured in every project, class and workshop she takes up.

David B. Colbert

Lead Teacher

David is an award winning actor, singer and playwright recently relocated from New York City. His plays have won honors and accolades at festival readings around the United States and his play, C.O.A.L., was produced Off-Broadway at New York’s 59E59 Theaters in 2015.

He began his career as a classically trained singer, performing with the world famous Corale Pisano in Pisa Italy. From there, he continued his concert career as a soloist in Kilmallock Ireland, and as a baritone soloist and ensemble member of the Voices of the Philadelphia POPS, under Conductor Peter Nero.

While performing with the pops, he made his theatrical debut as producer and star of the Philadelphia premier of John Cameron Mitchell’s and Stephen Trask’s Off-Broadway Hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This role garnered him every theatrical nod in Philadelphia as Outstanding Lead Actor in a musical. That success in Philadelphia lead to him being cast in regional productions all over the United States, performing the lead role for many years, including the much lauded Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit productions in New York City in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

In New York City, he has received the MAC Award for Outstanding Piano Bar Entertainer and Outstanding Technical Director, as well as the New York City Nightlife Award for Piano Bar Entertainment for his work at legendary clubs, Rose’s Turn, Helen’s, The Metropolitan Room and the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

TV credits include Richard Loving in Mysteries at the Museum on the History Channel, as well as rolls on Pandora’s Box, and Diabolical on the Investigation Discovery Channel. But David’s personal favorite is that of game show contestant on the show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, with Chris Harrison.

Joanna A. Cybulska

Lead Teacher

Joanna has many years of experience teaching primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong as well as mainland China among local and international schools like the English Schools Foundation (ESF). She has directed and/or written many musicals and plays with Hong Kong students, including some classic stories such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Adventure of Mulan or Wizard of Oz as well as new ideas. Her personal favorite was a play she wrote for a troupe of Tak Sun School students which they performed rapping for whole duration of the show.

Joanna is often involved in the visual side of the play such as making costumes, backdrops and getting her students interested in it, for example by preparing their own props. She likes to welcome ideas of her students, no matter how young they are to make the process more meaningful to them.

 

Outside of her teaching career Joanna is a jack of all creative trades – a visual artist working in many ways, an actor, a singer, a costume designer, a street performer and has to yet discover more means of expression. In Hong Kong, Joanna has performed on stage on few occasions, mainly with CSR Theatre Company originally established in Shanghai. Her long term dream is to become a filmmaker in the future, a process she would like to exercise with her Hong Kong students.

Michiko C. Qadri

Lead Teacher

Michiko is a Drama and English teacher who recently moved from Stockholm to live and work in Hong Kong. Michiko has a background in theatre education and has worked as a drama and English teacher for many years. As a little girl dancing and singing at the annual Culture Festivals in her home town was part of growing up in a culturally interested family.  

Upon her secondary graduation, she attended theatre studies at the Stockholm Folkuniversity and the prestigious Stockholm Elementary Theatre School S.E.T. under direction and guidance from acclaimed actor and director Thomas Neumann in 2004. During her education she was trained in Stanislavski’s theatre method among other courses in theatre including mime, improvisation and African dance.

In 2007 Michiko worked as a Drama Teacher at Uppsala Waldorf Secondary School, where she for the first time gained experience working with children and the Rudolf Steinberg pedagogy. Producing, directing and managing the annual show of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night through a holistic teaching perspective was an invigorating experience and inspired her to become a teacher.

2008-2011 Michiko worked with various freelance theatre projects as well as film commercials for Vagabond as an actress. During her teacher studies she toured around schools in Sweden with the acting group Teater Pseudo raising awareness among students and parents on alcohol consumption.  

 

Michiko earned her Master Degree in Drama and Theatre in education in 2014. She is also an experienced and appreciated English teacher and has experience from a variety of settings: from elementary school to upper secondary school in Sweden and Hong Kong. As she wanted to acquire work experience abroad, she landed a drama-position in Hong Kong in 2016-2017, working as a NET in Alliance Primary School. The school year ended with a full-length production of And So They Were, where the students got to explore different archetypes in fairy tales.

Michiko considers good intercommunicative relationships with students as well as creating a creative learning atmosphere to be her hallmarks. She believes encouraging curiosity through drama will help young learners develop their skills in becoming good world citizens. Her pedagogical pursuit is to foster independent, confident and creative individuals.

Genny Steccone

Lead Teacher

Genny is a resourceful and eager drama facilitator. She trained in Italy as a performer and graduated from the University of Florence with an MA in Film and Drama.

 

After moving to London, she completed  an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London. Since then, she has worked intensively with different companies both in mainstream and inclusive programmes. She has explored various contexts, from youth theatre to intergenerational drama projects, theatre with teenagers from a refugee background, and performing arts students with learning disabilities. Genny has also facilitated workshops with children and teenagers at risk of developing mental issues.

 

Genny moved to Hong Kong in 2018 both to widen her experience and professional background and out of curiosity and general interest in a new culture and different perspective on education. Since then, she has worked in kindergartens and drama projects both in primary and secondary schools

 

Genny understands the challenges of learning a new language and is confident that theatre can make this learning process exciting and inspiring, boosting self-confidence and resilience through playfulness and imagination. She loves to work with storytelling, improvisation and clowning.

 

Always happy to include the perspectives and the ideas of the children, Genny is looking to inspired and be inspired by them. She considers theatre to be a very sophisticated tool for developing a multitude of the so-called ‘soft skills’. She is a keen learner, passionate about film, visual arts, poetry and psychology.

Steven L. Walker

Lead Teacher

Steven is an imaginative and enthusiastic drama facilitator who trained at Birmingham school of Acting (UK) after graduating he has worked with lots of children of all ages all around the world including jobs such as; Entertainment, TEFL and drama teacher, workshop facilitator and school drama project director. Drama allows young people to have creative freedom allowing them to laugh and grow together which is something is always apparent in Steve’s classes.

He has been performing since a young age and had a lot of experience working with young children especially special needs. He cannot wait to meet everyone and begin working on projects with all of you.

Celia I. Gonzalez

Teacher

Celia was born in a bilingual household (Spanish/English), and languages have always played an important role in her life, as well as any ways of expression from the "alive arts" as they say where she's from, "las artes vivas", to the "still arts", such as painting, sculpting and writing... The alive arts are all the performing arts that develop in front of an audience, from drama to live music to dance, they all build an immediate bridge between the artist and the listener/viewer, and she's always found it to be the biggest source of joy in her life: to have access to the magic world of the  artistic experience and to share it. 


From her high school years she started tutoring her peers, family members and neighbors since she found her innate ability for effective teaching as well as creatively finding ways for each of her students to use their abilities in the most productive way. This way throughout the years she accumulated experience and started working as an art teacher assistant, teaching all group ages for almost a decade, from 6 year old kids to 60 year old grandmas. In these years she realized the importance of artistic and expressive development from an early age: kids who had the opportunity to "be artists" and play in their early childhood developed crucial skills that the older students didn't have.


Celia landed in Hong Kong in September 2017 and has been teaching since then. She's aware of the reality of many Hong Kong children in this moment in time and her priority when it comes to teaching is creating a safe space where children can express themselves fearlessly and they can gain self-confidence, communicate effectively, develop their musicality and feel more joy. 

Lars E. Svensson

Teacher

Lars is an inspiring drama teacher who is by now well-rooted in Hong Kong culture. After working three years in the island and one year before that in the mainland, he is well experienced in motivating children with various experience and on different stages in life.

 

Lars has first-hand experience of drama from other rooms than the classroom. During ten years he was in charge of a theater group, performing in circus tents as well in medieval ruins. Apart from being educated as a drama teacher, he has also a bachelor in History from Stockholms University (Sweden), written articles and theatre plays, learning how to engage children with special needs in the very north in Sweden. Apart from schools and theaters, Lars also has experience from the museum world where both children and men must be engaged enough to take part of new knowledge, basically one of many uses for the art of drama.

 

For each challenge provided in life, a new solution must be created using the set of skills we have achieved. Lars is looking forward to meeting your child and put together a creative solution for him/her where he or she can engage and develop.

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