Teachers and Staff
Natalya started her music education at the humble age of five in her native Estonia and obtained her LmusA in classical piano while doing HSC in 2005. After graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design three years later, she has decided to get back to what she loves and does best.
Natalya has held solo classical concerts and made appearances in most amateur theatre orchestra pits all around Sydney as well as the occasional cheeky on-stage cameo. Natalya has musically directed the Australian Premiere of a musical comedy 'It Shoulda Been You' as well as The Addams Family, Footloose, Popstars the 90's Musical and The Music Man.
In her spare time away from teaching musical theatre to your adorable children, Natalya works on her debut instrumental album and nurtures her ever growing YouTube channel Natalya Plays Piano.
Blake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States as writer, actor, singer, and teacher having studied drama and music theatre at the University of Sydney & The Actor’s Connection, New York. He spent 2016 on tour with the international production of Cameron Mackintosh's Les Misérables. In 2015 he appeared in nine music theatre productions alone, including his New York debut leading the cast of Stalker: The Musical at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. In 2014 Blake appeared in the sell-out season of his new cabaret Hold Me Closer Logies Dancer (Neil Gooding Prod.) at Sydney's Hayes Theatre Co. A finalist at the Sydney Cabaret Showcase, Blake is also proud to have participated in the workshop process and staged productions of seven new Australian musicals.
For his performance in the title role of the one-man show Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles (Neil Gooding Prod.), he won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards before embarking on a national tour.
Other credits include: Triassic Parq, Bye Bye Birdie, Thrill Me, [title of show], Atomic, A New Brain, Forbidden Broadway, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Hollywood Ending (Griffin Ind.), Floyd Collins, Spring Awakening, Just So, Blood Brothers, & Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Blake has also appeared in five Neglected Musicals productions: My Favourite Year, Nick & Nora, On The 20th Century, She Loves Me, and Dear World.
Blake has also lent his voice to numerous commercials and theatrical productions for clients as diverse as Telstra, Coles Supermarkets, and Coca-Cola.
Outside his work as a writer, actor, and singer; Blake has taught music theatre and singing to hundreds of students across Sydney for over five years.
Yyani graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre. Since then she has worked in theatre, television, cabaret, burlesque, circus and as a voice actor for animation. She was assistant director/producer of The Hillcrest Kabarett and Burlesque Festival, Winter Folies and Holly Follies, has starred as Polly in the Faulty Tales Dinner Show, and worked extensively with Australian composer Margaret Brandman.
Presently Yyani can be seen performing as Miss Cordelia Stark and Starburst at Sydney’s best cabaret venues and festivals. Yyani is also an artistic director to The Arcade Circus, and a drama coach for Ozcam productions (Television), the Q Theatre, and Blue Mountains Drama.
Yyani has ten years experience teaching singing, for Waratah School of Music and more recently Springwood School of Music and the Penrith Conservatorium of Music.
Simon trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Actors Centre in Sydney, also with the RADA and NIDA. Simon has appeared in Little Women, On The Town, The River, The Stationmaster (all London), Sweeney Todd (NewTheatre), City of Angels (RMS), Rumors (HMDS), in Oliver & The Wizard of Oz (Packemin Productions), Chess, Trial by Jury (Sydney Festival). Also in Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Die Fledermaus and Noel, Cole & Gertie with OperaBites and in the Sydney Comedy Festival (NIDA).
Simon has worked extensively in cabaret; Everything’s Coming Up Visas (London), Notes from Noel (West End, BBC Radio, Canberra, Sydney), Bothered and Bewildered, Simon Says! (Sydney, Melbourne), Is that how you're going to do it? (Sydney Fringe Festival – all at the Seymour Centre).
Simon has also been involved in the creative, writing and producing side of cabaret, theatre,
musicals and opera in Australia and the UK. Additionally, he has directed various productions such as Ruddigore,The Old Maid and the Thief; Bothered and Bewildered, Notes from Noel, Everything's Coming Up Visas, Is That How You're Going To Do It?, Simon Says, What I Did For Love, and a Gilbert & Sullivan Gala for 2MBSFM.
He trained as a violinist, then further studied musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music and has attained his LTCL in Musical Theatre Performance. Simon teaches on the Federation University Musical Theatre program, as well as in his private singing studio. Interestingly, he is also a child and adolescent Psychologist! Simon is a proud Equity member and is thrilled to be involved with Applause Musical Theatre Academy this year.
Ingrid is the proud mother of two teenage children. She has always had a passion for musical theatre and has performed in amateur musical theatre productions, concerts and choirs all her life. She relishes the opportunity to sing at any time – you may even catch her singing at the shops while she does the weekly groceries!
Her main role is as the manager, overseeing and administering the academy. However, she is very “hands-on” and frequently assists the teacher during class or sometimes substitutes for the scheduled teacher if necessary (something she secretly enjoys)!
Ingrid’s ability and desire to work with children comes from her primary school teaching background. In 2013, she founded Applause Musical Theatre Academy as it perfectly combined her love of music and theatre with teaching children. Ingrid strongly espouses the benefits that singing, acting and dancing bring to children, and gets a thrill watching her students grow in confidence as they learn and perform on stage.
Applause Musical Theatre Academy is to Ingrid like a big extended family. She treats her students as if they are her own children and works in partnership with her students’ parents, frequently texting and speaking to them about their child’s progress or any issues that may arise in class.
Ingrid would like to welcome you and your children to our academy and to the exciting world of musical theatre!