Born and raised in Melbourne, Wendy commenced her performing arts training at the age of 4. She has competed in countless musical eisteddfods, calisthenics competitions and performed in various concerts and productions which have allowed her to take to the stage at venues all over Victoria, including the Melbourne Arts Centre. She completed her AMEB piano and musical theory examinations at a very young age, then went on to study acting at Monash University, the CAE and with Actors’ Showcase. She has since completed a bachelor of primary teaching / arts – majoring in drama, film and photography (Deakin), and a diploma of creative writing (ACJ).
Wendy is highly driven in providing her students the best opportunities to develop their skills, and is always encouraging of school scholarship and leadership positions, and those wanting to be successful in the entertainment industry. Her award winning students have received countless accolades including a Helpman Award, several Gladys’ Benson Memorial Trophy, the Peter Spyker Encouragement Award, Kingston Senior Encouragement Award and high distinctions from the Trinity College of London.
Wendy takes great pride in both her students and the work they produce. Teaching is a calling, not an occupation. It’s a life, not just part of one.
Johnny discovered at a young age how much fun putting on voices and entertaining people can be. A humble small town boy from Bendigo, Victoria, he has since trained and studied under a number of professional industry instructors and institutes to refine and hone his passion for theatre, film, and acting. His academic credits include a bachelor of drama from Deakin University specialising in Stanislavski’s naturalistic method of acting, voice manipulation and Shakespeare. Additionally, he has successfully undertaken on-screen film and TV Acting courses from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Johnny’s acting has been enjoyed by Melbourne theatre critics and audiences a like, and admired by peers for his dedication to performance and authenticity.
Johnny is absolutely thrilled to pass on his knowledge to students providing a creative and dynamic coaching style with students.
Stephanie was elected house dance captain at Camberwell Girls Grammar School where she choreographed multiple dance routines to house students of varying dance abilities, successfully receiving first place overall. She has vast performance experience, immersing herself in many school productions and musicals and was part of the specialist dance group in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2018) and Cats (2016). As a former drama student of WSP, she enjoyed performing the roles of Belle Gunn in Treasure Island and Farmer Boggis in Fantastic Mr Fox. Stephanie has also danced in community events, including the acclaimed Moomba Parade and has participated in the dance fundraising event, Dance Cancer Initiative (DCI). Travelling abroad to Los Angeles with her dance studio where she performed at Disneyland, including The Main Street Parade and Universal Studios has been a dance highlight and Stephanie is excited to have the opportunity to travel in March/April 2020 to Mexico to dance and perform on a cruise ship. Stephanie loves working with children and aims to encourage students in a positive manner to help them build confidence, develop to their full potential and most importantly want the students to enjoy dance. Apart from dance, Stephanie enjoys playing sport in particular netball and spending time with family and friends and is currently studying nutrition science (dietetics pathway) at Deakin University where she hopes to become an aspiring dietitian for athletes.
Ashley Grottoli has coached countless students across the globe for over 22 years; launching many successful careers in dance and theatre. Ashley grew up learning from the critically acclaimed Joann Chapman for over 10 years. She competed across North America being featured on TV shows such as Showstoppers National Championships and even went on to win Miss Dance of America at Dance Masters of America in New York City at the age of 16. She was given contracts for cheerleading and even awarded a spot at the Hula Bowl. Her teaching has taken her as far as Cuba and South Korea. Ashley was even featured on season So You Think You can Dance Australia, season 3. Her choreography has also been featured on TV with credits for the Victorian Government and Carols by Candle Light. Her contributions to WSP in 2019 was awarded 5 stars by theatre people and Travel Victoria.