Meet our fabulous industry professional and fully qualified teachers.

Lyn Pelgrave – Principal

Diploma of Dance
Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management.
Cert IV TAE. Australian Dance Institute Endorsed Syllabus Assessor.

Lyn has spent the last 20 years travelling and performing with touring musical comedy and theatre productions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

“In 2007 it was time to pack away the suitcase and establish a life at home in Brisbane. Starting The Theatre Factory meant I didn’t have to give up on my passion for the theatre and all the magic it holds”.

Julia Nilon – SingingHeadshot photo of Julia at The Theatre Company Brisbane

Julia’s musical tuition began at the age of nine, undertaking classical singing lessons. After years of competing in Eisteddfods, AMEB exams, crafting her own songs and performing she branched into contemporary singing where she found a passion for jazz music that led her to auditioning for and completing a Bachelor at the Conservatorium of Music majoring in Jazz Voice. This new direction saw her perform at the Brisbane Jazz Club, The Powerhouse Museum and other venues in Brisbane while growing a skill set in contemporary singing genres, songwriting techniques, multi-instrumental abilities and teaching. 

While participating in ensembles, writing her own music, performing and teaching around Brisbane, Julia’s desire to learn more about the voice and provide a greater teaching versatility guided her towards her current masters degree in Vocal pedagogy. Her studies have cemented a wealth of knowledge regarding the voice and Julia’s personal musical experience has helped her create a balanced teaching philosophy. This philosophy aims to inspire the development of healthy, free, natural voices through the application of factual information, positive teaching techniques and exploration of sound.

Julia finished her Master’s degree in 2016 and is currently preparing to undertake a Higher Degree with a focus on modern musical theatre singing, in particular teaching modern musical theatre to children.

Leanne “Lee” Schmidt – Dance Start, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Vocational StudiesHeadshot of Teacher at The Theatre Company Brisbane

Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management

Certificate IV Dance Teaching & Management
Certificate IV Training & Assessment
Certificate IV Fitness

Leanne has been dancing from the age of 4 years old where she started Classical Ballet and Tap in Ingham, North Queensland. At the age of 12 Leanne added Modern Jazz to her technique styles and passed all F.A.T.D. Performance & Young Teaching diplomas, with distinction. At the age of 15, Leanne took part in her first musical production with the Townsville Choral Society and their production of Singin’ In the Rain, and then later joined  the Townsville Little Theatre.  This is where she developed a love for Musical Theatre.  Leanne is an active member of the amateur theatre community of Brisbane as both a performer and choreographer.

Miss Lee relocated to Brisbane to study Dance Education at QUT where she met contemporary choreographer Erin Tunbridge (Zeta Dance Group). Leanne worked alongside Erin as Australian Managing Director of Zeta Dance Group while Erin developed her international works which toured the United States in 2014. In this time, Leanne also performed for Queensland Entertainer of the year, Deana Peher as a professional Cabaret and Chorus dancer, and still performs with Ms Peher on occasion to this day.

For a number of years, Leanne has worked with Queensland & Western Australian Primary schools in delivering dance programs to assist with the dance component of the Australian National Curriculum for the Arts. With the Governments introduction of the Live Performance Training package for the creative arts, Leanne has taken it in her stride to help develop well educated dancers for a better creative arts industry in the future. This Government regulation of vocational creative industries education will encourage dancers to broaden their knowledge and allow them the ability to discuss with their peers movement functionality & the creative aspects of their craft, and this is something Leanne is passionate about.

Gabriella Flowers – Drama, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Singing

BA Hons degree in Musical TheatreHeadshot of Gabs at The Theatre Company Brisbane

Gabriella trained at Arts Educational Schools, London, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre. She is trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pas De Deux, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Drama, Stage Combat, Acting for screen and Singing. Whilst still performing, she now works freelance teaching Drama, Singing and various styles of Dance. She was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and went on to become an associate. 

Since graduating she has performed, directed and produced in London’s West End and New York. She is now pursuing her theatrical career out here in Australia. Her recent credits include: THE LITTLE MERMAID TALE (Philippines tour), Assistant directing KISS ME KATE the musical (QPAC), 24 WAYS TO SAY I’M GAY (Arts Centre Gold Coast), HOGES! (Channel 10), SLAMMED, Original Cast (Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre), The Australian Premiere of ADDING MACHINE: A Musical (Schonell Theatre), THE A-Z OF MRS P (Southwark Playhouse, London), UK Premiere NEVERMORE (Courtyard Theatre, London), BROADWAY TO WEST END (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), SPRING AWAKENING (Rose Theatre, London). She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of FLOWERS THEATRE COMPANY, which aims to create innovative new work for Brisbane audiences. They have run two sold out seasons: THE MAYNE EFFECT and the Award winning THE TRAIN TEA SOCIETY. Gabriella is thrilled to be continuing her other passion which is teaching, with the hope of passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm for the Arts.


Face Shot teacher Laura Theatre FactoryEmma Taylor – Contemporary,  Classical Ballet


Emma has extensive experience teaching and performing Contemporary Dance and Ballet. In addition to holding her Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from QUT, she has completed the following training: Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, Ausdance Skill Set for Teaching Dance, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate, and Advanced Pilates Instruction Certificate. Emma’s teaching experience is diverse, having trained students for professional careers, recreational enjoyment and therapeutic benefit. She has taught for the Queensland Ballet’s EdSquad, where she toured with the company teaching for corporate events, at private studios, primary and high schools, special schools, the Hear and Say Centre, and Queensland Ballet events such as Tutu Day. She has also taught at studios throughout Brisbane, and students of all ages. Her performance experience credits include: Queensland Ballet EdSquad (Brisbane), Expressions Dance Company Ensemble (Brisbane), Opera Queensland (Brisbane), Untitled Collective (New York, USA), Kim Robards Dance Company (Denver, USA), Lucid Dance Company (Brisbane), Verve Lab (Melbourne), the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Brisbane Festival. Due to having a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Emma has a particular interest in teaching dance with intense focus on safe dance practice, ensuring that her ongoing study and research outside of the classroom provides her students with a strength, coordination, grace and self-awareness that will last them through their training and far beyond.

Face shot teacher Theatre Factory DanielleDanielle Torr – Acro & Cheer

Danielle Torr – Danielle is currently completing Certificate IV in Dance teaching and Management. With a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, Danielle is well trained in safety and correct form. In Acro/Cheer your child can expect to have heaps of fun while learning stunts, jumps, tumbles, pom routines and of course dance.


Izzy Smith – Jazz, Drama, Singing

Diploma of Musical Theatre (ADMT) & Honours in Major One Jazz (ADV)


Izzy Smith is an accomplished Brisbane based performer who proudly holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre from the Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre. In recent times, she has been seen as Red Girl in Downtown the Mod Musical (ADMT), Featured Dancer/Female Ensemble in The King and I (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Inc) and Lon Weasel in The Wind of the Willows (Moreton Bay College.) Her extensive performance credits go on to include Open Mic Soloist at two Underground Broadway Industry Nights as well as a Mascot Team Member at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Izzy is also an up and coming choreographer in the Brisbane region having recently worked on The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White and The Wizard of Oz (The Theatre Factory) and A Little Princess (Beenleigh Theatre Group.) During her performing career, Izzy has also been the proud recipient of several awards including Most Promising Senior in Musical Theatre, Service to House Cultural Activities and the Senior Encouragement Award. 

Miss Izzy had the privilege of growing up in The Theatre Factory as a student, and thoroughly enjoys being able to work with the next generation of theatre performers!


Caitlin Wood – Speech & Drama

Bachelor of Creative Industries (QUT)

Caitlin attended the Queensland University of Technology. She completed a Drama major and a Professional Writing, Publishing and Editing minor and graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Distinction). She loves teaching drama and has worked with both individuals and groups to help students build their confidence, engage their imaginations, and develop their communication skills. She has successfully prepared numerous students for Eisteddfod performances and for Trinity College of London Speech and Drama exams. She further works as a dramaturg and editor and has also worked in several arts organisations, has written professional documents for a number of companies, has curated multi-disciplinary exhibitions, and has worked for drama publisher Playlab – proofreading and typesetting play-texts. Drama is her true love and she can’t wait to work with Theatre Factory students.


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