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”.

Leanne “Lee” Schmidt – Assistant Principal; Vocational Co-OrdinatorHeadshot 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.


Sarah Spina – Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary; Vocational Assistant 

Diploma in Classical and Contemporary Dance (Elite Performance)
Advance Diploma in Classical and Contemporary Dance (Elite Performance)

Sarah started her dancing career from a young age and has progressed quickly into her passion of dance and teaching. Moving to Brisbane in 2015 she was selected to dance full time with the Australian Dance Performance Institute. Dancing full time over the
two-year period, gaining her Diploma in Classical and Contemporary Dance in Elite Performance and her Advanced Diploma in Elite Performance. Sarah has performed successfully in many competitions ranging from Far North Queensland down to New South Wales and has also had the opportunity understudying with two major Australian contemporary companies.

Now currently studying with the Royal Academy of Dance in the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, to further her passion onto her current and future students. Sarah has many ambitions of advancing her knowledge within the dance, fitness, and wellbeing industries to offer various educational opportunities to students.

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.

Erin McNamara – Choir Director

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice)
Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) 

Erin has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She began her musical career at age 7, when she joined her local community theatre group. From that point on, Erin has performed in, and been musical director in many amateur and semi-professional musicals for over 10 years.

In 2013, she decided to expand her musical knowledge and skills through a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) at the Queensland Conservatorium. While studying, Erin continued to perform as lead singer in her cover band, Avalon, and also worked as a singing and piano teacher. Most recently, Erin developed a greater love and understanding of teaching after completing a Master of Music Studies majoring in vocal pedagogy, also at the Queensland Conservatorium. This year, she has decided to continue her studies with a Master of Secondary Teaching specialising in music.

Nicola Lim –  Acro, 

Nicola Lim is an accomplished and energetic teacher bringing her skills to the Theatre Factory in 2020 for our Acrobatics Program. Studying at QUT, Nicola has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Education and is a member of the Acro Dance Teachers Association. She is a highest scoring senior champion and recipient of the Creative Choreography award for self-choreographed solos for the Follow your dreams competition and received the Highest scoring age champion and overall senior champion at Dance Life Unite

Kristy Horn – Hip Hop

Kristy’s background is all styles with strengths in commercial styles and hip hop. She has over 10 years experience and was the creator of a competitive hip hop crew under the name of Kinetic crew. She competitively danced for an all girls hip hop crew for 2 years and is a teacher for YCV studios, previously at VHUB dance and has taught at many studios across Brisbane – workshops and classes. She is currently a dancer for the Brisbane silver bullets dance team.

She has a strong passion and love for teaching and believes in creating a supportive and nurturing environment for her students and wants to see each and every student grow and develop their dance skills but most of all have fun and love what they are doing


Tahlia Downs graduated from QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) with Distinction in 2017. Since then she has performed on screens and stages across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. In 2019 Tahlia completed her apprenticeship with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and has since worked with them on multiple productions as an actor and dramaturg.

Since 2017 Tahlia has worked as a Speech and Drama tutor for ages Prep through to Grade 12, preparing students for eisteddfods and Trinity College London examinations.

Tahlia is currently studying her Masters of Education at UQ, and working in Brisbane’s performance industry. She is excited to share her love of language and performance with The Theatre Factory’s students.

Tammy Richards – Administration & Tap

Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management
Cert III Assistant Dance Teaching
Cert IV Business Management

Tammy started her dancing career relatively late in the game, not getting involved in any forms of dance until her late teens. After years of participating in Scouting shows, Tammy progressed into lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre expanding on her skill set before taking these skills and puttig them to use on the Brisbane Musical Theatre scene performing with a variety of companies.

Tammy recently completed her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management and is excited to be teaching the younger students in everything tap and handling the day to day administration of The Theatre Factory.

Olivia van Gool – Junior Reception






Leanne McPherson – Accounts

Theresa Anderson – Studio Maintenance