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Ensembles and companies

Northmead CAPA companies and ensembles 2019

Visual arts, dance, drama and music


Hip Hop dance ensemble

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: P2
  • Tutor: Taylor Campbell


Art company

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: 59
  • Tutor: Mr Auckett

Drama company

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: Studio 7
  • Tutor: Mr Flanagan and Ms Quinn

Dance company 2

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: P2
  • Tutor: Ms Sammes

Dance company 1

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: P1
  • Tutor: Ms Elliott

Music company 

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: 81
  • Tutor: Mr Duong

Aerial circus company

  • Time: during sport
  • Room: School Hall
  • Tutors: Ms Bottrill and David Jackson

Circus ensemble beginners

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: School Hall
  • Tutor: Ms Bottrill.


Ballet ensemble

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: P1
  • Tutor: Sarah Elliott


Vocal ensemble

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: 81
  • Tutor: Mr Duong

Jazz dance ensemble

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: P1
  • Tutor: Ms Sammes

Junior dance ensemble

  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Room: P2
  • Tutor: Matilda Walker



  • Time: 2:30pm - 4pm
  • Room: Hall and Studio 7
  • Tutors: Mr Flanagan 

Knowledge, passion, and innovation are just some of the qualities that our dedicated teachers and tutors strive to instill in our students. Along with their considerable talent and experience, each has a unique dynamic that they bring to their classes. Read through their profiles below to find out more about our professional teachers and tutors.

Warren Flanagan

Drama, English VET Entertainment Teacher Warren Flanagan Senior Drama Company, Wakakirri, State Drama Tutor

Bachelor of Education UOW Bachelor of Creative arts - performance accredited teacher NESA

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School for ten years. With a passionate goal to build a drama culture and develop an all-inclusive program, he first started with only five members in 2010 establishing Northmead’s first Drama Ensemble. In 2019 the Drama Ensemble expanded into a Drama Company of forty-five members which includes a Junior and Senior Ensemble.

Warren has provided Drama Company with performing opportunities where his students experience performing on stage in many festivals such as Celebrating the Arts, Fast n Fresh Theatre, Western Sydney Drama Festival, Arts Alive Drama Festival, Lights Up Drama Festival and State Drama Festival. Drama Company’s achievements also include being invited to perform at the Hill’s Relay for Life Cancer Council Charity Event 2016.

Warren actively encourages and promotes his students to pursue drama beyond Northmead and seek opportunities with NSW State Drama and State Drama Camp. He has also encouraged students to take part in the Griffin Ambassadors Theatre Program, Young Belvoir’s Theatre Program, STC Young Wharfies Program, ATYP Program, National Theatre Parramatta Program along with seeking auditions for acting agents and production companies.

Warren has also directed and produced Northmead’s Talent Storm, Rock Eisteddfod and Wakakirri productions. With ‘Dreams Realty’ 2010 (1st Place) ‘Cluedo’ 2011 (5th Place), ‘The Last Message’ 2012 (1st Place) ‘The Clash of The Elements’ 2015 (State Winner) and ‘The Leap’ 2016 (State Winner and National Story of the Year), ‘Media Circus’ 2017 and ‘The Farmer Wants a Life’ 2018. He aims to produce epic productions to give his students the experience of performing on a professional level and in front of world class venues such as Sydney Entertainment Centre, Acer Arena and NIDA (National Institute of the Dramatic Arts).

Warren has also been trained by NIDA to teach VET Entertainment and he currently uses his skills to produce performances and spectacular showcases at Parramatta Riverside Theatres.With his experience in theatre design, Warren has been successful in creating cost effective productions, working with a minimum budget and recyclable products, teaching his students to be creative and innovative in performance and production. His passion for the arts is alive in his work. He has created an expanding interest in Drama at Northmead CAPAHS.


Dance Teacher, Dance Company, Jazz Ensemble

Bachelor of Arts (Dance) UNSW Bachelor of Education UNSW accredited teacher NESA Australian Teachers of Dance Ltd (Affil. A.T.O.D)

Melanie has trained for many years in the styles of Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop & Break and Tap (Newcastle and Glenwood), completing graded examinations. Trained in Musical theatre, Drama & Singing Melanie has been fortunate enough to perform not only in Australia but also overseas, including USA (New York and LA) and UK (London).

Melanie furthered her studies in dance and education at the University of New South Wales, completing a B.ARTS (Dance), Drama (Theatre & Performance), B.EDN, becoming an Accredited NSW teacher.

Over the years Melanie has performed nationally and internationally. She has worked in live stage performance, musicals and well-known television series such as Nickelodeon, Double Trouble, Comedy Inc. and So You Think You Can Dance. Melanie has also choreographed for season launches of well-known Australian fashion brands such as GLASSONS, modelled for both dance (including BLOCH) & non-dance related fashion companies.

Melanie is a dedicated teacher with a passion for the performing arts and is an active member of the Performance community.


Melanie Sammes

Christopher Auckett

Visual arts, Visual design, design and technology Teacher Art Company and Art Club

National Art School (Art Certificate II, Honours) Sydney College of the Arts – Bachelor of Arts Sculpture Uuniversity of Western Sydney Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education, visual arts Sydney University (Diploma of Technology and Applied Studies) accredited teacher NESA

Christopher Auckett is an Australian contemporary Artist Educator in the subjects of Visual Art, Visual Design and Technological and Applied Studies.

Christopher is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates artworks in Sculpture (Object based and Installation), Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Mixed Media.

He has regularly exhibited his artworks since 1985 in both individual and group exhibitions in Sydney, Perth, London & Paris.

In 1985, he was awarded the Grace Bros Centenary Art Award and the National Youth Award for Visual Arts. Christopher was also awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship in 1986, The Dyason Bequest (Art Gallery of New South Wales) in 1987, and a residency at the Dr, Densie Hickey Studio, Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 1988. In the 1990’s he was twice Winner of the Open section in the ‘Art in the Blue Mountains Exhibitions. In 2013 Christopher was a finalist in the Hornsby Art Prize for Sculpture.

His artworks are represented in various public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, England and France.

In addition to his artmaking practice, Christopher has variously performed roles as a curator, workshop facilitator, judge as well as technical assistant to Janet Laurence, Nigel Helyer in Sydney 1985-1987 and Dennis Oppenheim in New York City 1988.


Alese Bottrill

PDHPE Teacher, Aerial Circus Company, Circus Ensemble

Bachelor of Education Personal Development, health and physical education Certificate IV and Certificate III in fitness beginner Gynanstics Coach accreditation accredited Teacher NESA

With a background in gymnastics and acrobatics. Alese showed a keen interest in the aerial circus program in 2018, with many cross over skills used from Gymnastics and Pilates. Alese trained at Sydney Trapeze in 2018 perfecting her own skills on the aerial hoop, trapeze and silks.

Alese also spent time at the beginning of 2019, training at Circus Training Australia in Melbourne completing a certificate in Fundamental circus skills and completing coaching levels in hoop, trapeze and silks. She is looking forward to bringing her coaching skills in gymnastics and new-found passion for aerial circus to Northmead in 2019.


Music Teacher, Chamber Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble

Bachelor of Music (Education) Sydney Conservatorium of Music accreditted Teacher NESA Amusa Pianoforte

Willson began his music career at age 5, starting with the piano and singing in the Australian Youth Choir. From then, Willson has become a proficient performer and has experience performing at Eisteddfods, provided accompaniment to HSC and AMEB students and performed highly at a Conservatoire level.

Willson is trained in Classical, contemporary and jazz music styles and has completed the AMEB grades for piano. Furthering his study, Willson studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he has performed in the choir, various chamber ensemble and solo recitals at a university level. During his time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Willson won the Mary Charlton Prize Scholarship for his final year recital.

Willson is a dedicated teacher and member of the performing arts and his passion for the arts and music is heavily apparent in his work. 


Willson Duong

Dance Teacher, Ballet Ensemble, Combined Dance Ensemble

Sarah began dancing at age 6, and by age 14 had moved to Sydney to accept a place as a full-time ballet student. Sarah is proficient in a number of dance styles including ballet (RAD and Cecchetti examinations), contemporary, modern (Graham technique), jazz, tap, ballroom and Spanish (Spanish Dance Society) dance.

As a student Sarah completed examinations, performances and competed in these styles at various eisteddfods and competitions – including locations such as the Sydney Opera House.

Sarah is a registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD, RTS) and has over 9 years of experience as a dance teacher.

Sarah was also awarded as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) in recognition of exceptional results in her final ballet examination at Advanced 2 level.

Sarah also studied a Bachelor of Arts (dance major, theatre and performance studies minor) and a Bachelor of Education (secondary) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) – graduating with distinction. During her time at UNSW Sarah performed with the UNSW Dance Company where she had the opportunity to work with many Sydney-based dancers/choreographers and dance academics.

Sarah is currently completing an Honours year of research for dance studies at UNSW that will culminate in a thesis and the performance of an original choreographic work


Sarah Elliott

Maddyson Bonner

Dance Teacher, Contemporary Ensemble

Maddyson is working with the Contemporary Ensemble for the second year at Northmead CAPA High School. She choreographed for festivals such as; Celebrating the Arts Festival, Sydney West Dance Festival as well as winning routine for the Ultimate Dance Challenge competition. As a graduate from Northmead, she values education above all else which she carries through her teaching. She choreographed for the award winning and state and national winner Wakakirri piece ‘The Leap’ 2016, as well as the state winning piece ‘The Clash of The Elements’ 2015.

Maddyson has been dancing since the age of 2. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Maddyson has trained with the Locreado Dance Company from 2012 through to late 2017 whilst having the opportunity to work closely with Loredo Malcolm as her mentor.

Throughout this time, she worked with choreographers such as Jason Winters, Matthew Antonucci, Amy Campbell and Talia Fowler. She has travelled both domestically and internationally with the company, performing in shows in shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Central Coast and China. She also has had the opportunity to assist Loredo in many classes around the country such as the ‘Winter Dance Camp’ at Sydney Dance Company, masterclasses at dance studios around the country, workshops for the Locreado Dance Company as well as assist in the auditions for his junior in Sydney, Brisbane and Central Coast interstate programs.

Maddyson was recently selected to represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts where she travelled to Long Beach, California in 2016 competing in solo performances and boot camp style masterclasses from American choreographers where she landed herself a 3-month scholarship to the world-renowned Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. She has worked with choreographers such as Matt Lee, The Squared Division, Cat Santos, Carly Smith, Marko Panzic, Stephen Tannos and Courtney Horton and continues to seek choreographic education through taking classes around Sydney.

Maddyson is currently enrolled in studying Secondary Education at the University of Western Sydney whilst she continues to choreograph at studios throughout Sydney and New South Wales working on solo and duo routines as well as competition group routines and workshops.

Dance Teacher, Hip Hop Ensemble

Since she began dancing at the age of 2, Tayla Campbell has performed and competed overseas and all around NSW.

She completed her HSC in 2012 achieving a band 6 in dance and went to complete her Certificate IV in Performing Arts in 2013, where she was chosen to feature in Justice Crew’s music video, Channel V/ Nutri-grain commercial and has performed numerous times on Channel 7’s ‘The Morning Show’. She has played the lead role in Northmead’s CAPAHS’s Rock Eisteddfod 2011 and 2012.

Tayla is currently studying at Macquarie University majoring in Dance and Education and she is a member of the Hip Hop ‘Zealous Dance Crew’.

Tayla Campbell