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Marc Lyster
Teacher of Drama & Voice
I have always been interested in acting and singing and first stepped onto the stage at the ripe age of 9 years old. Since then I have been involved in over 20 Musical Theatre productions both in Queensland and New Zealand. My stage credits include 'Rodney' in Dusty Springfield, 'Mark' in RENT, 'Robbie Hart' in The Wedding Singer, 'Cliff' in Cabaret and various lead roles in 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change - just to name a few. I studied with Trinity College of London and New Zealand Speech Board gaining a teaching certification with Honours in 1999, and ran a successful Children's Drama academy in Auckland for 5 years. I worked on a number of NZ television productions before moving to sunny Queensland in 2006. Since landing on the Gold Coast I have performed with Spotlight Theatre Company and Javeenbah Theatre Company. I am thrilled to have joined the Athena Team and love being involved in the training and development of tomorrow's bright stars.
Nikki Chong
Teacher of Drama
Hey my name is Nikki and I teach drama and singing here at Athena College. As soon as my Mum put me in a pink tutu when I was little, I knew the stage was for me. I always wanted to be a ballerina until I fell in love with musical theatre. I have performed as Jan from 'Grease', Princess Tuptim in 'The King and I' and Reno Sweeny in 'Anything Goes' to name a few. As much as I loved performing, I am studying to become an animator at university so I can bring even more characters to life. The performing arts has taught me a lot of life skills that I don't just use in the performance industry so I'm really excited to pass on my knowledge to the students here at Athena College.