our staff

Danielle Carter - DirectorManaging Director - Danielle Carter

Danielle Carter studied Meisner Technique at the Actors Pulse in Redfern, Sydney and then acting for Screen and TV at Screenwise under Denise Roberts in Paddington, Sydney. After backpacking around the world, Danielle returned to Australia to study Drama and Entrepreneurship at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. In 2011 and 2012, Danielle was involved in the strategic planning and facilitation of Brisbane Youth Theatre. Danielle isa PhD Candidate in Drama atQueensland University of Technology. Her PhD is titledCommunity Value of Cultural Participation in Community Engaged Performanceand explores the reception to community productions staged by Queensland Music Festival and Milk Crate Theatre. Danielle leads a performance-based, culturally diverse children's group with the Soka Gakkai International, Queensland. Her experience as a mother provides the best reminder of the importance of creativity and play for children.

Staff Policy

Staff are all screened rigorously and have a blue card for working with children. Professional acting experience and collaborating with youth are criteria for being accepted as working with the Brisbane Youth Theatre team.

Reuben Witsenhuysen Facilitator - Reuben Witsenhuysen
Reuben is passionate about harnessing the theatre process to engage and empower. After a focus on applied performance during his QUT Bachelor in Fine Arts [Theatre] Reuben spent two years acting and facilitating workshops with The Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe in QLD and NSW high schools and leading holiday workshops for children with Drama Dragons. Recently, Reuben worked as a voice coach for the youth of Otamatea Repertory Theatre in New Zealand.

Reuben has performed professionally in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney theatres.

Combining the discipline and freedom of active creativity Reuben endeavors to foster self-esteem, expression, responsibility and teamwork.

Dominic Nimo Facilitator - Dominic Nimo
Dom graduated in 2009 from QUT's Fine Arts Acting course. Following this, he has toured with Echelon Theatre Company's Science Week for Schools tour throughout Queensland and has made appearances in Sea Patrol's final season and the first season of Slide.

This year he made his main stage debut in As You Like You at the La Bote Theatre Company.

Dom loves working with youth and empowering them through theatre.


Rebecca Hull Facilitator - Melissa Horvath

Mel is currently studying English and Drama teacher at The University of Queensland.

She has been involved in a number of local productions in Canberra and Melbourne such as West Side Story, Jesus Christ Super Star and Lysistrata, as well as receiving the ‘Dickson College Theatre Award’ in 2009, enabling her to direct a professional show at Canberra’s Street Theatre performance hall in 2010.

As well as acting, Mel also enjoys playing and performing music on a variety of instruments, singing in local bands and completed her silver medal for Latin dancing in 2011.

Mel’s passion for performing arts and education make her time with Brisbane Youth Theatre a highly rewarding experience.


ACTed Script Series

The ACTed script series is aimed at combining learning and theatre for optimal results in child development. These unique plays are written specifically for the educational stage of the participants with a focus on both social and academic learning. ACTed scripts reinforces and builds on current school syllabus as well as teaching expression, communication and confidence that theatre-based learning provides. The authentic voice of the participants is often integrated into the scripts through improvisation games.

ACTed Examples
Mean Melanie - a play about bullying written (ages 5-8) - This play sets up a real life playground scenario for the actors to explore, encourages actors to experience all the roles within a bullying scenario to broaden the acting and social experience.

Mini Monster - a play about a group of friends camping, nasty bugs and team-work (ages 8-12) - This special play helps actors explore natural sciences, introduces camping safety and encourages having fun with your friends 'outdoors'.

All programs are written with the guidance of professional education consultants and script consultants.

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