DR CHRISTIAAN (CHRIS) WILLEMS
Director of Higher Education
As APAC’s Director of Higher Education, Dr. Christiaan (Chris) Willems brings to the organisation an extensive and uniquely diverse career in: music, theatre, television, tertiary education and professional communication.
A Fellow of the international Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Chris’s international conference presentations speak to his position as a leader in Higher Education, whilst his consistently innovative, transdisciplinary creative approach is evidenced by ABC-featured music recordings; extensive theatre performance and touring; professional publications, and award-winning international television.
Integrating creative industries leadership and practice-led research, Chris identifies and reconciles areas where often incompatible fields of professional practice intersect, interact, inform and enhance each other – producing innovative, productive solutions.
His multi-disciplinary Doctoral research and qualifications have informed the development of APAC’s Bachelor of Screen & Stage (BSS) Degree, which reconciles academic rigour with professional relevance.
Course Coordinator - Acting
From film set, to stage, to classroom, Sean shares knowledge to APAC students directly from the industry. He is a working independent actor, director and producer who has travelled his way round the world and through the industry. Sean has appeared as an actor in TV shows like Rake and Home & Away, and theatre shows including As You Like it, Mercy Thieves and Hamlet (to name a few). He is the QLD Executive Producer of Short+Sweet Festival, where students are presented with a professional pathway into the industry. Sean has worked as a director and producer for companies such as OperaWorks LA & Taiwan International Arts Festival. These experiences give him contacts across the industry to help students in their career choices. After 30 years in the industry, Sean wants to give back and help artists to realise their passion and turn their talent into a career.
Helen Rae Glindemann
Course Coordinator - Song & Dance
Helen Rae is a Brisbane-based singer-songwriter, teacher, mentor and counsellor. With a background in opera and music theatre, Helen Rae has continued to evolve her musical style as both a performer and songwriter, combining elements of pop, rock, dance, classical and jazz music into her repertoire. Currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University), her work in co-writing the curriculum for the Song & Dance stream of APAC’s Bachelor of Stage and Screen was a primary motivating factor in her decision to move into the doctoral research field. Helen Rae’s personal passions for performing, writing, recording, and teaching across diverse genres, combined with her commitment to developing a unique cross-genre pedagogy, make her well positioned to support and bring immense value to APAC and our students.
Course Coordinator - Screen Production
Julia has over twenty years of experience working in Sydney, London and Brisbane in Broadcast TV on documentaries and sports programs as a producer, director and editor. Julia has worked on a wide range of training, corporate productions and television commercials.
Julia is currently developing a documentary on Australian skateboarders and mentoring some of APAC’s graduates in producing their own programs and features. During her career Julia has worked at Australian Associated Press, Channel 7 and has had her own production company Lewis Media since 2006.
Julia brings extensive marketing, producing and editing experience, formal qualifications BA in Film and Media (Hon), a Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship) and has just completed a Grad. Cert. E-learning, excellent communication skills and production expertise. She has been a Judge for PROMAX INDIA 2019 & 2020, ATOM Awards 2019 & 2020 and a presenter at the ATOM Queensland Conference 2020.
Luz has been teaching at APAC for many years. She brings a wealth of professional experience in the performing arts, having collaborated with some of Australia’s most prestigious music, theatre, and screen creatives. Luz first studied in Sydney with iconic teachers from Hayes Gordon and Tony Knight to Janise Slayter and Max Lambert. This resulted in successful practical applications of a rich repertoire of performance techniques that she guides students through from foundational classes to final rehearsals and performance. As a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®, Luz enhances students’ psychophysical and creative capacities through a unique somatic approach to their learning. Luz continues her passion for the arts and personal learning processes. She is currently embarking on a master’s research project through Central Queensland University, focused on nurturing actors’ self-image and learner autonomy to support their ongoing health and wellbeing throughout their careers.
Joe’s extensive Film and TV career – as a photographer, cinematographer, editor, producer, and teacher – commenced in the late 70’s in special events, as well state-wide TV commercials, documentaries, corporate, marketing, entertainment and instructional videos. In the late 90’s Joe established his own successful professional photography business, specialising in portraiture, fashion, commercial and advertising – as well as video editing and film production.
Over the span of his career he has also worked alongside Brisbane based cinematographers producing work for a wide range of advertising agencies, as well as significant large-scale Queensland government projects.
Joe brings extensive technical and creative skills and experience to APAC, as well as formal qualifications in a GradCert in Tertiary & Adult Education, excellent communication skills and complete professionalism. All of direct benefit to the students he teaches and the professional colleagues with whom he works on a day-to-day basis.
Sherri has had an extensive movement background and has furthered her training in acting and fight combat disciplines. This has allowed her to work in many areas through the performance industry including stage, screen, and live interactive theatre productions. Her credits include solo-actor performances of the stage play adaptation of ‘Animal Farm’ performed at the Powerhouse, Sonia in Uncle Vanya (Heartbeast Theatre); Lady Capulet in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in the Shakespeare Festival, and MJ in ‘Mania’ as part of the Brisbane Arts Festival. In addition to her stage roles, she her work has also included: TVC’s, voice-over work, and roles in International, National and Local film projects like Project Eden (Mad Anth’m Pictures), Practise Patience (Sparrowland Productions) and Phoenix Rising (Vertical Realm Productions). Whilst lecturing at APAC, she still continues to work professionally in the industry.
Hannah Reardon-Smith (she/her) is a flutist, improviser, composer, radio presenter, podcast producer, curator, lecturer, yoga teacher, and writer living on the unceded land of the Jagera, Yuggera, and Turrbal People. She performs solo on Ableton-extended flute as cyberBanshee, and is an active member of Brisbane’s experimental music community, performing in numerous collaborations and ensembles. She has played at national and international music and performing art festivals, and she is currently serving as a peer assessor for the Australia Council. Having previously completed an Advanced Master in Contemporary Music Performance at the School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium (2014-2016), Hannah is a current PhD candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and her research and thinking are rooted in queer and feminist collaborative and contaminative co-creation with other soundmakers and artmakers, physical and social environments, ecologies, histories, and narratives, exploring the possibilities of making-kin and finding agency within community. She is passionate about sharing the potential for artistic growth through writing and research with her students, along with her love of the unusual in music and art.
Julia Nilon is an Australian contemporary singing pedagogue and performer. Throughout her career Julia has performed as a soloist and ensemble member in venues such as The Brisbane Jazz Club, QPAC, The Powerhouse Museum, Taikoo Li Sanlitun Beijing and the Queensland Conservatorium in a variety of contemporary singing styles such as jazz, musical theatre, pop and RnB.
As an educator Julia has worked with vocal clients in both Australia and Beijing from beginners to professional performers across various contemporary singing styles. Graduating from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Performance (Voice) and a Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy, Academic Excellence) in 2016, Julia is currently working towards her Doctorate at QCGU and continues to develop her professional skills in both pedagogy and performance. Julia has had the pleasure of learning from teachers and musicians of the highest calibre including Assoc. Prof. Irene Bartlett, Mary Saunders-Barton (Penn State), Elly Hoyt, Kristin Berardi and David Spicer. In addition to her education and performance pursuits, Julia directs a YouTube channel sharing her insights as a singing educator as well as her love and passion for music with her growing audience.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Non-Independent Director
DR SUSANNA CHAMBERLAIN