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Mon, 21 Mar


St Martins Youth Arts Centre

Acting Through Song - with Kate Cole & Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer

Need to prepare for an upcoming audition? Looking to dive deeper into your repertoire? Simply want to brush up on your skills? This Acting Through Song workshop is for you! Join expert practitioners Kate Cole and Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer to explore the skills every singing actor needs.

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Acting Through Song - with Kate Cole & Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer
Acting Through Song - with Kate Cole & Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer

Time & Location

21 Mar 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEDT

St Martins Youth Arts Centre , 28 St Martins Ln, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

About the Event

Music Theatre Workshop welcomes you all back to our in-person events for 2022. Our first workshop for the year will help you explore Acting Through Song with the guidance of highly experienced actor Kate Cole, accompanied by acclaimed music director Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer.

Kate has extensive experience as an actor and educator. She was one of the founding members of Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Her music theatre credits include Assassins (Hayes Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House) Ladies In Black (QTC & MTC, National Tour), Sweet Charity, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and 42nd Street. Kate trained in NYC and LA with Uta Hagen and Actors Studio Lifetime Members Marcia Haufrecht and Sharon Chatten. Kate is also currently a guest drama teacher at Patrick Studios Australia.

Loclan is one of Australia's leading music directors and pianists, with a wide range of theatrical experience around the world. He was part of the Broadway musical SpongeBob Square Pants, and has performed widely off-Broadway, regionally and throughout Australasia. He has worked with some of the world’s finest music directors, including Kellie Dickerson, Guy Simpson and Eric Stern. Loclan was Associate Music Director for the Australasian tour of Wicked and Opera Australia’s production of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Penn State University under the mentorship of veteran Broadway conductor Dan Riddle.


Participants: $60

Observers: $25

Spaces are limited so book fast!


​This workshop is aimed at emerging and professional singing actors – performers with some prior experience who are looking to maintain and develop the techniques needed for song interpretation and delivery.

The workshop will look at:

  • How to communicate character and storyline through song
  • Exploring and strengthening the choices actors can make within songs
  • Techniques that allow actors to keep acting and singing integrated

Our small group setting means you’ll receive individually-tailored feedback in a 20-minute coaching session, and see how others approach their work over the course of the evening. Observers are welcome to attend the workshop and ask questions to inform their own practice without performing.


To participate, you must have a song prepared – ideally from a musical or one with story elements.

Please bring a hard copy of your sheet music in the correct key with any cuts or changes clearly marked.

Although you will only work on one song during the workshop, we recommend you have two prepared just in case – it can be helpful to explore other options if needed.

Your chosen song should be one you know well and are capable of performing fully. Please bear in the mind the focus of this workshop will be on performance and acting as opposed to vocal technique.

As per Victorian Government Guidelines, all people attending the workshop are required to be vaccinated and to prove their vaccination status upon arrival.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at


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