Helena Chayna-Director/Principal

Helena Chayna   Helena began performing at the age of 7 years while training in Voice, Piano, Speech & Drama and Dance. During her school years, as well as studying the Arts, Helena    performed in many eisteddfods and festivals as well as musical theatre productions and plays, gaining principle roles in many productions during school and after  graduation with local theatre companies, in productions such as “Annie get your Gun”, “South Pacific” and “The Abyss”.
After leaving school while continuing to perform, Helena gained a degree in the Arts and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Queensland. During her teaching  career, she has taught in many arenas, including local youth theatre and talent schools such as ‘The Johnny Young Talent School’ and ‘The Simon Gallaher Talent School’,  as well as being a private singing coach to many children and adults, with several of her students going on to study at WAAPA, BAPA and The Queensland Conservatorium  of Music.

Several years ago, Helena established and ran the first Youth Theatre Program at the largest and most successful theatre company on the Gold Coast and later opened her  own Performing Arts school which offered tuition in all areas of dance, drama and music, having its own 300 seat theatre and an enrolment of over 350 students.

Even while teaching Helena continued to perform at various corporate functions and dinner theatre shows on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney.

As well as being a performer, Helena has also directed, choreographed and musically directed many productions, including ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Calamity Jane’ & ‘The Cagebirds’ and High School Musical, as well as several large scale musical concerts including several Carols by Candlelight Performances for the Gold Coast City Council for which she won the Prime Ministers Australia day award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts’ in 2008. In addition, for several years, Helena was director of a 100 Voice Gospel Choir which performed to international audiences.

Helena also produces and performs in the internationally acclaimed interactive dinner theatre show, “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding” for which she and her husband purchased the Australian rights at the end of 2011.

While only having lived in Melbourne for a few years, Helena has performed for several companies in genres ranging from Radio Plays to improvisational Dramas, including for STAG Theatre in the principle role of “Liz” in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter”. She has also performed in “Fiddler on the Roof” with CLOC Theatre Company, with Altona City Theatre as ‘Marion Woolnough’ in The Boy from Oz and most recently with Williamstown Little Theatre in the role of Lexie in “The Dixie Swim Chicks”.

Helena is currently teaching singing privately from home, as well as being a  casual relief teacher at various schools throughout Melbourne.

She is thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for participation in full scale musical productions to children from as young as 7 years right through to 18 years.
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Claudia Chayna

Claudia ChaynaClaudia Chayna is Helena’s daughter and has been performing on stage since she was six years old in several musicals as well as many eisteddfods, winning awards for both her singing and dancing.

She has had a wealth of experience on stage as well as television, appearing on City Homicide on Channel 7, the Television series H2O and co-hosting the Kerrie-Ann Kennerly show on Channel 9. Claudia has also performed two seasons with Opera Australia in ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Turandot’; as well as having the great privilege of performing professionally as ‘Pepper’ in the stage musical ‘Annie’ a few years ago at the Regent Theatre.

After the choreographer for The Youth Production Company’s first show on 2014 had to withdraw, Claudia stepped up and choreographed the entire production and did a fabulous job and was thrilled then to be given the opportunity to choreograph their 2015 shows. As well as being a performer, Claudia has fallen in love with being a choreographer and is more than excited to again be choreographing their 2017 shows. In 2015 Claudia completed her Certificate II in dance at The Northern College of the Arts and a yearlong course in Musical Theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts. Last year Claudia was accepted into prestigious ‘Academy’ at Patrick Studios Australia where she starred as Danielle in their acclaimed production of ‘Bring it On’ the Musical.  Claudia’s dream is to study at The Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and then onto Broadway, at which time Helena will need to find another choreographer!