About the Directors

 

About Bev

Beverley Jackson-Hooper B.A. dip. Ed.

Bev is a secondary English/History teacher who trained at Macquarie University in N.S.W. While doing her country service Bev began her love of teaching Drama when she introduced Drama as a subject into the curriculum at Wellington High School. This small start spawned many drama productions, program writing, conferences and drama events in the dusty west of N.S.W.

Bev continued to teach elective drama at Hunter’s Hill High school and then Parkes High where she was Head of History. While at Parkes High School Bev directed full school musicals with what felt like a cast of thousands – well 200. A move to Chile saw Bev teaching literature at Santiago College. While in Chile Bev directed two pantomimes, one of which she co-wrote, for Santiago Stage productions. An Australian directing a very English Pantomime with a mainly English cast in Chile was a great experience.

Back in Australia Bev has tried to combine motherhood of two growing children, teaching, directing and being a trailing Geo spouse.

Since arriving in Perth Bev’s love of Drama has evolved into two parts – as a director and as a specialist Drama teacher.

Directing – Assistant Director and Stage manager for “Sylvia” for the Old Mill and” Away” for GRADS. For PlayLovers – The “Donahue Sisters”, “Small Poppies” and “History Boys” and for Old Mill “Falling From Grace”.

Teaching – Bev works in local primary schools as a drama specialist developing programs, teaching and creating productions.

Kidact is dream come true for Bev. Great kids, fun productions and working with a fabulous actress and business partner in Gail.

 

 

About Gail

Gail Vandenbok has a passion for performance, theatre and the arts.  She has been involved in community and independent theatre for the past 15 years performing in a variety of plays and pantomimes for various theatres around Perth playing an array of characters from a cat (Puss in Boots), a genie (Aladdin), a despairing wife (Starkers – Arts Desire), a five year old child (Small Poppies) to an elderly Bosnian refugee (V. Monologues) to name a few.   Backstage Gail has been involved in scenery and props for Wembley Theatre Companies Pantomimes.  Her Love of theatre and acting led her to further performance studies at Edith Cowan and Curtin Universities.  She has also been involved in a playwriting course and wrote and directed a short play. Gail has put her acting on hold for the time being to enable her to support her two daughter’s dramatic/artistic pursuits at John Curtin College of the Arts.  Her artistic background has been very handy in designing, staging and costuming the KidAct productions.  KidAct’s has given Gail the opportunity to work with Bev to develop children’s love of acting and performance which continues to be a challenging, exciting and rich experience.