Celeste Notley-Smith - Director/Teacher
Bach. Ed (Sec) / Bach. Arts (Theatre) / Cert IV Music Theatre
Celeste is an accomplished artist who regularly performs around Sydney as a singer, actor, voice-over artist and children's performer. She has been teaching singing, acting, and musical theatre for over 15 years. Celeste is also an experienced high school teacher.
Celeste has extensive training in theatre, musical theatre, voice and singing, with qualifications in Music Theatre, Theatre, and Secondary Education, as well as an 8th Grade Cert in Music Theatre Singing.
Celeste is currently voicing the role of Tari in the internationally acclaimed web series, 'Meta Runner', which will debut its third season in 2022. She has other voicing credits in commercial radio, animations, and games. Her musical theatre credits include the debut seasons of Australian musicals, 'The Things I could Never Tell Steven' and 'Noli Me Tangere' where she also recorded the original cast albums, Lessie in the YellowKat Children's Show where she also co-wrote and performed the children's musical 'Hatsical', lead vocalist on the award nominated children's album 'Walla Walla Bing', featured opera singer in 'The Carnival-A Circus Opera', and drama director for the 'Woman of the World Pageant 2016'.
Andrew Schwimmer - Singing Teacher
Andrew comes to Stage and Song Studios all the way from the USA, where he
worked as a performer in various dinner theatres, theme parks, and large-scale productions nationally. He has traveled, taught, and performed in 7 different countries on big stages and intimate spaces across the globe from 2014 to 2020 with an LA-based group called The Young Americans.
He has now moved to Australia to start a life with his beloved partner Hannah, and their dog George, and is thrilled to be teaching with Stage and Song Studios.
Andrew specialises in Pop and Musical Theatre styles of singing and performance. His love and passion for music are infectious, and this helps him inspire his students to enjoy learning music whether it be for their development as a performer or just for fun
Jye Bryant - Accompanist / Workshop Assistant
Mast. Teaching (Sec) / Bach. Mus
Jye Bryant is a Sydney-based, Australian Musical Theatre Composer, Lyricist, Producer and Author with a passion for Theatre, Education and Social Justice. His works are performed regularly on cabaret circuits all over the world, where he has gained popularity as the composer of choice for many high profile international artists and theatre companies.
Jye’s most well-known musical, The Things I Could Never Tell Steven, has had 10 international seasons including the National Theatre of Parramatta (2020), Pride Arts Chicago (2021) and Belfast’s Outside The Lines Theatre Company (2019). Some of his other work includes: Captain Moonlite (2020), Sempre Libera (2019 & 2020) The Oldest Profession (2016), The Velveteen Rabbit (2013), In Bed With Jye (& Friends) (2012), Rainbow Tears (2007), Aladdin Goes To Africa (2007), Peter Pan (2006), Cinderella Meets Her Prince (2005), Sleeping Beautifully (2004) and many more.
For Stage & Song Studios, Jye has accompanied many of our productions including 'Beautiful City', 'Under the Lights', 'Curtain Call', 'Broadway, Here I Come', and 'Cheltenham Sings Broadway'. In 2021, Jye ran a workshop with our students on Lyric Writing for Musical Theatre, with a view to run more workshops in the future.
Daniel Placido - Administration Assistant / Technical operator
Mast. Arts Management / Bach .Arts (Media & Cultural Studies)
Daniel is the Executive Officer at Sydney Youth Orchestra, helping to manage the organisation as they support young people pursuing their musical talents. He is passionate about music education for young people and brings this to Stage & Song Studios. Daniel is also a performer in his own right, having starred in a number of community productions as well as appearing in the debut production of Australian musical 'Noli Me Tangere' as Tiago, where he also appeared on the original cast album. Daniel is a trained opera singer, as well as a guitarist and pianist and regularly sings at weddings, charity events and community events.
For Stage & Song Studios, Daniel assists behind the scenes with administration and creative development. He has also been directing and operating the lights and sound for the SASS productions since 2015. Occasionally, Celeste can even coax him up on stage to accompany students on the guitar.