PHOENIX YOUTH PROGRAM
In a world where the appreciation of the arts – especially in education – is dwindling by the minute, it is important to ensure that our future generations get a well-rounded artistic education. This is where our Phoenix Youth Program steps in. By participating in one or more of our classes on a weekly basis, not only will your child have fun – but will learn valuable life skills that are sometimes overlooked at school!
Why Choose a Theatre Program?
Young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Getting up on a stage and singing gives kids a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.
The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. How do I express this feeling through my dance? How should I play this character? Learning how to make choices and decisions will certainly carry over into their education and other parts of life—as this is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood.
Benjamin Tubb-Hearne // Head Tutor
Benjamin Tubb-Hearne is originally from London, UK and studied Tenor Horn and Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. He graduated with a degree in Composition & Education from Manchester Metropolitan Univerity and has taught extensively in the UK, USA & Australia.
Aged 22, Benjamin moved to New York City, where his Musical Direction journey began at the French Woods Summer Camp. Here he musically directed and conducted over 20 shows, including Annie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Curtains and Sweet Charity. It was also here that Benjamin found with his writing partner Ryan Jacobs, where they created 1 hour musical versions of popular movies for children including Toy Story, Enchanted and a Bugs Life, as well as creating their own superhero musical Powers.
In 2014, Benjamin & Ryan’s original full-length musical ‘Twisted’, a story which follows Little Blue Riding Hood’s search to find her real family premièred at the Playhouse Theatre at French Woods to much acclaim, and it is currently preparing for a second workshop.
For 5 years, Ben was the Director of Performing Arts at Visitation Academy in NY. Here he directed over 12 full-scale productions and loved every minute of it! Ben is so excited to use his education background to shape the future performers of Brisbane and Logan and cannot wait to see how PYP goes from strength to strength!
Tianna Paget // Tutor
Between entertaining at children’s parties and teaching the Phoenix Younger Performers, Tianna will not stop when it comes to back to back Theatre. She started her local theatre journey at Phoenix and won’t stop calling it home anytime soon. ‘XXV: The Silver Anniversary Spectacular’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ were her first local Productions to show audiences she’s number one…. Waitress #1. She has gone on to do a One Act Play Festival at Gold Coast Little Theatre, as well as being an absolute idiot in ‘Green Days American Idiot’ with Pannic Productions in Brisbane. Most recently Tianna has been busy co-directing ‘The Greatest Showcase’ for the aspiring youngsters of Phoenix before co-directing again for ‘Aladdin’ at the end of the year. After having worked on numerous productions in front and behind the camera (with a stint in LA), the ever-loving live audience Phoenix seems to draw back show after show keeps this character actor coming back for more.