Our Staff

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Ian Toyne

Owner / Director, Singing & Acting Coach 

With over 35 years experience in the industry spanning film, television and stage productions including internationally touring productions such as Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. He has also enjoyed writing, directing and staging performances throughout his career. 

Ian has a passion for helping students get the most out of their experiences on stage, screen and indeed in life.

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Mark Retzlaff

Teacher & Choreographer

Mark is a Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts Musical Theatre (PAD) graduate and holds a Diploma of Performing Arts majoring in Musical Theatre. It was at PAD that he played the role of Willard Hewitt in Footloose the musical.

 

Since graduating from PAD Mark has appeared in various stage shows for Disney, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (TPC). Mark originated the role of Adam in Playtime as part of the Perth Fringe Festival in 2018. He went on to play in its following two sequels. Mark has toured with Back Door Productions with their original murder mystery, FREAKSHOW: An Interactive Murder Mystery.

 

In 2018 Mark traveled to Los Angeles where he spent four months teaching theatre and stage combat to children aged 8-16. Mark's other theatre credits include Kurt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Stewpot in South Pacific, The Wind in the Willows, and The Magdalen Whitewash. Most recently Mark played Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors at The Regal Theatre. He has also just completed a successful season of Chart Toppers: Hits Through the Decades at The Perth Fringe Festival 2022.

 

Mark is extremely excited to share his passion for theatre with the PAPA family. 

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Alice Chaney

Teacher & Choreographer

Alice is a Perth based performer studying Music and Drama Teaching at ECU. Alice has studied the Music Theatre Diploma at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, as well as Classical Voice and recently was the Assistant Director of WAAPA’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld.

 

Alice has been trained in singing, acting and dancing for over a decade. She directed and co-wrote the musical comedy Crookie at Fringe 2020. Alice has taught Drama at the WAAPA Summer School and originated the role of Eppie in John Taylor’s musical Silas Marner.

 

Alice is incredibly enthusiastic about sharing the arts with young people and creating an exciting, positive and encouraging learning environment.

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Imogen Blackwell

Owner / Administrator, Choreographer & Teacher

Imi has had a love for the performing arts since playing the role of Ippy Ink in her first pre-primary assembly and spent her youth being heavily involved in community theatre in both Perth and regional WA. She has performed professionally as a dancer, singer and character actress for special events and as an extra in professional film productions. Her career highlights were performing in We Will Rock You at His Majesty's Theatre and being nominated for a Best Cabaret Award at Fringe World 2018 for a show that she co-wrote and starred in with Ian Toyne. 

 

Since hanging up her character shoes she has been focused on building Perth Academy of Performing Arts as a safe and nurturing space for people of all ages to build their confidence on and off stage. Always busy choreographing routines, teaching classes and workshops, organising performance opportunities and handling administration and staff, Imi takes great pride in providing opportunities for her students and watching them grow. 

She is the best person to contact for information about PAPA and is always happy to help!

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Sophie Quin

Teacher, Choreographer & Admin

Sophie has been training with PAPA for over 3 years and made her debut as a professional actress in the 2021 Black Swan State Theatre Company's production of ‘York’. Sophie is currently studying towards her Diploma of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is an active member of the WA Youth Theatre Company senior ensemble.  

 

Recently graduating as a school Prefect, Sophie spent her time in High School performing in multiple community theatre productions and was awarded the 2018 Eisteddfod award for Excellence in Drama within her community.  In her spare time, she continues her training to hone her skills as a triple threat performer. Sophie is committed to helping students find their voice through theatre and is always happy to help.

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Sylvia Cornes

Teacher

Sylvia is an actor, writer and singer based in Perth and is currently studying Masters in Teaching specialising in Primary Education at ECU. Sylvia has studied Theatre at the University of Leeds in England, singing at WAAPA and has worked exclusively with local acting coaches Ross McGregor, Donald Woodburn and Annie Murtagh-Monks.

 

Sylvia has appeared in multiple local productions and in 2018 toured an original show 'Stuck' to Sydney and Melbourne Fringe. In 2019 Sylvia made her debut as a professional performer at the State Theatre Centre in WA Youth Theatre's production of The Cuckatoos. In 2020 Sylvia produced, directed and performed in her own original Fringe show Françoise and Friends - a tribute to her favourite French music icons from the 1960s. Due to its success Sylvia completed another sell-out season of the show at Fringe 2021. That same year We Belong(ed) Together - a tribute to another of her favourite music icons, Ricki Lee Jones made its debut at Fringe.

 

Sylvia enjoys making the arts fun and accessible to all and aims to inspire young people to be as involved as possible.