OUR TUTORS

Our highly skilled tutors are professionals in the performing arts industry and are passionate about teaching young people drama.

ERRENN BALL

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | TUTOR

Errenn Ball is the founder and Artistic Director of ZigZag Theatre.

Originally from the UK,  Errenn achieved her degree in drama, theatre and performance studies at Aberystwyth University. She then went on to perform professionally in many theatrical productions, alongside running a youth theatre group.

Errenn travelled to Australia in 2012, met her partner, started a family and decided to call Australia her forever home. Since being here, Errenn has further strengthened her love for working with young people and creating wonderful theatre.

Errenn was a tutor at the ACT’s renowned Canberra Youth Theatre for five years and directed many original works. Later, she became their Admin and Marketing Coordinator and acquired first-hand knowledge of running a youth theatre company.

After moving to Queensland in 2019, Errenn has worked in various theatre tutoring roles and still tutors for NIDA Open. Since ZigZag Theatre opened in March 2020, the company has gone from strength to strength, hitting the Gold Coast news for their ‘Stay Home Superheroes’ project that connected young people across the world during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

Errenn lives and breathes youth theatre, but when she’s not at ZigZag she is having fun with her own two little ones and spending plenty of time at the beach!

PORTIA MORRIS 

TUTOR/ADMIN

Gold Coast/Brisbane based performer Portia Morris initially started her training at Hinterland Dance Academy, performing at her local theatre ‘Spotlight Theatre’, and majoring deeply in the arts at high school.

In 2020, she completed a Cert IV in Musical Theatre in her first year at the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre. She then continued her studies there in the Performance Course for 2021, doing a range of professional shows, including Footloose, Spamalot and Sweet Charity.

Recently has she found a love for teaching and inspiring the next generation so this year she has been accepted to begin her study at UQ to obtain her Bachelor of Arts/ Secondary. With this she hopes to share her love and knowledge of the arts to future generations for the years to come.

Her recent credits include, Mayor of Finland plus multiple roles in SPAMALOT, Wendy Jo in FOOTLOOSE Ella in her own self devised cabaret 18 (Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre), Alice in ALICE IN WONDERLAND THE PANTOMIME, Natalie Haller in ALL SHOOK UP and Pilar in LEGALLY BLONDE (Spotlight Theatre), Sherrie in ROCK OF AGES and Ensemble/Christine US in BE MORE CHILL (National Academy of Performing Arts). She has gone on to do multiple workshops in modelling, dancing and acting with Sydney Dance Company and famous American Director Cinzia Coassin.

 

ALANA SCHOKMAN

TUTOR

Alana Schokman has an avid love for everything performing arts.

She has spent the past year completing her Diploma of Musical Theatre at the Queensland College of Dance, where she was taught by some of Queensland’s most reputable teachers.

Alana has been in theatre for a large portion of her life, being in productions such as ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ ‘Beautiful the Carole King Musical,’ ‘42nd street,’ ‘All Shook Up,’ and ‘FAME’ just to name a few.

She also was a strong participator in her senior drama classes, receiving awarded acknowledgment for her exceptional work in the Gold Coasts’ drama fest.

She has a strong passion for all areas of acting, singing and dancing, and instilling in others a confidence in themselves to achieve their goals and dreams. Alana is extremely excited to share all that she has learnt, and is absolutely thrilled to be starting her ZigZag Theatre journey.

JANE GRIMLEY

TUTOR

Jane Grimley is an independent theatre director and performing artist. Jane’s most recent work The World’s Best Worst House Party received the prize for best immersive work and a national touring award at Sydney Fringe Festival 2019.

Jane is an accomplished teaching artist specialising in the development of young and emerging artists. She has had the pleasure of working with NIDA, The Sydney Opera House, The Joan Sutherland Centre for The Arts, Shopfront Youth Theatre, Powerhouse Youth Theatre and PACT in Sydney. She has also tutored for Spotlight Youth Theatre, NIDA Brisbane and worked as an outside eye for Introspect Theatre on the Sunshine Coast.

Holding a Bachelor of Performance Theatre Theory and Practice (University of Western Sydney 2004) she has also trained in Puppetry: (Erth and Dead Puppets Society Australia) Clown (Alan Clay: New Zealand Zuma Puma: Canada Eric Davis: USA) Lincoln Centre Education New York, Theatre of The Oppressed New York City.

She is a practicing Art Therapist and holds an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and Diploma in Counselling. She is currently evolving her arts practice towards integrated creative therapies, she is in her 3rd year of a Bachelor of Psychology through Macquarie University and Open University Australia. Jane fosters a sense of possibility and holds charged and safe spaces for performers to discover their unique creative path. 

LEAH HARFORD

TUTOR

Originally from Adelaide Leah’s love of the performing arts started at a very young age and she performed in many amateur and some professional shows.

After moving to Mackay QLD, she completed 1 year of a Bachelor of Theatre (specialising in Musical Theatre) before completing a Cert lll in Live Theatre Production at the MECC. Leah also sang professionally in an acoustic duo doing various gigs around the Mackay region.

More recently after moving to the Gold Coast in 2022, Leah graduated from the New York Filming Academy with a Diploma in Acting for Film and TV.

With her love of performing and acting Leah has also previously taught Singing, Drama, Musical Theatre and Dance in Mackay and loves seeing the children engage and excel in their chosen performing area. The Performing Arts is a great avenue to meet new friends and instil confidence in children.

Some of Leah’s performing credits are Cinderella (Into the Woods), Lucy (Avenue Q), Marcy Park (Spelling Bee), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical) and Tuptim (The King & I) to name a few.

Leah can’t wait to share her love and knowledge of the industry and is excited to be working for ZigZag Theatre!