Wendy’s passion is to see her students develop their confidence through the work that she does with them. With 9 years up her sleeve working as a primary school teacher and runner-up to the Herald Sun Teacher of the Year Awards 2006, she has now concentrated her efforts on her love of the performing arts and spends her time running Wendy Samantha Productions and holding piano and musical theory lessons in the afternoons. She has a bachelor of primary teaching / arts – majoring in drama, film and photography (Deakin), and a diploma of creative writing (ACJ). As an actor Wendy has worked with various theatre companies, on both short films and feature films, and in Melbourne based TV series.
Wendy has always had a keen interest in the performing and creative arts and has choreographed, written and directed many short films and stage productions. She started learning piano at the age of 3 and began calisthenic classes at 5. One of her most memorable childhood moments is being on stage at 11 years old, taking the lead of Tom the Pied Piper in The Piperman. With countless school performances under her belt, she has developed an extensive knowledge of this area which she is so passionate about and hopes that she too can create fond, lasting memories with her students.
Her love of writing and directing enthuses her students and she is always encouraging teamwork and positive relationships in her drama classes. Over the last 10 years her students have won many speech and drama awards in state wide competitions. Recently her young team have become involved in many of the local theatre productions around the state, starring with lead roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, Ruthless, Honk Jr, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, High School Musical and television shows including Dead Gorgeous on ABC 3.
Wendy takes great pride in both her students and the work they produce. Teaching is a calling, not an occupation. It’s a life, not just part of one.