Wendy Samantha

Director & Teacher

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. She has a bachelor of primary teaching / arts – majoring in drama, film and photography (Deakin), and a diploma of creative writing (ACJ). 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.

Jess Claughton

Dance Choreographer

At the age of 24 Jess is an established Dancing, Singing and Acting teacher working all around Victoria training children of all different ages. Jess holds a certificate II & III in Acting for Film and Television and a Diploma of Musical Theatre. Jess has a love for performing arts and has trained all over Australia. Highlights include studying at the VCA, attending the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop and completing full time studies at Left Leg Studios. Jess has appeared in various TVC's, Television Shows and Musical Theatre Productions. Jess has discovered over the last few years that her real passion is teaching children the skills needed to get up on stage and perform. She enjoys nothing more than seeing students set and reach their goals and loves that she is able to make a difference to children's lives by passing on her passion and knowledge for the performing arts. Recently Jess has taken a step off the stage and started choreographing/directing musicals, this year alone she has choreographed several shows including WSP's FAME! Jess is so excited to be joining the WSP family and can't wait to share her love and passion with the fabulous kids at WSP.


Amelia Campitelli

Dance Tutor – Illusion

Amelia Campitelli has been involved in movement since the age of five, commencing with gymnastics which saw her progress to the international stream for a number of years. Whilst involved in the gymnastics program, Amelia was taught ballet. She then moved into participating in cheer leading for 3 years and then transitioned to dance; specifically, in jazz, lyrical and contemporary, competing nationally for a number of years.

Amelia has a passion for dance and choreographing and loves sharing her knowledge and skills in this field. She tries her best to cater for each individual at their own ability, and emphasises the importance of teamwork.

George Evangelakos

Dance Tutor – Hip Hop

George is an aspiring performer who has been involved in the Performing Arts from a young age. He's passion for dance started in primary school when he joined the Victorian Ballet School, and in 2009 he won the yearly scholarship award for excellence in dance. During his high school years, George developed his vocal abilities by participating in vocal soirées, choir competitions and was even a part of the first Balwyn High School Europe tour in 2013. He also gained performance experience by being cast in a few amateur theatre productions such as Honk! Jr, Fame and The Sound of Music.

In hopes of training in dance on a serious level, George joined the Australian Boys Dance Academy where he fell in love with Street Dancing, he later moved on to study VET dance at Gay Whiteman School of Ballet focusing on such styles as Jazz and Hip Hop and is now happily training at Street Dance Studios, who's talented crew Superhoodz are known for placing in the semi-finals on Australia's Got Talent in 2012.

George is currently training at Kelly Akers Dance Academy, and expects to bring the students of WSP fun and exciting ways to experience street dancing in his classes this year.

Isabelle Gan

Musical Director – Follow Spot

Isabelle Gan made her debut musical theatre performance in 2010, featuring as Maureen in the Catchment Player's production of Honk Jr. Guided by Wendy Samantha Productions from 2009 through to 2012, she performed Carmen in Fame The Musical produced by Balwyn High School in 2011 and went on to secure a perfect study score of 50 in Music Investigations, focusing on vocal techniques in neo-soul and soul music.

Isabelle's background mainly lies in the music scene, with her vocal experience ranging across soul, jazz and musical theatre genres. She has been performing with local jazz and funk bands around Melbourne for many years now, recording their original material and gigging in bars across Fitzroy and Northcote.

Kat Giannaris

Vocal Tutor – Allegro & Forte

Kat is a vocal director/singing tutor at Wendy Samantha Productions. She is currently completing a double degree in Creative Arts and Teaching.

Some of her vocal achievements and accomplishments are Deepdene Primary Schools Festival Choir captain, vocal lessons at Balwyn High School through years 7 to 12, being a member of the Balwyn High School Europe Tour Choir, performing and placing with Balwyn Highs Senior Jazz Choir at Mt Gambier's Generations in Jazz Festival, numerous performances and competitions with Balwyn High Schools choirs, an A+ in her Year 12 Music Investigations exam, vocally directing WSP's Annie the Musical, playing Mother Abbess in WSP's The Sound of Music, Miss Sherman in WSP's Fame, a member of the Australian Girls Choir for 10 years and competing in vocal sections at the Manningham Eisteddfod and Eisteddfod By The Bay.

Kat wants nothing more than to show people how much fun and fulfilling singing and appreciating music can be. She hopes to inspire those around her to become as passionate about singing as she is. Kat's goal for 2018 is to make sure everyone she has the privilege to teach has the opportunity to excel and grow as singers and gain skills that help them become well-rounded, confident performers.

John Ninis

Follow Spot Director

John discovered a passion for performance and singing in his last few years of high school. Since then he has done such things as playing Detective Stone in Camberwell Grammar School's 2016 production of City of Angels, as well as perform as part of the yearly musical theatre workshop, Starbound, in January of 2017 and 2018 (achieving a dream of playing as Alexander Hamilton in the song, The Battle of Yorktown).

John is currently studying a bachelor of Secondary Education and a bachelor of Arts at Monash University, allowing him the opportunities to continue expanding his horizons in terms of both acting in singing. He takes any and all available time to sing with his friends.

As part of WSP, John hopes to use his growing experience as a performer and teacher to inspire students to strive for constant improvement and to find within themselves a hunger and passion for what they love to do, be it in theatre, singing, or any other hidden talent within themselves waiting to be unleashed.

Kate Pappas

Follow Spot Choreographer

Kate has a love of anything to do with dance and has been dancing for 16 years with the Victorian Ballet School. She has toured the USA, performed in many concerts and school productions.

Kate has been teaching for over 2 years now and only recent started teaching with WSP. She is excited for the opportunity to help her students build their dancing abilities and watch their confidence in dance grow throughout the year. She hopes that they come away from every class feeling like they've accomplished something, no matter how small, and at the end of the year they look back at how much they've achieved and how much their skills have grown

Kate believes that teaching at WSP this year is such an amazing opportunity for her, as she gets to work with a great team of talented people who she hopes can also inspire her.

Laura Wilcox

Follow Spot Director, Drama & Tuition Tutor

Laura has always been a high achiever, performing consistently well throughout her school years. School captain at Deepdene Primary School, she graduated from Canterbury Girls' Secondary College in 2016 where she took on many leadership roles in the environmental team, Student Representative Council and Peer Support Program. Laura has received a number of awards, including Academic Achievement, School Service and The Arts. She has received distinctions in the Australian Mathematics and Science competitions. In 2017 she will commence a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in order to pursue her passion for creative writing and language and cultural studies.

Laura has been with WSP for 9 years and during that time has taken on many lead roles on stage in productions both within and outside of the company, including Annie, City of Angels and Seussical the Musical. She has also achieved countless awards at various speech and drama eisteddfods, and completed VCE Drama whilst at Canterbury Girls'. Laura loves singing and acting, and spends her spare time reading, writing and listening to Kpop.

James Worboyes

WSP Leaders Program Tutor

James has a strong love of performing arts and has been at WSP since it first officially opened. He has completed VCE Theatre Studies and Grade 7 Trinity Speech and Drama, obtaining countless theatrical awards over the years. As School Captain at Marcellin College, he held various leadership positions throughout his time there and was awarded with Academic Excellence Endeavours and High Achievement Certificates in Mathematics, English and Science. He is part of the management team at the Hawthorn Basketball Association and enjoys umpiring, playing indoor soccer, singing and dancing during his spare time.

In the future, James hopes to follow a path in either acting or teaching, working to help children build and reach their full potential.


Chee-Rae Loi

Follow Spot Director & Tutor

Chee-Rae is a dedicated and consistently high achieving student who has a full scholarship at Fintona Girls College. She loves languages, studying both French and Japanese and has been accepted into the Almost French exchange program that took her to Paris in 2017. Chee-Rae has used her love of acting in the Alliance Francais Poetry Competition and has been a state finalist in the past two years. She has received multiple academic awards across her schooling years, placing in the top 10% in the Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads over the past 4 years. She loves working alongside others in various House competitions and taking on leadership roles, including being a part of Middle School Consul in 2015. She recently was accepted into the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program at Melbourne University.

Chee-Rae has had an immense passion for performing, starting 12 years ago with hip-hop/funk. She then found another passion when Wendy introduced her to acting when she was in year two. Chee-Rae has been a part of Wendy Samantha Productions for 10 years now and has developed into a strong and confident leader who absolutely adores working with younger children and finds great joy in watching and helping them grow.

Mia Zelesco

Follow Spot Director & Tutor

Mia loves performing and has been part of Wendy Samantha Productions for 10 years. She has performed in all of the productions Wendy Samantha Productions has put on, including the Sound of Music and Annie. She has also participated in many Eisteddfods and speech and drama exams. Mia was awarded the Gladys Benson Memorial Trophy as the overall winner of the Manningham Eisteddfod in 2014 and recently received a distinction for her Year 8 Speech and Drama Exam with Trinity College London.

Mia also loves singing and dancing. She toured Europe with the Balwyn High School Choir in 2015 and will tour USA with the school in March this year. A highlight of the 2017 tour will be performing in Carnegie Hall.

Mia aspires to work with children and to that end will commence VCE studies in Psychology and Theatre Studies this year. She has a warm personality and a natural rapport with children, and looks forward to this exciting new experience.