Stage Door Staff

At Stage Door School of Performing Arts we pride ourselves on our staff, all of whom have worked professionally in the industry, both in WA and internationally. We believe that our staff’s experience and expertise in their fields ensure that students develop their craft under highly skilled guidance.

The Stage Door staff range in experience in the performing arts, including lecturing/teaching at WAAPA and other established schools, studying at prestigious international universities, and working professionally in the industry in Perth, over East, and internationally.

Ian Westrip OAM

Educated in Perth, London and Glasgow, he was the recipient of a number of prizes and awards as a singing and conducting student.

During the seventies he pursued a career as a singer of opera and oratorio, singing with various opera companies including Australian Opera, Scottish Opera, Canberra Opera and West Australian Opera. At the same time he extended his work into chorus training and conducting, especially with West Australian Opera of which he was Assistant Musical Director and Chorus Master, conducting Nabucco, The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aneas, The Medium, The Elixir of Love, Carmen, Amahl and The Night Visitors and other productions. His many singing roles include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Zurga in Pearlfishers, Papageno in The Magic Flute and Dapertutto in The Tales of Hoffman.

In the eighties, he formed the Music Theatre Company of WA in an endeavour to create more opportunities for young people to work professionally in this genre. He was also Musical Director of the University of WA Choral Society, at the same time continuing to sing and conduct for the WA Opera Company and Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

In 1993, after completing 10 years as Director of Music at John XX111 College, he was made Chorus Master of English National Opera and conducted a recording of Intermezzi and Preludes with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

Returning to WA, he again took up Musical Direction of the Music Theatre Company and the management and responsibility for the development of the Philharmonia Orchestra. One of his major projects in this period was as Chorus Master for Edgley Production’s Aida, conductor of La Traviata, La Boheme and Verdi’s Requiem.

He is currently Managing Director of The Stage Door School of Performing Arts and lecturer in singing at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

In 1998 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to music as a performer and teacher.

With his eclectic taste and wide experience of music theatre, opera and oratorio, he continues his work with a goal of bringing opera and music theatre to WA, improving opportunities for our young talent.

MUSAE – The Music Theatre Company of WA set to become another flagship company for the state is Ian’s creation to create opportunities for our seasoned professionals and graduates of WAAPA, where he currently teaches in the Classical Music faculty.

Genevieve McCourt - Dance teacher 

Information coming soon.

Charity Ng - Dance Teacher 

Information coming soon.

Igor Sas - Head of Drama  

Training: At ECU completing a post graduate Diploma of Arts (Theatre Practices), a Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary drama) and has a degree in Architecture. Igor has worked for many of Australia’s major theatre companies. He was nominated for Best Male Actor in the Equity awards WA for two consecutive years, 2001 & 2002 and won the award in 2015 (PAWA).

Theatre includes: The Golden Valley (world premier, Magpie Theatre South Australia, The Blind Giant is Dancing (world premier, State Theatre Company of South Australia), Stand Up for Shakespeare (Sydney Theatre Company), Art (touring production, Melbourne Theatre Company), Soulmates (Perth Theatre Company), The Gathering and The Red Shoes (Thin Ice/ Black Swan), Zastrozzi (Black Swan Theatre), The Web (Hothouse/Black Swan State Theatre), Fragmented ( Blue Room WA), The Swimming Club (Melbourne Theatre Company/ Black Swan State Theatre Company), The Trial (Thin Ice/ Malthouse Theatre Melbourne/ Sydney Theatre Company), When the Rain Stops Falling (Black Swan State Theatre Company), The Fremantle Candidate (Deckchair Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Black Swan State Theatre Company), As you Like It (Black Swan State Theatre Company) and laughter on the 23rd Floor (Black Swan State Theatre Company).

TV credits: Lockie Leonard, Ship To Shore, and Parallax.

Film Credits: Twelfth Night, Justice, Teesh and Trude, Japanese Story, Needle, Three Acts of Murder, Drift, The Turning, The Reckoning and Blue Dog.

Musicals: Guys and Dolls (National Theatre London/Adelaide Festival Centre), Pal Joey (State Theatre Co. of SA), Beach Blanket Tempest (SWY Theatre), Cats (ICW), The Sound of Music(ICW), The Phantom of the Opera(ICW) and Oklahoma (Musae)

Directing: He has directed for the National Theatre Company (Perth), State Theatre Company of South Australia (Magpie TIE), John Curtin College of the Arts WA, Presbyterian Ladies College WA, All Saints College WA, Guildford Grammar School, the critically acclaimed production of Closer at the Rechabites Hall Theatre WA (2007), The Good Thief starring Allan Girod (2009) Blue Room Theatre, When Harry Met Harry (2010) again with Allan Girod for the Blue Room Theatre and touring The Canadian Fringe Festival.

Igor has been a proud member of Equity since 1975.

Phoebe Jackson - Musical Theatre  

Phoebe is a graduate of CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory in New York City where she completed their Professional Musical Theatre Training Program. Prior to that, she studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, from which she holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice/Opera Performance) and a Certificate of Musical Theatre. She attended WAAPA after graduating from a music scholarship at Perth Modern School and winning the Tom Kent Scholarship for Top Vocal Student. She has worked professionally as a singer and a vocal coach for a number of years, starring in many concerts and musicals. Her most memorable performances include playing Nancy in ICW’s production of Oliver, playing Ado Annie in MUSAE’s production of Oklahoma, being a lead vocalist in Disney in Concert and supporting David Hobson and Sylvie Paladino in A Night on Broadway with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. As a musical director, Phoebe has worked on shows such as Shrek Jr., Camp Rock, Musicals in Concert, High School Musical, FAME, and the annual City of Perth Nativity show. Phoebe completed her Graduate Diploma of Education (Music/Drama) in 2012 and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of artists.



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