Meet our Team

Loic Valmy Broadway Academy would be nothing without our incredible team of teachers and coaches.

Loic Valmy

Artistic Director – Musical Theatre – Vocal Coach
Loic has worked almost his whole life in the theatre and music industry. He started to perform professionally when he was just 6 year old and has never stopped working in the industry since.

Graduated at 18 year old from one of the toughest Performing Arts Schools in Paris, Alice Dona’s Studios.
Then, Loic became one of the most renowned Artistic Director in Paris. The biggest Major Record Companies such as Universal, EMI and Sony Music called him to coach and direct their talents.

Pascal Negre (CEO of Universal Music France) said: “Loic has the rare ability of spotting the strengths and weaknesses in any singer or song in just a few seconds. He has the knowledge to fix any issue and make anyone and anything sound better.”

Vocal coach and Artistic director for the past 26 years, Loic has mentored hundreds of young perfomers; most of whom have now professional careers. Along the years, Loic has developed his own teaching method which makes him one of the most respected Vocal Coach and Musical Theatre Trainer in Australia.

Loic has produced and directed more than 60 Musicals (Les Mis’, Aladdin, Van Gogh,…) and Cabaret shows in France, Europe and Australia.

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No Diploma or bachelor (1)

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Leanne Schmidt

Leanne Schmidt (Ms. Lee)

Co-Director and Dance Coordinator
Lee has been dancing (Ballet, Broadway Jazz and Tap) from the age of 4 years old. Leanne is an active member of the dance and musical theatre community of Brisbane as both a performer and choreographer.

For the past 12 years, ‘Miss Lee’ has taught Ballet, Broadway Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap Dancing to children and adults in Brisbane and across Australia.

She has performed in Musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain, Disco Inferno and The Little Mermaid.
She has also choreographed numerous Musicals and Cabaret productions including Snow White, The Wizard of Oz’, Singin’ in the Rain and more recently, Billy Bucket and Mary Poppins.

PERMANENT TRAINERS

Thomas Armstrong-Robley

Acting I / Musical Theatre II for Adults

Thomas is a seasoned show-business professional who has worked in over 30 countries worldwide as an actor, concert artist, director, host and cabaret performer. Trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Musical Theatre), he has stage credits including Jersey Boys (Tommy DeVito), School of Rock (Dewey Finn), RENT (Roger Davis), The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom/Raoul), The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven), American Idiot (St. Jimmy) and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Melvin P. Thorpe). His directorial credits include Jesus Christ Superstar starring X-Factor winner Altiyan Childs, The Wizard of Oz, The Pirates of Penzance, Like A Metaphor and most recently Jersey Boys which received 5 star reviews and was described by critics as “a masterclass in direction”.
In recent years, Thomas has travelled the world working as a headline entertainer with major companies including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Silversea Cruises (RCCL).

Aurelie Roque

Singing II / Musical Theatre II for Adults

Aurélie studied Vocal Performance and Dance at the UMKC Conservatory before moving to Australia 7 years ago. Her cabaret career started at the famous bar Natasha, where she wrote and co-starred in several cabarets: A CABARET AT LAST, TAKING ON The MOUSE (I & II), which held the record for highest attendance of a cabaret, as well as her first one woman show, THE DOCTOR IS IN. She then came to Australia in 2016.
In the last few years, Aurélie choreographed for the 24 HOUR MUSICAL PROJECT (2017-2019), and choreographed / directed in Taipei. Most recently, she created a 6 part workshop series called CABARET CREATION (which assisted individuals in designing and showcasing their own shows from scratch). A complete artist who’s mastered the triple-threat of singing, acting and dancing, Aurélie has performed in numerous professional productions such as (but definitely not limited to) Boy&Girl and a very naughty Christmas.  

James Lee

Acting II for Adults

A musical theatre and cabaret performer, voice-over artist, director and designer, James Lee has performed professionally for more than 32 years. Most recently James embodied the role of Roger De Bris in the critically acclaimed March 2021 production of The Producers (Altitude Theatre) at Brisbane Powerhouse. James theatre credits include Les Miserables, Wizard of the Oz, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Bye Bye Birdie & High Society, just to name a few.
James was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award in 2010 for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ for his performance of Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Gaiety Theatre) at the Darlinghurst Theatre. In 2014/15 he created the role of Captain Woodenhead in Andy Griffith’s The 26 Storey Treehouse (CDP), which toured to 55 cities around Australia. Television appearances include numerous commercials and Constable McLean in Rafferty’s Rules (Channel 7). He was a segment director alongside choreographer Ian Knowles for the Sydney 2002 Gay Games Opening Ceremony.
In 1999 James created ‘Hats Off’ with Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and directed & co-produced the first two and final concerts with fellow performer Margi De Ferranti and were joined with Trevor Ashley for the final concert in 2019. James played Harry in the acclaimed Opera Australia/GFO 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews.
In 2021, James directed the musical ‘Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ at the CQU Conservatorium of Music. He is featured in Choomba’s recently music video hit ‘White Mercedes’.

Nykita O’Keeffe

Youth Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre teacher

Nykita is a musical theatre performer and musician from Brisbane.

With an avid love for musical theatre, she has been involved in multiple productions across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Her theatre credits include Funny Girl (Noosa Arts Theatre), Annie: The Musical (Mad About Theatre), Spamalot (Brisbane Arts Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Lynch & Paterson), and Mary Poppins (Brisbane Arts Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar and in 2022, Nykita will play Eponine in Les Miserables.

Aside from theatre, Nykita also devotes her time to studying her degree in Music Performance. She performed in professional gigs around Brisbane such as Bigsound Music Festival, the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Christmas Parties, and Brisbane City Sounds gigs.

Nykita has trained with LVBA for 2 years, working on advanced singing and performing techniques in musical theatre. Loving every part of what LVBA teaches, she has stepped into the role of teacher and couldn’t be more thrilled to share her experiences and knowledge to young minds.

LAUREN ROWE

Youth Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre teacher

With a passion for all things creative, Lauren Rowe is a Brisbane based musician, performer and songwriter. Coming from a musical theatre background, beginning in her childhood and continuing into her young adult years, Lauren is now currently harnessing her abilities to focus on a career in music by studying a Bachelor of Music Performance.

Lauren has been spending 2021 dominating Brisbane’s live music scene, playing at Teneriffe Festival and Valley Fiesta, as well as at local venues such as the zoo, The Bearded Lady, and The Triffid with her alt-rock band MELLOW.

Moving into teaching has always been a long term goal of Lauren’s due to the respect and admiration she has always had for her mentors since becoming apart of the theatre community from a young age. Musical theatre is the reason that she is the confident and passionate person she has become and Lauren can’t wait to inspire her students to reach their goals with a love of the arts.

GUEST TRAINERS

Robbie McMillan

Bree Walker

Broadway Jazz Teacher

Bree was born & raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where she began dancing at the age of 5. After graduating high school, she was accepted into prestigious full time college, ED5 International Performing Arts in Sydney. She successfully earned a scholarship and completed 2 years of full time, graduating with a Diploma of Performing Arts in 2013.

By the end of 2013, Bree landed her first professional dance contract with Princess Cruises where she has professionally & creatively been working with the company for 6 years now. Bree has travelled the world performing in shows by world renowned choreographers such as Liz Imperio, Danny Teeson & many more.

Bree has also featured and modelled in “Too Late” music video for pop artists in Italy & has respectively assisted choreographers on set for music videos in LA. In between contracts, Bree continues her dance training in Sydney or London to keep progressing and evolving within the industry. Bree has been teaching most styles of dance since age 14. She has taught & managed professionals onboard contracts and teaches back home on the Sunshine Coast as well as in Brisbane & Sydney. Bree aspires to be a creative director & choreographer and thrives off sharing her knowledge, experience and passion for dance to the young and up and coming talents of today.

Robbie McMillan

Robbie McMillan

Broadway Jazz & Tap Teacher

Robbie studied at the Queensland Ballet before moving to Europ where he toured professionally for almost 10 years.

In 2008, Robbie competed in the Australian version of “So, you think you can dance”.

Robbie performed in the most prestigious shows such Cats, Flashdance, Chess and Guys ‘n Dolls to cite only a few.

He toured professionally in Paris, London, Los Angeles and in Florida before recently coming back to Queensland.