Meet our Team

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

Loic Valmy

Director – Head of Education
With more than 45 years of international career and experience in the Performing Arts, Loic stands as a beacon of knowledge and inspiration within our Academy.

Loic’s career started when he was just 6 year old as a singer in a children choir back in France. After spending his childhood and teenagerhood performing in numerous professional productions of musicals, Loic went to university and obtained his Masters in psychology after which he got accepted in one of the toughest Performing Arts Schools in Paris, Alice Dona’s Studios.
In the years following his graduation, Loic rapidly became one of the most demanded Artistic Directors in Paris. The biggest Major Record Companies such as Universal, EMI and Sony Music called him to coach and direct their talents.

In the past 30 years, Loic has produced and directed more than 60 Musicals (Les Mis’, Aladdin, Van Gogh,…) and Cabaret shows in France, Europe and Australia. As a vocal coach and educator, Loic has mentored hundreds of young perfomers; most of whom have now professional careers. 

Loic’s experience of our industries extends to the realm of academia, where he spent a decade as a distinguished university lecturer. His tenure encompassed a pivotal role in shaping the minds of aspiring professionals in the business and entertainment business management fields, as well as the broader creative industries.

Through insightful guidance and comprehensive instruction, Loic’s method and approach instill in our students a profound understanding of the intricate interplay between artistic expression and effective management. This unique blend of practical experience and academic prowess enables LVBA to offer a holistic perspective that empowers our students not only artistically but also strategically. Loic’s dedication to imparting knowledge and fostering a new generation of industry leaders underscores our commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals poised for success in every facet of their creative journey.

More about Loic: http://loicvalmy.com

Leanne Schmidt

Lee Valmy (Ms. Lee)

Director and Head of Dance and Youth Departments

Lee Valmy, affectionately known as Ms. Lee, is a multifaceted force in the dance and musical theatre community of Brisbane. With a lifelong passion for dance that began at the age of 4, Lee has dedicated herself to mastering the art of ballet, Broadway jazz, and tap. Her primary love and focus lie in tap dance, where she has not only excelled as a performer but also emerged as a leading advocate for safety in dance.

In addition to her roles as a dancer and choreographer, Lee is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of dance educators. As an entrepreneur, she has founded initiatives aimed at supporting and mentoring young teachers, empowering them to impart their knowledge and passion to future generations of dancers.

Beyond the studio and stage, Lee‘s talents extend to the realm of dance photography, where she captures the beauty and emotion of movement through her lens. Her artistic vision and keen eye for detail have earned her recognition as a skilled photographer within the dance community.

As the Director and Head of Dance and Youth Departments at LVBA, Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise to every aspect of her work. Her dedication to excellence, coupled with her unwavering commitment to safety and innovation, makes her an invaluable leader and mentor in the dance world. Through her multifaceted contributions, Lee continues to inspire and uplift dancers of all ages, ensuring that the art of dance thrives for generations to come.

Marguerite Du Plessis

Ailie McLeod

Executive Assistant and Administrative Fairy
Ailie McLeod is an interdisciplinary performer, dancer, writer and stage manager. She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction (Drama) from QUT. Ailie received her dance training at Attitude Dance Academy, completing her advanced level exams in ballet, jazz and tap (RAD & ComDance). Her dancing and performance credits include ensemble member for IMRSE’s CAKE (Matilda Awards Nominee 2023), Hairspray the Arena Spectacular, Queensland Contemporary Youth Ballet, Seussical the Musical and The Addams Family Musical. She also choreographed dances for Romeo and Juliet and The Wizard of Oz. Other credits include stage managing for Pengelly Productions, Hope Event Entertainment and Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge. In 2022, Ailie’s play Manage, was her playwriting debut. In 2023, Ailie was a member of the content and media teams for ScratchThat Magazine, QUT’s resident arts online magazine.

PERMANENT TRAINERS

Virag Dombay

Virag Dombay

Acting I to IV / Improvisation / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

Virag is a passionate teaching artist, theatre-maker and author who is committed to creating works that connect audiences, whether it be for the main stage or youth productions.
“No matter what ‘hat’ or ‘hats’ I wear in my creative projects, the most fundamental aspect of my work in the arts sector, as a youth educator, and in the literary scene, is this idea of connection; to each other, to the characters, to the story, and to the audience members.”

Graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama with Distinction in 2019 and a Masters of Education (2021), Virag has performed and trained with a plethora of theatre companies in Brisbane. Through these experiences, she has performed her original works at a number of venues including the Brisbane Powerhouse and Metro Arts and festivals including Anywhere Festival, Short+Sweet, Backbone Festival and Brisbane Fringe.

Virag is also the director of Room to Play Kids; a youth arts company for kids and teens based in the inner-city suburbs. Virag is very passionate about youth arts engagement, as reflected when she created and directed the play “Dear Adults…”, and its successive tours and seasons, as well as the drama programs she delivers for schools.

Aurelie Roque

Singing II-IV / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

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.

Georgia Spark

Musical Theatre (III & IV) / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

Passionate and driven, Georgia is a Brisbane based performer who loves diving into the minds of different characters and exploring their possibilities. Georgia received a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2017 and has been working ever since. Georgia has taken on productions as a performer and as part of the creative team. Her latest credits include; Director and Vocal Director of LVBA’S Holiday Camp production of “Peter Pan Jr”, and the role of OZ in IMTC’s “We Will Rock You”.

During the day, Georgia works as a private vocal & acting coach, head of singing at The Wallace Academy, promotional staff at LARF Productions, a School Officer at St Peter Claver College, as well as working as a Youth and Diploma trainer for LVBA. Georgia also holds a Certificate 3 in Educational Support from TAFE Queensland, and is currently studying her Masters of Secondary Teaching at Griffith University, majoring in Music & Drama.

Georgia believes that the performing arts are a gateway to unlocking creativity, nurturing self-expression, and cultivating a well-rounded individual.

Calum Johnston

Film & screen acting / Clowning / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

Calum Johnston is an established actor, director, and theatrical clown. After graduating with a Bachelor of Acting and Performance Making (University of Canberra), Calum continued to train with Circa, Franz Vogel, and Garry Starr. He has worked with several companies across Brisbane in the last six years, including Glitter Martini, Spy Monkey and X Collective.  Calum’s theatre company, Moth Light Theatre, received rave reviews after presenting Moon With a View, written and performed by Calum at Wynnum Fringe and Pip Theatre. He currently works with NIDA as a Teaching Artist. 

Maryanne Nucifora at LVBA

Maryanne Nucifora

Theatre Jazz Tech and Choreography / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

Maryanne has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for more than 12 years and is well-known in the industry, abroad and in Australia. 
She started dancing at the age of 5 and has trained in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Commercial, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop/Street Dance, Contemporary and Lyrical. Some of her professional credits include ‘The Madonna Show’ (Choreographer & Show Director), TAG Live UK (Rehearsal Director), African Beach Resort Italy (Choreographer, Director), Norwegian Cruise Lines (Dancer), Pink Matter Entertainment (Dancer), Dubai Parks & Resorts (Performance Captain,
Dancer, Stunt performer), Universal Studio’s Singapore (Performer, Dancer), ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – Lynch & Paterson (Choreographer), Brisbane Broncos Annual Networking Event (Choreographer), Legally Blonde the Musical – Brisbane
Performing Arts students (choreographer & co producer) and Aladdin Jr the Musical (St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace). Maryanne’s main focus this year is to challenge and drive the next generation of artists to achieve their goals and
aspirations.

Maryanne Nucifora at LVBA

Mitchell McCrone

Theatre Jazz Tech and Choreography / Diploma of Musical Theatre

Mitchell boasts an illustrious 18-year career as a versatile performer. Beginning his journey as a tap dancer with Raw Metal, he embarked on an Australian tour, showcasing his rhythmic prowess. Mitchell then enchanted audiences as a prince at Tokyo Disney, immersing himself in the magical world of entertainment.

His global journey continued as he shared the stage with J-pop stars Perfume, adding an international flair to his repertoire. Mitchell’s talents extend beyond dance, having sung and danced as part of Crystal Cruises’ entertainment ensemble, captivating audiences aboard luxurious cruises.

Currently, Mitchell channels his wealth of experience into education and teaching jazz in various other schools and studios throughout Brisbane. His commitment to passing on the art of performance underscores his dedication to nurturing the next generation of dancers. Mitchell McCrone’s dynamic career and contributions make him a respected figure in both the local and international entertainment scenes.

Rhianna Tunks

Yoga / Pilates / Commercial Heels / Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

Rhianna has been dancing since the age of 4 across many styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, and acrobatics.
Rhianna is passionate about educating dancers and empowering them to take care of their bodies to achieve their full potential in dance.
She graduated from Curtin University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and has since been working as a dance physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Rhianna completed full time dance training with the Dream Show Business in 2021.

She currently trains and competes in street styles and commercial dance with The Home Base. She has completed intensive training under Caetlyn Watson during the course FORMÉ in 2022.

Rhianna is also passionate about commercial heels and has trained with Yanis Marshall and Cassandra Merwood (Mission Stiletto). She enjoys creative direction and choreography which has lead her to choreograph and perform for clothing brands including Ally Fashion and Ra Ra Superstar.
In the past 10 years, Rhianna has worked closely with full-time ballet and contemporary students at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was the treating physiotherapist for the cast of The Dream Dance Company’s 2021 show ICON.

Tammi Trombetta

Fitness Coach/ Diploma of Musical Theatre / Advanced Performing Arts Program

As a personal trainer, dancer and fitness coach with 16 years of teaching under her belt, Tammi is eager to contribute her wealth of experience in fitness, well-being, strength, and the intricacies of exercise methodology to the LVBA family. As the proprietor of RockIT FIT and Rock it Queen, dynamic fitness and dance enterprises, her teaching style is deeply influenced by her ventures – upbeat, exciting, musically driven, and a focus on movement through joy and body awareness. Tammi is fantastic addition to our team and we are very proud to have her with us. 

Matt Chapman

Piano lessons / Diploma of Musical Theatre

Matthew has been playing piano for over 13 years. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Music studies majoring in piano performance and holds a certificate of performance from AMEB. In his time studying at UQ, Matthew had the privilege of having a masterclass with internationally recognised singer and pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz and Laetitia Grimaldi. During his last year of study, he was also a Finalist in the Bernett William Wendorff memorial prize for classical piano and the 1st runner up in 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in chamber music.

YOUTH CLASSES TRAINERS

Georgia Spark

Acting / Singing and Musical Theatre

Passionate and driven, Georgia is a Brisbane based performer who loves diving into the minds of different characters and exploring their possibilities. Georgia received her Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2017 and has been performing ever since. Her latest credits include Oz in “We Will Rock You” (IMTC) & Killer Queen “We Will Rock You” (Empire Theatre). During the day, Georgia works as a private vocal coach, singing teacher at The Wallace Academy, promotional staff at LARF Productions, and a School Officer at St Peter Claver College. Georgia is also studying her Masters of Secondary Teaching at Griffith University, majoring in Music & Drama.

Alannah Pilson

Youth Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre
Alannah has trained in musical theatre classses for 11 years now.

She has years of dance training with Miss Lee and is currently doing her level 8 trinity college drama exams.
Over the years, Alannah has competed in several Eisteddfods continuously ranking 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
“I want to be a teacher to help students grow, to inspire and motivate them to push them to unleash their full potential.”

GUEST TRAINERS

Thomas Armstrong-Robley

Acting & Musical Theatre 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).

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.