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MBCTA Youth Theatre

Our Amazing Staff


One Hour Class 1, One Hour Class 2 and occasionally Intermediate

Fresh and enthusiastic, Mitch has thrived in the world of theatre since a very young age, experiencing all avenues of performance.

Versed in both Media and Drama, Mitch naturally develops passionate and caring bonds with his students, enabling effective and enjoyable classroom experiences. During his time off, Mitch fawns over his two cats, Nala and Simba, and practices meditative yoga.



Merilyn Brend

Teaches Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 3, Advanced and VCE Drama

Merilyn Brend has been in the business of directing and teaching acting to kids and teens for over three decades and her mission still, is to remain relevant to young people’s acting needs.


Nikki Wellington


I’m here to help you with administration.

An original student of Merilyn Brend’s Drama school back in the 1980’s, Nikki went onto study Marketing and Advertising and has worked for the likes of Channel 7 and Austereo radio (FOXFM and TRIPLE M – 15 years).

She completed a public speaking course which has been helpful to her when it came to presenting, organising and producing events in the hospitality industry for the last seven years. She is now concentrating on raising her two small children and is delighted to come back and work in an administration role for the school.


One Hour Class 1, One Hour Class 2 and occasionally Intermediate

Maddie has been involved with MBCTA Youth Theatre for over 8 years. Amongst her personal acting classes and VCE drama that she completed through the theatre, she has been actively involved with MBCTA acting classes and performances for over 4 years. Maddie specialises in drama and psychology in her teaching profession.

Maddie enjoys teaching as she believes that even as a teacher we are all continuously learning. She loves sharing her passion for drama to inspire her students. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys travelling, hot yoga and getting crafty!



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Find out more about Acting classes for Beginners to VCE.