About Us

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Established by Kirsten Kirkman over 20 years ago,  The Drama Toolbox provides education through imagination via its unique Drama Incursions. Over the years the company has grown to become a major supplier of drama incursions to pre-schools and primary schools throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.




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Kirsten Kirkman

is the founder & owner of The Drama Toolbox and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Social Work.  Kirsten has always appreciated the pleasure children gain from exploring their world through costumes and believes passionately in learning through imagination. She takes great joy in watching children enthralled in exploring, creating and learning through the drama workshops.

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Amy Roe

obtained her Bachelor of Education in Queensland. Amy enjoys being a part of this successful program that encourages children to be creative and expressive. She believes that education and fun should go hand in hand. Amy’s other interests include costume design and writing children’s fiction.

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Fairlie O’Donnell

has a Bachelor of Education majoring in dance, English and drama. She has previously worked in schools both in Victoria and Western Australia, owned her own Dance school and directed and choreographed many children’s productions. Fairlie enjoys working with children as they engage in drama and have loads of fun. She is married with two active children who keep her very busy.

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Michaela Smith

has a Bachelor in Contemporary Arts/Drama majoring in Drama & Literature. Michaela has over 20 years experience in theatre, both on and off stage and has directed several children’s productions. Drama is Michaela’s passion and she loves being able to share that passion with so many children through the unique style of The Drama Toolbox.

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Sonia Evans

is a qualified and experienced pre-school teacher. Sonia has also worked with primary and secondary school students as an instumental teacher. Sonia is a strong believer in the value of dramatic and imaginative play as a catalyst for learning. One of her favourite things about working with children is their love of life, learning and fun.

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Teigan McCarty

graduated from Wollongong University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts; majoring in Theatre and Performance. Teigan also holds a Diploma of Education and since graduating, has been actively involved in the children’s entertainment and education industries. She regularly runs weekend birthday parties for all ages and is passionate about building a rapport with children. Teigan enjoys using cross-curriculum activities to encourage learning through imagination.

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Katie Shaw

moved to Melbourne from the UK after completing her Bachelor in Psychology and a Post Graduate in Primary Education. She has always been passionate about the value of Education and has had a great deal of experience working with children in a variety of settings including volunteering as a Cub Scout Leader locally in Melbourne. Katie enjoys being able to join children on the journey of discovery exploring new concepts with their boundless curiosity and imagination.

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Gavin Kerr

hails from the magnificent island nation of New Zealand, where he gained a bachelors degree in teaching (primary). As part of this study, he made the timely discovery of Drama for Education, and suddenly felt as if an entirely new world of teaching possibilities had opened up before him. Gavin became increasingly enchanted by dramas’ powerful ability to become a medium for almost every learning area imaginable, and particularly loves how children slip so easily between real and imaginary worlds. Aside from facilitating drama workshops, Gavin also enjoys exploring other wonderfully uncertain artistic realms, such as sketch-comedy and music.

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Justine Sandercock

is passionate about the lifelong benefits of Drama, she has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and has worked as a Primary School Teacher for many years.  In addition, Justine co-owned and directed a most successful Sydney Drama School and reputable Talent Agency for ten years before moving to the UK. Justine has directed a vast number of children’s drama productions and believes that Drama provides the tools for success and is a wonderful springboard to nurture not only the imagination but also confidence, creativity and communication.

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Julie Marcon

takes pride in constructing all the costumes and is inspired by the textures, colors and vibrancy of the materials she uses. Julie has been sewing costumes for The Drama Toolbox for many years and is currently creating and maintaining our 5000+ workshop costumes.

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Rochelle Turner

joined the team having come from the legal industry. Rochelle is the first contact point for many customers taking phone enquiries and bookings. She also coordinates and manages the logistics of moving around 900+ costumes to bookings and staff each week. Additionally Rochelle, together with Julie, maintains the high quality and presentation of the 5000+ costumes – a mean feat in itself!  Rochelle enjoys working in an industry where children are valued.

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Emma Kirkman

has a background in IT and marketing, Emma is enjoying the stimulation of working in such a creative environment. Emma is an advocate of using drama to educate our children. Her role is to co-ordinate the costumes, puppets and props used during our Sydney workshops. This, along with managing four young children, keeps Emma very busy.