We have drawn together a professional team of passionate speech and drama teachers, dedicated to helping every student reach their optimum potential in the performing arts. Fully qualified and experienced, our caring staff will work with you or your child to improve communication, inspire creativity, overcome challenges, build confidence and develop strong skills across the spectrum of performance arts.

Kayte Lewis

Academy Director

With a rich background in the performing arts, Kayte is founder and director of the Acting and Communication Academy. A lifetime of experiences contribute to her expertise, including spells in the fields of acting, writing, directing, production and the entertainment industry’s legal arm. She is also a professional development specialist.

Stephen Moore

Arts Administrator and Producer

Theatre and the performing arts are Stephen’s life. He has worked variously in arts administration, television and theatre acting, production and theatre management. With his specialist industry experience, Stephen has worked alongside playwright David Williamson, also appearing in popular shows Home and Away, Rake and A Place to Call Home.

Nonika Purè

Academy Support 

Since teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants and with experience as a youth worker overseas, Nonika has seen firsthand how the gift and power of communication can transform lives. With her genuine interest in people and helpful earnestness, she loves being part of the process in enabling others to be able to express themselves both creatively and honestly.

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Master of Arts in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice

Chris Tomkinson

Artist in Residence

Chris is an all-round talent. He has taught, directed and devised shows for The Actor’s Centre, the Australian Theatre for Young People, the Australian Institute of Music – Dramatic Arts, E-studio, Casula Powerhouse and Shopfront Youth Theatre. He also created I am not a Feminist (No Women Aloud) with MLC students.

Lily New


Head of ACA’s Schools Program, Lily brings abundant creativity to all aspects of performance and teaching. Her awesome managerial skills ensure programs are constantly being refined. An ATCL Diploma graduate, she studied at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art and has taught the Trinity College London syllabus for six years.

Sarah Berry


Raised in Adelaide, Sarah moved to Sydney in 2014 to study acting at New York Film Academy. She recently graduated from Sydney’s Federation University with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). When not tutoring ACA students, Sarah is an avid AFL supporter and also enjoys working in a chocolate shop!

June Wang


Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, June teaches music and drama. She achieved top grades in Trinity College London exams before completing her ATCL Teaching Diploma aged 17. June has taught with the ACA for the past three years. She is actively involved in speech, performance, dance and the entertainment industry.

Kath Gordon


Passionate about her craft, Kath Gordon has a career spanning more than 45 years.  Kath has vast and eclectic experience as an actor and a teacher, within many facets of production across the industry.  She now has students who have starred in shows across Theatre, Film and Television; and takes pride in directing specialised knowledge, inspiring students to rise to their utmost potential.  Kath thrives in an environment where she can make a difference!

Jessica Spies


Jess holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) from NIDA and a Diploma of Acting from WAAPA. As well as working professionally as an actor, Jess is a passionate teacher who shares her love of performance with her students at several locations across Sydney, including the NIDA Open Acting program. Jess prioritises a sense of community and belonging in the classroom, encouraging students to interact in a brave and open way. She believes in using performance as a tool for academic and social growth. 

Interested in joining our team? We’d love to hear from you!