Zoe Emanuel Director and Owner
Zoe Emanuel has over 20 years experience in directing, teaching and coaching children to adults in drama and singing. As a singer, Zoe trained classically with teachers from The Conservatorium of Music and won numerous awards at the Sydney Eisteddfods as a young singer. Later, she recorded an EP with her band South of Somewhere with Sony Studios, and was the main songwriter and lyricist for the album. She worked for 10 years as a professional treading the boards in theatres both in Sydney and London. Her roles included Hermia in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for The Oxford Shakespeare Company and Miranda in The Tempest and Katherina in Taming of the Shrew for The Guilford Shakespeare Company.
During her time overseas, she taught at many schools and it was here that she discovered her passion for teaching. She discovered the joy of giving students a creative voice through Drama, Dance or Singing. She furthered her studies with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Education Department working extensively with Shakespeare plays for Primary students. In 2005, fuelled by her new-found passion, she returned to Australia and established Brightsparks Performing Arts School. In 2011 she was appointed Chief Director for the Shakespeare Festival at John Colet School, which presents plays from K-6 each year and holds a strong affiliation with Bell Shakespeare Company.
She also completed her Master’s in Education in addition to her Creative Arts Degree.
Zoe is passionate about bringing the Performing Arts to children. She believes that central to education is the ability to challenge students in a way that stimulates and inspires them to reach further than they thought possible.
Creativity is putting your imagination to work, to produce the most extraordinary results in human endeavor.