Involved in Music performance and Newcastle Theatre for the past
25 years, Lia is a respected performer and vocal coach with a wealth
of practical experience and knowledge. She is a versatile performer
and teacher, with experience in a variety of Music Theatre productions,
Operas, Cabarets and concerts.
Lia has enjoyed playing various roles, including “Ronette” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Joanne” in RENT and received CONDA nominations for her portrayal of “Woman 2” in Songs for A New World and “Rita La Porta” In Lucky Stiff. She has extensive cabaret experience: “A Woman’s Worth”, the "Mix Tape" series and “Duets” for Pantseat and performed a sold-out season of “Someone Else’s Story” in 2013.
Lia has been engaged in the technical side of theatre, producing many productions, including, the “Mix Tape” series, Snoopy!”, “UBU” , “Once On This Island”, “Lucky Stiff”, “Cluedo”, “Bingo: The Winning Musical”, “Dear Edwina Jr”, “Avenue Q”, “The Wiz”, “Into the Woods”, “Xanadu”, "Title of Show" and "Little Shop of Horrors" for Pantseat , and has gained CONDA nominations for Costumes (Lucky Stiff & The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors) and Set Design (Snoopy!!). Lia won a CONDA award for her work on costumes for “Into the Woods” in 2012.
Lia completed a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Bachelor of Arts (Drama) at the University of Newcastle and graduated with a Masters of Teaching (Drama/Music) from Sydney University. She holds a Certificate in Music Teaching from University of Southern Queensland and completed an Associate Diploma in Music Theatre from Trinity Guildhall London with Distinction.
As well as performing in local Newcastle bands (Melodica and Groove Trio) for over 8 years, Lia established Aria Music Academy in 1997, teaching singing and drama privately until the end of 2007. Lia spent 2001-2002, 2003-2004 and 2011 studying with respected Broadway vocal coach Liz Caplan in New York.
Lia is a much sought after vocal coach and teacher, with extensive experience preparing students for HSC recitals and entrance exams into tertiary courses, including those at WAAPA, NIDA, VCA and AIM. Her passion is working with students to develop a safe belt technique and introduce them to an extensive musical theatre repertoire. Lia is currently the Coordinator of Creative Arts at WEA Hunter, where she is responsible for offering a CUA50213 Diploma of Musical Theatre and overseeing lifestyle programs in the Creative Arts.