AMTA: training the next stars of the stage

by | Aug 20, 2023


There’s a reason she’s become known in the media as a ‘musical theatre star-maker’. A leading lady of the theatre in her own right, Queenie van de Zandt is also the co-founder of the renowned performing arts training institution – The Australian Musical Theatre Academy otherwise known as AMTA and over the past 23 years, alongside her own busy career as a performer, Queenie has been regularly touring around Australia teaching her unique audition and musical theatre performance technique to hundreds of students, with many of her former pupils going on to long careers in musical theatre.

Her former students read like a Who’s Who of musical theatre: Amy Lehpamer (& Juliet), Lucy Maunder (Chicago), Jack Chambers (Mary Poppins), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Miss Saigon), Liam Head (Wicked), Emily Nkomo (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Hanlon Innocent (Elvis – the Revolution), Esther Hannaford (Into the Woods), Bianca Bruce (Mamma Mia), Elisha Villa (Midnight – the Musical), Carmel Rodrigues (Hairspray) and Alana Tranter (Beauty & the Beast), to name just a few.

With musical theatre once again flourishing in theatres across Australia, and the recent announcement that Eddie Perfect’s Beetlejuice is on its way to our shores, AMTA has decided to once again to run their renowned Musical Theatre Intensive Weekly Masterclass Course to train up the next bunch of stars to take to the stage and find their spotlight.

This time Queenie has enlisted the help of legendary musical theatre performer and leading Sydney vocal coach Margi de Ferranti to help her gather 22 of Australia’s most prominent musical directors, choreographers, performers, directors, and casting agents, in Sydney and Melbourne to mentor aspiring musical theatre performers and help them on their way to professional success.

There are only 10 places in each masterclass, with 3 streams being offered – Professional (18+), Pre-Professional (13-17) and Youth (8-12).

Margi and I and all the tutors can’t wait to work with the next generation of diverse, innovative and enthralling performing artists and help them on their way to a professional career in musical theatre.” says Queenie.

For more information and to audition for the masterclasses go to:

Queenie van de Zandt is a multi-award-winning entertainer, educator and serenade(r), who has spent the past 30+ years working in musical theatre, plays, tv, and film, as well as writing and producing her own comedy and cabaret shows. She has toured extensively throughout Australia and Internationally and has been nominated for over 21 theatre awards, including Helpmann and Sydney Theatre awards for her performances, and winning 7 awards including, Green Rooms, Glugs, and Broadway World (Sydney Theatre) Awards for her work. Alongside her work as a performer, she runs the Australian Musical Theatre Academy, has taught at NIDA and VCA and over the past 20 years has garnered a reputation for being Australia’s leading teacher of audition technique for musical theatre and cabaret, with her students now populating the professional arts industry.

Australian Musical Theatre Academy Presents


Dates: Sundays | Running in Sydney & Melbourne | 2 Sept – 17 Dec 2023

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