Growing up, I was fortunate to be taught by some of Hobart’s most influential music makers

Principal & Artistic Director

Ian Williams, B.Mus.

They showed me no single teacher has all the answers. In fact, young performers often learn best when being mentored by performers and musicians close to their own age. At ExitLeft we teach using a method heavily based on how I learned from Hobart piano teaching doyen, Eileen Johnson.

Eileen used a mentoring program where senior students worked as practice buddies, encouraging beginners and becoming better players themselves. Not only did I learn, but I made friends, worked in a team and was inspired by the older kids.

The majority of our students start with us in primary school and continue through to the end of their schooling, making long term friends and developing into confident, creative communicators, prepared for life.

Our team includes

Ian Williams
Singing, Directing, Performance & Toddler Music program
Ian is the Principal and Artistic Director of ExitLeft. He has a Bachelor of Music specialising in voice and is in demand as a Director and Musical Director. He is known for producing and directing some of the biggest shows in Tasmania, as well as teaching music to all ages, from infants through to university level. Ian has been instrumental in bringing music into the lives of young, lower socioeconomic families in Tasmania. He is a member of ANATS and the TMTA.
Alice Skinner
Acting & Performance
After coming on board in 2016, Alice is now working full time at the studio as a key creative. She has studied both theatre performance and music through the University of Tasmania and has been with ExitLeft for six years. Alice has been involved in performing arts since she was little, both on stage and behind the scenes. She most recently stage managed the 2016 Your Habitat City of Hobart Carols by Candlelight.
Lucy MacGregor
Singing, Performance & Sound Recording
Lucy is currently on a gap year before heading to university to study music and recording. She studied theatre performance and the UTAS music course, and received the college award for sound recording. Lucy started with ExitLeft in grade three and has a wide range of performance experience including performing for over 20,000 people at the Hobart Carols and appearing on the Kids Live TV Series.
Mikaela Nichols
Singing & Performance
Mikaela is a professional contemporary and jazz singer, performing regularly in gigs around the state. She is also a singer in the band, Nouveau. She has performed in a number of musicals and in the television special ‘Ellie’s really big Christmas show’, as well as  achieving high results in singing eisteddfods. Mikaela is currently studying Law at the University of Tasmania.
Campbell Braithwaite
Campbell Braithwaite
Choreography & Performance
Campbell is currently on a gap year prior to heading off to the mainland to audition for the major performing arts courses around the country. A talented dancer and performer who has studied with the House of Dance, Campbell is currently performing in a variety of theatre shows as well as being a member of the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company.
Bella Young
Bella Young
Piano & Acting
Bella attended Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Greece, tutored drama at React Drama School and studied classical piano. Her recent projects include Falling Petals, Contested Land development project, Much Ado about Nothing, and The Havisham Dress. She is co-president of Plot Theatre Society and is partway through an Arts/Law degree.
Greg Souter
Greg is an active member of the Hobart music scene, performing regularly with bands Manhattan and The In Crowd. A contributor to contemporary music education, he has directed the well-known Rock Summer School and has been a music teacher for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UTAS and furthered his study at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. He also currently teaches at Claremont College.
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from UTAS, studying Classical Piano Performance under Shan Deng. She has been widely involved in chamber ensembles and has also performed in the orchestras for productions of The Witches of Eastwick and Something’s Afoot. Amanda is a passionate pianist and educator, and also hopes to pursue arts management in the future.
Emma Tyzack-Price
Singing & Toddler Music program
Emma has been working with preschool children, coordinating the Angelina Ballerina program at the House of Dance. She studied singing and dancing in Launceston and has a Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management. Emma is also currently studying a Bachelor of Business. She has performed in a number of musicals, most recently The Phantom of the Opera at the Theatre Royal.
Melita Griffin
Melita Griffin
General Manager
Melita is a visionary, inspiring, highly motivated young woman, and one of Tasmania’s most experienced and successful young business women, awarded the 2013 Tasmanian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year, and the 2014 Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Young Fundraiser of the Year. Melita has more than 17 years’ experience in event management, marketing, media and sponsorship management.
Suzen Parnell
Suzen Parnell
Creative Director
Suzen is highly sought after as a professional Graphic Designer, providing high-level marketing and design services for a variety of organisations, and has comprehensive experience and interest in working with the theatrical community. Combined with a background in Project Management, Suzen has acted as the Executive Producer and Creative Director for ExitLeft since its inception.
Simone Yemm
Simone Yemm
Office Manager
Simone worked in the performing arts for over three decades as a flautist and teacher. She performed with many ensembles, including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra, Pierrot Productions and ExitLeft, and has extensive experience in chamber music and as a soloist. She has a Bachelor of Music from Canberra School of Music and Masters in Journalism from UTAS.
Zoe Gilligan-Dillon
Zoe GD is currently on a gap year, working as our afternoon concierge. She has a background in dance and has worked as an assistant with baby and toddler dance classes. This year she will be in charge of looking after students, answering questions and ensuring the smooth running of the studio every day.