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
Performance, Direction, Musical Direction & Production Management
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
Performance, Photography & Stage Management
After coming on board in 2016, Alice is now working full time at the studio as a key creative. She has a Diploma of Music and is currently studying a Bachelor of Musical Arts 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 recently stage managed the 2016 Your Habitat City of Hobart Carols by Candlelight.
Lucy MacGregor
Performance & Audio Engineering
Lucy is currently studying Audio Engineering at the university of Tasmania. She has a Diploma of Music from the University, and studied theatre performance at College as well as receiving the college award for audio engineering. 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
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.
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
Piano & Performance
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.
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
Choreography & Concierge
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.