Jessica McClellan - Group Leader and Company Director
Jessica founded STAGE RIGHT! Youth Theatre in 2011 after an extremely rewarding ten years of working in Hong Kong theatre. After graduating from the University of Surrey (London, UK) with a BA in Drama and Media Arts she returned to her home Hong Kong and remains an active member of the theatre community. Her passion lies in Youth Theatre and she has produced and directed over 50 performances for the stage including James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin. She has managed and coordinated a variety of theatre programmes in a number of schools and well known Youth Theatre companies around Hong Kong and has developed curriculum based on performance and communication skills, which is implemented at STAGE RIGHT!. Jessica’s passion is in leading young people through the process of self-discovery and assisting in their becoming the most self-expressed, confident and conscientious version of themselves.
Wendi Kirwan- Elliott - Acting for Film, Musical Theatre and Drama Group Leader
Wendi is from Perth, Western Australia but has travelled through Europe, USA, Asia and Pacific Islands. As a young performer she appeared in numerous TV shows and as an extra in films. She studied Musical Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australian, Acting and Directing for Film at the Perth Institute of Film and Television and then competed a Bachelor of Education (Drama) at Edith Cowan University. Wendi has performed in shows such as 'Grease', 'Hair', 'Calamity Jane', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'Into the Woods'. She began her career teaching in Western Australia but also got the opportunity to teach in England, Japan and now Hong Kong. For the past five years Wendi has been a Group Leader with STAGE RIGHT! Youth Theatre. She has an absolute passion for theatre and film and has loved for working with the young people of Hong Kong to develop their confidence, self-esteem and performance skills.
Alice Li - Cantonese Drama Teacher
After being educated in the United States for seven years, Alice returned to her home, Hong Kong, where she continues to develop herself and her knowledge of performance. A passionate ballet dancer in her youth and an avid Stage Assistant throughout her school years, Alice developed an interest in stage performance and theatre production by working in Front of House for educational theatre. In her spare time, Alice works with young people running origami workshops and teaching Cantonese in primary schools and education centres. With her passion in teaching and developing young people, plus her skills in design and office management, Alice is taking up her role as Office Manager and CSL Group Leader to keep STAGE RIGHT! growing. She has co-directed multiple shows in three Theatre Festivals in a row. With the love in Cantonese culture and language, she is grateful to be the Group Leader of Cantonese drama - building confidence, vocabulary and fluency for second language learners. Alice is so excited to see how the children elevate their confidence and talent.
Daniel Felix - Johnson - Group Leader
Daniel studied at Aberystwyth University and has a BA degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. Daniel has taught in Hong Kong since 2011 and has taught Drama to all ages ranging from three to adults. Daniel loves all types of theatre but specializes in devised theatre and improvisation and uses his high energy teaching style to help unleash the children’s creativity. Daniel has taught in over fifty schools in Hong Kong as well as directing shows for the Hong Kong Drama Festival. He has a passion to use drama to enhance the confidence, self esteem and creativity of his students so that they can become the most outgoing versions of themselves. When not working Daniel enjoys swimming and hiking and to try all the new delicious foods in Hong Kong.
Nico Wong - Mandarin Drama Teacher
Nico has recently completed her master degree in Acting at Taipei National University of the Arts. During her stay in Taipei, she actively participated in many school productions, and also worked as an SEN drama instructor with different organizations. Before studying at TNUA, with a bachelor degree in Psychology from UCIrinve and theatre training with Whole Theatre Ltd., Nico has been working with children with autism by providing them one-on-one therapy and conducting group drama workshops in Hong Kong. Nico is currently working as actress, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist and drama instructor.
Megan Devenish - Storytime Drama and Music Group Leader
Megan is from South Africa and grew up in Hong Kong. She has been studying acting since childhood and graduated from New York Film Academy in 2019 with a degree in acting for film. Megan also represented Hong Kong in the 2016 World Championships of Performing Arts for comedy acting. She has taught drama to, and directed many age groups ranging from 4-16 and has a passion for encouraging young people to explore their own self expression, emotion intelligence, and public speaking abilities through play and collaborative group work.
Karen Cook - Assistant Leader
Karen has always believed that through the power of drama or theatre the miracle of children come alive and suddenly children are able to express their best abilities and become less shy. Because of this principle, Karen has studied and worked in this field for over eight years in many different educational centres teaching children through role play. Karen is a mother of two children and currently does private lessons for students of all different abilities including special needs. Karen believes that STAGE RIGHT! is the best program for children to express themselves through drama and theatre because when you are having fun that is the best way to learn!
Samantha Binns - Group Leader
Samantha loves the theatre and has spent many years either treading the boards or working behind the scenes. She trained as a special effects specialist at University of the Arts London and has worked on several productions in London's West End including The Lion King and The Barbican. In 2012, Samantha arrived in Hong Kong after a 4 month train journey from London. Upon arrival she was smitten with the city and developed a passion for teaching so has never looked back! Samantha teaches at a primary school and has been part of STAGE RIGHT! since January 2015. She is delighted to be part of STAGE RIGHT!, both as a drama leader, prop maker and ambassador of joyful self-expression.