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 - Musical Theatre and Drama Group Leader
Wendi is from Perth, Western Australia but has traveled extensively including Europe, USA, Asia and Pacific Islands. She studied Musical Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australian and then continued with Drama Teaching at Edith Cowan University. As an actor Wendi performed in shows such as 'Grease', 'Hair', 'Calamity Jane', 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'Oh Dad Poor Dad', 'Into the Woods'. Wendi began her career teaching in the country regions of Western Australia but also got the opportunity to teach in England, Japan and now Hong Kong. For the past three years Wendi has been a Group Leader with STAGE RIGHT! Youth Theatre. She has an absolute passion for theatre and has loved for working with the young people of Hong Kong to develop their confidence, self esteem and performance skills. Wendi and her family moved to Sai Kung three years ago and really love the local community and embracing the new culture and language. Her family are looking forward to seeing more of the sights of Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.
Alice Li - Cantonese as a Second Language Drama Group Leader
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.
Paula Leon - Group Leader
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Paula graduated with a degree in Visual Arts in 2008 from the Pontifical Xavierian University.
Her career started in direction and film production for advertising and television. Since then she extended her skill set to include the dramatic arts and the acting process through a variety of workshops and performances. She has enjoyed sharing this experience and expanding her knowledge from living in different countries around the world. Since 2016 Paula has been enjoying the positive energy and authenticity of children by working as a Drama and Performing Arts teacher in schools and centres around Hong Kong. She believes in the therapeutic power of art, and how it helps people to overcome insecurities and anxieties. She is very excited to be working with STAGE RIGHT! in the coming year.
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.