Clarissa’s original career was in banking with Danske Bank. Outside of work, she pursued her interest in Speech and Drama through exams in Spoken English, Verse and Prose, Acting, and Reading for Performance with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Moving to Hong Kong in 1995, Clarissa founded her first drama school “Shamrock Drama” in Discovery Bay and also taught at Discovery Mind Kindergarten. On returning to the UK in 2000, Clarissa established the Malone School of Speech and Drama teaching the LAMDA syllabus to over two hundred pupils. In 2010 Clarissa returned to Hong Kong and founded Starlit Voice, recognising the demand for quality After School Activity programmes, validated by accredited external examinations. Clarissa was instrumental in Starlit Voice obtaining LAMDA’s appointment as their official representative in Hong Kong.
At the heart of Starlit Voice is the desire for every participant to feel good about themselves, whilst accessing programmes where individual personalities and talents are given a platform. Clarissa advocates that the most important skills a person can have are to communicate in a way that makes them memorable and to have the confidence to display a sense of themselves when presenting or meeting people. Talents that will take them further in today’s world.
Artistic and Senior Company Director
Vincent is a professional Theatre Director, Actor and Education Practitioner with over twenty years industry experience. He trained at the internationally acclaimed Guildford School of Acting in the UK where he received a Diploma in Acting and a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in Theatre. Vincent’s acting credits include The Rover, The Crucible, Fen, Scapino, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Artist, The Exception and the Rule, The Canterbury Tales, Dick Whittington and Children of the New Forest. Vincent directed his first professional production Derek by Edward Bond in 1997 and since then has directed a wide range of projects from new writing for the Fringe to full scale Broadway style musicals. In 2013 he directed the award winning production of Hairspray at The Cultural Centre, Hong Kong. Vincent also has an MA in Shakespearean Studies from King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe Education. Passionate about the education and training of future performing artists, he has designed and delivered theatre and performing arts programmes and projects throughout the UK and Asia. Vincent began his time in Hong Kong as Head of Performing Arts for The KG Group and Artistic Director of Face Productions, and was the creator and leader of the highly successful Face Academy training programme. Vincent is currently also an Acting Mentor for the International Academy of Film and Television.
Louise is originally from Edinburgh, UK and graduated from Northumbria University with BA (Hons) in Performance. After which she was selected by Northumberland Theatre Company for a coveted place on their theatre based “acting apprenticeship”; InterACT (The Northern Region’s Theatre Training Ensemble). Since this time she has worked as a professional actor in numerous theatre productions throughout the UK and The United Arab Emirates. Louise started her facilitating career in Theatre in Education (T.I.E) covering a large touring remit through Scotland including the Highlands and Islands. In the UK, Louise has previous experience working children towards LAMDA examinations in musical theatre and acting skills. Other drama workshops were usually based around the school curriculum, and she has frequently worked with early year’s education students providing imaginative play, music/singing skills and storytelling. Louise is delighted to be working with a reputable company like Starlit Voice; she is extremely passionate about working with young people, creating an environment that will allow them to explore their own potential.
Lymari is a South African theatre practitioner with a wide variety of industry experience. After having successfully completed her studies at the University of the Free State, with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts and three awards for outstanding creative, academic and technical contributions, she joined the theatre and television industry in Johannesburg. She has worked for multiple theatre and television production companies since 2014. Lymari took on the role of a production assistant on the hit MTV ZA series yougotgot, not only working behind the scenes but also as an occasional onscreen prankster. In her time as an actor, she has performed on the stage at every major arts festival in South Africa. She made her television debut playing Megan on Jongo, South Africa’s first superhero television series. Lymari established her own theatre company, Masketeer Productions, where she ventured into producing and directing. Lymari is also an award-winning set designer.
Donna was born and educated in the UK but has spent more than 12 years living and working throughout Asia (Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong). She believes that developing excellent communication skills leads to greater success in life, no matter what your age, education or profession. She designs and facilitates outcome-focused communication skills training programmes using the professional development tool Lumina Spark, delivered in partnership with a team of facilitators and actors with extensive corporate experience. Donna’s own corporate background is in the PR industry where she worked both in-house and in consultancy for multinational clients in the biotech, software, F&B, security and defense industries and UK-based clients in the education, health and property industries. She currently delivers communication skills training and coaching to a wide range of international clients, from global corporates to individuals, inspiring change that meets their personal or professional development objectives. Donna is also a qualified English teacher who has prepared and taught a wide-range of English language curriculums (University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, ‘O’ Level English, Singaporean Ministry of Education exam preparation, Japanese Ministry of Education curriculum and exam preparation) to adults, teenagers and children. Donna graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Ancient History & Archaeology. She performed in amateur productions throughout her teenage years and completed LAMDA Verse and Prose and Acting Exams with Distinctions.
Vicki has been involved in theatre and acting since a young age. Born in the UK she enjoyed taking part in speech and drama festivals as well as taking many of her LAMDA examinations. At 18 she was accepted to study as BA Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and then a two year acting course at The Poor School in London. Over the past eight years she has split her time between Hong Kong and Singapore, enjoying a variety of Drama related activities. These have included performing a lead role in the tour of The Expat Wife and Sister Aloysisus in Doubt at the HK Rep. In addition to this Vicki has worked for international youth theatres which has led to creative collaborations including working with writers from NYU Tish Asia (Singapore). She was also assistant director for the production of The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe at The Drama Theatre, HKAPA.
Davina is from London, UK and began her passion for acting with the company Young Pleasance, touring Edinburgh Fringe, Devon, London and Glastonbury.
She later studied a BA honours degree in Sound Art and developed her songwriting at the University of the Arts, London which led to having her music featured on MTV, adverts and played in clothing shops around the world. She also toured with her band playing festivals and concerts internationally.
Moving to Hong Kong last year she enjoys teaching drama, music and guitar. She is currently writing her first one woman comedy sketch show and performs with an female improv troupe.
Debbie was born and educated in the UK and has taught Drama for over 8 years. Debbie trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and holds a Masters in Text and Performance from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and an English Literature degree from Cardiff University. She was Director of Drama at Downe House School where she had the privilege of teaching the subject she loves and directing many school productions. She has also directed for schools in France and for a professional theatre company in America. She has worked as an A-level Drama and Theatre Studies examiner and has performed in numerous amateur productions from a young age.
Operations Administrator / Professional Development Coach
Wendy is a professional Actress from the UK. She trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama obtaining a diploma in Performing Arts and a Degree in Theatre from Guildford School of Acting. She has worked extensively in theatre working across the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong with leading Directors. Credits include Hull Truck Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse and Unicorn Theatre for Children. Wendy studied LAMDA examinations in both Acting and Speaking of Verse and Prose reaching Gold (with distinction). In addition to her acting career she has taught Drama and English Language across Asia for both children and adults. Wendy is also a Professional Development Coach, working with adults to improve communication skills and career development as well as being an experienced Yoga Instructor; (certified in India). She enjoys delivering mixed level classes across Hong Kong. Wendy is passionate about the benefits of performing arts; encouraging creativity, developing skills that promote personal growth and confidence.
Over the years Dean has worked within two industries, Entertainment and Education, collaborating with a variety of UK colleges, universities & production companies, with work ranging from degree student projects to 60 day feature film shoots to owning recording studios. Dean is director and owner of WIRED and through the company has directed OB and TV studio audio, control bands of varying size and skill, designed, installed, and operated world class stadium held events and designed, developed and presented education curriculum. Dean believes that Creativity, Collaboration, Innovation, and Resiliency are essential traits for those working in both the education and entertainment industries.
Winnie is a graphic designer with world wide experience in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Winnie graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and employs her design sense on each pieces of work to express their unique story. She is constantly looking for innovation and inspiration within the design field. With a passionate life, her life statement is ‘Life is work, work is life!’