We are a team of professionals with skills in drama, speech, communication skills, voice and theatre. We are committed to creating professional development opportunities for our members and providing a platform for supporting teachers in all professional contexts and settings.
President- Alanah Gray
At a very young age Alanah was introduced to Speech, Voice and Communication Training. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Uni of Melb and a few years later a Bachelor of Science at Latrobe University. Alanah also undertook many years of training under Guildhall College of London and more recently completed her Associate from Trinity College London (ATCL) in Communication Skills(Public Speaking).
She held a teaching position at Strathcona Girls’ Grammar for some time as a voice and communication teacher, but ceased formal employment while she was caring for her own small children. Alanah then resumed working privately, with both children and adults.
Alanah’s passion is to help develop confidence and self esteem through teaching better clarity, correct pronunciation and more effective communication skills with particular interest in using one's vocal tone to convey appropriate attitude and empathy. She also appreciates the importance of non-verbal communication and how both verbal and non verbal skills help to build confidence, ease stress and bring happiness through the positive impact of excellent communication and presentation skills.
Alanah has been privileged to have studied under Barbara John for many years and is forever grateful for the support and encouragement Barbara has given and the special friendship they share. Alanah has been a member of the SDTAV for many years and has just recently become a committee member of the SDTAV.
Secretary- Jemma Muñoz-Richards
Having been a student of Voice, Speech and Drama since the age of 7 it was a natural progression that Jemma too would become a teacher of the same field. Throughout her time as a student she completed each grade level under the then Guildhall College of London and the now Trinity Guildhall college of London and went on to complete her Associate of Teaching Speech and Communication Skills in 2009. Throughout her years as a student, assistant teacher and now teacher she has worked alongside and with the guidance, support and friendship of Barbara John, and spent many a weekend competing in Public Speaking Festivals and Eisteddfods with a particular passion for impromptu speaking and improvised drama.
Alongside her teaching, she has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Psychophysiology at Swinburne University, and has completed a research internship at the Babylab. She is studying to become a Child Developmental NeuroPsychologist and hopes to incorporate this with her current skill set. For now, she continues to work driven by her interest in developing self-confidence, clarity of voice, tone and purpose when speaking and is currently Area Manager and Teacher at Super Speak Public Speaking Programs.
Immediate Past-President- Tanya Salinas-Byrne
BDA (Acting),GCertVoiceSt, ATCL (Communication Skills)
Tanya Salinas-Byrne studied voice and acting at Melbourne University’s’ Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She graduated with a degree in Dramatic Art and has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Voice Studies as well as holding an ATCL in Communication Skills from Trinity College London. Tanya is currently the Voice and Speech Coach at Genazzano FCJ College and has been involved in theatre, film and television as a performer including touring with the Sydney Theatre Company.
Tanya is also the Founder and Director of her business Ministry of Voice where she works with children, students, actors and professionals seeking to enhance their public speaking and presentation skills.
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Vice President- Naanki Pasricha
B. Sp Path(Hons), MPH, ATCL (Communication Skills)
Naanki is an experienced Speech Pathologist and holds an ATCL in Communication Skills from Trinity College London. In short, she is passionate about communication and helping others be good communicators with their friends, families, colleagues and in front of an audience.
Naanki has over 12 years experience in voice, public speaking and cross-cultural communication skills. She has worked in a variety of professional and cross-cultural settings and has facilitated public speaking and voice training in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma).
Committee Member- Barbara John
Barbara John has worked in the area of public speaking, communication skills, drama and voice improvement for the past twenty years. Individuals and organisations worldwide have benefited from her training and discovered immediate and permanent success in their professional and personal lives. Her work has taken her to India, China, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and across Australia as both trainer and examiner for Trinity College, London. Some of her clients include GE Money, Shell Direct, Sensis, Westpac, Australian universities, local and state governments.
Committee Member- Lynette Blumenthal
Lynette is an experienced teacher of Speech and Drama, English, Public Speaking and Communication Skills. She has over 35 years of teaching experience both overseas and in Australia and is interested in all aspects of speaking and performing. She currently runs her own private Speech and Drama practice-for children and adults- as well as coaching high school pupils in the Art of Public Speaking. She is an accredited Trinity/Guildhall Speech and Drama teacher and successfully prepares students for their exams.
She has written and co-produced plays for children's theatre with casts of
over 60, is an active member of the Victorian Speech and Drama Teachers
Association and has adjudicated at many eisteddfods and festivals.
Committee Member- Meredith Martin
BA. BPPM. Hon. MA International Politics
Assoc. Dip Speech & Drama Performance
Assoc. Dip. S & D Theory
Meredith developed a love of the performing arts during her primary and secondary schooling through Speech and Drama, classical Ballet and Harp.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics and history, a Bachelor of Politics and Management with Honours and a Master of Arts in International Politics from The University of Melbourne Meredith worked for a Federal Government Minister. Meredith recognised that the skills and confidence gained through her Speech and Drama studies were immensely beneficial to her work.
After starting a family, Meredith returned to Speech and Drama to study under the guidance of teacher and mentor Marie Sullivan. She was awarded an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama Performance and Theory through the Australian Guild of Music and Speech Education with an Examiner’s Excellence Award.
Meredith has taught both adults and children privately, preparing them for Speech & Drama examinations, medical students’ oral examinations, job interview skills and public speaking. Meredith has taught at St. Columba’s College Essendon, Loreto Mandeville Hall and is currently enjoying teaching the MLC Years 7 and 8 Drama Club.
Meredith has adjudicated for various Eisteddfods, including The Eisteddfod By the Bay, The Ringwood Eisteddfod, and The Ainger Public Speaking Awards.
Meredith has performed in various community theatre productions and has trained actors and performed with the 3D Arts Theatre Company including works performed as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
As a strong believer in the power of the spoken word, Meredith aims to instil a love of language and performing stories that matter, not only in her students, but also her children ( of which there are 7)!