Involved in Music performance and Newcastle Theatre for the past 25 years, Lia is a respected performer and vocal coach with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge. She is a versatile performer and teacher, with experience in a variety of Musical Theatre productions, Operas, Cabarets and concerts. Lia has enjoyed playing various roles, including “Ronette” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Joanne” in RENT, “Vern” in Bingo! The Winning Musical, “Gary Coleman” in Avenue Q and “and received CONDA nominations for her portrayal of “Woman 2” in Songs for A New World and “Rita La Porta” In Lucky Stiff. She has extensive cabaret experience: “A Woman’s Worth”, the "Mix Tape" series and “Duets” for Pantseat and performed a sold-out season of “Someone Else’s Story” in aid of Mum’s Cottage.
Lia has been engaged in the technical side of theatre, producing over 30 productions at Pantseat, including, the “Mix Tape” series, Snoopy!”, “UBU” , “Cluedo”, “Avenue Q”, “Into the Woods”, “Xanadu”, "Title of Show", "Little Shop of Horrors", “RENT” and “Legally Blonde Jr” for Pantseat. She has gained CONDA nominations for Costumes (Lucky Stiff & The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors), Set Design (Snoopy!!) and Directing (Avenue Q and Heathers), winning a CONDA award for her work on costumes for “Into the Woods” in 2012.
Lia holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Bachelor of Arts (Drama) from the University of Newcastle and graduated with a Masters of Teaching (Drama/Music) from Sydney University. She holds a Certificate in Music Teaching (Vocal Pedagogy) from University of Southern Queensland and completed an Associate Diploma in Music Theatre from Trinity Guildhall London with Distinction. As well as performing in local Newcastle bands (Melodica and Groove Trio) for over 8 years, Lia established Aria Music Academy in 1997, teaching singing and drama privately until the end of 2007 when Pantseat commenced. Lia spent 2001-2002, 2003-2004 and 2011 studying with respected Broadway vocal coach Liz Caplan in New York.
Lia is a much sought after vocal coach and teacher, with extensive experience preparing students for HSC exams, recitals and entrance exams into tertiary courses, including those at WAAPA, NIDA, VCA and AIM. Her passion is working with students to develop a safe belt technique and introduce them to an extensive musical theatre repertoire.