TEAM

The Board 
Patron: Lisa Chappell
Artistic Director: Joshua Maxwell
Deputy Artistic Director: Danielle Brame Whiting
Madam Undersecretary: Jessica Pascuzzo
Education Officer: Rebecca Roth
Technical Manager: Nik Lyons 

Heads of House
Gryffindor: Rebecca Roth
Slytherin: Jessica Pascuzzo
Hufflepuff: Joshua Maxwell
Ravenclaw: Danielle Brame Whiting

 

Lisa Chappell
Patron 

Lisa grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. After playing Chelsea, on the TV series, Gloss (1987) and various roles in the TVC Series Hercules (1995 – 1999) she moved to Sydney to continue acting. She won the role of Claire McLeod on McLeod's Daughters (2001) winning 2 Sliver Logie Awards and being nominated for the Gold Logie twice. Since leaving the show in 2003 she has appeared in many Australian and New Zealand TV series and films, including Stingers, The Cult, Cops LAC and many more. She has appeared in professional productions of many plays including Much A Do About Nothing, Peer Gynt, Educating Rita, Badjelly The Witch, Design for Living, Detroit, The Vagina Monologues, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wizard Of Oz and many more. As a writer. She released an album of original music in 2005 called When Then Is Now, she has also had several of her plays produced in Sydney and in New Zealand including, Fred, Bad Day Insurance, and On/Off.

Joshua Maxwell
Artistic Director

Joshua at 24, has over 100 productions to his name nationally, covering almost all aspects of live theatre. From 2014 - 2016 was an Emerging Artists for Tantrum Youth Arts, designing their production of Vanessa Bate’s brand new play Trailer, Producing Hissyfest Wyong, and writing Stage Door a 10 minute play for HissyFest Newcastle. In 2016 he was also the creative director of Periphery a brand new work developed in partnership with Tantrum Youth Arts and Central Coast Council. Joshua is also the resident designer of Adelaide Youth Theatre, having worked on such shows as Annie(x2), 13(x3), High School Musical, Alice In Wonderland Jr, Charlottes Web, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Aladdin Jr(x2) The Little Mermaid, and many others. For Wyong Drama Group he has directed 3 shows Two Weeks With The Queen, Sweet Road, and Ruthless! The Musical. For Jopuka he has featuring our production of Cosi, as Nick, and directed our production of 13 The Musical. He is currently studying his BA majoring in Creating and Performing Arts & History.

Danielle Brame Whiting 
Deputy Artistic Director

When not enjoying the blessings of her husband and daughter, Danielle Brame Whiting is owner and operator of Xtract Drama Academy here on the Central Coast. She's worked with students from 3 - 50 years old teaching acting, speech, communications, musical theatre, and licentiate programs. In addition to her love of all things theatre, she brings to Jopuka a serious passion to provide local opportunity and experience to the Central Coast performing arts community. In her view, "Theatre breeds Humanity. Empathy. Heart. It is a vehicle for us to begin to understand each other, and it's so wonderful to have a chance to work with like-minded people in bringing that heart to the people of the Coast."

BA(Hons), L.T.C.L., Grad. Dip. Ed.

Jessica Pascuzzo
Madam Undersecretary

Jessica Pascuzzo is very excited to be apart of Jopuka Productions! From the age of 7-17 Jess took drama classes with Helen O'Grady & Mad Cow Theatre Company. At age 18 Jess went over to the US to work in a summer camp as a performing arts specialist. After taking time away from the stage to get her diploma of marketing and degree in business Jess returned as Carla in Wyong Drama Group’s 2014 production of the Debra Oswald Australian Drama Sweet Road, then in 2015 Jess was the assistant director for their production of the murderously funny Ruthless! The Musical. Jessica directed our first 2017 production Hating Alison Ashley.

Rebecca Lee
Education Officer

Rebecca has been in the theatre industry since her childhood. She has worked on numerous professional productions both on stage and behind the scenes. She has trained with Sydney Dance Company along with a whole host of other elite training institutions, She also holds a Masters Degree in Education. She appeared in 2 seasons of Avenue Q for SoPopera in Wollongong. She most recently appeared for Wyong Drama Group as Ms Thorn/Ms Block in Ruthless! The Musical. She is now Head of Drama and Year Advisor at Kincumber High School.

 

M.Ed, B.CA