IRL Hub’s presenters work across lots of areas in the arts. They’re skilled communicators, and before or adjacent to their work in the arts many of them have studied or worked in other areas. Amongst our current Presenters you can find people who have worked in law, education, international public health and more.

Each presenter’s page contains the current workshops they are available to present, but if you’d like to have a quick skim of the current workshops on offer, head to Workshops page.

All of our presenters hold a current Working With Children Check. There’s more information about this over on our Policies & Compliance page.

Alanta is a comedian, science communicator and storyteller from Melbourne with first class Honours in History, and a Masters degree in International Public Health.

Alanta has worked for the United Nations in Cambodia, as well as in health education in Timor Leste, Kenya and Uganda; mostly focused on HIV and malaria prevention programs. As a comedian, she’s toured nationally with her science comedy debate series ‘Sci Fight’, and performed her comedy shows (which predominantly covers bees, parasites, and poo) at comedy festivals across Australia. Alanta was a recipient of the ‘Inspiring Australia’ Science Arts Grant in 2019, and is a regular guest on ABC radio. 

Subject areas: Science
Age suitability: High school (all years)

Yianni is an award winning stand-up comedian, and a writer. His comedy finds entertaining and accessible ways of explaining complex issues to a lay audience. In this vein, he has previously performed shows on artificial intelligence, and gender roles in society. He is also the inventor and host of multiple improvisational show formats and is quick, sharp and insightful on his feet.

He holds Honours degrees in Law and Commerce, and was a tutor in Economics and Finance at the University of Melbourne.

Subject areas: English, Legal Studies, Drama, Economics/ Business Studies, Maths
Age suitability: High school (all years)

Rama Nicholas is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor, improviser, writer and director.

She teaches internationally in writing, directing and improvisation and Rama is also a creative director at Meanwhile Productions, specialising in creating video content and TV commercials.

However, Rama is best known in her home city of Melbourne for her critically acclaimed, one woman, multi-character solo shows, which are a unique blend of intricate character comedy and incredible storytelling.

Subject areas: English, Drama,
Age suitability: High school (all years)

Once a trained history teacher, Andrew is now known as a DJ, comedian, and voice over artist and gifted musical improviser based in Melbourne.

Andrew’s penchant for history and the arts has seen him perform shows such as The Somewhat Accurate History Of Pirates 1550-2017, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome, and a contemporary interpretation (and satire) of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta I am the Very Model of a Modern Major Musical (although this last show’s debut season has unfortunately been postponed due to the global pandemic).

You can currently hear Andrew on ABC Melbourne Radio on Monday mornings with Sammy J as he presents a light-hearted look Melbourne’s lesser known histories in his segment The Past Less Travelled.

Subject areas: English, Drama, History, Music
Age suitability: High school (all years)

Louisa Fitzhardinge is an award-nominated actor, comedian, and grammar nerd. Her show Comma Sutra is Australia’s best-loved (and, most likely, only) grammatical musical comedy.

Louisa’s shows have enjoyed sold out runs at Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Hobart’s Festival of Voices and Perth Fringe World and she has been nominated for Best Cabaret at the latter.

In her spare time she collects languages – semi-fluent in German and Auslan, she has dabbled in French, Italian and Spanish and is now tackling Danish.

Subject areas: English, Drama, Music
Age suitability: High school (all years)

Anthony is a NIDA acting graduate whose onstage theatre work has been with  some of Australia’s leading theatre companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sport for Jove, Belvoir, and Griffin.

Anthony is also a theatre director, where his credits include The Underpants (GLUG Award nominee for Most Outstanding Independent Production), Orphans (Red Line Productions) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Kings Collective).

Subject areas: English, Drama
Age suitability: High school (all years)

John is a Green Room Award-winning director, writer, producer and script developer who works internationally in theatre, opera and screen.

John is a skilled public communicator, teacher and mentor with extensive experience delivering drama and English workshops across the country as well as teaching at major drama schools like RSCCD, LAMDA, VCA, NIDA & Monash.

John is currently the Literary Manager of Australian Plays and was formerly Director In Residence for Bell Shakespeare.

Subject areas: English, Drama
Age suitability: High school (all years)