the tutors


After completing her HSC in 2019, Leila Broughton moved to Bathurst to achieve her dream of becoming a Theatre Practitioner. She is in her final year studying a Bachelor Theatre Media at Charles Sturt University, however, plans to stay and further study to become a drama teacher. Leila has a myriad of experience in theatre, partaking in drama lessons since she was 7 years old, continuing throughout highschool. Leila was featured in the 2020 showcase known as Onstage for high achieving and exemplary drama students at the Seymour Centre. She is highly creative and perceptive and enjoys working with young children more than any other aspect of her practice. Recently Leila worked as a tutor at the Beloved Monster Holiday Workshop at BMEC in January, 2022.



11229765_10153030564226821_8745201686693103340_nPenelope (Nel) Kentish is a theatre maker and teaching artist. She has been teaching drama with young people professionally since 2009. She has run workshops and made shows with young people from Tantrum Theatre, and the Australian Dance & Talent Centre (both Newcastle, NSW), Flag Inc (Melbourne, Vic), Appel Farm Arts & Music Center (New Jersey, USA), Bathurst Theatre Company, and various community projects in Bathurst. She was a selected playwright for Australian Theatre for Young People’s Fresh Ink writing program in 2009, and has been mentored by acclaimed Australian playwrights Debra Oswald and Lally Katz.

Since 2011 she has written, performed, and toured with Big One Little One, an award-winning live art and performance company which she co-created. The company’s work has toured across Australia, and featured in festivals such as Adelaide Festival (2013), Brisbane Festival (2012), Melbourne Fringe Festival (Winner Best Live Art – Confetti, 2013), Junction Festival (Launceston, 2014), Harvest Festival (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, 2012-13), Darwin Youth Week (2013), and three Village Bizarre Festivals (Sydney 2012-14). might just take you on the Astroturf, written and directed by Nel, debuted in Bathurst in July 2014 featuring local performers. We always wanted to be professional dancers, co-created and co-starring Nel, premiered in Bathurst in September 2016, and toured to Newcastle in Sep/Oct, 2016, and appeared as part of Big One Little One’s Pick Me Up in Nov/Dec, 2016, at Australian Theatre for Young People. Most recently she created and directed two shows with teens, 17 things the government doesn’t want you to know about the internet, which premiered at BMEC in April 2017 and toured to ATYP Sydney, and The Beast, which was commissioned by ArtState NSW for inclusion in their festival in November 2018.

Nel has a Master of Arts Practice (Performance), and a Bachelor of Arts (Communication – Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development Practice from the University of Melbourne. She also lectures in theatre, production, communication, and teacher education at Charles Sturt University, and for two years worked for Bathurst Regional Council as a programs officer at Kelso Community Centre, and events officer on the Bicentenary celebrations.

Nel’s theatrical interests include utilising non-traditional performance spaces, site-specific performance, and participatory/immersive theatre experiences.

Nel is also a certified Early Childhood Educator, having completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2020. She has satisfied the NSW Working With Children Check, and has up-to-date First Aid Certificate in Education and Care, including asthma and anaphylaxis care. She has also completed Child Protection training and is a mandatory reporter to Community Services NSW.