Meet Our Team

Justin Clarke

Justin is an actor, writer, teacher and European tour guide. Raised in Western Sydney, he always had an avid love for theatre and the spontaneous. This led him to seeking a career in drama teaching which led him to teach in the United Kingdom for three years where he nabbed himself a cheap West End ticket every weekend he could. Being a Drama and English trained teacher, Justin has developed his writing for publishers such as Theatre People and ArtsHub. Justin’s past theatre credits include directing Stiles and Drew’s Soho Cinders, the ‘brave’ Sir Robin in Spamalot for Arcadians Theatre and the French Taunter/Tim in Spamalot for Springers UK, ensemble in Footloose and Pirates of Penzance and his debut role as Muldoon in Jurassic: That is One Big Pile of Musical which took out the audience favourite award in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2015. As the years have gone by, Justin has taken a great interest in swallowing as much theatre as he can and bringing it to the masses through the establishment of Theatre Thoughts.

You can read all of Justin’s writings here.

Charlotte Smee

Charlotte is an incredibly enthusiastic, audibly emotive audience member. She has been reviewing and editing for Theatre Thoughts since March 2021. Her poetry and other reviews have been published in Voiceworks, Baby Teeth Journal, Pine the Zine and The Tertangala. When she used to perform on stage, she won an award as ‘Meg’ in Michael Gow’s Away. Her favourite play of all time is Nakkiah Lui’s Black is the New White because it’s a joyfully biting comment on Australian society. During daylight hours Charlotte is an industrial relations lawyer trying not to be boring.

You can read all of Charlotte’s writings here.

Reviewers – Sydney

Katie Allen
Katie Allen is a writer, actor, voice artist and theatre-lover from Wollongong. She studied writing and journalism as part of her BA from Southern Cross University and she is immersed in the local community theatre scene.

Karen Illesca 
Karen is a wife and mother and is extremely passionate about all things arts.  She has worked in and around theatre and film, in drama and music education and has a decades worth of experience working in Marketing Communications in the tertiary sector.  Earlier this year she launched a brand-new company in partnership with Phillippa Webb – 2Kats Productions – who currently have their first screen arts project, the Whirld Web Series, in postproduction.   
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Christian Gillett
Christian has been passionate about theatre from a young age. As a theatre performer and dancer from 12 years old, Christian loves nothing more than the stage. As an experienced drama teacher with over 8 years experience, Christian is still passionate about seeing as much theatre as possible and spreading the word to as many people as he can.

Caitlin A. Kearney
Caitlin is a theatre actor/maker, classical soprano, and almost inordinately moody poet. She has been on stage since a very young age but has had opinions about theatre from birth- a condition exacerbated by almost seven years working front of house on large-scale productions. She first began reviewing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is her Quidditch World Cup.

Vaanie Krishnan
Vaanie is an artist, dancer and theatre lover from Sydney. She grew up in the northern part of Sydney surrounded by the Indian Classical Arts and was exposed to both Eastern and Western music, dance and theatre from a young age. She is a trained Indian Classical dancer and has written reviews for Indian Down Under, Sydhwaney and recently started her own venture The Theatre Enthusiast. You can read more from Vaanie here.

Reviewers – Melbourne

Martha “MJ” Latham
Martha is a part time theatre maker and full time theatre lover. She is tall, loud and will talk about literally everything with the utmost passion. You can find her on most platforms under her nom de plume SadGoldfish.

Saskia Johnson
Saskia is an actor, singer, creator and life-long-self-confessed theatre nerd. With a BA in Music (Music Theatre) and Fine Arts (Visual Arts), her passion for all things creative knows no bounds. Following the pandemic, she has made it her mission to spend as much time in a theatre as is socially and legally acceptable.

Lillian Gerlach
Lillian spent three years studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance) at the University of Wollongong, only to realise she really really didn’t want to be an actor. She leapt off the stage and started writing plays, short productions and small festivals with Merrigong Theatre Company, ATYP and the Q Theatre. She is new to the world of reviewing but thoroughly enjoys the chance to be in the thriving heart of Melbourne, putting her knowledge of performance making to the art of reviewing.

Ambrose Steinmetz
Ambrose is a performer and lover of all things the arts. She spends her time in the muggle world working for a big bad corporation, but with a BA in Music (Music Theatre), Ambrose prefers to spend more of her time getting cultured at the theatre.