Colette MacLaren 

Founding Director

PRINCIPAL Teaching Artist - Dance

 

Colette is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator and is a Founding Director of 3dArts Company. Colette holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Dance/Drama) and Bachelor of Teaching (Primary/Secondary) and as the Principal of Dance for 3dArts, teaches students from pre-school to adult in contemporary, jazz, ballet, music theatre and movement play. Colette teaches at Melba College and has previously worked as a teaching artist for The Song Room and Head of Dance for eMotion21. Founding Footworks in 2002, Colette has been using dance to empower individuals and strengthen communities for many years. She celebrates the generation of dancers she has seen develop and flourish over that time, many heading onto professional dance careers. Launching Eden Dance in 2015, Colette has become one of Australia's leading contemporary Christian choreographers and dancers. 

 

Colette's dance experience includes 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone' (Eden Dance),  ‘Oasis’ and ‘Broken Down Silence’ (WaterCarriers Dance Theatre), Jason Coleman's 'One' (Australian Dance Awards) and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (Dir. Robert Young). Colette choreographed and performed 'CreAture', composed by May Andrewartha (The Forest Collective), 'Tombola' (Adelaide Fringe Festival) and 'One' by Rain Francis of Rain&Lucky Dance Theatre which received 1st place at the Australian Choreographic Competition 2012. Colette has choreographed and produced 'Family Games Night', 'More Than Different' (Melbourne Fringe) and 'The Child In Me' Footworks Youth Dance Company, most. Footworks annually performs in front of thousands of youth and young adults at events such as National Young Leaders Day and State Youth Games opening ceremony. Colette has choreographed productions of A Chorus Line, Footloose, Fame, Seussical, High School Musical and the Australian Premieres of INK the Musical and The Cat's Pyjamas. 

Cale MacLaren 

Founding Director

PRINCIPAL Teaching Artist - Drama

 

Cale MacLaren is Founding Director of 3d Arts Company and works professionally as an actor, director, teacher and writer. Under the banner of 3d Arts, Cale is the Artistic Director of Third Door Theatre and has written and directed many plays for youth and young people, regularly touring work to the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Cale is a passionate community Arts advocate and theatre-maker, and annually directs the State Youth Games Opening Ceremony. 

 

Cale is a leading contemporary Arts practitioner in the community, and is associate director for Fusion Theatre. As an actor, he has worked on stage, film and television. Cale has trained at 16th Street Actor's Studio, Impro. Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Arts Drama and Bachelor of Teaching. For the past fifteen years, he and his wife Colette have led Drama & Dance Creative ministries at Crossway Baptist Church. Cale is deeply committed to the cause of the local church and to seeing a discipleship movement across the Arts.  

His directing credits include ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’,  ‘Away’, 'The 39 Steps', 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Pygmalion'. Cale has written and directed ‘Closed’, ‘Family Games Night’ and 'After Neverland' for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Acting credits include Annie, Waiting For Godot, City of Angels, Clue: The Musical, Seussical: The Musical, He She It (Candlelight Productions), MacBeth & A Midsummer Nights Dream (Page to Stage Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest, Closed, Family Games Night and Away (Third Door Theatre). Cale's live character acting experience includes Zooperman (Zoos Victoria) and Faraway Fred (Larno & Friends).

 

Ben Taylor

Associate Director/Teaching Artist - Music

 

Ben is a Melbourne based musician, dramatist and educator. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from Monash Universtiy, Ben works as a piano teacher, accompanist, performer and composer. He is passionate about helping young people create excellent art and grow in integrity of character. He spent several years as an accompanist to the Australian Youth Choir and currently accompanies the Elementary and Junior choristers of the National Boys Choir of Australia. As a vocalist, Ben performs as a member of Gian Slater’s ‘Invenio’ – an improvising choir whose recent work includes collaborating with Barney McAll on his ARIA Award nominated album, ‘Graft’.

 

Ben is the Director of Music for 3dArts Company and has served as an Assistant Director on various 3dArts productions. Recent on-stage roles with Third Door Theatre have included those in The Importance of Being Earnest, Away, The 39 Steps and as Henry Higgins in Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Ben received a Judges Award at the Lyrebird Awards 2016 for Musical Direction for Third Door Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing.