Douglas has taught acting at some of the most prestigious institutions in Australia and the UK. Since 2011 he has been a regular tutor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. In 2012 he became one of Sydney Theatre Company’s inaugural ‘Teaching Artists’ under Dr Robyn Ewing and held that position until 2015. In 2015 Doug became a member of the teaching staff in the musical theatre department at Associated Studios, London. He has taught at City Academy London, Urdang Academy, South London Youth Theatre and has also been a guest lecturer at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Griffith University.
Experienced at working with both adults and young people, Doug specialises in
Fundamentals of Acting
Acting Through Song
Advanced Acting/Scene Study
Acting For Camera
Having worked with some of the worlds leading directors and creatives including Tony award winning director Christopher Ashley, writer and composers Boublil & Schoenberg, international opera director Peter Sellars and world-renowned acting coach Larry Moss, Doug is passionate about sharing his knowledge with developing actors and providing opportunities for artistic growth.
Doug is available for private coaching, studio work, masterclasses and workshops.
Douglas has a wealth of experience as a vocal coach and has taught both in Australia and the UK. He began his own vocal training at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Robyn Wells and has since studied under Leontine Haas, Stephen Luke Walker and most recently Gary May. He also studied classical piano under the late Raisa Dobrinsky.
From 2015-2019 Doug was musical director of the City Academy Choral Collective, curating many concerts and conducting such works as Considering Matthew Shepard and Faure’s Requiem.
Additionally he has worked as an accompanist, ensemble leader, lead vocalist, curator and piano tutor.
Doug was a tutor in vocal technique at Urdang Academy (London) and City Academy London from 2015-2019, teaching both private tutorials and group singing as well as choral technique.
Doug has been a guest vocalist with Sydney Philarmonia Chorus on several occasions, performing in works such as Queen of Spades (conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy), Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms (conducted by Joana Carniero) and Harmonium (conducted by Edo de Waart).
Doug specialises in acting through song, audition preparation, vocal technique, group singing and is available for private coaching, masterclasses and workshops.
To contact Doug about audition prep, acting coaching, vocal coaching,
masterclasses and workshops please use the form below.
Without exception the performance training outcomes Douglas has achieved with students far exceeds NIDA’s expectations whilst always reflecting the interests and developmental learning needs of individual students.
Having worked closely with Douglas for some years now, I can recommend him without hesitation as a tutor for both professional and community arts programs and believe that he would be a vital member of any performing arts teaching team.
Director, Public Programs
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Doug, it's been tremendous working with you. Your passion and energy shine through in your teaching and I've learned so much from you. I genuinely appreciate that you have the best interests of your students at heart, pushing all of us to raise our standards while offering the most constructive advice. It was inspiring to also be able to come and see you on stage, proving that you don't just talk the talk but you also walk the walk.
Thank you so much.
NIDA student (Acting Studio)
I just wanted to thank you for making musical theatre feel so achievable and accessible in the short course. I always felt out of my comfort zone when combining acting and singing but I learnt so much from you and I really value all of your time, guidance and expertise. I'm completely inspired by you...