Hi everyone I’m Lianne, the founder of sunshine party people. I was born in Liverpool (U.K) in 1982.
When I was growing up dance and drama were my ultimate passion, not forgetting sport. This lead me to attend Liverpool Community College where I was lucky enough to gain qualifications passing with distinctions in dance, and went on to set up community dance groups for children, when I was not teaching I was working for the local authority supporting children with special needs and disadvantaged children and studying for my N.V.Q qualification in social care. Fast forward several years I got the travel bug and went globe trotting until I arrived in OZ. Falling in love with the country and making it my home.
I have always loved working with children and have gained valuable experience working as a nanny with children of all ages, some with special needs. Knowing I love working with children a friend asked me to come along as a princess for her daughters birthday, and I just couldn’t resist dressing up and having fun with the kids. It was a big success. After that requests came flooding in and sunshine party people was born!
Several decades as an actor in Australian theatre, TV and film have taught Peter the advantages of versatility and inspired him to occasional guest roles (such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Spiderman, the Judderman, Darth Vader, Gladiator Maximus, Pirate Pete, Coach Kilpatrick and Blip at luna park) before smaller, younger audiences.
Mikaela trained as an Actor, Director and all-round theatre maker in a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University. This is where she discovered her passion for redefining and expanding Australia’s theatre for young people.
Over the years, Mikaela has done a lot of work with children and adolescents, including two tours around regional NSW with the productions ‘Outta Touch’ directed by Dan Aubian and ‘A Tale in Grisham Forest ‘ directed by Jessica Horwell (2013/2014 by Cycle Productions). By working with, and for young people, Mikaela hopes to create characters that transcend the typical gender stereotypes that are still prevalent in today’s children’s entertainment.
Karen is an experienced Actor/Presenter/Voice Actor and Model, working full-time in the Industry. Her love of performance was prevalent from the early age of 3, when she embarked on Classical Ballet and later joined The Victorian College of Arts School of Dance. Karen went on to Acting studies, graduating from Screenwise Film & Television Schooland completing numerous courses with TAFTA – The Australian Film & Television Schoolin Sydney and Los Angeles. Karen also attended the Actor’s Centre in Los Angeles, had Mesiner Training at The Actor’s Pulse, spent many years at ACA and completed two years of courses with NIDA. She has studied the techniques of: Peter Andrikidis, Howard Fine, Ivana Chubbuck, Anthony Meindel and Larry Moss.
Karen’s lead and supporting roles in a vast number of films include; Torn Devotion, Broken Spirits, The Margin of Things, The Tail Joband sizeable parts in TV shows such as Atomic Kingdom, Nameless, Facing Evil. Stage roles and Corporate productions have notably included, Pygmalionand Calamity Jane. Karen has appeared in numerous TVCs, including campaigns for Coles & Dollars Direct. An experienced Model, Karen is also a past Miss Australia finalist.
Bonnie has been face painting and entertaining professionally for over five years now. She began with children’s entertainment company Fiddely Dee in her hometown of Hobart. Shortly after moving to NSW, she began working with Paint Me Perfect, as well as free-lance face painting on sunny Saturdays. After completing a Theatre degree at the University of Wollongong, Bonnie hopes to dedicate many more days to the children of Sydney. Bonnie is happiest when a tiny painted face sees their reflection for the first time – that goofy grin and delighted giggle warms her heart immeasurably!
Morgane is a bilingual french/english /Belgian actress and she has been working with children for the past 10 years. Between teaching speech and drama classes in English in a British school in Singapore for 3 years, birthday parties, holiday camps, events, shows and theatre workshops for children, she has about over 10 years of solid experience with children from 3 months old to teenagers.
You can count on her to make it a fun filled unforgettable moment in the lives of your precious ones.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo Brazil, she is a bachelor in Marketing and Publicity and a Specialist in Investments. Concomitant with her Bank Manager career started a theatre group with teenager volunteers for works in rehab houses, orphanages and community along with her local church. “Artetude” as it is called has hundreds of views in youtube of its activities, and now is close to 5 years of existence. Now In Hillsong International Leadership College, she lives in Sydney studying Songwriting, dividing her time between studies & her passion for Face painting and Drama.
Alex has been consumed with the world of acting and performing since he was a little boy. He is a walking encyclopaedia of entertainment! Alex enjoyed Drama at High School competing in Eisteddfod’s and Talent Shows. After finishing school Alex continued studying acting completing Certificates III and IV in Stage and Screen, and participating in Community Theatre Productions such as Romeo and Juliet, and Guys and Dolls. Like every good performer Alex continues to improve his skills with singing and guitar lessons. His favourite entertainers from his childhood are Don Spencer and the Wiggles.
Gavin is a friendly and creative individual with a broad background in children’s entertainment, education and acting. With his easygoing rapport with adolescents and young children through natural improv, children are drawn to him instantly.
Not only a natural entertainer, Gavin has taught kindergarten in Tokyo, has been a volunteer over the past three years on the adolescent ward at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and was trained as a professional face painter in Newquay Zoo (UK).
With over a decade of experience face painting and entertaining children’s parties, his skills include acting exercises, cartooning, various character voices, face painting, balloon twisting, and sculpting giant bubbles.
Emma is a friendly and fun Sydney based photographer originally from London with a love of capturing the special moments of celebrations and entertainment. With over 6 years experience working with performers and dancers, she is used to working in all environments but most importantly is great at getting the best out of the photo subjects. She understands how to be subtle and blend in when needed to get some beautiful candid shots or is more than happy to rally the troops and get everyone excited when a group shot is about to happen!
Emma has had some extraordinary career moments as a photographer, especially based 10 years in London covering music magazine editorial shoots of stars such as Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Noel Gallagher, Howard Marks, Depeche Mode and many live music events and festivals.
Close, She worked with Kate Moss, Cold Play and Oasis at a London Studio where she got to welcome Paul McCartney. “He was late,” Emma said, “My Dad said I should’ve asked him to buy me a house! I didn’t. “She also coordinated a team of 8 photographers for the 2008 V Festival in the UK. Emma’s kept herself busy since returning to Australia, photographing Nick Cave, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Watts, Megan Gale, Kylie Speers and Collette Dinnigan, as well as all on-shore events at Hamilton Island two years in a row.