Speech and Drama takes centre stage


Headshot of Larni Christie, smiling lady with glasses

Gunnedah Conservatorium is pleased to welcome Larni Christie to Gunnedah and its teaching staff.

Larni hails from the Darling Downs in rural Queensland. During her teenage years she was a member of the Queensland Theatre Company and toured South East Queensland with a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Her belief in introducing theatre to young people early stems from this childhood experience. 

Larni graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese and Drama. She is fluent in Japanese language and has travelled and lived in Japan 11 times. Upon graduation she worked five years in Sydney in the Japanese tourist industry before marrying Alistair, beginning her family and moving to Muswellbrook. For nine years she taught Japanese (Cert IV) at Hunter TAFE. Following the birth of her second child, Larni graduated from the University of New England with a Graduate Diploma of Education. For nine years Larni was the Primary Drama Teacher at Muswellbrook Public School.  In 2012 Larni took out 3 years from teaching to establish and run a business “The Milkwood Teahouse” in Muswellbrook, She returned to teaching primary drama and performance  again in 2015 at Aberdeen Public School. 

She has been the receiptant of two NSW Department of ducation awards in her teaching career for her contribution to the Performing Arts. In 2011 and 2016 she was awarded “Excellence in Teaching” in Education Week. 

Larni is a Life Member of the Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society, for which she has directed, produced, choreographed, costumed and designed local productions in conjunction with the Muswellbrook Shire Concert Band for more than 18 years. 

During her 28 years in Muswellbrook, Larni has been heavily involved with developing young people's opportunities in the performance arena.  She has prepared school dance groups, coordinated youth drama workshops and directed both student and adult productions.  Larni has prepared hundreds of students to compete in the Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod Speech and Drama Section.  She was awarded the Muswellbrook Shire Australia Day Award for Cultural Achiever in 2009, recognising her valuable contribution to the community. 

Larni has been a casual teaching staff member of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music since 2009 and teaches ensemble and private drama lessons in Muswellbrook. In 2015 Larni’s husband moved to Gunnedah to a permanent position, and in 2016, Larni began to teach Speech and Drama for the Gunnedah Conservatorium via weekly Video Conferencing from the Upper Hunter Conservatorium and then face-to-face studio lessons.    

Larni looks forward to building the drama studio in Gunnedah and meeting like minded creative people in the region.