About Us

Group Leaders

We’re very proud of our excellent team of dedicated professionals who work for Faust. They bring a wealth of experience to each workshop benefiting all involved.

Matthew Gregory - Director of Faust and Group Leader

Matthew founded Faust in 1999 and since then has brought many works to the stage, either as director or producer. His directing credits include Peter Pan which, having played in Hong Kong in 2005 and went on to tour Asia; the sell-out hit Oliver!; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Marvin the Monkey Drummer and the Pot of Truth; Imperfect Speakers; The Sword in the Stone; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Der Struwwelpeter, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Tall Iced Low Fat Mocha Frappuccino, No Whip!, Doctor Faustus, Saturday Night Live!, Lord of the Flies and The Crucible - all for Faust International Youth Theatre. Matthew is executive producer of ABA Productions, an international theatrical production company dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from around the world.  Matthew has a PGCE in Drama received from Cambridge University, UK.

Keon Lee – General Manager and Group Leader

Keon attended Beacon Hill School and Shatin College right here in Hong Kong and studied Drama and English Literature at Royal Holloway in the UK as well as at the University of Hong Kong. During the past decade he has written, directed and performed in a variety of plays and short films. His playwriting and directing credits include theatrical versions of Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Journey to the West, Anansi the Storyteller, original stories such as Rosaline, Beautiful and Beastly, the Kip Marlowe Detective Series, Modern Teenage Fables and many more for Faust. Other theatre and drama highlights include performing the lead role of David Henry Hwang in the Asian Premiere of Yellow Face, directing the opening event for the Hong Kong Literary Festival 2009 and leading workshops on creative writing and directing for the University of Hong Kong. Keon has a BA in English Literature & Comparative Literature, an MPhil in English Literature and a PGDE in English from the University of Hong Kong.

Clara Kim – Early Years Co-ordinator & Group Leader

Clara has always been obsessed with the arts and aesthetics from a young age. A self-professed ‘Jill of all trades’ of the theatre world, Clara has been involved in many productions either onstage or backstage across Tokyo and Hong Kong for both adult and children’s productions. Ever since returning to Hong Kong for university Clara has been working in the early childhood educational industry teaching children 6 months upwards. Clara has been a part of the Faust family since 2011 and has directed shows for The Faust Festival and has facilitated makeup and wardrobe for many of the larger Faust productions. Clara hopes to encourage the children at Faust to express their creativity and develop their passion for theatre and performance!

Matthew Baker - Programme Co-ordinator & Group Leader

Matthew trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education in 2010. He is a dedicated youth theatre practitioner. Central to his facilitation philosophy is high quality final artistic product, a fun workshop process and a belief in the power of drama to change lives. He has 7 years of experience teaching in both youth theatres and theatre in schools, across Asia and the UK. Matthew specialises in developing confidence and communication skills and directing performance in its purest form. He is also a playwright for young people and has written or adapted over 20 plays. Titles include The Life of Elizabeth the First for 8 to 9 year olds, fairy tales such as Cinderella as well as original devised performances. He has worked with a vast amount of young people alternating in age, ability and English Language levels

Samuel Speed – Programme Co-ordinator & Group Leader

Samuel is a British trained actor, director and drama facilitator. He originally studied at East 15 Acting School, London, before later going onto receive a First-Class Honours bachelor’s degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Samuel says, “Applied theatre enabled me with the skills and experience to create pathways and opportunities for young people to enjoy the world of theatre and performance” Over the past 7 years Samuel has specialised as a theatre director and acting coach for both early years and older years children. From managing a youth theatre for ages 4 to 18, producing and directing stage productions such as the ‘Last Christmas Tree’ and ‘Shrek the Musical’, to managing and drama leading at a musical theatre school called the Star Project in the UK. Samuel also delivers LAMDA drama and singing tuition to ages 7 to 18. His vast experience and knowledge storytelling, movement and drama, lead him take part in an Internship with Faust International back in 2018 working as one of our assistant leaders. Samuel rejoined Faust in 2019 and is still thrilled to be developing the confidence and abilities of young performers who join our workshops and programmes.

Jaime Tiamson-Cura – Group Leader and Props and Costume Manager

Jaime studied Bachelor of Secondary Education-English at Philippine Normal University and worked as an English Teacher at Our Lady of Fatima University and Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Inc. She has performed with The Thespian Society, a theatre group who specialise in play production, drama workshops and arts festivals. Jaime joined Faust in 2011, to further her experience within the arts and share her love for performing. Since then she has worked with many different theatre groups helping the young people of Hong Kong prepare for the stage. She also is a contest piece writer for Interschool Meets in her spare time.

Ronja Wahlstrom - Group Leader

Ronja grew up in Sweden and ever since she was a child she has had a passion for drama. She specialised in physical theatre at Nordiska Folkhogskolan in Gothenburg and then started working for Teater Albatross, where she directed various productions exploring Grotowski, mine and Commedia dell Arte. In 2012 she moved to London and got her BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Kingston University and studied more classical theatre such as Stanislavski, Shakespeare, Chekhov and Meisner. Before joining Faust, Ronja taught drama both in Sweden and London for all ages. During her last year at Kingston she was Head of Children’s Drama Classes where she also taught for a year, as well as being responsible for marketing and directing the final show. Her wide knowledge from traditional drama to physical theatre, gives her a broad spectrum and interesting content for her workshops.

Becky Baker – Group Leader

Becky trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Since then, Becky has worked both as a director - creating plays for young audiences, and as a youth theatre leader, touring across Europe, Asia and Africa. Highlights of Becky’s career so far include directing Simon Armitage’s play for young actors, Eclipse, as part of the Connections Festival at The National Theatre, London and touring with her own company, LPA Theatre, with performances at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Lake of Stars. Becky has also carried out a directorship at the Royal Central School in London, teaching Devising for Theatre in Education to first year undergraduates. Becky is delighted to now be working with Faust, here in Hong Kong as she continues to shape and develop her practice as a children’s theatre director.

Andy Burt – Group Leader

Andy Burt has taught drama and theatre arts at international secondary schools in Hong Kong and Europe, and has taken his students to perform in China, Australia, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia. He has many years of theatre experience as actor, director, conductor, composer and arranger, accompanist, playwright, translator, lighting designer, workshop leader and stage manager. An honours graduate from London University, he worked as a pianist at the Laban Centre School of Dance in London. Andy joined Faust in 2003.

Emma Forse – Group Leader

Emma Forse has loved being involved in theatre since she was 5 years old. She spent her childhood on the stage acting in many school productions and finally went on to graduate from Charles Sturt University in Australia with a BA: Acting for Screen and Stage. After completing her degree she travelled to Italy and joined a touring theatre company where she performed Educational English Shows and ran drama workshops for school aged students throughout the whole country. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2009 she has been in a number of stage productions, TV commercials and can even be spotted in a couple of local movies. She has worked as a group leader for Faust for the last 6 years and also performs in the T.I.E Poetry Show Splat. Emma loves teaching students about theatre and helping them to discover their inner confident selves.

Pavetra Kandal – Group Leader

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Pavetra’s first experience of drama came from family gatherings over food, dance and film. She started teaching drama 4 years ago at Faust where her passion for drama now continues. Pavetra’s work with Faust includes leading holiday programmes, FIYT groups, Play in a Day, Festival Floor Manager and as a Team Leader at St. Catherine’s Kindergarten. She is also involved in Trinity College London’s Speech Communication Arts group, Group Devised Drama classes, and their Graded Examination in Spoken English (GESE) program. Pavetra has received her Bachelor’s degree through Bradford University (UK) and is excited to share her knowledge with the kids at Faust. 

Esme Anderson – Group Leader

Esme is a passionate teacher with experience teaching younger aged students in Hong Kong for the past 4 years, recently teaching at Woodlands Montessori Academy as a playgroup teacher. She grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from South Island School. She is also a former Faust member and leader and has performed, directed, taught and assisted in Faust programmes for many years. She is currently studying a Bachelor’s degree at HKU in Education and English teaching, with a minor in Social Work. Theatre highlights include being Assistant Stage Manager for The Wind in the Willows, performing the role of Mary in The Crucible, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and numerous Faust Festival shows. She looks forward to leading students back at Faust during this current term.

Sophie Burkhardt – Group Leader

Sophie’s love for theatre started when she first joined Faust’s way back in 2005! After performing with Faust for many years, she joined the teaching team as a Student Leader and her passion for teaching began to grow. Before she knew it, she was off to University to pursue Theatre and Drama Studies. At university, Sophie expanded her repertoire of theatre skills, adding stand up comedy and musical theatre dance to the mix! Upon graduating, Sophie decided that it was time to bring her new theatre skills, knowledge, and some fun new games back to the place where it all started. Sophie is thrilled to share her love of drama with all of the children and hopes to ignite a love of the theatre in them while encouraging them to be confident and creative.

Alexandra Gough – Group Leader

Alexandra Gough is a graduate of the University of Exeter and Cardiff University with a Masters in Children’s Psychology and has been an active theatre practitioner and drama teacher with Faust. She performed in several productions and projects, most recently in Wales in a performance support group for children earlier this year. Other notable performance highlights include as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot with Faust’s Stage Group. She understands the importance of drama in building confidence, friendships and leadership skills as she benefitted from being part of an active theatre community in Hong Kong. She looks forward to empowering young children at Faust as a Group Leader.

John Maguigad – Group Leader

John has been entranced by the world of theatre and performance ever since he could remember. He grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College where he has developed his background in physical theatre, contemporary performance, and dance improvisation. John’s passion for teaching theatre comes from his time at Faust, where he has been involved with assisting in workshops, school/holiday programmes and Faust Festival shows for the past 3 years as an Assistant Leader. In his spare time, he enjoys performing onstage, with his most recent performance Take A Stand with HKYAF, and Flood with HKYAF in collaboration with the National Youth Theatre. John firmly believes in the power of theatre to help guide people in their personal growth, and is looking forward to sharing that with the young performers at Faust in the coming season!

Samantha Brooks - Group Leader
Sam Brooks was raised in Hong Kong and is a graduate of South Island School where she earned high marks in her international baccalaureate theatre course. She has been performing since she was young as an actor and singer at schools, functions and in theatre productions. Performance highlights include performing a leading role in The Hong Kong Players’ online production Panto 2020: Going Viral as the fairy godmother and Faust’s Stage Group production of BRAINSTORM. Other productions include King Lear, The Crucible, Servant of Two Masters and Sleeping Beauty The Panto. Sam was a student at Faust for many years before she assisted in drama groups and now, as a Group Leader, she is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for drama with younger students.

Rebecca Jessica Merritt - Group Leader

Rebecca J. Merritt was raised in the US and has been in Hong Kong for over seven years now. She received a BFA from The Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at UW-Milwaukee. After completing her degree, she worked professionally in TV, film, print and stage (doing mainly Shakespeare or Classical theatre). She also earned a Montessori teaching & Yoga certificate and taught at Montessori schools in the US and Hong Kong. Rebecca currently works as a voice over talent, actress, and co-runs Hong Kong Live Play Readings on FB! She is so excited to work with kids in person again!

Hannah Yip - Group Leader

Hannah has always been passionate about theatre and performing arts. Whilst at Stockholm University, she studied communication in English and English literature. Upon graduation, she continues to receive acting training from experienced directors and actors. Hannah has been working closely with local theatres and youth theatre organisations specialising in performing, producing youth programmes and directing children and young people from the ages of 3 to 16 in productions for schools and festivals. Theatre highlights as an actress include Aladdin, Ophelia 2.0, No News is True News, Never Stand Still, Peter Rabbit and Friends etc. She has also done voice-over work for Disney’s and Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. She looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of drama with young people at Faust.

Janet Walker - Group Leader

Janet is from the UK, where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent, specialising in Theatre in Education. After working in educational exchange programmes, she went to teach English and Drama in Tokyo, where she became involved with Tokyo Theatre for Children, acting, directing and becoming a board member. After moving to Hong Kong, she briefly worked on RTHK’s educational TV, and has worked in two international schools across Hong Kong. She is very excited to be joining Faust this year!

Kashish Gidwani - Group Leader

Kashish Gidwani is a dance and drama enthusiast. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where she completed her degree in Bachelors of Commerce. She always participated in various dances and college theater dramas, during her college years in India and won many inter college competitions. She has also taught dances to young children, in both western and Bollywood style of dancing. Kashish got married and came to Hong Kong 11 years ago. She is a very fun loving, sincere and an honest person who loves working with children and is looking forward to her first experience with Faust!

Isabella Snow – Group Leader
Born in Hong Kong, Isabella took part in a number of Faust productions at a very early age. This experience stimulated a lasting enthusiasm for all aspects of drama, and she has since appeared in a variety of productions both in school and out of school. She recently completed A-Level courses in Drama, Photography and History of Art. In her past year working at Faust, Isabella has developed as a practitioner as an Assistant Leader and Cover Group Leader as well as Stage Managing for the Christmas Production, Nutcracker: The Play. She looks forward to meeting her groups and getting the exciting chance to work with talented young performers.

Meike Behrmann – Group Leader

Meike graduated from the Performing Arts School in Berlin, Germany. Since then she has been continuously working as a dancer, singer and actress in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, UK, Greece, India and Hong Kong. Meike’s performance experience includes Rocky Horror Show (Usherette, Dance Captain), Jack and the Beanstalk (Harp), Beauty and Beast (Sister), Cinderella (Stepmother), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet). Since arriving in Hong Kong in 2009, Meike has been teaching dance and drama to children and adults all over Hong Kong. She can also frequently be seen on TVB and in several TV ads and commercials. Meike loves teaching children and is excited about working with Faust in the coming season.

Alisha Budhrani – Group Leader

Alisha has always been a passionate performer and entertainer. Born & raised in Hong Kong, Alisha grew up with a strong dance & acting background and loved performing all around Hong Kong. Always involved in drama events, she has directed, led and participated in many shows. She is best known for her works in international girl group Blush, with whom she signed a record deal and worked as an artist with the producer Quincy Jones. She's now back joining her Faust family to share her professional and personal experiences to educate and encourage the future generations at Faust!

Desiree Ho – Group Leader

Desiree is a physical theatre specialist and workshop facilitator in Hong Kong. She specialises in curating, directing and managing performing arts projects.

Desiree trained with the City Contemporary Dance Company's Wudaoqingnian scholarship programme, at Dancecity in the UK and Hotstepper in Denmark. She is an awardee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council's Cultural Bursary, and worked at the Sage Gateshead in the UK, a world-class performing arts venue. She is often invited to judge dance competitions, including NOVA dance competition and EOMD at KGV.

Reggie Yip – Group Leader

Reggie is a performer and educator from Hong Kong. With a passion for performing beginning from when she was young, she holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and has worked globally in theaters in the USA, France and Belgium. Her background in performance in rooted in physical theater, performance art and contemporary experimental work. With a firm belief in the significance of supporting creativity, expression and imagination in young people, Reggie is dedicated to her role as a theater teacher, and is passionate in being a part of the development of children's creativity. Having had experience teaching over the last 8 years, she is excited to share her abilities and knowledge with the students of Faust.

Parveen Kauser – Group Leader

From a young age, Parveen has been passionate about the fields of arts. She is an enthusiastic individual who joined the Faust team four years ago. In those years, she has assisted in several Faust Festival shows, lead holiday programs and has gained experience in teaching Drama to students of different age groups. Parveen grew up and studied in Hong Kong. She has a BA in Contemporary English Studies and an MA in English Language Teaching. Parveen looks forward to teaching the young members at Faust and hopes to share her expertise to the best of her abilities in building student's confidence, creativity, and passion for theatre.

Cyril Ma – Group Leader
Cyril grew up exactly where the Faust studios are now at Beacon Hill and KGV. Always seeing their adverts around him but never managing to join as a student, he instead joined the team in 2017 as an Assistant Leader. He has a degree in Music and Drama from the University of Birmingham (UK) and has also studied directing and musical theatre performance at Loyola University, New Orleans (USA).

Cyril works in all parts of theatre from being a director, to an actor, stage management and teacher.

Yu Kitamura – Group Leader
Yuyu is a Hong Kong native and has been a long time Faust member herself as a student then Assistant Leader. She moved on to study in the United States at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated with a BFA in Acting. She has trained at the Atlantic Theatre Company and Stonestreet Studios. Her theatre training centered on the Practical Aesthetics Technique that focuses on script analysis. Yuyu was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Studio Award for her work in screen acting. After graduation, she has worked professionally in commercials, voice-over work, and independent films. With over 10 years of experience in acting, she is back in Hong Kong and is excited to educate and foster a fun learning environment with the next young generation of performers.