Petah Burns

  • Voice Consultant,
  • Teacher of Language, Movement and Interpretation for Singers,
  • Drama Coach,

Now at her new Studio in Bathurst.

"You go to a movie and you see people who look exactly right for that role, They're consummate actors and they're completely involved in what they are doing, so their performance is totally believable."

Lyndon Terracini: Artistic Director, Opera Australia, who makes no apologies for upping the unemployment rate of overweight singers by casting "triple treats," those who can sing, act and look good. SMH, 2 July, 2011 - Read more.

- If you are serious about becoming a "triple treat" whether for contemporary or traditional performance
- If you are really serious about your career
- About appearing on stage either as a live performer or in Opera or Music Theatre
- About learning to act, sing and look good

Then come to someone who has both the experience and qualifications to teach you. You may simply want to improve your audition technique; to put together a repertoire be it for Music Theatre or Cabaret; perhaps you need guidance to shape your career, then Petah Burns is the ideal person to prepare you for your future.

Petah's vast and varied experience, study and career make her one of Australia's premier drama and singing teachers, with many successful students to her credit.

Petah has a formidable combination of practical performance experience in Television, Radio, Cabaret, Music Theatre and Opera both in Australia and overseas. All backed up by a impressive array of tertiary qualifications.


  • Registered Nurse
  • BA
  • MA (Theatre and Film)
  • Grad Dip (Arts Administration)
  • Dip Perf

Petah: "I believe in a Holistic preparation of the complete performer in opera, music theatre and cabaret, covering technique, repertoire, languages, performance skills and interpretation."

Trained in Australia, London and Vienna, Petah brings a holistic approach to teaching. Able to gauge the depth and quality of a new performer, she can then guide them through their vocal technique, repertoire and interpretation of Drama, Music Theatre, Opera and Lieder including the appropriate languages.

Petah has lectured at Schauspiel Schule Kraus in Vienna, Austria; the University of the Arts in Nagoya, Japan. She was Head of both Voice and Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music and taught classical voice students for the University of New South Wales. Her students have gone on to star in Opera, Music Theatre and Cabaret both here in Australia and overseas, so if you are just a beginner who wants to learn to sing or act; or an accomplished performer who wants to improve your technique Petah is the one to help you.

Add to this Petah's experience teaching presentation methods to individuals or groups from the Corporate sphere, as well as her ability to remediate the voices of singers, actors and speakers who have sustained vocal damage, and you have the complete teacher and coach.

Petah is also available for consultation or intensive training. She is competent to advise in all forms of Audition Preparation including Drama and Singing.

Petah Burns is the ideal person to shape your future.

Petah has limited vacancies for new students aged 12 and above at both her Bankstown and Bondi studios.

Classes are held;

  • Bankstown:- Petah no longer teaches on Wednesdays but currently has limited vacancies for both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, so be quick;
  • Bondi:- Petah has vacancies for Saturday afternoons only.

Whether it be for singing, voice or drama coaching - Petah would love to hear from you.

Contact Petah for further information and bookings.

Phone: 0417 671 556