OUR TEAM

Natacha

Director / Improviser

Natacha Muller was born in Melbourne but grew up in different cities in France. She began improvisation theatre at the age of 13 years old in a company called Les Improvisateurs. She was the only teenager in a class of adults. While going through the challenge years of being a teenager, she discovered herself by using techniques from the art of improvisation and made her path through it. 

 

The love of performing came to her as an épiphanie. Expressing herself and her emotions by creating different characters  while being on stage. It clearly became a need for her to share with her friends and family.

 At the age of 20 years old, she decided to deepen her knowledge in drama during her University years and improve her acting and teaching skills by teaching in Primary schools, High schools, associations and hospitals.

 

Whilst completing her drama degree, Natacha was practicing her skills in after schools care and got quickly involved into training adults to work with children, which involved specific art methods known as puppetry, acting, creativity activities.

After 10 years of practicing Improvisation Theatre in Strasbourg, she created with the help and support of two friends her first compagnie , Les Anodins, and started to teach and play in different cities around France. 

 

This experience made her develop and grow her knowledge as a leader and a teacher.

Shortly after, Natacha started to teach ‘self-esteem’ classes via le théâtre d’improvisation in a Management School four days a week over five years.

 

During her spare time, she kept practicing her own acting skills on stage but also by being a member of the Championnat d’Improvisation de la LOLITA of Strasbourg. 

 

Being very passionate about her work, Natacha had decided to get herself out of her comfort zone by moving to Melbourne in 2017 while starting a family. Now mother of one, she is increasingly aware of the value of theatre in her life and is willing to share this with the Australian community.

Marion

Stage Director

Born and raised in Paris, Marion has always had a passion for all thing’s arts and theatre. This passion motivated her studies, completing a Masters of Theatre and French Literature at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2018.

During her studies she completed roles with various local theatre companies as an artistic mediator, culminating with a position at the National Theatre in Paris. Marion discovered the full diversity of the theatre scene, regularly attending local theatre or opera productions.

 

She was attracted to the noticeable impact these theatres had on people and whole communities – which inevitably was a driving force behind her choosing to run her own workshops, including audience involvement.

After deciding to take time to herself and travel, Marion has settled in Melbourne for almost 2 years. Her professional experiences to date have sent her on the pursuit of her own theatre adventure, collaborating on new and exciting projects with French Loop.

Hélène

Improviser

Hélène Dunlop started théâtre in her high school theatre company by playing the mother in the play "Ubu King" since then she acted in several theatre productions as well as supporting characters in tv series. « La Maison d’os » got the fifth price at Avignon festival off in 1995, she worked with Robert Hossein for two years and was part of the company « theatre de jade » several years enjoying the power of forum theatre in helping teenagers with social chalenges. 

    Moving to Australia turned her life upside down, after being « madame Marguerite » in Sydney she decided for a change. First by managing retail shops and then studying nutrition. 

She lived in Calcutta, then Manila, got married, had kids and moved back to Australia, Melbourne mid 2018. 

She went back into acting with a mini série video and audio for Pearson French learning method. She met Natacha Muller from the French loop and started kids and adults impro shows with her company.

Pauline

Improviser

Pauline Calmé is an international teacher, performer and director from France.

She performed in 150+ professional theatre shows (Improvisation, clown, mask, contemporary and classical). From 2013 to 2018, she performed in the successful long-form improv show Le Fauteuil with the company Smoking Sofa. she performed as a clown and physical actress in Requiem for 3 years (2015 to 2017).

 

In 2016, she created and directed Le Fauteuil d’orchestre, a musical and improvised show. She taught, directed and performed improv in 15 festivals (NZ Improv Festival 2017, Improvention 2017, Nelson Fringe Festival 2018, Slovenia Kamfest, and festivals in France).

Pauline studied acting for two years at Armel Veilhan’s theatre school in Paris. From 2015, she mentored by the clown-acrobat Ira Seidenstein (Slava SnowShow, Cirque du soleil, International School for Acting And Creativity in Brisbane).

 

In 2019 Pauline became an official associate of I.S.A.A.C. In France, she is supported by the company Trance Mask France.

Sarah

Musician

Sarah Carso began her musical education at the age of 6, in the Conservatory of Music of the 20th arrondissement of Paris, where she grew up.

 

Following the steps of her father and grand father, both professional musicians, she completed a comprehensive Classical music program, with the double bass as her first instrument, the trumpet as her second, and a wide range of lessons in opera singing, piano playing, orchestra and chamber music practices as well as classical and modern jazz dancing classes.

 

At 14 years old, she got accepted into the Paris National Conservatory as a classical double bass player. At 17, she obtained her Diploma of Musical Studies and started playing professionally with French and europeans orchestras, as well as her own chamber music bands, in venues such as La Salle Pleyel and Radio France in Paris, and touring in Spain and Germany. During that time, Sarah Carso felt the need to diversify her genres of expertise and started studying Jazz, using her voice as her instrument of predilection for a change ! 

 

In 2014, having moved to New York City to pursue a Master in Jazz Performance and Education, Sarah had the chance to work with internationally famous jazz musicians such as Chuck Israel, David Berger, Dennis Mackrel… among others. 

 

After graduating from her Masters, Sarah got hired as the main music teacher at MusiBambino studio, dedicated in multi instrumental educative program for the very young. She will teach up to 20 collective music classes a week for students from 4 months to 6 years old, as well as private instrumental lessons for all ages and levels.

 

Sarah also recorded her own album “Patchwork” as a contemporary jazz vocalist, with her Parisian quintet in 2013, and promoted it through various concerts and festivals in France, the US and Mexico, where she toured. It is available on Apple Music, Spotify and all music platforms. 

The official music video “I remember Clifford” was made in Brooklyn, NY and can be watched on Sarah Carso’s Youtube channel.

In 2017, she founded her own business and created a bilingual multi-instrumental music program, in French and English, dedicated to the artistic collective education and the individual development of the early childhood as well as the primary school students. 

Her “Music in French” workshops have been adopted by many schools in New York, Paris and Melbourne, where she relocated in 2018. 

 

Kim

Marketing

Born on a tiny French Island called Reunion Island, Kim has been experiencing a lot of activities there, outdoors as well as indoors such as dance, theatre, volley-ball, beach-tennis, surf, rugby and hiking. On an island, you better be an active person in love with the nature or it's not worth it to live there. 

 

She sticked to dancing, especially modern jazz and contemporary dance for more than 14 years, doing a lot of shows, regional and national competitions. She also practiced theatre and improv since her young age with the sister of her dance's teacher. They were both amazing women who taught her the best of theatre and dance! 

She landed in Australia on a working holiday visa with her love for travelling in 2018. She's currently doing a MBA in Business Analytics here in Melbourne. With her marketing background in France, she's part of our team to help us building a better image of The French Loop.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"I highly recommend the French Loop. My 6 year old takes part in the kids workshops, Natacha does an incredible job at getting the kids to develop their imagination is a highly structured and educational way - but the kids only see the fun and play part of it! Natacha is very attentive to each kid’s personality and style, and does a great job at building on their strengths to achieve their full potential with a beautiful artistic approach. She also does a great job at connecting with families and parents, so that the fun continues at home in-between classes. The individual and family sessions are also great and tailored to your own family situation and objectives." Marie

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