NTC was founded in the USA over 35 years ago and our team in Australia have a 15 year track record as the market leader delivering live educational theatre programs into schools.
Over this time we have performed in thousands of schools and engaged millions of students, teachers and families. We have developed a unique communications strategy that combines live theatre and multiplatform educational materials to communicate complicated messages to hard-to-reach audiences. Below are the NTC staff members who have helped build NTC into the largest touring educational theatre company in the world.
Tobias Benn CA, B. Bus
Managing Director/CEO, NTC Australia
As Managing Director and CEO of NTC Australia, Tobias manages all day to day operations of the Australian business including corporate and government client relationships. Tobias is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and also of Live Performance Australia. Tobias is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years experience across a number of industries including running his own theatrical production company. Starting his career at Ernst & Young, he has worked in a variety of financial services and mining companies including the National Australia Bank, Perpetual Trustees, Western Mining Corporation and Mayne Group. Tobias has worked extensively in the entertainment industry and through his own production company developed the largest educational theatre touring programs across Australia and New Zealand.
Client Relationship Manager, NTC Australia
As Client Relationship Manager, Meg is responsible for the efficient management of NTC’s marketing and sales areas and is specifically charged with maintaining relationship with corporate sponsors. She also oversees the casting process and manages the school relationships.
Meg is genuinely passionate about bringing theatre into schools and education students, teachers and families on important health/social issues. She takes pride in ensuring that everyone from our actors to our clients enjoys a seamless and positive experience from their very first contact with NTC.
Creative Director, NTC Australia
As Creative Director of NTC Australia, Amanda draws on wide experience in both education and performing arts in Australia and overseas. Originally trained as a performer at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Amanda spent over 16 years performing in professional musical theatre, theatre and television throughout Australia and overseas, in cities such as New York, Seoul, Singapore and Edinburgh. Amanda received three Victorian Green Room Award nominations for Best Female Artist in a Musical and her performance credits include the Australian Premiere of Sunset Boulevard with Hugh Jackman, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Annie with Anthony Warlow, the Australian Premiere of The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, Prodigal and Virgins by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank, as well as television shows such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Satisfaction.
As a teacher in some of Melbourne’s most established performing arts schools (The Children’s Performing Company of Australia, the Johnny Young Talent School) Amanda began to observe the power of theatre as an educational tool. This led to the establishment of Perform Educational Musicals, an award winning Educational Theatre Company for schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. Over the last 15 years as Creative Director, Amanda has overseen performances touring to millions of students, empowering children in areas such as Literacy, Cyber Bullying, Energy Sustainability, Healthy Lifestyles and Financial Literacy. Amanda continues to be inspired by the power of theatre to entertain and empower children – simultaneously!
Founder and President
In 1978, Ward founded NTC to deliver entertaining and engaging programs that motivate families, students and educators. For nearly 35 years, organisations have used NTC’s engagement strategies and tactics to enhance their reputations and visibility in the communities they serve. Ward has worked with clients in the energy, financial services, health, technology, environment, recycling and consumer products industries, among others, and is in the third year of producing a nationally broadcast TV series for tweens and teens called M@dAbout.
Under Ward’s supervision, NTC has developed the art of teaching using live theatre into a science of its own. With a keen eye for talent, he has assembled a staff filled with knowledgeable, aware, creative, stimulating, fun, caring personalities, building NTC into the largest educational touring theatre company in the country. As founder and president, Ward Eames oversees all departments by keeping a finger on the pulse of the day-to-day operations of the organisation.
Vice President, Produciton & Operations
Patrick Rowan made his NTC debut in August 1998 as an actor, traveling cross country in The Legend of Mongoose Mountain,The Further Adventures of Louie the Lightning Bug, Showdown at Dry Gulch, Alice in Waterland, Men in Plaid and Ranger Ted’s Excellent Safety Adventure.
In his current role as Vice President of Production & Operations, Pat is responsible for all aspects and distribution of NTC programs including live events, television, video, digital media, social media and printed materials. He is also responsible for overseeing the daily operations and all aspects of NTC Productions which includes budgets, directing, casting & hiring, actor training, troupe logistics, on-the-road tour management, travel, print/web development and leading weekly tactical staff meetings. He especially enjoys producing NTC’s nationally syndicated weekly TV show M@dAbout™. Pat and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of identical twin daughters and a baby son.