The Avalon Team

Managing Directors

Dr Ellie Chadwick

Ellie is a university tutor and theatre practitioner with years of experience leading educational and artistic projects: from designing immersive festivals for the National Trust, to running workshops for the National Autistic Society, Mind, and other charities, Ellie loves to create projects that are exploratory, ambitious, and inclusive. She has run workshops around the world for a range of institutions, companies, and charities including the National Autistic Society (UK), Mind (UK), IUGTE (Austria), the University of Exeter (UK), Stratford Theatre Royal (UK), Bali Purnati Centre for the Arts (Indonesia), and more. Ellie has worked as a director and producer of theatre in the UK for years, producing work with/for the Albany Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, Black Apron Entertainment, Elysium Theatre, Team Angelica, the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre among others. 

Ellie has a Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) in Theatre Practice: Staging Shakespeare and has refined her expertise in teaching verse-speaking and Shakespearean performance, working with acting students of various levels and backgrounds. She has recently completed her PhD in Theatre Studies, has published some of her research and is currently working on her monograph. It was after conducting a transformative month-long research project in Bali, where Ellie trained in Legong dance and made lasting connections with many incredible artists, that she decided to launch a series of intercultural exchange workshops in Bali and elsewhere around the Globe. 

As well as working as a freelance theatre artist, Ellie is a Tutor at the University of Warwick, leading workshops in directing, acting, and early theatre. Ellie is currently a resident artist at Theatre Delicatessen in London and Watershed Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, developing her multi-sensory theatre work. She is passionate about equal opportunities in art, travel and education, cultural exchange, and global perspectives.

Aaron Hussain

Aaron co-runs Avalon Academy with Ellie and is an experienced teacher, having worked in the language travel industry for many years. He is CELTA-qualified and has taught thousands of students. In 2016 Aaron won an international teaching award (EducationFirst’s prestigious Teacher of the Year) and has since travelled around the UK as an inspirational speaker, giving motivational talks for students and teachers at conferences and events.

Aaron is also a resident artist with Ellie at Pervasive Media Studio and Theatre Delicatessen, and has travelled Europe giving workshops in sound technology, as another of his hats is as Creative Technician for Sleight of Hand Theatre Company. Aaron has a long history of working in live sound and in studio editing. He was a live performer and grew up working on stage, either himself or alongside other musicians in a supportitive capacity, gaining a good knowledge of sound technology and stage design, and between 2004 & 2008 ran a successful series of Open Mic Nights and managed several bands in the South West of England.

Aaron’s true passion is conservation and humanitarian work, and he has travelled the globe seeking ways to change the world for the better. In 2009, after travelling Australia for a couple of years, he decided to chase a lifelong passion and study Environmental Sciences, specialising in Tropical Veterinary Sciences. Working at Paignton Zoo for 4 years alongside the Veterinary and Research Team, he conducted studies into diet and habitat design and its effects on breeding and toxicity in Posion Arrow Dart Frogs and was involved in "The Amphibian Ark Project*, (AArk). He is also trained in tracking and canopy access.

Noel Marcantel: Lead Photography Tutor 


Noel is a native of Jennings, Louisiana who has built his photography brand around travel, thrill seeking, and a genuine connection with his subjects. In his travel, commercial, and portrait genres, Noel approaches his work with a deep passion for the Earth, people, and how we are all connected. Noel believes that everyone has the capacity for adventure within themselves and all it takes to do something incredible is to utter one simple, yet frightening word: Yes.

Noel is a former staff photographer and writer for DIG Magazine whose work has been featured on album covers, as commercial advertising, in print magazines, newspapers, blogs, and online publications worldwide. He currently resides in New Orleans selling his travel and adventure prints in conjunction with his headshot, wedding, portrait, and commercial photography business.

I Wayan Bawa: Gambuh Teacher (Bali)

I Wayan Bawa is son of I Nyoman Sadeg, a renowned interpreter of the masked dance drama Topeng. Since his youth he has studied Gambuh, Topeng and Tjalonarang, the drama of magic, under the guidance of I Made Djimat, one of the great Balinese dance masters. He has also been a student of the Dance Academy in Denpasar, STSI, and now is the artistic director and main teacher for the male roles of the Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble. He has collaborated with ISTA since 1995 and is a permanent member of the Odin Teatret Theatrum Mundi Ensemble, participating in the performances Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea directed by Eugenio Barba. Since 2000 Bawa also travels worldwide to give workshops and present his performance work demonstration The Total Actor created in collaboration with Julia Varley. 

Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan: Mask-Making Tutor (Bali)

Anom was born into a wood carving family in Mas village, Bali, Indonesia. For generations this family has been famous for its skilled carvers, and Anom was fortunate to have studied with his grand uncle, Ida Bagus Tilem, his older brother, Ida Bagus Oka, and his uncle, Ida Bagus Anom, all well-known wood carvers and mask makers. Anom not only brings over 30 years of experience carving into his work, but also his many years of experience as a masked dancer, shadow puppeteer, and puppet maker. His expertise in the Balinese arts has informed his work tremendously, allowing him to produce authentic and inspired masks. His success has brought him to United States to work at the San Franciscio Asian Art Museum and the Sante Fe Folk Art Festival. Anom also has a permanent mood mask exhibition at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Anom will be teaching mask-painting for the residency at his workshop in Mas village.

Ida Bagus Putera Baruna: Puppetry Teacher (Bali)

Putra runs the Sekeha Swara Buana shadow puppet (Wayang Kulit) performance group, based at Oka Kartini. It was established around 40 years ago by Putra's father, the late Ida Bagus Rai and his puppet master colleagues the late Ida Bagus Belawa and Mr. I Wayan Deres. Putra has now replaced his father as manager of the group. He became a puppet master in 2002, after learning Wayang Kulit from the late Ida Bagus Oka from Jujut Paku Village for the purpose of religious ritual.


Putra now performs the prologue and is a puppet master backup in the group.

Cok Indrayuni: Legong Dance Teacher (Bali)

Cok In has danced since she was 8 years old, and was taught by the famous Gung Kak Madera or Puri Kaleran in Peliatan. As a dancer in the world-renowned Tirta Sari troupe, Cok In has travelled to the USA and Japan to perform.


She now teaches Legong basic, the ritual Welcome Dance and more advanced Legong dances to people from all over the world. 

Global Staff and Collaborators