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Chiara Patalano

Community Outreach Officer and Assistant Occupational Therapist

“I love that I can work alongside children and share my passion with them. The incredible, life changing affect that music and performing can have is like no other and I feel so lucky to be a part of this process.”

Qualifications and Experience

Chiara graduated from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Musical Theatre. Following this, Chiara went onto study a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street in Sydney. Chiara is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours at the University of Newcastle, graduating at the end of 2022. As well as her role at Inspire Ability, Chiara also teaches children singing, dance and musical theatre at Young People’s Theatre in Newcastle. 

Professional Interests

Chiara has had the dream of combining both of her degrees, Occupational Therapy and music, for a very long time and here at Inspire Ability that dream of hers has become true. Chiara has a passion for working with children with additional needs and providing support to their family, their teachers, and the community that surrounds them. Chiara believes in supporting children through every aspect of their life, so they can achieve amazing things that are unique to them. Chiara is also passionate about early intervention and providing supports to local preschools. Chiara cannot wait to be a qualified Occupational Therapist, continuing to live her dream!

Creative skills

Chiara is a passionate and talented performer who has a love for musical theatre. Chiara has been performing on stage since she was three years old and has grown up attending ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, drama and singing classes. Chiara believes that every child should have the chance to experience the feeling of performing on stage and the magic of storytelling. Through storytelling, children can be a part of an explorative process to learn new things about themselves they never knew was there before.


Since moving to Newcastle in 2018, Chiara has become a part of the musical theatre community and performed in musicals with Hunter Opera. She wishes to grow a musical theatre community for the children at Inspire Ability to provide a safe and fun environment for children to grow their focus and confidence skills.