Ross Coombes was born in Sydney where in later years he studied Speech and Drama and Piano, performing in radio and stage plays. For many years he participated successfully in the Sydney and metropolitan Eisteddfods.While a teacher he gained his Speech and Drama diplomas (L.S.D.A., F.T.C.L., F.L.C.M), afterwards practising as an A.M.E.B. examiner and adjudicator.
Moving to Queensland, Ross became a Lecturer in the Faculties of Education of Queensland University ofTechnology (Q.U.T.) and Griffith University. At Q.U.T. he directed and acted in student productions as well as teaching in the Acting degree program. During this time and until recently he directed and acted in Brisbane theatre companies. Among his favourite roles were Shylock, Salieri and Torvold (A Doll’s House).
While a Lecturer, Ross acquired two degrees in the United States of America: M.A. in Theatre, which involved directing for ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ and plays of Ionesco and Albee.The second degree was a Doctorate in Dramatic Literature with a thesis on Henric Ibsen.
Ross has more recently taught English as a Second Language in Brisbane and overseas: a year as Director of a Language Centre in Thailand and last year in India. Back home, he tutors students for the I.E.L.T.S. exam (an examiner) and in Speech and Drama.