CRAIG MCMAHON is the Founder and Artistic Director of Film & Television Studio International, a hugely successful national training facility for screen actors, founded by him and his wife Dominique in 1998. Together, they also head McMahon Management, a top-tier theatrical agency representing outstanding Australian actors both locally and internationally throughout the USA and UK. Under his creative direction at McMahon Entertainment Group Pty Ltd, many Australian acting careers have been cultivated with some actors going on to become household names, including Silver Logie Nominee for most outstanding new talent Ashleigh Brewer (The Bold & the Beautiful andNeighbours);Silver Logie winner for most outstanding new talent Luke Mitchell (US Series lead in Blindspot;Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; Members Only; The Tomorrow People; Home & Away; H20 Just Add Water and US Feature Films Mothers and Daughters;7 Minutes); Logie nominee Sharni Vinson (Home & Away; You’re Next; Blue Crush 2; Gods and Secrets; Step Up 3D; Patrick; Cold Case; NCIS; My Boys and CSI);Orpheus Pledger (Home & Away); two time Gold & Silver Logie Nominee Esther Anderson (US Series Siberia; Home & Away; Celebrity Apprentice; Dancing with the Stars);Mitchell Ryan (Series Regular of hit US TV Series One Tree Hill - Series 7); Series regular and AFI nominee Christopher Milligan (Neighbours and Dead Gorgeous); Series regular Andrew Morley (Neighbours; Home & Awayand Lightning Point); Series Regular Taylor Glockner (Feature Film No Two Snowflakes; Mako Island; Neighbours; Strange Calls and Conspiracy 365); Silver Logie nominee Matthew Werkmeister (Neighbours; Chris & Josh); Nick Bracks (Dancing with the Stars; Celebrity Splash;creator of underBRACKS); Valentino del Toro (Tricky Business; The Slap; Cops LAC; Terra Nova; Underbelly Files: Infiltration; The Strip; Sea Patrol); Lester Ellis Jr (Ja'mie: Private School Girl; Fat Tony; Nowhere Boys);Series Regular Melissa Howard (Winners & Losers; Twentysomething, Dead Gorgeous, Rushand Satisfaction). Dan O’Connor (Holly Oaks; Winners & Losers; Mr & Mrs Murder and Neighbours); and Simone Buchanan (feature films Boar; Patrick; Shame; My Brilliant Career and television series Upper Middle Bogan; Neighbours; McLeod's Daughters; Blue Heelers; Water Rats; All Saints; G.P; Push; Hey Dad; A Country Practice; Sons and Daughters; A Good Thing; Secret Valley and Pacific Drive). Craig also manages a select group of light entertainment celebrities and is currently training and mentoring development clients - the next generation - soon to be launched onto our screens. Craig is an ongoing judge for the prestigious TV Week Logie Awards in the categories of Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Popular New Talent, and The Graham Kennedy Inductee Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement in the Australian television industry. He recently featured in an ABC Documentary Next Stop to Hollywood, as a mentor for Australian actor Andrew Morley. Craig was recognised nationally with a Most Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award for his work spanning over 8 years for Network Ten’s Totally Wild- for excellence in presenting, producing and writing. An exceptional acting coach and inspiring theatrical manager, mentor and motivator, Craig divides his time between Los Angeles and his Australian based companies in Melbourne,Brisbane and Adelaide. He works with his clients on every aspect of the business, from training, to image, to marketability and promotion. Under the tutelage and guidance of Craig and his fantastic team, students have gone from complete beginners to working award winning actors. Craig is also a regular guest speaker at AFTRS and AT2, and continues to educate and inspire emerging actors, writers and producers.
Patron / National Trainer
Simone’s experience in the industry is vast and wide. After playing Debbie Kelly for many year..
Simone’s experience in the industry is vast and wide.
After playing Debbie Kelly for many years in Australia’s most successful and longest running sitcom Hey Dad,
Simone went on to star alongside Deborah Lee Furness in internationally acclaimed feature film Shame.
Simone has also starred in many television dramas including Neighbours, McLeod’s Daughters, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, All Saints, Pacific Drive, A Country Practice, Sons and Daughters
and many more. In addition to Shame her film credits include:
Forced Entry, Push, The Man from the High Country, Doctors and Nurses and My Brilliant Career. Simone will be working with student actors in areas of social drama and situation comedy. Most recently, Simone starred alongside Rachel Griffiths in upcoming feature film, Patrick, and Upper Middle Bogan for the ABC.
A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Catherine McClements is best known ..
A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Catherine McClements is best known for her starring role on police drama Water Rats. Other television credits include Rush, Tangle, Wentworth and Secret Life of Us.Among many nominations and multiple wins Catherine has received AFI and Logie Awards as well as appearing on stage for the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Malthouse Theatre, among others. Most recent work includes The Beautiful Lieand The Time of Our Lives. We're incredibly fortunate to have such an experienced and gifted industry professional as part of our wonderful team of trainers.
Damien Walshe-Howling is a multiple-award winning actor and director, best known for his breakout ro..
Damien Walshe-Howling is a multiple-award winning actor and director, best known for his breakout role of Benji Veniamin in the Original Underbelly Series, for which he won the Best Supporting actor in a drama seriesat the 2008 AFI awards. He also received a Silver Logie Nomination for Most Outstanding Actor for Underbelly and an AFI Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Guest Role in a Television Series for The Secret Life of Us. His other credits include: Old School; Janet King; The Time of our Lives; Bikie Wars – Brothers in Arms; Terra Nova; The Reef; East West 101; Rescue: Special Ops; What ever happened to that Guy?; Macbeth (M); Satisfaction; All Saints; Blue Heelers; Stingers; Ned Kelly; Marshall Law; He died with a Felafel in His Hand; Hallifax f.p.; Neighbours and many more.
Tony Ayres is without question one of our most respected professionals in the entertainment busi..
Tony Ayres is without question one of our most respected professionals in the entertainment business - Globally. Tony’s first featureWalking on Water won the "Teddy Award" at theBerlin International Film Festival in 2002 and won 5 AFI awards. His second feature film,The Home Song Stories, also premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won 24 Australian and international awards including 8 AFI Awards. Ayres was the show runner (Person in charge of all departments) and director of the 8 x 1 hour miniseriesThe Slap, which won 5 AACTAAwards, including Best Miniseries or TV Movie, and was nominated for aBAFTA andInternational Emmy. His other credits include producing the comedy seriesBogan Pride withRebel Wilson, and directing the telemovieSaved. Ayres was the show runner for the ABC3 series Nowhere Boysseries 1, 2 and 3, including the adapted feature film as well as Executive Producer on Old School and internationally acclaimedDevil's Playground.In additional Tony has executive produced Barracuda, Wanted series 1 and 2, The Family Law and Glitch.
Diana Glenn is one of Australia's most respected actresses and has a career spanning over 15 years i..
Diana Glenn is one of Australia's most respected actresses and has a career spanning over 15 years in Australian film, television and theatre. While Diana is best known for her work in the title character of ABC Series Carla Cametti PD, Diana began her work - as so many actors do; on Neighbours in 1998, closely followed by roles in Outriders, The Secret Life of Us and Canal Road. Diana was then cast in one of the lead roles in the Showcase series Satisfaction and The Slap - the latter of which Diana won a AACTA Award. Recently, Diana has worked on Satisfaction, Home & Away, Cradlewood, Secrets & Lies and Underbelly: Squizzy. Diana's film work includes Oyster Farmer, Black Water and the multi-award winning feature film Somersault.
Vince Colosimo is an AFI award winning actor of Australian television, film and stage, with a ..
Vince Colosimo is an AFI award winning actor of Australian television, film and stage, with a career spanning over 30 years. After marking his screen debut in the coming-of-age story Moving Out in 1983, Vince went on to star in many feature films including: Street Hero, The Wog Boy 1 & 2, Chopper, Lantana (for which Vince won an AFI Award), Walking on Water (which saw Vince nomianted for an AFI Award), Body of Lies, DayBreakers, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Great Gatsby and will next be seen in the $25 million feature film The 34th Batallion. Vince has worked in Australian and US television on a range of projects including: A Country Practice, Good Buys, Bad Guys, Halifax f.p, Stingers, Something in the Air, Without a Trace (US), The Practice (US), Blue Heelers, MDA, City Homicide, Underbelly (nominated for a Silver Logie), Carla Cometti p.d (alongside Diana Glenn), The Librarians, Cops LAC, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, Spartacus, Janet King, Schapelle and reprised his role as Alphonse Gangitano in Fat Tony & Co: The Tony Mokbel Story.
National Trainer. Former Head of Acting NIDA
Tony Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and trained at the Drama Centre London, which..
Tony Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and trained at the Drama Centre London, which includes in its alumni Colin Firth, Frances de la Tour, Paul Bettany, Penelope Wilton, Michael Fassbinder and Tom Hardy. Tony has worked as a professional acting teacher and director, and was the Head of Acting at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) for 25 years, training some of Australia’s most celebrated national and international actors, such as Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Alex O’Loughlin and Miranda Otto. Tony has taught, directed and lectured in many parts of the world, including Australia, the USA, Japan, Romania, Singapore and Tonga. He has a passionate interest in all the performing arts, and dedicated to improving the training of young actors. For the past five years Tony has been the Program Leader for the Musical Theatre (B.A. Hons.) course at the LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore. He is now completing his PhD on Richard Burbage: Shakespeare’s Actor & the Art of ‘Personation’.
National Trainer. Former Head of Acting QUT
Dianne Eden was the Head of Acting at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for 23 yea..
Dianne Eden was the Head of Acting at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for 23 years. She has nurtured two generations of Queensland actors and was recognised for her extraordinary commitment, receiving the 2013 Alan Edwards Life time Achievement Award from the Actors' and Entertainers' Benevolent Fund Queensland. This annual award recognises outstanding contributors to the performing arts in Queensland, above and beyond the call of duty. It was the first time the award was given to anyone in academia. Dianne has many accomplishments including designated Linklater Voice Teacher (1985), ATCL, LTCL. She completed post graduate studies with Fran Bennett (California Institute of Arts); Patsy Rodenburg (Guild Hall, London); and Cicely Berry (Royal Shakespeare Company). She is a Master Text teacher, Shakespeare & Company, USA and a member of Australian Voice Association and the Voice and Speech Trainers’ of America (VASTA). As well as being the Head of Acting at QUT, Dianne was also a guest faculty member at Shakespeare & Company since 1985. She has been a regular guest Lecturer at American and Australian actor training schools schools, including the National Institute of Dramatic Arts; California Institute of Arts; University of Californiaand Los Angeles. Dianne also works in the corporate area with Senior Management. She was a professional actor in Brisbane and Sydney (stage and film and television), including Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite (13 years) and is currently focused on the design and implementation of the actor training curriculum, particularly how the language of voice, movement and acting make sense for the student actor. Dianne recently delivered a paper about QUT’s actor training curriculum at the VASTA Conference in New York and is the former producer of QUT’s production season (stage and film). We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Dianne to our studio in 2016, where she will teach Shakespeare, voice and text for actors.
Ian works at the highest level in Australian film, television and theatre, most recently starri..
Ian works at the highest level in Australian film, television and theatre, most recently starring as Lieutenant Commander Mike Flynn in popular Aussie drama Sea Patrol. The NIDA graduate’s other recent television credits include the role of Oscar Stone inStingersfor series one to five, as well as the lead role of James in the ABC's Children's Hospital. His film credits include the leads as Anthony in Dingles Down Under, John in Diana & Me opposite Toni Collette, Tug Medic in Trapped in Space,as well as a role in The Godfather III.Ian has won many awards throughout his career. He is a two-time Green Room AwardWinner - for Best Male Artist in a Leading Role in 2004, for the production They're Playing Our Song, and again in 2006. He also received 3 Green Room Award nominations for Best Male Actorin a Musical for Oklahoma!;Cabaretand Eureka. Ian was a regular guest on Network Ten'sGMA as a vocalist and appeared on many other live television shows such as Carols by Candlelight. Ian has extensive experience headlining corporate events and performed as a member of the group Bravo. He also starred in the stage spectacular Guys & Dolls, and Queensland Theatre Company's production of The School of Arts. Ian just finished touring Australia as part of the ensemble of Georgie Girl - The Musical and is now touring Australia alongside Pia Miranda with the popular stage production of Around the World in 80 Days.
Pia Miranda is one of Australia's most loved actresses, whose career was launched when she..
Pia Miranda is one of Australia's most loved actresses, whose career was launched when she was cast in the title role of Josephine Alibrandi in the feature film Looking for Alibrandi. Directed by Kate Woods and based on the best-selling novel by Melina Marchetta; Pia won an AFI Award for her work in 2000. Recently starring as Jodie Spiteri on SoHo's flagship drama Wentworth, Pia continues to have a fantastic career in the Australian film and television industry. Her other credits include but are not limited to Neighbours; All Saints; The Secret Life of Us; Bondi Banquet and The Time of Our Lives, as well as feature films Garage Days; The Dopplegangers; Three Blind Mice; The Tender Hook; Right Here, Right Now and Queen of The Damned. She is currently touring Australia alongside Ian Stenlake with the popular stage production of Around the World in 80 Days.
Richard Cawthorne is an award-winning Australian actor who has appeared in countless film and te..
Imogen Banks is a television producer at Southern Star Productions. Together with her very talented co-creator John Edwards, Imogen Banks has created some of Australia's most loved and celebrated television series inluding OFFSPRING; PUBERTY BLUES and TANGLE. Imogen is a multi-award winning creator/writer/producer, with OFFSPRING alonegarnering eighteen Logie, AFI, and AACTA nominations, winning many including multiple Silver Logies for Asher Keddie, and the Gold in 2013.
The forever-gorgeous Michala Banas has had, and continues to have, an incredibly successful career a..
The forever-gorgeous Michala Banas has had, and continues to have, an incredibly successful career as a working actor in Australia. Her television credits are extensive including; Upper Middle Bogan (current); Winners and Losers; Beaconsfield; Neighbours; McLeod’s Daughters; Always Greener; Something in the Air; Beastmaster; The Saddle Club; Blue Heelers; Round the Twist; The Lost World; High Flyers; Flipper; Murder Call; State Coroner; Good Guys, Bad Guys; E Street
GP. We are absolutely delighted to have her as part of our team. She encapsulates all the qualities that we aim to instil in our emerging actors: talent, humility, warmth and fun.
Award Winning Television Producer Andy Walker is currently producing Network Ten's Wonderland and Th..
Award Winning Television Producer Andy Walker is currently producing Network Ten's Wonderland and The Kettering Incident for the SOHO Network on Foxtel. Prior to this, Andy produced Mr & Mrs Murder, starring Shaun Micallefand Kat Stewart; hit series A Moody Christmas; Laid; Woodley, and Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey. He also produced all three seasons of the Award Winning, cutting-edge drama series Satisfaction for Showtime, as well as hit police drama Stingers for the Nine Network. Alongside his producing knack, Andy has developed a fascination and skill for casting. This session with Andy will explore the role of casting director, the process of managing auditions and the variables in negotiating with acting talent.
Martin Sacks is a well-known Australian actor, chiefly known for his 11-year role on Blue Heelers fr..
Martin Sacks is a well-known Australian actor, chiefly known for
his 11-year role on BlueHeelers from
1994 to 2005. Martin first got into acting after a bit part in an episode of The
Love Boat when it was filming in the Pacific. His first role came about
in the series The Restless Years in the late 1970s, which started
him on the television circuit in Australia. He emigrated to Hollywood in the
1980s, guest starring in series such as Thirtysomething, but
preferred Australia, so he returned after a few years. Martin also had guest
appearances in Love in Limbo; Encounters; Irresistible
Force; Fields of Fire III; All the Way; Touch the Sun:
Princess Kate; Slate, Wyn & Me; Tricheuse; LA; EmohRuo;
Stock Squad and The City's Edge. Against his first
instinct, Sacks took the role of Detective P.J.Hasham in the 1994 series Blue
Heelers. The show rocketed him to fame, most notably due to his 7-year "will-they-or-won't-they"
relationship with Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) which ended with her
death in the program’s seventh season. After playing P.J. for eleven years, and
being one of only three original cast members still on the show in the twelfth
season, Sacks left Blue Heelers to spend time with his growing
family. His last episode aired on August 10, 2005. Sacks expressly asked the
producers not to kill his character, so that he could return for a guest spot
in the future. He did not get the chance, however: the show was cancelled in
early 2006. Sacks is also a director, having directed episodes of Blue
Heelers, All Saints and a short film called Crushed.
Sacks also starred in the 2008 Australian TV hit Underbelly,
portraying underworld loan shark Mario Condello and feature film BAIT.
He is currently starring in Wentworth.
Ian Collie is an experienced drama and factual television producer. His credits include three se..
Ian Collie is an experienced drama and factual television producer. His credits include three seasons of the highly acclaimed ABC TV series Rake starring Richard Roxburgh. He is also the Executive Producer on the US version of Rake starring Greg Kinnear. He produced three telemovies based on Peter Temple's Jack Irish book series entitled Bad Debts and Black Tide and Dead Point, starring Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Shane Jacobson, Don Hany and Diana Glenn, and a further Peter Temple adaptation, The Broken Shore. He is the producer and co-creator of the incredible 4 part drama series The Principal (starring Alex Dimitriades, Aden Young and Mirrah Foulkes). Ian's film producer credits include the 2013 feature Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. His documentary programs include Australia on Trial, Whatever: The Science of Teens, The Making of Modern Australia, Rogue Nation, The Catalpa Rescue, A Case for the Coroner, Art House, The Shadow of Mary Poppins, and The Original Mermaid. He is also a qualified solicitor and former executive director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Australian Directors Guild.
Executive television producer Jo Porter is the Director of Drama at FremantleMedia Australia, a posi..
Executive television producer Jo Porter is the Director of Drama at FremantleMedia Australia, a position to which she was appointed after producing more than 500 hours of television drama in-house at the Seven Network.Shefirstjoinedthe Seven Network in-house drama department in 1997 where she produced five drama series, including All Saints, Always Greener and Packed to the Rafters. These series were ratings and critical hits. In 2013 Jo launched and executive produced Wentworth (the highest rating Australian Television Drama in SOHO Network History), and Wonderland with great success. Jo is also the co-creator of Wonderland. We are thrilled to have Jo as our very special guest at the Film & Television Studio International. ***FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) is the country’s market leader in the creation and production of entertainment brands. FMA produces some of the country’s most-viewed, most-talked about and highly respected programs including Neighbours, The X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, Celebrity Apprentice, Grand Designs Australia and The Farmer Wants A Wife and original dramas such as Wonderland, Wentworth, Mr & Mrs Murder and Better Man. FMA is part of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international production companies in the world with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 countries.
Peter Phelps is one of Australia’s busiest and best-known actors. He has appeared in dozens of..
Peter Phelps is one of Australia’s busiest and best-known actors. He has appeared in dozens of film, television and theatre productions, spent four years in the U.S., written a best selling book – Sex Without Madonna – True Confessions of a Hired Gun in Tinseltown – a wry look at his years in Hollywood, and won an AFI Television Best Actor Award for his portrayal of male rape victim in an episode of GP. Peter was rewarded for his work on Stingers with 2 Silver Logie nominations, and won the award in 2002. He was Abo Henry in the chilling Blue Murder for ABC; Les Darcy in The Les Darcy Story; and Mick Webb in One Way Ticket a telemovie inspired by a 1993 jailbreak. He played opposite Jason Donavon in the movie Rough Diamonds, and with Judd Nelson, in the tele-movie Blackwater Trail. Peter also featured as a lead in the third telemovie of Small Claims on Channel 10; starred as Dr Doug ‘Spence’ Spencer in the television series All Saints for Channel 7. He was the lead in the Australian feature films Teesh&Trude, Zone 39, The Lighthorsemen and Playing Beatie Bow, and has featured in Footy Legends, Ned Kelly and the critically acclaimed Lantana. On television, Peter was a series regular on Fire, The Flying Doctors and Baywatch. His extensive guest credits include Police Rescue, Heartbreak High, A Country Practice, Rafferty’s Rules, and Water Rats. In 2007/08 Peter directed episodes of All Saints and Home & Away for Channel 7, guest starred on the TV series Chandon Pictures for Foxtel and ABC, starred in the Edinburgh Festival hit theatre show Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and worked on three Australian feature films, The Square, To Hell & Back and Locked In before joining the cast of Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. Peter was recently in the lead cast of the Channel Nine series Rescue: Special Ops and Network Ten's Wonderland.
John Wood is best known for his portrayal of Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon on the long running Police ..
John Wood is best known for his portrayal of Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon on the long running Police drama,
Blue Heelers. John began his career in 1967, where he has a guest role on Australian Television series
Bellbird. In 1987, John became a well-known actor, after taking the lead in
Rafferty’s Rules as magistrate Michael Rafferty. He twice won a Logie for "Most Outstanding Actor" for his role in the show. John also wrote eleven episodes of the series
Prisoner. It was then in 1994 that he landed the role of Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in the well-known Television Police drama series,
Blue Heelers. John was on
Blue Heelers, from 1994-2006. He also appeared as a contestant in the 2004 series of
Dancing With the Stars. He then went on to host
Wine Me, Dine Me. In 2009, John appeared on both ABC1 dramas,
The Cut and Rogue Nation. In the same year he appeared in Channel Nine’s drama series
Underbelly: A Tale of To Cities, playing Murray Farquhar. In 2010, John had a reoccurring role in
Offspring. In 1988 and 1989, John received the
TV Week Logie Award for 'Most Outstanding Actor' for his work on
Rafferty’s Rules. In 2006, he was nominated in the same category for his role in
Blue Heelers. Wood was nominated for the
Gold Logie for most popular personality on Australian television every year from 1997-2007. John had nine consecutive
Gold Logie nominations without a win, when he was finally awarded the prize in 2006. Most recently, John starred in
Paper Giants: Magazine Wars alongside Rachel Griffiths.
Danielle has a degree in Acting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a diploma of ..
Danielle has a degree in Acting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a diploma of education from the University of Western Sydney (UWS). She has worked extensively in theatre, film television and radio. Some of her credits include:
THEATRE - My Wonderful Day and
Absurd Person Singular (Ensemble Theatre); The Cove – 8 short plays by Daniel Keene
(Dog Theatre); Status Update (Explorations La Mama/La Mama Season); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Works); and for the
Original Shakespeare Company, Shadow Passion (Chapel off Chapel), Europe (Victorian College of the Arts [VCA] Director Season), Still (La Mama/Malthouse), Face to Face (Ensemble), The Quartet from Rigoletto (Cue/Ensemble), All Things Considered (Marion St), Property of the Clan (Theatre 20/20), Away and Hypothalamania (Sydney Theatre Company [STC]), and the national tour of Dags. TELEVISION - Mal.Com, City Homicide, Satisfaction, Underbelly, All Saints, Elephant Princess, Stingers, Salem's Lot, The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, Lost World, Halifax fp, Something in the Air (Series 1 and 2),
Beast Master, Fearless, Flipper, Murder Call, Tales of the South Seas, Medivac (Series 1 and 2),
GP, Heartland, Home and Away, Neighbours and
Richmond Hill (Series 1).
FILM - Knowing, Eustice Solves A Problem, The Blue Lady, The Fortune Teller, A Few Things I Know About Her, Kid in a Bin and
Sweet as a Peach. She has written a book for actors published by Currency press called -Racing against Time – the actors handbook for film and television,has directed the rollicking play forSt Martins Youth Theatre– Motor Mouth and Suck Face - an apocalyptic love story, has been the on set acting coach for numerous television shows as well as teaching at Australia’s top Acting Institutions including the Film & Television Studio International.
Jason has worked at the forefront of Australian television for nearly three decades. The Series ..
Jason has worked at the forefront of Australian television for nearly three decades. The Series Producer of Australia's iconic television series Neighbours,has written and produced thousands of episodes of television for many shows including Home & Away; Shortland Street; Always Greener; Out of the Blue; Above the Law; Breakers; Pacific Drive; Flipper; Echo Point and Paradise Beach.He has also written several award winning novels. Jason took over the role of Series Producer of Neighboursfrom Alan Hardy in 2013 and is now responsible for steering the show. From putting together a creative and talented cast and crew, to turning story ideas into entertaining and profitable television, Jason has the enormous task of ensuring the day-to-day smooth operation of Australia's longest running and most successful television series.
Andrew Prowse is one of Australia’s leading television creatives. After living and working..
Andrew Prowse is one of Australia’s leading television creatives. After living and working in the US for several years (Bionic Woman, Heatstroke, Black Mountain, Going Homer) he returned to Australia, where he was a key creative force behind the multi award winning series Rush, Saturn Award winning sci-fi series Farscape and the critically acclaimed mini-series The Peacekeeper Wars. Recently he produced and script produced the hugely successful mini-series INXS-Never Tear Us Apart for the 7 Network.His directing credits include more than one hundred hours of television drama (Underbelly Squizzy, Fat Tony,Rush, Farscape, Wildside, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Heartbreak High, All Saints, McLeod’s Daughters, Ultraman, Monarch Cove) and a number of features and television movies (Demonstone, Driving Force, Cody, Gryphon, Heatstroke). He is highly respected as a pilot/set up director (Farscape, Rush, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and creative producer. Screenwriting for TV (Police Rescue, All Saints, Rush) and script editing led Andrew towards script producing (Rush, INXS-Never Tear Us Apart, Peter Brock). He has worked as a development executive (Matchbox Pictures) and currently has a number of television and film projects at various stages of development.
Carla Bonner is best known for her role as the much-loved Steph Scully on Neighbours, a role she hel..
Carla Bonner is best
known for her role as the much-loved Steph Scully on Neighbours,
a role she held from 1999-2010. Having spent 11 years
on Neighbours, Carla is an expert when it comes to fast
turnaround television. In 2012, Carla added author to her list of credentials,
with her e-book, Hook, Line & Sink-Her published in April.
After an extended break, Carla returned to our screens in 2013, reprising her
role of Steph Scully and guest starred in Wentworth. In 2015Carla rejoined the cast on Neighbours starring once more as Steph Scully.
Scott's acting début was playing Murray on Home & Away in the 1990s. He joined the ..
Scott's acting début was playing Murray on Home & Away in the 1990s. He joined the Neighbours cast for a brief period in 1993 as the original Darren Stark and then was a part of the Heartbreak High cast as Peter Rivers from 1994–1995. In 1998 Scott appeared in All Saints- Season 2. In 1999 he was cast in the Aussie film Envy (titled as The New Girlfriend in the United States). Two years later he featured in the iconic film adaptation of He Died With A Felafel In His Hand. Scott also played the part of Tom Morgan in the Australian drama, Always Greener, which was shown on the Seven Network between 2001 and 2003. He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own play called Both Sides of the Bar at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Scott then went on to guest star in the BBC soap Doctors and the second series of Love Soup, a BBC comedy starring Tamsin Greig. He has since returned to Australia after spending two years in the UK. He resides in Melbourne and began appearing in Neighbours from July 2008 as Lucas Fitzgerald. In 2013 Scott left the show to persue his passion for Directing. He is now part of the directing team on Neighbours.
Damien's performance career began with school productions from the age of 9 and moving into Film and..
Damien's performance career began with school
productions from the age of 9 and moving into Film and Television at 12.
Damien's array of characters include lead roles on series Ocean Girl, Crash Zone, Short
Cuts, Guinevere Jones, Bootleg, Neighbours and Elephant Princess. Guest Roles
include Banjo Patterson's The Man From Snowy River, Saddle Club, Marshall
Law, Blue Heelers, Fergus McPhail and City Homicide. He had appearances
in the feature film Hating Alison Ashleyand Stephen King's Salems Lot. Damien
completed his VCE studies at Sandringham Secondary Collage, while performing in
their various stage productions. Damien has also studied & performed Improvisation
Live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Los
Angeles. Damien's most recent role is that of Jonathan Kurtiss in Network
Sevens Winners & Losers.
Judith McGrath was born on April 21, 1947 in Brisbane, Queensland. She is an actress best known for ..
Judith McGrath was born on April 21, 1947 in Brisbane, Queensland. She is an actress best known for her long-running role as Von Ryan in the television medical drama All Saints (1998) on Network Seven. She is the only original cast member to stay with the series until it concluded in late 2009. However, she is best known to international audiences for her early performance as fair-minded but sarcastic Deputy Governor Colleen “Po Face” Powell in the cult series Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979). Initially appearing on and off for the first two years on the show, Powell became a leading character in 1981 and McGrath continued the role in that way before leaving the series permanently in 1984. After this, in 1985, she appeared in guest roles in episodes of Neighbours; The Flying Doctors & Australian children’s television show Round the Twist. Furthermore, McGrath was a regular cast member on A Country Practice as Bernice Hudson from 1992 until 1993. We are absolutely thrilled to have Judith as part of the fabulous team at the Film & Television Studio International.
Alex was trained as an actor, graduating from WAAPA in 1995, and as a director from the Victoria..
Alex was trained as an actor, graduating from WAAPA in 1995, and as a director from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. As an actor his television credits include Time of Our Lives, Australia On Trial, City Homicide, MDA, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Home & Away (over 250 episodes), The Henderson Kids II, Neighbours, The Flying Doctors, Prisoner, State Coroner and The Saddle Club. He was also the co-host of the music/variety program, The Factory. For the Melbourne Theatre Company he has appeared in This Old Man Comes Rolling Home, Mad Forest, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet(MTC education). Other theatre credits include Becky Shaw (Echelon) Emma - Celebrazione, Stones in his Pockets, Titania's Boy and The Gizmo (Riverina Theatre Company). He has also acted in several pantomimes in the UK. His film credits include the role of Peter in Ana Kokkinos' Head On, and Anthony, in Five Moments of Infidelity.
His directing credits include: The Last Temptation of Randy (2013), Sober (2011), Randy's Postcards from Purgatory (2009), Riders to the Sea (VCA Directors' Season '07), The Mercy Seat (Red Stitch 08), Aladdin (Assembly Rooms, Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK) and Broken (Melbourne Fringe Festival '02). He was Assistant Director to Gale Edwards on MTC's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(2008) and dialogue coach on Ana Kokkinos' feature film, Blessed (08). He has written for Home and Away and Play School and has been a regular presenter on ABC TV's Play School since 2005.
The cast and production team of award winning series WENTWORTH is led by this very talented seri..
The cast and production team of award winning series WENTWORTH is led by this very talented series producer. The series debuted on Foxtels SOHO channel in May 2013 and the first episode became the most watched non-sports program ever on Australian subscription television. WENTWORTH has since been sold to more than 20 countries. As series producer, Amanda has been an integral part of the shows ongoing success for its first three seasons. Prior to WENTWORTH, Amanda has worn many creative hats including those of production secretary, production co-ordinator, production manager, line producer, and now series producer. She has worked on several award winning television series including NEIGHBOURS; WINNERS AND LOSERS; KILLING TIME; CITY HOMICIDE; CRASHBURN; ROUND THE TWIST; CRASH ZONE; OCEAN GIRL; SKY TRACKERS and THUNDERSTONE. Her feature film credits include: THE WEDDING PARTY; STRANGE BEDFELLOWS; THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS; THE MATRIX RELOADED; THE BIG STEAL; KOKODA CRESCENT; THIN RED LINE; FLYNN and CROCODILE DUNDEE 2.
Peter is the Winner of 3 Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction and 4 Australian Film I..
is the Winner of 3 Australian Film Institute Awards for Best
Direction and 4 Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Drama.
Also 10 Australian Film Institute Award Nominations for
outstanding Directing and Producing. Wildside, the groundbreaking
drama series, is Peter's greatest directing achievement. Two episodes, which
Peter directed, won a total of eight AFIs including Best
Direction. He then went on to direct the entire ABC series Grass
Roots written by Geoffrey Atherden. This series went on to win seven AFI's
over two seasons including Best Direction. It also won a New York Festival
Award. In 2001 he directed the tele-movie My Husband, My Killer starring
Colin Friels and David Field, which also won numerous awards and his third AFI
for Best Direction. In 2002/3 Heroes Mountain (drama telemovie
about the Thredbo Rescue) and Jessica (mini-series with Sam
Neill) each won a Silver Hugo for Best Direction and a Gold/
Silver Plaque for Best Drama at the Chicago International
Television Awards. Sam Neillalso won a Silver Logiealong with
the Jessica production for Best mini-series. In 2004/5 Peter
directed five telemovies of Black Jack for the Ten Network, which
featured Colin Friels solving 'cold crime cases', which again won numerous
awards including best direction. 2006 saw Peter direct the $15 million dollar
co-production with the Granada - ITV The Incredible Journey of Mary
Bryant with RomolaGarai, Jack Davenport and Sam Neill. This screened to
eight million viewers in the UK. It won an AFI, a Logie, and a New
York Festival Award for Best TV Mini-series and a Silver Plaque for
Best Direction at the Chicago Awards. In2006 he was voted
one of the Top Ten Directors in Encore Magazine 'Celebration of the Industry's
Finest'. The list included Baz Luhrmann, Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and
Rolf De Heer. Peter has also completed work on the SBS mini-series East
West 101 a drama about what it means to be Muslim in Australia after
September 11, 2001. The cast includes Don Hany, William McInnes and Susie
Porter. He just completed production with The Informant for Channel
10 & Killing Time for Fremantle Media and episodes of Underbelly
and more recently Brothers in Arms.
Francis Currently plays the hilarious character of Brian Gross on Winners & Losers. His previous..
Currently plays the hilarious character of Brian Gross on Winners
& Losers. His previous television credits as both an actor
and comedian are extensive, including: Bed of Roses; Offspring; City
Homicide; Shaun Micallef’s New Year’s Rave; The Librarians; Newstopia; All
Saints’ Bastard Boys; Read Stories; Fergus McPhail; Blue Heelers;
Welcher & Welcher: Marshall Law; The Micallef Program; Seachange; Introducing
Gary Petty; Pigs Breakfast; Water Rats; The Games; Mercury; Shaun Micallef’s
World Around Him; Full Frontal; Fast Forward; Janus; The Damnation of Harvey
McHugh; Ultraman; Toward the Future; Who Wants to be a Tourist!; Good News Week
and Micallef Tonight.
Anne Phelan is an Australian actress who has worked in theatre and television for over 40 years and ..
Anne Phelan is an Australian actress who has worked in theatre and
television for over 40 years and has won two AFI awards as well as being
awarded the O.A.M (Order of Australia Medal) in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II
Birthday Honours List, for her services to the arts and to the community.
Anne appeared in a number of series such as Bellbird and TV movies before
landing her major breakthrough role in Prisoneras Myra Desmond (including
two other roles on the series!), roles in which she featured across 5 years
- this is the show that inspired Wentworth, The Flying Doctors, Blue
Heelers, Marshall Law, Something in the Air, Neighbours, The Librarians and
most recently (and currently)Winners and Losers.
Andrea is a National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) acting graduate and has studied at East 15 in ..
Andrea is a National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) acting
graduate and has studied at East 15 in London and with The Atlantic
Theatre Company in New York. Andrea’s acting credits in theatre are extensive
and include The Crucible; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Absurd
Person Singular and Vincent in Brixton (Queensland Theatre Company [QTC]);
The Narcissist (La Boite); Bitin’ Back (Kooemba Jdarra);
Emerald City; Siren; A Map of the World; A
Woman in Mind; Titus Andronicus; The Visit; Bitter Tears
of Petra Von Kant; An Ideal Husband; Games of Love and Chance
(Sydney Theatre Company [STC]); Away (World Premiere); The Return; Kayak; Myth,
Propaganda and Disaster (Griffin); Witchplay (voted best
actress Edinburgh Fringe’91); A Little Like Drowning;
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Belvoir);The Old Boy;
The Ninth Step; The Family; Diving for Pearls(Ensemble);
The Newspaper of Claremont Street (Marion Street); and The
Aunts Story for the NIDA Company. Andrea’s film credits
include Subdivision; Travelling North; Round The
Bend; Oscar and Lucinda; Strange Planet; The Man Who Sued
God; Bitter and Twisted and many award winning shorts. Her
television credits are extensive and include Passion; All
Saints; The Flying Doctors; GP; A Country Practice; H2O;
Mortified and her on-going role as the School Principle in Heartbreak
High. Andrea is a dedicated teacher of actors and is currently
undertaking a Doctorate of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Andrea co-founded
Practical Aesthetics Australia, the Sydney annex of the Atlantic Theatre
Company of New York. As a director Andrea has worked on numerous
productions including Top Girls (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts [WAAPA] graduating
year 2009), The Tempest (University of Southern Queensland [USQ]graduating year 2009),
Ghost Writer and Beautiful (...and moor theatre),Mad
Forest and A Dream Play (NIDA Young Actor’s
studio), Lysistrata (QUT Performance Studies), Red
Cap (Asst Director, La Boite), Heroes (Asst
Director QTC), Prisoner of Second Avenue (Asst
Director QTC), The Works (Asst Director, QTC), Furious
(NIDAfirst Year Actors), Stars (Australian Theatre for Young People [ATYP])and Henry V (Asst
Director, ATYP). Andrea is currently the resident Director of the
Queensland Theatre Company.
David Cameron is a director and actor, who has worked in our industry for over 40 years. David gradu..
David Cameron is a director and actor, who has worked in our industry for over 40 years. David graduated from Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art to become a critically acclaimed, award winning Stage and Screen Actor. He has played major roles for the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company and Playbox. He was also in the first Australian Rocky Horror Picture Show. David's TV and film credits include Mad Max and My First Wife and many leading Television roles including his multi award-winning performance as 'Neil' in the mini-series Water Under the Bridge. David has also been an acclaimed Voice Over Artist for over 30 years. His Directing career began with the stage production, A Life in the Theatre for the Playbox Theatre Company and the television sit-com, Us and Them. He went on to Direct the D-Gen's comedy film clip successes, Five in a Row and Five More in a Row, and Directed scores of TVC's for major clients, including Coca Cola, Kellogs, National Bank and Myer/Grace Brothers. David has directed many TV Productions including State Coroner, Good Guys, Bad Guys; his AFI-award winning episode of The Wayne Manifesto the ABC’s SeaChange; Jonathan M.Shiff's Wicked Science; and one of the Dogwoman tele-movies for Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier.David directed the pilot tele-movie Life for Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier and was also their Set-Up director for the undercover cop series, Stingers, which he continued to direct into its eighth season. David also directed many episodes of City Homicide for the Seven Network. He has co-produced and directed corporate documentaries for Telstra and Origin. He was also the voice director on the Media World/BBC/Disney children's animated TV series Dogstar.
Joss McWilliam is one of Australia's most highly regarded performing artists. A core actor with the ..
Joss McWilliam is one of Australia's most highly regarded
performing artists. A core actor with the Queensland Theatre Company,
his most recent performances include Away; A Christmas
Carol; Hitchcock Blonde; Mano Nera; Grace; The Real
Inspector Holland; Black Comedy; We Were Dancin’; The
Fortunes of Richard Mahony; Richard III; Buried Children; Fried
and Top Dogs. Over the past 2 decades, Joss has also
performed with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and
many more companies nationally and internationally. Joss’s television credits
include ongoing lead roles in Water Rats; Pacific Drive;
The New Adventures of Skippy; H20 - Just Add Water as well as
guest roles on The Strip; Blue Heelers; Wildside;
Coral Island; Time Trax; GP; The Flying Doctors and
Something Wicked. His film credits include Dancing on Glass;
Eat In Or Take Away; Coolangatta Gold; Jailbirds Run; How
Wonderful and The Top Kid. Having taught at the Film
& Television Studio International for over ten years, Joss has
become an integral creative driving force to the Brisbane studio bringing a
wealth of industry experience and knowledge to his students.
Josef Brown is an Australian actor, dancer, choreographer and producer who recently starred as Matt ..
Josef Brown is an Australian actor, dancer, choreographer and producer who recently starred as Matt Turner on the iconic Australian Television drama, Neighbours. Josef started his professional career with the International Opera Company production of Aida before joining The Australian Ballet (Soloist), Modern Dans Topluluguu in Ankara, Turkey, Nomad Dance Theatre and then Sydney Dance Company. He originated the role of Johnny Castle in the stage adaptation, Dirty Dancing - the classic story on stage, which he played throughout Australia and New Zealand, opened on London's West End and throughout the United States as part of the pre-Broadway tour. Josef returned to Australia to take on the role of Patrick on the Logie Award winning series, Dance Academy, Dale Canning on Home and Away, Auctus in Spartacus - Gods of the Arena, and Daniel in Sam's Story. Josef was Associate Producer, Writer and Camera on the ABC TV documentary, Art, During Siege, Producer/Writer on the webisode series, At the Fork, co-founded CINEMOVES - a forum for dance and movement on screen and was a sitting member of the NSW Ministry of the Arts, Dance Board.
Spencer is an Acting Graduate of NIDA and has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre both here a..
Spencer is an Acting Graduate of NIDA and has worked extensively in
Film, TV and Theatre both here and in the UK. His most recent work
includes Surviving Georgia with Pia Miranda and Fully Committed for which
he received 5 star reviews. Other credits include: TV: Cliffy,
The Secret Life of Us (Richie), City Homicide, All Saints, MacLeod's Daughters
, Green Wing II (UK), Family Affairs, Home & Away, So Now Your Famous and
Lost World. Theatre: Footloose (Best Actor nomination), Holding
the Man (Workshop), Carousel (BBC UK), Beauty
& the Beast, Priscilla (Workshop), Songs for a New World, Take
Flight, Closer Than Ever, CATS, West Side Story, Kismet, Call Me Madam, Sunday
in the Park with George and Bye Bye Birdie. Spencer is also the
co-founder of Momo, an entertainment
company focusing on the production and distribution of film and live theatre
events that explore the human condition through surprising and engaging content.
Paul O'Brien is an actor, well known for his role on Home and Away, in which he played police office..
Paul O'Brien is an actor, well known for his role on Home and Away, in which he played police officer Jack Holden. Paul has also appeared in Australian film John Doe and Underbelly and Neighbours, among other credits. Paul is a Logie Award Winner for Most Popular Actor and was also nominated twice for Most Outstanding Actor. In 2006 Paul was the runner up in the 2006 Cleo Bachelor of the Year competition and also took part in It Takes Two, with fellow trainer at Film & Television Studio International, Jade MacRae.
Award-winning actor, Rachael Beck is one of Australia's most in-demand performers in musical theatre..
Award-winning actor, Rachael Beck is one of Australia's most
in-demand performers in musical theatre and television. Rachael is widely
remembered for her award winning role as 'Belle' opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty
and the Beast, which won an ARIA Award for the Best Australian
Soundtrack / Cast / Show Release in 1996. Much of Rachael's current time is
dedicated to musical theatre, including her role of 'Peg Hartigan' in the Sydney
Theatre Company production of Summer Rain, directed by
Robyn Nevin. Prior to this, Rachael has also worked consistently in Australia's
most popular theatre productions, including Eureka for Essgee
Entertainment, directed by Gale Edwards and playing the lead role of
Sally Bowles in the IMG production of Cabaret, directed by Sam
Mendes. Also for IMG, she played Kathy Selden in the hit Singing in the
Rain directed by David Atkins, which earned her a prestigious Mo Award
nomination, and the role of 'Maria' in The Gordon/Frost Organization /
SEL production of The Sound of Music. Rachael
created the roles of 'Princess Maria' in The Production Company's Call Me
Madam and 'Donna', 'Chanelette' and 'Amy' in Big Hair in America,
which premiered at the Hot House Theatre under the direction
of Marion Potts. Rachael's other stage credits include her Green Room Award nominated
performance as 'Fantine' in the Cameron Macintosh production of Les
Miserables, 'Rumpleteaser' in Cats also for Cameron
Macintosh, the role of 'Naomi' in the Playboxand STC production
of Secret Bridesmaid's Business and as 'Sally' in Me and My
Girl, which toured Australia and New Zealand for the Adelaide
Festival. She has also appeared in two further productions with the Sydney
Theatre Company, as 'Fredrika' in A Little Night Music and
'Lady Mortimer' in Henry IV. In 1992, Rachael performed the role
of Judy Garland in her own one-woman show, Young Judy written by
John Beck. An impressive list of television credits also supports Rachael's
position as one of Australia's most promising actors, including City
Homicide; Stingers; Mercury; The Feds;
This Man This Woman; GP, The Flying Doctors;
and her popular on-going role as 'Sam' in Hey Dad over three
years. She has also appeared in the film Ocean Boulevard and in
three seasons of the highly successful Channel 7 series, It Takes Two.
Rachael has worked with Todd McKenny and Tommy Tycho in a series of concerts
entitled Broadway to Hollywood with the Symphony Orchestras in
Australia; the national tour of War Of The Worlds, and
most recently Christmas in Concert for QPAC. Rachael is
currently touring the country as the lead in the musical spectacular, Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang.
Dan O’Connor is an accomplished performing artist who first came to the attention of the Austr..
O’Connor is an accomplished performing artist who first came to the attention
of the Australian public as one of the 12 finalists in Australian Idol. From
there, he went on to star in Neighbours for 3 years and was
nominated for a Logie Award for Best New Talent. After his tenure
on Neighbours Daniel was invited to write and produce music in the
United Kingdom. As an actor he went on to star in the BBC's Death in
Paradise, which was filmed in the Caribbean, but it was his
series regular role on UK hit series, Hollyoaks that gained him
wide recognition. Since returning home to Australia Daniel has been
simultaneously filming Winners & Losers and Network Ten's new
flagship drama, Mr & Mr Murder. Daniel is co-managed
in the United Kingdom by one of London’s most prestigious talent agencies, AGR
Jovita O’Shaughnassy is currently one of the series Directors on Australia’s longest..
Jovita O’Shaughnassy is currently one of the series Directors on Australia’s longest-running drama series Neighbours and is still one of Australia’s most in demand directors, having worked on some of our most loved Australian Television series including Home and Away, Crash Palace, Above the Law, Echo Point, Footballer Wants a Wife and Wonderland. In 2010, Jovita won an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial for her work on Neighbours. Bringing an incredible 23 years of industry experience, we are thrilled to have her as part of our team at Film and Television Studio International.
Kristen Souvlis is an exceptional producer, writer and actress. Specialising mostly in children'..
Kristen Souvlis is an exceptional producer, writer and actress. Specialising mostly in children's television production, she has worked with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions in producing the immensely popular international television series H20: Just Add Water, Lightning Point (starring Film and Television Studio International’s very own graduate Andrew Morley and) and Mako Mermaids (starring Film & Television Studio International alumni Taylor Glockner and Gemma Forsyth). Kristen also works with the award-winning media company Hoodlum Productions, the company responsible for producing History Channel’s Texas Rising and Vikings. Film and Television Studio International is thrilled to have Kristen join us as our very special guest lecturer.
Jade Macrae began singing in the esteemed Sydney Children’s choir which provided a unique voc..
Macrae began singing in the esteemed Sydney
Children’s choir which provided a unique vocal education ranging from
traditional choral styles right through to extensive exploration of folkloric
music from Bulgaria, Japan and the indigenous music of Australia. Study also
extended to the classical violin and piano as well as studies at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music - both high school and university - Jade was
the first vocalist to be accepted into the Bachelor of Music performance jazz
studies course. Jade has had ten years of teaching experience working with a
wide array of students from young children through to professional singing adults.
Over the years she has also run many workshops for young budding singers with a
focus on vocal technique, freedom of expression, improvisation and harmony
work, and finding your 'own' voice, incorporating eclectic content into my
classes including yoga and meditative techniques. Jade was also involved in
three series of the Channel 7 show "It Takes Two" as a
mentor and singing teacher for "non singing celebrities" - coaching
them through weekly live to air duet performances. Jade was awarded the fan
voted 2006 and 2007 Urban Music Awards (UMA) for Best Female
Artist while the album won the UMA Best R&B Album in 2006.
Jade's first single won an APRA Award, while the album won and
was nominated for many awards including the 2005 and 2006 MTV awards for
Best Urban Release, 2005 and 2006 APRA Best Urban Release, 2005 ARIA Awards
Best Urban Release, 2006 ARIA Best Female Artist, 2006 ARIA Best Urban Release,
2006 Australian Dance Music Award for Best Urban Release and 2008 APRA Award
for Best Urban Release. Jade has toured with US superstars James
Brown, Kelly John Legend. While overseas Jade has collaborated with
producers responsible for hits by Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Kelly
Clarkson, to name a few. Jade has performed for sold out shows across the country,
including a performance at the World Cup Soccer qualifier, in which she
performed for a combined audience of 35 million.
Hayden Spencer is an Actor, Writer and Teacher. Hayden’s biggest highlight throughout 2008 &nd..
Hayden Spencer is an Actor, Writer and Teacher. Hayden’s biggest
highlight throughout 2008 – 2009 is touring the world with the very famous Cirque
Du Soleil. He has performed in a number of Queensland Theatre
Company (QTC)productions including: American Buffalo; A
Streetcar Named Desire; Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed;
The Real Inspector Hound / Black Comedy (double bill); The Lonesome
West; The Messiah; Buried Child and The Australian
Sitcom Festival. Other Theatre credits include Cyrano de Bergerac
for the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC); The Dance of
Jeremiah; Way Out West (Director); The Drowning
Bride; The Mayne Inheritance; Half & Half;
Cosi; Still Standing; Clarke in Sarajevo;
and Small Mercies for La Boite; The Caucasian
Chalk Circle and The Elephant Man for Harvest Rain
Theatre Co; Monkey for Grin & Tonic/ Brisbane
Festival; Alive at Williamstown Pier and Jerusalem for
Green Theatre and The Ghost of Wally Lewis for Playlab/QPAT.
Hayden also wrote and performed the highly successful festival show Zooillogical for
Schnapper Head Productions. Hayden has been the Fight Director on
several stage productions including The Tempest; Vertigo & The
Virginia (QTC); Rio Saki & Other Falling Debris(La
Boite). Television roles include: Kensational (SBS
Documentary); Flipper and Medivac. Short film
credits include It’s Hot; A Good Death; Eustice
Solves a Problem; The Fencer and Early Eddie & The
Bus Stop Blues.
Roger Oakley is a New Zealand born character-actor noted for his performances on Australian televisi..
Oakley is a New Zealand born character-actor noted for his performances on
Australian television. He was an original cast member of Home and Away playing
foster father Tom Fletcher from 1988 to 1990 and appeared briefly in 2008.
Oakley is also well known to Australian audiences as the controversial
cross-dressing politician Doug Rutherford in the ABC drama, Something in
the Air. Roger also appeared on a special of Where are They Now?,
that reunited the original Fletcher Family. Roger was only on Home and
Away for the first few years, but his exit was felt by Fans as he was
one of the shows central original Characters. Other TV credits include: The
Sullivans, Prisoner, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Good Guys Bad
Guys, Blue Heelers, The Young Doctors and Neighbours. As
of 2010, He remains hugely active in the industry and has just finished
starring in Richard III at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He is
Well-known in Television, Film and the Theatrical Stage.
Jonathan started his career playing the role of Wayne "Tad"/"Tadpole" Reeves in the Australian telev..
Jonathan started his career playing the role of Wayne
"Tad"/"Tadpole" Reeves in the Australian television series Neighbours for
several years. He then went on to star in British comedy series Two Pints
of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, playing the character of David
Fish. After he returned to Australia, Jonathan starred on the successful drama
series The Secret Life of Us, playing Jeff. Other acting credits
include All Saints; MDA; Blue Heelers and Thunderstone.
After turning his hand to Directing, Jonathan is now one of the series
directors of Neighbours.
Rowena comes to us from Los Angeles and has assisted some of the best actors in the business with ma..
comes to us from Los Angeles and has assisted some of the best actors in the
business with making deeper vocal character connections for screen including:Joel
Edgerton, Amy Brenneman, Helen Morse, Peter Coyote, Paul Reiser, Robyn Archer,
John Gaden, Barry Bostwick, Heather Locklear, Judy Davis, Nick Enright, Billy
Campbell, Michael Caton, Dana Delany, Mariska Hargitay, Martin Sacks, Larry
Pressman, Joanne Woodward and Christina Pickles. The focus of her
work and indeed the master class is to guide you, the actor, the communicator,
toward getting in touch with your entire being, so that it is available to
respond and commit to being in the middle of each moment of your personal and
creative life on stage or in front of the camera. In order for your voice to
fully reveal what you are thinking and feeling you must first find it, connect
with it and then learn to release it without losing any of the subtlety or
nuance. Specifically her work involves exploring body alignment, freeing the
breath, finding the stimulus for sound, developing range, expanding resonance,
waking up articulation and finally connecting thought and feeling to the voice
through work on text. She will zero in on five different areas of commitment on
the journey to self-knowledge: mental, physical, emotional, vocal and verbal
and have you on the way to making a deeper connection to your character through
Patti is an actor, improviser, director, instructor and playwright who has been working professional..
Patti is an actor, improviser, director, instructor and playwright who has been
working professionally in theatre since 1983. She served her theatre
apprenticeship at the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre with
Keith Johnstone. It is her knowledge, technique and application of her
improvisational skills, which makes Patti a unique and dynamic instructor. Her
interpretation and extension of Johnstone’s work and philosophy, combined with
her wealth of experience on the world improv stage, has made her a “must have”
teacher for performers and companies wishing to create spontaneous theatre with
fine skill, strong narrative and elegant style. As an improvisation performer
and teacher, Patti Stiles has worked in Canada, the USA, England, Holland,
Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Hong Kong,
Thailand and Australia for numerous improvisation companies, theatre schools
and in the corporate arena. Patti has also been interviewed for two
improvisation books, Something Like A Drug and The Improv
Handbook, which include a dedication to her. She is the Artistic
Director of Die Nasty AU (Melbourne Australia), co- Director of Secret
Impro Theatre (Melbourne Australia) and has had the honour of being
Artistic Director of three TheatresportsTM companies Dream Kitchen
Theatre (Toronto, ON. CA) and Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton,
AB. CA), and most recently Impro Melbourne in Melbourne
Australia. Patti is core company member (in absentia) of Die Nasty –
the live improvised soap opera (Edmonton, CA), and was a spark of inspiration
for the birth of London’s Spontaneity Shop. To her list of credits she also
holds the unofficial record for being the first female to improvise for 53
hours in a row in the famous Die Nasty soap a thon and to her
embarrassed delight has a workshop room named after her by Impro ACT in
(Canberra Australia). Currently she serves on the International TheatresportsTM Institutes
Managing Board as a representative for the Oceania region. The Canadian press
has given her the titles “Impro Doyen” and “Queen of Improvisation”.
Karen Davitt graduated from the VCA in 1987 and has had a broad ranging artistic career, as a perfor..
Davitt graduated from the VCA in 1987 and has had a broad ranging artistic
career, as a performer, musician, designer, director, writer, puppeteer, and
visual artist/prop maker. Karen has performed in film, TV and theatre,
including long running lead roles on Blue Healers and Skirts,
and also MDA, Stingers, Wildside, Mercury,
Country Practice, House rules, The Tribe, State Coroner, and the Man From Snowy
River. Theatre work includes plays for The Melbourne Theatre
Company and The State Theatre Company of South Australia,
including Under Milkwood, Romeo and Juliet, Volpone, and Bigmouth.
Feature films include, Quigley, The Ripper, Lucky Break and
Ned Kelly and the miniseries Stark by Ben Elton. Karen
has also trained at the Phillippe Gaulier school in London, and worked with The
Phillippe Genty Company, Dogtroupe Amsterdam, and on the long running
Irish television puppet series Rimini Riddle in Dublin. Karens
own projects include design and artistic director of Lovely Day (winner of AFI and Yoram Gross Awards). Karen has worked
as a dialogue coach for film and television, and has been teaching since 2001at
the VCA drama, and VCA film schools, as well as
other institutions in Australia and overseas.
Lyndelle is a passionate acting coach with almost 20 years experience in the Performing Arts Industr..
is a passionate acting coach with almost 20 years experience in the Performing
Arts Industry. During this time, Lyndelle has worked as Head of Drama at
various senior schools across both Queensland and NSW, directed many successful
musicals and Rock Eisteddfods, and also marked the Higher School Certificate in
NSW. Lyndelle’s expertise has often been called upon for speaking appearances
at industry conferences, and as a director for theatre companies in both Sydney
and Brisbane. Recognition for Lyndelle’s coaching work with students at Macquarie
University came when she won the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for
Innovation in Learning’. Lyndelle trained as an actor with QUT’s Andrew
Buchanan, at NIDA, and at The Actor’s Centre. She
also trained in Los Angeles with Scott Sedita, at The Second City in
Hollywood, and at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio. As an actor herself,
Lyndelle has appeared in film and on television, as well as making regular
appearances on stage for a wide variety of theatre companies. Lyndelle has also
worked in the corporate environment running specialised training workshops. As
an acting coach and tutor, Lyndelle has trained actors at Brent Street
Studios, The Australian Theatre for Young People and Screenwise
Film and Television School. Lyndelle underwent extensive training at
the Ivana Chubbuck studio in Los Angeles, emerging as an
accredited teacher of the Chubbuck Technique. Lyndelle is one of
very few actor-trainers endorsed by Ivana Chubbuck.
Helen Howard is an actor, writer, acting coach, dialect coach and co-founder (with Michael Futcher) ..
Howard is an actor, writer, acting coach, dialect coach and co-founder (with
Michael Futcher) of Matrix Theatre. She trained at Mountview
Theatre School in London, acting in rep and on TV, before coming to
Australia in 1993, where appearances include: for Matrix, The King and
the Corpse!,1347, Lunch, and The Woods:
forQueensland Theatre Company (QTC), Dancing at Lughnasa, Peter
Pan, The Winter’s Tale, The School for Scandal, Molly
Sweeney (2001 Matilda Award), The Memory of Water, Absurd
Person Singular, Private Fears In Public Places, Rabbit Hole (2008
Matilda Award) and That Face: for La Boite, Last
Drinks (2006 Matilda Award) and Hamlet: for NORPA, Too
Young for Ghosts: for Tropic Line, Private Lives,
The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lunch; Glamalot (Toadshow),
Oedipus (University of Southern Queensland [USQ]), Dead Cats Don’t Bounce for Hot
Tin Roof, Vikram and the Vampire for Zen Zen Zo
Physical Theatreand Peter Pan for Harvest Rain.
Film and TV acting work includes: The Bill, Through the
Looking Glass and Capstick’s Law (UK); Paradise
Beach, Pacific Drive, The Birthday, Now and Then,
Fools Rush In, Hypersleep, Code 111-4, A Hole in the
Wall, and The Marine (Australia). Accent/voice coaching
includes many productions for independent companies in Brisbane as well as for
television and film, including Peter Pan (the movie, directed by
PJ Hogan) and, most recently The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,
directed by Michael Apted in the Narnia series. Helen began acting coaching on The Dawn Treader, which she continued with Fox 8’s series SLiDE.
As a writer in a twenty-year collaboration with Michael Futcher she has written
Disobediently Yours, Edmund Kean, The King and the
Corpse! (1995 Matilda Commendation),1347, Explosions (QTC
education program), A Beautiful Life, which she co-directed for
the original production and its national tour, by Performing Lines in 2000
(nominated for six, and winning four, Melbourne Green Room Awards,
published by Currency Press), Cutting Loose, Citizen Jane (Premier’s
Department commission, published by PlayLab), The Drowning Bride (2005
Matilda Award, Currency Press), and most recently, the award-winning The
Wishing Well (Currency Press), which she co-directed with Michael for
Matrix, presented by La Boite. As a solo-writer she began with Outside
Time to commemorate St Aidan’s School’s 75th Anniversary, Talking
Dirty for the Sex-Cubed production atLa Boite, and most recently Beetle-Eyed,
commissioned by Shaun Charles at Griffith University.
Penny McDonald first began having Alexander Technique lessons in the early 1980s when she was pe..
Penny McDonald first began having Alexander Technique lessons in the early 1980s when she was performing with Death Defying Theatre, a street theatre company based in Sydney. In June 1996 she completed the three year training course to teach the Alexander Technique. Since then she has taught in a private practice as well as teaching the Alexander Technique at Film & Television Studio International, 16th Street Actors Studio, the Australian National Academy of Music, Howard Fine Actors Studio, the Alexander Teacher Training Course, Victorian College of the Arts, the National Drama School, and Brave Studios. Penny specialises in working with people involved in the performing arts. She is constantly delighted by the change performers can bring to their work by using the Alexander Technique. It is very exciting and empowering when a performer learns how to release tension from the body and can finish performing and can say “that felt good”.
Todd Fellman is a talented producer and director with over 25 years industry experience. He has ..
Todd Fellman is a talented producer and director with over 25 years industry experience. He has produced a number of well known Australian feature films including the award-winning horror Daybreaker’s (starring Ethan Hawke), Mental (starring Toni Collette and Live Schreiber), Bait (starring Julian McMahon & Phoebe Tonkin) and A Few Best Men (starring Xavier Samuel and Rebel Wilson). To add to his growing list of feature films, he is currently in the post-production stage of a new film; Jungle (starring Daniel Radcliffe & Lily Sullivan) and Nest (starring Kellan Lutz & Kelsey Grammar).
Originally from the USA, Tyler is one of Australia’s most popular American voice artists, migr..
Originally from the USA, Tyler is one of Australia’s most
popular American voice artists, migrating to Australia aged nineteen where he
attended and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
He now divides his time between the United States of America and Australia
after residing in Sydney for many years working in theatre, film and
television. He recently narrated the movies ‘Accidents happen’ (starring
Geena Davis), and voiced San Diego Zoo’s summer campaign for M
& C Saatchi (Los Angeles). His television appearances include Nightmares
and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. His film appearances
include The Tender Hook, Emulsion, One Night Stand, and Mad Max 2: The
Road Warrior. He has voiced characters for games such as I.R.
Gurus’ Heatseeker and Heroes of the Pacific, and his clients include Optus,
Chrysler Daimler, Nike, and Rebel Yell Bourbon – to name but a few.
Tyler is also a popular American dialect coach (Where the Wild Things
Are, Superman Returns) and an award-winning actor. Tyler is currently
starring in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of His
Khristina has worked nationally and internationally as a Director, Actor, Script Editor, Producer an..
has worked nationally and internationally as a Director, Actor, Script Editor,
Producer and Acting Coach. Highlights of her career include directing Inside
Out for the SouthAustralian Film Corporation, Breakers, and the award winning short films Ms Understanding and Knit
Wit. She has worked with famous British director Mike Leigh (Secrets
and Lies, TopsyTurvey), and performed in the groundbreaking
improvisational television series Going Home for McElroy
Television (SBS, 2001). She was the Head of film performance at the Australian
College of Film and TV, (Sydney 2007 - 2009), drama coach on Heartbreak
High & Outriders and runs screen courses for Faith
PETER “PK” KENT
Born in Australia, but raised in Canada before returning down under in the late 70’s, Peter&rs..
Born in Australia, but raised in Canada before returning down
under in the late 70’s, Peter’s love for the arts, especially film and television, was firmly set at a young age. While attending a workshop held
by Australian casting company, Maura Fay & Associates, Peter’s
uncanny knack for accents and natural performances quickly singled him out and
he was hired as an auditions reader for Australian/American co-productions. So
began his involvement both in front of and behind the camera. His acting and
accent ability led to him being cast in many American film and television
roles, working opposite names including Rod Stieger, Gabrielle Anwar, Temeura
Morrison, Judd Nelson, Mark Lee, Mimi Rogers and Jessica Alba and by 1995, he
was cast in a support role in Space Above and Beyond,a
science fiction series produced by the team who brought us the X-Files.
While continuing to perform both American and Australian roles, he also began
instructing acting students in the use of American accents. This led to him
being hired as an American Dialect Coach on the late Heath Ledger’s (RIP) first
American television series, Roar. Pete also performed opposite
Heath, Vera Farmiga and Lisa Zane. His professional reputation grew quickly and
he continued working on American productions often both as an actor and a
dialect coach. Near the end of the 90’s, MGM hired him to coach the accents on
the Australian/American co-production of Flipper. He also
directed the lead children’s performances, along with playing a regular role in
the show for two full seasons. He then went on to another American series The
Beastmaster and was responsible for coaching both the accents and
performances of the lead actors Daniel Goddard and Jackson Raine, along with
many guest leads including Grace Jones and New Zealand’s Marton Csokas. Pete
worked that series for a full three seasons, and directed on a number of
occasions. In between crew work, Peter still found time to perform roles in
other productions including Crocodile Dundee in L.A. and Attack
on the Queen. More recently he was cast as a father in the children’s
television show Mortified, played a lawyer in the Japanese
feature A Very Good Company and a slave trader in the American
action feature, The Condemned. He has coached Rachel Ward in Monarch
Cove, Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider, Gerard Butler
in the Jodie Foster film Nim’s Island, Rose Burn and Ben
Mendelson in the Nicholas Cage feature Knowing, both Megan Gale
and Theresa Palmer for George Miller’s Justice League and has
recently returned from Melbourne where he was working with Katie Holmes, Guy
Pearce and Bailee Madison on the feature Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.
Christine Amor in a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holding a Bachelor of..
Christine Amor in a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Acting, as well as a Certificate IV in Acting. Christine has had many lead
regular roles in television series such as H20 Just Add Water, Cybergirl, Carsons Law,
Prisoner and Are You Being Served? among other
roles, as well as over 20 guest appearances on a variety of programs. Feature
film work includes Not Quite Hollywood, Now and Forever, Alvin Purple and The Mouse
Doll, again among many others. Theatre credits include and are not
limited to Once a Catholic, Come Blow Your Horn, The Plough and The Stars
with the Melbourne Theatre Company [MTC) and
School of Arts, The Heidi Chronicles and Brilliant Lies with the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), Ride Across the Lake Constance with Belvoir Street in Sydney and Trewlany
of the Wells, Taming of the Shrew, A Good Woman for Setzuan, Tartuffe, Julius
Caeser for the Sydney Theatre
Company (STC). Christine was awarded The
Critics Award-Emerging Artist for her work in the STC's Old Tote, as well as
The Penguin Award for Best Actress
in a Long Running National Television Series for Carsons Law as well as
receiving a Logie Nomination for
this TV series and Best Actress for
Theatre in a Leading Role at the Los
Angeles Dramalogue Award.
Marc is a classically trained actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London which ..
is a classically trained actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and
Drama in London which boasts a prestigious alumni including Andrew
Garfield, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Graham Norton, Harold Pinter, Judi Dench,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Laurence Olivier, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett, Peggy
Ashcroft, Vanessa Redgrave, and Helen Mirren, to name a few. Since
graduating in 2010 Marc has played the lead role in several national award
winning musicals including Blood Brothers (UK National Tour), The
Prodigals (Joe Harmston), Aladdin (Simon Delaney), Keeping
the Faith (Fiona Laird), Victory (Alan Cox) Aladdin
(Ian Talbot) Undermilk Wood (Richard Thomas), Orpheus
(Richard Stilgoe) alongside Little Britain’s, Matt Lucas
and Jane Asher, and feature film, Enel (Pukka Films). We are
delighted to welcome Marc to the Film & Television Studio International.
Jenny’s training includes 2 years with the Drama Studio Sydney, Voice workshops with master te..
training includes 2 years with the Drama Studio Sydney, Voice
workshops with master teachers Rowena Balos (L.A.) and Andrew Wade (RSC),
Improvisation workshops with Keith Johnstone and as an International
Fellow at the Globe Theatre, London. She has been performing on
stage, screen and TV for over 20 years. TV includes Prisoner, The Money
or the Gun, Blue Heelers, MDA and Sensing Murder. Film
work includes Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli and Darkness
Falls. Theatre includes work as actor and director with Actors at Work(Bell
Shakespeare Company), Waking Eve (Playbox), Sex, Drugs
and Walking Frames (La Mama), Dead Tragic (Impro Melbourne),
Iron and Rabbit Hole (Red Stitch). Jenny has been improvising
since 1987 while helping out with TheatresportsTM at Belvoir Street
Theatre in Sydney. Since then she has performed in improvisation shows in
Sydney, Melbourne and at international festivals in San Francisco, Seattle,
Hong Kong and Edmonton, Canada. She has been part of the continuing development
of TheatresportsTM in Sydney and Melbourne, performing on stage and in
corporate and school performances. As well as TheatresportsTM Jenny has
performed in a number of different improvisation formats, including Harold,
Shakespeare Scared Scriptless and Unforeseen Stories. She has created or helped
to create 5 different long form improvisation shows and is currently working on
her sixth. Jenny is a 2004 Green Room nominee for her performances in Iron (Red
Stitch) and Dead Tragic (which she also produced for Impro
Melbourne) and was General Manager of Impro Melbourne for
10 years. As well as performing and directing Jenny also teaches drama,
Shakespeare and improvisation with Monash University, Victorian College of
the Arts and St. Martins Youth Art Centre.
Lou Mitchell has been a Senior Casting Director with Maura Fay Casting & Associates for ove..
Lou Mitchell has been a Senior Casting Director with Maura Fay Casting & Associates for over 25 years. Maura Fay Casting continues to introduce upcoming stars to national and international feature films, television series and pilots through close collaborations with noted industry leaders. The experienced consultants have a proven track record with an eye for new talent. Maura Fay Casting has an extensive credits list that includes casting for feature films, movies of the week, TV series, TVC’s, musical theatre, music clips and short films.Australian and International actors who have appeared in Maura Fay Casting projects include:Simon Baker, Benjamin Bratt, Bryan Brown, Rose Byrne, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Michael Douglas, Robert de Niro, Joseph Fiennes, Isla Fisher, Kick Gurry, Martin Henderson, Paul Hogan, Stephanie Jacobsen, Hugh Jackman, William Hurt, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Lambert, Heath Ledger, Rob Lowe, David Lyons, William H. Macy, John Malkovich, Julian McMahon, Debra Messing, Poppy Montgomery, Olivia Newton-John, Frances O’Connor, Alex O’Loughlin, Miranda Otto, Teresa Palmer, Guy Pearce, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Roberts, Richard Roxburgh, Brooke Shields, Greta Scacchi, Yvonne Strahovski, Donald Sutherland, Magda Szubanski, Rachael Taylor, Anna Torv, Jack Thompson, Naomi Watts, Michael Weatherly, Andy Whitfield, Sam Worthington, Ethan Hawke, Aden Young, Billy Zane, Clive Owen, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Richard E Grant, Rachel Griffiths, Charles Dance.
Alison Telford is the Senior Casting Director for the ABC Network. After starting her career as a c..
Alison Telford is the Senior Casting Director for the ABC Network. After starting her career as a casting assistant for projects such as Janus; The Damnation of Harvey McHugh and Corelli (Starring Deborah-Lee Furness & a young Hugh Jackman), Alison made the move to lead casting director for the ABC, leading the casting on some of our most loved projects including;Seachange; Kath & Kim; Da Kath & Kim Code; MDA; The Librarians; Bed of Roses; Outland; Woodley and Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. She also cast three major series for LogieAward winning performer Chris Lilley (Angry Boys; Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes). Alison is currently casting TV Series’ Glitch; The Time of Our Lives;and international Emmy nominee Please Like Me fortheABC,as well asIs This the Real World– a feature film of which she also serves as producer.She is also in pre-production for several new projects for theABC.
SIMONE DE HAAS
Simone de Haas is one of Brisbane’s busiest and most in-demand theatre professionals, with exp..
Simone de Haas is one of Brisbane’s busiest and most in-demand
theatre professionals, with experience in almost every aspect of theatre
production and performance, as a singer, actor, choreographer, designer and
director. She has directed numerous productions - from children’s pantomimes to
corporate entertainment, plays, music theatre and opera. Simone has won awards
for Music Theatre (Ruthless, The Musical), Drama (The
Norman Conquest Trilogy) and most recently the ABC Bell Award for
2008 Best Independent Production (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress) all
for Mixed Company, the theatre production company she operates with her
husband. In addition to directing over 30 productions for Mixed Company,
Simone has also directed for Opera Queensland, University of Southern
Queensland Opera Studio, Ignatians Musical Society, Brolga Community Theatre and
Brisbane Arts Theatre. Simone is also a qualified Coach and
Mentor and facilitates master classes and workshops in various aspects of
performance, as well as providing personal performance coaching for actors and
singers throughout south- east Queensland. Simone’s coaching and mentoring
utilises her unique blend of talents, diverse theatrical experience and highly
sensitive intuition to free the performer and develop authentic presence.
Charles Mayer is an English actor, trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under Patsy Rod..
Charles Mayer is an English actor, trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under Patsy Rodenburg, Daniel Kramer etc. He has appeared on the UK TV in BBC's Hotel Babylon and Spooks, and on the West End Stage in Daniel Kramer's Bent. In Shanghai Charles acted in various TV, film and theatre roles before moving to Australia to appear on TV in ANZAC Girls, Sam Fox Extreme Adventures, The Lost Tools of Henry Hoke, Wastelander Panda, Gallipoli and Deadline Gallipoli. He has a major role in the forthcoming Australian feature film The Pack, and Australian theatre includes Orphans, I Am My Own Wife and State Theatre Company's Othello.Charles has taught classes at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Guildhall and RADA.
Tracey Robertson is a talented and award winning Producer and Writer. She has produced a number ..
Tracey Robertson is a talented and award winning Producer and Writer. She has produced a number of popular Australian television series and shows such as Secrets and Lies, Texas Rising: The Lost Soldier, Slide and Keeping the Faithful. Tracey received an Inside Film (IF) award in 2004 for her work on Keeping the Faithful and was nominated for an AACTA Award for Secrets and Lies. Tracey is currently the co-founder of Hoodlum Productions, a Brisbane and Los Angeles production company, responsible for producing both the US and Australian versions of the award winning Series of Lies, The Strange Calls and Vikings for the History channel. Hoodlum has also created visual online content for various productions, including Dance Academy, Salt (Starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Philip Noyce), UK series Spooks, US series Lost, Divergent (Starring Academy Award Nominee Shaiiene Woodley) and Conspiracy 365 (Starring Film & Television Studio International graduate Taylor Glockner). Tracey is currently based in Los Angeles where she is the executive producer of the US remake of Secrets and Lies, which is currently in it's second season and stars Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillipe, Jordana Brewster and KaDee Strickland.
Director, cinematographer, editor, and writer, Peter is best known as the award-winning producer and..
cinematographer, editor, and writer, Peter is best known as the award-winning
producer and director of the international hit television drama Neighbours.
Peter has produced or directed television drama for
each of Australia’s commercial networks, and the ABC. Following successful
directing engagements on critically acclaimed TV series including Home
and Away, The Fast Lane, The Barton’s, House Rules, Inside
Running, GP, The Power-The Passion, and having produced and directed A
Country Practice for three years, Peter took on the challenging
position of producer of the iconic Neighbours. Drawing upon
twenty years of professional success, Peter introduced initiatives and a
methodology of production at Neighbours to boost operational and
creative standards. Over his 14 years with the show, Peter continuously grew
and shaped the series to meet the demands of increasingly sophisticated
audiences both in Australia and worldwide, and to keep Neighbours abreast
of rapidly emerging new technologies, including implementation of full HD in
2007. Peter produced over three thousand episodes of Neighbours,
establishing, nurturing and ensuring the highest professional quality - as
reflected in the recent successful change to Channel 5 in the UK. His awards
for Neighbours include an Australian Film Institute Award for
Best Serial Drama and an Inside Soap Award for Best Overseas
Renato Musolino is a graduate of Adelaide's The Centre for the Performing Arts (now AC Arts). In 200..
Renato Musolino is a graduate of Adelaide's The Centre for the Performing Arts (now AC Arts). In 2003 he undertook a Mentorship/Observership at The Actors Studio in New York City. For The State Theatre Company of SA, credits include The Seagull (Adelaide Festival 2014), The Kreutzer Sonata (Adelaide Festival 2013), In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play), Three Sisters, The Zoo Story, The Misanthrope, Blue Orange, Mnemonic and King Lear. Other credits include The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare/STC), Rust and Bone (Griffin Theatre) Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Carboni (Urbino Italy, Canberra Multicultural Festival and Eureka Week Ballarat). For Holden Street Theatres, credits include What I Heard About Iraq, The Homecoming and Bash. For Flying Penguin Productions, credits include Assassins and True West. Windmill Performing Arts, credits include The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk and the World premiere of Helly's Magic Cup. Feature film credits include The Caterpillar Wish. ABC Radio National credits include Clark in Sarajevo, The Ruby, The Death of Napoleon, Blood on My Hands, Clerk Ascending and Joshua's Book.
Francesca was born and spent her early childhood years overseas attending an International School, t..
was born and spent her early childhood years overseas attending an
International School, this is perhaps where her curiosity with accent work
began. Francesca’s family settled in Australia and by her teenage years she
showed a strong interest in performing and began training with the Australian
Acting Academy. At seventeen she achieved a place in the Academy’s School of Excellence and continued to develop her skills
as an actor in numerous training schools, theatre shows and musicals. In 2008
Francesca auditioned successfully for the Victorian
College of the Arts (VCA) and continued her actor training. The vocal
training she received at VCA opened
her eyes to the possibilities of using movement and standard acting exercises
to assist actors in their accent training, methods she incorporates in her
teaching now. Since graduating the VCA
Francesca began teaching accent work for auditions in film and TV and is
continuing her studies to Post-Graduate in 2014. Her methods are based on work
by Paul Meier, the vocal training she received at university and also her
experience as an actor. Her philosophy is that learning an accent is a
technical exercise but embodyingone asks an actor to use their
imagination and to be curious – traits that all great performers possess.
Australian-born actor, writer, director, singer, voice and acting coach travelled to the UK in the 6..
actor, writer, director, singer, voice and acting coach travelled to the UK in
the 60s and took part in the British folk revival, performed street, cabaret
and fringe theatre, as well as holding the position of Artistic Director of Golden
Age Theatre (Glasgow). Since returning to Australia in 1997, her acting and
directing credits include opera, theatre, student and youth theatre and many
short films. Flloyd has trained with Lev Dodin and Valerii Galendiev, (Maly
Drama Theatre of St Petersburg); Anna Petrova (Moscow Arts Theatre
School); Cicely Berry; Kristin Linklater; Rob Pensalfini; Frankie
Armstrong; Marcia McCallum; Harriet Buchan; Enrique Pardo; Shauna Kanter;
Catherine Fitzmaurice; Andrei Serban; Lewis Hancock (Original Shakespeare Co); John
Wright (mask, clown) and Ira Seidenstein (Quantum Theatre, clown, commedia).
Flloyd provides voice and acting training through her private practice Being in
Voice, and she is Artistic Director of Thunders Mouth Theatre.
Gary Mills is the director of the Adelaide Hatha Yoga Shala and is authorised to teach the Shadow Yo..
Gary Mills is the director of the Adelaide Hatha Yoga Shala and is authorised to teach the Shadow Yoga system of Hatha Yoga by its founder Shandor Remete and director Emma Balnaves. Gary has been teaching yoga on a full time basis since 2003 and became the director of the Yoga Shala in 2005. He teaches classes for groups and individuals, schools, colleges, and corporations. Hatha Yoga involves the cultivation, balancing, and integration of the elements that form the human constitution. It begins with its focus on developing the physical form and moves it’s effect inwards. Its aim is to uplift the practitioner to increased health, vitality, and awareness.
Sue has almost completed her book: ”The Right Place At The Right Time – Casting St..
Sue has almost completed her book: ”The Right Place At The Right Time – Casting Stories” and it will be published later on this year…However, during the past year she has been giving Audition Techniques for the Screen Workshops for KEManagement; proof-reading for Elizabeth Waterhouse of Shadowlight Publishing and wrote her first theatre review for Caroline Russo of Hush Hush Biz …as well as giving her fifteenth yearly workshop at The Actors Workshop for Lyn Kidd. As a Casting and Career Consultant Sue has recently spent two years mentoring Karoline Ellis, Principal Agent and Manager of KEManagement. Prior to that she mentored Liza Brock, formerly of BMEG. and in-between times she has given workshops for Jacqui Heysen, Principal Agent for Pure Actors Management, in Adelaide, and also to several private schools there, with thanks to Monica Magann, Careers Consultant for Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. Sue had previously been Casting Associate for nearly eight years on “McLeod’s Daughters” – shot entirely on location in South Australia. Whilst working there she gave several Workshops for local Agents; Masterclasses with Lyn Pike – former Agent and Casting Director. Film & Television Studio International toured Sue to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth giving basic Audition Workshops. After completing “Mcleod’s Daughters” Sue assisted Anousha Zarkesh in Sydney for several of her projects. Prior to leaving Sydney for Brisbane Sue was Casting Director for Grundy Television from 1982 – 1990 working on such productions as “Sons and Daughters”, “Richmond Hill”, “The Young Doctors” and “The Restless Years” to name just a few (go to www.suemanger.com for full biography). In Brisbane between 1991 and 2000 Sue worked on many commercials and short films, assisted Elaine Holland from whom Stacey Testro acquired her Agency. Sue also developed a series “The Casting Showcase” for Optus Television. This name was then given to the Seminars that Sue and Ben Parkinson held on her return from S.A. Currently Sue gives private coaching to actors intending to produce their Showreel ; re-test their skills at script work and preparation for Self-Testing, Host-Presenting, Chats to Camera etc etc. As a member of the Casting Guild of Australia Sue is hoping to assist in giving the industry a voice to create respect and authority for the good of casting people, actors, agents and producers.
ue gives private coaching to actors intending to produce their Showreel ; re-test their skills at script work and preparation for Self-Testing, Host-Presenting, Chats to Camera etc etc. As a member of the Casting Guild of Australia Sue is hoping to assist in giving the industry a voice to create respect and authority for the good of casting people, actors, agents and producers.
Wendy founded the Ward Studio in New York City in 1996 and quickly established herself as one of the..
Wendy founded the Ward Studio in New York City in 1996 and quickly established herself as one of the City’s foremost masters of the Meisner Approach. She has taken over 3,000 actors through Meisner training, directed over 70 productions, and her studio was among the first to offer career mentoring to graduates as they moved into the marketplace. In 2010, Australia granted her its Distinguished Talent Visa, acknowledging her unrivaled expertise in the approach in Australia and allowing her to set up a permanent practice in Melbourne. She received her BA in drama in 1981 from Duke University where she has served on the Advisory Board for the University’s drama department. Ms. Ward continued her training at the National Theatre Institute and studied in New York with Anna Deavere Smith, James Price, Larry Arrick and Vivian Matalon. She has taught the Meisner Approach since 1989, first at The Acting Studio where she served as Associate Director with Mr. Price, and subsequently as Director of the Ward Studio which she founded in 1996. She has served on the faculty of University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has given workshops in Melbourne at St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, LaTrobe Student Theatre, and Film and Television Studio International. Ms. Ward is also Artistic Director of the Ward Theatre Company. The Company was originally established in New York City as a performance vehicle for the Studio's finest graduates, offering opportunities for her actors to work as an ensemble and become collaborators in the creation of original work presented in longer performance runs. In its first season, the Company received two nominations for Outstanding Acting from New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Her original theatre piece, I Wish You A Boat, received its Australian premiere at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, where it sold out within the first 48 hours of ticket sales. Her company's work is living proof that live theater can provide passage to the human experience in ways that the big screen cannot. Known for her ability to tell big stories in small spaces, Ms. Ward’s work has been described as “movies on stage” in reference to her particular ability to get compelling, authentic performances out of her ensemble. Ms. Ward is featured in the books Acting Teachers of America, by Ronald Rand and Acting Career Start-Up, by Anthony Smith, available in major bookstores.
Television Series Producer Marie Davies has been working in Television & Radio for over thi..
Television Series Producer Marie Davies has been working in Television & Radio for over thirteen years as a Producer & Director. Starting in 2000, Marie worked for half a decade as Producer & Director for the Disney Channel Australia, working as Series Producer in the AMTV Breakfast Show as well as a field and studio producer for Studio Disney. After leaving the Disney Channel, Marie joined the team at Network Ten, producing their highly successful family entertainment program, Totally Wild. Marie is currently Series Producer for the ABC, namely Studio 3 where she participates in all casting for the show. Marie also runs her own production company, Stormwater Productions.
Jason King has been studying martial arts for over 12 years. Jason is highly regarded in the martial..
King has been studying martial arts for over 12 years. Jason is highly regarded
in the martial arts community for his great skill and comprehensive knowledge
of martial arts, and his excellent, accessible teaching style. In 1990 Jason
met Master Ian Lee who was at the time founding the Wu Zen Do School in Brisbane, Australia. Under Master Ian Lee,
Jason trained daily. In 1992 they traveled to Taiwan to meet and train under
Master Lee's own Grandmasters. By 1993 Jason achieved the rank of Tai Chi
Instructor, and the following year that of Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor. In 1995
Jason took over running of Classes at the school. In addition to his martial
arts work, Jason is also an accomplished stage fight choreographer and has
featured in plays and films. Before meeting Master Ian Lee, Jason had studied
for three years of TogakureRyuNinjutsu under Sensei John Nalder until Sensei
Nalder's retirement. Jason is a 2nd level national judge within the National
All Styles Tournament circuit. Jason has received 1st placing in the state
titles 9 times, has twice come 2nd in the national titles and achieved 2nd and
3rd placing in international titles. Jason has over 85 trophies in categories
including forms, demonstrations, weapons and fighting (point, continuous and
Gabrielle is long remembered in Australia for her series regular roles in Paradise Beach and The Man..
is long remembered in Australia for her series regular roles in Paradise
Beach and The Man from Snowy River, playing Montana Hale.
Her breakthrough roles came in via action feature film Power Rangers and
television series Roar, starring alongside Heath Ledger,
which saw American agents and producers come knocking. After relocating to the
United States, Gabrielle has starred in many movies, television dramas, soaps
and sitcoms. Her film credits include Mr Nice Guy, starring
alongside Jackie Chan and Miki Lee; Inferno, starring Jean-Claude
Van Damme. Her television credits include 24; Lost; Providence; North
Shore; Frasier; Nash Bridges; Dragnet & NYPD Blue to
name a few. With a stellar television career both here in Australia and in the
USA, we couldn’t be more delighted to have Gabrielle as part of our unique
Lucia Harkin is an Alexander Technique teacher who studied in Sydney with Christine Ackers from 2002..
Lucia Harkin is an
Alexander Technique teacher who studied in Sydney with Christine Ackers from
2002-2005, completing 1600 hours of teacher training. Lucia's interest in the
Alexander technique came from her work as a Dance Artist. She studied dance at
the Victorian College of Arts before working and touring with the
contemporary dance company Tasdance. Lucia completed postgraduate study
at VCA and has shown her choreographic work in Brisbane, Sydney
and Melbourne. Lucia currently teaches the Alexander Technique in private
practice and has taught the acting students at QUT for the past 5
years. She is also a qualified high-school dance teacher and teaches
contemporary dance at the QLD Dance School of Excellence, Kelvin Grove
College and at AMMA Dance School.
Kellby Schwartzeberg is a qualified Certificate 4 Yoga teacher and has been practicing Yoga for the ..
is a qualified Certificate 4 Yoga teacher and has been practicing Yoga for the
last 14 years. In 2003 he successfully completed a Certificate 4 Yoga Teacher
with Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia. Kellby has explored and studied
many different Yoga traditions including Astanga, Iyengar, Vinyassa Flow, Yin
Yoga, and Power Yoga (with Bryan Kest, USA). In 2004 he founded the successful DIscoveryoga Studio
in Fortitude Valley. He currently teaches at several Gymnasiums around inner
Brisbane and undertakes private classes for students as well. Kellby's classes
focus on the union of the body and mind via the breath. He enjoys helping
individuals to achieve better body awareness, core strength, alignment and
connection to their breath. By incorporating yoga philosophy, he creates a
space for others to explore and experience how the mind, body and spirit are
all connected. He also draws upon a love of movement and his personal
experience of using the body as a way to purify the emotional body. Yoga is a
journey of self-discovery.
Steve Matthews (MA. Univ. of NSW, Dip Tchg. NZ, Prof.Cert. in Executive Coaching. I.C.C.P) has been ..
Steve Matthews (MA. Univ. of NSW, Dip Tchg. NZ, Prof.Cert. in Executive Coaching. I.C.C.P) has been working professionally as a lecturer, director, actor and a consultant in performance and leadership for thirty years. His career began in New Zealand with Downstage Theatre and Theatre Action, a Lecoq trained company which created and performed new work. His work as an actor has encompassed a wide range of styles and projects in theatre, film, TV and radio. Productions include The Tempest, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Best of All Possible Worlds, Water Rats and All Saints as well as his own plays Love Comix, Growing up is Hard to Do and his solo show Can I Come Home Now. In the last twenty years, he has specialised as a Lecturer in Acting and has been on the staff of NIDA, VCA, University of Western Sydney (Nepean), The Actors Centre, ACTT, Charles Sturt University and The Sydney Theatre School, as well as conducting his own acting courses, The Acting Masterclass and The Screen Acting Masterclass. Steve has directed over twenty productions, including The House of Bernarda Alba, Animal Farm, Midsummer Night's Dream, Action and The Threepenny Opera as well as new works such as Dreaming in the Belly of The Black Dog and Under The Eyelid. His publication, Getting into the Act was nominated for The Adams Prize in Literature (non fiction). He is researching a Doctorate in Performance Studies through Sydney University.
Peter Rasmussen is a casting director and acting coach. Peter has a strong foundation in actor t..
Peter Rasmussen is a casting director and acting coach. Peter has a strong foundation in actor training with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from QUT and 17 years in the industry. Always hungry to embrace the best acting techniques he has studied Lee Strasburg, Eric Morris, Uta Hagan, Robert Cohen, Mark Travis and Practical Aesthetics. With an acting career spanning from film and television through to Shakespeare for schools, Peter has drawn all his influences together to form his own methodology. Peter has taught at major schools all over Australia including the Queensland University of Technology - Fine Arts Acting Program and Griffith Film School to name a few. Peter has worked on a variety of television projects including The Underbelly Movie Files, Crownies, Packed to the Rafters, Conspiracy 365, Sea Patrol, Heartbeat (UK), H2O - Just Add Water, Arctic Blast, City Homicide, The Great Mint Swindle, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Australia on Trial for the ABC,Me and My Monsters,NBC Pilot Season. He assisted Lou Mitchell to cast the prime time TV show Neighbours for 2 years and was responsible for placing a number of the regular cast. Film projects include: Arctic Blast (directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith), Singularity (Directed by Rolland Joffe), Crawlspace, John Doe, The Cup, and Kath and Kimberella. Peter has worked as a casting director in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. Peter has a great understanding of how auditions work from both sides of the camera, and the need to respect the craft of acting. He is responsible for a number of talented actors finding their way into Australian living room and into cinemas. Above all, Peter is passionate about assisting actors to become self sufficient artists.
Brendan Guerin has studied martial arts for over 20 years becoming an instructor in JeetKune Do unde..
Guerin has studied martial arts for over 20 years becoming an instructor in
JeetKune Do under Bruce Lee`s highest ranked student and friend Dan Inosanto.
He has done fight sequences with the likes of Lieb Shriever and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine),
armed and unarmed sequences in the HBO series, The Pacific, The
Tender Hook, Kapyong, City Homicide, Conspiracy
365 and Rush. Film credits include The Cup,
John Doe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Killer
Elite and Knowing. Brendan has also choreographed a fight
sequence between Rain (Ninja Assassin) and formula 1 driver Mark Webber and
choreographed a series of high budget commercials for Toyota (ninja Kittens)
for television and cinema release.
Natalie Bochenski has been improvising for over 12 years, and is the current Artistic Director of Im..
Bochenski has been improvising for over 12 years, and is the current Artistic
Director of ImproMafia, Brisbane's premiere improvisational
comedy company. She's a regular at ImproMafia's shows at the Brisbane
Arts Theatre, the Albion Comedy Club and The Speakeasy.
Natalie's more memorable roles include the winsome Nurse Lottie Buble in Prognosis:
Death! (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) and icy Lady Augusta Wellesley in Agatha
Holmes (2011, 2010, 2009). She has performed impro in Melbourne,
Canberra, London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Natalie is
also an actor and director, mostly recently helming popular productions of He
Died With a Felafel in His Hand (2009) and The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco
(2010), based on books by John Birmingham. The final installment in the
trilogy, How To Be A Man, enjoyed a successful 2011 season. By
day, Natalie is a journalist. She's currently the state political editor for
4BC/4BH, meaning she deals a lot with politicians. She thinks some of them
would make admirable improvisers.
John Walton has been working in the entertainment industry, both in Australia and in the internation..
Walton has been working in the entertainment industry, both in Australia and in
the international market for over 20 years as a stunt actor and stunt
co-coordinator. His notable credits include but are not limited to: Garage
Days, H20 – Just Add Water, The Starter Wife, All Saints, Water Rats,
Australia, Superman Returns, Moulin Rouge, Mission Impossible films, Muriel’s
Wedding, Flipper, Fools Gold, Jag, Lantana and Darkness Falls. He works
with our students in their stunt work as well as using his experience inaction
vehicle, horse master, fight choreography, water & underwater specialist
and advanced rigging & wire work to equip the students with knowledge of
all stunt work.
Joshua Kapitza is an actor, improviser and singer, who has performed and trained with some of the be..
Joshua Kapitza is an actor, improviser and singer, who has performed and trained with some of the best Improvisers from around Australia and the acclaimed Patti Stiles. Joshua has performed in the South Australian Opera Company’s Production of Tales of Hoffman (2009) and Fidelio (2012) as well as having worked on ANZAC Girls. He has also starred in original productions, such as Luke Bartholomew’s Flawed Ambition, Anna McInerney’sMy Sweet Specterand Thomas Goodall’s successful movie, The Follower. Joshua has also played Algenon in the Importance of Being Earnestin the 2011 Fringe and was involved in his directorial debut in the 2013 Fringe with Dungeons and Improvisation Adventure Show, returning in the 2014 Fringe with the smash hit Improvise To Go. Joshua has also graduated from the University of South Australia with a Double Degree of Law and Psychology.
Eva Hamburg trained in acting at NIDA and worked for some years in Television, Film and Theatre. Fr..
Eva Hamburg trained in acting at NIDA and worked for some years in Television, Film and Theatre. From 1998, Eva focused her skills on producing and directing including the international hit Often I Find that I am Naked by Fiona Sprott, (Stage Awards‘Best Actress Award’, 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; London West End; Off Broadway New York). Other highlights include Stir Theatre’s A Conversation, by David Williamson, (nominated ‘Best Drama’ The Advertiser Awards, 2006)and Yasmena Reesa’s God of Carnage,2009, in Canada. Eva later co-produced A Grizzly Took my Bébé, bringing the Yukon Gold Comics from Canada to the 2012 Adelaide International Fringe. Eva directed the comic Music Video, Working Class Anthem for comedian Adam Hills and co-directed the nationally award winning short film, Nina’s Dream. Eva began teaching acting in 2000 and continues to teach at SA Casting. She has worked as School coordinator at the International Film School of Australia (IFSA, 2000-2002), film lecturer at AC Arts TAFE, (2004) and acting teacher at the Actors Conservatory in Brisbane (2007-2008).
Spanning over three 3 decades in the international Theatre, Film and Television industry, Mark Piper..
over three 3 decades in the international Theatre, Film and Television
industry, Mark Piper’s award-winning career has seen him on the initial teams
Producing and Directing many international drama programs including the US
television series Ponderosa and Beastmaster, the
German series GuteZeiten SchechteZeiten, and the New Zealand
series Mercy Peak. His Australian credits include Water
Rats, Neighbours, Home and Away, All Saints, Blue Heelers, Always Greener and
Halifax F.P. Mark began his career as an Actor and has
successfully directed more than 300 hours of television drama in all genres and
has gained industry recognition through many award nominations. In 2000, Mark
was honoured by an Australian Film Institute Awardfor Best
Episode in a Television Drama for All Saints. Mark’s involvement
in the performing arts began as a New Zealand actor touring with professional
theatre companies and managing film production company Aardvark Films. He
worked on Roger Donaldson’s (The World’s Fastest Indian) first feature
film, Sleeping Dogs before moving to Australia in 1976. With over
35 years in the industry Mark continues to work in feature films, television
drama, TVCs and theatre. Mark also enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with
emerging actors and directors teaching at NIDA, Metroscreen and The
International Film School. He is also working on a variety of new
projects, including television series and feature films, through his production
company markpiper.com. Mark is currently Producing the horror / action /
thriller feature length film Phobos.
Paul Bishop is best known for his role as Snr Con Ben Stewart in Blue Heelers, a role that earned hi..
Bishop is best known for his role as Snr Con Ben Stewart in Blue Heelers,
a role that earned him two Logie award nominations. His other television
credits include roles in G.P., The Story of Sydney, Heartbreak High,
Never Tell Me Never and Housegang. A graduate of the Queensland
University of Technology, Paul has had roles in over 30 theatre productions
including the Melbourne Theatre Company productions of Take Me
Out, 3 Days of Rain and The Shaughraun. For the Sydney
Theatre Company he has appeared in Army's View, The John Wayne
Principle and Blackrock. For the Bell Shakespeare
Company he has appeared in Merchant of Venice and Hamlet,
and he appeared in the critically acclaimed film Paradise Road.
Wade Robinson is one of ImproMafia’s founders, its training director and a past artistic direc..
Robinson is one of ImproMafia’s founders, its training director and a
past artistic director. Over the course of his time with ImproMafia, Wade
has performed interstate at the Improvention (2011), Melbourne's
Halloween Classic (2009, 2006) and the Canberra Impro Theatre
Challenge (2007); he has appeared in festivals, including the Straight
Out Of Brisbane Festival (2004); and he has directed a number of shows,
most notably the 2011 Theatresports National Championships, The Wake (2008,
2004), Jorogumo: The Spider Woman (2012) and ImproMafia’s flagship
short form competition Iron Improviser (2011). His ImproMafia producer
credits include the BrizImprov Fest (2007) and the Off the
Cuff Festival at the Powerhouse (2011, 2008). On the stage, he is well
regarded for his roles in Prognosis: Death! as Rev. Jeremy
Thistlewaite and in Agatha Holmes as Pickering, the acid- tongued
butler. He was also a member of the winning team at the 2012 National
Theatre sports Championships. For the past four years, Wade has overseen ImproMafia's training
program. With over a decade of experience as an improviser, Wade brings a
wealth of knowledge to this role.
KIRSTEN VON BIBRA
Kirsten Von Bibra is a theatre director and teaching artist. She has been directing classical and co..
Von Bibra is a theatre director and teaching artist. She has been directing
classical and contemporary based material, training actors and conducting
workshops for organisations such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, for
30 years. She was a Lecturer in Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts for
three years, where she directed text-based productions, including Chekhov’s
Three Sisters, and Hélène Cixous’s The Perjured City. She recently
returned to freelance practice and is currently researching/adapting a Chekhov
story. She also continues to be the head panelist for the prestigiousGreen