Meet Our Team

ACTT’s courses are delivered by Australia’s leading performing arts tutors, all of whom have made their own definitive mark on the industry. Guest Directors also complement the team and are an integral part of the ACTT experience.

 

JOHN O'HARE

Head of Acting

Renowned WAAPA and QUT graduate John O'Hare is co-founder of O'Punksky's Theatre Co. where he directed the Gigli Concert, The Faith Healer and The Carthaginians. Further accolades extend to his direction at Belvoir for Blue Remembered Hills and co-direction on Arcadia at CTC. He also co-directed The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Shaughraun for both STC and MTC. His co-direction on the production Much Ado with Maeliosa Stafford was nominated for Best Irish Production by the Irish Times, while his production of Wolf Lullaby won 4 Green Room Awards, with seasons at the Playbox, Belvoir St and Griffin Theatre. TV appearances include Home & Away, Heroes II, Tough Nuts and Cops L.A.C.

TONY YOULDEN

Technical Production

Tony's involvement with the theatre spans over forty-five years. He has worked on over four hundred theatre, opera and ballet productions and as freelance designer for most of Australia's leading performing arts companies. Before joining ACTT, Tony was Technical Director at NIDA for over sixteen years and brings a lifetime of experience to ACTT's students and productions. Tony is Technical Director on student graduating productions, overseeing the incredible lighting, sound and set designs which have become formidable features of some of the most memorable final year performances. Tony tutor’s in the Technical Production and Stage and Screen units.

GLEN HAMILTON

Theatre & Screen Performance

Glen has worked as actor and director in both theatre and television and is the co-artistic director of Poignant Productions, working with some of Australia's biggest companies. He founded Leading Arts, for which he writes, produces, performs and directs. Glen is also interested in developing the use of acting methods to motivate people and help them to break through their personal barriers to live a richer life. Glen works closely with a large number of ACTT staff, students and alumni in a large number of productions.

SEAN O'RIORDAN

Theatre & Screen Performance, Stage & Screen Acting

Sean trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked extensively in touring theatre in the UK. Working as a teacher, director, actor and writer with his company Barestage, his productions include the critically acclaimed Mixd Drinx. Sean regards his students as potential future colleagues and continues to work creatively with a diverse group of ACTT students and alumni on a large number of Australian stage productions. Sean teaches acting and directs student productions across a number of ACTT courses.

STEPHEN HELPER

Music Theatre

Stephen is a tutor and teaching advisor across the Music Theatre and Diploma courses at ACTT. He recently conceived, devised and directed Soul Music at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre working with the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. He directed Syncopation. His production of Fiddler on the Roof for Jerome Robbins was nominated for the Best Revival Tony Award. Smokey Joe's Cafe, which he conceived for Broadway, is among the 30 longest running Broadway musicals of all time and was a hit in the West End, on numerous American National Tours and has been performed on every continent.

VIRGINIA FERRIS

Music Theatre, Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Virginia has had a long career as a Choreographer, Artistic Director, Adjudicator, Dance Tutor and Event Coordinator specialising in retro choreography, musical theatre and jazz styles. Virginia was trained as a ballet dancer appearing with Tasmanian Ballet and Company in Flight Dance Company. As a choreographer her versatility allows her to work across many genres. She was Assistant Director and Choreographer for 2010 Chinese New Year Twilight Parade for the City of Sydney for an audience of over 100,000 people and has choreographed Marilyn Jones, KD Lang, Kath & Kim, Bob Downe, Keith Bain and Jimmy Somerville to name a few.

LEX MARINOS

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

As an actor, Lex has appeared with the Nimrod, APG, STC and Melbourne Theatre Company. Television appearances include Kingswood Country, Embassy, Ballzup and World Series Debating. Film credits include Cathy's Child, Goodbye Paradise and Bedevil. He Directed the film An Indecent Obsession and the television series’ Bodyline, Embassy, A Country Practice and numerous documentaries and theatre productions. Awarded an Order of Australia Medal, Lex also served as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and Board Member on the Multicultural Advisory Committee for SOCOG. Lex was the Director of Carnivale in NSW and directed a segment of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony.

LESLEY WATSON

Stage & Screen Acting

Lesley has 25 years experience in actor training and management, and is extremely passionate about the independent theatre scene in Sydney. As the founder of ACTT, Lesley is at the forefront of many initiatives and her passion has helped inspire, support and cross-fertilise the careers of graduates and practitioners alike. Lesley was Founder and Creative Director of the Cleveland St Theatre from 2006, the Imagine Festival from 2009 to 2011, and worked with Sidetrack Theatre from 2011. As a teacher, Lesley is passionate about the release of every artist's 'voice', and aims to provide opportunities for students to bridge the gap between actor training and profession.

MICHAEL BATES

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Michael has a Masters degree in Film and Television specialising in Directing. Michael's short film The Projectionist was awarded the 'Grand Prix' at the 2003 Tampere Film Festival, 'Best Live-action short' at the Nashville Film Festival and the 'Silver Spike' at the Valladolid film festival among others. His films have screened on ABC, Ten Network and Sundance Channel. Television works include The Gamilaroi Gallop (documentary) and Loose Oranges. Michael has been on the selection panel for the Sydney Film Festival since 2008.

KATE HANKIN

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Kate teaches The Morris System at ACTT. She is a graduate of ACTT’s Advanced Diploma of Stage and Screen Acting and studied at young actor's studio (NIDA). She spent two years training directly under Eric and Susana Morris in the US and returns regularly. Theatre credits include the 2010 Griffin playoffs, The Tempest (directed; John O'Hare), The Happy House Show; Kate Gaul, Other Times; Judy Farr and A Midsummer Night's Dream; Anna Volska. Screen appearances have included the feature While We Were, directed by Robert Roa and I ROCK on ABC.

CAROLINE MOONEY

Music Theatre, Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Caroline has trained in Classical Dance, Contemporary (LCDT), Jazz and Music Theatre styles of dance, singing and acting with Pat Wilson, Aarne Neeme, Ross Coleman and Krissie Koltai. She has worked with Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Meryl Tankyard, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and Aussie talents such as Bert Newton, Sharon Millerchip Todd McKenny and Nicky Webster. Performance highlights include Ertha Kitt Tour, the World's Greatest Dance Spectacular, Chicago Tour, Beauty and The Beast and Wizard of Oz. Caroline also worked on Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miss Saigon and Bell Shakespeare and works with Opera Australia.

ANDREW LINDSAY

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Andrew is a graduate of the Lecoq Theatre School and was a participant in the LEM with Jacques Lecoq and Krikor Belekian. He co-founded Red Weather and worked as writer, performer and director. The Sydney Morning Herald described their first work as "a perfection." Credits include Canberra Theatre Company, Entr'acte, Kickhouse Theatre, Deckchair Theatre, Skylark Mask and Puppet Theatre, Gonghouse, and Ethnochip (Berlin). He is the author of The Breadmaker's Carnival and The Slapping Man. Most recently he co-wrote and performed Mermaids In The Well And The Devil's On My Shoulder with Kavisha Mazzella at Melbourne's La Mama theatre.

DEBORAH JONES

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

One of ACTT's longest-serving tutors, Deborah graduated from ACTT in 1995. Acting credits for the Theatre include Baby with the Bathwater which she also produced, Everyman 2000, The Art of Success and Holiday in The Sun. Deborah commissioned the critically acclaimed Anthology, Hungry (Stables Theatre) centered around three writers and a single theme. Her television Film credits include Deadly Woman, Above the Law, All Saints, and The Dinner Party. Directing credits include Havana Harlem (Sydney Fringe), 4Play (Mardi Gras), Wind In The Willows and Cosi at The Haven.

CAMERON DAVIE

Co-director for ACTT Student Showreels

A critical asset of the ACTT graduating outcome is the production of an influential and industry-leading showreel which Cameron co-directs each year. Cameron has a deep love of drama and has directed many award-winning educational, training and corporate videos. His documentary, Passport Without a Country exploring the world of the hearing impaired was screened on the BBC. He has also co-produced several short film dramas, including a sci-fi segment of the film collection, POV, which was screened nationally in Hoyts Cinemas. He is a Churchill Fellow.

CLARE HEUSTON

Music Theatre, Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Clare holds an honours degree in Arts from Sydney University and an A.Mus from the AMEB. In 1998 she won the Lady Persia Galleghan Award for Operatic Voice at the Sydney Eisteddfod and made her debut at the National Lieder Society singing with Australian chamber music legend Rachel Valler at the piano. Since then she has performed as a recitalist all over NSW. Her teachers were Frances Hillier, Susan Reppion-Brooke, Sue Falk and Anthea Moller.

JILL RUSS

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Jill is a 2007 graduate of ACTT’s Dip. Stage and Screen Acting. Her theatre credits include: Cymbeline and Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach), The Boys, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Roberto Zucco (ACTT), Shadowmuse (Shades Theatre). She has also toured with Leading Arts. Jill's screen credits include: The Suspects (Channel 7), Dance Academy and Redfern Now (ABC), numerous TVC’s, training videos and corporate roleplay.

KYLE ROWLING

Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

Kyle is a professional Actor, Director, Weapons Master and Fight Director. He has 25 years experience in Martial Arts and has trained, choreographed and performed Stage Combat for STC, Opera Australia, Ensemble Theatre, Belvoir St, Marion St, Bell Shakespeare, the David Atkins Group, Sydney Shakespeare Globe and more.  He teaches regularly at ACTT and has worked in many theatre and film productions including Star Wars EP II and III as Christopher Lee's fight double, Eric Bana's personal weapons trainer for Troy, fight director and performer for Pan at Sydney's Capitol Theatre and the New York tour of STC's The White Devil.

JILL BROWN

Music Theatre, Stage & Screen Acting, Theatre & Screen Performance

An Acting graduate from Theatre Nepean, Jill studied singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and has a Masters in Theatre Studies, Directing from UNSW. She has 30 years experience as a professional singer/actor and has been a theatre director since 1994. She was the Head of Voice Studies and Lecturer in Performance at Theatre Nepean UWS for ten years. Jill studied and performed with Roy Hart Theatre in the south of France and produced the Australian tour of Roy Hart company members (2010). Jill is Artistic Director and conductor of acappella ensemble Let It Go Edith.

MARGARET KAYE

Stage & Screen Acting

Margaret has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method of Movement for over 20 years and is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Assistant Trainer and member of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild. Over the years she has taught at a range of Australian professional acting schools and dance schools as well as on professional productions with the Bell Shakespeare Company amongst others and with private clients who work across the performing arts, in performance of one kind or another.

NAOMI LIVINGSTONE

Stage & Screen Acting

Naomi graduated from ACTT’s Dip. Stage and Screen Acting in 2008 and the Atlantic Acting School in New York in 2010. Recent stage credits include: Electra by Sophocles (dir. Richard Hilliar), Macondo’s Clothesline (Co-devised with Alicia Gonzlaez and Natalia Ladyko); The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin (dir Louise Fischer); Closer by Patrick Marber (dir Glen Hamilton); Film credits include: webseries Watch With Mother by The Glue Society + Revolver; Late Tuesday + Round and Round, shorts by Jenna Eriksen and Resistance directed by award-winning Michael bates.

FIONA MALONE

Theatre & Screen Performance. Stage & Screen Acting

A Postgraduate in the Movement Studies Diploma (NIDA), Fiona has been the BioMechanics tutor for ACTT since 2007. Known for her innovative cross media productions, Fiona is an award winning choreographer with a long-standing international career as a contemporary dancer. Expanding her skills to train and choreograph for Actors, her recent Theatre credits include working for Sydney Theatre Componay on The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Concussion, and with her mentor Gavin Robins for The Bell Shakespeare Company on As You Like It.

For more information call 02 9213 4500 or email info@actt.edu.au