Simon Hunter | SAS Executive Chairman

SIMON HUNTER

EXECUTIVE CHAIR 

Simon Hunter began his career as a screenwriter and producer. He wrote Twisted Tales: Bonus Mileage, produced by Australian icon Bryan Brown for the Nine Network Australia. Simon's screenplay secured Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush to star in the episode.

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Ashley Curry | SAS General Manager

ASHLEY CURRY

DIRECTOR OF WATERLOO STUDIOS

Ashley Curry came to Sydney Actors School with over 5 years of marketing experience and another 5 years of design experience. He started his journey with SAS as Marketing Manager, moving into Recruitment and Admissions and now oversees the daily running of the school as General Manager. 

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Rebecca Johnston | Sydney Acting School

REBECCA JOHNSTON

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Originally from Perth, WA, Rebecca is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (2009) and Edith Cowan University (2004). With 13 years experience across multiple industries, Rebecca is a highly qualified public speaker, corporate trainer, MC, teacher, and mentor.

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GARTH HOLCOMBE

ACTING 

Garth is an experienced, respected and highly sought after acting teacher and coach, who has over 24 years of experience in the stage and screen industry. His teachings span across all elements of live performance and screen.

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PIP EDWARDS

SCREEN ACTING & CASTING

Pip is an actor, director, presenter, screen acting and audition coach, career and mindset coach, and facilitator. Pip has a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) from NIDA & a Bachelor of Creative Arts (filmmaking, philosophy & arts law) from Melbourne Uni

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LYN PIERSE

IMPROVISATION & ACTING

Lyn Pierse has taught a generation of actors, teachers, standup comics and students of Improvisation and Acting for over 35 years at NIDA, ACA, AIM, Sydney Actors School, and is a sessional teacher University of New England, Macquarie University, Drama NSW.

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ROB MAXWELL

VOICE 

Rob is a voice, dialect and acting teacher based in Sydney. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA, and is an acting graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City. He has worked extensively as an actor and teacher both in Australia and overseas, including residencies at Yale School of Drama and Carnegie Mellon University.

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FELICITY JURD

VOICE

A teacher trained graduate of Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC, Felicity Jurd has studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Australian Theatre for Young People. She made her TV debut in JNP's Land of Hope as a core cast member and her ABC Radio debut in Cyclone Tracy.

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JOSHUA BELINFANTE

TECHNOLOGY CRAFT

Joshua Belinfante has crewed on TV series for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, SBS, Channel 9 & Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as music videos for international artists. Joshua has taught filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Sydney & Gold Coast and at SFS & SAS.

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ANCA FRANKENHAEUSER

MOVEMENT & ACTING

Anca feels cross-feeding between performing arts, with dabbling in visual arts, has enriched her life, both professionally and generally. Since discovering dance in her native Finland, teaching has always been on the agenda for her.

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Shane Anthony

SHANE ANTHONY

ACTING

Shane Anthony works as a theatre director and producer in Australia and overseas. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at National Institute of Dramatic Art, Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has also completed a BA in Theatre Studies at QUT.

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ANNA HOUSTON

ACTING 

Anna Houston graduated from NIDA in 2004. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies at Perth's Curtin University, and trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in 2010. She has directed two plays for Sydney Actors School, in 2022 and 2023.

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CJ JOHNSON

FILM STUDIES & SCREENWRITING

CJ Johnson is the President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He is the film and television critic for The Nightlife on ABC Radio (Australia). His reviews air at 11:15pm on Tuesday nights. His film blog Film Mafia (www.filmmafia.com.au) is widely read internationally.

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LINDA NICHOLLS-GIDLEY

VOICE

Trained as an actor and a theatre voice/accents and dialects specialist, Linda lives and creates on Wallumedegal Land. She has worked in the Industry for over 20 years. Recent production coaching includes: Once, Breathing Corpses, Ulster American, Spike Heels, Yellowface, and In Their Footsteps.

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Philip Quast

PHILIP QUAST

ACTING AND MUSICAL THEATRE 

Philip has an interest in the "connections" between performance mediums; looking at why actors are great both on screen & theatre, including those multi-skilled from musical theatre. He understands the link & explores fundamentals of cross training principal.

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Erin Good

ERIN GOOD

DIRECTING

An award-winning director. Her films have won awards at national & international festivals. Festival acceptances include Montreal World Film Festival. Erin's film The Wonderful was nominated for a Director's Guild Award & won the ATOM Award.

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JACK STARKEY-GILL

VOICE 

Jack graduated from NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Voice) degree in 2021, and now works as a Voice Lecturer and Specialist to Acting students at NIDA, ACA and SAS. Jack comes from a background in acting, having achieved a Bachelor of Dramatic Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2010.

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ANDREA DEMETRIADES

CASTING & SCREEN TESTS

Andrea is an actor originally from Western Australia. Since graduating from NIDA, she has worked consistently in leading roles across film, television and theatre. For theatre - Sydney Theatre Company: Home, I’m Darling, Arcadia, Arms and the Man, Perplex, Pygmalion. Bell Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night.

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Stephen Hunter

STEPHEN HUNTER

VOICE OVER

Stephen has worked across both film and TV in both Australia and New Zealand. Stephen’s breakthrough role was as the Dwarf, BOMBUR in three of Peter Jackson’s films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

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KIM HARDWICK

ACTING

Kim trained as a dancer before studying acting at Victorian College of the Arts, directing for theatre at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and directing for screen at Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

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SAM FREEMAN

SCREEN TECHNOLOGY

Sam’s teaching style draws from over a decade of experience in film, television and video production in Australia and overseas with a focus on creative problem-solving and the technical nuances of filmmaking. more...

TIM DASHWOOD

FIGHTING FOR SCREEN

Tim has been interested and involved in movement practices, specifically in fight work since studying Acting at the University of Southern Queensland, graduating in 2005. As a Fight Director, he has worked with multiple companies in Sydney and Brisbane.

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NICHOLAS GENTILE

MUSICAL THEATRE

Nicholas Gentile has carved a distinguished niche for himself in the music industry, earning acclaim for his prowess in theatre, performance, and composition. A graduate of the esteemed Talent Development Project, Nicholas has honed his skills on a global stage.

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RAECHYL FRENCH

VOICE

Raechyl French is an experienced voice coach, actor and voice over artist with an MFA: Voice from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Diploma of Screen Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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YANNICK LAWRY

VOICE

Yannick moved from London to Sydney in 2008 and has worked as an actor, voiceover artist and broadcaster both in the UK and Australia. He's worked both on and off-air at Capital Radio London, 2GB, Nova 96.9 and smoothfm.

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CLAUDIA BARRIE

ACTING 

Claudia is a highly experienced multidisciplinary artist with over 20 years experience in the industry. She has worked extensively as an actor, director and theatre producer since 2004. She is also a passionate educator who has worked for exclusive drama schools across the country including WAAPA, NIDA and ACA.

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