Simon Hunter

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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rebecca johnston

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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ASHLEY CURRY

GENERAL MANAGER

Ashley comes to Sydney Actors School with over 5 years of marketing experience. Ashley has joined Sydney Actors School at an exciting time in the schools growth and is well equipped to help the graduates navigate their collective careers to become the next generation of international screen leaders.

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KEVIN JACKSON

ACTING

Kevin graduated from NIDA in 1971. He was a member of the Old Tote Theatre Company from 1973-1974. He has made appearances on ABC Radio and Television, Sydney Theatre Company, Marian Street and Nimrod Theatre Productions. He was a founding member of the Q Theatre.

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JULIA COTTON

MOVEMENT & ACTING

Julia Cotton began her career as a classical dancer with The Australian Ballet. She later joined the Contemporary Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre and was a founding member & co-director of Etcetera, a performing group appearing in festivals around the World.

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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, & why its powerful for professionals.

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Liam Moses

LIAM MOSES

TECHNOLOGY CRAFT

Liam Moses has an eight year career in Audio and a number of years in filmmaking, Liam began by completing a Bachelor of Music, Majoring in Audio at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Sydney, Australia and upon completion went on to freelance professionally.

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Lyn Pierse

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 22 years, ACA 25 years, Australian Institute of Music 6 years, SAS 2 years, sessional teacher University of New England, Macquarie University, Drama NSW.

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ALISTAIR TOOGOOD

VOICE

Al is a WAAPA Musical Theatre (1999) and NIDA Voice Studies (2004) graduate working predominantly as a voice/dialect, singing and acting coach. One of his major influences as a voice practitioner is the master teacher Barbara Houseman, with whom he undertook private training in London in 2015.

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SIMON MASTERTON

VOICE

Simon was born in Scotland and now lives in Sydney, he holds a MA in French & Spanish from Cambridge University, a PGDip in Music Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music, & a MFA in Voice from the NIDA. Over the past 20 years he has worked as a singer, actor, singing teacher, translator & voice coach.

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Pip Edwards

PIP EDWARDS

SCREEN ACTING & CASTING

Pip is a professional actor, film & theatre maker, acting & career coach, casting assistant & entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) from NIDA & a Bachelor of Creative Arts (devised work, filmmaking, philosophy & arts management/law) from Melbourne Uni.

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ROEL VOORBIJ

MOVEMENT

Roel, has been active in theatre since he was 12 years old. Starting at the Rotterdam Youth Theatre Hofplein, he studied Theatre at the Amsterdam Theatre Academy, followed by completing the internationally recognised Amsterdam University of the Arts, Mime Education in 2005.

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CJ Johnson

CJ JOHNSON

FILM STUDIES & SCREENWRITING

CJ Johnson is the host of Movieland on the ABC, film critic for Tony Delroy's Nightlife, a regular contributor to magazines and websites internationally, and the co-author of And The Oscar Didn't Go To. His film blog Film Mafia is read internationally, with hundreds of thousands of views.

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FELICITY JURD

VOICE

A teacher trained graduate of Atlantic Theater Company, New York, Felicity Jurd has also 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 Tracey.

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Garth Holcombe

GARTH HOLCOMBE

ACTING 

Garth Holcombe's career has spanned the Film, Television and Theatre industries both in Australia and Internationally. A graduate of the NIDA, he has also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London, and has lived in and worked as an actor in Australia, London and New York.

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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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STEPHEN HUNTER

VOICE OVER

Stephen has worked across both film and TV in both Australia and New Zealand. Stephen’s breakthrough big screen 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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