Aaron Sweeten is a developing artist who has joined ICACM to inform and crystallise his overarching career objective, which is to act in and direct performance-based work. As a Bachelor of Performance graduate from AIM Dramatic Arts (DA), he has marshaled problem-solving ability, task-driven initiative and a straightforward understanding of an effective ensemble environment during his course. It has instilled into him invaluable experience, rigour and concentration across key areas of theatre making and acting.
While he is careful and studious about the direction of his career, Aaron relishes spontaneity in the roles that he chooses, being able to switch between personalities on the turn of a dime and striking a precise tone for each occasion. From aggressively flamboyant and assertive in “Chekhov in Hell” (2013) to amusingly pastyfaced, stern and alert in “The Great” (2013) as well as immoral, hypocritical and corrosively corrupt in the American townsfolk tale “The Rimers of Eldritch” (2012), he is quite the chameleon. Although Aaron is a perfectionist and doesn’t reveal his secrets easily, he demands nothing less than his work, preferring to let the emotional gravitas and social relevance of his presence, climate and story commentate for itself.
While working on "Physical Stages" in 2012, he learned to work as an ensemble member to devise a story through movement thus making it a movement-based piece. He carried his team-building skills throughout the course. This came in handy during the New Short Works play "The Three Trials of Azdak" (2013) where he had to work in a group to retell the story of the Caucasian Chalk Circle as a contemporary and short piece.
With more than a passing interest in behind-the-scenes and some wizardry in sound editing and composition, he believes that greater control yields more creative results. Aaron also has found a similar serenity in professional teamwork with a trickle-down effect, wanting to dispute the fact that too many cooks don’t necessarily spoil the production as long they listen to the director and his one thematic idea that unifies cast and crew alike – powerfully, timelessly and sensitively tying the narrative together.
It wasn’t enough for Abbey Aziz to live life vicariously through other humans on screen. She’s the girl who wants to be falling head over heels, endearingly – sometimes clumsily – rising up to face mountainous challenges or just plain celebrating cinematic life in all its panoramic richness and diversity.
The path that Abbey first discovered – in front of the mirror in a house that she once shared with seven siblings on Hargrave Rd Auburn, Sydney no less – was to become an artist of unconditional emotion and philosophical magnanimity, with a few ‘awakenings’ along the way. She wants to bring people on that path, a touching journey that would change the way we view the world and ourselves in it. There there’s simple play and pleasure in the very act of performing. She wants to be living proof that we are all connected, without judgment and with pure love, power and compassion, much like leaving behind a legacy.
Since the age of six, Abbey has always been passionate in the areas of music, dance, fine art and acting. In other words, she is ‘home’. That place where time stands still and she forgets to eat and is painting frantically, splashing it all over her clothes and that is ok because it’s just like getting a coffee stain. Her curiosity in all things tactile grew as she grew older, along with her extreme interest in people and their stories of victory and struggle. ‘What makes us tick; what makes us uniquely individual yet universally identifiable to each other.’
Clearly, other than currently wrapping Abbey’s head around quantum physics and behavioural science, she relates it to her work as an actress. Meanwhile she is being driven by excellence in both personal and work life—creative collaboration, innovation and relationship-building for both on and off screen. Ultimately, she holds reverence for life… but she doesn’t merely want to chomp words, she wants to invite you in.
Emerging from the regional town of Gol Gol in NSW, Adrian Barilà left a successful family-owned vineyard business to pursue a career in Musical Theatre at Federation University’s Arts Academy. Since graduating, Adrian has been featured in the rarely performed “Merrily We Roll Along” in the entertaining role of Scotty.
Adrian performed his self-devised cabaret, “I’ll Have What He’s Having” in both Melbourne and Ballarat. It was well received that his cabaret was one of four shows selected to be a part of the 2015’s Ballarat Cabaret Festival, proving his chops as a powerhouse writer and performer combo on the festival circuit. He has also appeared as an extra in season four of both “Please Like Me”, “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” and Vance Joy’s “Georgia” music video, giving him a taste for the world of screen acting.
During his time in at the Arts Academy, Adrian has performed in a thrilling, technically superb and hilarious variety of content “Smash Hit” (Constable Craig); “Urinetown” (Billy Boy Bill/Bobby Strong – Cover); “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Jimmy Smith – Cover); “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Horace/Neville Landless – Cover).
Ariel Reonal started singing at the age of seven. Without proper training, he performed from elementary years in school programs and joining competitions all the way to college. He pursued this passion after graduating as a scholar with a major in TV Broadcast and Radio Communications. Although his mom didn’t initially approve of his chosen career, he went full-time anyway doing mainly theater productions, corporate shows, teaching in musical theater workshops, one-time chance designing the set for the local production of Florence Foster Jenkins’ play “Glorious!”, and occasionally appearing in television series and advertisements.
Training eventually happened through years of experience with reputable local theater companies. Ariel also attended theater dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center New York and Dance Attic London as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Master Class in Manila under acting coach and author of “In-Depth Acting” Dee Cannon.
After a nine-year absence in the Philippines performing various roles such as Quasimodo in Hong Kong Disneyland, and playing Assistant Commissar in the West End Revival of “Miss Saigon”, Ariel returned to his native land in 2016, bagging featured roles in major musical productions and earned him the 2016 Gawad Buhay Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical for “Tick, Tick… Boom!”
Ariel wishes to further his career internationally, and eventually share his knowledge to future artists in his home country.
Often compared to Lucy Liu in looks, Aimee is a budding and unique actor, model and Irish dancer in her own right. Although adopted, she’s a heady, exotic mix of Taiwanese and Australian, proud of her family’s Celtic heritage. Other than graduating from Adelaide Centre for the Arts and University of Adelaide, she has challenged herself in exemplary, award-winning Irish dancing skills and learnt basic sword play, thus fusing both Western and Eastern worlds with perfect synergy.
Across TV, film and theatre credits, Aimee has been described to have a stylistic, moody, comical, primal and gamine-like presence. On the animation short film “Pigs in Zen” director Michael Ouyang has described her as ‘professional and very creatively involved... Punctual, prepared, anticipating production needs and always willing to spend the time to work with the other actors, finding new expressive ideas... exploring far more than the film could allow... a terrific creative collaborator.’
Aimiee’s soprano voice also brought her renown in the early days of her career. Making her professional musical theatre debut as a child in “The King & I”, she went on to win scholarships with Australian Girls Choir and Concordia College. She flourished in various musicals such as “Man of La Mancha”, “The Sound of Music”, “Oklahoma”, “Guys & Dolls”, “Chess (South Australian Premiere)” and “Victor / Victoria (Australian Premiere)”. In 2016, Aimee sang as a soloist in "An Evening of Frank Sinatra (Wrest Point)", starring Matthew Ives and his Big Band and John X as Frank Sinatra.
Aimee has modeled for some of the world’s leading international photographers: Todd Anthony Tyler, Timon Wherli, Susanne Junker, Cassidy Photography, Sammy Esquillon and Matjaž Tančič. She has modeled in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines and Mainland China, utilising her attention-grabbing brand profile.
In a life-defining moment and a dream come true, Aimee was recognised as an Irish Australian Rose of Tralee in 2001 – one of Ireland’s highest honours for females of Irish ancestry. Sonya Perkins (The World of Hibernia) was moved by her ‘spectacular singing voice that wouldn’t sound out of place, on a Broadway stage’. Her name was later etched onto the Rose Wall of Honour in Tralee Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland in 2013.
This award-winning Rose of Tralee and Irish dancer is currently a Soprano with the Baghdad Singers in Tasmania, and was featured in RACT’s “Get Right Royal Service” health insurance TVC (2014-2015).
Ajeng Sharfina Adiwidya was always been intrigued by the works she had seen on stage and screen, many of which provided a great source of inspiration for her. Being exposed to classic musicals and works of Shakespeare at a young age, she was hooked onto its charms and so regularly showed off her language and acting chops in school settings. At 16, she made her stage debut at a musical revue called “Broadway ke Java,” which kick-started her journey into performing.
In 2014, Ajeng and a group of fellow enthusiasts founded the first English-speaking, musical theatre community in Jakarta, Jakarta Performing Arts Community. The community quickly became a learning platform for people of all ages and backgrounds who share an undying passion in musical theatre. She has been involved in many of its productions, as a performer and production team alike. She has directed numbers from musicals such as “In The Heights” and “The Little Mermaid” in its biennial revues, and took the center stage as Maria in their production “West Side Story.”
Ajeng took part in the Broadway program at YES Academy ASEAN 2016, held in Jakarta. In this program, she trained under Nikki Snelson for acting and dance, as well as Peter Thoresen for voice. She has also worked with Indonesian theatrical practitioner I. Yudhi Soenarto on “Nawang Wulan”, a stage adaptation of Indonesian folklore.
2018 was a big year for Ajeng. She stepped up as Michelle Morris in the JPAC production of “Dreamgirls” and branched out to more dramatic works by making her debut in a play in “Blackbird”, a two-hander that delves into sexual violence against women and children. This performance was held to raise awareness and instigate discussion on how to become a better support system for its survivors. Outside of the stage, she also had her first taste of a major motion picture in her involvement of Indonesia’s first superhero movie, “Gundala”.
In addition to performing, Ajeng also has a great passion in education. She is currently involved in Theater For Life, an applied theatre education program focusing on social issues among local underprivileged youths, and Mondiblanc Acting Lab, which explores mental health issues in immersive theatrical settings. She is very passionate about using her knowledge, skills, and experience to advance the visibility of the underrepresented in the society.
Born and raised in the gritty suburbs of Western Sydney, Akram Joseph knows the layout of Bankstown like the back of his own hand. He also has a sweet tooth for adrenaline-fueled action films, stage combat and stunts – and why wouldn’t he, when he currently holds down his day job at Sweet City Café in Bankstown?
Having been trained at Vulcan’s Pro Wrestling School, Akram is a local professional wrestler for PWA (Professional Wrestling Australia), as well as an award-winning boxer and a taekwondo fighter (won 2009 open division). He hopes to translate these tough skills into large-scale film.
With smoldering, heartthrob, ‘other’ looks that wouldn’t be out of place on the set of “Home & Away”, Akram is an easy-going, daring, motivated and in-the-know artist who is ready to bloom, bursting with expression for his lifelong ambitions in the world of acting. When StarCentral magazine calls Akram as one of most promising actors to debut on the scene, it’s not hard to see why.
Don’t let his boyish conduct fool you, for Akram has a softer, level headed and melodic side. He was a Metro Screen panelist member on current affairs and anti-racial sentiment, an improvisational artist, as well as a songwriter who can play darbuka (a traditional Egyptian hour-glass drum).
His 2013 highlights include being a detective in “Bingo Unit” an interactive multimedia police drama performance; SBS’s “Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl” spinoff miniseries. In 2012, he made Kris Macourt’s “Between a Stock & a Heart Place” about homelessness; “Convict” in a Parramatta prison setting, and Maria Tran’s plucky action comedy duo film “Hit Girls” starring girl power.
‘Put your faith in me,’ Akram declares.
Akshay Mahendrakar is a self-assured actor, filmmaker, voiceover artist, writer and model who loves the beautiful art that is entertainment and creative expression. He considers himself to be an innovative and passionate filmmaker who strongly believes in the technical pursuit of excellence and social commentary within his films, and how he himself can inspire both his ethnic and industry peers for generations to come.
Akshay owes his heritage to his worldly, hands-on, resourceful, ambitious and stylish ethos, in which he is driven by the craft of imagery, visual depth and athletic prowess to achieve emotional fidelity. From backdrop dressing in children’s classic “Peter Rabbit” (2017) and corporate brands for “Woolworths” (2016), “Aussie Home Loans” and “NSW Transport” (2017), he delights in the more substantial ones such as “The Seduction”, “Think Nothing”, “Domestic Violence” and “No Mercy” (2016). He is a regular on genre television ranging from crime, drama to science fiction and mystery.
Akshay is a seasoned director, cinematographer and editor of films, documentaries and music videos.
Alex Levett is an actor who wishes to go into the work of acting in all forms including Theatre, Screen, Voice as well as voiceovers for games and cartoons. He has acted in several TAFE productions.
He has TAFE courses in Diploma of Musical Theatre and both Certificates 3 and 4 for Theatre & Screen respectively.
Alexandra Moerdomo started performing as a child ballerina on famous Indonesian stages Graha Bakti Budaya and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta while a student at Marlupi Dance Academy and Lucy Ballet School. Her acting career debut began when she was involved in her first professional show “Supaliminal”, an immersive, site-specific production revolving around multiple locations directed by Gregory Award nominee Paul Thomas.
She has since performed in the revival of “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder at Theatre For A New Audience, directed by Arin Arbus, choreographed by Emmy-nominee Sonya Tayeh (of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame), with music composed by Lortel Award winner Cesar Alvarez. The production won 3 OBIE Awards in 2017.
Alexandra has also been involved in many boundary-pushing theatrical productions including surrealist immersive theatre production “Houseworld” (Time Out Critics 'Pick, New York Magazine Critics' Pick, labeled ‘the best theater in NYC’ by Gawker). She was part of the devising company for "Aftermath" (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination), a physical theatrical performance exploring PTSD in women's bodies. She was also one of the artists involved in the first professional immersive live production “Whisperloge” (featured on The Atlantic, NY Magazine, NYLON, Time Out, and INSIDER).
Some of Alexandra’s favorite roles include playing The Fat Prince and the Adjutant in an all-female adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle” directed by Katherine Wilkinson; playing a refugee-in-limbo in “The Express", an original play by experimental playwright Ran Xia; and playing a dumpster-diving survivor in post-apocalyptic dystopia as part of Leela Theatre’s 2016 “Leela Tours the Bouroughs” festival.
Alexandra has studied with renowned theater masters such as Fay Simpson (acting coach to Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo), Beth McGuire (vocal coach for Broadway show “Eclipsed” which won 6 TONY Awards), Deborah Kampmeier (director of “Hounddog” starring Dakota Fanning & Robin Wright, “Virgin” starring Elisabeth Moss & Robin Wright, and “Split” starring Anna Mouglalis & Morgan Spector), and Erica Fae (of “Boardwalk Empire”), among many others.
On screen, she was a guest star in the finale episode of “Next Step: NYC” on ABC Family (now Freeform). She also had recurring roles on two seasons of TruTV’s “Hack My Life”. Alexandra has starred in commercials for international brands such as Wedgwood, Royal Copenhagen, Royal Doulton, Global Citizen, Microsoft, and Oxford. While in Seattle, she collaborated with analog photographer Cvitanic and some of their works were featured on Vogue Italia PhotoVogue.
When not acting, Alexandra volunteers for Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program, Lentera ID, and International Women Artists’ Salon.
Alexis Bonnor is a talented, strong and dedicated young actor, dancer and singer who takes after her equally artistic siblings in the family. With an enormous amount of experience at the ripe age of 10, she tends to pick up on different styles very quickly such as jazz, ballroom, tap and hip-hop. She has appeared extensively on stage in QLD in musical theatre and plays, as well as a range of short films, including the recent feature “Love Socks” and the much-lauded productions of “Oliver!” and “The Wizard of Oz” in fine character form.
Alexis is a very friendly, bubbly and waif-like girl who loves to put on a dazzling show everywhere she goes. Due to her stoic and mature nature, she works very well with adults but more importantly also understands them on their level and can appreciate candour. Considering her portfolio so far, she may grow up to be masterfully associated with indie, arthouse, fantastical fare as she relishes introspective work-turned-unreal the most.
She has also dabbled in modeling, most notably in Tamblyn’s Young Model Search competition and splashing about in the wave pool as part of the feel-good summer lifestyle vista for “Wet’n’Wild” (2013). Alexis is currently home-schooled with four other siblings, whom she is close to, so it is often a hot creative mess at home!
Trained at Lecoq in Paris, France, Alicia Gonzalez is a theatre maker specialising in clown and physical comedy, movement and ensemble devised techniques to storytelling. She works across theatre, film and education as devisor, director, teacher and performer. Alicia is a member of the comedy group Choo Choo Troupe, a clown for Clown Doctors Australia, and is Associate Director for Clockfire Theatre Company, for who she has collaborated and performed in the 1st instalment of “A Hunger Suite”, “we, the lost company” and “The Natural Conservatorium for Wise Women”. In 2018 Alicia will continue to collaborate, write and perform for Matriark Theatre Inc, Living Room Theatre and InPlay Arts.
Alicia enjoys working as a performance coach and movement director for several shows including Mardi Gras favourite “The Punters Siren”. In 2016 she co-directed The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch for the Maritime Museum by DropBear Theatre. As Marquez Laundry Theatre Co Artistic Director she has been commissioned to write, direct and perform in: “Macondo's Clothesline” and “Fred & Ginger” (The Old 505 Theatre) and her first operetta “Lemon Tree” (blank_space Gallery). Alicia was also selected to participate in NIDA’s 2014 Independent Creative Development Program in Sydney. In 2014 Critical Stages offered Alicia the Emerging Producers residency. In 2015 she had her directing short-film debut.
She has created and facilitated workshops in Lecoq pedagogy, clown, bouffon, and devising for theatre at The Clown Institute, Laugh Masters Academy, Milkcrate Theatre, Riverside Theatres and for various high-schools and drama students preparing for their HSC solo pieces. Her artistic influences include Compagnie Philippe Genty, Chiara Guidi, Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, Maguy Marin, & Pina Bausch. Alicia was the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to help fund her studies at Lecoq. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she offers her expertise as a creative surgeon to indie theatre makers, actors and clowns.
Alicia is a graduate of the 2-year Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris (Professional Actor pedagogy and Laboratory of Movement Studies) course. She also trained at Zen Zen Zo (QLD), the Movement Theatre Studio (NYC), Actors College of Theatre and Television Theatre (SYD) as well as other specialists including Simon T Rann (Compagnie Philippe Genty).
After graduating from a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre Performance at Wesley Institute, Alison Lee Rubie has had the opportunity to explore new depths to create and immerse herself into different characters. Originally from the Central Coast with time spent in Sydney, Brisbane and travelling the world, she moved back to Sydney’s Inner West in 2010 and together with Steven Hopley created their theatre companies Enigma and Hot Room Theatre Group.
Fresh from a short break in performing in order to focus on studying animals and zoo-keeping at Taronga Zoo, Alison has kept in touch with her creative side through her theatre companies, producing her own work.
She took on the role of Director for Hot Room Theatre Group's debut production “Opposites Attract” as well as acting in it, which brought back her passion and drive for the industry. Her theatre credits include “La Ronde” (Housekeeper), “The Shape of Things” (Jenny), “The Maids” (Solange), “Twelfth Night” (Feste), “The Popular Mechanicals” (Robin Starveling), “Interrupted at her Music” (Susanna, Self devised), “Talking With…,” (Twirler), and “Easter “(Benjamin), as well as musicals including “West Side Story” and “Hot Mikado”. She has also been involved in some short films and feature films including “Suburban Mayhem” and some TV commercials.
Alissar Gazal came to Australia from Lebanon in the early 70’s. After graduating from ANU in Canberra, she moved back to Sydney and began her acting career when she joined Australia’s first bilingual Arab-Australian company TAQA Theatre in 1991-1999. Her involvement there included devising, writing, acting and producing, which would place her in stellar steed among ethnically enlightening stories and among award-winning, visionary peers such as Tom Zubrycki and Fadia Abboud.
Alissar has always been interested in all aspects of film especially documentary. A fan of narrative-driven, character-driven and observational style, she produced and directed her own piece that was close to her heart, “Le[s]banese” which spotlighted the struggling connect between the women of Lebanon and their burgeoning sexual identities. Recently, she became a beloved character following the online sensation of the 9-part series “I Luv U But” over two seasons. She has a knack of bringing both heart and cheekiness to the role of a mother unaware of her daughter’s secret as well as a TV chef with a lascivious appetite…
Alissar is on the Management Committee of the Arab Film Festival and the Selection Committee for Sydney Film Festival. She is also a founding member of Sydney Arabic Choir. In addition, she has been known to facilitate thought-provoking diversity casting seminars for ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange) at Parramatta. While she has also enthusiastically assisted on the set for other filmmakers and casting directors, her first love will always be acting.
Alissar’s other love is cooking. She owned and operated her catering company Date Fig Olive from 2003-2006, but continues to cater for private functions.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, all Andrea Laing ever wanted to do was to be in the lights. Whether it is posing metaphysical questions about desire and ‘what ifs’, re-enacting a cold case murder, navigating through relationship breakdowns or presenting for reality TV, travelogues and awards shows, she enjoys showing off an abundance of incredible material and iconic hotspots in her hometown, and the exciting dimension of travel.
Andrea’s portfolio has ranged from the rags-to-riches element alongside a struggle for forgiveness and redemption in “A Cross to Bear” (2012), scientific knowledge piece “Stuff You Should Know” (2013) and social psychology experiment “Bad Girls” (2007). On the other hand, she tends to aim for irreverent fare “Zombie College: The 5 Rules of Lab Safety” (2013) and “Chainsaw Cheerleaders” (2013) whose titles are alone worth the price of admission. Her work on the Sundance film “Paradise” by Max Makowski in the Philippines gave her the contrivance of all three: independence, passion and exotic locations. More importantly, it exposed her to the ‘verite style’ of filmmaking in the genre of found footage, where she was required to draw from simply a thorough outline, naturalistic acting and authentic dialogue.
Andrea is a certified and experienced freelance host who can create a likeable, delicate and kind face of any segment. She is a regular contributor to “Mood Magazine” and “Get Connected”, who is in the know about fashion trends, entertainment news, business, celebrities, entertainment events and a thriving local hub.
Precise, articulate, consummate and visionary while driving a humanitarian cause when she can, Andrea is always persistent and humble in her pursuits. It is this consistency that shows value in whatever she’s after. She abides by this saying, which has always held her in good steed: ‘Let success make the noise!’
Andrew Thomas, originally from Adelaide, moved to Ballarat to study musical theatre. During this time, he was in the workshop cast of “Motor-Mouth Loves Suck-Face” an apocalyptic musical as the role of Christopher Tupper. And in his third year at Federation University he played Gomez in “The Addams Family” and Cinderella’s Father in “Into the Woods”. He also starred in an advertisement for Ballarat Cabaret Festival.
Angela Tran has completed her Bachelor of Media degree at UNSW. As an emerging actor, she has appeared in a few short films and small-scale stage works, most recently for ATYP, Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) and bAKEHOUSE Theatre. She has already been noted for her gentle nature in renowned theatre critic and blogger Kevin Jackson’s review for her performance in “Red Panda”.
Angela has an indie, innocent, sometimes naïve and natural ‘best friend’ quality that, in the long term, can also take on a darkly ironic and unexpected dimension in the hands of neo-traditional material. In “The Violence Project” (2013) she tackles the confronting subject matter of violence, safety, mechanisms and pervasive causes of crime in Western Sydney neighbourhoods through vignettes and interaction with narratives of war, homeland, local landscapes and beauty. In “His Mother’s Voice” (2014) she harbours a collective ruthlessness and tyranny of the Cultural Revolution ideology while affecting sycophantic allegiance for Chairman Mao in a dual role as Red Guard and neighbour.
At the same time, Angela exhibits worldliness and studiousness for the business side of the industry. Capable of injecting subtext into any role, she is not afraid to ask for advice to strengthen her connection with the text particularly issues about youth and representation in the media. She understands the embedded value of character and intuition, evoking multi-layered experience from memory.
According to Suzanne Miller, Angela has enormous growth potential with a good work ethic and has the capacity for growth during the rehearsal process: ‘She’s a real find.’ Australian Stage Review also states that ‘Tran’s performance reflects her promise.’
Angela Zhou was born in Australia and is of Chinese descent. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Media [Sound and Screen Productions] at the University of New South Wales and aspires to be an actress and director.
Angelika Nieweglowski is a Sydney-based Polish actress. In 2015 she graduated from the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. She has lived her whole life in Australia; however growing up in a Polish family certainly had shaped her into the passionate, fiercely determined and vivacious person that she is today.
Whilst at drama school Angelika had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of Australia’s brightest and most experienced directors including Lex Marinos, Luke Rogers and John O’Hare. She was voice trained by renowned practitioner Jill Brown.
Angelika’s credits include: Mrs Callas in “Roundheads and Peakheads” (AFTT), Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (AFTT) and Gail in “The Man Who Couldn’t Dance” (AFTT).
After completing training, she performed in a short devised piece titled “Loop” (dir. Cecile Payet). Along with her stage credits, Angelika has also acted in numerous short films, including “The Fox” (dir. Luke Chetham). She speaks fluent Polish, which was put to good use on a recent bi-lingual short film “How to Speak English” (dir. Tiffany Liu) as voiceover talent.
Along with her acting, Angelika works as a theatre costume and set designer. In 2016 she has worked with companies such as Sport for Jove, Hayes Theatre Co, Squabbalogic and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
Anna Baranowska's life has taken her from Europe and Africa to Australia and beyond, providing a wealth of experience, excitement and opportunity.
Anna’s childhood in Poland was filled with dance and music—performing was a natural progression. She left Poland at 19 and spent several years in Germany and England before moving to Australia. She thereby completed an Advanced Diploma in Acting (Stage and Screen) and became a permanent resident.
Her TV credits to date have included work in Poland, Africa and Germany. In 2018, she was featured as Valerie Poiret on the second season of Amazon Prime’s “You Are Wanted”, the first German series to premiere in Las Vegas, US in May (followed by a global release date). In 2016, she worked on the international hit NBC’s TV series “Cape Town” in South Africa. She speaks Polish, German, English and Spanish. As a TV presenter with engaging people skills, Anna has hosted over 600 live shows for Polish Television.
Anna is an accomplished dancer specialising in West Coast Swing. She is interested in literature, art, music and language.
Having returned from Europe, she is always looking for new challenges and interesting projects.
Anna Cominos is not your everyday, typical Greek female, if such a type exists. Motherly, smart, organized, sensitive, intellectual and in touch with both of her Greek and Australian cultures, this festival and event expert and published writer has also gained an unlikely taste for politically incorrect comedy smash-hit notably 2003- 2007’s TV series and 2003 spinoff feature “Fat Pizza” by SBS.
While the viral, famed nature of Fat Pizza has – somewhat dubiously – ensured its status in the hallowed halls of Australian pop culture, Anna is at lengths to emphasise that she is so much more than the sum of her parts, which is a writer for her bi-lingual heritage.
In an article, Anna can swing from satirical, cheeky and over-the-top, to thoughtful, historical and creative pieces on the displacement and re-integration of the Greek community in a diasporic context. While she is not writing, she is as enthralling and committed as a risk-taking, ‘death-defying’ performer on the stage. These life experiences have given her boundless depth and that rare mix of ingrained self-assurance and cultural embedment: translating to a perfect recipe for television drama.
Anna Jahjah is a French director and drama teacher who has been living in Sydney for 4 years. Anna studied Anglophone theatre at Cours Florent and Jack Garfein Actors Studio in Paris when she performed in both classical and contemporary plays, including Comedia Dell'Arte plays. They taught her everything about timing, rhythm and relating to the audience.Her career in directing began afterwards, in addition to being a raconteur of Aboriginal stories at Le Musée du Quai Branly and Musée du Louvre. She performed in radio plays and made several documentaries about life in Lebanon, her home country.
Through the Conservatorie National Supérieur de Musique, Anna taught drama and storytelling in schools in a city already known for its creatively rich flair. She also conducted drama classes in English for amateur actors willing to improve their English while infusing the value of fun within performance, by staging Anglophone theatre in English such as Peter Schaffer's “Black Comedy” and Agatha Christies’ “The Mousetrap”.
Although Anna made the difficult decision to leave friends and family behind in France to settle down in Australia, she has wasted little time in facilitating drama workshops both in French and Arabic in schools as well as the National Conservatorium of Music. Anna toured around NSW as an actor in the bilingual one-woman show “La Bouillabaisse et la Marseillaise”, and enjoyed teaching French learners about the culture and expressions of Marseille, both in French and English. This was to show both student and teacher alike how drama can help to inform and communicate a foreign language laterally; that non-native French speakers can interact with native French speakers while expressing quirky, innovative and thoughtful fun for all involved.
In addition to her time at Alliance Française, Anna has been a playwright and director adapting established material. Under Le Théâtre des Assassins Anna has debuted plays with amateurs such as “Le Dindon” with The Sydney French Theatre, as well as a professional English version of “Roberto Zucco” at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, She was pleased to collaborate with a melting pot of French, Australian, Lebanese and Russian actors.
Anna is very excited about her latest pet project Théâtre Excentrique with partner Gerry Sont. As Artistic Director of Théâtre Excentrique, it focuses on performing theatre from around the world. Her production, the critically acclaimed “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh was performed in April 2014 with professional actors in English and a chorus of school students repeating key sentences in French.
Annie Thorold is a Swedish actor living in Melbourne, with training and qualifications from both Sweden and Sydney. She delights in physical theatre, devised work such as “Killjoy” (Imprint Theatre Co) and alternative approaches to classical texts such as “The Yellow Wallpaper” (La Mama Explorations).
In Sydney, Annie undertook a Bachelor of Performance, Dramatic Arts at the Australian Institute of Music.
She completed her degree playing the title role in “Anna Karenina “(2016 dir. Peta Downes) and with an internship at La Mama Theatre Melbourne, as a dramaturgical associate and performer in the Explorations season of “The Lover” (2016 dir. Laurence Strangio). In 2017 Annie moved down to Melbourne and has since then done several productions with La Mama Theatre, including the lead role in a newly published Ibsen translation of The Lady from the Sea, titled “Ellida” by May-Brit Akerholt. (Ellida, Currency Press, 2018). Other La Mama productions from 2018 included “The Love”r and “Destroy, She Said, both pieces by Marguerite Duras (dir. Laurence Strangio).
Annie‘s training and work have mainly been acting for theatre and physical performance. Last year she participated in a workshop in viewpoints, devising work and physical actor training. (Chopt Logic, Sydney).
She has also featured in a couple of short films “Nature” (dir: Elisabeth Fermanis) and “Nice Guys Finish Last” (Dir: Joshua Sinclair) and is intrigued to more work and training within the screen world!
Whilst growing up on the countryside in Sweden, Annie was an active child—whether on the back of a horse, on the soccer field, on the running tracks or playing the guitar. Nowadays she mainly runs or rides her bike alongside the river, going to the gym or dancing lindy hop.
Annie is a traveler, and would happily travel for work and gigs. When she has a couple of days off, she likes to explore the beautiful coastlines and seas of Australia!
Since graduating from the Ballarat Arts Academy in 2013, Aubrey Flood has worked extensively in Melbourne theatre as an actor, singer and theatre-maker. She regularly trains with the Present Tense Ensemble and has trained in Suzuki and Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York, attending both their Saratoga Summer Intensive, Advanced Training in their NYC studio, and recently their 25th Anniversary Symposium.
Aubrey’s credits range from children’s theatre to cabaret, vocals for corporate events to a cappella groups, fringe festivals all over Australia to major works in theatres. She also performs as a solo cabaret artist under the name Fat Baby Brown, who makes her Melbourne debut in 2017.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Ayesha Gibson has now completed her Bachelor of Performing arts, majoring in Acting, at Ballarat’s Arts Academy, taught by the likes of Ross Hall, Paul Hampton and Kim Durban. These studies have allowed her to expand her theatrical repertoire greatly and left her with a rich skill set across a variety of styles. Prior to commencing her studies, she worked extensively in children’s theatre with Brisbane’s Fame Theatre Company and performed in Joymas Creative’s “The 25 Project”.
Ayesha played Miranda in Bunninyong’s “The Tempest” and the lead Evie in short film “The Rubbish Man”—quickly putting her studies into practice. She hopes to soon expand her experience in film and stand-up comedy while relocating to Melbourne.
Babushka Ferenczi is a full time professional model, dancer, teacher and actor currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Beginning her career in France where she was inspired by art nouveau, she has been in the industry for nine years.
Her vast portfolio in modeling has included runways, photo shoots, catalogues, fashion shows and video shoots. Babushka’s has been published in a few magazines for the bridal and alternative markets and has taken part in leading consumer and retailer events such as L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Fringe Festival and Melbourne World Runway. As a performer, she specialises in belly dancing, Bollywood dancing and fire twirling; all of which she performs on a regular basis for different functions, festivals and charities. Because of videographic modeling for many well-known Indian singers, she was offered an opportunity to work on a Bollywood feature as a lead.
Babushka is known to be very reliable, organised, dedicated and easy to direct. Although she knows how to adapt and conform to rules, she also has a very fertile creative side and loves adding her own twist to projects when it is welcome. Her artistic output has tended to alternate between glamourous, tasteful, refined, old- school, wholesome, warrior-like, frenetic, tranquil and otherworldly – and that goes for her looks as well.
Babushka’s experience in working for different and world-renowned dance companies have enabled her to form her own company Jalwa Dance Company, where she can utilise her skill-set to the fullest and richest extent of her ability. In addition, she instructs her students under these variegated dance styles to a shrewd and high standard.
Indeed, Babushkua is proof of the adage that art is a way of life. And when she embodies the tagline in a photographic campaign: ‘Divinely You’, it’s not hard to see why.
Belinda La Faber, an early career artist and presenter feels that she is ready to move on to the next step with ICACM. She shares a similar philosophy towards transparent and fairer ethnic representation, removing barriers on the basis of skin colour, pointing out that she feels more Australian while acknowledging her cultural heritage as Sri Lankan. At the same time the arm is two-fold – potentially reaching her goals of presenting through this agency in a professional, diligent, punctual and credible manner.
Born and raised in outer Western Sydney, Belinda fell into presenting by accident while studying for a Bachelor Degree in Education and found that she had a knack of enthralling an audience with an effective, tender and firm presence. She could connect with children, business people and consumers through various educational, advertorial, infotainment, lifestyle and corporate video pieces. In fact, because of her B.A. Ed she specialises in kids’ educational presentation, notably what’s good for their health – the Blackmores Kids Mineral Minds vitamin brand and identifying the food types. She has knowledge and experience in the real estate industry, thus is keen to be considered for such castings/programs. She also has no problems working with animals, like horses!
Moreover Belinda is interested in moving into being a spokesperson for government, believing that she has the mouthpiece needed to represent the best interests of a group or electorate: objective, analytic yet affable and winsome. Since presenting presupposes knowledge of journalism, she has trained in radio, newsreading and interviews for Sydney TAFE Radio, an online radio station.
Belinda’s well-spoken credentials are crossed over from a background in teaching, but can also be accomplished in an acting sense as well. She is beginning to apply her animated and colourful delivery style to comedies such as “Super Awesome” (2013), about two straight men raising funds for a musical about gay marriage – with disastrous results, of course, and the hard-hitting, confronting beats of “Gimme Shelter” (2012) about a young female’s sheer audacity through broken homes and abusive circumstances.
Whoever her audience is, Belinda’s warmth, self-assurance and charm are as suited to acting as much as presenting in lifestyle, advertorial and corporate areas.
Benjamin Hambley’s passion for performing began in his preschool Christmas play where he played Baby Jesus in the nativity scene. Since then, he has gone on to perform throughout Australia and overseas. Benjamin studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre), receiving Academic honours. Whilst there, he played roles such as Judas (“Godspell”), Joe Zutty (“Working”) and Paul San Marco (“A Chorus Line”). Straight from his final year of study, he has gone on to work with international creative teams and companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Pen2Stage and The BBC where he’s been fortunate enough to perform a variety of roles in productions throughout various countries. Between contracts Benjamin works at Warner Bros. Movie World here on the Gold Coast as part of Show and Entertainment. He feels very fortunate to continually be able to hone his craft and be surrounded by passionate and determined like-minded artists whom inspire him to grow as a performer.
Other credits include “SCRAP” drama series (Jonathan Scrap), “Fiddler on The Roof” (Motel Kamzoil), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Seymour Krelborn), “Aladdin” (Aladdin), “FLOOD” (Steve), “Doctor Who Arena Spectacular” (Monster/Dancer).
Most recently, Benjamin was seen in Matt Ward Entertainment’s production of “Wicked”, performing in the ensemble and understudying the role of Boq.
Benjamin Howes was born and raised in Sydney, and his Australian credits include “Les Misérables”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Grease”. He moved to New York to pursue studies at Uta Hagen’s school HB Studio, and he now teaches Uta Hagen’s technique exercises and coaches actors all over the US.
In the United States, Benjamin has performed on Broadway in “Mary Poppins”, “Scandalous” and the theatre crowd favourite [title of show]. He has toured the country in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Mary Poppins” and “Shrek The Musical” as well as appearing in three Off-Broadway shows, most recently in “The View Upstairs”. Regionally, he has performed at A.R.T. in the award-winning play “The Shape She Makes” at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Old Globe, Goodspeed Opera House, MiIwaukee Repertory Theatre and Asolo Repertory among many others. You can hear Benjamin on the Original Cast Recordings of “Scandalous”, “The View Upstairs” and on “Forever” from the “Shrek The Musical” recording.
Favourite roles include Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Professor Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”, Lord Farquaad in “Shrek”, Luther Billis in “South Pacific”, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in “Anything Goes”, Le Compte De Guiche in “Cyrano”, and Albin in “La Cage Aux Folles”. Twenty years after understudying Lumiere in the Australian production of “Beauty and the Beast”, Benjamin finally got to play the role July 2017 at North Shore Music Theatre and in 2018 at Pittsburgh CLO.
On film you can find Benjamin in “Easter Mysteries” as Thomas and in “Miles” as Mr. Meely. Television credits include a recurring role in Season 2 of “The Deuce” on HBO, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Flight of the Conchords” and a small but glamorous recurring role in “One Life to Live” as bar manager Harvey DeWitt, who is also Shakespeare reciting drag queen, Alma Children.
Benjamin loves renovating and giving abandoned furniture new life, and you can see his transformations on Instagram @benjthestar, as well as plenty of photos of his Boston Terrier named Disco. Most of the time they live in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
A strong and enthusiastic passion for music at a young age led Bethany van Barneveld on the path to musical theatre. After being cast in her first musical in 2011 as the vibrant Hedy La Rue in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, she was hooked. Since then, her passion has grown and stretched towards the musical theatre industry, while her instrumental music roots remain strong.
Bethany studied musical theatre at the Griffith Conservatorium, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music.
Bethany is also a master of improvisation, clowning, Stanislavski and Shakespearean. Under the direction of Paul Sabey, Conservatorium credits include ensemble works in “Oklahoma!” and “Godspell”, “Working” and she was also thrilled to play the role of Kristine Urich in the production of “A Chorus Line”. She was a featured artist in “Con2TheCabaret”, “Who’s on Now?” and in David Ives’ “Words, Words, Words”.
Bethany has most recently been involved with the new Australian production of “Flaws and All”, enjoying breathing life into fresh characters. A dedicated and polished performer, she is always pushing her limits to become an established, appealing and lilting presence on stage.
Melbourne-born and raised, Bianca Bruce’s love for theatre and performing started when she joined her family dance school at age 2. During high school she went on to perform as a lead vocalist in a number of Victorian State School Spectaculars, leading to roles in university productions. A particular highlight was to perform in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pacific School Games.
Over the past few years Bianca has joined the Australian Premiere cast of “In the Heights”as Camila including a return season; featured as the Female Cover for StageArts “Falsettos”, toured to Singapore with “The Balinese Princess and the Funky Monkey”; performed in a number of Melbourne Fringe Festival Shows as well as another Australian Premiere cast as Ethel in StageArt’s “Memphis the Musical”.
Most recently, Bianca has been seen in the sold-out season of “Mad World”, a brand new and completely unique immersive musical theatre experience.
ICACM’s overall pedagogy of celebrating diversity and broadening cultural representation really speaks to Bianca personally.
Mezzo-soprano Bree Meara-Hendy is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has performed with the Opera Australia Chorus in “La Boheme”, “Carmen” and in an acclaimed production of “The Eighth Wonder” by Alan John. She has also performed with the Opera Queensland Chorus in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “The Merry Widow”, “Don Giovanni” and “Tosca”. In 2018, Bree performed the role of Hansel in Opera Queensland/Shake & Stir Theatre Co.’s primary school touring production of “Hansel & Gretel”.
During her studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Bree performed numerous operatic roles including Ramiro in “La Finta Giardiniera”, Fox in “The Cunning Little Vixen”, and Baba the Turk [cover] in “The Rake’s Progress”. Bree’s other performances include La Ciesca in “Gianni Schicchi” (Sound Thinking Australia), Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem in “D minor “(Voces Caelestium, Sydney) and Vocalist II in Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” (Crossbows Music Festival, Brisbane).
Across 2016 and 2017, Bree trained as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Company, Sydney. She has also received numerous scholarships in order to pursue overseas study opportunities. In 2015, Bree embarked on a self-directed study tour to the UK and Italy, funded by the AMP Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts. Then in 2017, she was supported by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust to attend a summer short course at the National Opera Studio London, led by international operatic star Della Jones.
Looking ahead, Bree is excited to be revisiting “Hansel & Gretel” with Opera Queensland/Shake & Stir Theatre Co. in Term 3, 2019.
Bridget Anne Garcia’s first real acting experience was during a primary school talent quest, performing in a self-written piece at the age of 11. Throughout her teenage years, she developed an undeniable passion for film, television, theatre and video games, which inevitably ignited her desire to join the artists so dedicated to breathing life into the countless stories and characters that shaped her life.
Mentored by numerous theatre and film professionals, Bridget underwent formal training at the Australian Institute of Music – Dramatic Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Performance in March 2018. From playing the opposite gender to a person half her age, she has learned that an acting career requires long-time commitment, flexibility, integrity and most importantly, respect for others.
Brierly Broad is a Melbourne-based actress and filmmaker, who graduated full time from the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia. She grew up in New Zealand with a background in classical theatre, performing in Shakespeare in the Park and directing contemporary takes for the Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.
Brierly graduated with an LLB & BA in Politics from the University of Otago, as well as being admitted to the NZ High Court as an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor. She has since returned to her passion of acting, performing in web series, theatre, and short films such as an indie horror piece “The Priest” (2015) and “Baby Powder Blues” (2014) which was made on the fly as part of the 48 Hour Film Project incentive. She has achieved Grade 8 AMEB in piano and played violin with Youth Orchestra. She is currently producing an eating disorder documentary called “Control” and sci-fi short “Broken Sleep”, both of which is close to her heart for different reasons.
In addition to her veritable talent, thoughtful work ethic and lightning-quick intelligence, Brierly’s mixed heritage as a Mauritian, Indian, Scottish, African, English and Eurasian has allowed her to step into the doorway of any and many cultures. She also delights in exploring classical texts like Shakespeare, social issues, arthouse cinema and modern comedy, or sometimes even all four at once if she can help it!
Britt Lewis is a musical theatre performer and a recent graduate of the Diploma of Musical Theatre course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing and a Diploma of Languages in French, both from the University of Melbourne.
Britt fell in love with acting at the age of 7 when she realised the magic of make-believe as a child could be found within the creation of theatre as an adult. Britt has gone on to play the role of Eponine in both Warragul Theatre Company and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s “Les Miserables”—for which she received a GAT award and a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria nomination. She has starred as Natalie Goodman in Williamstown’s “Next to Normal”, Mrs Lovett in Queen’s MADS’ “Sweeney Todd”, Wednesday Addams in Williamstown’s “The Addams Family” and Sally Bowles in Wonthaggi’s “Cabaret”, for which she received a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria award.
Throughout her time at NIDA, Britt has trained under such professionals as Phillip Quast, Tryan Parke, Jennifer White, Jen Peers, John O’Connell and Anne-Maree McDonald and was involved in the NIDA director’s production “All That Glitters” in 2016. Britt also played the lead role in the NIDA Rough Cut short films “Spark” and “The Picnic”, and was a part of the ensemble for the Weimar Cabaret, directed by the 2016 NIDA directors.
An avid lover and supporter of new Australian theatre, Britt has also been a part of several readings and workshops for new theatre in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. These workshops include the Homegrown Grassroots festival at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Melbourne University Dramatic Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the StageArt Exposed Festival at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne. She aims to help Australian theatre grow and is excited to continue making contributions to empathetic, inclusive, bold and moving theatre in Australia and worldwide.
From the moment she was born, Brittany Adonovski always knew she was destined to perform. At the age of four, she would regularly choreograph and perform shows on her front lawn blasting Queen’s ”Bohemian Rhapsody”, as she made sure all her neighbors knew it was ‘showtime’.
Born in Australia to immigrant parents, Brittany lived a childhood filled with curiosity. She found herself at a crossroads between her families’ traditional European lifestyle, and her newly acquired westernised outlook. Not knowing where she belonged, her experiences opened the door to her curiosity, seeing her want to understand and learn as much as she could about people, their experiences and what makes them tick. In turn this allowed her to discover herself.
Brittany was always interested in people’s unique stories, and wasn’t afraid to ask questions, even if it meant interrogating her 60-year-old aunties and uncles at birthday parties trying to find out their most intimate life stories, an act that got her in trouble a few times too many. Moreover, she began imitating people and mimicking their behaviors. It probably comes as no surprise that she ended up studying the Meisner technique for three years; for Brittany, it allowed her to freely explore and learn to understand the complexities of life through another one’s eyes.
Brittany’s life has—and always will be—about sharing peoples’ stories and experiences to a wider audience making them feel a rollercoaster of emotions and maybe, just maybe, understand the complexities of human life and differing values we all hold. If she does her job right—ultimately, she is able to bridge the gap between social and political differences.
Bron Lim was born in Fremantle, WA as the daughter of a ship’s captain. Her interesting and well-heeled childhood was split between Perth, Sydney, London, San Francisco and Singapore. But she put her finger into both UK and Australian pies as performer, director, producer, voice artist and theatre-maker respectively.
Trained at Theatre Nepean in the mid-90’s, Bron’s memorable credits in Australia have careened from consecutive national tours for “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” to “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Look Back in Anger”, “Dead City”, “Measure for Measure” and “Twelfth Night”.
Similarly, Bron made her mark in the UK by starring in the titular role in “Romeo and Juliet” (the first British East Asian Shakespearean co-production) in the year following her arrival. She toured nationally for “Nothing Left to Lose”, “Lear’s Daughters”, “Medea” and “58”.
There, Bron gained superlatives such as ‘a superb performance’; ‘a wild child with bright blue hair and attitude, who fiercely wants a new life and liberty’; ‘an exceptional talent with a beautifully relaxed and flexible voice, she makes every word ring with authenticity’ in renowned critics’ reviews from Time Out Critic Choice London, The Stage UK and Australian Financial Review respectively.
Although her first taste of directing was with “Titus Andronicus” (a contemporary intertextualpiece with East Asian vocal and physical influences), it was while she acted for Yellow Earth Theatre that she was encouraged to flex directorial muscle as part of a bursary emerging director program for Young Vic. The theatre-maker would utilize her experiences to workshop and direct works such as “Yellow Gentlemen”, “Journeys” and “A Girl Named Shining Brightly” for various notable theatre companies.
As for the future, with typical blue-sky thinking, the Sydney-based mother of two is planning a Hills-based theatre company actively focused on diversity. As a commendably self-devising and jet-setting artist who encapsulates the ideals of ICACM with refreshing honesty and a pulse on cultural attitudes, Bron clearly has much more to offer.
f there’s anything that Brylee Mills has learnt in dancing, it’s how to listen to her body and treat it like a beautiful, affecting, aerially and intellectually abstract force of nature. Originally from New Zealand, she worked with professionally inclusive Touch Compass Dance Co. for 4 years. She aced her RAD ballet exams, achieving an above-70% rate in her primary and advanced modules.
A successful audition for the famed Brent Street Studios saw her move to Sydney in February 2015 for an intensive, full-time year in Cert IV in Dance. Alongside hip-hop, jazz and lyrical, she majored in classical and contemporary, and felt these styles to be a best reflection of both worlds.
Tutelage by some of the best teachers in Sydney such as Teneill Wilson (Head of Ballet and Contemporary) and Nadia Klucznik (Head of Petite Performers) further refined Brylee’s dance-theatre technique. This, she put to consummate use at the sellout 2015 graduation showcase, both in an ensemble and a solo. She tends to evoke a narrative of physicality, struggle and reclaimed destiny; meanwhile her choreographic moves alone are worth a thousand words. A sinuous pivot, a enshrouded shimmer, a mid-air sense of gravitational pull, strength and speed etching her features into one of pure, alacritous concentration.
Of course Brylee is not just a one-trick pony: she has posed for NZ Photographer of the Year Richard Wood in award-winning portraits as part of the International Colour Awards. She specialises in family, wedding, portrait and dance photography.
Other than dancing stints on acclaimed reality TV competitions “The Voice” and “NZ’s Got Talent” Brylee has had classes in singing and acting, the latter of which she utilised in a local medical drama “Shortland Street”. In 2016, she has also been invited to speak on National Young Leaders Days across country, a youth initiative of The Parenting Place designed to nurture, inspire and empower New Zealand students of all ages.
And the best and most normal part of all—this young performer also happens to be a left arm amputee, but when has that ever stopped anyone from reaching unparalleled dedication, discipline, affability with most people and social change as well as a welcome for new challenges and opportunities?
A disciplined and unique triple threat, Burcin Eser began performing at the age of 13 in high school productions. Coming from a Turkish background, she was born and raised in Melbourne. She realized her passion for the performing arts from a young age, when she would put on shows in her living room and find new gimmicks to perform for her family. Burcin followed her passion for the performing arts through to university, by completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Psychology at Deakin University. During her years at University, she took on lead roles in several student short films, whilst also getting a taste of the professional set environment in commercial television work, and extra work in feature films and television productions.
Burcin’s first lead role was in a short film called “Displacement” where she played a young Turkish migrant woman trying to make ends meet for her and her family with limited resources. Being on her first film set and playing a character she was drawn to, she gained a greater appreciation for the performing arts and filmmaking in itself. Following her graduation, Burcin wanted to continue her training in acting, and undertook The Alexander Technique with Penny McDonald, and Sensory with Justin Lehmann at Melbourne’s 16th Street Acting Studio.
Burcin’s passion for the performing arts is not limited to any one medium. Through the years she has been inspired by film, TV and theatre equally and hopes to be challenged by a range of roles across different genres and styles of entertainment.
Cameron Bajraktarevic-Hayward is 18 years old. He has a major in composition and voice (lyrical baritone) and minor in piano at Conservatorium of Music High School. He also plays the cello and flute.
Cameron spent his primary school years at the McDonald College where he was in the classical ballet stream and he also learned jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance. He has been taking classes at Sydney Dance Company.
Cameron has been in many community musical theatre productions. He started in the titular role of “Oliver!” with the Holroyd Musical Society. His first show with Packemin Productions was “Oliver!” where he was in the Fagin’s Gang. In 2015, he played the cello in the orchestra for the Packemin Youth production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”. In 2016, he was in the Packemin Youth production of “Back to the 80s” and in 2017, he was the Growltiger, one of the leads in Packemin Youth “Cats” as well as a part of the “Spamalot” Ensemble with the Sydney Youth Musical Theatre.
In 2018, Cameron was featured as Little Pig in Packemin’s “Shrek” and drag queen Candi for SYMT’s “Rock of Ages” respectively.
Cameron also performed with Chatswood Musical Society and Ruby Productions. He was a member of the Gondwana Voices Young Men’s Choir. When he is not performing, he keeps himself busy with composing, drawing and creative writing.
Cameron would like a career in musical theatre, opera and film composition. He would like to study at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, Manhattan School of Music or Julliard.
Carmen Lysiak has won an award for Most Outstanding Performance of an Original Composition from AMPA She has sung professionally at Star City Casino and many venues throughout Sydney as a soloist and has recorded her second CD of original music with an all-original intergalactic trio band Saturn Doll and Code Red-Alien respectively.
Carmen has been in Siren Theatre Company’s production of “The Ham Funeral” at Griffin Theatre which was nominated for A Sydney Theatre Award and recently appeared as a featured actor in a TVC for “Vaalia”. She has performed lead roles in professional musicals including “The Wiz”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Pinocchio” and “Peter Pan” and toured NSW in” Dancing at Christmas”. She has acted in four short films and a TV Pilot. She has performed in three operas as an actor including “Barber of Seville”, “Manon Lescaut” and “Wozzeck” directed by Barry Kosky. She has taken her solo cabaret "Shrieking Violet” to the Adelaide Fringe, and since written two more: “Alien” and “Bad Girls" both for Short+Sweet Cabaret.
In addition to playing keys and as a soloist, Carmen has worked professionally as a voice and dialect coach for theatre, film and T.V and for every major theatre company in Sydney including Bell Shakespeare, The Australian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin and Ensemble and as a composer most recently for Deadhouse: Tales from the Sydney Morgue on “Lennie Lawson Portrait of the Artist” and “Louisa Lawson”, which sold out in its Sydney season at The Rocks.
Cassandra Scalzi is no stranger to examining all that Aristotelian life can offer. To date she has qualified as a legal practitioner, curator, arts columnist, arts educator, creative facilitator, visual artist, photographer, mother, wife, model and actor. Her storytelling in all mediums has always been eccentric and exhibitionistic at heart, she often seeks the world around her as endless, day-to-day sources of inspiration, humour and imagination: people, fashion, art, beauty, nature, photography and, of course the unusual.
Based in Adelaide, Cassandra has had the privilege of working as a stylist and creative director on fashion shoots, patriotically drawing upon her surroundings and signature compulsion of colour, fusing art with fashion in an edgy, natural and transformative style. Her knowledge and respect for languages, literature and the great Masters of art exceeds commendation. From expert interpretation and translation, to performing her own stunts such as climbing trees in a tutu and bonding with a cow named Gus in a manger, she does all in the name of communication, self-expression and craft. Indeed, she fits the trope: appearances can be deceiving.
Cassandra prefers to be immersed within the richness and ethnic diversity of fashion, film and non-mainstream television. In addition, she derives satisfaction from showcasing, supporting and providing a platform for other talented artists’ work and collaborating with women and like-minded professionals.
A unique, charismatic and enormously intelligent—to the surprise of the many unsuspecting—artist with more of an open mind than most people and Parisian sensibilities, Cassandra has in recent years fallen in love with the stage, performing in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in a series of satires and is a gifted comic with a distinct ‘zany’ and prankish persona. Self-reflexively drawing upon social commentary and indelible childhood memory through formative, sometimes affectingly ironic observations of human compassion and intolerance in equal measure, she is the modern and independent feminist with an exciting twist! Think Lucille Ball VS Mary Coustas with ‘sit-down’ comedy and a peculiar daredevil streak!
Cassandra is also a children’s roving entertainer, a reptile handler and enthusiast with a pet blue tongue named Mr T (Rex), a recent hand-rearing kitten rescuer and a rodent keeper.
Cassidy Bonnor played Cosette in Cameron Macintosh’s universally acclaimed hit 2014 production of “Les Misérables” in Melbourne—and loved it. Already a very mature, intuitive and responsible young girl, she is a quick learner and a wonderful listener who understands the visual art of storytelling through character and song, while following voice/movement direction far beyond her years.
Cassidy loves to sing, dance, model and act, adopting a casual, instinctive approach towards entertaining and able to hit all the right notes virtually on cue. Other than Les Miserables, she has always nabbed lead or supporting status in roles for short films such as Sydney Film School (SFS)’s “Memories of Jack” and “ANON” in 2013, an Anonymous Productions TV pilot “A Soapie Reality” in 2011 as well as pulling heartstrings as an orphan in a 2012 and 2013 national tour of “Oliver!” and “Annie”. In addition, she won plaudits as Best Supporting Actress in a 2012 play “A Pirate Game” and was a finalist in Tamblyn’s Young Model Search 2013. Indeed, Cassidy may have notched an impressive list of credits to her name but she remains funny, kind, friendly and most of all reliable, picking up on a natural chemistry with just about anyone in the cast.
She is currently home-schooled with four other siblings, whom she is close to, in outer Western Sydney. Meanwhile, she attends performing arts courses like Commotion School of Performing Arts and Kim’s Dance Academy (KDA) being trained in tap, ballet and acrobatics, all over Australia. For Cassidy, it’s the best kind of education to nurture highly her dogged sense of individualism as she chooses to juggle both demands on stage and in a classroom with much ease, mobility and flexibility. Shipping between Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland on a semi-regular basis, it is safe to say that Cassidy can almost be in three places at once!
At the same time, this growing, talented young artist never fails to lose sight of what makes it fun – which is to perform before the thrill and excitement of an enraptured audience in an industry that she truly loves.
As a child, Cathryn McDonald’s greatest ambition was to become a clown, frequently donning a red nose and suspenders and performing in the driveway for her biggest fan, Fatso the cat. Brought up on a steady diet of Get Smart, Fawlty Towers and Monty Python (to name a few), Cathryn inherited her sense of humour from her father and love of musicals from her mother.
Having graduated from the Music Theatre program at Federation University in 2016, she is happy to report that her audience now extends further than the family cat. During her time at the Arts Academy, Cathryn’s performance highlights have included playing the role of Mabel in “The Pajama Game”, Kee in “Vincent An A Capella Opera” and Alice Beineke in her third year graduating musical “The Addams Family”. She has also had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with audition specialist Michael Lavine and Natalie Gamsu, as well as playing the roles of Duke of York and Margaret in a performative reading of an adapted Shakespeare work “Margaret of Anjou”.
Passionate about writing and creating her own work, Cathryn recently performed an original sketch comedy piece “Malteasers and Chill”, in which she directed and co-wrote with her friend Emma Austin for the Arts Academy’s Student Theatre Festival. In early 2016, Cathryn debuted her self-devised cabaret “Baby Got Paperback”—a quirky, pun-filled peek into the life of a chronically single, cat-loving, book nerd with a surprising gift for stand-up comedy. After performing to audiences in Ballarat and Melbourne, she was selected to extend her cabaret for the Ballarat Cabaret Festival’s In Development Program. In the future, Cathryn hopes to continue developing her cabaret and stand-up routine as well as pursuing sketch comedy writing for stage and TV.
Perth born, Chad is a trained actor, presenter, voiceover artist and assistant director who has been steadily working in the industry for more than a decade. He graduated from Ensemble Theatre with a Diploma in Performing Arts and has performed in many stage shows, feature films, TVCs and television series.
Chad specialises in sketch comedy working closely with Bullet Pudding--and tends to take the mickey out of himself in such material “Grab Love by the Balls!”, “The Easter Incident” (2017), “The Supplier” (2016) and “Danger! Danger! Danger! Silica Roulette!” (2015). However, when he buckles down, he is capable of audacious versatility and range across the spectrum of human emotion. From playing small, authoritative roles as Detective “A Place to Call Home” (2017) and “Deadly Women” (2016), Police Officer in both “Murder in the Outback” and “BlackJack” (2007) and even a double for Richard Roxburgh’s character Cleaver in “The Rake” (2017).
A well-traveled family man with a project managerial background and who renovates houses for a living, Chad can lose himself in every role yet none of that coveted, dogged, seemingly ageless charm and enthusiasm—both on screen and in real life.
Charlotte Lawson is an exciting emerging artist on the Melbourne scene. As a talented vocalist, she has recently returned from China, with the Australian International Opera Company on “The Sounds of Hollywood” tour.
Charlotte graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy in Ballarat with a degree in Music Theatre in 2015.
Her credits at The Arts Academy include “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Urinetown” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, in which she played The Princess Puffer. She was also selected to work with leading figure in Australian Musical Theatre Nancye Hayes in “Riches, Romance and Rebellion” showcased at the 2015 MEAA Conference at WAAPA. Her self-written cabaret “The F_____ Word” saw two successful seasons, both in Ballarat and in Melbourne.
In 2016 saw Charlotte hit the Music Theatre scene by featuring on the Original Cast Album of “The White Mouse”, also a New Australian Musical, and appeared in Matthew Robinson’s 2016 New Voices Workshop.
Born in South Korea and raised in Australia since childhood, Acclaimed Actor/Filmmaker Chase Lee is a very achieved and hard-working Actor that began his career with Story Writing and putting together his own Scripts, due to his ethnicity in his country that hindered him from obtaining auditions or being cast.
This manifested Chase to set his sights on Indie Filmmaking. While pursuing it on a zero budget, he diligently began teaching himself Producing and Directing completely on his own. And quickly began to hone a very dynamic and advanced level craft in the Art of Filmmaking.
In late 2008, Chase joined a training program at The Actors Pulse, run by Billy Millionis. He received mentorship from Billy Millionis, Luke Ford (“Home and Away”, “The Mummy”, “Animal Kingdom”), Melissa Bonne (“Janet King”) and Jeremy Shadlow (“Old School”). For the last 10 years he has been training in the Meisner Technique from the great Sandy.
Some of Chase’s current influences range from Hong Sang Soo, Roland Barthes and Richard Linklater.
Currently, Chase is working as an International Film Producer in Advertisement, and is actively pursuing Directing and Acting film roles. He is also in the early stages of his upcoming debut feature film, “This is Bliss”.
Chase’s entire current Filmography and projects in the making can be found on IMDB or at www.actorchaselee.com.
Chaya Ocampo began performing in 2014 in various musical theatre productions with Sydney Youth Musical Theatre, before completing the Diploma of Musical Theatre course at NIDA in 2017. After her course, she performed in multiple musical theatre cabarets, such as “The After Party” in support of the Actor’s Benevolent Fund and “Into A New Life” presented by MUSE.
After her work in Sydney Theatre Company's "Chimerica" directed by Kip Williams, Chaya appeared in multiple adverts such as a TVC for SBS News; a government sponsored domestic violence campaign; and a public service announcement about sex trafficking for the International Organisation for Migration and Exit Films.
Chaya is excited to take on the role of Tank in “Motormouth Loves Suckface”, an original Australian musical written and directed by Anthony Crowley. She will also appear as Babette in Stage Artz’s charity performance of “Beauty and the Beast”.
Chaya wants to use her voice within the arts industry to create a pathway for more diverse representation in Australian media.
Cheryl has been performing in Australia for over 25 years. Born in Detroit, Michigan and currently residing in Sydney; she has vast experience in both stage and screen. Starting in the early 90's, she was performing in Musical Theatre in the show "Buddy Holly" and “Sisterella”, and has been singing and performing with various bands and vocal groups since then.
Cheryl’s acting roles include various commercials and short films and had featured roles on two films “The School” (2017) and “Harmony” (2016). She is interested in pursuing more acting roles.
In 2017 Cheryl became an assistant Musical Director for a Gospel A Capella Choir (Café of the Gate of Salvation).
From the moment Chezia Atmadja saw her first musical film, she promised herself that she would do her best to become a musical theatre actress. Her immense passion and desire led her to take as many lessons and activities as possible to become closer to her dream.
Throughout her training, Chezia became known as a triple threat in school productions such as “Annie”, “Les Miserables”, and “Hairspray”. Wanting to gain more experience, she auditioned for professional theatrical productions in her teenage years, eventually becoming the youngest adult cast member in locally-produced “Ariah” and West End tour’s “The Sound of Music” where her willingness to learn as well as her professionalism were appreciated by colleagues and the creative team alike.
Chezia joined the Indonesian Youth Cordana Choir in several international tours, performing Indonesian traditional song-and-dance repertoires from all over the archipelago. Furthermore, her soprano voice impressed several internationally-acclaimed choral conductors who consequently invited her to participate in international choirs, even entrusting her as one of the soloists.
Ultimately, Chezia’s goal as a performer is to work with many different professionals and experts in the international performing arts industry. Likewise, she hopes to introduce the rich and colourful cultural heritage of her homeland, Indonesia.
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Chinie Concepcion is a triple threat with immeasurable and decisive experience in dancing, singing and acting. At a tender age of 9, she began showing off her performing chops to family and friends before blossoming into a professional career at only 19 years old.
Chinie moved to Singapore from Manila upon receiving a scholarship to study musical theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts. She was henceforth accepted into the program and accelerated straight to Level 2 by a year. She counts professors and mentors Aubrey Mellor, Tony Knight and Amanda Colliver as influential to her success. She graduated with first class BA HONS in May 2014.
In her homeland of the Philippines, Chinie is known within the dance community as one of the pioneers of "LA-style" (or commercial) hip-hop. In recent years, after choreographing and dancing in several major shows in this genre, she shifted her focus to theatre.
Chinie has built up a vast and extraordinary body of work in musicals, straight plays, commercials, music videos, corporate shows, events and TV shows that became as gorgeously malleable, irreverent, infectious and warm as the next. Her star turn in ABC 5’s“Shall We Dance” on Filipino television was recognised for perfectly mastered showmanship—or should that be ‘showwomanship’?
In addition to these plucked strings to her bow, Chinie has mastered the following vocal and dance styles of jazz, tap, ballet, tango and even breakdancing, to name a few, noting her gymnastics background as an advantage. She is a key performer of the One Night Stand cabaret, which she co-produces once a month.
Chloe-Rose Taylor began her performance training at the Australian Dance Performance Institute (ADPI), before heading off to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she completed a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2013.
Some of her theatre credits include Miss Gardner in “Carrie: The Musical”; lead vocalist and dancer in “Boy & Girl: Mercury Rising”; April in “Connect Four”; Velma in “And the World Goes Round”; Judith & Nancy in “Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens” and Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof”.
She has additionally performed with David Campbell at The Grand Winter Ball, worked as a touring showgirl for “Show Fantastico” as well as appeared in a number of new works including “Songs So Far” and “Connect Four” by Alanya Bridge and “Spark” by Megan Shorey.
In 2015, alongside with partner and Co-creative Director Natasha Veselinovic, Chloe-Rose founded Virago Theatre Company as an initiative for ‘exceptionally brave and powerful individuals going out on a limb, and trying to make it in such a competitive industry on their own.’ Such works by the newly founded company include “Desperate Measures”, “Villains: DMA” and “TBC: The Beauty Channel”—performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse in July 2016.
Christine Melki is a Lebanese single devoted mother of two. Although she has always loved acting and performing, a brain aneurysm in 2014 halted her aspirations. Despite some lingering linguistic processing and speech issues, she has renewed a fire in her belly and a determination to live her life her way.
While Christine may not be able to recite text from a script and has limited use of her right hand, it won’t yet stop her from featuring on screen with an expressive face, crazy curly hair and improvisational potential. She is eager to get back on the horse whether it being able to drive a car for an insurance service, smiling for print or enjoying a delicious burger for a fast-food franchise commercial, or appearing as an extra on a TV series or film.
Indeed, the accident has taught her that time waits for no man—or woman.
Christopher began his professional career in “The Pirates of Penzance” (VSO) followed by “The Venetian Twins” (Perth Playhouse) and toured locally and overseas in Melvyn Morrow’s “A Song to Sing O”. He completed a season of “Aspects of Love” (WTWP) at the Hayes Theatre and a new musical “Noli Me Tangere” (McFadden Music) at the Riverside Theatre.
Christopher appeared regularly as a guest soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for their popular family concerts, where he sang a wide variety of music including opera, operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan and narrated the ever-popular “Peter and The Wolf”.
Christopher has also appeared in productions of “Les Misérables” (Javert), “The Phantom of the Opera” (Andre), “Merrily We Roll Along” (Joe), “Beauty & the Beast” (Lumiere), “The Hatpin” (Charles Makin), “Annie” (FDR) and “Aida” (Zoser) at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta.
At the Laycock Street Theatre Christopher has appeared in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Percy), “Paris” (Agamemnon) “Chicago” (Billy Flynn,) “Spamalot” (King Arthur), “The Producers” (Roger de Bris) and “La Cage Aux Folles” (Georges)
Christopher directed the award-winning cabaret “UNSEEN: The Marni Nixon Story” at the Hayes Theatre.
Christopher Nehme’s ‘soul-searching’ journey has taken him along many different careers and qualifications that include being an Information Technology Support Analyst, Metal Fabricator, and more recently Aircraft Technician. Despite wearing these smart, tough and hands-on hats, he has finally landed on where it matters most to him: Acting & Voice Over.
Having found his life’s purpose, Christopher has begun 2015 with a bang, starring in films the likes of short film “Squashed” (dir: Chris Evans) and feature film “The Osiris Child”, a string of TVCs from “KFC” and “Fitness First” to “NIB” and local gripping television such as “Rake”, “Janet King", and “Top of the Lake”.
Christopher plans to capitalise on this momentum to broaden his on-screen trajectory and feels that ICACM is best positioned to serve his sense of ‘being free to be’ himself and sense of fulfillment. This epiphany, coupled with a soft-of-heart desire and intrigue to leave his audience with a considerably memorable footprint, is the aspect that surely would launch this Lebanese Australian into the steadily professional league.
Christopher Quyen is an upbeat and dedicated creative from Sydney. As a performer, he possesses a favourably marketable skill-set within the scope of acting, dancing, acrobatics and music. With these skills combined he is formidable. He possesses a strong work ethic and has high expectations of a perfect result. At the same time, he understands that he is in for a steep learning curve and prefers to challenge his prospects particularly as a minority actor. Whatever the challenge may be, he is willing to use all of the colours on his palette to paint the scene however you wish to create.
When Christopher is not on camera, he is a published and self-promoting author, writer, photographer and filmmaker with a vibrant background in directing and film production as well as a Social Media Content Marketer. Motivated, positive and reliable with the soul of a broodingly heartfelt poet, his raison d'être is collaborating with other creative minds in order to make a masterpiece, or at least become closer to the ideal.
Christopher abides by this daily philosophy: ‘Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.'
Hong Kong-born and now resident in Sydney, Chun Kit Wong (aka William) is a karate instructor whose persuasion for theatricality associated with the martial arts, discipline for the fitness regime, and consumption of Japanese anime cosplay makes for a natural bridge across to the acting world. He lives and breathes Asian-centric content, fantasy concepts and video games, including creating costumes for and dressing up as his beloved characters. He understands the connection between culture, identity and performance, imbuing each of them with a sense of fun, pride and child-like joy.
Chun has been a costume artist for 10 years where he tends to wear his own work as a cosplayer. He regularly represents international events as a native Australian such as World Cosplay Summit in Japan. Chun is a key voluntary translator for Sydney’s renowned Animania Japanese Pop Culture Festival in consecutive years, liaising between Eastern and Western festival-goers, as well as featuring in promotional material of Australia’s biggest pop culture events. He respectively became 2010 national and 201 World Champion through this strange but exciting and dazzling merge of costume design and performance art form.
Other important talents include Chun’s strict and exceptional Grade-standard musical training in piano and cello with AMEB, which he began from the age of 5.
Finesse, showmanship and competitiveness are his daily mottos, so it’s hard not to get swept up in witnessing Chun’s military precision to get the results that he wants—and often succeeds in doing so. When he’s not found teaching at a local dojo or Les Mills group fitness classes, he writes soundtrack music as a hobby. Chun hopes to one day become a soundtrack composer for video games or movies.
Claire Appleby’s confidence, energy and talent have drawn her to the Arts from day one. With extensive training in singing, dancing, and acting since the age of four, the title of ‘Triple Threat’ is well deserved.
With experience in both Film and Theatre, Claire is a versatile performer that is able to use her wide skillset to suit the roles presented to her.
Claire hit the ground running at 18, joining an Educational Touring Theatre Company and performing to people all over Australia. This flexibility and confidence allowed her to pursue theatre and film independently and continue to hone her craft.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts: Performance Making at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Claire continues to strengthen her movement, voice and devising capabilities, making her an excellent cast member and collaborator.
Claire's drive, determination and strong skillset have enabled her to seamlessly work within a multitude of mediums setting her up for a long and diverse career in the arts.
Claudette Clarke is an Actor of African-Caribbean heritage. Growing up in London, she had come to largely identify as a ‘Black British’ Actor of the United Kingdom. Currently a Sydney-based resident, one has to glance at her portfolio to appreciate the breadth and aptitude of her work in universally-loved classic adaptations particularly “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Doubt”, “The Crucible” and “The Clink”.
Claudette’s work includes multi-ethnic ensemble development pieces, dealing with prejudice and community struggles, such as The African Theatre Project play “My Name is Sud”. She has a powerful stage presence, steadfastly commanding the space. She is comfortable speaking in Creole or Cockney on stage, utilising her British African-Caribbean roots whenever required. Her ability to move and adapt physically to a role was recently demonstrated in the Indian Play “Jatinga”. Her role was that of a Puppeteer’s; interchanging between playing a leopard and a dog—a mythical aspect of the play.
In 2018-2019, Claudette is thrilled to be touring across Australia as Grandma Poss in the children’s classic “Possum Magic (Monkey Baa Theatre).
Claudia Acosta was born in Peru, and is of Spanish, South American and Italian descent. Now a proud permanent Australian resident (with full time work rights), her exotic, mixed ethnic looks will stand her in good stead in terms of contributing to diversity on screen. She plans to gain more experience in TV commercials as well as learning about the exciting world of filmmaking as an extra.
She is experienced in Latin dancing including salsa and Bachata, hoping to bring that distinctive combination of beauty, sensuality, complexity and joy to our shores!
Clayton Turner has long been involved in musical theatre and developed this passion growing up in Adelaide.
Clayton graduated the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2018. During his time in the course he has performed the roles of Adam in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”; was a Featured Ensemble member in “Fame the Musical; played Officer Krupke in “West Side Story” and portrayed John Brooke in “Little Women”.
Clayton regards himself as a mature and well- rounded person, who is always looking forward and strives for excellence in all aspects of performing.
Ever since arriving in Sydney and leaving behind her worried family and hometown of Seattle, Clelia Niyikiza in two months has been in demand. The African-American expat has found herself thrust into a Hollywood blockbuster production “Gods of Egypt” directed by Alex Proyas and starring Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush.
To date, Clelia has performed in fairytale classics “The Jungle Book” and “Snow White” for Bellevue Youth Theatre when she was 15. Following that, she trained in Celebrity Actors Camp, a Hollywood-based TV and film program collectively boasting unparalleled and invaluable experience of casting directors Joey Paul Jensen, Lisa London, Catherine Sroud, Brandi Brice and Larry Lafond. A quick and impressionable learner, she also received intense and varied coaching from celebrities Adrian R’Mante (‘CSI’, ‘24’, ‘The Suite Life’), Giovannie Samuels (‘Freedom Writers’, ‘Bring it On: All or Nothing’, ‘The Suite Life’), Walter Perez (‘Fame, ‘Friday Night Lights’), Phill Lewis (‘Scrubs’, ‘Yes, Dear’, Suite Life on Deck’) and others.
Due to commitments to a demanding high school workload and extracurricular activities, Clelia is only beginning to get back on the horse as she derives the most enjoyment from acting. She took dance classes in hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. She is also keen and confident to transition into modelling, which suits her rounded, ardent, independent and soldiering-on personality.
Most connected to nature, seaside scenery and travel, the camera intuitively picks up on all these qualities as soon as the sun shines on her. Already Clelia is reaping the fruits of being in the entertainment industry by developing leadership qualities, self-confidence and the best possible head start in life.
‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art’—Carrie Fisher
Constance Khoo is an Asian Australian Actress who is passionate about seeing more stories of diversity performed on stage and screen. She believes in the transformative power of acting in how it connects, empowers and can serve as a catalyst of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual growth.
With theatre and screen training from Amsterdam and Sydney including NIDA, Darlo Drama and Cultereel Studenten Centrum, over the past 2 years she has performed in 6 plays across different venues and participated in different festivals such as The Sydney Fringe and Short+Sweet.
Most recently, Constance has performed in “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Genesian Theatre, and 3 web-episodes for the Youtube Channel “Nay in my Life” by Renee Lim. She has the most practice with Shakespeare and comedy; however, is welcoming and hopeful to try a range of screen and theatre characters and genres.
Cristina Siciliano was born and raised in the South of Italy, Apulia, the land of Trulli—good food, olive trees and, of course, the land of magic. ‘You just can’t grow up wanting to be an international spy. You want to be an artist.’
Cristina started dancing when she was 4; her parents put it down to being a pest and thought that classical dancing would teach her manners and digestion (from huge nonna’s mains based on parmigiana and orecchiette with meatballs). However, she grew to love the dancing as it made her feel free and invincible.
At 13, she realised that she just didn’t want to be a nice puppet, so she transitioned into acting as a means of fooling people into believing that she could be someone else.
Cristina started an acting course alongside high school (back then there wasn’t a performing arts institution in Italy that was also good value). Whilst at Languages High School (8.00 am-2.00 pm Mon-Sat) she discovered her affinity for foreign languages including English, Spanish and some German, and took a broader interest in different cultures. She juggled this schedule with her performing arts training, despite being youngest in the group.
Cristina learnt a lot in those four years at Accademia Unika: respect for the verisimilitude of theatre and teamwork, to be reliable, to be punctual, focused and above all, to be passionate about singing. Through American songs, she worked on her English pronunciation.
At the age of 18, during an experimental masterclass Cristina accepted a proposal with her first leading role: a Greek princess, a princess who was predicting terrible things so she had a rather unfortunate life. However, backstage, she was destined for greater things.
Cristina honed acting techniques and styles ranging from Shakespeare and Chekhov to experimental theatre and musical theatre, until she scored a spot in the I Make Academy for the Commedia dell’Arte Masterclass in 2013. She had a blast playing a clown and discovering a whole new world behind each actor’s form and gesture. They collectively made a pop tragicomedy out of the fact, and took it to Greece (to this day, this production is still having a great success around Europe).
However, it was really Cristina’s tutelage with the renowned Mrs Baccarini that cemented her love for musical theatre. She subsequently took a bite of the Big Apple in 2009 and found it a paradise of the performers. During these years some of Cristina’s greatest professional satisfactions: were: a singing role in a musical at the Sistina theatre in Rome; a one-woman show with a jazz duo of piano and double bass; winning a talent show competition and inevitably starting a screen acting career.
Cristina’s decision to live in an English-speaking country saw her book a one-way ticket to Australia in 2013. She mounted the next challenge: completing a NIDA course, performing across theatres and public spaces such as squares, forums and cabaret nightclubs in the years to come.
Growing up in Melbourne, Daisy-Rose Coppola moved to Hobart upon receiving a dance/music scholarship from St Michael’s Collegiate School, Centre for the Performing Arts. There she furthered her love for the theatre—and with hard work, was then prompted to follow her passion for the arts to Federation University Arts Academy.
Daisy-Rose’s university credits include “Showtrain” (Jacob) directed by Anthony Crowley; “Bye Bye Birdie” (Deborah-Sue Merkle) directed by Sara Grenfell; “Rent” (Mrs Jefferson/ Understudy for Maureen) directed by Jeremy Stanford, and “Sweeney Todd” (Beggar Woman/ Lucy) directed by James Cutler. She has also had the opportunity to write her first cabaret “All Grown Nup!” under the supervision of Fiona Scott-Norman.
Hailing from the Philippines, Daryl Morante was raised in a culture where Filipino dance was not only an acceptable and rewarded form of grace, precision, tempo and passion, it was also a commodity: a passageway to the world where celebrity, fashion, luxury and fame beckoned a natural-born entertainer.
Daryl (also known as D.Mo) has more than 10 years of choreography experience, starting with hip-hop in 2005. While he taught and learnt at the most prestigious schools in LA, Brisbane and Sydney where he now resides, he is more reputed for his natural groove in hip-hop, due to picking up the moves from many 90’s music videos. He also received technical training in jazz, ballet and contemporary at Mad Dance House for two years.
He has choreographed for countless music videos, local concerts, fashion shows, festivals, cultural, ceremonial and political events, corporate gigs and, of course the demanding and all-encompassing world tours. He once flew to Thailand to perform at a birthday, truly establishing him as an international dancer.
Daryl has kept up the pace with esteemed pop stars, actors, musicians and hip-hop dance crews like Mimi Choo, Robbie Antonio, Jabbawockeez and Cat Thompson, worldwide. One of his greatest achievements was performing at Jason DeRulo’s concert in 2011. He was the movement coach and choreographer for X-Factor’s boy band “The Collective” and returned to choreography for “So You Think You Can Dance Australia” (2014). He was in one of Australia’s best Bollywood dance companies called Sirens Dance.
Daryl has been training in African/Jamaican style dancehall, adding to his enormous versatility and commercial viability as a dancer. He has an almost preternatural ability to infuse any of these styles as if they are a wide brushstroke on a broader canvas: a precise masterpiece.
Since 2012 Daryl has applied some of these same colourful, showy and breezy gestures into runway shows and professional photography as well as fitness modelling. He is the face of new label “Roger Tait Man Summer Collection” in 2014 and opened the hair show at “Redken’s Next Generation Show” at the Hair Expo in 2013.
Daryl heightens his brooding, thick and standout features so that each print, pose and tic convey not only to tell a story beyond the naked eye, but also deceptively something close to transcendental art. Whether it is letting his pastel pants and cerulean blue jacket speak for themselves in a fallen Autumn forest setting, or going slightly retro with some youthful punk on a catwalk, he certainly makes you wish that you were right up with him, wondering, capturing, encapsulating the meaning of the moment: ‘What is he thinking?’
In the future – whether he has heat under his heels or not – fear Daryl’s oeuvre.
Springing out of a dynamic collision of the performing arts, film and theatre in human rights, David Farrington is a unique actor and creative producer who has emerged on the Australian landscape in recent years.
A British-Australian working in London and Melbourne over the past decade, David pioneered at a national level the role of live performance in theatre-in-education for minorities. After working in theatre and documentaries for disadvantaged communities, in 2013 he established Australia's first experimental theatre company social enterprise, Universal Difference, for creating equality & inclusion for sexuality and gender different young Australians.
Spotlighted early in his dramatic art training as truly 'an actor to watch', David made his significant debut at several of Victoria's high profile state festivals with major productions in the Castlemaine State, Midsumma and Melbourne Fringe festival. He has toured with his funded company performing in ensemble works in school tours, national conferences and regional festivals throughout Victoria. His work has recently enjoyed international interest in Canada with the 2013 dramedy “Include the Rainbow”. In 2014-2015 he received an Arts Victoria Actors’ Residency Grant and HEY Grant for Improvisation and Performance Work with primary schools throughout Victoria. Across 2016/17 he worked with Eagles Nest Theatre in their statewide schools tour and the Victorian festival circuit, recently working in Hillscene LIVE.
David’s film debut began in 2014 through his collaboration with Finnish-Australian Actress/Director Saara Lamberg film's “Finding No” and the Hollywood award-winning feature script “Innuendo” which won him finalist in the 48 Hour Film Festival and Official Selection at The Three Cities Film Festival in New York, Los Angeles and San Domingo. Recent feature films include the multi-award winning “Innuendo” (2016) (Best Film, Fine Arts Film Festival, L.A, Audience Award for Best Australian film by Cinema Australia), premiered at the Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes in October 2017 and “The Westermaarck Effect” (2017) in post production, also by Saara Lamberg.
David has recently been working as a writer-director developing the Australian environmental dystopia web series “Parra Wirra”, collaborating with legendary Indigenous actor Jack Charles and coming runner up in Melbournes (2016) Web Fest, Regional (2016) PitchFest and was recently short listed in Film Victoria’s Writers Lab.
David is an intuitive character actor by nature, driven by his deep love of the craft, a commitment to work hard and an ethos to always learn more as a contemporary working artist. His natural eccentricity, brooding intensity and performance versatility has given him a distinctive presence on stage or set across a diversity of genre's and formats. David applauds ICACM’s pioneering vision and innovation in representing our increasingly diverse world of the 21st century on our stage and screen.
David Wynen’s theatre credits include the Australasian tour of “42nd Street”, “Hocus Pocus”, “Showstoppers”, and “The Australian Opera” as well as in the Australian cast of “Billy Elliott”. He has performed for the Olympics and was featured in the movie “Blonde” and Brenda Bufalino’s “Last Rehearsal Hall” (USA). He also has presented his cabaret: “David Wynen Unplugged and Untapped” to sold-out audiences.
David is constantly in demand as a Director, Choreographer and Music Theatre educator. He has choreographed “Anything Goes”, “Kiss Me Kate”,” Working”, “Company”, “Prodigal”, “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Sweet Charity”, “Witches of Eastwick”, “The White Rose”, “Smash Hit” and “Godspell”. In addition, he directed and choreographed “The Addams Family”, “The Life”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Sweet Charity” and “42nd St”. He also produced, choreographed and directed “Cabaret” in the Deluxe Spiegeltent.
He has been awarded the EJ Barker Fellowship, the Dean’s Award and the Vice Chancellors’ Award for outstanding leadership in his field. David was awarded the Australian Government Citation for Learning and Teaching for his ground-breaking international work on Tap Rhythm—the first online tap syllabus of its kind. (http://taprhythm.com/).
In December 2015, David choreographed for a tribute to Luigi at Symphony Space in New York featuring Broadway veteran Rachelle Rak. He has lectured at the VCA, Lehman College (NY), and Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and was invited to present at the Music Theatre Educators Alliance Conference in Oslo in August 2016. David is currently the Program Leader for Music Theatre, as well as Senior Lecturer in Dance and Movement at Federation University’s Arts Academy.
Originally from Sydney, Declan Carter is honoured to have trained with such a passionate group of performers at the Arts Academy. He has roots in classical voice and acting, as well as a keen interest in improvisational comedy and writing. Performance highlights at the Arts Academy include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Chairman/Mayor Sapsa), “Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy’s Boy), “Urinetown) (Senator Fipp), as well as performing his own cabaret “#NOFILTER” at Melbourne’s Hares and Hyenas. Declan also worked under the direction of Nancye Hayes (OAM) performing in “Riches, Romance and Rebellion” (Yern).
In 2017-2018, Declan is excited to join the cast of beloved kids’ musical “Paw Patrol LIVE” on an Asia-Pacific tour as villain Mayor Humdinger.
Dee Sinnarkar is a Sydney-based singer, model, actor, songwriter & performer. She is blessed with a youthful, enthusiastic and single-minded attitude as well as strong heritage roots.
Although Dee’s strength is in singing mainstream pop/dance, RnB and Bollywood, she has an unequivocal passion for all genres. Her songs have received great attention having over 40,000 views on YouTube, aired on TV channels and promoted by Tourism Australia.
Up until now, Dee has acted in lead roles for prestigious brand TVCs including Visa Asia, Holden Australia, NSW Transport, Woolworths and Homeworld respectively. Trained from world-class institutions such as NIDA & New York Film Academy, she has put her lessons to good use by starring in a few films and TV series alongside showbiz names the likes of Jackie Chan, Jessica Mauboy, Elisabeth Moss and Rodger Corser.
If that wasn’t enough, Dee is also a poet who has been awarded for the best poem in an American competition, and used to write for Hallmark cards in India. She is a massive nature lover, enjoys photography and is a tomboy at heart.
Dee continues to seek great opportunities and like-minded people to work within the entertainment Industry favouring music, filming, modelling and commercials.
From a small village in Bali to sailing a boat to Australia, Desak (Dewa Ayu Sri Hartati) has lived a life of colour and adventure. Balinese culture is intimately linked to art and storytelling so she grew up learning dance and the traditions of the epic Ramayama. This background fueled an interest in theatre and film.
Desak is a trained makeup artist and loves using the human face as a palate to create character. Her artistic and cultural heritage landed her a role in the 2017 TV series “True Story with Hamish and Andy”. She is thrilled to be part of the emerging multicultural face of entertainment in Australia.
Desmonda Cathabel is a musical theatre actor based in Indonesia. Her education background was not exactly a match with her performing arts career; she graduated in Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Communications and specialising in Broadcasting Industry with cum laude in only 3 and a half years from Universitas Indonesia.
A shy girl who was ironically very passionate in performing arts, Desmonda started to learn to defeat her shyness by joining her school’s cheerleading team from 8th grade to 12th grade. Frooto5 Cheerleading Team and Smale Cheers were her team which went on to win two national championship, including TV and off-air performances.
It was not until 12th grade when Desmondda started obsessing over musical theatre in 12th grade. During her first year at university she started to look for auditions, which further nourished her musical theatre career. Evolving from a theatre community comprised of expats living in Indonesia, she and her friends founded the first Broadway/West End/musical theatre-centric community called Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC), where everyone could join and be a part of it.
For the first 3 years of its existence, JPAC successfully amassed around 300 members, 1.721 followers, and made 8 successful productions. Since that first year, Desmonda has consistently starred in 1 to 3 musicals each year, scores mostly leading roles such as Anita in “West Side Story”, Serena in “Fame”. She also scored prominent supporting roles such as a historical figure Cut Gambang in “Musikal Khatulistiwa” alongside some of the Indonesia’s biggest actors and musical theatre singers around.
Desmonda was privileged to receive a scholarship to join a two-weeks intensive Broadway program called YES ASEAN Academy, to train under Broadway’s Nikki Snelson (Legally Blonde) and Peter Thoresen. She is also an award-winning actress, having nabbed Best Actor (Female) in the musical theatre category for the Short + Sweet Festival 2017 in Malaysia, only one of the biggest art festivals around.
Desmonda’s quick rise to prominence in the musical theatre scene got her featured in an article about her journey in the High End Teen Magazine March 2017 issue. Perhaps it was the combination of her natural performing talent and her signature crystal-clear belting voice that make her a perfect fit within the commercial and competitively sought-after musical theatre world.
Broadwayworld.com dubbed her performance as Anita in “West Side Story” as a ‘scene stealer’ and ‘perfect for the role’.
Devon Campbell is a revelatory star turn, and she brings her admirable best and spunk to every performance. Whether it is in the children’s musical theatre—an area that she tends to dominate in—as Little Red Headed Girl in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (2012; Mayzie in “Seussical” (2013); Snake/King in “Little Prince” (2013); Peppa in “Peppa Pig Show” (2014); and Kwazii/Puppeteer in “Octonauts Live – Operation Reef Shield” national tours (2015).
Devon’s vocals are a powerhouse, matching her ability to go from strength to strength in adaptability, playfulness and honesty. Not only she is a fan of Shakespeare, she is an advanced ballerina who relishes dance moves such as jazz, tap and ballroom as much as contemporary texts.
Devon is a 2016 graduate at NIDA, having achieved a Diploma of Music Theatre. An accomplished musical theatre performer with sound puppetry skills and dance teacher based in Melbourne, she is now keen to apply that same youthful zest to screen work.
Chilean-born, Diego AR Melo graduated with a B. Performance from University of Western Sydney. While studying he came across Stage Combat and was immediately hooked. His love of physical activity on stage led to more combat classes including working as a Fight Assistant for ABC’S “Double the Fist” (2007), stunts and pop culture satire enhanced with CGI.
After training with Brisbane physical theatre company Zen Zen So, he embarked on a new path of theatrics with an old childhood love: professional wrestling. Diego began training for the Australasian Wrestling Federation (AWF) in 2009, performing as various characters all over NSW. He hopes to bring the skills from both disciplines, incorporating them into a cohesive form, which is easily learnt while also being effective and entertaining.
Theatrical credits include “Shakespeare’s Reservoir Dogs” (The Vanguard), “The Shape of Things” (Hot Room Theatre Group) “Sense and Sensibility” (Factory Space Theatre), “Romeo and Juliet” (Brave Touch) and “Mollycoddled” (Short+Sweet). Film credits include recent feature “Circle of Lies”, “Rules of the Game” (Coherent Productions), and in Boy and Bear’s music video “Rabbit Song” he is the mysterious Cycling Buffalo.
In addition, Diego’s contributions in fight choreography to “Penelope” by Kate Gaul have been well documented, adding to the acclaim that this production has already received (nominated for four 2013 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards: Best Independent Production, Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Sound Design). He and his crew received reviews the likes of ‘… an incredibly fresh, energetic and perfectly realised piece of theatre’ and ‘… extravagantly imaginative’ by Stage Whispers and The New York Times respectively.
As both teacher and performer across theatre, TV and film, he has a tactile and stylish background in Shakespearean acting, stage combat and wrestling. When he is in the ring he is a serious opponent not to be messed with. But appearances are also deceiving: with his genuine, charming and ‘straight man foil’ persona Diego takes on any role with gusto, cleverness, naturalism and a sense of sympathy.
You can be guaranteed to note Diego’s handprints all over polished and reverent works in the future, as he continues to incorporate varying physical styles in the quest for Perfect Motion.
At the very young age of 8, Dinash Mordon already had an eye on exploring the creative side of things. Being the youngest in the family he always found himself to be the odd one out and anti-establishment as he never saw life consisting of the 9-5pm routine; rather he often looked forward to the weekends and leisure time.
However, by the age of 10 Dinash had fallen into the path of childhood obesity, was subject to bullying and consequently lost all confidence in himself and his dreams. Throughout primary school and high school, he struggled with his extreme weight issues. Approaching Year 12 with doctor’s concerns and the formal he finally found the motivation to lose 30kgs, trained up to a black belt in taekwondo and by year’s end remembered the purpose, passion and belief in acting that he once had as a kid.
Now with high school over, instead of going to university like all of his friends are, Dinash decided to leave It all behind and go hell for leather into the world of acting. Rather than following in his family’s footsteps he discovered the meaning of following one’s own dreams—in areas of dancing, singing and acting. On the cusp of turning 20, his parents finally decided to support his lifelong dream of being in the lights and let him pursue without anything getting in his way.
Dylan Dickson has settled back in Melbourne in 2018 after spending four years working as a professional dancer on various cruise ships. he spent three years working for Princess Cruises and most recently has worked for Costa Cruises.
Dylan graduated from Robert Sturrock’s Industry Dance Company in Melbourne where he completed a Performing Arts Course. He previously trained at Patrick Studios Australia as well as the Sharon Lawrence Academy of Dance, learning styles of dance and musical theatre.
Before working at sea Dylan worked as a backup dancer for Jessica Mauboy at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. He was also privileged to dance for Rhonda Burchmore for a review show at the Karralyka Theatre.
Dylan’s other credits include Network 10’s “Everybody Dance Now”, Channel Seven’s “Australia’s Got Talent”, as well as events like Think Pink Charity Ball and Victorian Racing Ball at Crown Palladium respectively, Tuxedo Junction and French Embassy Ball at Regent Theatre respectively, and Make-A-Wish Foundation at Grant Hyatt, Melbourne.
Originally from Wagga Wagga in NSW with a very strong dance background, Eden Holmes took her love for theatre to Ballarat where she graduated from Federation University Arts Academy with a BA in Musical Theatre in 2014.
Upon graduating, Eden appeared as a singer in children’s all-girl trio “Girl Pop!” with Manilla Street productions in 2015. Following this, she spent the majority of 2015 and 2016 sailing around the U.S, Caribbean, and Europe as Production Singer-Dancer on Celebrity Cruises’ luxury liners Summit and Eclipse, befriending some iguanas along the way.
Currently Eden can be seen assisting magician Luke Hocking in his boutique magic show “Impossible Occurrences” on Friday evenings at the Marriott Hotel Melbourne.
Eden will be returning to Manilla Street Productions appearing in their upcoming 2018 musical theatre revue “Amazing Grace” at the National Theatre in St. Kilda.
Elena Bello is a versatile and deeply committed actress born and raised in Mexico. She began her career as an actor in 2007 at the Performing Arts Centre Artestudio back in Mexico City. After moving to Sydney she decided to develop her skills in acting for TV and film by taking the Showreel Course at Screenwise. Subsequently she graduated in Musical Theatre Diploma at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
Elena has a wealth of on-stage experience in theatre and musical comedy. Over the last few years she has been part of several productions both in leading and supporting roles, including corporate videos, TV commercials and short films. She has worked locally to work locally and abroad, across both Spanish and English languages respectively. A 2015 highlight was to play Carla in the premiere of “In The Heights” by Penrith Musical Comedy Company.
Elena's first performance job in Australia was as part of the Real Mexico Mariachi Band as lead singer. It gave her all the necessary experience to begin stepping up onto the Latin music platform almost immediately after her arrival. Since then she has continued collaborating with several bands, spreading her particular flavor, sensuality, richness and energy of Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Bachata all over Sydney.
Elhaq Latief (Muhammad Qardhawi Gad El haq) is a dedicative and passionate performing artist based in Indonesia. He possesses a strong and adaptable work ethic and likeable communication skills suitable to any organisation. Since 2008 he has worked as a professional Actor, Singer, Dancer and Choreographer in the theatre industry in Jakarta, Indonesia. However his career really began when he was offered a role as corps de Ballet in Ballet Sumber Cipta’s “The Nutcracker” in 2009.
Elhaq studies Performing Arts Communication in London School of Public Relations while teaching dance (hip-hop, jazz and modern dance) and singing for kids and adults. In 2016, he was granted a scholarship to join YES ASEAN, a Musical Theatre Intensive Training by Broadway’s Nikki Snelson (“Legally Blonde”) and Dr. Peter Thoresen, run by American Voices and American Embassy.
Despite very little support for the performing arts across Indonesia, he became one of the main collaborator for a community theatre organisation Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC), which became reputable and one of the most well-known. After being established in 2014, JPAC made a total of 8 shows, of which he had choreographed and been involved in a few. His recent work was in “West Side Story” by JPAC as a choreographer and ensemble.
Elhaq’s natural deep tender tenor voice with strong vibrato likewise caught the director of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Coat” Keith Allerton, leading to being as Joseph. His unerring dance and choreography has already grabbed Broadway World’s attention (https://www.broadwayworld.com/indonesia/article/BWW-Interview-Elhaq-Latief-Rising-Star-in-Town-20170522).
When he’s not busy working, he likes to do yoga, travel, cook and binge watch TV series and movies. You can listen to his song covers on soundcloud.com/Elhaqueque.
Eliane Morel is Australian born of mixed Vietnamese, French English heritage (though she has often been mistaken for Pacific Islander/Maori, Italian, Spanish or South American!). Her middle name is Anh Xuan.
Born in Peth and raised in Canberra (where she won a scholarship to study singing at the Canberra School of Music), Eliane moved to Sydney in her twenties to complete an Honours degree in Theatre at UNSW, the Playwrights’ course at NIDA, and continue her singing studies with Susan Reppion-Brooke and Ghillian Sullivan.
Since then, Eliane has become an accomplished comedienne, opera singer and actor, with an emphasis on multicultural theatre and a love of accents, which she can master to a very high standard.
Eliane has been touring NSW high schools with three shows in repertory for Starrs Productions: “Women in Shakespeare” - a two-hander featuring some of Shakespeare’s most complex female characters (in which Eliane has the pleasure of playing Shakespeare himself, Demetrius, Bottom, Cleopatra, Olivia, Juliet’s Nurse, Gertrude, Portia and Puck!); “The Lucky Country”, a solo show exploring post WWII migration to Australia and featuring 6 diverse characters of English, Italian, Lebanese Muslim, ex-Yugoslavian, Indian and Vietnamese backgrounds; and “Letters from France” another powerful solo piece based on the exquisite poetry and letters home of World War I poet, Wilfred Owen.
Eliane has performed as an actor and singer for The Citymoon Vietnamese Australian Theatre, Kantanka Theatre and the Asian Australian Artists’ Association, and has also devised many of her own pieces including “Ba Ngoai”, a show about her Vietnamese grandmother (made possible by an Australia Council grant) and “All Night Long” featuring the talents of bogus Feng Shui expert from Hong Kong, Madam Long. She has also worked for the Arts Health Institute as a ‘humour valet’ providing humour therapy to nursing home residents with dementia.
Eliane has appeared with Pacific Opera, the Jubilate Singers, and has toured Indonesia in the show “Shadows”, with the renowned singer/songwriter Sawung Jabo. More recently, she has been working as a concert singer throughout Sydney and regional New South Wales. She has performed in several concerts for Newcastle Festival Opera including a joint production with Newcastle Musica Viva, as well as numerous concerts for Sydney and South Coast seniors – in both nursing homes and public venues, most recently at Bondi Pavilion.
In late 2015, Eliane shared the limelight on “Tell Me the Truth about Love” with Bill Hawkey (OAM) in Bega and Naroma, and went to Cuba to sing at the International Choral Festival with her choir, Voices from the Vacant Lot.
Elias Jabbour discovered his passion for performing from a young age, through training in dance and group singing. It was not until later in his years that he discovered the alluring world of musical theatre and the potential to stretch his showmanship flair.
Post VCE, Elias Trained at Centrestage Performing Arts Schools Fulltime Musical Theatre course SHOWFIT for 3 consecutive years. Whilst at SHOWFIT Elias was privileged enough to work with some of Australia’s leading industry professionals including Verity Hunt-Ballard, Scott Johnson, Mathew Frank, Dean Bryan and Simon Gleeson respectively.
While there and since graduating, Elias has appeared in both The OC Project’s “#LIVFORCUNNINGHAM” and “#LIVFOREUROVISION; “Songs for the Master” for his SHOWFIT Showcase; “Songs of Bryant and Frank” and “The Crucible” (directed by Scott Johnson).
In 2016, Elias was privileged to play the role of Hugo Dude in the world premiere of the Australian pre-apocalyptic zombie musical “Motor-Mouth Loves Suck-Face” (written and directed by Anthony Crowley).
Although Elias recognises his heritage as coming from Lebanon, he is ethnically broad enough to be regional Middle Eastern, European or Caucasian. This gives him reach to facilitate between many types of roles and specialised genres—in addition to his veritable, young and dedicated talent.
Eliza Grundy began her journey as a performer in a dance studio in the suburbs of Sydney. After gaining 16 years’ worth of dance training, she moved to Ballarat in 2014 to pursue her aspirations in Music Theatre at Federation University’s Arts Academy. Whilst training, she performed in “Vincent: A Capella Opera” (Ensemble), “The Addams Family” (Morticia Cover/Equestrian Rider Ancestor), and “Into the Woods” (Narrator). She is also proud to be credited as Choreographer for “Vincent: An A Capella Opera” and Dance Captain for “The Addams Family”. She looks forward to extending her choreographic knowledge and experience in the future.
Eliza has also been fortunate enough to have gained experience working as a dance teacher for young people with Down Syndrome with non-for -profit organization e.Motion21. Along with teaching her new levels of compassion and patience, the experience set a path to train in AUSLAN, which she is currently studying.
Eliza is a passionate storyteller, aspiring to bring truth and humanity to every story she tells.
Ella Sawyers was an actor, writer, director and model in the UK for 10 years. She successfully performed Sanrizz’s “The Alternative Hairshow” for 5 consecutive years at The Royal Albert Hall up until 2016. She also toured the country and across Europe in large scale venues for Sanrizz.
Ella is a fan of classic texts, having familiarised herself very well with Shakespeare for “A Winter’s Tale” (2016), “The Tempest” (2016) and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2015) as well as Chekhov’s “The Seagull” (2010). Similarly, she traveled back into the time of the Regency period for “Pride & Prejudice” and performed across UK and Ireland respectively.
Children’s theatre was also Ellia’s forte, having captured thousands of children’s hearts with her beloved portrayal of Princess Elsa in the singalong “Frozen” (2015). She was also a puppeteer in “Talking Objects” (2016) and Lucy in “Jack & the Beanstalk” (2015).
However one of the most rewarding highlights was being able to travel to Uganda and work with a charity, building and teaching in schools during the summers of 2009 and 2010. Ella ran Ugandan Drama Club for children for 2 weeks, in which time she wrote and directed a play for school.
Ellia’s decision to move to Australia and its greener, more sunny pastures in 2016 was made in the name of both love and career—a potent combination. Now she is looking forward to an equally successful footprint.
Hong Kong-born Elvin Lam started dancing in his late teens. Prior to this he was a silver-medallist figure skater for 10 years, often competing against the cream of the crop. In addition to being an actor in film, TV and theatre (such as working for the LGBTIQ arm in YGLAM theatre for a couple of years), he proudly represented the 20th Summer Deaflympics in 2005 as an Auslan singer in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
As a professional dancer who is very much invested in the visual, poetic side of storytelling for maximum intuitive and synergetic impact, Elvin learnt Latin, ballroom, jazz, hip hop, contemporary dance and ballet; the latter of which he is most passionate about. He has been training at different reputable schools and workshops including The Australian Ballet, The Space Dance & Arts Centre, Chunky Move and Dance Factory.
For Melbourne Fringe Festival, Elvin toured with the troupe “Deaf Can Dance” for two consecutive years around Melbourne, South Australia and Queensland, as well as for a few other festivals and events. He is presently a vital member of the Arts Access Victoria (AAV) initiative’s The Delta Project, which is a company that empowers both deaf and non-deaf performers alike.
If that’s not all, Elvin is a smart cookie, having studied design (building, fashion, interior and theatre) in top Melbourne universities and back home in Hong Kong. For his day job, he is a procurement officer for government but of course, this is not where his dream lies in.
Despite—or rather because of being a proven and breaking-the-mold performer who tends to communicate through sign language and using an interpreter in a verbally dominated world, Elvin’s deaf identity is integral to the belief that ‘deaf people can do anything’.
Emily Jacker-Lawrence, originally from Geelong, has just completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University. In 2017 she was featured in Fashions for Funerals, a multi-media modelling performance. Her credits at the Arts Academy include: “The Spirt Level”, Australian Premiere (Matron, dir: Anthony Crowley), “My Favorite Year” (dir: Sara Grenfell), the 20th Anniversary of “Crusade” (Mother Meg, dir: Craig Christie) and “Chicago” (Ensemble member #1/Go to Hell Kitty, dir: Alister Smith).
Originally from Wollongong, Emily Ritchie is a Sydney-based triple threat performer known for her versatile and dynamic performances. In recent years she has worked as a journalist for The Australian newspaper and to add to that challenge, is pursuing her dream career in the performing arts.
After completing NIDA’s Musical Theatre course in 2018, Emily is excited to be auditioning, creating and producing her own material. Her most recent credits include: “Delta Sierra Juliet” directed by Darcy Green at 107 Projects; “Ah Tuzenbach” with renowned Russian director Oleg Glushkov’s “Starstruck The Musical” workshop (debuting the role of Nana) with RGM Productions; NIDA’s “Weimer Kabarett”, (featured artist); “The Addams Family” and more.
Emily loves M&Ms and writing poetry.
Emily Roberts comes from a small town of roughly three hundred people in rural New South Wales. In high school she completed her CDPA training through the AMEB system, allowing her to tutor students in Speech and Drama. While at school she was fortunate enough to travel to the US to participate in workshops with several prestigious schools including The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Actors Studio.
In her gap year Emily appeared as Miranda and The Judge in a new play by Sydney Theatre Company “In A Heart Beat”. She also appeared as Clara in a production of “The Hatpin”. In 2016 she graduated from the Federation University’s Arts Academy where her credits included Helen in “Smash Hit”, Little Sally in “Urinetown”, Pugsley Addams in “The Addams Family” and Little Red Riding Hood in “Into the Woods”. She also completed a successful 2016 season with her cabaret “Lunch for One: A Short Guide to Popularity” and in the same year performed Sovereign Hill’s “Cabaret at Christmas”.
Voiceover credits include campaigns for 7-Eleven, Sportsgirl, and Pink Buffalo Films.
Emily is passionate about reading and travelling, and is a self-confessed fantasy nerd.
Emma Austin has always loved performing, even as a toddler. This love led her to study Music Theatre at the Federation University Arts Academy. In 2015 Emma was chosen to be part of a masterclass with renowned Broadway vocal coach Michael Lavine. During May of 2016, she was also part of a reading of the ‘new’ Shakespeare play “Margaret of Anjou”, celebrating the 400th anniversary of his death, under the direction of Kim Durban. She has also recently made her cabaret debut in her self-devised piece “You Can’t Hurry Love”. For the cabaret season, she was also chosen to be an MC, which showcased a whole new love for stand-up-type performance. This obvious passion led to her being chosen to be the MC for “In Development” at the Ballarat Cabaret Festival 2016.
During her time at the Arts Academy, Emma has been in shows such as Anthony Crowley’s “Vincent: An A Cappella Opera” (Christine), directed by Sara Grenfell with musical direction by Adam Przewlocki, and “The Pajama Game” (Ensemble), directed by Casey Gould, with musical direction by Rainer Pollard.
In her graduating year, Emma was lucky enough to play some amazing roles. She loved playing Grandma in “The Addams Family”, directed by David Wynen, assistant direction from Matt Heyward and music direction by Rainer Pollard. One of her favourite performances was as Jack’s Mother in “Into the Woods”, directed by Jeremy Stanford, musical direction by Robyn Womersley.
Coming from a comedy background, Emma has a growing passion for writing and creating her own work. In 2016, she and her friend Cathryn McDonald wrote, directed and performed an original work entitled “Malteasers and Chill” for the Arts Academy’s Student Theatre Festival. This was a huge highlight in Emma’s career so far. She hopes to continue writing and performing comedy material, for both stage and television.
Emma Haughey was born and raised in Melbourne, with an immense passion for the performing arts. Emma is a recent graduate from the first ever cohort of NIDA’s Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance. Throughout her time at NIDA she was exclusively trained by tutors such as Les Chantery, Phillip Quast, Darren Gilshenan, and Garth Holcombe to name a few. Onstage, she was seen in NIDA’s “Borderline” (by director Egil Kapste) as well as “The Hour we Knew Nothing of Each Other” (by director Jennifer Hagen).
Prior to being accepted into NIDA at 18, Emma appeared as Ainsley Grizan in Channel Eleven’s “Neighbours” in 2016. Additionally, she featured in the Jeep TVC “Are We There Yet?”
Emma has over 10 years’ experience in various dance styles such as jazz, contemporary and ballet, whilst also
completing regular singing lessons throughout her schooling years. While at school, she took part various productions and local theatre shows, and studied both Drama and Theatre studies in her VCE graduating year.
Emma was awarded the Dux prize in Theatre Studies and was selected as a VCAA Top Class Performer.
Emma J. Hawkins’ flair for the flamboyant, serious and whimsical plays to her strengths as a feisty, charismatic thespian with a knack for subversive, escapist comedy, high-octane dramatics and brilliantly versatile circus showcases. Her movements between the many worlds of fantasy, musical and children’s genres credit her with storytelling-based acrobatics, singing, dancing or slapstick. She is equally at home in the ironic, contemplative tragedies of Shakespeare, bringing joy and laughter as the Fool in “King Lear”, climbing the heights as a tap dancing, stilt walking acrobat in the critically acclaimed Circus Oz or sinking into the dark depths of a murderess in classics like Jean Genet's “The Maids”.
She stands on the fringe of the mainstream, but that’s where Emma does her best work in theatre: distinctive, fun, nuanced and unique while conveying a touching common humanity. She was nominated for a Green Room award for her portrayal as Fleck in the most fabled of musicals, “Love Never Dies”.
As cabaret alter ego Divine Miss Em, she relishes every opportunity to breath life into new characters but also extends a hand into creative development in theatrical productions. At the same time she imbues her performances with heart, audaciousness and fortitude as well as a steadfast belief in social justice and equality.
With a bag of tricks bigger than herself, Emma sees performing as a way of challenging herself and audiences alike to think outside the square. Her first memory on stage was chasing a boy with a frying pan so just don’t give this feisty redhead any kitchen utensils!
Emma Jones is a Sydney-based actress with a passion in bringing flesh and blood to masterful, inspiring storytelling and will go beyond the call of duty and niche to make it happen. Although Emma is a multi- platform actress enjoying film, TV and radio, she is particularly drawn to the theatre and its exposed immediacy.
– the energetic interaction between the stage and the audience as well as the honour in being able to deliver those stories with all of her guts, glory and raw nerves. She especially delights in breaking down rarefied assumptions between perception and reality, between verve and pragmatism, and between farce and gravitas.
Trained in the Stanislavksi and Laban techniques, Emma is very much at home on the black box theatre circuit particularly in the inner west and metropolitan areas. She has worked on “You, Me and the Cat” (2015), “Who Do You See?” (2013), two adaptations of “A Walk in the Park” (2010 and 2011) and “It Was Raining All Afternoon” (2010). She has also taken a stab at “Clown Porn” (2008) with director Pearl Tan, “Sick” (2011) with dual directors Christiaan & Connor Van Vuuren and her new film “The 5th Shadow” is due for a 2016 release.
A quick look at Emma’s skills reveals an intimidatingly command of American and European accents and dialects. Meanwhile, she keeps herself very busy on pursuits ranging from piano, rollerblading, yoga to gymnastics, archery and skiing. Indeed, she has proven proficient, musically inclined and professional in real life as on screen.
However, Emma’s biggest theatrical dream is to play Shakespeare’s bent king “Richard III” with cackling, Machiavellian arrogance – after all, men played female roles back in the day, so why not the opposite?!
Emma Walsh has been passionate about performing her whole life. She is dedicated to honing her skills and building her talents, which led her to study Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium. Prior to this, she studied in Sweden at Musikteaterskolan completing a Diploma at one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country. Originating from a Swedish-English-Irish background, Emma had planned to stay in Sweden and continue her studies yet after hearing of the acclaimed Drama Schools in Australia she made the big decision to move.
Emma’s time at ‘The Con’ led her to perform in iconic Musicals, including “Godspell” and “A Chorus Line”. Since graduating from The Con Emma moved to Melbourne and began her career as an artist. In 2016 alone she has appeared in numerous short films as well as online commercials and a music video for an upcoming DJ. Emma has also appeared on the Melbourne stage in original plays and her own solo Cabaret show. Her latest project was a featured role in award-winning playwright Neil Cole's play “1916”, which had the grace of the German Ambassador and The Arts Minister in the audience.
Emma is well travelled, having lived in two countries, speaking two languages (Swedish and English both fluently) and holding three passports (Swedish, British and New Zealand). It certainly can be said that she has gypsy blood, which is in fact true linking back to her grandfather’s Irish birth. If Emma were to describe herself in one word it would be bold. The longer version is that she is an adventurous soul who is brave, quirky and independent. Her work ethic is astounding and her determination—unstoppable. Emma is a true all-rounder and these skills make her extremely employable.
Melbourne based, international dancer, model and actor Erinn Arnel has emerged as one of the most outstanding and contiguous graduates to come out of Australian Ballet School. Born in the central Victorian town of Bendigo, Australia in 1992 and started dancing at the age of 3. She was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at the age of 10.
While studying, in 2009 she danced with The Dancers’ Company (regional arm of the Australian Ballet Company) Tour of Australia, headlining “Poems” by Robert Ray and “Nutcracker” (Act 2) by Leigh Rowles. Again in 2010 she acted and danced corps de ballet in “Don Quixote”, choreographed by Ai-Gul Gaisina (influenced by Petipa). Graduating in 2010 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance with Distinction she was awarded the Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance.
In 2011 Erinn featured in the Australian band My Disco’s music video “Turn” (part of the album My Little Joy) as lead dancer, which was received very well on Pitchfork. She also performed with Chunky Move in “It Sounds Silly” at Signal and has modelled for “We Are Handsome”, a swimwear label photographed by Stephanie Bailly. More recently Erinn has returned to Australia after performing musicals with Royal Caribbean Productions in “West End to Broadway”, “City Of Dreams” and “Tango Buenos Aires”. She gained the lead role of Sally Say So in ”Bada Bing… Bada Boom” and in 2013 has been proud to perform in Opera Australia’s “The Ring Cycle”.
When she is not a timeless and atmospheric mover, she is acting. Erin switched to stints like university graduate Danielle Caltabiano’s short “Inside of Me” (2013) about a visiting lesbian couple’s repercussions from a drunken one-night stand with a handsome male bartender, as well as a celebrity-laden, indie feature “The Sunset Six” (2010) about an ageing rock band’s desperate last attempt at reclaiming stardom by Jeremy Stanford. Similarly she has been cast in an acting role for the 2014 production of Opera Australia’s Rigoletto.
Meanwhile Erin continues to traverse between hip-hop, burlesque and contemporary shows with Melbourne’s SCIMM Dance Company.
From classy and free-flowing long splits and pirouettes in classical and neoclassical ballet to barefoot techniques to contemporary and orchestral music, alluring and sensual to burlesque, conscious and topical movements in hip-hop and shimmering, shadowy and frenzied to laser-infused, strobe rock, this multi-disciplined, award-winning artist definitely knows how to listen to her body.
It is not just her life: in effect, Erin’s body is the music.
Now living in Sydney, Australia but originating from Sosnowiec, Poland, Ever Sliter holds a Master’s degree in Dramatic Arts from the National PWST Drama and Arts School in Krakow, Poland. Her career has encompassed a diverse range of areas including theatre, advertising, film and television. Her acting credits include Polish National Theatre productions such as Gogo in “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel L. Beckett, Isabella in “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare and Masha in “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov.
Some of Ever’s acting technique specialties include: Mikhail Chekhov, Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner, Grotowski as well as Body and Voice. The latter two of which she had the privilege to learn directly through Zygmunt Molik in Wroclaw, Poland. Directors have commended her for her high level and clarity of interpersonal skills, flexible responsiveness and creative acumen.
Ever has also been complimented for an easy and engaging personality, for her enthusiasm in learning new things and for being consistently passionate about character and story. With her Polish heritage, she has amassed a remarkably miscellaneous trivia in all things related to European theatre and film that—a foundation that has informed and nurtured her approach towards the different styles and techniques of her acting craft.
Ezel Doruk is one of the hardest-working and most consistent actors today to come out of Melbourne. While he has been a dramaturgy for roughly ten years predominately on stage, his ambition is to move further into the TV and film world. He made his substantial debut on national television, on Channel 9’s historical drama miniseries “Gallipoli” playing Adnan Cevik, a young Turkish lieutenant who serves as a foil to the captain of the Turkish army, Kemal Ataturk.
Ezel received critical recognition on AtticErratic's “Tripped”, a double hander black comedy about race relations in Australia and how self-preservation and preconceived prejudices can actually cost you your life. ‘Moving… Charismatic… Really shines… Emotive and Raw… Is of interest… With equally impressive finesse’ summarised his performance. Premiered in both Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals (2014 and 2015) with much acclaim, it is starting to have a life of its own and he plans to take it much further.
Ezel covered similar ground in 2012’s “UnAustralia” based on the Cronulla riots. He also lends his flair for naturalism to an Ibsen classic “John Gabriel Borkman” (2013), in an uncompromising yet poetic gender-bender of a role typically assigned to that of a woman’s (due to sharing the same vocal depth as Nordic women), as well as provocative, exploratory liberation versus conventional sexuality in “Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard” (2011) with AtticErratic.
It’s clear that early training in Suzuki Method, in Meisner, Adler as well as Laban movement analysis and Ruth Zaporah action theatre has prepared Ezel for brooding sensitivity, physicality and identification with any subject matter. He has had extensive voice training during his years at the Victoria Youth Theatre (VYT). While he can boast a lucid baritone voice, he has really developed the fact through use and practice rather than training.
Ezel is a man who will keep his saucers spinning in the air, but as he falls deeper and deeper into this crazy industry, he understands too well that he may be bound to drop one or two along the way. Being of fashion-model, Turkish extraction, he prefers to believe in iCCAM’s focus and energy and in the ability to chip away at limited realities, while creating new pathways readily available to him and growing from truthful feedback at the same time.
A citizen of the world performer, Firdaws Adelpour is proficiently multi-lingual in Russian, Turkish, Dari, Iranian and Tajik and Farsi, not to mention variations of British, American, Middle Eastern and Asian accents. With his Central Asian heritage, he has a pick-me-up talent in these languages, showing respect and knowledge for each culture that he comes into contact with, including Australia’s.
While Firdaws has a scientific background in microbiology, his intelligence doesn’t end there. As a natural athlete with good hand-to-eye coordination, Firdaws tends to engage in very physical and active fitness, being able to play almost any sport. On stage it has translated into an excitedly developed sense of his work ethic, being adaptable to the demands and rigors of any given skill-set, and staging direction.
He has been trained in the revolutionary biomechanics of Meyerhold Technique, drawing attention to his symbolically aggressive and seminal acrobatics. Resulting in heightened reflexive dexterity through working with partners and physical objects, and increased awareness and nimble agility in ensemble work, Firdaws has achieved the ‘arming’ of his imagination, in a famous phrase originated by Igor Ilyinksy, a Meyerhold student. Indeed he can play a suave and ingenuous lothario as much as a rugged and endurable warrior.
A recent graduate from ACTT appearing in theatrical highlights such as “Two Noble Kinsmen”, “Angels in America”, “Death & the Maiden” and “Miss Julie” as well as a feature film “Two Brothers and a Girl”, Firdaws is logical, focused, grounded, expressive and thoughtful. He can take direction and has an ambiguous look that suggests a range of different ethnicities, reading like a laundry list of Venezuelan, Mexican, Brazilian, Spanish, Portuguese as well as Latin American, Hawaiian or even Japanese and ‘half-Asian’!
As the face of “Manesia”, Firdaws made national circulation on the front page of MX – the only daily commuter newspaper in Australia (which attracts up to 663,000 people daily). He is also featured in TV promotions. Not bad for someone who can speak six languages and dissect microscopic organisms!
Brisbane-born and bred Gemma Hansom is a bubbly and talented actress and musician. Raised from a rowdy Australian-Irish family, she has been exposed to a wide range of activities since from a young age. From farmyards to family yarns, all aspects have shaped her into the charismatic, quirky, versatile, driven performer/story teller she is today.
With her formal training beginning at the Australian Dance and Performance Institute (ADPI) at the ripe age of 17, studying ballet, commercial jazz, tap and acting, Gemma’s ambition and passion for Musical Theatre led her on to further studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM), graduating with a BMus (Musical Theatre) in 2014. A quirky, versatile personality has seen her play leading roles such as Kira in Harvest Rain’s 2015 production of “Xanadu”, Carrie Pipperidge in “Carousel”, Rapunzel in “Into the Woods”, as well as featured roles in “Hair” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. She has also featured in masterclasses with noted professionals such as John Bucchino, Neil Rutherford, Leontine Hass and Paul Sabey.
Aside from being on stage herself, Gemma takes pride in aiding the development of new, upcoming theatre. In 2014 she starred as the main character Zwante in Matthew Samer’s reading of” Hell and High Water”, which has since been taken to London for further development.
As a qualified high school teacher, (when time permits) Gemma also enjoys encouraging and supporting teens in developing their skills and love for performing too.
Gemma’s unwavering commitment and determination sees her going from strength to strength as she continuously seeks projects and opportunities to grow as a performer and artist.
Passionate and driven, Georgia Spark began her journey by undertaking singing and piano lessons from a young age. She continued to perform in local & school choirs, musicals and concerts.
Georgia went on to study a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and continued to learn for three years. Her university credits include: Rosalia in “West Side Story” (2017), Queen in “The Life” (2016) and Carmen in “Sweet Charity” (2016). Since graduating, Georgia has taken on the role of Lauren in “Kinky Boots” at the Empire Theatre and has toured across Queensland with Children’s Tour “Blue Gum Farm”. Georgia loves diving into the minds of different characters and exploring their possibilities.
Georgia is prepared to change her physical appearance and learn any instrument for upcoming productions.
Blessed with a potent mix of Mediterranean and European ancestry, Georgina Lloyd is not only a talented emerging artist, but also a captivating burlesque performer. She is very much a juggler for the camera: she can straddle worlds between bubbly, showbiz transparency, timeless, old-world classicalism, the ‘good twin and evil twin’ archetype with a slightly twisted, ambivalent foible and the domestic goddess but imperfect mother/girlfriend.
With the help of experimental director Matt Burgess, the lead actress has called forth gothic, haunting, Lynch-like facets of her psychosexual bravery, cross-cultural enigma and multi-disciplinary vivacity in “Hysteria” (2008), “Facets” (2009) and “Cherry” (2009). Equally at ease on stage, she has reinvigorated Oscar Wilde’s satirical and timeless commentary on politics, morals, love, honour and scandal in “An Ideal Husband” as well as chewing up the scenery with art, rigour and imagination in “Passion on the Prairie” (2011). While Georgina might look like a belle of the ball who’s stepped back into period times, it takes all sides to polish a diamond as they say.
But that’s not where her talent ends. Thanks to illustrious training for Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Western Sydney Institute of Music and Fantastiques Performing Arts Academy, in the last 15 years Georgina has shone in jazz, cabaret, musical theatre, belly and flamenco in addition to world, which comes from her interestingly ambiguous heritage. She is as resourceful as in sport and martial arts: a glance at her skills shows that you may fear for your life on the field!
Indeed if there was one word to capture this Australian-born actor, dancer and singer – or the triple threat as they call it – it would be ‘effervescent.’ And the lights agree with her as well.
Glenn Levett was a primary school teacher and principal for 40 years before recently retired, seeking a ‘stage change’. Thus he made the much-anticipated leap into his other nurturing love: acting. His interest in performing arts had begun through his teaching and as such is extremely accomplished in all facets of film, musicals, theatre, television and modeling.
During his tenure in education, Glenn had a drama group who competed at State Drama Festival, and once held in reserve for over 6 years. He critiqued Statewide school performances and was a member of the Eastern Suburbs Drama Committee for 5 years. He was also a member for 10 years and treasurer at the Eastern Suburbs Festival of Performing arts for 6 years.
Being of mixed Indian, French and English heritage, Glenn prides himself not only on his culture but also on his exercise regime; he is a regular at the local gym and can boast a super-toned body. In addition, he attends and teaches ballroom/Latin American dance classes.
In his downtime Glenn enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, travel and shopping.
Grace Stamnas commenced classical ballet, contemporary and jazz training at the tender age of 3. This led to choreographing her first pantomime with Noosa Arts Theatre at the age of 13, before subsequently being appointed as Assistant Dance Teacher a mere 2 years later. She has competed at national dance championships, winning a national title in 2013. Her dance capabilities are complimented by her vocal ability, the training for which she undertook from the age of 9. These talents have led to her being cast in musical theatre productions such as “Hairspray” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 2016.
Grace graduated from the Diploma of Musical Theatre at NIDA in 2017. During her studies, she performed “Irving Berlin Cabaret”, “The Changeling” and the final NIDA production of “The Bacchae” as well as “Chimerica” (Sydney Theatre Company). She also featured in a short film and music video.
Grace is looking forward to further develop her skills outside of a full-time training environment by taking regular dance and acting classes as well as, private singing and voice lessons. She has begun playwriting and enjoys discovering new ideas and means of storytelling.
Already sharing the namesake with a famous Bollywood actor, Guv (aka Gov, aka Govinda) Kesar is an enthusiastic and competitive artist with a can-do attitude. He has always admired the glamourous, flaunting and edgy idea of runway men's modeling and has been doing photo shoots/runway modeling events for three years. Needless to say, his charitable and down-to-earth side has also earned him valuable support and representation of local designers through some of the fashion shows such as the “Diwali Indian Festival of Lights” and “Worn Wild West”.
Having been told that he has a very natural, fluid approach to acting since high school, Guv has been actively pursuing his studies at The Australian Film & Television Academy. His approach is like a cultural and character sponge – he readily absorbs personas and archetypes, playing on the hijinks of a soap opera narrative and the classic good and evil duality. But he appreciates confident depth and smouldering subtlety, crafting a meld of his Indian heritage and Western customs into his portfolio.
Guv debuted on national television in 2012, starring in SBS’s “Bollywood Star”, a four-part series which gave ordinary Australians to win a life-changing prize: a role in legendary Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt’s next Bollywood movie. Despite a formal lack of training in acting or dancing, he made to Top 20 beating out 1,500 hopefuls. In the process, he also observed the prevalent and economic nature of martial arts films in Indian cinema, something of a provenance which has historically been overlooked by the Western counterpart. However – step by step – being the trendsetter that Guv is anyway, he plans to change this entertainment landscape and bridge the two worlds closer together: he sees that each is more alike than apart.
Overall, Guv is a man of solid foundations and has no greater wish than personal and career growth. The experience he gained from “Bollywood Star” was uplifting and motivated him to be a better actor. He has an equally ambitious view to explore viable opportunities within the fashion industry and give it a full time focus.
Hakan Manav is a martial arts artist, instructor, actor and lead performer/choreographer of the X-Treme Team, which he also founded. After his breathtaking roles in the film “Dying Ice” (New York City International Film Festival & HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood) and success on the hit talent competition series “Australia’s Got Talent”, Hakan has gone on to take part in a number of film, TV, commercial, corporate and modelling projects. He was a gladiator in the multi-million dollar stadium-sized production “Ben Hur”, narrated by Russell Crowe. Hakan has also performed on a live spectacular in Dubai, on multiple shows spanning over 5 weeks.
With a 5th-degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a World Martial Arts Champion, Hakan has been training in the martial arts for over twenty years. He is a 2 times NASKA World Champion as well as 3 times Australian Taekwondo Sparring Champion and 8 times NSW Taekwondo Champion in Full Contact Olympic Taekwondo Sparring. He was once undefeated between 1993-2004 at state level. A former member of the Australian Taekwondo Team, he travelled the world in competitions.
Hakan was invited to the USA to complete a 5-volume martial arts instructional DVD series titled “Modern & Creative Kicks” produced by Century Martial Arts (the world’s largest martial arts supply company). In 2011 he was inducted into the ISKA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as Sportsman of the Year. Hakan also created the RESPECT Clothing Apparel.
His X-Treme Team, a performance-based martial arts team made the Channel 7 finals “Australia’s Got Talent”, performed on “Saturday Disney”, “The X-Factor” and “Weekend Sunrise” as well as 9’s “Morning Show with Kerri- Anne” both on several occasions. The team was invited to perform exclusively in Abu Dhabi for the Sheikh.
Hakan regularly conducts seminars, camps and private tuition and is in high demand around the world. He is a University graduate with a degree in a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Finance and Management, from University of Sydney. Upon finishing his HSC (Higher School Certificate) he received a score of 99.25 and held a Sydney University Elite Athlete Sport Scholarship for four consecutive years.
As Head Instructor at the Australian Martial Arts Academy, which was founded by his father Ridvan Manav in 1982, Hakan is a popular and well-respected instructor who brings out the best in his students. His extensive knowledge, experience and achievements in the martial arts industry give him the ability to teach at any level.
Whether dancing, acting, singing, playing saxophone or piano, choreographing or composing, Hannah Gwatkin is always keen to create and perform. Having completed a Diploma of Music (Contemporary Performance) in Sydney, she moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2017.
University credits include Nickie Pignatelli in “Sweet Charity”, Graziella in “West Side Story”, Watkin Tench in “Our Country’s Good”, Bridesmaid in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and Bobby in “The Life”. Hannah has also appeared in “The Boy from Oz: The Arena Musical” (2006), ABC’s “Sing!” CDs (2004-2007), as a Featured Dancer in Opera Queensland’s “Kiss Me Kate” (2016), and most recently as Judy Turner in Mad About Theatre’s production of “A Chorus Line” (2018). Now a Melbourne local, she prides herself as an enthusiastic, hardworking, highly skilled and versatile performer.
Hannah Kassulke is a Brisbane-born actor and singer. She graduated with distinction from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in 2018, majoring in drama and history, and completed a musical theatre internship with Harvest Rain in 2013. She has studied under the likes of Mary Setrakian, Kathryn Marquet and Catarina Hebbard as well as gaining extensive acting experience through her work in theatre.
Hannah has been involved in musical theatre in and around Brisbane for a number of years. Her credits include shows such as “Next to Normal” (Natalie), “Les Misérables” (Fantine understudy), “Ladies in Black” (Fay) and “Complete Unknowns”, a one-act play in which she was awarded Best Actress for the South East Queensland One Act Play festival. A versatile actress, she approaches her acting with detail, subtlety and complete understanding of her characters, relishing in their vulnerability, or lack thereof.
Hannah O’Connell grew up in Melbourne and was always surround by music and theatre since from an early age. She began her theatre training at Showfit in Melbourne before making her way to Ballarat to begin studying her Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at Federation University.
Theatre credits whilst at the Arts Academy included a workshop of Andrew Worboys Showtrain (Jacob) as well as a production of “Bye Bye Birdie” (Alice) In her final year at University. Hannah played Alexi Darling along with smaller featured roles in the musical “RENT” at the Athenaeum theatre in Melbourne, and also played Beadle in the production of “Sweeney Todd”.
Haolan (Daniel) Yao started acting and presenting since he was 8 in China, having won multiple awards for public speaking and monologue delivery across the country. At the age of 14, he found his new passion in the form of singing. Skilled in both classical and contemporary genres he has undertaken a music degree at the University of Sydney.
After moving to Australia at the age of 18, Haolan applied his skills and participated in several theatre performances and TV shows. He furthered his career by collaborating with painter Charlie Sheard and photographer Michael Phoenix as an artistic model. He also became a public speaking adviser for The University of New South Wales.
In his spare time, Haolan is an extremely athletic individual and professionally competes in Muay Thai/kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With a combination of strength and artistry, he is very versatile and can therefore succeed in many roles.
With an accomplished background in a wide range of improvisational theatre formats in Manila, Philippines for over a decade, Happy Feraren has performed in more than 500 shows for both corporate and cultural audiences. Her experience includes participating as a performer and facilitator in international workshops and festivals around the world in cities like New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Chicago respectively.
For improve theatre group SPIT (Silly People’s Improv Theater), Happy has performed in major cultural venues in the Philippines: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the PETA Theater Centre. Not only did she assist in the devising of special shows such as: murder mystery, dinner theatre, themed city tours, improvised musicals and so on, she co-organised the group’s flagship biennial event, the biggest festival in Asia, Manila Improv Festival.
A screen highlight was a character role as a member of the campaign team, in support of lead actors Derek Ramsey and Shaina Magdayao in “My Candidate” (2016) as well as starring as Eve in the biblical creation satire “Da More Da Meniyer” addressing the issue of population in the Philippines.
Moreover, Happy is as a professional presenter and sports broadcaster with experience on national television, live events and radio in the Philippines.
From the age of 16, Henry Vo has begun to make the leap from high school projects into the sprawling, exciting world of stage. He made his debut in a collaborative effort with an all-ages and ethnically diverse cast for BYDS & STC’s “Look the Other Way”. As part of the ensemble, he played a security guard who, through a touch of levity, reveals insights into difficulties of working class, culture and religion. He is also no stranger to live re-enactments of colonial times such as “Quay to the City”, vividly and ruggedly painting a world of ragtag gangs and bloody rivalries.
In addition, Henry co-created a dance crew called Spin Dynamics, which has been in several festivals and events as well as running private shows and street performances around Sydney. Training in breakdance at Bankstown PCYC every Friday night, he has been honing and infusing hip-hop and breakdancing skills with his acting in student productions.
An early career artist who wants to focus on both film and theatre respectively, Henry is an extremely hard, Zen-like worker with clear, articulate goals and a ‘fire in the belly’ sense of direction. Although he is ingrained into the Vietnamese community of Bankstown, he is developing his skills through ICACM in conjunction with dancing. Already, feedback has pegged him as a ‘great little talent’ who’s going to ‘develop into an impressive actor’.
Holly Craig is an emerging theatre maker, performer and dancer living with vision impairment. She is committed to making and performing in work which explores social issues and exposes the untold stories of marginalised populations.
In 2016, Holly joined Shopfront’s Harness Ensemble and created the award-winning theatre production, “Dignity of Risk” which premiered at the Australian Theatre for Young People (2017) and was performed as part of Way Out West Festival at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2018). She continues to be an active member of this ensemble and has recently completed a residency for the first stage creative development of the ensembles’ second work, supported by Bundanon Trust.
In addition to this ensemble work, Holly is committed to developing her dance practice through participation in creative workshops and masterclasses. In 2017, she participated in DirtyFeet’s choreographic lab program at ReadyMade Works Studios, where she worked with Emma Harrison. She again participated in the choreographic lab program that year, working with Elle Evangelista.
Holly also worked with Kristina Chan and Sarah Houbolt at Sydney Dance Company, where she collaborated on a practice-based research project which explored how people who are blind or vision impaired learn dance. In 2018, she participated in a short series of inclusive Bodyweather workshops at Camperdown Commons, facilitated by De Quincey Co in collaboration with Outlandish Arts. She took part in masterclasses facilitated by Vicky Malin and Marrugeku.
In 2018, Holly participated in a series of acting workshops facilitated by Goldele Rayment (Company of Rogues), and engaged in a two-day workshop for performing artists with disability led by Sarah-Vine Vassallo. She also completed an eight-week residency at PYT Fairfield, where she began development of a new movement-based theatrical work.
Additionally, Holly wrote and performed in a short play titled “Do-Ability Divas” alongside artists Uma Kali Shakti and Madeleine Stewart, which was performed as part of the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival.
A business student who has spent a great deal of his time living, studying and working overseas, Hugh Pham has truly found a passion for acting, dance and improvisation. Despite his day job, this does not stop him to fully pursue this craft, and he has begun by constantly learning about the entertainment industry and enhancing as much of his knowledge as possible. Since he understands that for every beginning as an actor, he has decided to be completely dedicated to the power of inhabiting a character that is not his own.
Other than a few small productions when Hugh was younger, and being able to feel the joy in performance, he has decided to take it more seriously in 2015. One of the highlights of his short but impassioned career was cracking the Top 20 in the fiercely competitive “So You Think You Can Dance Australia” in 2012.
What Hugh lacks in experience, his humble attitude and consistently, thriving, osmotic quality makes him ideal for the leap into the professional world of acting. He is thankful and understanding that ICACM is perhaps the place to give him a chance to improve and follow his dreams.
Irene Sarrinikolaou is a Sydney based Dramatic Soprano, Director, Producer and Educator, with a performance background in opera and musical theatre. She trains in the Bel Canto tradition with Arax Mansourian and Glenn Amer as well as having previously studied with Reginald Byers and Dallas Watts.
Since 2005, Irene has been running her own production company called ANGELVOICES, which specialises in live vocal and theatrical entertainment. It was formed in 2005 to provide performance opportunities for aspiring producers, directors and performers. Since then ANGELVOICES has produced major outdoor festivals and events including the “Strathfield Carols by Candlelight”, “Victor Trumper Day @ SCG” and “Australia Day Festival” at Parramatta. Other activities include co-producing and lending her voice to the Verismo Studio season of “Pagliacci”, “The Renaissance Players” at Runnymede concerts, “the Peoples’ Proms”, “Gabriel” a gothic horror fantasy film as well as collaborating with other professional singers of opera, musical theatre, world music and jazz.
In 2014 Irene created two original ANGELVOICES productions staged at The Vanguard: “Quite Continental” and “Swingin’ It” (which will have a return season in 2016 at Red Rattler). In 2015, Irene produced and sung the principal role in the Sydney premiere of Konstantine Koukias’ opera “Kimisis” and worked on the inaugural Hellenic Theorem Festival, performing the lead in the Yiannis Ritsos’ dramatic monologue “Moonlight Sonata”.
Born and raised in Wagga Wagga in regional NSW, Melbourne-based actress Isabel Mulrooney graduated from Federation University/BAPA with a B.A in Acting.
Isabel’s recent credits include 2018 feature film “Rock Suga”, “The Power of” (T2 Tea campaign), “Death of an Axolotl” (C31), “Teaching and Learning” (BYTE), “This is She” (Melbourne Fringe Festival) and “Moment of Freedom” (La Mama Mobile).
In the same year, Isabel performed a one-woman show “Butchers Paper Cape”, written and directed by Jessica McLaughlin Cafferty as part of the VCA showcase.
In 2019, Isabel shows off her funny chops in the new Australian touring comedy “Country Halls” alongside comedian Damian Callinan.
Isabella Forte is a Sydney-based Singer/Actor/Dancer. Blessed with Italian heritage, she is a bubbly and mature girl-next-door type who is always willing to work hard, striving to improve all the three aspects of her craft. Her career goals are to establish herself in the Australian Music theatre industry on an equal level as within the film and television industry.
Isabella’s love for performing stems from a curiosity and discovery of creating, portraying and delivering fantastically extraordinary, socially-aware, universal stories lifted from the people that she meets locally and from all over the world.
Although Isabella feels connected to her roots as much as drawing from Anglo-centric culture, she can pass off as Latino/Hispanic, Spanish, Greek or even Middle Eastern.
Jacek Dusznik studied acting at Bull Alley Theatre. He achieved Distinction in both Theatre Performance and ATCL Diploma at Trinity College London. The ex-boxer and rugby player speaks fluent English, German and Polish. In 2010, the Irish public discovered him in Focus Theatre’s first production, “Scent of Chocolate” directed by Anna Wolf. He also was set designer for PTI’s devised piece of “Chesslaugh Mewash”, which was part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2011.
Jacek had the pleasure of working with Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan in “Dave’s One Night Stand” show as journalist Tomek. He memorably appeared in the highly-acclaimed TV series “Ripper Street” on his deathbed alongside Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina”) as well as Stephen Don’s “Faraway” feature, Daniel Corcoran’s short film “Promised Land” and “Death Waits” feature by Redmond Fitzpatrick. He appeared in plays “Henry V” as Charles VI, by Katherine Murphy and in “Street Scene” as Kaplan, by Neville Caryle Style. Jacek is proud of his work on “Blink”, a short film directed by Conor Maloney (“Ayamé”), about how destinies can be shaped in the blink of an eye. Written by and starring Gavin O’Connor (“The Tudors”), Jacek acted opposite IFTA nominee Róisín Murphy (“What Richard Did”) and Luke Griffin (“Band Of Brothers”).
Two beloved career highlights come to mind: one was touring primary schools across Ireland promoting environmental awareness through “Turning the Tide” for Down to Earth Theatre Company. The other one was 2013’s “The Vikings”. Jacek found it to be special, brutally rewarding and well paid work and even spent more time on the set than some of the main actors. Gleefully amongst some of the fiercest fights: a whack to the face, riding roughshod on a warhorse, blood-splattered nevertheless had endowed the Polish emigrant with priceless insight into how to deal with large-scale professional productions.
Since the mid-2014 move to Germany, Jacek was able to obtain a UK Channel 4 job in Stuttgart. Apparently he has no qualms in getting undressed for 3 hours in a Bigest German brothel! Indeed, he is nothing if not endlessly optimistic, facilitating, driven and honest about his services with the soul of a searching artist as seen in his favourite poem below. Inspired by Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King” he is more at home with a crazy, mad and roguish glint in his eye, with fashionably up-swept locks so as to avoid looking like ‘every third guy on the street’!
Jack Godden (then John Goddin) was a stalwart in the late 70’s and throughout 80’s, starring in numerous hit movies, notably “Kokoda Crescent” (1989) about police corruption and drugs; an ‘Ozploitation’ piece “Vicious” (1988); “The Empty Beach” with Bryan Brown (1985); both “Crime of the Decade” with John Jarratt and “Fast Talking” with Steve Bisley in the same year of 1984, and “Midnite Spares” about car thieves (1983).
In addition, Jack cut his teeth in children’s entertainment for ABC as well as the long-running urban soap opera “E Street” (1986) with Alyssa-Jane Cook and Marcus Graham; superb legal drama “Rafferty’s Rules” (1987) set in a local magistrate court with John Wood and Andrew McFarlane, and “Sons & Daughters” chronicling class-based family relationships with Peter Phelps.
Despite the trappings of showbiz and venturing briefly to work with director/actor Hugh Keays-Byrne (of “Mad Max” fame) in 1994, Jack took a long break to raise his family and lead a fairly sedate life. In recent years, he has now been able to realise his comeback into the world of acting, and to reinvent himself in a rather subdued fashion as long as he is attracting interesting and relevant material once more. For his efforts, he was reunited with director Jane Campion (whom he worked on “A Girl’s Own Story”) for “Top of the Lake 2” in 2016 on the small screen.
Brimming with hidden, gritty, darkly gifted depths, Jack may be a little rough around the edges but is also generous and softhearted to a fault.
Born in Australia, Jack Ngu is a self-styled Chinese-Vietnamese performer and multimedia artist. He is also a super versatile actor, presenter, model and filmmaker whose forte lies in comedy and improvisation.
Graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts and Media Communication degree from University of New South Wales, Jack also studied theatre and acting, which has helped him to ‘practice for life’. By osmosis, his curiosity for and exposure to all facets of productions – behind the scenes and on camera – is only rivalled by his people skills – from elders to children, from celebrities to pets and mentors to juveniles. By switching from four accents of English to the Cantonese and Teochew languages, he has been able to break language barriers, bridge generation gaps and thus widen the social scope in his world.
Everybody who has worked with him considers him to be creative, technical, adaptable, funny, charismatic, educated, intellectual, childish, geeky and random. He applies aspects of this philosophy with varying depths: in the spiralled, corruptive ambivalence of “Gangs of Oz” and “3 Men, One Dice” (2009); neo noir worlds of “Callabona Red” (2009) and “Rain Dog” (2013); the dreamy, wise and romantic connotations of “Mr Bench” (2012) and of course, the scatological practicalities of “Ultimate Guide to No Toilet Paper” (2010). In addition, he has worked with Rumble Pictures as a stuntman, actor and assistant.
Off screen, Jack’s characters are idle and idiosyncratic: from skating (heelys) and snowboarding to travel and spiritual journeys, as well as video games and ‘robots in disguise’. In other words, he is the ‘most dynamic person you may ever meet’.
You may find Jack equally down to earth, with an award-winning imagination that is this planet! Very quickly, you are convinced that entertainment is truly his passion.
Jade Fuda is a disciplined Actor and Director raised in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She graduated from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts with a Bachelor of Performance and has since performed in, directed and collaborated on a number of new plays, films and Theatre in Education related work. Jade spent most of her younger years doing NIDA workshops and actor-intensive programs which paved the way for the development of her own work.
With a passion for physical theatre and Theatre in Education, Jade teamed up with Blue Theatre Company to direct the coming of age story "Akio!" written by Matt De Haas and performed at Hayes Theatre Co in 2015. Jade has since toured Australia with Blue Whale Theatre’s TIE production “A Bright Light in The Darkness – The Catherine McAuley Story”, playing Catherine McAuley, educating and facilitating many historical and entertaining works for children of all ages.
In 2018 Jade was accepted into the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles where she completed the Film and Television Acting intensive program. There, she had the privilege of being taught by some of LA's best teachers and was able to develop her skills in all areas of on-camera acting, whilst expanding her knowledge of the film industry and business.
Jade is passionate about collaborating on new Australian work and building a doorway for emerging artists of all backgrounds to have their stories told and voices heard.
James Philpot is a character actor who relishes playing comedic characters in contemporary plays such as those by David Williamson, to energetic slap stick comical roles in classics such as “Arsenic and Old Lace”. In 2018 he portrayed a ‘bucket list’ role when he used his dramatic and comedic skills combined as Norman, the titular character in Ronald Harwood's “The Dresser”.
An accomplished Shakespearean actor, James has performed both dramatic and comical character roles. Musical theatre has seen him play a range of lead roles, including a tap-dancing brush turkey in an improvised production set around the Australian Rainforest entitled “Wild”. Always keen to stretch his talents, he has also featured as the title character of Hecuba in a traditional Ancient Greek Mask Drama, and in 2017 tested his adlibbing skills as he played Santa Claus doing an interview ‘live’ from the North Pole on the “Sunrise” program.
In his day job, James has been a drama teacher across NSW high schools with 25 years’ experience. He has a flair for storytelling to children and adults in those schools and also as a volunteer in nursing homes. He has hosted in front of audiences for variety concerts, award ceremonies and special occasions such as weddings and other celebratory occasions.
Originally from Sydney, Jamie Boiskin grew up studying singing, acting and dancing as a child. Her passion for theatre developed in high school when she became a student ambassador for The Griffin Theatre Company. Upon moving to Melbourne, she studied at 16th Street learning Chubbuck and Alexander technique, and also completed the VCA short course VCA Music Theatre Studio.
Her credits whilst studying at Federation University included “Showtrain” (Izzy), “Bye Bye Birdie” (Suzie), “Rent” (Ensemble, U/S Mimi), “Sweeney Todd” (Ensemble), as well as writing and performing in her self-devised cabaret “Ovariacting: A Period Drama".
Since graduating from Theatre Nepean in 2005, Jane Pegan has been working on stage. The day after graduation she began a 10-year journey as Company Artist with Version 1.0. In addition to devising and performing in all of its major works during this period, she was also performing in mainstream theatre productions.
Since the closure of Version 1.0 in 2014, Jane worked with Rinkogun Theatre Company in Tokyo, and toured Ilbijerri's “Beautiful One Day” from Southbank to London (2014). Meanwhile she continued to work non-stop in Sydney, proving to be an incredible veteran actress for Siren Theatre Co in “The Trouble with Harry” (2012 & 2017), “Good with Maps (2017), “The Ham Funeral” (2017) and “As You Like It” (2011), to name a few.
Jane has appeared in several short films, such as “How the Light Gets In” (2016) and “Butterfly Factor” (2004). She won Best Actress at Sydney Indie Film Festival in 2015 for “Entailment”. She had a small role in the award-winning Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic's feature “For Those Who Can Tell No Tales”. This premiered at TIFF in 2013 and screened at festivals around the world before coming to SFF in 2014.
Jane seeks work that is challenging and interesting, in turn encouraging people to engage and be proactive within the wider community.
A staple of Australian film and television for over 30 years, Janet Foye has been very blessed to work under the directorial lens of Philip Noyce in “Heatwave” (1982); Alex Proyas in “Knowing” (2009); George Miller on both “Babe” movies (1994, 1998). On the smaller screen, she held her own in guest roles against heavyweights John Wood on “Blue Heelers” (2001); comediennes Jane Turner and Gina Riley on “Kath & Kim”; heartthrob David Wenham and self-assured Sigrid Thornton on “SeaChange” (2000) and Ian Rawlings on “Sons and Daughters” (1982) as his bad boy’s therapist in one very memorable scene that was a little too intimate for her liking!
Janet, indeed, has played memorable exceedingly well in rural settings, having appeared in multiple arced episodes on “Bed of Roses” as a South Gippsland townsperson Lorna Lincoln who is an integral part of Kerry Armstrong’s character’s ‘new normal’; on “Something in the Air” (2000) whose town is revived by the preserving presence of a radio station, and on “A Country Practice” (1982-1990) whose personal relationships are as important as those of doctors and nurses’ with their patients.
Such as is the breadth and depth of Janet’s career that it has taken her to play in many sandboxes of bogan satire, apocalyptic doom, unbelievable melodrama, quirky pastoralism, action with both fantastical and felonious elements and uplifting coping mechanisms in the face of grief and loss.
Now Janet is about to enter the next and most exciting chapter of her life in Melbourne that she currently calls home.
Growing up in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Jaylee Waters has been dancing since she was four, training in Jazz, Ballet and Tap at MJ Dance Studio, as well as having private singing lessons. After completing High School, she moved to Ballarat, Victoria and began her Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) degree at the Arts Academy. While at the Arts Academy Jaylee performed in: the original workshop production of “Motor-Mouth Loves Suck-Face: An Apocalyptic Musical” (Penelope Tupper), “The Pajama Game” (Dance Captain/Ensemble), “The Addams Family” (Marie Antoinette/Featured Dancer) and “Into The Woods” (Rapunzel). Jaylee has also worked in collaboration with La Mama Mobile Theatre, performing in the original short play, “Confide”.
Jaylee is a 2016 Music Theatre Graduate from Federation University’s Arts Academy.
Jean Judith Javier is a singer, musical theatre performer and a film actor, who is unstoppable in bringing her heart to her audience, she draws courage from them. As a soprano, Jean Judith sings for opera and musical theatre but never limits her capacity by performing pieces from world arts songs. As a film actor, her roles are unconventional that manifest her embodied inner strength but mystical persona.
She learns how to sing at an early age of nine performing in the church and villages. Coming from a humble beginning, Jean Judith captures the skill of fine singing from her mother and her sensitivity for arts was nurtured by being deeply connected to the expressive musical cultures of the Philippines, her motherland.
Her tenacity to work as a full-time actor and the faith she puts to her craft gave her opportunities to perform in cities and provinces in the Philippines and South and East Asian countries like Korea, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and various cities in China. She assumed self-title roles from many original musicales that have had impacted the history of Philippine contemporary theatre.
In opera, she played Sisa for “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera”, a difficult role. But her portrayal of the most iconic Philippine fictive character and deranged woman captures her audience giving her standing ovations and critical acclaim from critics. She offers passionate command of stage performance with her depiction of Gulnara for “Orosman at Zafira” where she earned admiration from theatre aficionados and from her audience:
“Noli Me Tangere: The Opera: Unquestionably the high point of the rather meandering De Leon-Tolentino opera, Javier’s rendition…was a mesmerizing piece of theater, a rapturous 11-o’clock number…that stands as the year’s most thrilling moment on the musical stage.”
“And in the famous aria…soprano Jean Judith Javier was spellbinding, and deservedly received the loudest applause at curtain call.”
“Jean Judith Javier as Sisa was nothing short of phenomenal...but more so by the passionate aria that half the time featured Javier imitating birdsong with her voice in pitch perfect precision.”
“Jean Judith Javier (Gulnara) ably and swiftly shifted from wife to mistress, mother and slave, to woman warrior, with nary a questionable act, not one moment of uncertainty in her voice or actions...Javier taking on the higher registers when singing with the chorus. She did it flawlessly, too.”
Jean Judith's sheer talent allowed her to work in almost all major theatre companies in her native country gaining admiration from Philippines most respected and outstanding theatre directors.
This woman of inspiration, integrity and excellence with uncompromising spirit of an artist hopes to bring her singing voice and acting craft as an oblation for world's cultural and social transformation.
Jennifer Lu is an all-round, sporty, upbeat and brilliantly passionate actor, singer and model who believes in absolute integrity of storytelling through the honoring of great writing. Hailing from Canberra, ACT, she developed a steadfast work ethic from a young age, with the view to meet and surmount professional challenges in any vocation that she chooses. She possesses the technique to immerse herself in any platform whether it be theatre, film, TV or music industry. She is able to take excellent direction whilst always willing to take risks and test one’s mettle demanding highly of oneself and scrupulously transform her mind and physique into any character.
Most recently, Jenny was honored to be part of Season 2 of ABC’s miniseries “The Code” working alongside Australian screen legend Anthony LaPaglia and director Shawn Seet. She found the set to be an engrossing experience and got to watch the fine intensity and technique of a veteran cast and crew.
Exhaustively taught by world-famous institutions AIM, ANU and NIDA in theatrical and voice training as well as dance, Jennifer remembers vocal coaches, tutors and directors as paramount to her education. By looking up to these mentors, she considers her long-term relationships with them as conducive to the most solid and eclectic building blocks of a career.
Jennifer’s ultimate aspiration is to be a sensitive, powerhouse artist who can hit the high notes, equal the likes of Jennifer Murphy, Louise Page, and Anthony LaPaglia acting organically against the very best.
Jessica Laffan is a motivated, committed and highly talented young singer, dancer and actress with a solid work ethic which compels her to keep working to achieve a high standard. At just nine years of age, she already has a full training schedule of ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical dance and is an active choir member of Willoughby School and AIPA Show Group. She has appeared alongside renowned artists on international musical projects including Australia’s Kate Ceberano AM, as well as many local musical theatre productions.
In addition, Jessica loves filmmaking, does not shy away from the camera on both counts and often is playing around in the editing suite. As a bright, cheerful and creative personality who is not afraid of a challenge and opportunity, she is always willing to listen and learn from others.
It is clear that her passion in both performing and refining her skills will lead Jessica to be able to achieve her ultimate dream: to be on Broadway! In fact AIPA has already recognised her contributions in acrobatics, singing and acting as an All Rounder Triple Threat Performer.
Jessica Loeb is a Sydney based Singer, Actor, Dancer and writer whose Filipino heritage helped her become the singer and performer she is today. Jessica has had a passion for the performing arts since she was a young child, commencing jazz dance and singing lessons at the age of 8. A self-proclaimed comedian, she also enjoys writing comedic cabarets and scripts.
Jessica has graduated from the Australian Institute of Music with a bachelor of Music majoring in Musical Theatre and was cast as one of the leads in AIM’s 2016 production of “Urinetown” as Little Sally.
Jessica is continuously finding ways to improve her craft and establish herself in the Australian Music theatre industry as well as film and television.
Korean-born, Jina Lim is based in Sydney and can speak English and Korean fluently. She is an actor, social media influencer, commercial and fashion model who has worked several companies including Microsoft, Manicare and Nikon Lensewear. She has more than three years’ experience in artistic nude and photographic modelling.
Jina is confident, hard-working and brings a positive, audacious attitude to all aspects of her life. Her personable, down-to-earth and professional ethic makes her a joy to work with on set, believing in credible long-term relationships that sustain in mutually beneficial ways.
Jina enjoys water-based activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and beach swimming. She is similarly passionate and balanced about healthy living, fitness, travel and beauty. She prides herself on staying in shape—mentally, spiritually and physically.
Jip Panosot is a self-proclaimed lover of life in entertainment or to be more specifically—a perfect, diamond, self-assured expression of life and its value across acting, presenting, modelling, music or even martial arts. Even more so she is ever eager to explore and expand her potential and its continual reaffirmations in the eclectic and transparent variety of the characters that she plays.
After spending much of her childhood in USA since the age of 6, Jip unsurprisingly slipped into a natural accent.
She traveled the world to pick up some of the languages including German, French and Portuguese as well as kicking arse and taking names in all tremendous manners of fighting such as Silat, Savate, Taekwondo, Kali and Muay Thai to name a few. She eventually settled down in Australia right at the turn of the millennium.
Action acting is a passion especially for Jip—the ultimate poster child of combat and performing arts. The former has placed her in exceptional steed for lethal fight choreography and film stunts including competency in swords(wo)manship.
Of course she has a more artistic or ‘softer side’. From horse riding and fire twirling pursuits and intuitive grasp of Thai instruments such as a xylophone, flute and dulcimer to traditional classical dance, Eurythmy and capoeira, Jip is a welcome presence on stage that can incorporate two or more disparate elements together into one engrossingly paradoxical performance—as long as you remember who will always win in a fight!
Overall, being an insanely motivated and quick learner Jip often seeks diversely dynamic and experimental challenges all in the name of exciting adventures and endless possibilities ahead.
Originally from Queensland Jizelle Ellul is a dedicated performing artist who has been training as a triple threat performer since the young age of 4. She discovered her intense love for the art after her first performance on the stage as a 4 year old dancing and singing to Animal Crackers by Shirley Temple. Her training in different dance genres (tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet) and singing continued, with her completion of several ballet exams (up to her intermediate RAD ballet exam), singing exams and her advanced silver CSTD tap exam. She has always enjoyed immersing herself in all aspects of performing arts. With an ear for music she started playing the piano at age 4 completing up to level 5 AMEB as well as picking up the flute at the age of 13 where she developed a love for ensemble playing.
Jizelle moved to Sydney in 2016 to pursue further training focusing on singing, dancing and acting with industry professionals, graduating with a diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street. She’s passionate, hardworking and determined to pursue her love for all areas of the industry. Her friendly, disciplined and down-to-earth character are traits she highly regards as well as her desire to always learn and improve her skills. She believes in the power of communication through music, dance and acting and that it has the ability to move people and potential to encourage change in different ways of life. She is enthusiastic about diving into the industry and discovering ways of using and sharing her passion for the performing arts with others.
Joanna Eve was born in Australia but she is of Polish descent. Her true age can be quite misleading due to being short and she has blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a strong passion for performing whether it be acting, voice acting or playing an instrument (she plays the trumpet!).
Joanna has had an interest in acting since the age of 5, and since then she continues to perform in a variety of productions, she has taken speech and drama classes, attended NIDA classes and have completed the Bachelor of Performance (Dramatic Arts) degree at the Australian Institute of Music.
Joanna also has a YouTube channel JoKe123Productions which she performs a variety of monologues as well as talking about ‘fandoms’. She is very keen on expressing herself and is best noted for being loud, satirical and proud. Her dream is to have land a role on the BBC TV Show “Doctor Who”.
Joanne is a 2015 graduate of ACTT (Actors College of Theatre and Television). Whilst at ACTT she performed in “Coriolanus”, as Brutus directed by Sean O’Riordan; Joan in “Breezeblock Park”, Lizzie in “Wolf Lullaby”; and one of the demeaning cheerleaders Danielle in “SLUT: The Play” at Belvoir St Theatre, directed by Maeliosa Stafford.
Joanne loves to explore the topics that deal with issues of the society, morality, human psychology and philosophy with different forms of art. She has a strong belief in the ability of theatre and performance in affecting people through the use of storytelling to allow audience to have deep thoughts and opinion upon the topics and issues.
Joanne also has had experience in working as TV Presenter at the Sydney branch of the biggest Cantonese TV channel TVB, making herself well known to the Chinese demographic.
Apart from having a great passion in acting and performing, Joanne also loves to draw and paint in different forms of techniques.
Joaquin Pedro Valdes (aka JP) started out on the professional stage at the young age of 11 when Philippine Theater icons Baby Barredo and Zenaida Amador discovered him. After being part of the 1995 Philippine staging of “Evita”, the veteran thespian asked him to be launched as Repertory Philippines’ “Pinocchio” in 1996.
From then on, Joaquin continued to live on stage through different leading roles in both adapted and original musicals. In his teen years he ventured off into the recording industry to be part of the pop/R&B boy band 17:28 under Star Records. With the boy band he sung and written a few of its hit singles.
While Joaquin is now known to be behind the camera as one of the country’s recognised film, concert and content director, he will never forget his first love—theatre. He is currently a fulltime film and commercials director but makes time to go back to the stage when the right opportunity and compelling material arise.
Joaquin is one of the producers and directors of “One Night Stand: A Monthly Cabaret” at 12 Monkeys which aims to feature the amazing Filipino Musical Theatre talent as well as growing its audience and community.
Born in Houston, Texas, John Reed began dancing at the age of 10. He relocated to Melbourne in 2004, where he continued his dance training at the May Downs School of Dancing under Renie Ann Martini, and Centrestage Performing Arts School under Ian White studying acting and singing. TV credits include: “Dead Gorgeous” (ABC3) and “Angry Boys” (ABC).
John recently graduated from Federation University Arts Academy (Ballarat) with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). Performance highlights at Ballarat include: “Smash Hit” (MC 2), “Urinetown” (Officer Lockstock), his self-devised cabaret “OZMERICA: The Beautiful”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Speed Tappist/Ching Ho Understudy) and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Co-Chairman/Associate Choreographer). Upon graduating, John played Jack in “Connected: A New Musical” (Ruby’s Music Room), Francis Flute in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) and appeared in “Funny Girl” (The Production Company) alongside Caroline O’Connor.
John is honoured to be part of Opera Australia’s “West Side Story” as Action/2nd Cover Riff in the 2019 summer season.
Jonathan Hickey graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Majoring in Musical Theatre) from the QLD Conservatorium Griffith University in 2014. He achieved his A.Mus diploma on violin in 2010.
Jonathan speaks fluent Italian as he lived and studied in Italy on scholarship for a year in 2011.
He was nominated for a Greenroom Award for his critically acclaimed performance of Fabrizio in “The Light in the Piazza”.
Josephine Flores Tam (or Josie) is a pianist, violinist, opera singer and theatre singer. She is enthusiastic, energetic, active in salsa dancing and easy to work with. She loves working with people, music, dancing, photographing and acting, jazz dancing and tap dancing.
She is currently a Master student as Répétiteur at Sydney Conservatorium, under direction of Stephen Mould. She has accepted the The Australian Collaborative Pianist Full Scholarship in Munich for Bel Canto Summer Voice Program. She also studied under Christopher McMullen, Lorne Richstone, Ted Ganger in Music, Dr Gian- Franco Ricci,Mrs Ann O’Hearn, Dr Susan Collins,Dr Jennifer Barnes and International Australian Opera singer Ghillian Sullivan, Glenn Winslade, Claudia Visca, Stephen Delaney, Sharolyn Kimmoley.
Josie has been in HK TV commercials having debuted at the age of 10 in 1993. She also shot advertisements for Hong Kong Institute of Education, as a commercial promotionmodel.
Josie has been involved in Australian productions such as “Bernstine’s Mass”, “Messiah”, “Carmina Burana”, “Little Women the Opera”, “Avenue Q”, “The Gondoliers”, “Trial by Jury”, “Trouble in Tahiti”, “Thoroughly Mordern Millie”, “Magic Flute”, “The Merry Widow”, “Patient”, “Lucky Stiff”, “Spelling Bee”, “WonderfulTown”.
As well as a pianist originally based in Newcastle, she was the lead role Kim in Opera Hunter’s 2009 production “Miss Saigon”; “Fiammetta” in Newcastle Festival Opera’s 2010 “The Gondoliers” written by Gilbert and Sullivan as well as Musical Director for “Double Bill” and “Christmas Eve”. In Pantseat Productions’ 2011 “Avenue Q”, Josie earned a nomination for Best Actress in Leading Role in Musical at the 33rd Conda Awards (City of Newcastle Drama Awards). Josie is also a member of the Ecology Choir since 2008, which was the winner of Channel 7 “Battle of the Choirs” TVshow.
Josie would like to expand her career, based on her classically training in music in piano and voice into modern art, which are stage, screen and musictheatre.
When it comes to Joshua Tieu’s earth-shattering fists and kicks, they neither know boundaries nor infamy in stunts and choreography among many of Australia’s martial arts film aficionados. Whether it’s taking names or making fashion statements out of our plucky heroes (or dying trying), he relishes playing type—gangster type, that is. From primarily stirring in an action, fantasy and comedy mish-mash in hit series “Atomic Kingdom” (2013), “Whoopa-Chow!” (2013) and more recently, “Maximum Choppage” (2014), to indie, self-funded martial arts films such as “Enter the Dojo“ (2012), “Hit Girls” (2013) and “Fist of the Dragon” (2014) he has worked alongside impeccably gutsy filmmakers Maria Tran and Adrian Castro as well as lauded fight choreographers Trung Ly.
Joshua was humbled to re-enact a warzone during the 1968 Battle of Coral and Balmoral for ABC’s “The Crater” (2014), working with award-winning documentarian David Bradbury. It took him back to his spiritual roots—that everything he is, today, has come out of both the combative horrors and fragile resoluteness of Vietnamese history. On the outlandish side, Joshua chews up the scenery, utilising parkour and intimidation in “Fat Pizza vs. Housos” (2014), “Hidden Peaks” (2014) and play “Monkey: Journey to the West” (2015).
Joshua is an active member of Dong Thanh Alliance and Head Tricking Instructor of Team 9Lives. He has elevated his latter team to nationwide renown in Australia Hip Hop Championships, fundraisers and many various weddings and festivals.
Jrisi Jusakos is one of Australia’s most recognised and influential oriental dance artists. With extensive experience in cross cultural and traditional dance forms, she has carved out a unique style that is both captivating and recognisable. She is the artistic director and creator of Hathor Dance Theatre, a sought-after master teacher, performer, producer, choreographer and international sponsor.
Separating her from other performers, Jrisi is also one of the only professional oriental dancers in Australia to hold a Bachelor of Dance from UWS, majoring in choreography. She trained extensively in Western dance styles like contemporary, jazz and ballet, fusing this experience with Oriental, Flamenco, Latin and Classical Indian movement styles, which makes her one of the most experienced and sought-after artists on offer. She’s an award-winning dancer receiving 3 choreographic dance commissions in Contemporary/Oriental Fusion works.
Jrisi’s belly dance career spans 25 years; in that time she has flown around the world developing, training and researching the dance with master teachers. She is one of Australia’s first belly dance artists to obtain an Australian Council for the Arts dance grant for professional development in both Oriental and Western Dance forms in USA, Egypt, Lebanon and Germany. Her primary mentors throughout many years have been Dr Mo Geddawi, Mahmoud Reda, Mdme Raqia Hassan and Yousry Sharif.
Most recently Jrisi has invested in international sponsorship to bring master teachers to Australian. Giving opportunities for Australian dancers to further develop and experience different techniques and performance skills. She has sponsored international guests such as Jillina, Bozenka, Tamlyn Dalala, Hadia, Kaeshi Chai.
She has also produced ground breaking International Bellydance Theatre shows such as Bellydance Evolution’s “Dark Side of the Crown” and Bellyqueen’s “Journey Along the Silk Road” (Sydney Tour). This adds up to 25 theatre shows that she has produced since 2001.
Adding to her range of experience Jrisi had the opportunity to work closely with talented Arabic Musicians for the last 15 years and has produced 3 training DVDs which feature original compositions and have sold worldwide. She has taught in Singapore and toured 3 cities in Japan for workshops and performances.
As a versatile dancer, Jrisi is invited as featured artists in 3 live music ensembles such as Davood Trabizi and the Far Seas, Flamenco Red and Masha’s Legacy which have composed an original piece written especially for her, titled “Safe Haven”
Jrisi is a passionate instructor and performer who has devoted her life to the art of Oriental dance and hopes to continue to raise the profile of this beautiful art with mainstream audiences.
Jun Manuel Tuason is an accomplished Filipino performer, producer and director on account of his many theatrical appearances in highly acclaimed shows and relevant charitable works.
He was involved in a number of productions worldwide: “Miss Saigon” on Germany and North America tours (Engineer u/s, Club Owner); “Aida” (Zoser / Pharaoh u/s); “The King and I” (Lun Tha), “West Side Story” (Bernardo, Pasadena Pops Orchestra); “Imelda” (Guest Artist, Workshop, East West Players; Los Angeles Opera (Actor); “Nagraland” (Prince Anshah) Japan Hongkong, Singapore. Prior to these stints, he had the privilege of working with Singapore’s renowned composer, singer and music producer Dick Lee and Hong Kong’s pop music sensation Sandy Lam. Jun’s involvement in all these is an affirmation of his enormous professional experience as a performer, joining the roster of highly esteemed Filipino musical theatre actors to date.
He is also recognised among Philippines’ contemporary Christian luminaries. He was a featured solo artist on Pat Robertson’s million-dollar project dubbed “The Answer” campaign (CBN Asia) as well as at a Christian Businessmen Convention in Germany, among others.
He has proven himself to be not only an ardent and conscientious theater performer but also a key figure in supporting worthy causes internationally. He produced and directed “The Reason We Sing” in Germany to benefit impoverished children in Asia and Africa and put together a segment in one of the “AIDS-Hilfe” benefit concerts in Suttgart, Germany featuring the Stuttgart Ballet. On August 29, 2011, Jun reprised his sold-out The Reason We Sing Concert at the Ebell Theater in Hollywood showcasing some of the finest Filipino performing artists in America (raising funds to help the evangelical churches in the remote areas in Cam Sur, Philippines).
Jun also taught performance art alongside Miss Saigon Alumni at Vivace Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles – a school for aspiring young musical theater actors in the Asian-American community. He was a featured dancer/actor on Showtime’s “Resurrection Boulevard” and played one of the monks in Adam Sandler’s movie “Anger Management”. He is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Actor’s Equity Association.
During his time in Sydney, Australia he was a valued student at Hillsong Leadership College under TV and Media Stream.
Justice Jones is stage and screen performer of Eurasian / Middle Eastern heritage. With an opera singer for a grandmother and a grandfather who was a well-known Filipino musician and actor, the entertainment industry was an obvious path for her to take. With a strong work ethic, unwavering commitment and passion for performing, her dreams are to act in a feature film and sing on The Metropolitan Opera stage.
Justice is equally passionate about writing, photography and styling—she has interned and contributed to leading Australian publications such as Cosmopolitan, Belle, IMG House Media, Girlfriend Magazine and All My Friends Are Models. In her HSC exams Justice was a NSW distinguished achiever in Music 2, Music EXT, English ADV and Drama.
Justice began training as a classical singer from a young age and continues to do so in her BMUS majoring in Vocal performance from the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Growing up, Justice was a regular performer with Opera Australia in various child roles, she has performed in and won countless eisteddfods and completed both her singing and musicianship AMEB exams. She has performed as a soloist in many prestigious venues such as The Opera House, Angel Place, The Domain and Sydney Town Hall and has been involved in both semi-professional and professional musical theatre productions. Her favourite roles to date have been Maria in “West Side Story”; Tuptim in “The King and I” and Hodell in “Fiddler on The Roof”.
Justice has had masterclasses with respected industry teachers such as Arax Mansourian, Narelle Yeo, Marie Ryan, Rowena Cowley, Anke Hoeppner-Ryan and Barry Ryan. As well as her passion for opera and theatre, Justice has also trained in screen performance at The Actor’s Pulse Sydney where she had won a scholarship for. She has been coached at Screenwise and NIDA’s open program.
Justice has done commercial print work for Girlfriend Magazine, Neutrogena Skincare and modelled for marketing campaigns and national commercials. She interned at and was mentored by the team at The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Justice has enrolled in acting masterclasses for TAFTA, The Actor’s Hub, Mcdonald College of Performing Arts and The Audition Room respectively.
Justice is known to be easy to direct, reliable and prepared, she is open to travelling for work.
Originally from Hobart, Tasmania, Karen Ireson grew up performing at her mother’s dancing school and attending St. Michaels Collegiate of. Performing Arts. After high school, she moved to Victoria to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy (BAPA). While studying, she played ‘Anytime’ Annie in “42nd Street”, Britt Craig in Parade and had the privilege of performing her cabaret “The Karen War” at the prestigious Ballarat Cabaret Festival.
Karen has established herself as a professional in many facets of the arts industry: “Ricercar “(Present Tense),” Like A Version” (The Rihanna Patrick Program, ABC), “The Full Monty” (Stage Art), “Behind Barre”s (Choreographer, Dir: Sophia Bender), Hermione in “PotterHeads” and choreographed the workshop production of “I Won’t Dance: The Fred” and “Ginger Musical” (Smoke and Mirrors).
As an early-career artist at ICACM, Karim has already captured the attention of notable theatre critic and blogger Kevin Jackson. He elevated that the fast-talking high school student’s ‘twinkle-eyed, twinkle-toed magnetism’ in The Voices Project feature shows charismatic potential, only paralleled by his rough-hewn observatory vignettes for ‘gritty, everyday reality’.
Arguably one of the standouts in an AYTP (Australian Theatre for Young People) monologue, this young actor philosophises the themes of belonging, identity and place in a refreshing, cheerful and energetic fashion: a paradoxical muddle of urbaneness and panache. In addition to his apparent passion for theatre and the screen, Karim is a dedicated musician whose skills in piano such as his signature “River Flows in You” are met with aplomb and technical deftness.
Through ICACM Karim has been cast in his commercial debut, an Egyptian swashbuckling mystical fantasy/adventure with an ethnically diverse flavour “Gods of Egypt”, honoured to work with Hollywood and local mainstays Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and director Alex Proyas. Recently he was cast as Bilal Folouk in the SBS four-part drama miniseries about the lives of difficult and troubled students in Sydney’s south-west and worked closely with Alex Dimitriades. Exciting days ahead for this youngster!
Kate Hood has had a full career as an able-bodied actor, writer and director, which lasted for over 20 years. She has performed in everything from classics to musicals, working for major theatres (Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company Adelaide, Hit Productions)and commercial production companies(Gordon Frost, Everyday Productions). Some of her credits include “Pygmalion”, “BigRiver”, “Buddy”and “Hotel Sorrento”. Her film and television credits include “Prisoner”, “Dancingin the Dust”, “The Flood”and “Blue Heelers”and she has worked as the main promotional voice-over artist for the ABC. She has directed for Melbourne Fringe, the Brisbane Festival, Opera Plus and Jane O'Toole Productions.
As a wheelchair user, Kate reinvented herself as a disabled actor, has worked extensively as a voiceover artist, working commercially and winning awards for her audio book narrations forBolinda Publications. She now writes and performs her own work, which includes monologue, short story and spoken word. Some examples are “Queen Esme of Collingwood”, “Growl, Motor Neurone” and “The Girl with the Blue Hair”. She collaborates with others as director, mentor and dramaturge (Quippings, Theatre on Wheels) and has become a strong advocate for actors with a disability, sitting on the board of Arts Access Victoria and Actors Equity's Diversity Committee as Deputy Chair.
Kate has been awarded a mentorship with Writers Victoria to work on her play“Ruthie”. Her most recent credits include Quippings: “Freaktastic Fringe” as part of Melbourne Fringe 2014, Newstead’s “Short Story Tattoo”, Quippings: “Hares and Hyenas”and a spoken word performance for the Words in Winter Festival.She is working on her show“That's Why the Lady Needs a Ramp”.
In 2015 the Australia Council funded Kate to participate in the Jo Verrent Sync Leadership Intensive, which is a course from UK disability/arts company No Limits. It is designed to find and train potential leaders within the Disability Arts sector in Australia.
In 2016 Kate formed the production company Raspberry Ripple Productions, and plans to collaborate with disabled and non-disabled performers to create work which dissolves the divide between the mainstream and disability arts sectors. Raspberry Ripple’s first production of “Enunciations” was supported by the City of Yarra, Arts Access Victoria and Footscray Community Arts Centre, and was an in-house production at FCAC in August 2016.
Kate is excited at the possibilities opening up in her new career as a disabled artist and creative leader, and feels that her years of experience as an actor, writer, director and advocate will serve her well in her new direction as Artistic Director of Raspberry Ripple.
Katie Lees is a Sydney-based actor and writer. She recently returned to Sydney after spending three years working abroad as a performer. She spent eight months touring shows to children throughout Italy and two months touring a modern adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” in Turkey. Before returning to Sydney, she volunteered as a clown with The Flying Seagull Project and toured a clowning show to vulnerable children throughout Europe. In the UK she was involved in pantomime, various short films, commercials and begun development of her one-woman show “Temporary” which finished up a successful debut run at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018.
Katie has a Bachelor of Creative Arts Performance from the University of Wollongong and has continued to develop her skills in screen acting, singing, clowning and commedia dell’arte. Since graduating, she has performed in a number of independent theatrical shows in both Sydney and Wollongong as well as Short+Sweet Festival 2014 in India, where Katie won Best Actress for her performance of a one-woman monologue.
Katie has extended her performing and facilitating skills into starting a new business bringing creative drama workshops to children. Creating Stages aims to inspire young people to grow through drama and theatre.
Katie Swan graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy, where theatre highlights include: “Urinetown” (Little Becky Two-Shoes), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Daphne & u/s Muzzy Van Hosmere, Ruth & Vocal Swing) and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Chairperson: Maggie Turner & u/s Princess Puffer). She also wrote and performed her cabaret “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Everything” in Ballarat and Melbourne in early 2015.
Since graduating, Katie has appeared in “The Songs of Laura Nyro” (Midsumma Festival), Aunty Donna’s “1999” series and has also toured her own music around Australia, with performances in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane respectively.
Passionate about writing and supporting new Australian theatre, Katie comprises half of the composing team: Forrester & Swan. Resolutely believing in artistic individuality, she feels that this medium of composing and cabaret-style singing is the best way to express herself. Her sound has been showcased at Home Grown (Melbourne) as well as being published in the new AMEB Music Theatre syllabus.
Kaylene Pomana Jones is a versatile actor, singer and dancer of Maori Polynesian descent, who excels in hard-hitting, gritty drama with a flair for comic relief. Since 2003, she has conducted scores of sell-out dance performance workshops leading Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”, “Run TheWorld Girls” and “Love on Top” as well as Michael Jackson's “Thriller” and “Beat It” dance groups.
Kaylene is in demand as Host and MC for Hen's (Bachelorette) parties, corporate team-building activities and artistic coaching for acrobatic teams representing Australia overseas. In addition, she has been Swing in numerous professional cabaret and musical theatre productions and rocked the mic as lead singer in R&B, Pop/Rock and Acoustic bands.
Inspired by the USA market, which regularly casts ethnic minorities in their TV shows Kaylene is similarly enthused about Australian writers, casting agents and directors who are consistently proactive about promoting ethnic faces on Australian screens.
Wendy Strehlow, her acting coach for TV/film lead role auditions, introduced Kaylene to iCCAM. Kaylene is honoured to be a part of such a diverse group of talented professionals and is excited about showcasing her skills in upcoming productions.
Kelly Huynh is a passionate and hardworking actor. In addition to speaking five languages she commands immense dedication to her craft, with a particular gravitation towards drama and comedy. She is also in her element tackling Shakespeare, devouring all the classics like chocolate. Kelly not only takes direction well, she also runs further and faster with it, exhibiting a very mature amount of confidence in all her roles. She revels in complicated challenges, possessing excellent intuition for providing realistic and compelling performances.
Growing up in an Asian household where a corporate career was the equivalent to the pinnacle of life success, she broke the mold, instead focusing on achieving her artistic endeavours. This was the only way that she can truly be herself. While an early artist, Kelly performance in the 2015 Australian Theatre for Youth People monologue project “Between Us” has already garnered glowing reviews (quoted in more detail below).
Kelly trained under Billy Milionis in the Meisner technique and accomplished screen acting with Nadia Townsend at Actors Centre Australia. She complements this perspective with her self-defence training in Krav Maga as well as a Bachelor degree in PR and advertising, so she understands the art of self-promotion and visceral display, such as modeling for Ms. Clover Fashion and throwing fights in “Maximum Choppage” (2014).
As is often the catch cry in this profession, Kelly loves to entertain others and wants nothing more than to witness people becoming affected by truthful acting. Indeed, she shows very promising growth and will go far than anyone would have expected of her, including unreserved relocation to where the best opportunities are.
Kennedy Lee was born in Randwick, Sydney but moved to China a year later and was there for five years. From a very early age he knew that he always wanted to entertain people, whether in film, dancing or any sort of performance. Although he was captivated by cinema on weekends and television on a daily basis, he soon realised that Asian characters and stories were scant, so his desire for wanting to represent his ethnic identity on screen in front of the public was born.
Most of all, Kennedy simply wanted to tell stories that could genuine evoke people to laugh, cry, think, explore and inspire, the same way he himself was as a child.
Having been practically raised in a Chinese restaurant, Kennedy learnt quickly how to not only be a hard and disciplined worker while rewarding consistency and positivity, but also share it with others. His motto is that attitude, sacrifice and ability are key pathways to smart success. He is a valuable, punctual and enthusiastic team member, flexible to adapt to the demands of the set and creative output as well as providing unwavering support to production where needed.
Kennedy ran the gamut behind the scenes on short films, music videos, web series as actor, PA, AC, best boy and gaffer respectively. It taught him the thrust of filmmaking in technical strokes but he soon discovered his passion laid in being front of the camera.
In July 2017 Kennedy decided to join The Actors Pulse, subsequently kickstarting his journey of developing his acting skills. He has been specialising in Meisner and continues to push himself every day. Eventually he hopes to direct as well.
Keziah Cheung is an Asian-Australian actress from Sydney, with experience in both film and theatre. She is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Keziah graduated at the end of 2017 from Screenwise Film & TV School, completing the Showreel Course.
Her film highlights include Emma in “The Breakup” (2019), Winnie in “Stereotypical” (2017), and Nurse in “The Heart Pierced Through an Arrow” (2018).
Currently, Keziah is in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Dramatic Art at Excelsia College.
Kiara Nickson is a well-rounded performer who has grown up in the performing arts world. As soon as she could walk, she has nurtured a strong love and passion for both acting and dance. Her pure dedication and determination as well as a bright personality are what make her stand out from the crowd.
Kiara has unrivalled experience in both stage and screen performing, and skilled in a vast number of dance styles in addition to modelling, acrobatics, and choreographing. She has worked hard to be recognised for her enviable contributions to the entertainment industry, having gained many achievements and awards during her young career. She has been accepted into many different dance programs including Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, despite being the youngest at the audition. Industry professionals have praised her technically flawless talent in statewide and national competitions.
Kiara will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams since is always passionate and fully dedicated to anything that she puts her mind to. As someone who is always willing to learn new things and further herself in every way she can, she is a very quick learner and happy to take on any challenge.
Kieran Rodriguez is an enthusiastic and passionate performer whose practice in dancing, singing and acting started at age ten. Driven by his love of musical theatre, he continued this practice throughout high school, before being given the opportunity to study Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, from which he graduated at the end of 2016. He was featured in many different performances during this period, as well as a segment host for the Channel 10 program “Totally Wild”.
Kieran enjoys expanding his performance abilities, and hopes to continue doing so.
Kurt McCarthy pursues everything in his life and career with boundless, fiery enthusiasm. It was that enthusiasm that led him to leave behind his life in New Zealand. With a single bag and no local contacts, he made the move to Sydney to build his dream of becoming a working actor.
He studied screen acting at The Performing Arts School of New Zealand for six years across nights and evenings while going to university during the day, and his work ethic has always reflected this drive. When opportunities were scarce, he made his own work – forming a comedy troupe and writing & performing in over twenty short films.
Though Kurt is dedicated to the screen, he is no stranger to the stage. After performing supporting roles in several musicals, he landed his first leading role in the theatre, playing Billy Claven in the wickedly dark Irish comedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan” in 2016.
Kurt is now pursuing a full time career in the performing arts, wishing to study further at NIDA, and enjoying the more prolific Australian entertainment industry.
Lap Nguyen is an Actor, Writer and Director whose works are based in Sydney Australia. He is also the Creative Director of Perennial Theatre Company, a small platform in which he uses to showcases all his theatrical works.
As a theatre-maker, many of his works are movement-orientated and he prefers to transcend narratives through physical actions rather than traditional text. However, on screen Lap showcases his wide range through his profusion of credits, spanning from Dramas to Comedies and Thrillers. As a writer, he likes to explore themes of the human condition, finding the tragedy in the comical and often in search of different paths to tell the story of humanity, and how such stories connect us as a race.
In 2018 Lap debuted his first solo work screen work, by being the creator of "A Day in the Life of Lap", under the mentor-ship of award-winning actress Maria Tran. This mockumentary web series was funded by PYT Fairfield and produced by Phoenix Eye Productions—it is now undergoing further development before re-release later in 2018. His creative works extends to stage—with his Theatre Company's independent production of "Split Spectrum" which went through its 3rd development at Shopfront Co-Ops Theatre through their One Month Residency Initiative in early 2017.
Lap was featured on Jonathan Biggins' hit play "Australia Day" both at Pymble Players and at the New Theatre as Chester Lee. His screen credits include "Uninhabited Island" (Thriller), "White Valentine’s Day" (rom-com) to web series such as "Roadmap: Next Turn to Adulthood" (comedy) and of course "A Day in the Life of Lap" (comedy) produced by Phoenix Eye Productions. He was also accepted into CuriousWorks' "Breakthrough!" Program initiative and is now currently working on another series as a Writer under the mentor-ship of award-winning Writer/Director Kacie Anning.
Lap is currently undertaking tertiary education while continuously getting involved in different projects and producing his own ideas and content at the same time. He strongly believes in the transformative power of stories, aiming to transcend performances and tell stories that can withstand the test of time.
Laura Daniella Bucci is a Sydney based actress whose Mexican-Italian background has shaped her bubbly personality and has been the main inspiration for her unique style of performance. She has had a passion for the performing arts since the age of 5 when she commenced playing the piano. She has since completed 8 AMEB piano examinations and has performed in several piano concerts as well as competing in Eisteddfods. At a young age she also began learning classical ballet, but has since moved onto learning other styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and more recently, pole dancing.
Laura has graduated from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre. She has been involved in several musical productions including “Into the Woods”, “Oliver!” and “The Producers”.
Laura hopes to establish herself in the Australian entertainment industry as a Music Theatre performer as well as gaining further experience in the television and film industry.
Originally hailing from Brisbane, Queensland, Laura Greenhalgh’s passion for theatre and performing stems back to when she began training at The Fame Theatre Company and Talent Agency at age 7. In her final year of senior schooling she auditioned for the University of Ballarat Arts Academy (Bachelor of Arts: Music Theatre) program and was granted an acceptance letter upon graduating year 12 in 2010, commencing her tertiary degree at the beginning of 2011. In her 3 years at the Arts Academy, Laura performed in “One Hot Australian Summer”, “Sing Happy: a Kander and Ebb scene study”, “A Little Touch of Chaos”, “Parade”, a self-devised cabaret, “Once Upon a…” and “42nd Street” which was a personal highlight.
Post-graduation, Laura moved to Melbourne to immerse herself into all things theatrical and was fortunate enough to land her first professional gig in June of 2014 as part of the Perform Educational Musical’s team, touring “Worlds Apart” to Victorian primary schools. From there she found great joy in freelancing in children’s theatre/entertainment for The Entertainment Store and she booked her first international contract at the beginning of 2015 at Universal Studios Singapore. After 13 months as one of the “Mel’s Dinettes” she returned to her family at Echelon Productions this time touring “Fair Dinkum” around schools in Queensland in August, 2016.
In early 2017, Laura toured to Dubai and Singapore with Hi-5 and the “Chatterbox Playtime! Show” as well as continuing her children’s freelance work with the national tour of “Peppa Pig Playdate” and “Ben and Holly’s Magical Kingdom: Fun and Games Day”. Laura made her Victorian professional Musical Theatre debut in June of the same year, performing the role of Meg and as part of the ensemble in “Merrily We Roll Along” presented by Sondheim repertory company, Watch This. In October 2017, Laura appeared as a part of the ensemble in the Australasian premiere of “Memphis” presented by StageArt and shortly after embarked on a tour of Manila with Pen2Stage playing the role of Princess Aleah in “Aladdin’s Adventure.”
Most recently Laura appeared as Nermal in StageArt’s “Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude” and has just completed a national tour as the female swing on “Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.”
Artistic Director, Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival
Principal, Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre
Teacher, Choreographer, Bellydancer
Leonie Sukan has been dancing and teaching for more than 30 years and is principal of the Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre, which she founded in 1991. The Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre provides tuition for students of the dance, coaching for professional dancers as well as a certification course in Teachers Training.
A talented choreographer and dynamic performer, Leonie’s choreographies have been performed by troupes from Townsville to Tasmania.
Family ties in Turkey keep her up to date on the latest costumes, music and dance styles.
Leonie has played a crucial role in the development of Middle Eastern Dance in Australia as producer and artistic director of The Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival. The Festival was the first of its kind in Australia and is now in its 24th year. It attracts dancers and audience from all over Australia and overseas and is the biggest in the southern hemisphere.
In 2006, Leonie pioneered the export of Australian Bellydance to Turkey when she was invited by the producers of Turkey’s “Oryental Star” TV show to teach the contestants and perform on the show. Turkey’s premier bellydancer and international superstar Tanyeli, introduced Leonie on the show as ‘one of the best in the world.’
Leonie’s teaching philosophy is based on enjoyment of the dance. She sees the art of Middle Eastern Dance as a celebration of a woman’s body – no matter what shape it is! Leonie’s classes are equally as popular with students who just want to have fun and improve their fitness as they are with those who want to seriously pursue the dance as career.
Leonie trains professional dancers and specialises in drawing out individual talents and style. She is artistic director of her own troupe of dancers “The Fabulous Turkish Delights” who have successful careers as soloists and troupe members and enjoy a varied and engaging performance life.
As well as teaching at her own successful school, Leonie also teaches popular classes at the City Tattersall's Club and Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL. She is also much in demand as a guest teacher at festivals and schools around the country.
Since establishing Grupo de Danza Montun in mid-2011, Leticia Avila has worn the many hats of director, choreographer, musician and dancer with creativity, panache and masterfulness. She founded the predominantly Chilean folkloric group that also could include and respect the regions of South America’s customs, music and cultural identity. It boasts a popular cast of talented and versatile dancers from different European backgrounds such as Sweden, Scotland, Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina, handpicked by Leticia herself.
The name Montun is a native Chilean Indian Mapuche term meaning ‘to liberate or to escape’. This philosophy is none more evident in Leticia and her group’s demonstration of the different styles of dances from Chile’s five main regions as well as other South America countries. Through choreography, costuming and interpretative musical choices, she commands flawless technique and expression, age-appropriated conduct and a professional mindfulness for audience entertainment.
Leticia and Grupo de Danza Montun may perform a very broad and fervent repertoire that usually takes into account the preservation of a native language and culture specific to a region, at the same time relishing in delightful storytelling through either traditional or modern South American music and dance and set design. It may range from ‘Traditional Central’, ‘Zona Porteno’ (a modern version of the traditional Cueca, known as ‘La Cueca Brava’), ‘Mapuche Inspired’ (a story of transition and struggle of both the Mapuche people and indigenous people in South America, accompanied by fire pois), to ‘Danzas de Chiloe’ (demonstrating the lifestyle of the people from Chiloe island) and the upcoming ‘Rapa Nui’ which is sung in the original language as well as ‘Chile Now’ showcasing young Chilean artists interpreting traditional music for modern times).
Indeed Leticia is at once fiercely authentic and colourful, carrying a most personal motto when she successfully performs live at cultural festivals and events around NSW to enthusiastic crowds: ‘Dancing from the heart’.
Li Weng is a Chinese-Australian actor, who is passionate about creating authentic and developed characters. He highly enjoys writing original back stories for his characters in order to explore their behavioural motivations as a product of their past experience. With this approach, he is able to gain direct access the character’s inner world as a means to fully become that character in his performances.
As a lifelong practitioner of martial arts, Li has attained a masterful level in internal kungfu, which is a style of combative art that utilises heightened awareness of the body and the mind to generate power, rather than using brute muscular force. He has taught this unique style of kungfu in China to a selective group of people, and is set on popularizing it in the Western world. In daily life, he trains internal kungfu to build his physique, and to achieve harmony between the body and the mind. When it comes to acting, he also uses skills obtained from this practice to prepare for his characters physically and emotionally, to effectuate natural and powerful dramatic expressions.
As a native speaker of English and Mandarin, Li has lived and worked extensively both in Australia and in China. Through his experience, he has developed first-hand knowledge and a deep understanding of both cultures. Having gained these unique experiences, he feels a natural obligation to act as an ambassador for the different world cultures. He wishes to actively promote intercultural understanding, which is at the foundation of celebrating cultural diversity. As a global citizen, he holds the firm belief that mainstream media, such as film and television, plays an integral role in representing the diverse cultures of the world, and should continually improve on its representation and portrayal of people from different ethnicities and minority groups.
Li has acted in several different genres, including drama, comedy and horror. His experiences are from film, television and theatre. When it comes to performing, he values originality and would like to bring something fresh to a role to the best of his abilities, for he doesn’t like being repetitive or predictable.
As an actor of Chinese descent, Li has made it his resolve to break the negative stereotyping of the Asian male that is still perpetuated in the media. In joining ICACM, he looks forward to bringing different Asian characters with actual depth and appeal to a worldwide audience.
Growing up the daughter of a politician, Libbi Swan’s love for performing became clear early in her life. She is a vibrant and energetic performer who graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. The highlight of her training was performing the role of Cassie Ferguson in “A Chorus Line”, working alongside West End creative’s Cressida Carré (Chor) and David Laugharne (MD). She appeared in the Cabaret “Day(job) Dreaming” at Bondi Pavilion. In 2014 Libbi was a soloist at Matthew Lee Robinson’s New Voices in Brisbane. Other roles include Rose in “Working”, Socrates and Dance Captain in “Godspell,” Ballet Laurey and Ellen in “Oklahoma,” Josephine Strong in “Urinetown” and ensemble in Harvest Rain’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Born in Brisbane, Libbi first started ballet at age 2. Her love for dance and music was nurtured during her 6 years performing with the Ballet Theatre of Queensland and the Young Australian Talent Company. She toured South East Queensland with both companies and performed at many corporate and public events. She also developed a passion for song writing, singing and playing guitar/keyboard with various bands, vocal groups and choirs. Her all-girl band Sunny June was a regular finalist in band battles in Brisbane, most notably finalists in Nova’s “Rock School”.
In 2018 Libbi has recorded demo vocals for a new Australian musical “Drummer Boy”.
Lidia Onufrei, born to a large family of 12, has always wanted to stand out above the rest from a young age. An exceptionally tactile, observant, patient, independent and committed professional, she is constantly and intuitively seeking to learn and improve her craft. She has a worldly instinct and advanced understanding for understated yet nuanced technique and how acting is one of the few crafts to be able to inform, convey and engage her audience with quality storytelling, particularly when it comes to certain preconceived notions of race, popular psychology and culture.
Her time in Bollywood India, Jakarta and LA has opened her eyes to the cross-cultural divide and workforce expectations brought by skewed media commentary, word-of-mouth and xenophobic bias. Lidia believes that Australia has yet to truly immerse itself in all aspects of diversity and minorities, while at the same time adopting a long-term view that nothing comes easy and that there is neither instant gratification nor spoiled victory: just pure transparency, generosity and fairness.
As actor, presenter and model, Lidia has become a practitioner of muscle memory and a very good listener to inestimable industry advice. She has starred in shorts “Infinite Sunshine Salad” (2014) and “SOCIO” (2013) for Tropfest; “Someone’s Daughter” (2014) as the lead; found “Christmas Turkey” (2014) and “Cowboy Mouth” (2013) extremely rewarding in theatre, and was thrilled to be involved with Bollywood productions “Mr & Mrs Khan” and the 2013 sellout “Temptation Reloaded” headlining Shah Rukh Khan for Parramasala. Indeed, she has always been empathetic, articulate and eager about bringing the world to Australian shores.
For Lidia, training does not end at drama school, but is a lifelong journey of attractive energy, growth and mastery. She feels fortunate and grateful to be a part of the wonder, brilliance and magic that is this craft, which attracts so many passionate, artistic and driven like-minded mentors, associates and peers. Through acting, she has a lot to say and give.
Lisa Lottie (Lisa Lotte van Eeden) was born in the Netherlands. She moved to London aged 17 in search of greater things and ended up working a truly boring retail job. Always passionate about performing but slightly confused on how to channel this, she discovered circus arts in 2005 and promptly ran away and joined a traditional circus in India. A couple of trips around the world and a thousand shows later, Lisa finally settled back in London where she started chipping away at a street theatre career.
In 2011 Lisa graduated with a degree in Circus from The National Centre for Circus Arts (conservatoire for dance and drama UK) as well as being a regular act holding a solo show on Covent Garden’s legendary piazza. Since then she has been working full time as a street theatre solo, variety act, ensemble performer and occasional model at events, galas, corporate and private shows in 30+ countries around the world.
In 2013 Lisa relocated to Melbourne for want of better weather, avocados and more than 15 square metres for a home. She is a regular on the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Canadian Fringe circuits, a far too frequent flyer and a huge animal lover. When she is not on stage she is most likely at home fostering animals for her local RSPCA.
Meet Australia’s very own Von Trapp family—naturally taught at home!
Lucca Bonnor has a powerful and tuneful voice, and seems to have picked up the skills of his sisters, Cassidy and Alexis Bonnor. He made the last round of auditions for the recent Australian Tour of “Les Misérables” for the role of Gavroche. His sister Cassidy was cast as young Eponine, so he is not too far behind in the footsteps!
A polished cut of a personality above the pack, he has danced steadily for the last few years as part of his committed but fun theatre training. He also takes his instructors seriously and is an enthusiastic, confident participant in all performing arts opportunities, no matter how big or small.
Like his other brothers and sisters, Arden Bonnor is a budding performer who is keen to stand out from the organised chaos of home, having already taken dance lessons for two years. He also has a tuneful and strong voice, which continues to improve in leaps and bounds thanks to his ability to listen, adjust and take direction well.
While Arden looks up to his older siblings, he will emerge as a trailblazer in his own right. Overall, both the boys and their sisters are a stronger and formidable force on stage, not a step out of tune—they definitely like to make a lasting, delightful impression on the audiences, letting their talents swing in rhythm and ring out for themselves!
Most of all, under their supportive and gently encouraging parents, these Bonnor individuals know that they were born to do what they love: ‘If it feels good and if it makes people happy, do it!’
Lucky Lartey is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices. Lucky’s dance and choreographic practice looks for ways to negotiate what it means to draw on a rich history of traditional dance while innovating within a contemporary context. His methodology for developing dance work focuses on the collaboration between live percussion music and movement and is often informed by themes of social justice and the reinvigoration of past cultural forms such as cultural games and social activities.
Lucky’s works include “Calabash” (2012, 2013), “Meeting Point” (2013, 2014) and “Long Walk”, which debuted at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 and “Jamestown!”, which premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals 2015. As a dancer Lucky has worked with contemporary and cultural artists such as Annalouise Paul as part of “Mother Tongue”, and Marrugeku and Stalker Theatre’s project “Listening to Country” Dance Lab.
In 2016, Lucky was awarded the Keith Bain Travel Fellowship from Ausdance and the Innovating Practice Grant from Ausdance NSW to travel to Burkina Faso to work with Serge Aime Coulibaly in 2017.
In 2015, Lucky was invited as part of Critical Path’s Facilitated Program to participate in the 2015 FACETS program at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, culminating in a performance of the work at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015. As part of the program Lucky got to work with 9 other choreographers and a team of international mentors including International Choreographer Philippe Saire, Curator and Media Artist Margie Medlin, Director and International Choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy, Lighting Designer Jonathan Roberts, and Sound Engineer Martin Lutz. Lucky then performed Long Walk to a Sydney audience as part of Critical Path’s Interchange Festival 2015.
In Sydney, Lucky has been part of choreographic labs and residencies including: at DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab (2014), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Dance and Education Program Mentorship (2013 and 2014), and Blacktown Concession Residency, Blacktown Arts Centre (2014).
Lucky has also taught, choreographed and performed as part of a number of community cultural art and development projects including Dancing in Harmony at STARTTS and “Dance Africa Dance”, which have focused on showcasing the artist talent of the African community in Sydney. In 2013 and 2014, Lucky has also received a number of nominations and awards as part of the Celebration of African Australians National Awards for the Best Contemporary Dancer and The Most Outstanding Troupe of the Year.
Lucky is the founder and Director for the TUUMATU Creativity, Dance and Music Festival an annual event hosted in every December in Accra, Ghana – a Festival seeking to celebrate local talent and bring independent artists together.
Lucky’s key interest areas include: Intercultural work and collaboration; exploring notions of what is contemporary and traditional movement practice; community cultural development; exploring his identity as a West African producing work in a contemporary context; and exploring opportunities to collaborate, present work and teach internationally.
Lucy Clough has been pursuing a career in musical theatre since 2008. She was the first 17-year-old to be accepted into the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre course and was the first student to receive the newly named Bachelor of Musical Theatre (BMT). During her whirlwind, bright-eyed time at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM), she has performed lead/featured roles of the Witch in “Into the Woods”; Julie Jordan in “Carousel”; Dionne in “Hair”; Sarah/Bella in “The Wishing Well” and Jane in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”.
Outside of campus, further credits have included originating the role of Belijtgen in Matthew Samer’s “Hell and High Water” and Go to Hell Kitty in “CHICAGO”. Lucy has been breaking into the industry across the pond and recently made her West End credit in “A Christmas Carol” at the Lyceum Theatre, London. She can also be seen in the Academy award-nominated “Bohemian Rhapsody” as well as “Aeronauts” (Amazon), “The Crown” (Netflix) and “The Little Drummer Girl” (BBC).
Lucy also voices several characters in podcast and radio play “The Penny Peepshow” In 2019, she is seen in the cabaret “What Would Julie Do?” playing at the The Pheasantry and Toulouse Lautrec in June.
An accomplished pianist, Lucy had completed AMEB and ANZCA exams and was awarded honours. At 17 years of age, she had reached a CMus in contemporary piano performance and Grade 5 in Music Theory. In turn, she regularly conducts musical theatre and mock audition workshops for aspiring performers, teaching music/drama classes as well as private singing and piano lessons.
Luke Hodgson has had a love for the arts for as long as he can remember. After being introduced to the Gene Kelly musical “Singin’ in the Rain” by his grandmother at the age of 8, his passion for singing, acting and dancing blossomed and it was then off to private lessons to hone his craft and give life to this showman’s spirit.
A graduate of the Talent Development Project in Sydney, he was accepted as one of the first cohorts of the Musical Theatre program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM) under Paul Sabey’s guidance in 2011. He credits this program as being one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences of his life. He found it to be dreamy collaboration with some of the most prestigious performers and teachers in the country.
During his time at university he was cast as a lead in every production, some of which included “Summer of the Aliens” (dir: Sue Rider); “Fiddler on the Roof” (dir: Brendan Ross); “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens“ (dir: Kate Foy) and “Miss Saigon” (dir: Michelle Miall).
Upon graduation Luke was privileged to work on “Hell and High Water”, a new Australian musical about the cutthroat journey of the ship, Batavia and the people aboard. He relished the opportunity to develop and interpret the villainous character Cornelisz as his own. After that Luke travelled to Singapore with the Australian company Pen2Stage to eponymously sing, dance and act as Santa in the pantomiming show “Santa’s Magical Toyshop”. It was a fulfilling experience for him to be able to don such an iconic red hat and bring joy to the children and their families. Seeing their faces light up with excitement was a reward in itself.
As a classically trained singer, he also loves to perform in big band and jazz styles, gaining inspiration from the greats: Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. In the future Luke hopes to continue his journey in the performing arts and never stop growing as a performer, entertainer and artist.
At the age of 3, Mackenzie Pinder started developing her dance skills in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. After completing her Tap and Jazz CSTD exams she began teaching all levels of these genres. Since a young age she has had singing lessons and sung in school choirs. In 2008, she began involved in the arts department at her high school studying music, dance and drama.
Mackenzie performed in Creative Generations State Schools on stage for 3 years as a featured dancer and featured actor with Zen Zen Zo’s Physical Theatre Company. She then performed in Zen Zen Zo's teaching and events team at various functions across Brisbane including Brisbane's Matilda Awards as part of a tribute to actor Billie Brown.
Mackenzie also performed in their production of “Medea: The River Runs Backwards” in 2013. At Federation University she has performed in “Vincent: An A Capella Opera”, “The Pajama Game”, Pugsley in “The Addams Family” and Cinderella’s Mother in “Into The Woods”.
Mackinnley Bowden is a genderqueer actor, singer, dancer, writer and milkshake enthusiast recently transitioned from New York City to Sydney, Australia. Most recently he has been seen as Leaf Coneybear in “Spelling Bee” Off-Broadway at the ATA Theatre, as Dead Fred/Herbert in “Spamalot” in Pittsburgh at the esteemed Milbrook Playhouse, and he can be seen in the upcoming productions of “Funny Girl” at Riverside Theatres this September and “Shrek: The Musical” at The Concourse Theatre in October!
A graduate of the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre 2-year Conservatory program, Mackinnley has studied with and worked alongside Todd Buonopane, Mark Price, Erik Liberman, Nathan Brewer and many other industry professionals who helped shape him into the young, enthusiastic, passionate and humble artist he is today.
Mackinnley was born in Australia and grew up in regional Queensland, Western Australia, Papua New Guinea and Bolivia. After completing high school, he moved to the USA at age 16 to pursue musical theatre, living in Florida and working professionally at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts before moving to New York to begin his training...
Mackinnley's dedication and passion for his craft have been responsible for his successes thus far. With a deep love for art, theatre and all crazy things in between, he's excited to continue his adventure of self-discovery and growth in the wild world of story-telling.
Growing up in a small town on the coast of Central Queensland, Maddison McDonald’s passion for performing grew and she became highly accomplished in singing, dancing and acting. After performing in the Rockhampton Regional Council’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” it was then that her love for Musical Theatre took over and she auditioned for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM) being accepted into the 2015 intake of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre.
At QCM, Maddison worked as a featured performer in “Sweet Charity” and Chi Chi in “The Life”. In her final year she played Anita in “West Side Story” which was choreographed by Chris Horsey and directed by Kris Stewart. She was proud to graduate in 2017 with Distinction in Musical Theatre.
Maddison was cast as Scaramouche in RRC’s production of “We Will Rock You”, having the opportunity to be directed and choreographed by Wayne Scott Kermond and Katie Kermond. She also was excited to Tanya/Ivy Understudy for Understudy Production’s 2018 premiere of “Bare” at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Based in Melbourne, Maria P. Afanador is a Colombian-born actress. She started studying performing arts in 2007 at the Charlot Academy, and continued on at the National Theater Housein Bogotá, Colombia. She played Bella in “Beauty and the Beast” for a year at that venue. She graduated in 2013 and travelled, before settling down in Australia by November of the same year.
Maria has worked in plays such as “44 Minutes to Recover Love”, “The Trojan Women”, “The Real Inspector Hound” among others. In the meantime, several of her distinguished professors had encouraged her passion for theatre and film through twice-weekly scene study courses. She has also worked on renowned Columbian television like “Also Mom” (Telest), “Popland” (MTV), “Infiltrados” (the Latin American version of “The Departed” by Caracol TV) and short films like “Belle & Sebastian”, “Heads & Tails”, “The Street” and “Victoria Klaus”.
Maria has also a professional model now for over 5 years, having gained significant and progressive experience in international fashion shows, photo shoots and commercials. Some of the highlighting contracts were for Lacoste, Virgin Mobile and appearing in high profile international fashion shows such as Colombia Moda and Bogota Fashion Week.
Since arriving in Melbourne, Maria resumed training and has performed with the Spanish Theatre Company presenting “Erotica Alleluia” (an adaptation of the play by Federico Garcia Lorca). At Bridge Latin Theatre, she performed “Women on the Verge” as the Woman Alone (from the 8 Monologues by Dario Fo) and as Lucrecia Borgia on “The Mask of Beauty”, both productions presented at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne.
Keen to act around the globe for the rest of her life, Maria is a chameleonic, symbolic, romantic thespian alternating between a fresh, cheerful, glamourous, liberal Latino and a forbidding, torrid, dark streak.
Born of two distinct disciplines on both screen and stage, aspiring and passionately intrepid actor Marina Ivanovic has struggled with her look due to her Serbian heritage. However, ICACM’s values and diverse industry-led approach have resonated with her.
Marina attained an Advanced Diploma of Theatre and Screen Performance at Sydney Theatre School, which involved devising contemporary and Shakespearean performances. These experiences have pushed her to develop her skills in acting, voice and movement.
Similarly, from NIDA and Screenwise acting courses respectively Marina was able to learn and refine skills in screen performance by working closely with a variety of exemplary professionals. She continues to be active in her pursuit of student and short films, with the aim to break into a larger-scale production. Having been an extra the Home and Away and First Dates set, she had been able to further work and observe acting in the professional context.
Marina is currently co-hosting a radio show The Madhouse on 100.1fm, where she has had great opportunities in interviewing, hosting and discussing pop culture. One of the highlights of this experience was interviewing Australia’s current talent in the music industry at the Arias on the red carpet.
Marina is excited and determined to not only strengthen herself but also hopeful in changing the rules of the game in this entertainment industry.