Our Acting Coaches

Ideal for newcomers looking to get into Acting - Intro Level is simply to give you an insight into what is acting, find yourself, and be part of these amazing online acting classes where we have the pleasure to have some of the best working professional actors who have come board to coach you into the right direction. 


Acting is a passion so after your eight-week introduction level this will have provided you a taste of what acting is about and whether its something you want to pursue and continue training and see where this journey can take you - the important thing is when coming on board attend each week and live for today and embrace what your Acting Coach is providing you as no one know who can be discovered - so let us welcome you to Actors Gym Aust and have the most amazing time being part of something you have always wanted to do and now you have taken that step and enrolled. 

MELBOURNE ACTING COACHES

Damien Bodie

Beginning his journey into the film and television industry at a young age, and with over two decades of evolution, his credits include series such as Winners and Losers, Neighbours, and Elephant Princess.

Damien’s on set experiences developed a thirst for learning, having since studied locally and abroad from the knowledge and skills of Larry Moss, Ivana Chubbuck and Upright Citizens Brigade.

Damien has much to share in this intimate class scenario, aiming at discovering each actor's strength and creative force from within. Over a lifetime an actor's journey can be a rollercoaster, but it's Damien’s mission to help each performer discover the tools they need to enjoy the ride while they are on it.

Andy Rappos

Andy Rappos is a professional agent and acting coach currently working for one of the top Melbourne based agencies, IAN White Management.


Andy's experience working in L.A as a talent manager, and studying acting in New York at the New York Conservatory for dramatic arts, graduating with a degree in Film and TV acting provides an Innovative and practical approach to coaching. Coupled with his current work as an agent, Andy has a fresh, competitive and relevant edge as an acting and branding consultant.


Andy specializes in advanced on camera acting and self taping as well as Personal Branding and Industry Marketing.

Callum Needham

A graduate of Identity School of Acting in London and Film/Drama studiesat Deakin University in Australia, Callum Needham is an award-winningBritish/Australian actor who has done stints in various Off West Endproductions receiving 5 stars reviews for his performances as well as working in studios such as Pinewood, Warner Bros and Elstree. 


He has since appeared in numerous acclaimed productions on stage and screen, including working with Sam Mendes, WB's "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes ofGrindelwald" and “We All Lie My Darling” winner of ‘Best Film’at several Film Festivals. Callum has just started preparing for hislatest role in an Australian feature film due to start filming in thecoming months.Attachments area.

Simon Thomson

Training

*ANU with Honours in Drama 

*Sydney Theatre School with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting). 

*Steppenwolf Miesner and Viewpoints Intensive        

*Andrew Lloyd Masterclass Series                            

*Ian Sinclair Masterclass                                                        

*Kevin Jackson Masterclass                            

*Anthony Skuse Masterclass            

                                                                                                                                                

Previous acting theatre credits include 

*Steve in The Shadow Box, Frank in Van De Maar Papers, 

*Fat Cherry in That Eye, The Sky 

*Ensemble in Pool, No Water, 

*Provost in Measure for Measure, 

*Caliban in The Tempest, 

*Angelo in Measure for Measure Scripps in The History Boys, 

*Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 

*Lenny in Marisol 

*Leon/Nick in Speaking In Tongues. 


Directing credits include 

*Stephen Berkoff’s Brighton Beach Scumbags, 

*CageFish, which he also wrote and appeared in as John

*Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Irvine Walsh’s Trainspotting.

*Peter Maple’s Ginger, Black, Brunette, Blonde 


Other writing includes The Park which was shortlisted for the 20202 Silver Gull Award. 


Simon is a proud member of Equity since 2015.

Bray Buenrostro

Bray Buenrostro is a professional acrobat, actor, and physical movement coach with over 10 years of international experience in the entertainment industry.


Originally trained in the Stanislavski method, he graduated from the Institute of Artistic Development in Mexico and went on to specialize in aerial stunts and acrobatics. 


From theatre, cabaret, circus, and film, his passion for the arts and outgoing personality are distinctive characteristics that helped catapult his career internationally in 2010. Bray has toured with prestigious companies including 20th Century Fox, Coco Bongo, Ohlala,and Stage Entertainment, and performed in over 20 countries in eastern and western Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania.


Bray specializes in Acro Movement for stage and film. His teachings focus on unlocking the body’s full potential through gymnastics-based training, flow movement, and techniques from the Jerzy Grotowski corporeal work. 


His philosophy is “Our body is an amazingly powerful instrument. Developing body awareness and movement control help us communicate better through body language, unlocking a set of unlimited tools for the actor”.

Emmanuelle Mattana

Emmanuelle is a Melbourne-based actor, writer and director best known for playing the lead role of Marnie in three seasons of the AACTA, Logie and International Emmy Kids Award nominated tween series Mustangs FC (ABCMe/Matchbox Pictures).


Her most recent short film, The Odyssey, commissioned by the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Victoria Together, has screened at festivals internationally and been awarded Best Youth Film at the St Kilda Film Festival and Best Diversity award at the WIFT (Women in Film and Television) V-Fest.


Other recent performance credits include Clickbait (Netflix) and Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Acorn TV), as well as narrating children's audiobooks Me and the Robbersons (Hardie Grant) and The Travelling Bookshop (Harper Collins).

Neil Goldsmith

Neil is a professional actor, model, and photographer having had lead and supporting roles in numerous independent feature films, short films and TV series with appearances on Neighbours, Red Dog, and Marital Problems.


He has also starred in commercial campaigns for some of Australia’s biggest brands, such as Google Pixel, Bendigo Bank, Bunnings, Carlton United Breweries, Salvation Army, Beds for Backs, and Western Star Butter.

Elliott Falzon

Performing is everything in Elliott Falzon's life. His acting credits extend back to age 10, when he was cast as Mike Teevee in a primary school stage adaptation of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Since then, he has dedicated his life to working as a professional actor, musician, creative and teacher.


His on-screen experience since then has been extensive, including roles for major brands in national TVC campaigns like KFC (FaceTime - 2019) and Aldi (Rewards - 2019), appearances in White Rabbit Project on Netflix and a variety of short or feature films. He played the pimp and nightclub doorman Sonny in Jerome Kattampil’s independent science fiction thriller The Exchange in 2018 and the footballer Jimmy in The Shot (2016), a Sydney Film School graduation project directed by Tahsin Rahman. 


His stage credits include playing Dom in Jordy Shea’s short play Little Differences for the inaugural 2017 season of Intersection at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), directed by Katrina Douglas, Jonathon in Three Winters Green by Campion Decent at The Actors’ Pulse in Redfern and The Ghost of Hamlet’s Father in Hamlet by Shakespeare at the Casula Powerhouse for Liverpool Performing Arts, directed by George Lazaris. Other credits include Wally in Alphabetical Order by Michael Frayn, The Minister in Black Hands/Dead Section by Van Badham, Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Gurguis and Analytikos in Helena’s Husband by Philip Moeller, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Gonzalo in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Jack Stone in Reefer Madness, and Sonny in Tupperware George, a 2016 Short + Sweet finalist written by Sam Nixen, among a number of sketch comedy showcases - including the 2015 Macquarie University Comedy Revue.


He has trained at ATYP under the tuition of Robert Jago, Anthony Skuse, Josh McConville and Fraser Corfield, worked under the supervision of Amy Hume’s vocal training, as well as training in screen and theatre at both Actors’ Centre Australia (ACA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). His father, Edmund Falzon, was his first intensive acting coach and remains his most trusted source of wisdom, inspiration and guidance, an acting agent who formerly toured the world as an actor throughout the ‘70s and onwards with English theatre company, the Actors’ Touring Company (ATC). 


He is also a filmmaker experienced across pre-production through to editing, having trained at AFTRS (The Australian Film, Television and Radio School). His directorial credits include music videos for the rapper Hunter (formerly +i-) and RnB artist Young Wiz, from Wollongong. He worked as 1st A.D. on Season 1 of the comedy web series Made For This (2019).

Jessica Marchi

Jessica Marchi is an Italo-Australian Actor, born in Italy and moved to Australia in 2009. She began to follow her passion for acting in 2010, starting off as an Extra, then moving onto Musicals.


Jessica has studied and trained with some of Australia's and Los Angeles's best Acting Coaches including Lisa Robertson, Ted Brunetti, Ben Matthews, Les Chantery, and Luke Ford. She completed numerous Courses at NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art), as well as partaking in courses at Screenwise and The Hub Studio, where she took part in a Musical Theatre Intensive, taught by the likes of Shaun Rennie, Jennifer Peers, and Philip Quast. In 2020 she signed with Australian Acting Agent Gina Stoj, who represents her in both Australia and the US.


In 2021 Marchi competed in Miss Earth Australia, where she was an advocate for Diversity, LGBTQIA+, multiculturalism, and climate change, which took home the title of Miss Earth-Air Australia 2021.


In 2022 she will be gracing the stage in a new comedy play "We're All Terrible Let's Watch TV" and later in May, she will be in Shakespeare's "Much ado about Nothing", in the role of Margaret Directed by Blair Cutting and Paul Winchester.

Alex Thomson

Alex is a Melbourne-Based Writer, Director and Actor with 5 years of experience in the Film Industry.


After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (Winner of Best Production in Bachelor of Fine Arts). Alex has made short film's and web series that have screened at both local and international film festivals.


Additionally, he has worked as an actor with commercial companies such as Parks Victoria, Hyundai, Beam Mobility and Vidico, and has appeared in films produced by National Geographical  and Creative Clones.

Dhruv Malge

Dhruv Malge is a Professional Actor/Model, having trained in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Toronto, has starred in various independent short films, commercials and Television, most notably in Neighbours as Jay Rebecchi and MaveriX as Chase.


He started acting from a young age, coming from a musical theatre background starring in productions like Grease, Aladdin, and Avenue Q and many more.


Dhruv always had a desire to teach acting and share his struggles and knowledge helping them along their creative journey.

Lyndall Grant

Lyndall is a Fight Director, Movement Director, actor and Motion Capture Specialist who works in Australia and Internationally for stage and screen. She is a senior teacher for the Society of Australian Fight Directors (SAFDi), and certified Dramatic Combat teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC). Until recently Lyndall was the Tutor in Theatre (Stage Combat) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Lyndall trained as an actor as London’s ArtsEd School of Acting, before specialising in fight performance and physical performance. She is the director of Captivate Action, which is the first company in the U.K. and Australia to specialise in training and performance in action and Motion Capture. Lyndall is currently an actor and movement captain in Melbourne's production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Recent fight/movement directing credits include: An American in Paris (GWB); As You Like It (Melbourne Theatre Company); Berlin (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Lifespan of a Fact (MTC), Because the Night (Malthouse Theatre), Torch the Place (MTC); Anthem (Roslyn Packer Theatre), Cosi (MTC, Sydney Theatre Company); Punk Rock (45 Downstairs); Cloudstreet (Malthouse Theatre); Storm Boy (MTC); The Violent Outburst That Lead Me To You (MTC): The Architect (MTC); The Lady in the Van (MTC); Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia); Hungry Ghosts (MTC); Alice in Winterland' (Rose Theatre Kingston, U.K.); Vivid White (MTC); Macbeth (MTC); Lohengrin (Melbourne Opera); Minnie and Liraz (MTC); Melbourne Talam (MTC); Lillith, the Jungle Girl (MTC); The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston); Straight White Men (MTC).

Stewart Marshall

Stewart Marshall graduated from Diana Greentree's School of Drama in 2004. He wenl on to act in short films and television such as "Neighbours" and received a Best Actor Nomination for his role in "Charlotte's Deb" (Independent Feature Film directed by Diana Greentree in 2006). He then enrolled into Footscray City Films in2008, graduating in 2011 completing five short films of his own and crewing/acting in sixty student short films and one feature film during his time as a student. Stewart has grown a vast range of knowledge leading from production assisting, cinematography, editing, sound recording, writing, producing, production managing and directing during his time there and afler graduating leading to awards and achievements in film.


Since 2011, Stewart has produced and directed two feature length films (Red Sky: Candidate 5238, Model Hehaviour) and another as a producer/cinematographer (Blue Grace) with many short films, web series and TV pilots in between. Currently at the end of post-production for his latest feature lenglh film (Kindling) this will be launching intofilm festivals late 2022.

SYDNEY ACTING COACHES

Andy Rappos

Andy Rappos is a professional agent and acting coach currently working for one of the top Melbourne based agencies, IAN White Management.


Andy's experience working in L.A as a talent manager, and studying acting in New York at the New York Conservatory for dramatic arts, graduating with a degree in Film and TV acting provides an Innovative and practical approach to coaching. Coupled with his current work as an agent, Andy has a fresh, competitive and relevant edge as an acting and branding consultant.


Andy specializes in advanced on camera acting and self taping as well as Personal Branding and Industry Marketing.

Sophia Stratton

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) Degree QUT with Distinction. Dean’s List of Excellence. Golden Key Honour Society. Youth in Performing Arts scholarship winner. Active member of WWLT Co. MEAA Member.


Feature Film:

2020-Equivocal Resolve. BREE Salthouse Creative. Daniel Widdowson.

2019-Equivocal Redemption. BREE Salthouse Creative. Daniel Widdowson.

2018-Kick Ons, SAMANTHA Black 94 Production, Abel Robinson.

Short Film:

2020-Shattered Mural, ELLIE. Fresh Scene Films. Madeline Bezic.


Television:

2021- The Local, Pilot. GILLIAN. Praxis Films. Rohan Everingham.

2010 – Cops L.A.C, Shanni, Nine Network, Arnie Custo.


Commercial:

2020- RED ROOSTER, LEAD GIRL, APRIL. Prodigious, Sophia De Vries.

2018/2019- SHOP BACK, Shopaholic LEAD, The Deli Agency, Ali Nooriafshar.

2017-Thin Lizzy Make up MODEL, PRESENTER Take Two Marketing and Events, Amanda Allen.


Voice Over:

2018- SHOP BACK, Shopaholic LEAD. The Deli Agency, Ali Nooriafshar.

2010- Alice Dreaming, SAM, Currency Press, Ned Manning.

2009 - Student Spokesperson/Voiceover. DIGITAL EDUCATION REVOLUTION.

N.S.W Department of Education and Training. Dianne Marshall.

2009- Digital Revolution, Spokesperson, N.S.W Department of Education.


Music Video:

2015 – Motionliners, Lead girl, Anthony Meleca.


Video:

2019-Police/Council VR scenarios. Forensix Group/Innate Media. Macca Readon. 2010- Ellie, Fracas English. Anny, Fracas English.

Cameron Spencer

Cameron is an experienced artist and trained Actor with diverse professional experience within the acting/ art industry.

He has worked extensively as an actor, model, influencer, Musician, and Production Manager.

Cameron has featured on projects both in Film and Television working with Stan, Fox Studios, Marvel, Channel 9, and indie Feature films,

Music videos and Commercials.

He trained at the Actors Pulse, specializing in Improv, Meisner Technique, Screen-performance, movement, and voice.

Cameron plans on bringing lots of energy into the Actors gym, and exciting and inspire new actors on the block.

Harry Stacey

Harry is a trained Actor and is a graduate of the Diploma of Stage and Screen from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Since graduating he has performed in educational theatre as a lead performer in bullying prevention shows at many high schools and primary schools across NSW. He also has professional experience in live action theatrical shows and interactive theatre performances.


Harry is passionate about helping people along in their journey and creating a culture of safety, positivity, and "play" in the acting process.

Bruno Attanasio

Bruno Attanasio is a professional actor, having graduated STS in 2015 with an Advanced Diploma of Arts in Acting, Bruno continued to work on his craft, working with some of the best coaches in the industry including Bill Esper, Mike Alfreds, Anthony Wong, Ben Matthews, and Andrew Lloyd. Having been trained in both theatre and film, Bruno is well versed in the craft and always willing to learn more. His credits include the Sydney premiere of Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting” and Wim Wenders “Submergence”. 


An Actors Conditioning


Acting like any craft is an art form that needs to be worked atconstantly, like any muscle, for it to glisten and be proficient oneneeds to work it to failure. A eight-week scene work workshop in which actors break down the scene to bare bones of it, work it and perform asif the whole world is watching. Acting is best learned through doing and what better way to learn than to get into your body.

Ben Barber

Ben is a professional actor, acting coach and voice over artist.


He completed his Bachelor of Dramatic Art – Acting in 2009 and has been working in the industry for the past 11 years.


Bens television credits include 319 episodes as full time cast of Australian drama Neighbours, playing Dr Rhys Lawson, and various guest roles on Home and Away, Janet King 3 and Australia’s Sexiest Tradie. Recent theatre credits include Streamed Shakespeare productions Richard 3rd, Julius Caesar, Two Noble Kinsmen and Griffin Theatre Company production Return to Earth.


Ben has also acted in numerous short films,TVC’S and Voice-overs. Over the years, his love for acting has grown into a love of coaching, a creative space he now passionately inhabits.


Ben is an experienced acting tutor at NIDA Open, having taught students a range of courses in Screen and stage acting, both nationally and internationally. He has also delivered masterclasses and workshops interstate for Off the Beaten Track, and International Screen Academy in Sydney.

Simon Thomson

Training

*ANU with Honours in Drama 

*Sydney Theatre School with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting). 

*Steppenwolf Miesner and Viewpoints Intensive        

*Andrew Lloyd Masterclass Series                            

*Ian Sinclair Masterclass                                                        

*Kevin Jackson Masterclass                            

*Anthony Skuse Masterclass            

                                                                                                                                                

Previous acting theatre credits include 

*Steve in The Shadow Box, Frank in Van De Maar Papers, 

*Fat Cherry in That Eye, The Sky 

*Ensemble in Pool, No Water, 

*Provost in Measure for Measure, 

*Caliban in The Tempest, 

*Angelo in Measure for Measure Scripps in The History Boys, 

*Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 

*Lenny in Marisol 

*Leon/Nick in Speaking In Tongues. 


Directing credits include 

*Stephen Berkoff’s Brighton Beach Scumbags, 

*CageFish, which he also wrote and appeared in as John

*Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Irvine Walsh’s Trainspotting.

*Peter Maple’s Ginger, Black, Brunette, Blonde 


Other writing includes The Park which was shortlisted for the 20202 Silver Gull Award. 


Simon is a proud member of Equity since 2015.

Simon Lee

Simon's career as a professional actor began in 2013. He has toured nationally with such educational theatre companies as 'Kinetic EnergyTheatre', 'Bard On The Beach' and 'Blue Whale Theatre'. Simon has over five years of experience teaching Drama to Adults, teens, and children.


As a teacher, Simon is inspired by the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sandford Meisner, Stella Adler, Eric Morris, David Mamet, and Rudolph Laban. Simon is very excited to launch this program as the first of The Actor's Gym's intermediate-level courses for 2022.

Matthew Backer

Matthew graduated from NIDA in 2010 and made his professional debut playing the lead role of Frankie Valli in the Australian production of Jersey Boys in 2011.


He has worked with some of Australia's leading theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Griffin Theatre, Queensland Theatre, and Hayes Theatre.


He is a current presenter on ABC's Play School and Play School Art Time and hosts ABC Kids Listen’s Story Salad. His TV credits include The Twelve, Five Bedrooms, Operation Buffalo, Born To Spy, Harrow, Dead Lucky, and Home & Away.


His film credits include Marley, Someone and Only for a Time. Matthew studied improvisation at Upright Citizen's Brigade and People's Improv Theatre in New York and at Second City in Los Angeles.


He was the winner of a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Sydney Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a 2016 Matilda Award for Best Actor in a Play for Queensland Theatre's Switzerland and 2017 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Hayes Theatre Co's Only Heaven Knows.

Emmanuelle Mattana

Emmanuelle is a Melbourne-based actor, writer and director best known for playing the lead role of Marnie in three seasons of the AACTA, Logie and International Emmy Kids Award nominated tween series Mustangs FC (ABCMe/Matchbox Pictures).


Her most recent short film, The Odyssey, commissioned by the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Victoria Together, has screened at festivals internationally and been awarded Best Youth Film at the St Kilda Film Festival and Best Diversity award at the WIFT (Women in Film and Television) V-Fest.


Other recent performance credits include Clickbait (Netflix) and Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Acorn TV), as well as narrating children's audiobooks Me and the Robbersons (Hardie Grant) and The Travelling Bookshop (Harper Collins).

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes is an award-winning,


experienced screen actor based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked consistently in the industry in recent years across Feature Films, TV and Short Films/Proof of Concepts and is a very popular choice for hero roles in commercials!


Some of the projects Paul has worked on in 2021 alone include ‘Lovelorn Lockdown’ written and directed by the iconic Alex Proyas and ‘Mungo’ a cinematically stunning period project which recently won ‘Best Indigenous/Native People Film’ at Cannes World Film Festival.


Paul’s training includes the one year screen actors studio program at the prestigious NIDA and he continues to train weekly in the top-tier Mastery class at world-renowned acting studio AMAW.


He coaches actors on all aspects of the industry and works with them on directing audition tapes to have maximum impact on Directors and Casting Directors.

Clara Harrison

Clara Harrison completed her studies in Musical Theatre at Brent Street and since has been fortunate to work in the industry as an actress, vocalist, and V.O artist for prestigious companies across the world including Universal Studios Japan, Diamond Head Theatre, The ABC, MTV, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.


She has also created and performed various cabarets and solo shows internationally including "Divas Through the Decades" and "A Night at the Suite". She is passionate about both performance and creating.

Skyler Hart

Skyler is a veteran actor in the Film and Television industry. He has studied for over ten years at some of the top Hollywood acting studios and his credits include Guest Starring roles on hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, CSI, For The People, Jane The Virgin and many others.


He has worked with legendary writers and film directors like JeffreyReddick (Final Destination), George Gallo (Bad Boys), and Bret EastonEllis (American Psycho). He is also experienced behind the camera andhas produced or directed numerous projects from feature films tocommercials to music videos.


He is currently producing his most ambitious project yet and will be shooting overseas at the end of 2022.

Elliott Falzon

Performing is everything in Elliott Falzon's life. His acting credits extend back to age 10, when he was cast as Mike Teevee in a primary school stage adaptation of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Since then, he has dedicated his life to working as a professional actor, musician, creative and teacher.


His on-screen experience since then has been extensive, including roles for major brands in national TVC campaigns like KFC (FaceTime - 2019) and Aldi (Rewards - 2019), appearances in White Rabbit Project on Netflix and a variety of short or feature films. He played the pimp and nightclub doorman Sonny in Jerome Kattampil’s independent science fiction thriller The Exchange in 2018 and the footballer Jimmy in The Shot (2016), a Sydney Film School graduation project directed by Tahsin Rahman. 


His stage credits include playing Dom in Jordy Shea’s short play Little Differences for the inaugural 2017 season of Intersection at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), directed by Katrina Douglas, Jonathon in Three Winters Green by Campion Decent at The Actors’ Pulse in Redfern and The Ghost of Hamlet’s Father in Hamlet by Shakespeare at the Casula Powerhouse for Liverpool Performing Arts, directed by George Lazaris. Other credits include Wally in Alphabetical Order by Michael Frayn, The Minister in Black Hands/Dead Section by Van Badham, Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Gurguis and Analytikos in Helena’s Husband by Philip Moeller, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Gonzalo in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Jack Stone in Reefer Madness, and Sonny in Tupperware George, a 2016 Short + Sweet finalist written by Sam Nixen, among a number of sketch comedy showcases - including the 2015 Macquarie University Comedy Revue.


He has trained at ATYP under the tuition of Robert Jago, Anthony Skuse, Josh McConville and Fraser Corfield, worked under the supervision of Amy Hume’s vocal training, as well as training in screen and theatre at both Actors’ Centre Australia (ACA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). His father, Edmund Falzon, was his first intensive acting coach and remains his most trusted source of wisdom, inspiration and guidance, an acting agent who formerly toured the world as an actor throughout the ‘70s and onwards with English theatre company, the Actors’ Touring Company (ATC). 


He is also a filmmaker experienced across pre-production through to editing, having trained at AFTRS (The Australian Film, Television and Radio School). His directorial credits include music videos for the rapper Hunter (formerly +i-) and RnB artist Young Wiz, from Wollongong. He worked as 1st A.D. on Season 1 of the comedy web series Made For This (2019).

Jessica Marchi

Jessica Marchi is an Italo-Australian Actor, born in Italy and moved to Australia in 2009. She began to follow her passion for acting in 2010, starting off as an Extra, then moving onto Musicals.


Jessica has studied and trained with some of Australia's and Los Angeles's best Acting Coaches including Lisa Robertson, Ted Brunetti, Ben Matthews, Les Chantery, and Luke Ford. She completed numerous Courses at NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art), as well as partaking in courses at Screenwise and The Hub Studio, where she took part in a Musical Theatre Intensive, taught by the likes of Shaun Rennie, Jennifer Peers, and Philip Quast. In 2020 she signed with Australian Acting Agent Gina Stoj, who represents her in both Australia and the US.


In 2021 Marchi competed in Miss Earth Australia, where she was an advocate for Diversity, LGBTQIA+, multiculturalism, and climate change, which took home the title of Miss Earth-Air Australia 2021.


In 2022 she will be gracing the stage in a new comedy play "We're All Terrible Let's Watch TV" and later in May, she will be in Shakespeare's "Much ado about Nothing", in the role of Margaret Directed by Blair Cutting and Paul Winchester.

Pip Edwards

Pip Edwards is a professional actor, filmmaker, acting/career coach,and entrepreneur. 


As an actor, Pip’s television credits include Home and Away, LesNorton, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ANZAC Girls, Wonderland andForever Young. Her film credits include June Again, A Few Less Men,Little Black Dress, Who’s That Boy, upcoming feature films Carmen, andDeath Doula, as well as numerous short films and TVCs plus theatre credits.


Pip has taught extensively throughout Australia, at schools such as NIDA, Actors Centre, SAS, Sydney Film School, Screenwise, HUB Studio,Stagemilk, and for MEAA Actors Equity to name a few.  


Pip has a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from NIDA, and Bachelor of CreativeArts (Philosophy/Filmmaking/Arts Management/Law) from MelbourneUniversity. She has completed her Certificate IX in Training andAssessment, and TAFE Certificate in Creative Micro-Business. She hascompleted further extensive training in both Australia and the US,including with coaches such as Ivana Chubbuck, Larry Moss, Margie Haber,Leslie Kahn and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.  


Pip has a keen interest in actor mental health and wellness and isco-chair of the MEAA Actor’s Equity ‘Wellness Collective’.

Marshall-Weishuai Yuan

Marshall-Weishuai Yuan is an award-winning actor, writer, director, and filmmaker. He is the co-founder of NOAH films, an independent film production company that specializes in promoting diversity in front and behind the screen. 


Marshall began his career as a background actor on commercials before shifting into full-time acting. In 2017 he attended the New York Film Academy in Sydney and graduated with a Diploma of Acting a year later. 


Shortly after, he met his partner and NOAH co-founder, Sangeetha Gowda, on a featurette film acting opposite of each other as romantic leads. 


In 2018, NOAH films was formed, a joint effort to promote diversity and POC artists through their films.


Having no prior experience behind the camera, Marshall taught himself the craft of filmmaking through a lot of trial and error.


In 2020 he received his first 'Best Actor award at the New York International Film Festival for his self-written, directed, and acted short film 'Superhero'. 


Currently, he holds a total of nine international 'Best Actor awards.


In 2021 he also won 'Best Web Film' and 'Best Screenplay at the British Web Awards for his short film "Starving Artist". Currently, NOAH films have over 60 international awards from various film festivals.


Marshall's ultimate goal is to provide better opportunities and be a good role model for POC artists in the film industry.

Sangeetha Gowda

Sangeetha Gowda is an Award Winning Actress, Writer, Director & Producer. She graduated with an Advanced Diploma at NYFA Sydney where she was awarded the college's 'Best Actress' award upon graduation, before going on to star in many film and stage productions, including 'Hamlet' at the Casula Powerhouse. 


After meeting Marshall and witnessing a need for more diverse content, N.O.A.H. Films was established and Sangeetha has since gone on to win awards at film festivals internationally, including 'Best Mental Health Awareness' for Lost Focus (2019), and 'Best Director' & 'Best Production Design at the British Web Awards for Social Murderer (2020) - which was also nominated for 'Best Drama' and 'Best Writing' in both Britain and Rio. Recently, 'Perpetua' (2021) which she produced and starred in has won her 'Best Actress' and 'Best Drama' awards in LA, New York & London.


Sangeetha brings a background in writing to her work, self-publishing her first book at 16 on Wattpad which has now amassed over 140k reads.


Her screenplay 'Her, Unwritten' was also nominated in London & in the Screen Writers Network Competition.


Spreading awareness on mental health and promoting Diversity both in front of and behind the camera is of utmost importance to her.


She's also a firm believer in creating your own opportunities.

Leigh Smith

Leigh Smith commenced his journey into the realm of entertainment and acting after completing an internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL.

Following on from his time in this highly esteemed and respected position Leigh went on to complete studies with The Australian Film and Television Academy (TAFTA).


Leigh then completed lead roles as a presenter in 'Media Strikes Back' on Channel 31. 'Misguided' is an original improvisation program where the storyline keeps on going. In this role, Leigh created many original characters and performed in front of a live studio audience. His main character Felix was highly regarded and he also received a writing credit for this project.


Leigh has been seen in many successful commercial campaigns including Kevin Paisley Eyewear, Visa, Canon and NSW Health.


Recently, Leigh has completed his first full length feature film thriller "TKG: Kids of Grove" as Nathan for which the director personally wrote the role for him and was also casting director on the project. The film is screening in theatres the world over.


Leigh has also released and written his first professional short film 'Sacrifice' which he also stars in as the lead James Hunter. Sacrifice is a LGBTQI military love story which is something that has not been seen in cinema. It has gained recognition in the USA, UK, Asia, Europe & Australia and is streaming on over 15 platforms including Amazon Prime. The film has also been distributed on the compilation DVD/Blu Ray 'Boys Night' through it's US distributor Mattioli Productions.


Leigh continues to work as a casting director on feature films whilst also transforming the success of 'Sacrifice' a feature itself.

Leigh continues to develop his skills through the 'Groundlings' in Los Angeles, CA which has given rise to many successful comical identities including Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell & Kristin Wiig to name but a few. Leigh also actively mentors performers where able and holds this very close to his heart.


Leigh is represented in both Los Angeles and Australia.

Othniel Mani

Othniel Mani is a professional Actor, Writer & Director based in Sydney, Australia. Graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Stage & Screen Acting from AFTT, Othniel has since directed multiple plays & short films as the Creative Arts Director of Fathers Care. 


Othniel's experience on screen and stage further established his skill both behind and on camera. He later created his own film company TreeOak Films, which has had successes locally and abroad. 


His training on the job and in the classroom has developed his approach to performance and expression, leaving him equipped for diverse performers from all walks of life.


Othniel's strong leadership & hands-on approach has sustained his career, aiding in his mentoring skills for upcoming artists.

Clare McCann

Clare McCann is a multi award winning film, TV, and theatre Actress, Writer and Director who specialises in story, movement and voice.


Clare began dramatic arts training at the age of 7 and has studied a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts and Theatre Making, Music Theatre, Music Performance as well as Film Making, Psychology and Children's Services.


Clare's break out role was on the ASTRA award winning FOXTEL series Blog Party, and she has also appeared in Channel 9's House of Bond, Neel Kolhatlar's Head Above Water, and her feature directorial debut Benefited which she won a string of awards for.


Clare has toured apart of numerous theatre productions including as the David Jones Christmas Fairy, Janet Weiss in Rocky Horror, Cecile Volanges in Les Dangerous Liasons and as Jane in Jane Eyre which she also won a Best Actress award for.


Clare has also written and directed numerous award winning short films, music videos and theatre productions including at The Star casino where she was contracted as Creative Director for a number of years.


Clare has tutored across at institutions like NIDA, WSPA and both public and private primary and secondary schools across Sydney.

Damien Sato

Having worked in the industry for well over 10 years, doing everything from features to short films, TVCs to presenting, Damien brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.


Damien recently starred in the feature film, 'Rhapsody of Love with co-star Kathy Luu in Australia's first rom-com featuring two Asian leads. The film has gained wide interest and has been submitted to various film festivals including the prestigious Sydney Film Festival and Gold Coast Film Festival.


He has also studied at various established institutions such as the Actors Centre of Australia, NIDA, Screenwise, and Actors Pulse, not to mention working alongside several of Australia's top directors and casting directors.


With a firm drive for constant learning and growth, he is relentless in becoming the best actor he can be, whilst also helping others around him to actualize their potential.