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Acting for Film Department

Claudine Anderson Claudine Anderson
Chair of Acting, Post-Grad NIDA

“brings us into the realm of a new vision… beautifully crafted” Dr Josey De Rossi for the Tempest
“an assurance impossible to fault” Peter Halstead BBC Plays and Players for Endgame, Samuel Beckett
“inspired” “quirky” “refreshing” Australian Stage for Art, Yasmina Reza

Claudine is a director and educator, with nearly 30 years of industry experience in Australia, Germany and France. Companies include Musiktheater im Revier, L’Opèra de Metz, Mercury’s Wings, and musicals West Side Story ("completely outshone by Claudine Stephen-Smith as Anita" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and Buddy Holly (Peggy-Sue & vocals).

She specialised in Movement at NIDA, Post-Graduate, studied Shakespeare at LAMDA UK, and Doctorate studies at QUT (Research). Co-founder of Mercury’s Wings Theatre (2005- current), Claudine directs authentic and innovative performance. Her repertoire incorporates classic works, physical theatre, contemporary text, dance and original work.

A dedicated and in-demand educator for over 14 years, teaching credits include NIDA, QUT, HOTA, Practical Teaching Supervisor and Tutor for global arts body Royal Academy of Dance.
Stuart Lumsden Stuart Lumsden
Acting for Film, Scene Study

UK born and raised in Western Australia, Stuart Lumsden graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1996. Stuart also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Drama/English). Stuart’s acting and directing credits are diverse, with him performing in a multitude of theatre productions such as Guys and Dolls, Love for Love, Romeo and Juliet, and The White Devil, Black Swan Theatre Company’s production of Michael Gow’s Live Acts Onstage, and Hamlet. Stuart has also appeared in many short films, commercials and television shows in guest roles.

Rob Horton Rob Horton

Rob graduated from university with an honours degree in Performing Arts. He formed his own theatre company, Raa Theatre, in the 1990s and, during this period, was his work with well-known British actress Frances De La Tour(The Cherry Orchard), his international work in Romania with Gavril Cadariu(Drakula) and the inspiring Stanislavski-based She Devil, directed by the International Theatre Director, Mikhail Mokeev (a direct student of Stanislavski), of the Moscow Art Theatre. It was also during this time that Rob was mentored in Stanislavski’s methods by Mokheev. Rob has also trained extensively in Meisner Technique. Rob’s film credits include Mental, Break the Rock, Home of Strangers, The Hunters Club, The Dossier Case, Where’s Wallace, as well as the TV series Schadenfreude and numerous television commercials and stage roles.

Ellie Popov Ellie Popov
Movement 4

Ellie has worked in theatre, stage and screen for over a decade. She is a dedicated acting and physical theatre coach and has mentored many students whom have gone-on to work in the Australian film, theatre and television industry. Ellie has worked as an instructor for The Australian Acting Academy, Tom McSweeney, Stage Craft Acting School and in 2009 founded Skazka Physical Theatre Company which used an original curriculum developed by Ellie, herself.

Ellie is also an accomplished actress who has appeared in television shows such as channel Nine’s The Strip; touring dance productions such as The Shadow Garden; and theatre productions such as Hayden Spencer’s The Gremlins. Over the past few years Ellie has starred in a string of internationally recognized shorts including Clara (Screen Queensland); Cigaretts ( Canne Film Festival); A New You (Canne Film Festival, Flicker Fest & Taos Short Festival); and most recently Ellie has written and starred in the Australian feature film Thicker Than Water.

Peter Kent Peter Kent
Speech, Acting Technique and Business of Acting

Born in Australia and raised in Canada, Peter Kent’s film career began in 1990, working both in front and behind the camera from the very start. His talent for accents and natural screen performances led to his casting in many Australian and American film and television roles. He has worked for Maura Fay & Associates as an auditions reader for Australian/American co- productions. As an instructor, he worked extensively with acting students in the use of American and British accents. This work led to him being hired as an American Dialect Coach on Heath Ledger’s first American television series, “Roar” and other such productions as “Beastmaster,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.”
Adam Couper Adam Couper
Comedy 2 & 3, Filmcraft, Acting for Directors

Adam Couper has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as an actor, director, writer, musician, improviser, stand-up comedian, and video game voice actor. He was worked throughout Australia on stage, screen, and television. As his personal highlights from his career he would choose: working as head writer for the ABC political satire “BackBerner”; representing Australia at the Theatresports Olympics; and being the voice of a talking vomit in the Nickelodeon Children’s cartoon “Hot Chunks.”

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