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Acting for Film Department

Stuart Lumsden Stuart Lumsden
Chair of Acting, Acting for Film, Acting Technique

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.

Phillipe Deseck Phillipe Deseck
Stage Combat & Stunt Workshop

Since 1994 Philippe has been actively involved in film, TV and radio as a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and director. Philippe’s early movies include Street Fighter, Operation Dumbo Drop and The Quest. Philippe has trained in Muay Thai, Tae kwon Do and Thai weapon training. Some of his credits include The Great Raid, At World’s End, Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Iron Sky and The Killer Elite where he worked with Jason Statham and Robert De Niro. Most recently he worked on Drive Hard starring John Cusack. Philippe also worked on the TV series Spartacus in New Zealand, which he regards as one of the most memorable experiences in his stunt career. 

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.

Louise Lee Mei Louise Lee Mei
Meisner, Monologues

Trained in Meisner technique, Louise also studied at the NIDA Screen Actor program. After numerous short and feature films, Louise began teaching advanced graduates in Sydney. Has taught the technique in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Newcastle and has completed a Bachelor of Communications including Journalism, Creative Writing, Screen History and Shakespeare.

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.

Robert Reitano Robert Reitano
Scene Study, Acting Technique, Movement

Robert Reitano comes from a martial arts background and first began doing stunt work within the industry, performing live stunt shows for theme parks in Japan and then at Warner Bros Movie World. Performing for the street theatre group at Movie World revealed a love for acting as well as the action sequences of the shows. Robert has worked on numerous commercials, TV shows including Sea Patrol, Home and Away, and Terra Nova. He has also enjoyed working on many independent as well as mainstream feature films such as The Condemned, Narnia Voyage of the Dawntreader, and Daybreakers. Robert is committed to educating newcomers to the industry and helping them realise their potential as artists.

Jacki Simmons Jacki Simmons
Voice & Movement, Playwrights

MA in Actor Training & Coaching, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London; PGCE, Institute of Education, London; BA (Hons) UNSW; trained as an actor at Ensemble Studios, Sydney. Teaching credits include: East 15 Acting School, London; Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London. Acting credits include Theatre (London & Sydney): Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The False Count, Tartuffe, Fen Film & TV: Flashbacks, Australia's Most Wanted, Two in the Bush, Missing, various commercials. Voiceover credits include: commercials and audiobooks including The Slap, The Silver Brumby, Hot Island Nights.

Jason Wilder Jason Wilder
Acting For Film 1

Born Jason Tevita Samuel Wilder on the 9th of May, 1985 in Brisbane, Australia, Jason is an actor known for his work on Drive Hard, A Woman’s Deeper Journey and Mako: Island of Secrets. He has trained with Judy Hamilton and Tom McSweeney. Jason also heads up his own production company: Wildcard, through which he pursues his interests as a writer and producer. Jason and his partner also own and operate a Dance Studio: Universal Dance Company, which began operation in 2014.

Dean Mayer Dean Mayer
Performance Analysis, Meisner, New Media for Actors

Dean Mayer's passion for the film industry began at the age of five, and by his teens he was studying both theatre and film, learning a variety of styles. Mayer has been on over 75 different film sets in a variety of roles. As a filmmaker he is constantly writing and shooting throughout the year — “Dynamic Pizza” is one short series he created. Mayer recently started a successful film festival, "Screen It!" Film Festival, and is also festival director for SIPFest on the Gold Coast, Australia.
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.”
Veronica Neave Veronica Neave
Advanced Live Performance

Veronica Neave graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a bachelor’s degree in performing arts, majoring in theatre. For over 27 years she has worked extensively as an actor, dramaturge, writer, director and physical performer for major theatre companies throughout Australia — winning a Matilda Award and the Inaugural John Harris Critics Award for her contribution to theatre. She has performed in major roles in 30 productions for the Queensland Theatre Company alone, as well as shows for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Black Swan. Neave co-produced and wrote the ABC documentary “Pieces Of Me,” and is a published author with a book of the same title. Neave has also appeared in many films and television shows as an actor, most recently in the series “Wanted” and in the title role of the feature film “Girl Clock.” For three years Veronica held the position of Artistic Director of the Vulcana Women’s Circus.

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