AFTT Graduate Acting Showcase

Graduate Acting Showcase

AFTT are extremely proud of our graduating students. View our recent graduates in 2016 from our acting school. Explore their stories and showreels.

Abbie Coco

Abbie Coco

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Abbie, and I've moved from Cairns, Far North Queensland to Sydney to pursue an acting career, and have just completed studying at ACTT.

My name is Abbie, and I've moved from Cairns, Far North Queensland to Sydney to pursue an acting career, and have just completed studying at ACTT. The tutors I've learnt from there and collaborated with, have given me confidence in my craft, and inspired me to embrace passion and bring my own strengths to the industry.
I admire actors that bring raw truth to their craft, I’m pursuing a music career as well as an acting career and am excited to pursue these separately and also marry these two crafts. I’ve cherished every role I've received at ACTT and am inspired to further explore the human character and bring more stories to life.

Abby Hosie

Abby Hosie

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi, I'm Abby. During my time at ACTT I've been fortunate enough to play a diverse range of roles in the form of both short scenes to full length plays. From the role of Debra in David Mamets 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago - to the Nurse in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Regardless of the role or genre; I love the challenge of bringing the characters and work to life and finding genuine moments of connection to tell a story.

I'm passionate about both film and theatre and love the uniqueness of both mediums. Having found my passion for acting after a solid stint in the corporate world and many travels, I bring with me a wealth of life experience to call upon as part of my craft and lifelong journey!

Alana Birtles

Alana Birtles

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Alana Birtles. I am passionate about all facets of acting, and I have loved every minute of my training at ACTT. I have been privileged to play some amazing characters during my time here, such as the vivacious Vera in Willy Russel’s Breezeblock Park, and the fiery Maria in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Acting offers a unique opportunity to explore the range of human emotions in a multitude of scenarios (and time periods).
For me, it is this study in human nature that excites me, and the chance to take the audience on a journey. I love watching movies and theatre, and so I want to be able to bring out the passion and excitement that I feel in an audience. 

 

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Alexander Lee Brown, I was born and raised in a large family with three much older siblings (I’m the youngest by 8 years). My dream job growing up was to captain the Australian cricket team.... I’m still waiting for the call up. After finishing school I needed a change from the city and decided to pack my bags and move to the country.
I settled three hours west in Bathurst and started studying a degree in Business and Communications. To pay my way through uni, I worked as a breakfast radio announcer on 1503 2BS GOLD, hosting my own networked, talk-back news program. In my two years in radio I was fortunate enough to be nominated for an Australian Commercial Radio Award for Best On-Air Talent in a regional area.
Returning to Sydney, I decided to pursue the corporate world and worked in advertising and media whilst getting involved in theatre and film projects on the side. However, it wasn’t long until I made the decision to pursue acting professionally. My interest for acting was inspired in high school. I was lucky enough to win the Australian School’s Shakespeare Competition and performed with the Shakespeare Globe Centre Australia Company. Acting has always been the career I wanted, however I believed that I needed a firm base of life experience before pursuing the career professionally. Having had a few careers, I am so pleased and excited by the prospect of finally making my own mark on the Australian TV,  film and theatre industry. 

 

Alison Benstead

Alison Benstead

ACTT 2015 Graduate

To act...To sing...To dance.... I CAN have it all, right?! My journey began on the stage, in ballet shoes, like most little girls, and swung 180° when I started to discover character on film. I yearned for more. I needed more. I wanted understanding and exploration and tools for my craft. Acting school has infused me with a greater love for the theatre and the freedom to explore the world through many mediums.
I've had the wonderful opportunity of playing characters such as, Reeny in Willy Russel's 'Beezeblock Park', Olivia in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and now the incredible challenge of Satan in Stephen Adly Girgius' 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; a black comedy set in a courtroom in Purgatory. Pleased to meet you... I'm Ali. 

 

Amy Jacobs

Amy Jacobs

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi, my name is Amy Jacobs and I am a Sydney-based actor. From a young age my passion for the arts was sparked by dance, which then developed into a search for truth through story telling - on both screen and stage. 

During my time at AFTT I have been lucky enough to explore some beautifully diverse and challenging characters such as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa. 

After graduating high school in 2011 I moved to London for three years where I was able to complete a series of short acting courses. This entire experience confirmed to me that a career in acting was the direction I wanted to steer my life in.

I believe my greatest strength as an actor is my emotional availability. I am constantly looking to grow and learn about the various aspects of the human condition.

Amy Shapiro

Amy Shapiro

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I'm Amy Shapiro. I have an unrelenting drive to succeed and bring passion to everything I do. I've been encouraged my entire life to question, ask and imagine.
Hello! I'm Amy Shapiro. I have an unrelenting drive to succeed and bring passion to everything I do. I've been encouraged my entire life to question, ask and imagine. This together with my cultural background and personal experiences afford me a unique perspective that breathes life into my work. ACTT and its inspirational staff have given me the opportunity to hone my skills in both theatre and screen acting (being cast as Lady Macbeth and recently in Lex Marinos' first production for ACTT, being real highlights).
Ultimately, as an actor my passion lies in the need to tell stories. The electricity of live performance is unparalleled, and the potential of the film medium to communicate these stories is endless and magical. I can't wait to embark on my professional acting career.

 

Angela Lan

Angela Lan

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi, I’m Angela and I have a passion for acting that I’ve been exploring for the past two years at AFTT. During this course, I have had the chance to play a number of complex and intriguing characters such as Emilia and Montano in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ (Directed by Sean O’Riordan) and Zocha in Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s ‘Our Class’ (Directed by Anthony Skuse). 

My favourite thing about being an actor is the ability to tell stories that affect people. I love the way that we can bring words to life and create characters that are real and exist in our own world. I believe that imagination is the most important tool for an actor and should be exercised not only in performance but in everything we do.
 

Angelika Nieweglowski

Angelika Nieweglowski

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Angelika Nieweglowski and I’ve called Sydney home my whole life. My greatest influence is that of my large Polish family which is filled with passionate females.

A little bit about me… My name is Angelika Nieweglowski and I’ve called Sydney home my whole life. My greatest influence is that of my large Polish family which is filled with passionate females. Ask any Eastern European what they remember about family life it will almost certainly be three things… Laughter, food and more laughter. My childhood was no different. Well, actually nothing has changed now that I’m a little older. Before I became an actor I studied Marketing and worked in the world of fashion. I started my career with Instyle Magazine, which then led me to EVH PR; a luxury fashion and lifestyle public relations agency. In my early twenties I had a ball styling and marketing new fashion trends.
However, my lifelong passion for film and performing took over and I took the leap to study acting at ACTT. I haven’t looked back since! Whilst at ACTT I have had the privilege to work with talented directors such as Aarne Neeme, John O’Hare, Lex Marinos and Luke Rodgers. I’m so excited to bring my distinct Eastern European personality and make my own individual mark on the film and television industry. 

Anton Smilek

Anton Smilek

AFTT 2016 Graduate

I am Anton.
I work hard,
I work with passion,
most of all, I work with love.
Discover me, and I'll make you rich!

Arshia Aryan

Arshia Aryan

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Arshia is an Australian/Persian graduate from the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television with an advanced diploma in stage and screen acting.

I came to Australia 8 years ago without the ability to speak English and I feel so blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to express myself in the unique world of storytelling. I have been lucky enough to be a part of over 9 theatre plays, the most recent being "Our Class" playing JAKUB Katz directed by Anthony Skuse at the Belvoir Theatre and as Rodrigo & Lodovico in Othello directed by Sean O' Riordan. I also played as Greg in "Reasons To Be Pretty" directed by Winston Cooper. Focusing on the techniques of Meisner and Eric Morris has allowed me to safely access my life experiences and use it in my love for live storytelling on stage. It's what drives me to thrive towards more challenging roles. As far back as I can remember I've loved the movie world and now here I am blessed enough to be confidently entering the industry of my dreams. I would never have been able to make it without the help and support of all my talented and unique tutors and students. I love being real cause being fake is easy.

Ash Sakha

Ash Sakha

AFTT 2016 Graduate

After Graduating from the Academy of Film Television and Theater (AFTT), I truly feel confident with the skills I have obtained whilst training. I find the value of expressing myself in this beautiful art form to be greater than anything else on earth. I have portrayed characters in productions such as Angel in 'Jesus Hoped the A Train' (directed by Naomi Livingstone) and Alsemero in 'The Changeling (directed by Sean O' Riordan).

In my eyes, when the practice of hard work along with passion is applied to this craft, the limitations of potential do not exist. The magic of story telling and the joy of bestowing entertainment is what i live by, and will forever strive to do.

My most recent production was playing Gus in 'The Dumb Waiter' (directed by Aarne Neeme) at the downstairs Belvoir Theater.

An unforgettable experience in which I pushed myself to new heights as a performer.

Barbara Papathanasopoulos

Barbara Papathanasopoulos

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Barbara & I'm in my 3rd year at Actors College of Theatre & Television. I was first introduced to acting at the age of nine, where I was cast in a production of 'Hamlet.' I went on to perform in many high school productions and my love and passion for acting has grown immensely.

For my final two years of high school I moved to The McDonald College Performing Arts to further my acting training. At ACTT I've enjoyed playing roles such as Betty in Willy Russell's 'Breezeblock Park', Menenius in William Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus' and also using my second language as The Greek in 'Dreaming of Lysistrata'.

I'm enjoying working on our current and final production of 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' as Saint Monica and Loretta. I love both theatre and screen and I'm excited for what the future holds for my career.

Bethany Parrish

Bethany Parrish

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Bethany Parrish, I've been acting since the age of 11 with my introduction to theatre beginning at The Drama Studio @ IPAC (The Illawarra Performing Arts Centre). Throughout my time at The Drama Studio I had the great pleasure of performing in a large variety of productions including three collaborations with The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York (Romeo and Juliet as Balthasar, A midsummer Night's Dream as Helena, and Much Ado About Nothing as Beatrice). I have grown as an actress with a passion for Shakespeare and Theatre and brightened this passion during my time at AFTT. Since starting at AFTT I have developed my craft and skill as an actress and have learned to work in a variety of mediums which lead me to great love for film acting as well as theatre. I can't wait to tell stories in every way I can.

Brittany Yates

Brittany Yates

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I’ve only ever loved two men in my life: bread and the Bard. One is a complex-carbohydrate and the other is a complex dead British playwright. But both are equally heart thumping. Just like the theatre. 

"I’ve only ever loved two men in my life: bread and the Bard. One is a complex-carbohydrate and the other is a complex dead British playwright. But both are equally heart thumping. Just like the theatre. Uh-oh. I did it. I mentioned the elephant in the room. Theatre. You know that thing that doesn’t make money. That thing that requires dedication and hard work without guarantee of reward? Yeah, that. I love it. But, I also love films. Such a typical actor – I want to do it all. 

You see, I love acting and I’m good at it. I say this not out of ego, but pride. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and it’s only the beginning. Whether it’s playing Cunningham in ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’, a powerhouse defence attorney hell-bent on getting her client out of Hell, or the comedic relief Fabian in ‘Twelfth Night’, I love playing complex human beings - Because I am complex".

 

Caitlin Burley

Caitlin Burley

ACTT 2015 Graduate


Hey I’m Cait and whether I’m running through the bush reciting poetry or binge-watching a series because I’ve twisted my ankle from the aforementioned wanderlust, I’m thinking about stories. Recently at ACTT I have had the chance to explore the characters of Isabella, the Clerk and a Hatso in Brecht’s ‘Roundheads & Peakheads’, Juliet in ‘Shakespeare’s Women’ and the fiery Nurse in Albee’s early ‘The Death of Bessie Smith’.
I love the challenge of breathing life, spontaneity and truth into the framework of a script; be it stage or screen. Years of reading and observation have given me an instinctive understanding of texts, whilst my curiosity always pushes me to delve deeper and go further - even when that means walking 4 hours in the dark through knee-deep snow to find a place to pitch a tent. It’s all an adventure!

 

Caitlin Misuraca

Caitlin Misuraca

ACTT 2015 Graduate

"The past three years have taught me more than I could have ever imagined. I moved from the sunny Gold Coast to the ever indecisive Sydney. I naively stepped onto the most confronting, craziest yet exhilarating roller coaster ride of my life - Acting School, where I've had endless opportunities to explore, create and play. 
Throughout this time I've been blessed to perform diverse characters that have challenged me along the way, but it's the daring Joey in our Graduating Show 'Slut: The Play' that has definitely pushed me to be a more sharpened yet fluid Actor. I have a vast background in both Theatre and Musical Theatre and I endeavour to pursue roles in both Theatre and Film throughout my career. 

I have applied significant commitment to my training and development as a performer, including studying the full time Acting program at ACTT, along with weekly external classes in Singing and Dance. I have a strong commitment to my health and longevity as a performer and address this through weekly Pilates and group active classes.  I honestly don't remember at what point in my life I decided the Creative Industry was for me. I think I just really enjoyed the cards with money my Mum would give me whenever I performed and I thought "Hey, making money performing is easy, I should keep doing this!" And even though I'm yet to experience this easy money, I'm so grateful to still be performing."

 

Campbell Briggs

Campbell Briggs

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Campbell and I am a born and bred Sydney based actor looking to build a body of work and experience in film and theatre, no surprises there! As a student at ACTT I have been lucky enough to perform an assortment of challenging roles including Banquo from good old Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Poet from JP Shanley’s Welcome to the Moon and Farmer Callas in our graduating production of Brecht’s Roundheads and Peakheads.

My training at ACTT has been intensely rewarding and has deepened my thirst for learning through experience. As an actor I am excited to be a part of projects with a strong sense of individuality. I am passionate about bringing the kinds of characters to life that I wanted so desperately to see and identify with growing up. I am very much looking forward to working in this progressive industry that allows for these exciting opportunities.

Campbell McGillivary

Campbell McGillivary

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Since acceptance into AFTT in 2015, my experiences have taught me the value of observation through a process of orchestrated empathy. This access to a wealth of discoveries has determined the choices I can make as both a flawed yet intelligent artist.

I've gained valuable industry insight and exposure into some of the most challenging stage roles from plays by Neil LaBute, Tennessee Williams, and Shakespeare that have formulated my own complex process of thinking. Further screen training has similarly honed the specificity in my craft of practical choice making, and additionally given me a disciplined vocabulary of techniques that is professionally applicable to my malleable instrument

My training has meant more to me than the unique industry standard it already sets, but involves a sophistication so wise I feel profoundly ready to inspire, create, collaborate and curiously start that process again with new life altering discoveries yet to find.
 

Corey Burnett

Corey Burnett

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Corey, and I am an actor. I have already performed several roles in my extensive training, including Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, Iago in Othello, and Rysiek in Our Class. I was also an ensemble member in Packemin Youth Production’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, produced by Neil Gooding. Highlights of my training include stage combat classes, any and all film projects, and our graduation play, Our Class, which was its first ever performance in Australia. I admire actors such as Stephen Amell and Charlie Cox. I prefer film over theatre for its subtlety in emotion and the intimacy it can provide between actors. Acting comes naturally to me, and I am excited to follow it into a career.

Danen Young

Danen Young

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi there! My name is Danen and I am a storyteller. This passion developed at a young age with a love of captivating a room and transporting everyone to the realm of the imagination.

I have a desire to constantly work in theatre, as the magic of live storytelling is unparalleled. However, I am also interested in building a strong film portfolio by focusing on short films and feature films in the coming years. My super-objective is to use this love of storytelling to challenge ideas, provoke thought, ask questions and to entertain. 

As a student of AFTT, the passion that the tutors shared inspired me more to understand the many facets of human psychology, and to develop the tools we as actors use to breathe life into a character using our own unique experiences. I have been lucky enough to take on the roles of Stu in Anthony Neilson’s “Stitching”, Oberon in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and Gerry in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” for AFTT.

 

Daniel D’Amico

Daniel D’Amico

AFTT Music Theatre 2016 Graduate

My name is Daniel D’Amico and I am a 22 year old actor/singer/dancer.  I grew up on the South Coast of NSW and moved to Newtown, Sydney, after the HSC to pursue further training at AFTT. Throughout my school years I was fortunate to be part of the NSW Education Department’s elite performing programmes that afforded me opportunities such as singing solo at the Opera House and being a featured artist and soloist in the Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. 
The past 2 years has seen my focus shift to acting and music theatre training at AFTT where I have played the male lead in productions of ‘The Boys From Syracuse’ and ‘Nine – The Musical’. I strive to always project uniqueness and individuality and bring a strong presence to every undertaking. I believe that a truthful acting foundation is what leads to compelling work, whether it be on stage, screen, song or dance. I love connecting with my audience and am appreciative of every chance I’m given the opportunity to. I consider my love of performance and self- expression to be my overall driving force. This isn’t something that I just want to do, it is something that I am compelled to do.

Daniela Haddad

Daniela Haddad

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi there! I’m Daniela Haddad. As a graduate of AFTT I am ready to pursue the challenge of professional acting roles, with particular immediate interest in film and television. As a genuine lover of all things comedy, I have experience in Stand-up, Improvisation and Theatresports teaching, and I have a strong comedic persona. However, I also have real boldness and discipline as an actor. My roles at AFTT have enabled me to explore my versatility as an actor with credits such as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, Alma in Tennessee William’s ‘Summer and Smoke’, and Maggie Mundy in Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. These experiences have developed my sense of curiosity, compassion, humour and truth.

I am an adventurous person, and while acting is the one thing in my life most worth spending time on, I have always been prepared to put in the work and meet the challenge.
 

Danielle Bautista

Danielle Bautista

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi, my name is Danielle Bautista and I'm on my 3rd and last year of training at the Actors College of Theatre and Television. I've loved learning about theatre and film and have discovered a passion for performing in both. An actor's ability to take the audience on a journey through storytelling is what made me fall in love with acting.
I admire actresses such as Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett as I'm always left amazed and inspired by their performances which is what I wish to deliver through my work. I find it important to be honest with my work and my own self, no matter how challenging it is, to be able to create a real and relatable character for the audience. I'm looking forward to playing Natalie in 'SLUT: The Play', a moving and powerful play written by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney for my graduating show.

 

Deborah An

Deborah An

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello! My name is Deborah. I am a Korean born, Australian raised, Far North Queenslander, residing in Sydney. I am passionate about people and growth. I love a challenge and stepping out of my comfort zone whether that be on stage, in front of the camera or in my day to day life. I took my first piano lesson at age six (around the same time I realised I was a disgrace to Maths - wasn't my cup of tea) and since then have always been involved in Orchestras, Choirs and Regional and National Eisteddfods

At eight years old I picked up my first stringed instrument, the violin. That then inspired me to teach myself the acoustic guitar at age eleven.  Having been surrounded by music from a young age, I have developed a strong ear and have applied my musical abilities, mainly with piano, guitar and vocals, in self and group devised projects throughout my training at ACTT.

 

Eleanor Shanahan

Eleanor Shanahan

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Greetings, my name is Eleanor.  Throughout my training I have learnt many things about myself and the human condition, but the most valuable thing I have learnt is that we are creatures of beauty and fragility, every single one of us is struggling and we all have a voice that deserves to be heard.

 

Ellen Van Trier

Ellen Van Trier

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Ellen. I’m incredibly passionate about performing. I have always known acting is my purpose in life! In 2014 I moved my life to Sydney from Perth to pursue my dream. Since starting ACTT I’ve been given plenty of opportunities to develop my training. In ACTT productions I have been Vinnie in Welcome to the Moon, 1st Witch in Macbeth and Claire in Lucky, along with numerous scene work and work outside of college.

What I love about theatre is the rush it gives you knowing you don't have a do over, its one shot only! What I love about film is that it's so minimalistic, precise and intricate, even the smallest gesture can produce the loudest emotion. As an actress I feel like I can produce real emotions that really connect with my audience and I have a versatility that is perfect for many different roles. 

Emanuel Dimasi

Emanuel Dimasi

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Emanuel Dimasi. During my time at ACTT, I have had many inspiring experiences, one example; having been directed by Aarne Neeme for my first theatre performance and earlier this year Women of Shakespeare directed by Luke Rogers.

Highlights of the course would be the voice and script analysis classes, which drive you to do more and dig deeper and showreel as film and television is where I want to be. I have a great admiration for film and know this is where my heart lies. As an actor I would say my niche is my focus, determination and ability to adapt. Actors that I admire would include Chris Evans, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

Emilia Hristov

Emilia Hristov

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi my name’s Emilia. I’m a passionate actress who’s eccentric and quirky and I have a load of energy. I’ve spent half my life in South Africa and half in Australia.

I love theatre because it has a community feel to it. It has the ability to bring people together or tear them apart. I love the adrenaline that performing live brings and how everything has to be dealt with in the moment. It cannot be edited or erased so that fuels me to give it my all and be remembered. It’s awesome being able to know what the audience’s reaction is instantaneously. The reason I love film is because you cannot lie. Everything is seen through the face and eyes and subtle hints.

A simple look can tell more of a story sometimes than huge gestures. The story can be viewed from different perspectives and angles to add effect. 

 

Emily Buxton

Emily Buxton

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Emily and I'm a recent graduate of AFTT. I have been fascinated with performing and acting for as long as I can remember, and have always loved telling stories and making them come to life. Over my two years of training I have had the fortune to perform in roles such as Abby from 'Stitching', Desdemona in 'Othello', and Martha/Mrs Gabor in the 2014 adaptation of 'Spring Awakening'. My time studying has helped push me in to a new realm of acting that I love to explore, and has led me to favour dramatic productions with strong messages - although all stories and genres are wonderful. I can't choose between film and theatre - both are such incredible mediums to play with as an actor and I look forward to exploring them all.

Fiona Ashton

Fiona Ashton

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello! My name is Fiona Ashton. My roles at ACTT include; “Rhonda” in Shanley's Women in Manhattan, “Witch” & “Donalbain” in Macbeth, “Amelia” from The Help (Showreel) and “Daniella” & “Mortina” in Joseph K. Through my training I have discovered new things about myself, such as the fact that I'm stronger than I thought I was!  I absolutely love Tom Hanks, Jimmy Stewart, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham-Carter, Kristen Stewart, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Emma Thompson - the list goes on!

As a Christian actress, I can be quite particular about what kind of roles I play. But through this, what is shown is that I have very strong morals and an honest work ethic. Besides everything, I love the buzz you get during the overture and just before the curtain comes up. 
I love the emotion that can be explored through the actors' eyes. It's all there. The eyes are so tiny, but yet so powerful.

As an actor, I try to be so positive in everything I do that my energy spreads to others so we can create the best work possible.

 

Gabriela Glass

Gabriela Glass

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hey! I’m Gabriela Glass. I’ve recently graduated from AFTT and am so excited to be pursuing my love of acting. I’ve been fascinated with the performing arts pretty much my whole life, starting in dancing and then slowly moving through to theatre and film. I’ve been in awe of the stories that I’ve seen performed and how there is always that little touch of magic in the room. In my time at AFTT I’ve developed and extremely strong love of theatre but my heart will always be in front of the camera. 

Throughout my two years here, I have had the excitement and honour of performing in roles such as; Evelyn - The Shape of Things, Snout/Mustardseed - A Midsummer Night's Dream and finally Moira (Her 7 year old half, an adaptation of the previously known Michael) in Dancing at Lughanasa. These roles pushed me to become someone I never thought I could be and I’ve loved every second of the challenge.
I’m excited to see what the professional world has in store for me, and where I might end up.

Gabrielle Michael

Gabrielle Michael

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hey there, my name is Gabrielle and I have a passion for acting (surprise!). After studying drama for 6 years at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, I decided that acting was the only thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life and that I had to make a career of it. During my studies at ACTT I've been fortunate enough to perform in some amazing works with outstanding directors including 'Welcome to the Moon' by John Patrick Shanley and Directed by Naomi Livingstone, and 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare and Directed by Sean O'Riordan.

Ending my studies on a high note, I've been 'lucky' enough to be directed by Glen Hamilton in our graduating show, 'Lucky' by Toby Schmitz. Across these plays I've been able to explore a range of characters - innocent & naive, evil & tragic, religious, nutty, bitchy and bogan. 

Gagik Apozyan

Gagik Apozyan

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello there friendly reader! My name is Gagik and I like warm hugs! Ever since I found out that dreams do come true if you work hard enough, I decided to pursue acting. I love comedy! I love film and TV! One of my role models is Hugh Jackman and I want to be like him, but have my own uniqueness, which I do! I'm funny! I am passionate, motivated and ready to act. I want to be the definition of the an artist! Warm hugs and kisses.

 

Gavin Christensen

Gavin Christensen

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I am Gavin Fenwick Christensen; I play the title role in our graduating production “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”.

In 2013 I received the ACTT scholarship, leaving the world of animation at 31 yrs of age to begin my career in acting. As a consequence of my ambition and energy, my extra-curricular training now includes singing lessons, private acting coaching, voice over tuition, martial arts, ballet and pilates. I also volunteer at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and I have a personal trainer/dietician. To say I am self-motivated is an understatement.

It is said that my acting style is grounded in ‘presence’, which allows me to play roles of both vulnerability and strength. Though I love acting with extreme physicality, my true nature is revealed in moments of stillness.
I seek to forge relationships with similarly driven personalities in order to build a successful and lifelong career.

 

Jacob Robinson

Jacob Robinson

AFTT 2016 Graduate

I have been lucky to experience a variety of roles throughout my time at AFTT: the gentlemen caller who's only spoken of in whispers until the final act of The Glass Menagerie, Adam in The Shape of Things, and Theseus the iron-fisted duke of Athens in the otherwise whimsical and light-hearted Midsummer Night's Dream. As an actor, I take inspiration from the genuine vibrancy in Jason Alexander, the earth-shattering power in Patrick Stewart's voice, and the natural charisma abounding in Bradley Cooper. I'm a firm believer in the endeavour towards mutual respect and understanding among different cultures and their stories, both disparate and familiar.

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Jacob and I am an actor. I have a background in theatre with a healthy quantity of independent and Shakespearean performances under my belt. I came to ACTT three years ago seeking to hone my craft and develop my acting process.

I have been able to achieve these goals as well as acquiring a sharp appetite for screen acting in addition to my existing hunger for the stage. It has been a pleasure to work with an ensemble on these passions for the past three years. I have curly hair and am excited to venture deeper into the challenges of the Big Scarey Industry.

 

Jake Scherini

Jake Scherini

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Attending ACTT has been a rewarding experience in finding out about myself as and actor and an artist, as well as a challenging and exciting journey that has given me the skills and knowledge I need to forge my own path. Brian Blessed is my inspiration, so my best quality is the range, and control of my voice. With a keen focus on voice and physicality, I am a white-collar-meets-blue-collar intellectual larrikin.
The joy I find in the work comes from both theatre and film. Theatre is the thrill of live performance. Film, tenacity in search of perfection. My past roles are: Danny – Sexy Angry Love – Glen Hamilton; Richard III – Shakespeares Women – Luke Rogers. In my graduating show I will be playing Callamassi, Peruiner, and The Judge in Roundheads and Peakheads directed by Lex Marinos. 

For love
I let form
Conform me.

James Martin

James Martin

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is James Martin and I consider myself fortunate to have been born and bred in Sydney Australia. As far back as I can remember, I have had a burning desire to be an actor of both screen and stage. My passion led me to complete a advanced diploma of stage and screen acting at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. During my time at AFTT I have been exposed to an extensive range of skills and techniques that have provided me with a platform to enter the industry as a skilled, versatile and prepared professional. I have been given the opportunity to perform in some amazing works including the role of Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello. I have also been fortunate to be directed by “Anthony Skuse” in ‘Our Class’ by Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s. Whether I am playing the role of a psychotic lover or innocent school boy, I am driven by my ability to transport the audience to another time and place.

Jamila Parkin

Jamila Parkin

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Jamila Parkin. From a young age I have had a passion and interest, in both theatre and film, especially within the Australian industry. And after 5 years working in the legal industry, travelling the world and working extensively with the aid organisations Sunrise Children's Association Inc. in Nepal and Impact Humanity, I came back to acting. I have admired actors such as; Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Glenda Jackson, Robin Williams and Bill Murray.

At ACTT I have played many characters, most being strong females who have had to make difficult decision in the face of uncertainty (these being Betty in 'Breezeblock Park' and Menenius in 'Coriolanus'). I will be playing the character of Sylvie in the ACTT graduation play 'The Slut' written by Katie Cappiello, directed by Maeliosa Stafford and performed at Belvoir Street theatre.

 

Jared Scott-Mills

Jared Scott-Mills

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi I'm Jared, during my training at ACTT I have been fortunate enough to perform a wide variety of roles from the cartoon cowboy in Out West to the classic Marc Antony in Shakespeare's Women. These theatre performances we're the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences during my training. I love pursuing authentic and truthful connections with the work and with my fellow actors.

I want to establish myself on the acting scene in Sydney through roles that inspire and entertain people, I get my kicks from playing characters that make people laugh. I discovered acting after leaving a 12 year career in the Australian Army, although I enjoyed my service I now know acting is my true calling. I love nothing more than to work with and support other actors and make performances that are worth watching.

 

Jasper Lee-Lindsay

Jasper Lee-Lindsay

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Jasper and I am a 2016 graduate of AFTT. Over the two year course, I have grown as an actor and developed my strengths in script analysis, physicality, comedy and much more. During my time at AFTT, I have had the pleasure of playing the roles of Greg and Kent in 'Reasons to be Pretty', Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and Moritz Stiefel in Anya Reiss's 'Spring Awakening'. I pride myself on the dedication and energy I bring to every role and enjoy stepping into the shoes of complex and intriguing characters.

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I speak French, am a Gemini and have played most sports, danced most dances and sung most songs (though I reserve most of the singing for my shower).
I love being at my farm surrounded by acres of trees, the ocean and the buzz I feel when I'm on set about to perform. I don't like cinnamon or being stuck in traffic. I admire any actor/actress who is out there doing their thing and fulfilling their passion and I hope that I will be joining them very soon!
In my time at ACTT I have played everything from the comedian in Shakespeare, to the bratty 19 year old in Scouse England and am currently working on my final role, the wonderful Anna in "Slut".
For now, I would like to wander around the globe and see where my acting can take me!

 

Joanne Liang

Joanne Liang

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I fell in love with acting ever since my first drama class in high school. When I got accepted to study acting at Actors College of Theatre and Television, I felt that I’m one step closer to my dream of being an actress, and now I’ve came to my final year of studying at ACTT.

Throughout the three years of studying acting, my skills and techniques has developed from just an interest into a professional level. I enjoy exploring and playing different characters which I could bring my own unique colours into those characters and influence the audience in a positive way.  

Johna Munoz

Johna Munoz

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Johna Mae Munoz and I am an actor who has just recently graduated from the Actors College of Theatre and Television. I love acting because it takes me to different worlds, it allows me to step into different characters shoes, to be expressive and spontaneous as well as make my own creative choices. I am especially devoted to performing in film and I love being able to tell a story just through visuals.

I believe the best qualities that I have as an actor is bringing strength yet vulnerability to the characters I play, being versatile and playing many different characters, as well being very committed to creating art. I am learning every day and I have so much more to experience within this field and I am ready to go out into the world and make my mark in the acting industry!

 

Joseph Hallows

Joseph Hallows

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Joseph has been involved in numerous theatre productions, such as Blackrock, A Christmas Carol and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Acting has been prevalent since an early age, which made Shakespeare more accessible to branch onto. Joe was part of Theatre iNQ's ensemble for The Merry Wives of Windsor, and was Lysander and Hamlet in ACTT's Shakespeare's Women.

More notable films that he has starred in were Jordan Young's Elixir and Brodie Sexton-Clarke's 37%. Joseph also becomes a helpful part of the ensemble set assisting and understudying for When the Rain Stops Falling and King Lear. He has also appeared in productions like David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago (by ACTT), The Good Woman of Setzuan and Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

 

Joseph Westwood

Joseph Westwood

ACTT 2015 Graduate

G’day, I’m Joseph Westwood. For the past two years I’ve focused a lot on my screen acting. I have grown a lot at ACTT and developed my skills by starring in multiple student films. I work with a naturalistic and nuanced approach to screen but also get a huge rush from the stage.

I enjoy stage and have starred in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream as Bottom. I juggle, I love film, I love comedy, drama, everything. I’d love to be on TV and in films but am also definitely up for the thrills of the theatre. I have a solid sense of humour and I hope to produce and work on a skit show in the coming years.

 

Joshua Berkeley

Joshua Berkeley

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello, my name is Joshua Berkeley and I am a graduate of ACTT. Over the past two years I have played a wide range of roles, varying from Macbeth to a ‘Spaghetti Western’ Cowboy. It was through the productions and performances that I grew to learn more about myself. Whether it was the challenges of Shakespeare, or the difficulty of playing three characters in a single production, I feel I always came out of a season stronger than I had entered.

Reactions are what I feed off, and I am always looking for different ways to surprise the audience. I take a fearless approach to developing a character, as I am not afraid to present myself in an ‘ugly’ or ‘unconventional’ manner if the character requires, which more often than not, they do. Above all, being responsible for making an audience feel a certain way is what I love. 

 

Kadee Hollis

Kadee Hollis

AFTT 2016 Graduate
Kait Schroeder

Kait Schroeder

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hey there, my name's Kait, My love for performance first started with my parents and our trips to the theatre when I was younger - that feeling of joy is one I now hope to bring to my audiences whether it be from the stage or screen. I've had the great opportunity to play a variety of characters throughout my journey at ACTT, now finishing with the lovely Jane in 'Slut'.

As an actor I pride myself in bringing a bright, bubbly and enthusiastic attitude to the work and love to tackle any challenge head on. Many tutors here at ACTT have helped me sharpen my skills as a performer, but I will always look forward to continuing my studies and gaining as much knowledge as possible. But now, I'm excited to get out there and make the dynamic duo of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence the dynamic trio it's meant to be. 

Keegan Fisher

Keegan Fisher

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi, I'm Keegan Fisher. I am an actor who has an interest in screen and stage performance. I have performed a range of roles on stage from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' to Rodney in Stephan Davis' Contemporary Australian play, 'Juice'. I have also played a number of supporting roles in student films.

I have a Cert 3 and an Advanced Diploma in Screen & Stage Performance. I am also an emcee in a hip hop band called Lord St Collective. I love all kinds of performance and plan to be an entertainer for the entirety of my existence. I hope to work on both stage and screen in the future and to one day run a youth theatre company for Indigenous children.

 

Keturah Sheen

Keturah Sheen

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi! My name is Keturah Sheen and I am excited to be graduating from ACTT and starting work in the industry! I am passionate about language and working hard to use that language to tell stories that are engaging and make an impact. I love the exhilaration of amplifying my body and voice to tell a story live on stage and being able to see how that story affects an audience.

I also enjoy the way film is so natural and the eyes always have to be engaged and also that it has the potential to affect a much wider audience. 

 

Kirrily Sly

Kirrily Sly

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello I'm Kirrily, when I was four years old my mother enrolled me in my first acting class. I played an ant and I've been hooked ever since. During my time at ACTT I have been fortunate enough to play a vast range of roles from Billie in Shanleys Women of Manhattan to Lady Macbeth. I am passionate about both theatre and film and I love the whole process of discovering a role from the research to bringing the character alive on stage or screen.
I feel my job as an actor is to portray the human condition in it's many forms, to tell the story and to touch the audience in some way that promotes a genuine connection or conversation.

 

Kres Matti

Kres Matti

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Kres and I am a Sydney based actor. I have been performing at a young age of 9. During my time at ACTT I have got the chance to play the character of Romeo in our Heightened Language project; ‘Shakespeares Women’ and I played sleazy like character in our contemporary world theatre performance.
I admire heroic/action based actors like Tyrese Gibson, Liam Neeson, and Denzel Washington.

 

Laura Morris

Laura Morris

AFTT Music Theatre 2016 Graduate

My parents finally put me in dancing when I was 5 years old, because I could never sit still. Put a pair of taps on me and to this day I hate taking them off. Growing up watching Ann Miller and the Nicholas Brothers and wearing out the VHS tapes of Strictly Ballroom and A Chorus Line meant it was inevitable that I was destined for Music Theatre. My most recent credits include NINE and The Boys From Syracuse both Directed by Stephen Helper. My first role as Ulla in The Producers gave me the confidence to audition for the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television and I have never looked back. Studying at AFTT has given me the most remarkable journey and knowledge I need for this industry. Looking forward to the future I have never been more confident or prepared and I owe that to AFTT.

Laura Tilley

Laura Tilley

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi, my name is Laura and I've been singing and acting since before I could walk. Though currently more focussed on acting, I do cherish memories of roles like Eponine (Les Mis). I grew up in theatre but adore the subtleties of film - this is where I would like my career to head. 

My passion lies in telling truthful stories people otherwise might not hear. While on the short side, I can deliver large fiery performances that make people really think and feel. I look forward to more opportunities to jump between and explore different genres, having thoroughly enjoyed moving from roles such as Doctor and MacDuff's son in "Macbeth" to Wendy in "Joseph K".

 

Laura Williams

Laura Williams

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Laura and I received an Advanced Diploma at the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television.
I have been cast in plays such as Alice in Wonderland, Reasons to be Pretty, Othello, and Dancing at Lughnasa. I love the escapism of theatre and film and being a part of that process is something I will always strive to be a part of.

My favourite works include Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron and Shakespeare's Collection of Sonnets.
As part of my studies I have grown as both an actor and as a person, and am now a happier, more open, honest, and brave person.
 

Lauren Ings

Lauren Ings

ACTT 2015 Graduate

 

My name is Lauren Juliette Ings. Throughout my study I have had the opportunity to play a wide variety of roles including a five year old girl starting school, a Shakespearean tribune and others in between. Developing and exploring these characters has been an enjoyable passion of mine.

I believe one of my greatest strengths is my ability to immerse myself in the psychology and physicality of the characters I play and giving them a voice, be it the fragile psyche of a child, or the stoic pride of a warrior. I feel at home on both stage and screen, enjoying the differences between the two - the grandiosity of live theatre and the subtlety of film. It is not that I live for acting, but that I cannot live without it.

Lisa Hanssens

Lisa Hanssens

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi, I'm Lisa. I came into acting later in life. When I hit 40, I took the bull by the horns and followed my dream to pursue acting full time and haven't regretted a single day.
 
At AFTT, I have been Evelyn in The shape of things and Puck in A Midsummer nights dream. For my graduating play, I'm playing Moira (Michael), the narrator, in Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, directed by John O'Hare.

I’m keen to produce my own work and look forward to forming a company when I finish. I want to contribute to the thriving theatre scene in Sydney. I have a background in circus, so physical theatre is something I’m keen to pursue. Finding a characters physicality is something I love exploring.
 
Recent TV appearances include Rake and an NIB ad and I will soon be seen in Season 2 of Top of the Lake.
 

Lyndsey-Fay Macnaught

Lyndsey-Fay Macnaught

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I’m Lyndsey Fay, which in Celtic translates into Tree Fairy. I dabble in all creative mediums from painting to singing, songwriting and to of course - Acting.  My personal process of developing character and transforming in front of an audience is something I crave. I love the freedom of exploring and imitating life - and as one of my great tutors Naomi Livingstone says "Showing society a mirrow." The best part about Acting is when friends and family can’t recognize you.

That’s when I know I’ve done a solid job. Some of my credits include the lead role in Australian Horror Film Rags (2014) by Benjamin Morton, Encounter (2015) A Short and Sweet play which came third in Week Twos Top 80 plays, Tania in Falling Petals (2015) at Excelsior College, Absolution (2012) by Peter Georges which made it into the Australian Horror Film Festival Finals, Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz (2012) by Berowra Musical Society and several smaller Music Video, Short Film and Theatre roles.   

Madeleine Slarks

Madeleine Slarks

AFTT 2016 Graduates

Hi, I’m Madeleine Slarks. I’ve always been visually connected with my imagination through painting, drawing and dance. Through my creative passions I found a love for communicating ideas and stories with the world through the art of acting.

My highlight at drama school was stepping into the role of Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream where I made discoveries that propelled honing my process as an actor, applying this in my graduation production where I played Wendla Bergman, the lead in Spring Awakening, a new version by Anya Reiss, directed by Luke Rogers at Belvoir Street Theatre.

As an actor I carry an effortless naturalism on stage and screen. I have an ease at stepping into characters who are grounded as well as wearing my heart on my sleeve, allowing me to tap into character’s deepest vulnerabilities. In film I love that stories can be told through every subtlety in the face.
 

Madeline Scrace

Madeline Scrace

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Madeline Scrace and I am a Newcastle born, Sydney based Actor.
I am interested in all aspects of dramatic performance. I have an aptitude and desire for creating theatre using a variety of creative mediums and I one day hope to begin my own theatre company, whilst simultaneously pursuing experience in the Australian film and television industry.

During my time at ACTT my acting highlights include Alma in Summer and Smoke (dir. Kate Hankin), Jenny in The Shape of Things (dir. Winston Cooper), Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Luke Rogers) and most recently Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (dir. John O’Hare).
When not performing I enjoy reading poetry, riding my horses, and nourishing the relationships that are dear to my heart.

I look forward to continuing to hone my craft and generating new film and theatre work when I graduate at the end of 2016.
 

Mathew Moor

Mathew Moor

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello I'm Mat and I am me.
Highlights of studying at ACTT would have to be working with Naomi Livingstone on Welcome to the Moon and Other plays by J. P. Shanley and also working with the talented Jill Brown on Shakespearean sonnets and Macbeth through voice training.
I have enjoyed my time here and am excited to leave and bring my own flair to the entertainment industry. 

 

Michael Hodge

Michael Hodge

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Michael, I'm 22 and have grown up in the country. As an actor at ACTT I have tried to push myself to play as many different roles that showcase me as an actor, these roles include Bernie in Sexy Angry Love, Demetrius and Malvolio, monologues from Hamlet and now Lucky in Lucky. I love that in theatre the circumstances are real and unfolding in front of you and as an actor that instant response from and audience is what I love in theatre.

In film, I love finding the truth within me and the excitement that brings through the eyes and the emotion. As my career progresses I would love to see myself on a supernatural genre TV series or a post apocalyptic TV series as I think my personality and my energy suits those styles of shows.  

 

Michael Veneziani

Michael Veneziani

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Michael Veneziani and I am a 2016 graduate of the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT). During my time studying the advanced diploma I have been privileged to take on some great roles from a few well-known plays such as Tom Wingfield in 'The Glass Menagerie', Phil in 'The Shape of Things', both Egeus and Snug the joiner in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and Heniek in 'Our Class'. My goal as an actor is to be of service to the stories that move me and in turn incite in others the indescribable feeling you get as an audience member when you've just sat through something truly brilliant. While I am deeply passionate about what I do, I am unpretentious and always eager to laugh at my own expense. It's important to embrace the possibility of looking silly/foolish because in acting, 'egg on face' moments are aplenty! 

Michael Walton

Michael Walton

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi my name is Micky! I've been privileged to learn this amazing art at the ACTT. Having moved here from England 10 years ago, I've gathered great life experience that can translate to my roles as an actor. The challenge of bringing a character to life & telling the story through their eyes is what excites me most about acting.

I've fell in love with live theatre whilst studying at ACTT. My passion is now screen & theatre, both of which mediums have allowed me to develop great contrasting skills as an actor. I'm excited to see what the next 10 years in this industry will bring! 

 

Miguel Jones Diaz

Miguel Jones Diaz

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello my name is Miguel Jones Diaz. I’ve been acting since I was nine years old, competing in competitions in the Sydney speech and drama poetry Eisteddfods. Further pursuing drama and acting, I graduated from the Newtown High School of Performing Arts in Sydney.

Now I am studying stage and screen acting at the Actors College of Theatre and Television, looking to further grow as a performance artist, actor and street dancer. Performance is my craft and calling - acting and theatre is my passion. I believe there is nothing more rewarding in life then living your creative passion, exploring all aspects of life, light and dark, through the beauty of creativity and within the art of storytelling. 

 

Monica Swift

Monica Swift

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi! My name is Monica Swift and I'm a 2016 graduate of AFTT. I'm very passionate about theatre and love creating characters with a captivating stage presence. I enjoy exploring the intricate details of a character's past and story and search for truths in each different role I perform. My greatest strength while performing is my resonance and ability to stay grounded in heightened emotional stakes. I've had the opportunity to explore this in roles such as Emilia in Shakespeare's Othello and more recently Ilse in Anya Reiss' adaptation of Spring Awakening. The highlight of my training at AFTT has been the opportunity to work collaboratively with tutors in a respectful and professional environment and receive honest feedback that has assisted in bettering my craft. I'm interested in pursuing musical theatre training in the future to broaden my skill set and open up a range of interesting and exciting work opportunities

Natasha Doherty

Natasha Doherty

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name's Natasha Doherty and I've been lucky enough to study at ACTT for the last 2 years. During this time I've had the pleasure of performing some great works by wonderful playwrights such as; John Patrick Shanley, William Shakespeare and Tom Basden (just to name a few).

I love the variety of skills I've attained through studying at ACTT. With classes like singing, dancing and stage combat, there was never a dull moment. I admire actors that have the ability to play a plethora of different roles, such as; Robin Williams, Rachel McAdams and Leonardo DiCaprio. I think my best quality as an actor would be my commitment and dedication to every role that comes my way. Whether it's the intimacy of film or the liveliness of theatre, I love every single thing about acting.

 

Neil Hyland

Neil Hyland

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi, my name is Neil Sun Hyland, aged 23, half Australian, half Taiwanese. Since moving to Australia from Thailand, I have studied for 4 years and am a newly graduate of the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT).

During my training, I have performed in a variety of roles including Caliban from The Tempest, Lucius from Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and most recently Ben from Harald Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, along with a few others. 

Over the years I have developed a better sense of myself, improving in both physical and vocal aspects of performance. I took a strong interest in my singing classes and hope to utilize what I have gained from it. 

Nelsonn Boutkasaka

Nelsonn Boutkasaka

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi, I’m Nelsonn “Bout” Boutkasaka. I’ve recently graduated from Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT). During the course I’ve played numerous characters from prison guards, Shakespearean heroes, gangsters and businessmen. As having portrayed a large variety of different characters and emotions, I am able to adapt to my surroundings and mindset of each person. I strongly believe that working hard and positive thinking will get you where you want, instead of waiting for ‘luck' 

I also have a huge interest in fitness and martial arts, which has lead me to train in many disciplines of martial arts. This also piqued my interest in being an actor who does his own stunts.

Nicholas McGlynn

Nicholas McGlynn

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hello my name is Nicholas McGlynn of Falls Creek.

I have brought to life a number of roles while at ACTT from the funny Billy Blake in "Stags & Hens" to the devious Malivolio in "Twelfth Night".

My latest acting gig has me playing Simon the Zealot, St Peter & Bailiff in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" at Belvoir Street Theater.

My versertility to swap between roles & mediums is a great gift of mine, I always strive for my best & being present within myself & my scene partners.

My best quality is my connection to people & the respect I show everyone, which I believe allows me to create a great & fruitful workspace for all.

Olivia Jubb

Olivia Jubb

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hey I'm Liv. I began studying in 2012 when I took part in ACTT's Certificate III program. I then followed with my Advanced Diploma to develop my theatre and screen skills further. I'm enthusiastic and focused with my acting and like to consider myself spirited and open in the rehearsal process.

The thing I love most about what we do as performers is the communication of a story and potentially sharing with an audience something they may not have thought about before. I believe an imagination to be one of the most valued gifts we have and I love that an actor has the ability to encourage an audience to use theirs.

 

Olivia Stokes

Olivia Stokes

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I am pursuing a career in film, TV and theatre. (I have a soft spot for Shakespeare.) I am also a voice over artist.  One of my key strengths is my ability to play a wide range of characters. I especially enjoy playing comic roles and love to make people laugh. I played Henrietta Iscariot and Mary Magdalene in ACTT's 2015 graduating production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot". Previous roles at ACTT include Brutus in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" and Frances in "Stags & Hens" by Willy Russell.

I have acted in several Australian short films and recently played Flem in the Australian web series "Damned Youth".  Throughout my past three years at ACTT I have also been trained in singing, dance and stage combat. 

 

Olivier Vergari

Olivier Vergari

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Born in Cairns, I moved to Sydney to pursue my childhood and lifelong passion for Acting. These three years of professional study at the Actors College of Theatre and Television have provided me with a deeper understanding of the craft as well as a further developed instrument.

Prior to this course, I performed in multiple plays, short films, and recently an award winning independent feature film ‘Throwback’ where I played ‘The Yowie’. In order to maintain and further develop my craft, I currently attend and have attended multiple workshops and intensive training courses over the years.

During my studies, I have been privileged to perform in Contemporary and Shakespearean Roles, as well as independent short films. Being drawn towards film because of its realistic and intimate nature, I know I can bring truthfulness, believability, and originality to the screen. Being hungry for this career means I always give everything my best.    

 

Othniel Mani

Othniel Mani

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My Name is Othniel Mani,  I am a Sydney Based Actor/Musician. I have been Performing and Acting since the young age of 5, Writing and directing plays for my church community. I admire comedic actors such as Jim Carrey, Rowan Atkinson and Eddie Murphy. My Acting training & experience has helped me develop a different way of performing and delivering various texts.

I love live comedies and Tragedies put on by exceptional theatres but it will never overcome my love for Film, The process of creating a film is what ignites a inner- yearning to master my craft; To create a name that will be remembered. My best quality is my comedic timing and Facial expressions along with my enthusiasm when doing what I love, Acting.

 

Rebecca Faye

Rebecca Faye

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Rebecca Faye. I have been doing drama classes since the age of 10 and got my first diploma in performance from STS. ACTT is my second full time course since graduating high school. In my time at ACTT I have had the opportunity to play many different roles such as Lizzy (Wolf Lullaby), Maureen (Stags and Hens), Volumnia (Corriolanus) and now Dominique in my graduating play (Slut) performed at Belvior St Theatre.

After graduating I hope to travel and study abroad so I can widen my knowledge and life experience. I also have worked at a drama studio for children (The Drama Studio @ IPAC) since the age of 16 and been a teacher there since the age of 18.  The two things that interest me most about theatre (other than teaching) are Shakespeare and any form of physical theatre (as I have a strong background in dance).

I hope one day to own my own company where I can combine my two biggest passions of the theatre world and where I can expand my teaching and create a voice for myself somewhere in this industry. 

Reilly Keir

Reilly Keir

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Reilly and I moved to Sydney in 2014 to study and pursue a career in acting. I have always had a passion for storytelling, which I have explored through previous studies in literature and creative writing, but for me acting is the most rewarding and enriching way to tell a story. During my time at ACTT I have played the role of Rhonda in John Patrick Shanley’s Women of Manhattan (Directed by Glen Hamilton), and the role of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Women (Directed by Luke Rodgers).

In our upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s Roundheads and Peakheads (Directed by Lex Marinos) I will play the role of Madame Cornamontis.  I believe my strengths as an actor lie in my ability to explore and dissect a script as well as a characters complexities and nuances. I enjoy working within an ensemble to bring these aspects to life.

Richard Littlehales

Richard Littlehales

ACTT 2015 Graduate

I, Richard Littlehales, have been performing since 2004, beginning with Dance, however migrating to theatre after my first 30 minute acting class in 2006, and finding my true passion.  Since then I have performed at a professional theatre for 7 years; whilst attending high school, been a part of 3 productions at NIDA, and completed a Certificate 3 and an Advanced Diploma at the Actors College of Theatre and Television.

I have also been involved in a collection of short films for the International Film School of Sydney and TAFE NSW, ST Leonards, the Short and Sweet, Sydney festival and various paid and unpaid Industry Gigs in the Northern Beaches; all the while upholding the core principles of honesty and respect.

Ricki Jade

Ricki Jade

AFTT Music Theatre 2016 Graduate

It was at the age of twelve when I was introduced to the Les Misèrables soundtrack. There, I fell in love with the character journey of Eponine. I realised then, that I was destined to be a Broadway nerd, and I have never looked back!

Studying at AFTT for the last two years has been an insightful introduction to my musical theatre journey, instilling in me the knowledge required to enhance my strengths which will remain with me for years to come.

Whilst at AFFT I have been able to tackle a number of varied and interesting roles, however, I am most proud of my AFTT graduating production, ‘Nine: The Musical’, where I was able to challenge and further develop my skills whilst portraying the role of Carla Albanese.

It is on the stage, singing my heart out, conveying the true beauty of every character I undertake where I feel most at home. I am so excited for the next chapter of my life as I work towards turning my passion into my career.

Rocio Barberan

Rocio Barberan

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Rocío and I am an Argentinean actress and singer. I am really passionate about acting and I have been pursuing it since very young in Argentina, the USA and now Australia, taking numerous theatre and acting for the camera courses, attending seminars and getting involved in film projects with Film students and graduates. I have acted in several theatre productions, TV commercials, short films, and other camera work. I am very detailed with my work and I strive for excellence and professionalism. I love challenging myself. I am constantly trying to improve and I always try to bring positive and playful energy into my work environment.

My recent theatre credits include: Rachelka in Our Class, Belvoir Theatre; Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s dream, AFTT, and Evelyn in The Shape of Things, AFTT.
 

Romney Stanton

Romney Stanton

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Hi my name is Romney...having always loved acting and the theatre and having studied part time over the years at ACA and Darlo Drama, I decided two years ago to quit my corporate job as an Event Manager to follow my lifelong passion of acting and began full time training at ACTT. In 2014, I co-produced and performed in a two week, sell out run of Love Song directed by Glen Hamilton at the Tap Gallery in Sydney.

Generating my own acting work and producing is something I am very passionate about. I aim to contribute, challenge, diversify and help grow Sydney’s theatre scene over the years to come. That being said, TV and film are very much on my radar and I hope to delve further into this area too after getting my first experience of being on a real set, when I shot my first television commercial earlier this year. I am also very interested in voice over work having been lucky enough to gain experience in this area when I was younger and most recently as part of our training at ACTT.

Rosangela Fasano

Rosangela Fasano

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Rosangela Fasano I'm of Italian/ African decent born in Torino Italy. 
I have taken a keen interest in performing arts from an early stage in my life. While studying at AFTT I performed in The Shape of Things as Alice, portrayed Desdemona & Bianca in Othello and in the final year "Dora" in the stage play Our Class, directed by Anthony Skuse.

I love theatre due to the fact that the performance is live and unedited in front of the audience and it show cases raw emotion and team work. I admire Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry for their contributions to our industry and also being the first African/American actors to win the Academy Award. My greatest strengths are dedication and hard work

Russell Cronin

Russell Cronin

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hey I'm Russell Cronin and I'm a 2016 Graduate of AFTT. I've been in love with the performing arts since I was little, and when I found my calling in acting in Drama class early on in high school I've been determined to follow this path for as long as I can. I love being able to bring stories to life and allow people to experience these world's that our minds create. Opportunities I've had to explore this include playing Cassio in 'Othello' and playing Melchior Gabor in our Graduation play 'Spring Awakening' by Anya Reiss.

My time at this college has really pushed me to work harder and harder, teaching me to always bring energy and new, exciting offers to the table no matter what I'm doing Theatre and Film are such amazing platforms to send messages and tell stories, so it's hard for me to pick a favorite as they're both so great in different ways, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me in any and all endeavors I have in this industry.
 

Ryan Peters

Ryan Peters

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Ryan Peters. I am 22 years old. The roles I've played at ACTT include Coriolanus in Coriolanus and for the current play we are about to perform at Belvoir, I'm playing Sigmund Freud and Butch Honeywell in Steven Adley Guirgis' "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot".

The actors I admire most are probably Will Smith and Johnny Depp. As an actor I think I have a natural stage presence (or so I have been informed by others) and I have a natural way of performing where I act instinctively and honestly.

Saief Mubarek

Saief Mubarek

AFTT 2016 Graduate

Hi I'm Saief Mubarek (Say-ef) to make it easier for you. I knew high school wasn't for me. I dropped out halfway through year 12 study to study a short course in acting which wasn't what I was looking for. This then led me to AFTT where I found the place I wanted to be. I believe my strengths are 'being in the moment', taking on direction and how easily I work with people.

I've played some incredible characters. I have performed as Flute/Cobweb in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Greg in 'Reasons to be Pretty', and Hans/Mr Sonnestich in 'Spring Awakening'.
Playing these challenging characters and ultilising the training I have learned, has really made me a confident actor and allows me to push my limits and always find new ways to challenge myself.

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Sarah. I moved to Sydney from Brisbane to pursue acting when I realized my career as a personal trainer and teacher was not going to fulfill me. What has drawn me to acting is a desire to connect with people.

My curiosity has taken me backpacking across the world, where I’ve witnessed the optimism of the children of St Jude’s (Tanzania), the warmth of the Nepalese villagers and the tenacity of the Mt Kilimanjaro porters. I enjoy screen acting particularly for its challenge to find subtle nuances that make each character unique.

As an actor I offer a streak of playfulness and wit combined with the discipline that comes with a background in elite level acrobatics, gymnastics and cheerleading. Recent credits include Karen in Speed the Plough, Viola in Shakespeare’s Women, and Viceroy and De Guzman Lawyer in Roundheads and Peakheads. Commercial credits include, JSBTV for Jolly Swagman Backpackers and advertisements for Telstra and Suncorp Stadium.

I look forward to making my mark on the Australian film and television industry. 

Shu Torng Hiew

Shu Torng Hiew

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Shu Torng Hiew and I’ve been interested in acting for quite some time but have only just recently pursued it. I love acting because it makes me feel like I can push the boundaries and not just show but tell a story so people think about the themes/messages that are being written by the writers.

I especially love playing dark and/or gritty characters as I feel that there is more to the character than black/white. While studying at ACTT, I have been in Women of Manhattan (2014), Macbeth (2015) and Lucky (2015). I don’t particularly have any favourite actors/actresses because I think that each actor/actress has their own way of shining while in their role and there’s just too many to choose from.

I love film and TV and that’s the direction I am heading towards but I also enjoy doing theatre every now and again. 

Simon Benjamin

Simon Benjamin

ACTT 2015 Graduate

My name is Simon and I aim to provoke the soul day by day. I love the intimacy of film and the confrontational presence that stage productions generate. Phillip Seymour Hoffman inspired me that any character you play is capable of reaching audiences, that any judgement of them can be overtaken by humanity brought through truth.

My training at ACTT particularly opened doors to me for working on incorporating my music and film making background into performance, performing Heightened Language, stage combat training, voice over work and developing a creatively fuelled drive to never stop creating works.

Tania Starr

Tania Starr

ACTT 2015 Graduate

Coming from a loud, loving and incredibly emotional Indian family, it is no surprise that acting and performance is one of my passions. It’s also what makes me a thick-skinned, determined and vivacious girl. When I’m not watching a movie, practicing an accent, or learning a language, you can bet I’m in the kitchen cooking. Food is my first love! The characters I loved being most on stage at ACTT are the Egyptian goddess, ‘Cleopatra’ - I had a lot of fun being royal (who wouldn’t!); I also loved getting into the mind of ‘Ronnie’ – a love sick suicidal from the Bronx. Being raised in a culture that is addicted to ‘Bollywood’, films of all sorts have been a part of my everyday life. Growing up, watching and discussing film has been a family affair and will always be a part of my fondest memories.

 

Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne

AFTT 2016 Acting Graduate

Hi, I'm Tom. I am a recent graduate of The Academy of Theatre and Television (AFTT). I've played characters such as Valdez in 'Jesus Hopped the A Train', De'Flores in 'The Changeling' and Jerry in my recent graduating production of 'The Zoo Story'.

I believe I have the right fearlessness for acting. I have a heightened sense of empathy and a strong passion for understanding the motivations and decisions that people make; particularly the strange and odd characters. During my last production 'The Zoo Story', I worked with esteemed Director Aarnee Neeme at downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre where I hope to one day I will receive more work. 

Tyler Cross

Tyler Cross

AFTT 2016 Graduate

My name is Tyler Cross and I am a 22 year old man who is passionate about performance more than anything else. In my time at AFTT I have had the pleasure of performing as Adam 'The Shape of Things' and Iago 'Othello' just to name a few. What I love so much about performing is the energy and feeling that stems from being a part of a cohesive ensemble, and working together in the name of storytelling. In my opinion my best qualities are my ambition, generosity and intelligence that I bring to the floor. I have a very playful energy with my presence but I also have the ability to be serious and professional when it is required of me. With all I've learned and experienced, I believe I'm ready for whatever challenge lies ahead of me.

Wayne Buckley

Wayne Buckley

AFTT 2016 Graduate

SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER