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Jake is best known for his portrayal of Matt Jennings on the television drama - Packed to the Rafters. He is an acting graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has also been seen on Winners and Losers, Rush, The Alice, City Homicide, All Saints and The Secret Life of Us. He most recently performed on stage for Black Swan Theatre Company in the Joanna Murray-Smith play; Day One, A Hotel, Evening and has toured Australia playing the role of Doug in Cosi. He has also performed for Melbourne Theatre Company in The Recruit and Sweet Bird of Youth and at Forty Five Downstairs in Cafe Sheherazade.
George has worked in the entertainment industry for many years as a
professional actor. Credits include: Packed to the Rafters, City
Homicide, Neighbours, Mad Max 3 for TV and film, and Romeo and
Juliet, Chicago, Equus for State Theatre companies plus Nimrod and
Belvoir Street. Directors he has had the pleasure of collaborating with include: Neil Armfield, George Miller, Richard Wherret, Sir Robert Helpmann and Mike Leigh.
Robert graduated from NIDA in 2003. His theatre credits include Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare Compay), Death in Bowengabi (Merrigong Theatre Co), Hitler’s Daughter (Monkey baa Theatre Co), Richard III (Siren Theatre Co),Mademoiselle Fifi (Jo Turner and Company/Darlinghurst Theatre Co), The Merchant Of Venice (Ride On/B Sharp), The Illusion (MAKEbeLIVE Productions/Darlinghurst Theatre Co), Cloud 9 (Relaxed and Comfortable Group/Darlighurst Theatre Co),
The Internationalist (The Practical Theatre Co), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Coogee Arts Festival) and Twelfth Night (Shauna E. Carter Productions). His film credits include Australia and Wolverine. Television credits include Rescue Special Ops, City Homicide, All Saints, Scorched and Home and Away. Most recently Robert co-produced the international award winning short film Julian.
North Shore Drama is delighted to welcome Anthony Skuse to the North Shore Drama Team and looks forward to what is sure to be an exciting production. Anthony's recently directed Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock at ATYP’s 2012 Under the Wharf season. The production has been nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards, including best direction and best independent production.His other directorial credits include: Lord of the Flies (New Theatre Newtown); Michael Gow’s Fortunes of Richard Mahony (NIDA); Henry Purcell’s Dioclesian (Pinchgut Opera); Robert Dessaix’s A Mad Affair (Parade Studio); Tracy Letts’ Bug (Picture This and Griffin Independent); Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot (Artsradar and Griffin Independent); Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water) – vote one of Time Out’s Top Ten for 2008 (square the circle and Darlinghurst Theatre); Marius Von Mayenburg's The Cold Child (2006 Griffin Stablemates); Michael Gow's Live Acts On Stage (square the circle and 2005 Griffin Stablemates)Anthony has been on staff at Actors Centre Australia since 1994, where he teaches Mask, Animal Work and Performance History. He also teaches and directs at NIDA – most recently the 2012 Showcase. North Shore Drama is delighted to present Cloudstreet: an Australian classic adapted by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo from Tim Winton's Miles Franklin Award-winning novel. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful play, directed by one of this country’s finest directors - Anthony Skuse. Cloudstreet will be rehearsed over two terms and will be an incredible opportunity to learn from the best, to collaborate with like minded people on a wonderful story and create an incredible production at the end of what will be an intensive learning experience.
Julia Ohannessian graduated from NIDA in 2007. During her time there she performed in such shows as 'Can't Pay! Won't Pay!', 'Attempts On Her Life', 'Hamlet' , 'The Seagull', 'Haroun & The Sea Of Stories', 'The Lost Echo' Sydney Theatre Company/Nida, 'Sweet Charity', 'Once On This Island', 'Some Girls' and 'Top Girls'. Since graduating Julia has performed in 'Risky Lunar Love' (504 Productions), 'Cherry Smoke' (Glass Umbrella) and 'Hardcore' (Short and Sweet). Most recently she was a member of the Sydney Theatre Company Resident Company. As a resident actor at STC she performed in 'The Splinter', 'Blood Wedding', 'Hamlet', 'Oresteia', 'The Comedy of Errors', 'Vs Macbeth', 'The Mysteries: Genesis' and 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'. Her TV/Film credits include 'East West 101', 'Reset' and 'Madeline'.
Nicholas Brown is an Australian actor and NIDA graduate. He has played lead roles in the Bollywood films 'Kites' and 'Love You To Death.' In Australia Nicholas has guest starred in Packed To The Rafters, Underbelly: The Man Who Got Away, City Homicide, Home And Away, White Collar Blue and Heartbreak High. He also played the lead character of Sachin in the channel Ten Australian drama series 'The Cooks.' His other Australian film credits include The Characters, Temptation and A Man's Gotta Do. His recent theatre credits include Seven Jewish Children in Mumbai, How To Survive Under Siege in Brussels , the West End Shilpa Shetty Musical Miss Bollywood in London and Europe and Orestes in The Oresteia for UNESCO in Transylvania . Other stage credits include There Is No Need To Wake Up at the Opera House directed by Barrie Kosky, Berlin to Broadway directed by Jim Sharman, Spunks at the Stables Theatre by Rebel Wilson, Frozen for Company B Belvoir St Theatre directed by Kate Gaul, Toad in the Australian Shakespeare Company's productions of Wind in the Willows and Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies at The Old Fitzroy Theatre.
Tony Knight is the former Head of Acting at The National Institute of Dramatic Arts - NIDA – with over 25 years service to Nida and over 30 years to the Australian Theatre, Film and Television industry. Tony is the pioneer of the most prestigious and successful actor training programs in the Country and is one of the finest acting teachers arguably in the western world. He’s passion, dedication, knowledge and talent has seen him successfully audition, train and nurture the majority of the talent that we see on the screens and stages. Tony Knight is a cherished icon of the Australian Artistic Community and a much loved father of the industry and we are privileged, excited and honored to have him on board as a guest tutor for what is shaping up to be a very exciting year her at North Shore Drama.Welcome Tony Knight!
Kate graduated from NIDA (Directing Course) in 1996 and trained with the Anne Bogart SITI Company in 2005. In 2004/5 Kate was the Associate director at the Ensemble Theatre where productions include The Violet Hour, Kimberly Akimbo and Lobby Hero. Other directing credits include The Cunning Little Vixen (Sydney Chamber Opera), Carmen (Oz Opera), Beautiful (Mudlark Theatre) The Altar Boyz (Ovations Live), Camarilla (Merrigong Theatre Co) Coup D’Etat (MTC), The Gates of Egypt, Our Lady of Sligo, Run Rabbit Run, The Laramie Project, Svetlana in Slingbacks (Company B), Wicked Sisters (Griffin/National tour), Rabbit (Griffin Theatre) and projects for all major drama schools around Australia.Kate is the Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co: productions include FOX (Monkey Baa/National Tour, 2010), The Seagull (Chekhov), Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Richard 3, Twelfth Night, Human Resources (by Chris Aronsten), Duck (by Stella Feehily), eeni meeni mini mo (devised by the company), Hard Swallow (by Mirra Todd), Polly Blue (by Belinda Bradley), Wanna Go Home, Baby? (devised by the company), Connie and Kevin and the Secret Life of Groceries (by Noelle Janaczweska) and Blue Heart (by Caryl Churchill) and Frozen (by Michael O’Brien). Kate has also written and directed two short films Embrace and Cake. www.sirentheatre.
ZOE CARIDES is an actress, writer, and filmmaker, whose career has spanned three decades. As an actor, highlights include the TV dramas GP and Grass Roots, Packed To The Rafters, Crownies, and the Spielberg/Hanks-produced The Pacific. Theatre includes The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Idiot, The Vagina Monologues, Away, Tot Mom, Murderers, and David Williamson’s Influence. She’s worked for all the major companies of Australia, along with international directors such as Mike Leigh, Jeremy Podeswa, and Steven Soderbergh. Films include Death in Brunswick, Brilliant Lies, The Black Balloon, Not Suitable For Children, and the upcoming Blinder and Mystery Road. She’s recently begun writing and directing; her first feature now in development. Zoe is an AFI nominee and a Helpmann winner.
Paul-William Mawhinney graduated from the full-time acting course at NIDA in 2007. Since then he has appeared in the Australian Premier of 2010 Tony Award winning ‘Best Play,’ “RED,” by John Logan in Adelaide, as Malcolm in William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ with the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Vlad in a staged play reading of ‘The Slow Sword’ by Yuri Klavdiyev for the Sydney Theatre Company directed by Tom Wright, Tim in the world premiere production of ‘Whore’ by award winning Australian playwright Rick Viede at Downstairs Belvoir, he also performed in Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, G.B Shaw’s ‘Major Barbara’ in Adelaide’s Odeon Theatre, Joe Calarco’s adaptation of ‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ at Riverside Theatre and Stephen Snell’s ‘Keeper’ at Downstairs Belvoir. While studying at NIDA he was involved in productions of Nigel Williams’ ‘Class Enemy,’ Neil Simon’s ‘Sweet Charity,’ R.B. Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals,’ William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker.’ While studying he was also involved in Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright’s Helpmann Award winning ‘The Lost Echo’ with Sydney Theatre Company. He has also been teaching Acting for NIDA’s Open Program since 2005 and has also worked for the Sydney Theatre Company’s Education Department’s School Drama Program.
ANA MARIA BELO
Ana Maria graduated from NIDA in 1998. Theatre credits include Sarah in The Listmaker for Bell Shakespeare Company; the Australian tour of Fame the Musical playing Serena Katz; Noises Off for Ensemble Theatre Company playing Brooke/Vicki; Connie in Dr Akars Women for Griffin Theatre Company; Fantail in Company B’s production of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie; Sally Cato in Mame for The Production Company and she was nominated for a green room award for her performance of Jeanie in Hair the Musical. Ana Maria has just returned from an Australian Tour of Steel Magnolias where she played the role of Annelle. Television credits include All Saints, Home & Away, White Collar Blue and in the UK According To Bex and Life Begins. Ana Maria has appeared in the feature films A Cold Summer and The Book of Revelation.
Lisa is currently a regular cast member of Channel Sevens 'Home and Away'. Lisa Gormley began her interest in performing arts from a young age. Since then she has been highly involved in Technical Production, Teaching, Directing and of course Acting. Lisa has previously taught her own acting classes while living in England and Tasmania and has spent the last three years teaching with NIDA's Open Program. Having recently graduated from NIDA’s fulltime acting course Lisa looks forward to sharing her knowledge with her future students.
Kylie Bonaccorso has completed a Degree and a Graduate Diploma of Education in Theatre Studies, Communication and English at UNE. In 2005 she completed further study at the International School of Commedia dell’ Arte in Italy and a short course with LISPA, the physical theatre school in London. Kylie has taught classes for atyp (Australian Theatre for Young People) since 2006. She has worked with various regional groups such as the young actors in the Pilbara, devising several shows for performance in Karratha Theatre. In 2009 she and Shane Jones worked on a works-in-progress based on the text of Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. In 2008 she directed a short work for Fresh Ink. Kylie has been a movement lecturer for Wesley Institute since 2007 working with all three acting years. Her work involves devising 30-40 minute movement pieces with students and assisting directors with aspects of character physicality and short movement sequences as with Medea and Hedda Gabler.Kylie has worked at The McDonald College of Performing Arts for six years specialising in teaching play-building, storytelling, mask and Commedia dell’ Arte. During her time at the college Kylie directed eight shows a year such as Ghost Sonata, Summer of the Aliens, The House of Bernarda Alba, Lord of the Flies, Grimm Tales by devised by Old Vic and A Servant of Two Masters with her senior classes.She has also worked for Darlo Drama (directing monologue and scene work), Bell Shakespeare (directing a commedia scene for corporate performance), CYT (Canberra Youth Theatre), Flanno Fest, Q Theatre (2007-09, devising performance work with youth in the western suburbs), Brent Street and MLC Studio and specialised in teaching and directing youth with a disability for various institutions. At N.I.D.A. she has both devised shows such as 15 Minutes of Fame; a verbatim piece and directed Grimm Bush Tales, A Comedy of Errors and assisted directed Alice in Wonderland in January 2010. She was movement director for Don Juan by Atelier French Theatre.
Megan is a design graduate from NIDA in 2006. Since graduating Megan has worked in theatre, film, television, ballet, opera and events. She has designed costumes for Nickelodeon and children's television and was costume assistant for Baz Lurmanns epic Australia. She has also designed set and costumes for Last One Standing (Old Fitz) and Night Journeys (Sidetrack) La La Land (Campbelltown Arts). Since leaving NIDA Megan has taught extensively through the NIDA Open programs in a variety of design related courses.
CHARLIE DUGDALECharli completed the design course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art - NIDA in 2008. Prior to commencing her studies at NIDA. Charli studied Technical production at the Queensland University of Technology. Her work with Bell Shakespeare, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Arts Council, Coogee Bay festival and Numerous independent directors has seen her design work span the fields of theatre, dance, circus and physical theatre. Charli works as an art director for film and photographed and recently joined media art company 18 0n 9. Charli has been teaching young people for over 5 year and has enjoyed ever moment of it. Recent theatre work includes The Jungle(Set Design) Darlinghurst Theatre 2009, The Rhinos (Set and Costume) Ashfield council 2009, The Servant of Two Masters (Costume Design) NIDA / Coogee Bay festival 2008/2009, The Bind (Costume Design) Darlinghurst Theatre 2008 and Unidentified Human Remains and True Nature Of Love (Set Design) NIDA 2008.