Simon Hunter

Executive Chair

Simon Hunter began his career as a screenwriter and producer. He wrote Twisted Tales: Bonus Mileage, produced by Australian icon Bryan Brown for the Nine Network Australia. Simon's screenplay secured Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush to star in the episode.

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Martin Harper

Operations Manager

Martin has worked within the Australian performing arts industry for over 10 years, and brings a versatile and unique background to ISA. Martin's approach to training is holistic, and grounded in 14 years of leadership experience as an officer within the Australian Army.

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Rebecca Johnston

Head of Acting

Originally from Perth, WA, Rebecca is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (2009) and Edith Cowan University (2004). With 13 years experience across multiple industries, Rebecca is a highly qualified public speaker, corporate trainer, MC, teacher, and mentor.

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Kevin Jackson

Acting

Kevin Jackson graduated from NIDA in 1971. He was a member of the Old Tote Theatre Company from 1973-1974. He has made appearances on ABC Radio and Television, Sydney Theatre Company, Marian Street and Nimrod Theatre Productions. He was a founding member of the Q Theatre.

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Julia Cotton

Movement

Julia began her career as a classical dancer with The Australian Ballet, later joining the contemporary dance company, Australian Dance Theatre and was a founding member and co-director of Etcetera, a visual performing group appearing in festivals in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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Lyn Pierse

Improvisation and Acting

Lyn has taught a generation of actors, teachers, standup comics and students of Improvisation and Acting for over 35 years at; NIDA 22 years, ACA 25 years, Australian Institute of Music 6 years, International Screen Academy 2 years, sessional teacher University of New England, Macquarie University, Drama NSW.

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Philip Quast

Acting and Live Action Musicals

Philip has an interest in the "connections" between performance mediums; looking at why the best actors are great both on screen and in theatre, including those multi-skilled from musical theatre. He understands the common link & explores the fundamentals of cross training principal, & why its so powerful for working professionals.

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Felicity Jurd

Voice and Acting

A teacher trained graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, she has also studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London and Australia Theatre for Young People in Sydney. A native Aussie, she made her TV debut in JNP’s Land of Hope as a core cast member and her ABC Radio debut in Cyclone Tracey.

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Michael Bates

Screen Technology

Michael's short film The Projectionist premiered at the 2002 New York Film Festival. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2003 Tampere Film Festival in Finland and went on to win a further ten international awards including: Best Live-Action Short at Nashville Film Festival and the Silver Spike at Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.

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Felix Williamson

Screen Acting

Felix studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People for seven years from the age of 13, then at National Institute of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1991. Attending A.T.Y.P. for seven years then NIDA for three years, gave Felix a solid foundation for his craft.

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Natasha McNamara

Voice and Dialogue

Natasha is a Performing Arts graduate of the WAAPA and a graduate of NIDA, Voice Studies. She has worked with vocal gurus Cicely Berry and Barbara Houseman and forum theatre legend, Augusto Boal whose techniques she utilises in a lot of her teachings.

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Dr Mark Seton

Acting and Health

Dr Mark Seton is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship for his study into actor training healthcare practices. Dr Seton has lectured at various Australian Universities. His special passions are the ethical and sustainable training of actors for stage and screen.

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Chloe Boreham

Screen Acting

Chloé Boreham is a Franco-Australian Actress, Screen Acting and Corporate Coach, and the Founding Director of the CB Creative Coaching. Chloé Boreham has trained at Melbourne's prestigious screen acting school, 16th Street Actor's Studio in addition to her Bachelor of Creative Arts from Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia. 

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Antony Grgas

Voice

Antony Grgas is a graduate of NIDA (Bachelor Dramatic Art-Acting, 1989. Post Graduate Diploma- Voice Studies, 2000). In 26 years of teaching he has taught Acting for Stage & Screen as well as Voice & Dialect for ISA, AIM, the NIDA Open Program & Corporate Performance, ACA, The Australian Theatre for Young People, the University of Tasmania and Bradfield College.

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Katherine Beck

Voice and Acting

Born and raised in Chicago, America.  Katherine is a native American accent speaker.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Film at Columbia College, Missouri and studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University, the acting conservatory program at The Steven Ivcich Studio and improvisation at Second City and The Groundlings.

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Erin Good

Directing

Erin is an award-winning director represented by RGM Artists. Her short films have screened and won awards at numerous national and international film festivals. Recent festival acceptances include Montreal World Film Festival. Erin's film The Wonderful was nominated for an Australian Director's Guild Award and won the ATOM Award.

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CJ Johnson

Film Studies and Screenwriting

CJ Johnson is the host of Movieland on the ABC, film critic for Tony Delroy's Nightlife, a regular contributor to magazines and websites internationally, and the co-author of And The Oscar Didn't Go To. His film blog Film Mafia is widely read internationally, with hundreds of thousands of views to date.

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Fiona Strain

Editing

Fiona is an editor who has cut short films, documentaries and television drama. Fiona has taught editing at a variety of film schools including 6 years as Editing Lecturer at the AFTRS. She has provided transition training from FCP to Premiere Pro for editors at SBS TV and spent time as editing mentor at the Yangon Film School in Myanmar.

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Pip Edwards

Casting and Screen Testing

Pip Edwards is a professional actor, film and theatre maker, acting and career coach, casting assistant and entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) from National Institute of Dramatic Arts and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (devised work, filmmaking, philosophy and arts management/law) from Melbourne University.

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Shane Anthony

Movement and Acting

Shane works as a theatre director and producer in Australia and overseas. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at National Institute of Dramatic Art, Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has also completed a BA in Theatre Studies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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Garth Holcombe

Acting and Classical Scenework

Garth's Holcombe’s career has spanned the Film, Television and Theatre industries both in Australia and Internationally. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, he has also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London, and has lived in and worked as an actor in Australia, London and New York.

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Catherine Terracini

Screen Acting

Catherine recently completed a national tour of Shakespeare's Hamlet, touring 32 venues across Australia. Catherine made her Feature Film debut in Roache-Turner Brother's Wyrmwood, which had its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in Texas; as well as Busan Int. Film Fest.

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Elsie Edgerton-Till

Director

Elsie has worked in Aotearoa and Australia as a director and actor. Her extensive theatre experience includes professional directing engagements for Sydney Conservatorium of Music, New Zealand Playhouse, NIDA, The Court Theatre, World Busker's Festival and The Forge.

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Troy Harrison

Directing and Screen Acting

Troy Harrison played the lead role of Jackie in “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” (Workhorse Theatre Company and Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sydney) which was nominated for best independent production at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013.

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Monica Davidson

Business for the Actor

Monica has never had a proper job – she has been self-employed as a journalist/filmmaker. After freelancing and setting up her own production company, Monica started offering help to other creatives with their businesses, and 20 years later is a renowned expert in the field of creative industries and arts entrepreneurship.

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Bonnie Sveen

Industry Craft

Tasmanian-born and award-winning actress Bonnie Sveen is one of Australia's most promising young talents. A graduate of NIDA, she played the role of Violet in NIDA’s first feature film in co-production with the AFTRS, Before the Rain and in 2011 she portrayed the role of Chadara in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

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Eden Falk

Acting and Improvisation

Eden Falk graduated from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2003. From 2006 – 2009 he was part of the Actors Company, the full-time ensemble of the Sydney Theatre Company under the Artistic Directorship of Robyn Nevin followed by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.

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Ashley Curry

Marketing Manager

Ashley comes to ISA with over 5 years of marketing experience. Ashley has joined ISA at an exciting time in the schools growth and is well equipped to help the ISA graduates navigate their collective careers to become the next generation of international screen leaders.

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Belinda Wu

Financial Manager