Briony Dunn ~ Head of Course
Briony Dunn is Head of Course for the full time and part time classical acting programs at APS. A graduate of the NIDA Directing course, Briony has a Master of Arts in Theatre from UNSW. As an acting teacher she teaches her own rigorously developed technique in unison with the approaches of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Rudolf Laban. During her twenty-year career she has worked as director, tutor, script assessor or filmmaker with NIDA, NIDA Open, ATYP, Griffin Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Belvoir Downstairs, Big hArt, Ashfield Youth Theatre, PACT Youth Theatre, Carriageworks, Playworks and Playwriting Australia amongst others.
Susan Bamford-Caleo ~ Voice/Dialect coach
Susan is an award winning performer and a teacher who is fascinated by the intrinsic connections between the voice and body. She has taught Voice privately and at institutions including Federation University, St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, Melbourne University, Victoria University and the National Theatre. She has trained with acclaimed Voice and Physical Theatre practitioners in Australia and internationally, has a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Music from Melbourne University (formerly Melbourne State College), was awarded a travel grant from Victoria University to study Voice in the UK, France and Poland and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies from the Victorian College of the Arts. As a core tutor for the full time program she is very happy to be part of this exciting journey for the students at APS.
Sioban Tuke ~ Improvisation
A core tutor of the Full Time program at APS, Sioban trained as a secondary drama teacher at Victoria University, Rusden before going on to three years actor training at Victorian College of the Arts. Upon graduation Sioban joined the ensemble of the ‘Comedy Company’ which was the highest rating show in its time slot for two years. Sioban went on to perform with theatre companies such as Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, Theatreworks, and Glen Elston’s Shakespeare in the Park at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. After ten years as a professional actor, Sioban took up the role of Casting Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. Sioban worked with Artistic Directors Roger Hodgeman and Simon Phillips and a host of national and international directors during her time at MTC. Sioban left MTC to pursue her own directing career. She has directed commercial comedies for Kay and McLean at the Victorian Arts Centre, Hit productions, MTC Education productions and various independent comedy shows. In 2010 Sioban studied screen directing at the WA Screen Academy and has written and directed her own short film projects for Tropfest and various other short film competitions. As well as core tutor with APS Sioban currently directs the graduate showreel film scenes for Federation University Ballarat. As a 2014 graduate of the Open Channel Diploma in Screen Writing, Sioban is currently developing a number of original concepts for television.
Bronwen Coleman ~ Guest Tutor
Bronwen is a freelance director and member of the core faculty at the 16th Street Actor’s Studio. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the VCA Film School and her Master’s from the Actor’s Studio Drama School New York. She is a long time practitioner of Strasberg’s Method and a life member of the prestigious Actor’s Studio, New York.
Claire Pearson ~ Acting
A core tutor of the APS full time program, Claire is a Melbourne based actor with over 10 years experience across theatre, film, voice, children’s entertainment, writing and production. She trained at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) in 2008. In 2011, Claire received grants from the Ian Potter Foundation: Cultural Trust and Arts Queensland to study Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA, London).
Claire has worked with Queensland Theatre Company, Laboite Theatre Company, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Ballet, High Tide Theatre Company & Only Connect (London), Playwriting Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Good Room, Underground Cinema (Melbourne), Boutique Theatre, HoyPolloy/ Act-o-matic 3000 and has performed at the Brisbane Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Claire wrote and produced the sell out seasons of “Battlefield Blues” for the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival and ‘Mona Brow Williams presents…’ a one woman show, for the Anywhere Theatre Festival at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane, 2013. Claire’s feature film work includes JUCY, All my friends are leaving Brisbane and Reef n Beef. In 2008, she won the Warner Roadshow Studio’s Queensland New Filmmaker Award for Best Female Actress in the short film, ‘Years’.
Jessica Window ~ Acting
Jessica has spent most of her life in the field of Performance. In her early years predominately in musical theatre, and as a dancer in Perth WA. She then spent almost 3 years traveling the world and performing in numerous shows along the way; and picking up a few languages too. As a young adult she moved to Melbourne and went back to study completing a Diploma in Theatre Arts, which later earned her a full scholarship to study at Nottingham University (UK) doing her Honours in Performing Arts. When returning home to Melbourne she finished up with her studies with yet another degree; Bachelor of Creative Arts: Majoring in Acting, Shakespeare, Screenwriting and Musical Theatre. She loves teaching and sharing in the years of her experience. Particularly for students wishing to further their education after high-school, or doing private one-on-one audition preparation courses.
SUE MASLIN ~ Producer /Industry Guest
Sue Maslin is one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent is the smash hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. It grossed more than $20 million at the box office and garnered the highest number of nominations at the 2015 Australian Academy Awards, winning five including the coveted People’s Choice Award for Favorite Australian Film.
Feature credits include Road To Nhill, winner of 2003 Best Feature Film at Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Japanese Story, winner of 2003 AFI Award for Best Feature Film and Hunt Angels, winner of the 2006 AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film.
Sue’s outstanding 35-year contribution to the Australian screen industry has been recognised in numerous ways. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University and in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Reflecting her commitment to advocacy for women, Sue is currently a Patron of Women In Film and Television and the President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and increasing the participation of women in the screen industry.
Jason Marrow ~ Vocal coach, Music Theatre
Vocal technique coach and music theatre specialist tutor for the full time program at APS, Jason is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Music Theatre and Music Theatre foundation course. Jason found his passion for singing and music theatre whilst at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew. Whilst at the VCA, he honed his skills as a triple threat performer as well as focussing on the physiology and fundamentals for a healthy singing voice. Prior to VCA, Jason trained at other institutions including Danceworld, and Stage School Australia. Jason has worked with some of the best vocal coaches in Melbourne, including Martin Croft, Tim Smith, Gary May (Vocal Coach to some of the biggest names in Music Theatre) and Adam Wood at Armstrong’s School of Singing, where he has now become a valuable member of the faculty. Jason has performed with many theatre companies around Melbourne. His stage credits include many of the great musicals such as ‘Fame’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Me & My Girl’, ‘42nd St’, ‘A Little Night Music’ (alternated playing Henrik and Frid), ‘Dreamsong’ (Paul), ‘City of Angels’ (de Costa and Mahoney) and ‘West Side Story’ (Pepe and the Jets).
Luke Robson ~ Acting
Core APS tutor Luke Robson’s career as writer, director, producer, actor and acting coach has spanned sixteen years. Throughout these years Luke has seen many actors launch themselves into exciting careers. It excites him to see so many of his students booking professional acting work. For the past 16 years Luke has formed a strong relationship with the famous Stella Adler Studio, LA where he has helped over 100 actors to also study at the prestigious school. Luke’s credits include guest roles in films and television shows such as Blue Heelers, Stingers, Kath & Kim and Stiff as well as many TVC’s and theatre productions. Luke has directed and produced over fifty plays, short films and music clips. His real passion is in the classroom working with acting students and watching them develop into talented artists.
Naomi Derrick ~ Kids, Music Theatre
Not only is Naomi one of the owners of the APS acting school and the SmallFry agency, she is also one of the Micro Stars and Musical Theatre classes’ favourite teachers. With decades of experience in the film, TV and theatre industry, she has exactly what it takes to nurture the young up and coming stars and bring out the best in them.
Brodie Derrick ~ Acting
A professionally trained singer and dancer with the Australian Ballet School, Brodie began his acting career as a child treading the boards in numerous productions and operas including The Wizard of Oz (Princess Theatre), Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Australia), Brundibar (Opera Australia) and The Dolls House (MTC). As an adult, Brodie’s feature film and television credits include Holding the Man, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Jonah from Tonga, Lost and Found, Glitch, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Full Frontal, Pigs Breakfast and the upcoming Feature Film Spin Out.
Robert Shook ~ Acting, Stage Combat
Robert is a professional actor, stuntman and specialty entertainer with 25 years of experience in stage, screen and television. He is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in Acting.
Robert worked for 15 years in Los Angeles. His film and television credits there include: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Days of our Lives, Profiler, Weird Science, To the Ends of Time. In live performance Robert was the fight director and understudy for the Droogs for the Company of Angels production of ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ In LA Robert has been involved in over 20 different live stunt shows and has performed over 12,000 high falls.
Robert is a member of the Screen Actor Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and has a Stunt Actor grading through Actors Equity. His Australia credits include: I Frankenstein, The Pacific, Knowing, Underbelly, Jeffrey Wright’s Macbeth, Winners and Losers, City Homicide, Rush, Tripping Over, Ned Kelly, Bastard Boys, Salem’s Lot, The Extra, McLeod’s Daughters, Neighbours, Ponderosa, Stingers, Surprise and various TVC’s.
Robert’s love is live theatre and he has provided fight direction and/or action training for the Melbourne Theatre Company, VCA, Australian Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Red Stitch Theatre and Cheltenham Light Opera Co.
Robert currently teaches ongoing classes and workshops in Action, Acro and Acting for adults and kids. Robert also provides private training geared to the professional or student by teaching and cultivating a wide range of skills.
Peter Richards ~ Acting
With over 15 years experience as an acting coach, Peter has a lot of knowledge to bring into the classroom. As well as playing many roles on stage, short films, independent films and corporate work. Peter has also had roles in TV & Film shows such as Neighbours, Newton’s Law, The Legend of Ben Hall , Bed of Roses, Blue Heelers, Triple 000 Heroes and award winning web series Prison Pals. He has also had lead roles on television commercials such as Work safe, Keno, Bonds, East Mac and HBA. Peter is the Head teacher in our Geelong location.
Jacinta O’Leary ~ Music Theatre
Jacinta is a qualified Primary School Teacher specialising in the performing arts. Jacinta’s classes at APS are a big hit with the kids and they are always filled with young stars learning the skills to start a career in Musical Theatre. Students in her class put on two musicals a year where they are staged in beautiful theatres in the Melbourne area.
Alicia Bonaddio ~ Kids & teens
Alicia is a talented actress that has a lot of experience and advice to bring to her classes. Having worked on numerous short films and theatre productions, Alicia’s film and television credits include a lead guest role on Neighbours as well as guest roles on Molly, Rush and Bed of Roses and Any Questions for Ben. As well as being a Drama Teacher at various schools around Melbourne, she has now returned to Acting Performance Studio to start teaching again.
Pam Speedy ~ Kids
Pam is an exciting and vibrant teacher that brings years of experience to her micro classes. Pam has owned and run a successful dance school for over 20 years and has directed many plays & concerts with children at different Primary Schools around Melbourne. She now brings that experience to APS to help the micro actors gain confidence performing whilst having lots of fun.