The Teachers

Committed to educate…

trainer1LYN KIDD, School Principal

Lyn has been teaching Acting Technique and Voice Production for over 35 years, throughout her long and varied career as a teacher, director and writer. This has led to her developing the Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting, listed on the Australian Qualifications Framework in December 1999.

Lyn first trained as an A.M.E.B. Speech and Drama teacher with Dorothy Goldie. She then continued her studies under Jone Winchester and Brian Syron in the Stella Adler Technique. While training in the Technique, Lyn worked as a Voice and Acting teacher for children and young adults, at various schools and community centres throughout Sydney.

Lyn holds a Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Lyn was twice the recipient of the prestigious Peter Summerton Foundation Scholarship, studying Acting, Direction, Script Analysis and Voice Production with internationally recognised Master Teachers, Rowena Balos and Yevgeny Lanskoy. Lyn was also award the PBL Scholarship to study camera techniques with Rae Allen and Bibi Beech.

In 1991, Lyn spent a year as assistant teacher to Ms Balos at her West Hollywood studio. Out of this working relationship, Lyn and Ms Balos co-authored The Jungle of Sounds: A Journey Through the Magic of Language, published by Antipodean Educational Enterprises.

In 1994, Lyn established The Actors Workshop. In 1999 the school became a Registered Training Organisation, delivering vocational training for actors.

Lyn has been an international guest teacher to both the Philippines and the Solomon Islands and also works extensively in the Qld community sector. In 2003 Lyn was presented with a Shield for Excellence in Education by the Commissioner of Queensland Emergency Services, in recognition of the contribution she has made to the role play assessment strategies of community training organisations.

Since opening the school, Lyn has consistently invested time, energy and resources in supporting the emerging film makers of Queensland, including TAFE, Tertiary and Independent short films, documentaries and feature films. This has led to a succession of awards won by projects made in association with the school.

In 2003, Lyn was awarded a shield for Excellence in Education by the Queensland Ambulance Services for Excellence in Education.

In 2004, Lyn was presented with the Kinetone Award at the 18th Annual Warner Roadshow Studios Queensland New Film Makers Awards. This prestigious award is given each year to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the Queensland Film and Television industry. In presenting the award, Anna Bligh, the then Minister for Education and the Arts, congratulated Lyn on being the first woman and the first educator to receive the Kinetone.

Also in 2004, Lyn was awarded the Queensland Training Award for Small Training Provider of the Year. This category is for training organisations with less than 2000 students per year and is open to all colleges in Queensland. With less than 30 students a year, The Actors Workshop represents a unique innovative industry leader.

In 2010 Lyn was awarded the Media Mates Award from the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE for assistance given to the students from the Certificate IV and Diploma of Screen Media.


 trainer2MUNGO McKAY, Camera Class Instructor and Film Director

Mungo graduated from The Actors Workshop in 1997 and, while working as an actor in film and television, he returned to undertake a three year teaching traineeship. Mungo holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Film and Television Acting. Mungo has been directing scene classes for the school since 2002.

He brings his experience of over 60 short, independent and feature film credits, into the classroom, training students in the nuances of acting for the camera.

Mungo also works as Director and DOP on the school’s in-house short films.

In 2010 Mungo was awarded the Media Mates Award from the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE for assistance given to the students from the Certificate IV and Diploma of Screen Media.

Prior to joining the staff of The Actors Workshop, Mungo spent a decade projecting film for Metro and Dendy cinemas.

 


 trainer3ROB DORAN, Theatre Teacher and Compliance Manager

Rob Doran has been teaching for The Actors Workshop since 1998, after completing a three year teaching traineeship. He specialises in teaching acting technique, theatre, stagecraft, acting for the camera, monologues and writing structure.

Rob also works as a training manager and consultant for other Registered Training Organisations in the creative industries, including course development and accreditation, college registration and compliance management under the national vocational education and training regulations.

His industry practice has included directing and assistant directing fringe theatre, short films and a feature film. His acting credits range across 25 years of experience working in fringe theatre, independent films, television commercials and small roles in tele-movies and feature films.

His qualifications include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Training and Assessment, an Advanced Diploma in Film, Television and Theatre Acting, and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Venture Development.


 trainer4EMMA RANDALL, Technique and Improvisation

Whilst attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology Emma was involved in numerous in-house theatre productions working as an actor and set designer. In her early 20s she participated in both the Laboite and Contact youth theatre programmes whilst also working in the Art Department in film and television.

After graduating, Emma worked as a model maker on a variety of Stop-motion animated films for Visual Eyes Creative in Brisbane. Wanting to continue her acting training, she began studying at The Actors Workshop in August 2000, where she received a Diploma in Film and Television Acting.

Since then, Emma has worked on feature films, short films, television, and theatre. Her first feature, UNDEAD achieved international recognition; in 2003 it won the Fipresci Prize (critics award) at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the following year it was awarded Independent Rental Title of the Year in Australia.

In 2003 Emma won the award for Best Female Actor at the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards for her work in the short film ONCE I WAS.

Her second feature, THE ILLUSTRATED FAMILY DOCTOR was nominated in 2005 for both an AFI Award and an Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2006 Emma played the lead in an AFTRS short film called THIS GIRL IN THE DESERT which was nominated at the Australian Directors Guild 2007 for Best student short film.

In 2008 and 2009 Emma has continued her work in short films and has written her first feature length screenplay titled PARANOIA. Emma also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and now delivers the Technique and Improvisation programmes for The Actors Workshop.


 77777777ADRIAN WILLIAMS-BRETT, Voice Teacher

Adrian gained his Diploma in speech and drama at the Harkness Studio (Sydney) in 1987.

He moved to the UK the following year where he spent 23 years working as an actor, director, theatre producer, musical director, playwright and teacher/trainer.

He co-founded and ran the Rose Theatre Company (a touring Shakespeare company) and TaurusVoice (specialising in performing poetry in a theatrical context).

After touring widely through Europe, the USA and Canada he returned to Australia in 2011 and has since been working as a voice trainer at The Actors Workshop and the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts.

In 2012 he founded Theatre of Life, a company that runs workshops in acting for personal development, based in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.


 trainer6NIKI-J PRICE, Stage Combat Instructor

Niki-J is the resident Stage Combat instructor and safety/movement consultant. She has also fight-directed for Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, QUT Creative Industries, University of Southern Queensland, Pretend Productions, Debase Productions, Harvest Rain, Queensland Shakespeare Festival, 4MBS, The Good Room, That Theatre Company, and more internationally.

She is currently ranked as Australia’s only female fight director accredited with the Society of Australian Fight Directors. She is also an experienced theatre director having presented Grin and Tonic’s 2008 ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and as Mr. Bille Brown’s associate director for QUT’s ‘The Hypochondriac’ in 2009.

Niki-J is also an actor, singer songwriter, musician, dialect coach and voice-over artist. She was nominated for the Best Emerging Artist Matilda Award in 2005.

She has performed in various theatre and films in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. She recently performed as Melissa in the QPIX film ‘True Love’, as a vocal artist for Fractal’s staging of ‘Under Milk Wood’ and as Alice Ford in 4MBS’ ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. Other 4MBS credits include Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prometheus Unbound and Much Ado About Nothing.

In Peter Schaffer’s ‘Amadeus’ (starring Andrew Mcfarlane as Salieri) she performed to standing ovations at the Theatre Royal, Hobart, Canberra Playhouse and Merrigong theatres. With MadCat Creative Connections in ‘Minefields & Miniskirts’ she was given rave reviews for her performance as Margaret.

Queensland Theatre Company credits include We Were Dancing, A Christmas Carol, Puss In Boots and the Young Playwrights Awards and Readings.

Niki-J has also been performing and touring since 2002 with Queensland’s treasure; The Grin and Tonic Theatre Company.

Niki-J has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


 trainer7PAUL BOOTH, Theatre Trainer

Paul has a Performing Arts and Education background. Trained with Jone Winchester, Brian Syron, Rowena Balos, the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting N.Y. and holds a Master of Creative Arts Degree in Directing from the University of Wollongong. Paul has established theatre companies, sat on theatre boards and operated his own Acting Schools in Sydney. Paul was the Head of Drama and Voice studies at David Atkins Dynamite dance and Performing Arts school and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

When Paul is not teaching in the Actors Workshop Theatre program he is operating his corporate learning and development training company Tailored Leadership Initiatives in Brisbane. His is a global career, encompassing many industries in the public and private sectors. Establishing a wide-ranging depth of knowledge in Learning and Development.

He works as a consultant, program designer, instructional material designer, facilitator, trainer, actor and executive coach. Areas of work – Communication skills, internal communication strategies, interpersonal communication skills, leadership, management skills, and personal effectiveness.


 trainer8Guest Teacher NATHAN WRIGHT, Movement to Music

Since 2007, Nathan has worked across the industry in feature films, short films, television and web series, theatre restaurant, and corporate role play.  Nathan has accumulated over 50 credited roles, including the independent Queensland feature films: Radio Treason (2013) and Pipedream (2014).  Nathan also works as a dance teacher for River City Ballroom, teaching students in Ballroom, latin, tango and swing.  Nathan has trained at the Actors Centre in Sydney (2006) and in 2012, he graduated from the The Actors Workshop with an Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting.

With his direct experience of the Advanced Diploma training plan, Nathan brings his dance expertise to deliver the unit Movement to Music.

 


 trainer9Guest Teacher SUE MANGER, Casting

Sue Manger delivers the Audition for Film and Television unit.
Sue has been working as a casting consultant for over 30yrs.

Her credits include a long list of premiere Australian productions including The Restless Years, The Young Doctors, Bellamy, Secret Valley, Australia’s Most Wanted and Sons & Daughters.

From 2001 to 2008 Sue was the Casting Associate of McLeod’s Daughters.

Sue has been delivering training at The Actors Workshop since 2000 offering actors insights into the audition skills required to gain work in the industry.

 


 trainer10Guest Teacher ROWENA BALOS, Voice Production

Rowena Balos is a Voice Production Master Teacher with over 35 years experience. She has been trained by Kristin Linklater and Uta Hagen as well as by other Master Teachers.  Since 1980, Rowena has operated her own studio in Hollywood as well as teaching at other institutions world-wide.  The school annually hosts her Monologue Master Class.

Rowena often takes the graduating workshop students through a week-long intensive General American Accent course.

Rowena is the author of The Human Instrument: Standard American Accent and The Human Instrument: Tune-ups for the Speaking Voice book/CD pakages.

Rowena is also the co-author of the published The Jungle of Sounds.  Visit her website at www.RowenaBalos.com