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Curriculum Vitae
 

Training

  • BA (Melb) English and Drama.
  • The Webber Douglas Academy of Art, London.
  • The Mime Centre, London.
  • North Carolina School of The Arts (USA) – Prestigious American drama school (accepts 30 out of over 5000 applicants), member of the NY League of Professional Actor Training Programs, which includes Yale and Juilliard Schools of Drama, 1983–86. Trained with master teachers from all over Europe and The US.
  • Private classes with June Jago.
  • International Theatre workshops with: Andrew Wade (Voice Coach from RSC, London) and Daniele Legler. (Europe’s, and now Australia’s leading teacher in the Michael Chekhov Technique) – ongoing training in his advanced courses for professional actors.

Summary of theatre work

(recipient of excellent reviews from almost every major Australian theatre critic – newspaper and radio – see Reviews)

(includes those with most major roles)

  • WHO’s AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? by Edward Albee (Winterfall Theatre Company). ROLE: Martha.
  • THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY by Tennessee Williams (Winterfall Theatre Company). ROLE: Clare.
  • IN A FOREST DARK AND DEEP by Neil LaBute (Winterfall Theatre Company). ROLE: Betty.
  • THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov (Winterfall Theatre Company). ROLE: Madam Ravenskaya (Luibov).
  • A KIND OF ALASKA by Harold Pinter (Winterfall Theatre Company). ROLE: Deborah.
  • STILL by Jane Bodie (The Malthouse, and earlier season at La Mama), directed by Bernadette Ryan. ROLES: Various.
  • FLAME by Joanna Murray-Smith (The Malthouse, and earlier season at La Mama), directed by Joy Mitchell. ROLE: Louisa.
  • BOLD GIRLS by Rona Munro (Chapel Off Chapel), directed by Green Room Award Nominee, Suzanne Kersten. ROLE: Marie.
  • OFF THE POINT by Michele Davis (Playbox Theatre In The Raw and Trades Hall), directed by David Symons. ROLE: Helen Kingsley.
  • VEGETABLE MAGNETISM ( Universal Theatre), theatrical adaptation of stories by Kathy Lette, directed by Caroline Stacey. ROLES: Various
  • TWO by Ron Elisha (Universal Theatre), directed by Beth Child. ROLE: Anna.
  • MISTRESS one-woman show written for Michele Williams by Tobsha Learner, (Original production Sydney Crossroads Theatre, return Melbourne seasons at: Playbox Theatre co, The Anthill Theatre, The Universal Theatre, Castlemaine Festival.) Roles: All roles, including three women and several cameos. Majority of productions directed by Rosalba Clemente, others by Sarah Carradine and Caroline Stacey.
  • SKIRMISHES by Catherine Hayes (Carlton Courthouse Theatre), directed by Karreen Ely-Harper. ROLE: Rita.
  • THE OPEN COUPLE by Dario Fo and Franca Rame (Original Sydney season at Kirribilli Theatre and Cue Theatre Penrith. Return season, Melbourne season at: Universal Theatre.) ROLE: Antonia.
  • A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Angela Punch McGregor as Blanche (Major tour, included Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney and The Lyric Theatre, Brisbane). ROLES: Various, including Floures.
  • CRIMES OF THE HEART by Beth Henley (Bay St. Theatre, Sydney), directed by Robyn Moase. ROLE: Babe.
  • THE MAIDS by Jean Genet (Sydney City Acting Studio), directed by Colin Schumacher. ROLE: Claire.
  • WAKING UP and THE SAME OLD STORY by Franca Rame and Dario Fo (Sydney City Acting Studio), directed by Ian Castenetto. ROLES: Various.
  • AFTER EVE, IMPRESSIONS OF MODERN WOMAN one-woman show written for Michele Williams by David Arthur-Simons (Holus Bolus Theatre Restaurant), directed by Christopher Williams. ROLES: Various.
  • THE FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE, USA. A year with one of America’s major regional theatres, which is devoted to producing new American plays. ROLES: Various.
  • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by William Shakespeare (Chanticleer Theatre, London). ROLE: Sylvia.
  • FIRST CLASS WOMEN Early play by Nicholas Enright, screen-writer of Lorenzo’s Oil and other major Hollywood films and International and National plays. (New Theatre, Sydney): ROLE: Convict woman (major role).
  • THE HUMAN VOICE by Jean Cocteau (New Theatre, Sydney) Directed by Lisa Bluthal. ROLE: Woman (one character only in play).

Numerous professional tours of various educational and children’s theatre throughout NSW

Summary of earlier roles during and directly after training

  • THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov. ROLE: Masha
  • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA ROLE: Sylvia
  • MACBETH by William Shakespeare. ROLE: Lady MacBeth.
  • RICHARD THE THIRD by William Shakespeare. ROLE: Queen Anne
  • JOAN OF ARC by Bernard Shaw. ROLE: Joan
  • THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard. ROLE: Elsa

Roles in plays by the following playwrights: Jean Cocteau, Arthur Miller, Goethe, Ibsen, Strindberg, Tennessee Williams, Moliere, Bernard Shaw, Jean Anouilh, Carol Churchill, Bertolt Brecht, Congrieve, Maxim Gorky and numerous contemporary playwrights.

Summary of TV roles

Program

Production Company

Character

STINGERS

9 Films and Television

Mrs Walken

MDA

ABC

Alice Muir

BLUE HEELERS

Southern Star Network 7

Carol Ramsay

BLUE HEELERS

Southern Star Network 7

Bettina

KANGAROO PALACE

Artists Services (Aust/UK)

Mrs. La Font

NEIGHBOURS

Grundy's

Mary Anne Duggan

NEIGHBOURS

Grundy's

Helena Aalders

NEIGHBOURS

Grundy's

Dr Martin

JANUS

ABC

Lisa Riley

ACROPOLIS NOW

Network 10

Lucy, Jim's floozy

THE GREAT AIR RACE

ABC

Katrina

ABC ARTS REVIEW

ABC

Promotional

THE TODAY SHOW

Network 9

Promotional

AUSTRALIA'S MOST

Grundy's

Annabel Mason

WANTED

 

 

RAFFERTY'S RULES

Network 7

Rachel

EMBASSY

ABC

Anna Richards

E STREET

Network 7

Emily

Commercials and in-house

Numerous commercials 100%, including:

Major face of the TAC CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN from 1996–1999 (Improvised at St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department with real doctors and nurses).

Corporate training videos and corporate training

Numerous, including: 100%: TAC, VIC ROADS, RANK XEROX, ANZ BANK, NATIONAL BANK, TELSTRA, and ongoing:

VICROADS: Beautiful Babes

Voice-overs

Radio and Television: 100%

Film and documentary

  • EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA (Australian Promotional/Historical film, narrated by Bud Tingwell – major screenings at Southbank Cinema) ROLE: Lola Montez
  • DOCU-DRAMA ON ST JOAN OF ARC ROLE: Joan
  • CONDEMNED (VCA)
  • THANKS FOR COMING (VCA Postgrad)
  • CONTROL FREAKS (Tropfest)
  • INTO THIS LIFE winner of best script and best director (Lawson Bayley), St Kilda Film Festival. ROLE: Headmistress.
  • CONDEMNED directed by Hernan Bornas. ROLE: Head of Film School.
  • THANKS FOR COMING directed by Sarah Stephens. ROLE: Cathy
  • CONTROL FREAKS directed by Ian Waldron. ROLE: Film Director
  • KNOCK KNOCK (St Kilda Film Festival, directed by Ross Daniels). ROLE: Wife of lead male character, played by Kevin Harrington.

Additional skills

  • ACCENT SPECIALIST: Excellent with accents and the differentiation of regions within UK, USA, Western and Eastern Europe. Can master almost any accent within one week.
  • EXPERIENCED ACTING TEACHER: Trained many of Australia’s most successful young actors. Available for on-set coaching of young actors.
  • READER: Worked as reader for auditions for television.
  • CORPORATE TRAINER: Experienced in teaching upfront presentation skills and drama workshops for adults. Role play etc. for various companies.
  • MUSIC: Reads music. Some piano, some violin – (can pick up basics of instruments quickly for purposes within a play).