In May 2017, I was delighted to join the team at Blazing Arrow Media for their first feature film, Out of Order. Joined by marvellous actors Kevin Dee, Rowan Howard and Lauren Bailey, directed by Dan Jones and shot by Kirstin Mckenzie. The film is currently in post-production and you can view the trailer HERE.
What a lucky actor I am to be a part of the LaMama 50th Anniversary festival. Much like our stunning lead, Penny Larkins, as a young music theatre student I could only dream of being a part of the leading independent theatre scene in Melbourne. Whilst I’ve left my music theatre days mostly behind and lament the current state of so many actor training institutions and theatre companies in this country, I am proud and grateful for inclusion in a festival whose theatrical history and importance in the independent theatre scene is to be valued and recognised. Thank you Liz Jones for your love of our madness, Sofia Chapman for your exquisite mind and vision and my ladies – Penny Larkins, Madeline Hudson and Kate Hosking for being so bloody marvellous.
In 2016, I was equal parts humbled and thrilled to be selected by Niki Flacks (US Actress and Teacher) to teach her incredible work. I first came across her work in conjunction with my training in London with Scott Williams.
It was a true game changer in the way I accessed my ‘state of aliveness’ for stage and camera.
Acting With Passion “is based on the mind/body concept that our emotions are trapped in subtle muscular tensions that cause us to feel tight onstage. Instead of “being in the moment,” we find our heads taking over with nonstop critiques and we are consumed with effort to “make things happen” – Niki Flacks.
Many actors have described it as ‘magic’ — finally giving you access to ’emotions on cue,’ and I would certainly agree with them!
I’ll be teaching my first workshop in late January for The Impulse Company – all details available HERE.
Super excited to be a part of The Act of Storytelling podcast team. I’ll be blogging every month on a topic (first up is Inspiration, followed by Health of an Artist) and hopefully, assisting you to see your world a little differently and move further forward than you were yesterday. Combining my experiences as an actress, Meisner, circus and physical teacher, life coach and healer. Click here for the recent podcast or to read the blog.
Why do I do it??
This one is EASY.
After training and working as a professional actor and circus/dance/physical theatre teacher for the past 15 years, when I discovered Meisner technique, I was filled with a sense of relief, excitement and joy that I had not had about my craft for SO many years.
Through Scott Williams’ gentle, supportive, positive guidance and detailed, simple approach, The Impulse Company training fundamentally changed me as an actor and as a person.
I no longer had the pressure to decide the best, most inventive and creative way to play something, dredge up emotions from deepest darkest somewhere and concentrate on being ‘good’. I was freed up to FEEL without needing to think about or ‘find’ it, to become aware of my impulses, feel the feelings and immediately connect with other actors.
Being trained to live truthfully, moment to moment in a state of aliveness – how could this NOT affect me as a human as well as an actor?
I was so excited and passionate about the technique – about the freedom and truth it gave to me as an actor that I wanted to learn how to share it with you.
I dream about working with actors who want to grow, deepen their experience of what they thought was possible and become the best actors and humans they can.
Before training with Scott, I gained my cert dip in Personal Performance Development coaching from The Coaching Academy (The UK’s largest, most respected life coaching training Academy) I’ve always been geared towards enabling others to reach their potential, and I’m on this discovery too. After training with Scott on the 1 year program in London in 2011, I continued to train for 2 more years, then Scott mentored me to teach his approach to Meisner technique.
I am SO excited to be able to start sharing this with you, it is a ride you will never forget.
So, I’ve made the big move back to Melbourne! I’m so excited to be here, and have started my Meisner teaching (having been mentored by the wonderful Scott Williams at The Impulse Company in London) We have expanded our border territory. You can find out more about my classes and Impulse Company Australia over on the facebook page.
Ok, so anyone who knows me knows I love twitter… and social media in general… and I love helping other actors and creatives get their messages out and strengthen their own voice. I am very excited to say that I have been working with the awesome Keith Keller, Global Social Media Coach and Twitter Expert, on our Twitter 4 Performers audio product!! We are now live and available straight to your inbox!! So click on over to see what it’s all about. I’d love to know what you think – or if you have any twitter related questions – tweet me, using the hashtag #twitter4performers.
I’m starting rehearsals this week for a very special one off Anniversary celebration with [Foreign Affairs] ‘By Invitation Only’ – to celebrate 4 years of Pop-Up Theatre from the wonderful team! Ssssh – it’s a party! For one night only, this unique theatrical event will allow you to experience a range of dramatic pieces from around the globe, shuffling the theatrical tracks, from one moment to the next. You can find out more here.
I wanted to share the vox pop from our last [Foreign Affairs] Production, “Waiting on Shakespeare” – enjoy :) More exciting news is coming soon, stay tuned! xx