Believe it or not I am still writing my Book; I have so much research piled up in files from which to extract facts and stories – a lot written before personal computers – so still plenty of work ahead! I have lots of advice and support but I still need to WRITE.
Last year (2011 ) I spent a lot of time teaching Auditioning for the Screen Techniques, assisting actors with their Self-Tests, and giving one on one pre-audition workouts for Industry Actors Headquarters in Ashgrove, Brisbane, for Liza Brock.
I gave three Workshops for Pure Actors Management, run by Jacqui Heysen, in Adelaide; and another Workshop for AC.ARTS ‘ Graduates also in Adelaide.
One of my favourite yearly gigs is to teach 4 x 8 hour days of ultimate Audition Techniques and Casting tips to the Graduates of The Actors Workshop, as part of the Curriculum, run by Lyn Kidd.
The other is for QUT Graduates; Dianne Eden organising me to give 4-5hrs of intense techniques to survive a Casting Session!
In July 2010 I assisted Anousha Zarkesh in some initial screen tests for “Slide” the tv. series shot in Brisbane in which I included Brenton Thwaites (QUT) who eventually was given the lead role of “Luke”
Since arriving back in Brisbane in November 2008 from Sydney I had been working with Ben Parkinson Casting on setting up “The Audition Showcase” Workshops and Seminars, and offering Consultancy advice to Ben.
I auditioned Queensland actors for Anousha Zarkesh on the feature film “Tomorrow When The War Began”
Was part of a team – Lyn Kidd of The Actors Workshop, Jane Teresa Anderson, and Bev Ryan of “Honestly Woman” to provide On Camera advice to Writers for a “Media Masterclass”.
Four nights a week and Saturday afternoons were spent over eight weeks teaching Audition Techniques for the Screen for Craig and Dominique McMahon of Film TV at the Metro Arts in Brisbane.
Appeared as a Casting Consultant on a Webinar organised by Brendan Glanville of The Australian Acting Academy.
Conducted a half-day course of Audition Techniques for the Screen for the Third Year Graduates from QUT.
Adelaide – October 09 – held two Workshops for Beginners in Auditioning for the Screen for Tyson Bach of the Burnside Library.
From April 2008 for four months I worked in Sydney full-time for Anousha Zarkesh on various film and television projects including “The Cut” “Saved” “Accidents Happen” “Road Train” “Beautiful Kate”.
Prior to that I was Casting Associate for “McLeod’s Daughters” and spent seven years in South Australia on the eight series 2001-2008.
During the time in South Australia, I devised and taught Audition Techniques for the Screen with Lyn Pike; I spend a week in Brisbane once a year to take a 40-hour extensive Audition Techniques Workshop especially devised for the Actors Workshop. ( I have a Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment and a Blue Card) 2009 was the tenth year!
During my now rather long career, I was Casting Director for Grundy Television, Sydney, for nine years and worked on such productions as “Sons and Daughters” “Richmond Hill” “Tanamera” The Young Doctors” “The Restless Years” “Bellamy” “Waterloo Station” “Possession” the Sydney associate for “Neighbours” and “Prisoner” (to name a few)
Extensive other work in television as a Production Assistant , as an Agent, and as a freelance Casting Consultant in Brisbane, at times assisting Elaine Holland and Stacey Testro in their Agencies.
Prior to working in Australia, I worked in Stage Management in Repertory Theatre in Worthing, Sussex, the West End, London, on tour with stage shows, in Canada for
Expo 67. And Les Grands Ballest Canadiens on tour mid-West USA.
For a few years I was also secretary to Sean Connery and Diane Cilento and even worked in the Beatles office in London as a Fan letter opener!
Additional cv/resume information supplied on request.