Scott Major – Actor/Director/Producer/Writer Scott has worked extensively in television, theatre and film around the world for the last 28 years. He is a writer, actor, director and producer. Some of his regular television roles include, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Neighbours, Always Greener and Late for School. Film credits include: Envy, He died with a Falafel in his hand, Ned and The Heartbreak Kid. He founded Bathroom Floor Productions in 2004 and his recent theatre work includes All this Intimacy, Both Sides of the Bar, The Fellatio Monologues, Death in a box: one pussy’s tale, The Subtle Art of Flirting, Closer, Terminus and Salt. He has been directing on Neighbours for the last 5 years and is also a director and founder of Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.
A graduate of The Actors Institute, London, Sally McLean has played roles in over thirty UK and Australian professional theatre productions, including Uncle Vanya, Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords), The Clairvoyant, P.S I Love You, the Australian Premiere of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the World Premiere of Annabel’s Requiem on the West End.
Sally has also played Shakespeare in both Australia and the UK, playing roles in Macbeth and Hamlet in the UK before performing for three seasons with the Australian Shakespeare Company in their critically acclaimed productions of Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet.
Sally has additionally appeared in various lead and guest roles on numerous UK and Australian television series including Utopia, Lowdown, Upper Middle Bogan, Elephant Princess, Flying Doctors, Totally Full Frontal, Blue Heelers, Tonight Live, Bingles, Comedy Inc. and the BBC mini-series Bootleg. Film credits include Raymond Taylor’s Earnest Adventures In Love and Speaking Daggers, amongst others.
Her work behind the camera began with the BBC as a member of the Books & Special Projects Unit in BBC Music & Arts. She produced her first film A Little Rain Must Fall in London in the late 90’s, forming her production business Incognita Enterprises under the Honorary Patronage of Oscar® nominated actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne – an association that continued until his passing in 2001.
Since then, Sally has worked in production for Channel Nine, Endemol Southern Star and others on programs including Big Brother, Australian Idol, The X-Factor and 1 VS 100, is the current General Manager of Melbourne WebFest, has written and produced a number of short films and two theatrical productions (which she also directed), and is currently creator/director/producer for the multi award-winning web series, Shakespeare Republic.
Sally continues to work in Australian theatre, film and television as an actor as well as developing several projects for both the big and small screen as writer and producer.
Best known to international audiences as “Mauser” from The Matrix trilogy of films, Christopher Kirby began his career in his native USA before moving to Australia and has a long list of varied Film and TV roles to his name, both here and in America.
US television roles include the series Quantum Leap, Space: Above and Beyond, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Lost World, BeastMaster, The Burning Zone, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, The Starter Wife, Hunter, Camp and The Divorce as well as the television special Blockheads for HBO. Australian credits include Marshall Law, Neighbours, Ocean Girl, Flipper and The Games.
Chris’ film credits include Predestination with Ethan Hawke, Iron Sky, Arrowhead, We Were Tomorrow with Gyton Grantly, Queen of the Damned with Stuart Townsend, the comedy Crackerjack with Mick Molloy, Visitors, penned by Everett de Roche and directed by Richard Franklin, the Michael Caton and Paul Hogan comedy Strange Bedfellows, Macbeth, directed by Geoffrey Wright, Daybreakers with Ethan Hawke, George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Mao’s Last Dancer and The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions with Keanu Reeves.
Chris has played theatre roles in professional stage productions The Speechmaker for MTC opposite Nicholas Bell and Lachy Hulme, Twelfth Night for the Australian Shakespeare Company, the Green Room Award nominated This is How it Goes as well as Lobby Hero for Red Stitch Theatre, Transit for La Mama Theatre, The Sapphires for Company B, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Craig McLachlan and the WW2 touring drama production Boundary Road.
Recent screen credits include Incognita Enterprises' Speaking Daggers and Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two), for which Chris won Best Lead Actor at the 2017 Austin WebFest, as well as recently completing filming as one of the ensemble cast of Wolf Creek (Season 2) on Stan.
After working in London and Germany, Chris returned to Melbourne to concentrate on both Film & Theatre whilst studying at the Howard Fine Acting Studio. Chris has worked on a wide variety of roles across a number of different mediums. Career highlights so far include working closely with Oscar winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, & working on HBO mini-series "The Pacific". Chris is constantly looking to collaborate with a diverse mix of enthusiastic artists regardless of the medium. "I would share the stage with Christopher Farrell any day of the week" - Samuel Johnson (Actor : The Secret Life of Us, MOLLY) "Chris is a dynamic actor, ready to take on the most challenging of directions. He embraces the unknown with open arms, and is not afraid to stand at the edge of danger. I can't wait to work with him again!" - Jean-Louis Rodrigue (Movement Specialist - J. Edgar) "Christopher Farrell is a fine practitioner of the acting craft" - John Chase (Producer : 6 Plots)
Emma Hayden’s work as an actor has taken her to Ireland, the UK and Jordan. Her film and television highlights include Speed Dating (Buena Vista Films), The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Ch 4 Talkback Thames) and for the BBC: Casualty and Doctors. Emma performed in many stage productions in the UK including the cult West End hit: Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens, The Seagull (Greenwich Theatre) and The City Club (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Back home in Australia Emma continues her career having recently performed in A Matter of Life and Death, A Heroes Guide to Saving the Planet, A Scandal in the Weimar and Tea with Chekov. Emma is a founding member of Key Conspirators, which recently made its debut in a sell-out season with Tea with Chekhov as part of Fringe Out West. She is also one of the Festival Directors for Melbourne’s Poppy Seed Theatre Festival. Her early training began after she won a scholarship to St Martin’s Youth Theatre, from there she went on to study Musical Theatre at WAPPA and proudly continues her training under the guidance of Howard Fine and his faculty!
Mark Salvestro is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, producer and founding member of independent theatre companies, Second Breakfast and North of Eight.
Hailing from the Snowy Mountains in NSW, he began his creative career at Cooma Little Theatre while completing a 12-month journalism cadetship at The Monaro Post newspaper.
Mark’s most recent accomplishment is his critically acclaimed one-man show, Buried at Sea, which he wrote, produced and performed. Buried at Sea has toured nationally over the past 12 months, including successful seasons at Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Brisbane Anywhere Festival, and a sold-out Snowy Mountains tour.
Mark has trained extensively as a performer in Sydney and Melbourne, and in 2014, graduated from the Full-Time Program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia, where he continues to hone his craft.
While training, Mark has worked on Death of a Salesman, This Is Our Youth, Angels in America, Broadway Bound, The Seagull, and Sunday in the Park with George.
Other theatre credits include Lonely People are Always up in the Middle of the Night, La Mama Explorations; Navy Pier, North of Eight; Couch Potato and Fairy Tale News, WIT Inc.; Private Moments: A Double Bill, Anywhere Festival; The Popular Mechanicals, and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
Mark has been a provocateur at the Malthouse Theatre, an intern at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and a writer for online arts journal, Maggie Journal.
He is a proud member of Equity.
Pat Moonie is an award-winning actor working in Melbourne. Since graduating from the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full Time Course in 2013, Pat has worked in theatre, film, corporate and has recently began to explore screenwriting.
Pat’s stage appearances include Orphans by Dennis Kelly, Abigail 1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sundays Roast by Tim P Driver and Navy Pier by John Corwin. His film credits include the multi award winning Cake, Winning the fox hunt, Zero and more recently The Neon Spectrum. Outside of acting Patrick is an accomplished set builder, stage manager and producer.
Pat is also a founding member of Key Conspirators’ who recently held a sell out season of Tea With Chekhov, as part of Fringe Out West. Pat also co-producers Script Nights; a partnership by Key Conspirators and Gasworks Arts Park to support local writers by hosting monthly rehearsed reads of new Australian plays.
Acting from the age of 11, Sarah loves the industry and works in many facets. She has trained with renowned acting coaches Howard Fine, Kim Farrant, Ivana Chubbuck, Kim Krejus, and Andrew Prowse and has a slew of acting credits in film, TV and stage. She has trained with Penny McDonald; Jean-Louis Rodrigue in Alexander Technique; Stephen Costan in Voice and David Coury in Singing for Actors. Sarah is currently teaching and on the faculty at The Howard Fine Acting Studio in Australia. Sarah has worked in casting film/TV for 18 years working alongside top casting directors; Thea McLeod, Christine King, Faith Martin, Kirsty McGregor, Wizzy Ringer, Jodie Brearley, Mel Mackintosh, Ben Parkinson, Jo Rippon, Nick Hamon, Toni Higginbotham, 2 Divas, Chameleon Casting and Casting Sugar. Also a director, Sarah's credits include RUSH Webisodes (Network Ten), SF ‘Shit’ by Shane Savage, MVC ‘Ballard of You, Me & Donnie McGee’ Stage credits include Toyer by Gardner McKay, ‘Men’ by Brendan Cowell, ‘Big Al’ by Bryan Goluboff, Blackrock by Nick Enright. Sarah can currently be seen as regular character Jen Hutchins on the hit Aussie TV series, Wentworth on Foxtel.
Jessica Stanley is an actor and writer from Melbourne, and the current Chair of the new Melbourne-based theatre company North of Eight. After topping the state of Victoria with a perfect score in drama at the end of high school, she went on to receive a Victorian Premier’s Award, the Jennifer Francis Drama Prize, and a scholarship to study at Monash University. While completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts, Jessica performed in various productions, including August: Osage County and The Pillowman. She was awarded the Outstanding Year Level Achiever and a Dean’s Recognition Award following her work in August: Osage County, and in her final year worked with director Leticia Caceres on the world premiere of Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? In 2015, she concurrently completed the Full-Time Program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and a Bachelor of Psychology at Swinburne University. She has also trained at 16th Street, TAFTA, Melbourne Acting Academy and the Rehearsal Room, as well as working with renowned Australian director Kim Farrant. Jessica continues to write new plays and study at HFAS, where she also occasionally teaches acting for teens. Her on-screen credits include roles on The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Glitch, and the French-language independent feature, La Souffrance. In 2016, Jessica performed the one-woman show, Ménage, at Melbourne Fringe Festival, which was nominated for Best Performance Award. Recently, she performed in Navy Pier by John Corwin. Jessica has been a proud member of Equity since 2013.
Siobhan works in the arts as a performer, producer and event organiser. Since moving from New Zealand to Australia in 2011 Siobhan has co-founded two theatre companies; Key Conspirators and North of Eight, and been cast in multiple theatre, film and television productions.Outside of performing and producing Siobhan has invested time creating and managing live music events and performance based charity fundraisers. Siobhan started her full time acting training in 2011 at Melbourne Acting Academy through which she was accepted into the Howard Fine Acting Studio 2012 Full Time Ensemble. As an actor Siobhan has worked across many mediums with on screen credits including Romper Stomper (television series), Bugs and Time Apart as well as working as a voiceover artist on TV mini series Molly. Her recent theatre credits include Navy Pier by John Corwin, Loose Teeth by Cassandra Elli, and sell out seasons of both Key Conspirators’ The Proposal by Anton Chekhov and The Art of F*cking by Phoebe Taylor for La Mama Theatre. Siobhan continues to develop and produce local theatre, including Script Nights; a partnership by Key Conspirators and Gasworks Arts Park to support local writers, as an independent producer and in her role as Festival Producer for Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.
Winner of "Best Supporting Actor" at the 50th Annual Houston International Film Festival (Worldfest) for his role as Bushranger "John Dunn" in The Legend of Ben Hall which received a worldwide release in 2017.
Being a competitive horse rider from a young age, William opted to do his own horse riding stunts. His belief in the project lead him to become an Executive Producer on the film. At the start of 2017 he worked on the Bushranger Doco, Lawless- The Real bushrangers by Foxtel.
William is now writing and producing as he endeavours to create more content using horses in film. He is also dedicated to creating and sharing stories including his family history, from European Royalty, to a prisoner of war in Changi in WWII.
William was involved in a sold out season of "The Scare", at Lamama Theatre 2013 and Awarded "Best Actor" at The Brown Paper Bag Film Festival Melbourne 2012.
Educated in Melbourne, Sydney and Los Angeles, he brings extensive insight into all his work.
Fun Fact: William has a double degree a "Ba. Exercise Science and Human Movement and a Ba. Sport and Recreation Management."
Jessica Martin is a Melbourne based actor who has previously graduated from the Full Time Professional Acting Course at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia. Jessica has also studied at 16th Street Actors Studio, and recently acted in the short film 'Sugarplum', under the direction of Geoffrey Wright.