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.
Sally McLean is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer whose screen projects have been officially selected for over 70 film festivals internationally. A graduate of The Actors Institute, London, who continues to study with Howard Fine and David Coury, she has appeared in numerous lead and guest roles in mainstream film and television, both in Australia and the UK and over 30 theatrical productions. Her work behind the camera began with the BBC in London before forming her production business Incognita Enterprises under the Honorary Patronage of Oscar® nominated actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Sally has worked in production for Channel Nine, Endemol Southern Star and others on comedy, drama, reality and game show programs, as well as undertaking casting and theatrical agency work alongside her acting career. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Melbourne WebFest, has been a regular Jury Member for the AFI, AACTA and ATOM Awards and is the creator, director, producer and ensemble member of the internationally multi award-winning web series, "Shakespeare Republic", starring Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Christopher Kirby and Dean Haglund, among others.
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 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 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, 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, including The Speechmaker for MTC opposite Nicholas Bell and Lachy Hulme.
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 Choy’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. Jessica 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. Jessica's on-screen credits include roles on The Doctor Blake Mysteries, 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 an actor, producer and event organiser. Since moving to Melbourne 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 and has invested time creating and managing live music events and performance based charity fundraisers. Siobhan is an independent theatre producer, the Festival Producer of Poppy Seed Theatre Festival and works in the Programming department at Regional Arts Victoria. In 2018, Siobhan was selected to be one of 12 women taking part in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program.
Siobhan’s recent acting highlights include tv series; Romper Stomper and Neighbours, feature films; A Long Night in Pexington, Bugs and The Neon Spectrum and theatre credits; Navy Pier by John Corwin, The Proposal by Anton Chekhov and Loose Teeth by Cassandra Elli. Her producing highlights include Terminus by Mark O’Rowe and Her Father’s Daughter by Keziah Warner.
Siobhan is on the Board of Trustees at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia, the Art and Soul Advisory Panel for City of Port Phillip and is proud to be working with Gasworks Arts Park in a partnership with Key Conspirators to present Script Nights- a monthly initiative that supports local writers in the presentational aspect of developing new work.
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.
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.
Jana is an award-winning film, TV and theatre actress, producer and consultant. In addition to several short film and stage performances, Jana has appeared in Eleven’s Neighbours, ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Seven’s Winners and Losers, and in 2016 made her feature film debut in The Legend of Ben Hall. Jana is set to reprise her role as Ann Hall in the two pending feature films, The Legend of Frank Gardiner and The Legend of John Vane, and in 2018 will appear in ABC iView’s The Wrong Kind of Black. Jana has studied with the Howard Fine Studio Australia since 2011, and is proud to be on the Trust and have a part in continuing to create opportunities to share this invaluable training.