Ali Aitken

ACTT graduate. Ali has performed with a number of theatre companies in Australia and Hong Kong, is co-founder of Future Classic Theatre and Purple Turtle Theatre Co and has a wide range of experience in film and TV, radio plays and voiceovers. Previously she has worked in a number of corporate roles, from four years as a local government officer in the UK to two years as Managing Editor of an international publishing house based in Hong Kong. Role-play and corporate clients include Pam MacLean Cancer Communication Centre, Longmans Publishing, Sydney University, the Australian Defense Force and many other organizations and training institutions.

Andrew Robb

Electronic Engineering, University of Canberra. Andrew ran an engineering business and worked in IT marketing. Acted in the UK in film, BBC tv, radio, The West End, and La Mama in Melbourne. Andrew produced ‘The Vegemite Tales’ in London’s West End, and award winning short films. He has worked in the corporate sector in Australia, the UK, across Europe, New York, and the Philippines. He is experienced in roleplay, forum theatre, executive coaching, and communication skills. Clients include: Accenture, Allianz, Arts Council England, AstraZeneca, Barclays Bank, Dept of Health, Victorian Gov, GlaxoSmithKline, Equality & Human Rights Commission, Foster Wheeler Engineering, KPMG, Ministry of Justice, Philip Morris, Royal Bank of Scotland, TNT Transport, Telstra and Virgin Mobile.

Angela Twigg

Creative IV – Workplace Training and Accreditation. Angela has worked as a trainer/facilitator/actor and coach across Australia and internationally. She is also a consultant with the Maura Fay Group. TV: Medivac, Stingers, Halifax FP, and Neighbours. Role-play: Melbourne University – General Practice, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Dentistry. She has trained people in leadership, coaching for performance and negotiation skills among other areas. Corporate clients include Woolworths, Unilever, Microsoft, Telstra, Australia Post and KPMG.

Anita Torrance

Anita is a Financial Analyst/Para planner for a Melbourne based Financial Planning Company. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Economics, Management & Marketing. Recent film credits include ‘Nightmare & Dreamscapes’ (Stephen King stories) and ‘Antiope’ in the US mini-series ‘Hercules’. (Coote Hayes). Television credits include; Blue Heelers and Stingers. Anita has just finished playing the lead role in two theatre seasons in Melbourne of ‘Carrying Shoes into the Unknown’.

Anna Cheney

Spanning two decades as an actor, Anna is a multi-award winner with credits including touring nationally with Bell Shakespeare and guest roles on McLeod’s Daughters. Facilitating and performing for corporate companies combines Anna’s enthusiasm for connecting with people alongside her emotional intelligence and sense of humour. Her performance experience in the corporate sphere includes role play, bespoke theatre and training videos.

Anna is friendly, punctual and creative and her presence in a room is positive and energizing.

Anne Mayer

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology/Drama/Cinema Studies). Anne is the owner, manager and active member of theatre company Impro NOW that has been providing improvisation performances and training through-out South Australia for schools and corporate groups since 2003. Anne has 30 years of role playing and tutoring experience with The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, including for the F U Law School, School of Medicine, Australian Medical Council, SA Paramedic Degree Program, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. Also role playing for Dept. of Water & Land Biodiversity and Conservation, Centrelink, Telstra, Uniting Community Care, MIFSA, BAE Systems, City Councils (Charles Sturt, Playford, Burnside) and Novartis. She works for the School of Medicine at Flinders University facilitating staff and student training, and tutoring in communication skills.

Barbara Bingham

Barbara worked in Los Angeles as a professional actress for 18 years and enjoyed extensive success in film, television, commercials and corporate training. She began her professional coaching with Sonny Vaccaro Sports through Adidas and was responsible for training amateur athletes who were being drafted into professional teams. Since moving to Sydney, Barbara has continued to work as an actor and developed her role-play, real-play, facilitation and coaching for effective leadership skills with clients such as KPMG, Citi Bank, Qantas Airlines, JetStar Airlines, Goodman Fielder, Johnson & Johnson and Sinclair Knight Mertz.

Barbara Lowing

A graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Barbara has worked all over Australia and internationally; notably with Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, St John’s Cathedral, La Boite, The Queensland Arts Council, Performers Independent Theatre Company and affiliated with Sydney Theatre Company.

Barbara has directed for The University of Southern Queensland and Expressions Dance Company. Barbara is a voice over artist and has co-devised over 15 new works. In 2007 Barbara won a Theatre Critics Matilda Award for Best Actress, two MEAA/Equity awards and a Goldie Award for Best Commercial Voice Over Artist, Queensland. She has worked as a Corporate Trainer with Westpac, Coup, Queensland University, Brown and Hurley, and The Commonwealth Bank. Role-play clients Australia Post and News Corp.

Barton Williams

With a B.Ed./B.T (University of South Australia) Barton has over 15 years of primary school teaching experience and 10 years of adult sports coaching experience. As a former professional water skier, surf lifesaver and martial artist Barton has an array of high level specialty skills. Barton started acting in front of the camera and on stage across South Australia and New South Wales at the age of 10. He then trained professionally as an actor at ACTT (Actors College of Theatre and Television) and as a TV presenter at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). TV: Maximum Choppage, Rescue Special Ops. Film: The Battle of Long Tan, Missing Water and Overcast. Theatre: A Quiet Night in Rangoon, Vietnamese Moon Festival, Home Delivery. Corporate: NSW Department of Health. In addition to this Barton is a published children’s author and a producer of kids TV show.

Benjamin Brock

Ben is an experienced theatre, film and TV actor. He has degrees in Psychology and Marketing and accidentally fell into acting after his dreams of being an international sports star fell through. He currently performs role-play for Relationships Australia, Roleplay Australia, PMC and Creative Minds at Work.

Bill Conn

A NIDA graduate, he has worked as an actor, director, performing arts teacher, corporate role player/ trainer and MC. He has performed with many theatre companies and has wide experience in television and film, corporate videos, radio drama, voice overs and voices for animation. Bill has performed countless play-readings and recorded over 100 books, winning the TDK/National Library Talking Book Award twice. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Page to Stage youth project, and role-plays for NAB and the Australian Public Service Commission.

Brian Langsworth

Brian’s education includes a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (with distinction). Brian is also trained and experienced in the administration, integration and interpretation of various psychometric instruments for senior leaders, such as strategic and in-tray exercises, coaching role plays and a range of psychometric tools. He has been performing role-play in a variety of scenarios for Peers and Players with the APSC, Stockland, HSF, KPMG , Herbert Smith Freehills and other organizations since 2000.

Carole Patullo

Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma Movement and Dance. She co-founded Troupe du Jour, devising workshops using improvisation as a tool for learning. Corporate clients include Mobil and Mitre 10. Theatre: Storming St Kilda by Tram, Charitable intent, and A Man for All Seasons. She was nominated for two Green Room Awards and won Best Supporting Actress for Operation Dostoyevsky. TV: The King and The Librarians. Carole is soon to be seen in feature film Lake Mungo, and role-played for KPMG and Centrelink.

Chiara Gizzi

Since moving to Sydney from the Gold Coast in 2010, Chiara has enjoyed repeated success in the acting industry, landing multiple roles in film, television and theatre. Outside of her acting career Chiara runs her own personal mentoring business in the lifestyle and wellness industry. Chiara’s experience in corporate training and role play experience includes British American Tobacco and NSW Health where her roles helped challenge staff members on their interpersonal skills and ability to handle challenging environments and interactions.

Chris Betts

Dip. Of Arts (Theatre) D.A.I.A.E. Chris has been a professional actor since 1982, with more than a hundred stage productions under his belt for all of the major theatre companies in Australia. He also has extensive experience in film and television, including a role opposite to Cuba Gooding Junior in “Absolute Deception”. Apart from the Arts, Chris has been a carpenter, worked in the mining industry, as a professional fisherman and managed a garage. An experienced skydiver with over 150 jumps, his other main passion is motorcycles, and he has even tried his hand in selling them for Yamaha!
He has worked with Queensland Health for many years, role- playing with Doctors and Health Professionals in a multitude of different scenarios aimed at developing the communication skills of these specialists. He is currently working with Queensland Gas role-playing and facilitating processes as a part of a team that facilitates mining and gas industry safety performances to their workers.

Chris Burke

Chris is an actor, director, producer and voice-over artist. He is a graduate of the University of Western Sydney, has a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) degree and he is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. He has been a professional actor for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience in theatre, television, film and corporate performance. Corporate: NAB, KPMG, CITIBANK, SHL, Seven West Media, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Qantas, Jetstar, SKM and executive level public servants. He has also role played for the Sydney Short Course in Intensive Care for several years and with the medical unit of the ADF.

Chris McInnes

Chris graduated from the Actor’s Centre Australia in 2012 with an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts. He has experince working in theatre, television and film projects in both Sydney and his native Perth. He also has corporate training experience working with The West Australian Police, West Australian State Emergency Service, Marrickville City Council and The University of Technology’s Nursing School in their client simulations. Prior to graduating from acting school, Chris obtained a Bachelor of Psychology majoring in organisational psychology. Utilising his studies he worked in customer relations for the Star Casino in New South Wales. Currentl, Chris is living and working as an actor, drama teacher and performance coach in Ho Chi Minh City.

Chris Sommers

Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting). And Queensland University of Technology: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) He has worked extensively across film, theatre and television. Christopher teaches for NYFA, Tom McSweeney/Newman Productions, NIDA Open Program and NIDA Corporate, Qld Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Backbone Youth Arts and Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts.
Christopher has facilitated workshops in Communication, Film making, team building exercises and coached clients in confidence building and public speaking sessions.
He developed ‘Sceneorama’: a screen acting class created to enhance the skills of Brisbane actors. He is an acting coach, working with performers for audition processes here and for the USA. He was the Associate Artistic Director of 23rd productions from 2008-2013 and has worked in Corporate Entertainment and with IZIT Entertainment in various role-play capacities. He has also performed a variety of role-play scenarios for QLD Health, St John’s CPR situation re-creation and for Ignition Films in Docu-drama and Education.

Craig Menaud

Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Art. Craig is an actor with a breadth of experience, a teacher (NIDA Open Programme) and director, currently working on the Page to Stage Project. His band, The Theatrics, plays regularly around Sydney. He has worked for NRMA Insurance Limited, and been involved in the co-ordination and hands-on implementation of several internal IT-related company projects, as well as Help Desk and Internet Support for Mantech IT International Systems Recruitment. He recently performed role-play with Peers and Players for NAB.

Daniel Byrnes

MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and diplomas in HR and company directorship. Corporate clients: Qantas, Rio Tinto, Astra Zeneca, ANZ, SAP, Deloitte, Amcor, St George Bank, Lend Lease, Coates Hire, FKP, ANSTO, Pfizer, Westpac, Staging Connections, Audi, Reliance Petroleum, AGSM – UNSW, the Australian Defence Force, AMP, Suncorp, Talent2, Bangkok Bank and Telkomsel Indonesia.

Daniel Murphy

As well as being an actor, writer, and educator, Daniel is also an accomplished improviser and role-player, working regularly with doctors and other medical professionals for the Cognitive Institute in particular. He has role-played in many workshops and scenarios for News Corp., Qld Health, Griffith University, Brisbane City Council, Woolworths, SEQ Water, Open Disclosure (RBWH), and Australian College of Emergency Medicine Exams, as well as performing in training and counselling videos for SES Qld, Qld Rail, Eco-Tourism, and the Cognitive Institute.

Deborah Piper

Deborah recently completed her Masters in Applied Psychotherapy and has a private practice. She was seen recently in Romeo and Juliet and The Pull of negative Gravity at The Seymour Centre. Deborah has appeared in Love My Way, Jessica, Home and Away, Always Greener, Young Guns and CNNNN. She has over ten years role-play experience in both the corporate and medical sectors for clients including KPMG, The APSC and Citibank.

Donna Brooks

Donna has worked as an actor, voice over artist and presenter for over 20 years in theatre, film and television. Her performance and corporate performance work has taken her to Australia, Italy, Belgium and the UK. In the corporate and educational sectors, Donna has worked extensively with both improvisational and scripted role play for training, professional development and recruitment in areas such as conflict resolution, relational mediation, customer service, management and medical training. Clients include Relationships Australia, AIRS, Star City, Westfield Shopping Centres, Mission Australia, The Salvation Army, Centrelink, University of Sydney, The Pam McLean Centre, University of Notre Dame and Paper Scalpel Rock.

Drayton Morley

Drayton is a NIDA graduate and has enjoyed a successful career in theatre, television and film for over twenty years. A winner of a Mike Walsh Fellowship (NIDA) he also trained at the acclaimed physical theatre school Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. A voice over artist Drayton is regularly heard on Australian television and radio. An actor, producer and teacher, Drayton is the founder and current Literary Manager of the Australian play development organisation Parnassus’ Den based at the SBW Stables Theatre in Sydney.
Drayton’s experience in corporate training & role-play is extensive working both nationally and internationally. A regular employee of Peers and Players he has experience in the training of Australian Government bureaucrats for CDAC’s as well as in the fields of medicine, employment services, financial planning and the training of management for corporate clients such as News Corp, UBS, IBM, Pearn Kandola and Herbert Smith Freehills.

Elena Carapetis

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Dramatic Arts. Theatre: Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Malthouse, Brink Productions and NIDA Professional Co. TV: Heartbreak High, Marking Time, All Saints, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Children’s Hospital and Murder Call. Elena teaches drama in Adelaide and Sydney and worked in marketing for The University of South Australia, producing a DVD for International Recruitment and Trans-national Support Services. Role play clients: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Centrelink.

Emma Callaghan

Emma began her career in Cats at the age of 16. Since then she has performed locally and internationally in Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. TV: Blue Heelers, Stingers, Big Sky, and Police Rescue. She was project manager for a Mall Media installation for Westfield. She has liaised with the creatives, client executives, ground staff, and ad agency executives. She has just done an in-house presentation for Honda Australia.

Fiona MacLeod

Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Film: Noise, The Heartbreak Tour, Little Deaths, and Roy Hollsdotter Live. TV: All Saints, Satisfaction, Secret Life of Us, Frontline and Blue Heelers. She co-founded The Other Tongue Theatre Company and has performed with them locally and internationally. She has worked in advertising , and as a retail marketing manager. She does commercial voice over work, foreign film dubbing, and narration. Corporate role play clients: The Cognitive Institute, Alfred Hospital and Replay Group.

Georgia Bolton

Bachelor of Arts. Certificate IV – Training and Assessment. Acting credits include Blue Heelers, Stingers, Thank God You’re Here, City Homicide, Noise, The Independent, Submerge and Thank God You’re Here, for the National Speakers Association. She taught at The National Theatre, Drama with a Difference and Centrestage. Georgia is an experienced facilitator and role-player with international clients including KPMG, Liveworks, NAB, ANZ and Centrelink and The Maura Fay Group.

Georgina Capper

BA Drama & Theatre Studies, German Literature. Georgina is a founding member of Leisa Shelton’s ensemble Antechambre. Screen: Remembering Nigel, Crushed, Blue Heelers and Neighbours. Green Room nominations for 360 Positions in a One Night Stand and Letters From Animal, and Gren Room Award for The Time is Not Yet Ripe. Georgina teaches commedia dell’arte to secondary students, She role-plays for Melbourne University, and has worked extensively as a corporate facilitator and role player.

Grant Cartwright

Grant is an award-winning theatre, film, and television actor. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, he has appeared in productions in Australia for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, and Malthouse Theatre among others; and in New York for the Manhattan Rep Theatre, 45th Street Theatre, and Columbia Stages. Grant’s experience in sales and customer service includes Aesop, T2, and Aquila. He has also worked extensively in corporate film and role-play for companies such as Qantas, CGU and Telstra.

Heidi Silberman

Heidi has ten years’ experience performing improvised theatre, including performances at Improvention, the international festival of improvised theatre. She has created and directed many improvised works, including most recently ‘The Home Front’ at The Street Theatre in Canberra. She has also written and directed scripted works.

She works for The Humour Foundation as a Clown Doctor at The Canberra Hospital and regularly performs as a Murder Mystery Host with Applause Entertainment. Heidi has corporate role-play experience with Peers & Players (Department of Defence), TIE Interact (AFP), Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (ANU Law School) and the ANU Medical School.

Holding a Bachelor of Education, Heidi teaches improvisation to adults and children as well as speech and drama to children.

Ian Rooney

Melbourne based, Ian recently appeared in Neighbours, Last Man Standing and the upcoming movie Rats and Cats. Theatre includes Too Dark a Pink and Red is the New Black, The Meeting at Chapel off Chapel, Death and Downsizing at the and Provocation. Commercials include McDonald’s, Ford, realestate.com and White Pages. Ian’s corporate role-play includes ongoing New Manager Programs for KPMG. His extensive business background encompasses middle and senior management and he is a qualified lighting engineer.

Ian Rose

Bachelor of Arts. Ian has acted extensively on stage in London; his TV and film credits include Eastenders, Casualty, London’s Burning, City Homicide, Like It Is, Surveillance and Flyboys. He worked for four years with Bi-Jingo, developing and delivering events and programs for General Motors, Credit Suisse and the Legal Services Commission. Now teaching courses in Communication Skills and Business English at Swinburne University, Ian also works as a freelance writer for The Age and recently performed role-play for SHL and Centrelink.

James Bean

Masters Degree in Communication. Extensive work for SHL includes KPMG, ANSTO, NSW Health, the APS, RTA and LendLease. An actor for twenty years, including All Saints, Backberner, GP and Home and Away. Corporate videos include Westpac, the ATO, Optus, AMP and Telstra, and product launches for Fujitsu and Tradelink. James is also an editor for an educational publishing company, has written several English-language course books, and taught English language skills at Sydney University and in China and Hungary.

James Collette

A graduate of Actor’s Centre Australia’s full time acting training, James is a professional actor, improviser, writer, trainer and coach, who has also worked in subscriptions for Opera Australia. At 13 he was the youngest performer ever to be certified by ImproAustralia to perform in their main stage shows. Theatre: Poetry in Action 2012 tour; And Then There Were None, and Friday. Role-play: Xstrata Mines Mt Isa, Mountainview Teacher’s conference and St John of God Hospital staff training.

Jenny Lovell

BA, Macquarie University. Jenny has been performing for over 20 years. TV and Film: Prisioner, Blue Heelers, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Gallipoli. Film and Tv: Prisoner, Blue Heelers, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli. Theatre: Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse, Red Stitch, Theatreworks, La Mama and Carlton Courthouse. She works in improvisation nationally and internationally, and trained with Rowena Baylos, Andrew Wade (RSC), Stewart Pearce (Globe), and Keith Johnstone. In 2004 Jenny was nominated for a Green Room award and in 2002 an International Fellow with the Globe Theatre in London. She runs corporate workshops in team building, listening and communication. Clients: Melbourne Business School MBA and EMBA courses, LH Martin, University of Melbourne and Impro Melbourne.

Joanna Weinberg

Trained at the University of Cape Town, and nominated for several awards in Johannesburg for her screen and stage work. In Sydney Joanna has a corporate entertainment company called Got it Flaunt it!, which has worked with Microsoft, Freedom, Citrix, Unisys, Maquarie Bank and Lion Nathan. Joanna is also a writer and has performed her comedic musical shows at the Seymour Centre, the Stables, the Vanguard, the Basement, Bar Me and the Statement. Joanna is a valued member of Peers and Players in Australia and regularly performs role-play for the APSC.

Julian York

Julian holds a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Marketing and Management. After cutting his teeth in the advertising world he eventually moved client side where he quickly established a reputation for realigning marketing and business development strategies to help organizations truly engage with their customers in innovative and interactive ways. Parallel to pursuing a career in the corporate world, Julian is also a professional actor with varied and extensive experience in corporate training and role play. He has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including L’Oreal, The Flight Centre Group and Deloitte, regularly challenging their executives on a number of ‘soft skills’ including personal development, presentation skills coaching, customer engagement and how to handle difficult conversations. He has also worked extensively across Government and Medical industries role playing everything from unhappy employees to complex medical diagnosis.

Kerith Atkinson

QUT Academy of the Arts Acting Graduate, she received a Best Supporting Actress Matilda nomination for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Queensland Theatre Company and performed in The Lost Property Rules, Pygmalion, An Oak Tree, Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol, Vincent in Brixton. Other credits include Motherland Operator, Njunjul the Sun, Colder, Bronte, Dear Charlotte and Black Christmas, The Tempest, Prometheus Unbound and National tour of Amadeus, Three Sisters, The Heartbreak Kid, Dark Heart, and Like There’s No Tomorrow. Film &TV includes Mako (3 seasons) Island of Secrets, Reef Doctors, Terra Nova, All Saints, Water Rats, Farscape, Girl Clock and The Last Man on Earth. A proud Equity member since 1998, currently serving on National Performers Committee & Qld Branch Council.

Role-play and real play clients include Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Cognitive Institute, Qld Health, Open Disclosure (RBWH), ANU Law Faculty and the QUT Law Faculty. And training and corporate videos for SES Qld, News Corp Disability Services Qld, Education Qld and ASIC.

Khanh Trieu

In a former life Khanh practiced law in-house at the Law Society of NSW processing applications to the Pro Bono Scheme for Legal Representation and Referrals. His legal training helped with public speaking, presenting and an understanding of corporate dealings and business. He is an actor in film, TV, theatre and corporate productions. And winner of a talent scholarship to the New York Film Academy for 2010.

Tranh’s career highlights include acting roles in Fox 8’s ‘Australia’s Next Top Model’, SBS’s ‘Housos’, Opera Australia’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, Sydney Tallships’ ‘Attack of the Pirates’, Paul Fenech’s ‘Fat Pizza vs Housos’, NIDA’s ‘Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’ and Screen Australia’s ‘The Australiana Hostel’. His role play and corporate training video experience includes NSW Health, University of Sydney Business School, ANZ Bank, Baxter, LHC Capital and Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Lara Lightfoot

Lara is a Sydney based actor and performance maker. She is a founding member of Little Spoon Theatre Co. and with them has performed in “Where’s My Money”, “Tiger Country”, and “Stitching”, and produced the sell-out season of “Danny and The Deep Blue Sea”. She has performed with New Theatre, The Street Theatre, ABitOnTheSide, Stage Debris, and has devised and developed work with Lace Balloon, Earthcrosser Company, Elbow Theatre, Stage Juice, and paperweight productions.
She has studied various techniques in Sydney, New York, and Glasgow. She appeared in two new web series, and is writing and acting in her own new skit series as well as being involved in several independent short films, and appeared in an episode of the hit web series “Starting from… now!”. Lara works as a professional role-player with several organisations, working across the medical industry, HR and recruitment, EEO and others. She is studying her Masters of Applied Linguistics and has been working with Peers and Players for various clients including St John of God, Cognitive Institute and Charles Sturt University since early 2015.

Laurence Coy

Has a BA in Theatre Studies and Australian History, an Acting Diploma from WAAPA, studied directing a NIDA, and is completing his MA in Writing. He is adept in comedy, acting, Theatresports, directing, writing and producing. The Academic Program Manager at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, he lectured at Leeds University. He is DISC Accredited and has taught presentation and negotiation skills, customer service, and speech writing for Maura Fay, NIDA Corporate program, and Jack Morton Worldwide. Clients; Optus, IAG, ABN AMRO, HSBC and the SCG Trust.

Lisa Peers

NIDA trained, and founder and director of Peers and Players, Lisa began her acting career on screen in Sunday Too Far Away and Monkey Grip. TV includes Country Practice, Bellbird, GP, Home and Away, All Saints, Theatre; Fool For Love, Catholic School Girls, Hamlet, Away. She has presented on screen for Westpac, People Styles USA, Leadership Challenge etc. Role-play for SHL, DDI, WorkCover, Adelaide Bank, Telstra, Qantas, KPMG, APS, Lendlease, ANSTO. She is also a consultant with International Casting, San Francisco.

Louise Walsh

With a Bachelor Arts in Communications and a Certificate IV in training and assessment, Louise has worked as a HR specialist for over a decade and has been a trainer, facilitator and coach for clients including Westpac, Allianz, Origin, Hudson, Suncorp and AAPT.

Louise has developed and performed role-plays for a variety of organisations in fields including Banking, Telecommunications, Engineering, Health & Safety, Executive Development and Emergency Services. She coaches programs in presentation skills, change management, employee outplacement and executive interview training.   

Louise is an accomplished improviser who is a key cast member of Impro ACT in Canberra. She has performed in unscripted live shows ranging from short-form comedy games to long-form dramas and musicals. Louise runs improvisation workshops for children, youth and corporate groups.  She has also worked with Peers and Players for DTAC and Cognitive Institute role-play scenarios.

Mary Rachel Brown

Associate Diploma in Performing Arts. Mary has worked extensively as a role player for a diverse range of companies including HSBC, AMP, The Cognitive Institute, Johnston and Johnston, Sinclair Knight Merz, The Royal Australian Navy, Sydney University, NSW Public Service, The Pam Maclean Cancer Communication and The Australian Public Service Commission CDAC programs.

Mary is an award-winning writer; in 2014 she was an Artist in Residence at Griffin Theatre Company. As a writer Mary has been commissioned by ABC TV, Chanel Seven, NSW Education Dept., The Australian War Memorial and The Australia Council. Mary has decades of acting experience across Theatre, TV and Film, her credits include everything from All Saints to Shakespeare In The Park. Originally from Canberra, Mary is a long-time member of the Peers and Players team.

Matt Stewart

Matt has over 20 years experience as a facilitator, trainer, businessman, project manager and director. He co-founded Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney and Darlo Drama Adult Acting School. As General Manager he provided management and marketing and established a highly successful business. Matt is the founder and director of Act Corporate Drama Training, using acting techniques for presentation and interpersonal skills in the workplace.

Michael Gregory

Michael is an actor, improviser, writer, corporate performer, role-player, director and teacher who has specialized in improvisation for more than 20 years. He has facilitated workshops on thinking on your feet, accepting & building ideas, active listening, responding to changing circumstances, and working as a team. He creates a supportive & fun environment in which people have fun while learning. He has hosted, performed, facilitated and devised role-plays for a number of clients from Presentation skills to Critical Conversations. Rope. He was in Think Fresh Improv Challenge for the Comedy Channel and was the creator and creative producer for CH7 HD’s This Is Your Laugh! Michael has been involved in impro-comedy shows, including Hamlet Improvised, The Unspeakable Mockbeth, Scared Scriptless, The Total Recall Show, Completely Lost in Space, Bonds Have More Fun.

Mike Newman

Bachelor of Education, PG Diploma (HR Development). Mike has many years experience as a professional actor – theatre and screen credits include Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Barefoot in the Park, and Blind Faith. Mike works in executive coaching, facilitation techniques, presentation skills, and conflict management, both locally and internationally. He has worked with corporations, government departments, banks and advertising companies, and performed role-play for Peers and Players and KPMG.

Murray Fahey

Murray Fahey: BA (COM) LLB MA Laws. Murray has acted in numerous feature films, Television and stage productions. An acomplished improviser and comedian, he has performed in Edinburgh, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, USA and many European and Australian Comedy Festivals. He has taught at NIDA, Boston University, Monash University, Sydney University, NSW University and at the Actors Centre. He writes and performs in coference presentations for a range of corporate clients.

Narelle Nash

Narelle has a BA in Psychology at UNSW and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She has completed several courses in acting at recognized institutions and has appeared on TV and in many independent films. Narelle has been doing role-play work since 2013 and has worked extensively in the corporate sector assisting occupational psychologists by providing learning and training experiences as part of psychometric testing for the job selection process. Narelle provides training in communication and empathy to medical students at UNSW, Australian Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame. Her other role-play clients include Transport for NSW, the Department of Human Services and AMP Financial Services Ltd.

Neveen Hanna

Neveen trained at The Actors Studio and is a qualified Accountant and Business Manager. She has expertise in role-play and a real life understanding of the corporate and medical industries. Some recent roles in Corporate video, Role Play, E-Learning & Presenting include clients such as NSW Health, AMES NSW, and The NSW New Tenancy Laws 2010 for Aust. Govt., The One Centre, Telstra, SKM, Commonwealth Development Bank & Electricity Board of NSW and HETI. She also has experience in conflict resolution Role-play with TSA Corporation and radio and news reading.

Nick Bolton

A Marketing Graduate, with a background in advertising, Nick was Account Director for Ogilvy Interactive, and founded TEN ALPHAS, a media production business in 2003, which now employs 70 people across 4 offices. Nick consults on online video content delivery, and has developed many Web, Mobile and IPTV portals and online video campaigns. Nick has many theatre credits and is also a Presenter and MC for clients such as Salesforce.com, DGM and GL. For Peers and Players, he has performed role play for Tabcorp, Herbert Smith Freehills and the recent Hay Group Conference presentation which you can see at www.peersandplayers.com.

Nick Byrne

One of Australia’s most prominent improvisational trainers and producers, and Artistic Director of Australasia’s International Festival and Convention of Unscripted Theatre, Improvention, Nick has been a theatre & training industry professional for thirty years, experienced in therapeutic settings, and workplace, performing arts and business worlds as a trainer, director, producer, consultant, and role-player.

Specialising for the last fifteen years in improvisation and its applications to work and lifestyle, Nick has worked with psychologists and physiologists at the Australian Institute of Sport, to prepare Olympic athletes for off-field and on field adversities and illnesses, as well as with National Gallery of Australia staff to prepare them for specialised tour groups, such as dementia patients.

Nick helps to train United Nations and Australian Federal Police peacekeepers for international deployments in which they needed to engage psychologies appropriate in differing cultural settings, even improvising with United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

His work in therapeutic settings began in the late 1990’s, when he was asked to train young adults with acquired brain injury. He took this group from beyond their community centre sessions to empowering sell-out performances in theatres, and the group continues to grow, now operating national programs from its own venue.

Olga Assabgy

Olga is a lawyer and actress. Completing a Bachelor or Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Olga started practice as a lawyer in 2003 and is now the head of a conveyncing business all while working as a professional actress. Olga is a regular for Adult Migrant English Program corporate videos. Videos outline – communicating in the workplace, preparing for job interviews, attending job interviews, how to find work, conduct at work and other related topics. TV: Deadly Women. Film: The System, Skin Deep, Love You Krishna. Theatre: Still Seeking Other. Olga also produces and presents for www.IndieFilmWorld.tv.

Paul Booth

Paul trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in NY and has a Master of Creative Arts degree. Accreditation includes Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, MBTI, DiSC and the Enneagram. As an actor Paul has worked in theatre, television and film in Australia and the USA. Work includes Roundabout Theatre Company NY, Q Theatre, Iron Cove Theatre – Director. TV – The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and A Country Practice. Paul has extensive experience in the corporate sector as a role-player, trainer, facilitator and executive coach. Clients include: News Corp, KPMG Worldwide, PWC, NAB, BOC, SEQUENOM, WorkPac, AMP, Leighton Contractors, Air Services Australia, DEHP and Wylie Publishing.

PJ Williams

TV: A Country Practice, Snobs, Home & Away, All Saints and Always Greener. Film: Jindabyne. Theatre: The Street Theatre, ACTInteract Corporate Training, Tom Tom Events, 666ABC Canberra and The ACT Government. P.J. is a Co-founder of Impro ACT, and is a past recipient of the MEAA Actors Equity award for Professional Practice.

Richard Lawton

Richard is an accredited executive leadership coach and Myers-Briggs-Type-Indicator trainer and facilitator. As a coach and consultant, Richard has worked with all levels of legal professionals, executive level managers, C.E.O.’s and board directors. Past clients include: Vic & NSW Bar Associations, Lander & Rogers Lawyers, Herbert Geer Commercial Law, NSW Crown Solicitors Dept, VCAT, Esso Exxon Mobil, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Telstra, Australia Post, and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. As a theatre director and performing arts lecturer, Richard worked with the Sydney Theatre Company, N.I.D.A., Sydney and Monash Universities. Richard is also a senior consultant for Ignite Coaching.

Rom Gulla

Rom is a graduate of ACTT with an Acting Diploma and more than a decade of experience in theatre, television and role-playing. He has assisted with recruitment by role-playing in all different industries, particularly working in corporate and training.
Rom has worked with a vast variety of clients such as Transport NSW, Telstra, Relationships Australia, St George, Westpac, BeChallenged, Health NSW and most recently NSW Justice System, playing the role of a parolee. He has also been a part of numerous company campaigns playing the roles of an angry customer, CEO and a themed facilitator. 
Some of his career highlights have included starring as the main lead in the Panasonic Persecution of Rommy Gulla campaign, ABC2 commercial, Tivo launch commercial as well as many plays including The Removalist, A Hat Full of Rain and Anna in the Tropics.

Ronan McChesney

Ronan was a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and had fifteen years experience in the Banking and Finance Industry – four years in audit with Ernst & Young, eight years in corporate finance with Perpetual; and three years in corporate finance with Macquarie Bank. He is an international tour and Bridge Climb guide. Ronan is an accomplished stand up comedian and actor and works with Peers and Players as a role-player for KPMG and the Australian Public service Commission.

Rosie Lourde

Actors Centre Australia graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from UTS. Rosie has worked as a professional actor, director, writer, performing arts teacher and corporate role player/trainer. Theatre: Singled Out, Small Poppies, The Will. Film: Embedded, Chocolate Oyster, and Felony. TV: Underbelly Badness, Rake 2. Corporate clients: NSW Department of Health, Morgan Stanley, and the University of Sydney. Rosie also has over 10 years customer service, administrative and managerial experience within tertiary education institutions as well as several years experience in national and international public policy development in International Human Rights and Indigenous affairs. Rosie currently runs her own film production company through which she is currently producing an independent Australian feature film, Skin Deep.