Alex Bryant – Smith

Alex performed and toured internationally with the Australian Theatre for Young People. He has worked in theatre, film and television around Australia and Europe. Learn more →

Ali Aitken

Ali is based in Sydney and works with companies using scripted, improvised and collaborative scenarios in workshops and roleplay for live training as well as performing in educational and corporate training videos and films. She works as a roleplay actor for corporations and government bodies including TransportNSW, NSW Police and the Australian Defence Force. As a medical actor Ali works extensively with most of the national universities and training institutions including USyd, UNSW and the Pam McLcean Cancer Communications Centre. Her experience includes standardised patient (SP), OSCEs, MOSCEs, Primary Care Consultations, scripted and improvised, for live training.

Ali is an established actor, singer and voice artist. She has worked extensively in theatre and film and for a number of years appeared on Hong Kong government educational television programs enlightening local children to the wonders of the English language. She works with technical production students at NIDA in an advisory capacity and for many years has worked in Theatre In Education, and is highly skilled at achieving learning outcomes. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and also ACTT.

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. She also once worked in Buckingham Palace.

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, guest roles on TV shows and films including McLeod’s Daughters, Rake and most recently in blockbuster Bleeding Steel alongside Jackie Chan. For the last eight years, Anna has been working as an Actor and Facilitator in Corporate training programs. Highly experienced in role play, bespoke theatre and vocal and physical training, this work combines Anna’s enthusiasm for connecting with people alongside her acting skills and sense of humor. 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. 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. 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.

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.

Britt Yates

Classically trained at the Actors College of Theatre and Television in 2015, Britt has worked across theatre, feature films, television commercials and corporate work.  Britt has done multiple educational training videos for The Health Education and Training Institute NSW (HETI), as well as medical roleplaying for The University of Notre Dame Sydney, and Prison guard roleplaying for Whitelion Bail Out.

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. Apart from the Arts, Chris has been a carpenter, worked in the mining industry, as a professional fisherman and managed a garage. 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) Queensland University of Technology. He has worked extensively across film, theatre and television. Christopher has facilitated workshops in communication, film making, and team building and has 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.

Christopher 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. As a corporate Role Player, Chris has worked with NAB, KPMG, CITIBANK, SHL, Seven West Media, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Qantas, Jetstar, SKM and executive level public servants.

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 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.

Danxia Yung

Danxia is a Chinese-Norwegian-Australian actor and has played several roles in feature films, short films, TV and commercials. A graduate of Bachelor of Journalism at The University of Queensland, and holder of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) as well as Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Danxia has worked in teaching ESL for 3 years. She has in the past owned her own business in recruitment for hospitality events and has worked extensively in event supervision.

Deborah Jones

Deborah is an actor, director and producer in both film and theatre. She has been an acting teacher in various institutions around Sydney for the past twenty years. Deborah has been working with Roleplay Australia since 2001, performing role-play with clients such as Westpac, Sydney Transport Australia, NSW Police, DOCS, Telstra and many more.

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 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 organization Parnassus’ Den. 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.

ELAINE PATON

BA Communications Writing Film, BA Theatre, Drama Centre London Cert IV Training Assessment. Highly regarded by Clients as a Role Player, Facilitator and Trainer. She founded Talking Brief; Persuasive Communication for Lawyers. Clients include: VIC, NSW, QLD Bar Associations, VIC Legal Aid, NSW Crown Solicitors, presenting at: International Advocacy Teachers Conference, Italy, CLEAA Conference Sydney,…

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.

Fleur Murphy

As a graduate of the Arts Academy with a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Performance/Acting), Fleur has worked professionally within the industry as an actor, writer and producer. In the corporate world Fleur has been involved in training and internal communications videos and events for Village Hive, Officeworks, Bunnings, Target, Specsavers and Kmart. She also works as a Production Manager for the award winning corporate video company Ready to Roll.

Frieda McKenna

Frieda is an actor, writer and voice-over artist. A graduate of La Trobe University with a BA Honours, majoring in Drama and Econonmics. 
Frieda has been a professional actor for more than 20 years with credits including 26 episodes of The Wedge, 5 episodes of We Can Be Heroes, City Homicide, and Winners and Losers. For more than 16 years she has been a senior consultant in the retail industry. She has been a Multi-Site Manager for Caltex, and Senior Manager for Coles Supermarkets.

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. 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.

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.

Irene Sarrinikolaou

BA in Arts and Teaching. Since 2005, Irene has run her production company Angel Voices, specializing in live performances and entertainment.
Irene has been a key member of the Peers and Players team since 2011 at the Whitelion Bail Out events in Sydney. Other activities include co-producing The Verismo Studio Season of Pagliaccio, the Renaissance Players Runnymede concerts and collaborations with other singers and performers. Last year Irene created two productions at the Vanguard in Sydney.  And role-play for the OSCE in Sydney.

Ivy Mak

Ivy is an actor and writer who graduated from Ensemble Acting Studios, Sydney, with a Degree in Arts, Media & Communications from Macquarie University. Ivy has performed in a number of film, television, theatre and radio drama productions. As a writer and producer, her short films have been screened internationally. Ivy has worked as Drama Development Coordinator at Essential Media & Entertainment.

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.

Jane Watt

Jane is an actor, improviser and writer. She trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated in 2014. Since graduating from WAAPA, Jane has become an active member of Sydney’s independent theatre, film and comedy scenes. Jane has also worked extensively as a corporate performer and trainer, with a variety of companies such as Impro Australia, ITS, Corporate Actors Australia and Corporate Theatre P/L. Roles have included; facilitating workshops, presenting, performing scripted sketches, performing improvised comedy and interactive role-play. 

Jason McKell

Jason has a Bachelor in Theatre Arts (Acting) and was an inaugural member of the Actors International Corporate Networking Tour to England in 2010. His professional theatre debut was in ‘The Truth About Kookaburras’ in 2012. With a scholarship to the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Apprenticeship Program and he performed with the Oxford Shakespeare Company for several productions in New York and London. Jason pursues his passion for Acting and Clowning in his work for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Play Up, performing for hospitalised children and aged care/mentally disabled patients, throughout Australia.

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.

John Knowles

John Knowles is an actor, writer, improviser and trainer. He is the current Director of Corporate Training & Entertainment at Impro Australia. He has performed corporate role plays and character hoaxes for many companies including Downer, Uniting, Apple, Rabobank, Sharp and Xerox.  He has created and facilitated communication training programs for IBM, BIS, 3M, Apple, Yahoo, Gadens Lawyers and ING. John is a certified coach having completed the Coach U (CEFT) program. John has worked for Australian Business Theatre (ABT), taught at Screenwise Acting Academy and runs his corporate entertainment company, Solid Lines Creative.  

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.

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. 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.

Lara Lightfoot

Lara is a Sydney based actor and performance maker. She is a founding member of Little Spoon Theatre Co. She has performed with numerous companies, and studied in Sydney, New York, and Glasgow. 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 since early 2015. Learn more →

Lara Lightfoot

Leanne Curran

Leanne has years of experience in theatre and film as well as high-level sales and management experience in the corporate arena. Leanne’s credits include Feature Film and short film roles and several theatre productions. On a corporate level, Leanne has over 20 years of high-level sales and management experience in the highly competitive telecommunications industry. Leanne also has extensive role-playing experience and is regularly sought after to provide her role-play for clients such as Chevron Australia, The Western Australian Police, and Notre Dame University School of Medicine. 

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.   

Luke Thornley

Luke trained with Loren Johnson, Chum Ehelepola Myles Pollard, AIPA in Los Angeles (Professional Actors Masterclass) and Jeff Seymour. He has performed with Peers and Players at the annual Whitelion Bail Out events.

Luke is experienced in role play with medical, business and defense, including 2 years with The WA Police and with Notre Dame and other medical schools. Luke is trained to a BASIC level of the ICCM at Inner circle combatives Australia – Run by Andrew Hickey. He’s currently working for Luna Park and Walking Sydney while performing the role of Dr. Wentworth in The Lady in the Barracks for Sydney’s Fringe festival.

Marshall Cowan

Marshall has a background in Biotechnology, Computer Science and Information Technology and has worked in various corporate management roles. He has worked in corporate and educational roleplay since 2010, covering scenarios involving clinical diagnosis, rehabilitation, legal interviewing, criminology and corporate communication. His clients have included Flinders University, University of South Australia, the State Library of South Australia, and numerous legal firms and Adelaide-based businesses. 

Mary Rachel Brown

Mary has worked extensively as a role player for a diverse range of companies in banking, finance, psychology, medical, finance and the Australian Public service. She is also an award-winning writer, winning numerous awards. As an actor, Mary has decades of acting experience across Theatre, TV and Film. Originally from Canberra, Mary is a long-time member of the Peers and Players team. Learn more →

Mary Rachel Brown

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 Cuckson

Michael graduated from the University of Southern Queensland, obtaining a Bachelor of Theatre Arts with a major in Acting and has since performed over a decade of professional acting and voice over work. He has worked across Film, Television, Radio, Educational Theatre, Internal training videos, Induction videos, Industrial Theatre, Customer Role-play and Corporate Role-play.
Michael’s non acting work includes Retail, Hospitality, I.T., Training for an RTO and Business to Business Sales, all of which rely heavily on quick thinking, effective communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

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.

Mick Preston

Mick trained as an actor in New York with Uta Hagen. He lived there for eleven years. He has worked extensively in film, tv, theatre and corporate role play. Mick has a B.Ed., Cert 1V T&A & DISC accreditation. His role play work is also extensive & includes the areas of finance, medicine, mental health, pharmaceuticals, government, etc. and has covered such topics as corporate fraud, communication skills, conflict management, engaging in difficult conversations, and workplace bullying and harassment.