Daniel Cotterall-Debay

BA 1st class honours from Victoria University in New Zealand, M. Phil from Oxford University in the UK. Daniel worked as a negotiator for the NZ Government before moving to France, where he lectured on international negotiation at HEC Business School in Paris while managing a European corporate training consultancy. With 30 years of cross-cultural business experience, Daniel is currently based in Shanghai. He speaks English, Mandarin and French. Daniel is experienced in film, tv and theatre. Recent theatre roles include Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Claudius in Hamlet and Tito in Lend me a Tenor. On television, he has played French President Pompidou and British PM Clement Attlee among others.

Craig Scarborough

UK trained Certified Practitioner of NLP, Ability and Aptitude Assessment and Personality Assessment, Graduate in Theatre Performance and National Certificate in Engineering Science. Theatre actor and producer: the London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall, Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Royal Opera House and Glasgow’s Citizens’ Theatre and was a director of Herald Productions Ltd. Craig is bilingual in English and Portuguese and delivers training programmes, facilitating workshops and Role-playing. Recent contracts have taken him to France, Macedonia, Germany, the United States and Dubai, and have focused on merging corporate cultures through acquisitions, cross-cultural communications and the adoption of English as a Global Corporate Language.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 →

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.

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.

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.

Sara Grenfell

An arts program host on Radio Eastside. Theatre; The Treatment, Long Gone Lonesome Cow Girls, Coralie Lansdowne Says No, The Misanthrope, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stars, Street of Crocodiles (UK). Musical theatre; Sunset Boulevard, Barnum, Footrot Flats, Les Miserables, Kiss Me Kate. TV; GP, Neighbours, Home and Away, Water Rats, Murder Call, All Saints. Producer of Fit To Be Tied and A Respectable Wedding. Writing and directing credits include Big Mob a Good Times, The Girl with the Green Ear, and 18 Years of Therapy. Role-play includes NSW Health, APSC and ABT.

Steve Adams

BA Drama. An actor for twenty years, he has worked in film, TV, theatre and role-play. Awards: AFI Nomination for Something in the Air, Best Actor – Exposure International Film Festival. He has performed role-play for KPMG, ANZ, and OneSteel, as well as banks, hospitals, and social welfare groups. Management: professional photography, maintenance and carpentry. An Australian film investor, Steve has worked for the Royal Australian Air Force and Yarra City Council.

Steve Matthews

MA, Dip.Ed. Steve has been a professional actor, director, lecturer and performance coach for the last thirty years. His work has encompassed a wide range of styles and projects in theatre, film, TV and radio In the last fifteen years he has specialized as an acting teacher. He is also a coach and consultant in performance and leadership, working with a range of clients throughout Australia and overseas in numerous organizations such as Ernst and Young, Horwaths, BHP, Estee Lauder and The Australia Council. His role-play clients include The APSC, NAB, KPMG, Lendlease etc.

Tanya Edlington

Tanya is a conversation specialist. She is frequently called on to develop leaders’ capability by focusing on practical conversation skills and mindset awareness. In addition, Tanya is a mediator and conflict coach. She draws on her background in the creative arts to support innovation and problem solving, using improvisation tools and techniques to give participants practical insight. Tanya has experience working in the public, community, financial, health, higher education and arts sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and has studied the Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute of Australia.

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. 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. Specializing 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.

Yvette Alcott

Education: Ensemble Studios Acting School, BA Theatre Studies, Honours – Pschology. Yvette has performed in over 50 live theatre productions: Shakespeare in repertory, Griffin Theatre, La Mama and Sydney Opera House, stand up comedy at The Comedy Store, as well as film and TV. Since 1998 she has performed role play, real play and facilitation roles for Peers and Players, E&Y, KPMG, NAB, Citicorp, QANTAS, Vero, Baker & McKenzie. She is a published writer and is currently undertaking her PhD in Psychology.

Anne Sieder

Anne has studied in Chicago, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has over 25 years experience as a professional actress and presenter on two continents. As an American who has lived in Europe for over 17 years, she is fluent in English, German and French. Anne is the founder and owner of The Acting Atelier Munich, which offers workshops and master classes to professional actors in and around Munich. Anne has extensive Corporate acting experience as a role-player for companies such as United Airlines, Kraft Foods, Siemens, and Allianz, among others.

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.