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Debra Teng

Debra Teng has worked all over the world, including Hungary, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, USA and United Kingdom. She has been twice nominated for the Asian TV Awards for Best Performance, and won the Excellent Performer Award in Toyama, Japan. Originally trained as an architect, Debra worked as a management consultant with a local consulting firm, and later, as associate partner of The Gallup Organization. Corporate programs include communications and presentation skills, service transformation, change management, teambuilding, profiling, succession planning, leadership and diversity programs. Clients: Symrise, Prudential, CAAS, Accenture, Barclays, Baker & McKenzie, Merril Lynch, Maybank, OCBC, UOB, UBS, World Bank.

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.

Ashish Bhuwania

A B.E. graduate from Oxford College of Engineering, Ashish has spent the last 2 years working for Sunrise Silk Udyog as a Business Relationship and Production Manager, where he was responsible for bringing new clients to the company and provided financial advice. He has also participated at national level in a workshop on Bio- informatics at the Vittal Mallya Science & Research Foundation.

Vipul Srivastava

BElectronic Engineering from Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi and Masters degree in Management Science from Stanford University. Vipul has experience in managing large teams in chip and software design in large corporations including IBM, Western Digital and Hitachi across the globe. He headed India operations for a chip startup that was later acquired by a large US based storage company. He is currently managing mobile phone platform development at a German chip design company. Vipul has over 10 years of experience in acting, writing and direction having worked and trained with various theater groups in India and the USA. He has trained in Playback theater. Utilizing his theater skills in corporate environment, Vipul has effectively managed large teams by providing feedback, resolving conflicts through role-play and mentoring new entrants.

Ashish Joshi

BElectronics (Software Engineering) Project and Program Management from UC Santa Cruz. Trained American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, and VoiceMasters, UK. Ashish co-founded AutoVega and is a management consultant for technology start-ups like Empower Business Solutions. He has performed with California Arts Association, Naatak, and New Conservatory Theatre and produced music and theatre events. He has hosted live-to-air shows on All India Radio, Mumbai, and worked in systems, enterprise, and consumer software product engineering and management, working for multinationals like Tektronix and Sun Microsystems. Corporate clients: Bayer, Friday Films, EduRiser and various companies in the area of e-learning.

Anita Mithra

With a Communications Degree, Anita has worked in marketing and training throughout a range of corporate and media environments, from training HP staff in communication, to being the National Head of Marketing in India for IAPMO, USA. Anita has extensive theatre experience from Shakespeare, to ‘Our Town’ and contemporary works at venues such as ART, Theatre Lab and D&PG. Anita realised the value in using role-playing as a training tool and has utilised this in her corporate training work.

Rahul George

With qualifications in Management, Psychology and Counselling; Rahul is a corporate trainer who uses theatre techniques as an integral part of his workshops. Rahul has recently performed roleplay for Peers and Payers and Goldman Sachs in Bangalore and Mumbai. Prior to developing his training business Rahul worked in advertising in Mumbai. Since founding his company he has conducted programmes for over 8000 professionals, using roleplay to deliver invaluable, experiential learning.

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.

José Restrepo

As an actor José has worked primarily in theatre, while also appearing in TV and film. He has worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally, most recently he appeared in NYC in the Tony Award winning show “Peter and the Starcatcher”. Corporate: José has held positions with D2GB School Arts Coordinator for R.Evolucion Latina and Performance Plus, and has done role-play work for Morgan Stanley, Kaiser Permanente (LA), NYU Medical Center, and the Clinical Competence Center of New York, which includes the Arizona Clinical Interview Rating Scale.

Amber Gainey Meade

BS, Theatre. Amber studied improv with Second City Chicago and trained at The Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. Amber spent six years as a paralegal and executive assistant at a civil rights law firm, worked for the Chicago Mayor’s office for the Gallery 37 Biography Project, and was national product specialist for Nissan. She appeared in A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, and several independent films and television episodes. Amber is the director/creator of an original musical The Book of Esther which was shown all over California. She is based in Los Angeles.

Celia Shaefer

Celia has acted in New York City and toured with Chicago City Limits Improv. Film and TV: As The World Turns, Convictions-Indiscretion and Young Teamsters. Theatre: The Atlantic Theater Co, Ensemble Studio and The New York Theatre Workshop. Corporate clients: Mattel, Bon Appetit, Volkswagen and Absolut. She has coached with Graceworks, New York State and Avon. Celia has also worked in events planning for the American Stock Exchange, done administrative work for Morgan Stanley and currently teaches for Labyrinth.

Gigi Guizado

Bachelor of Arts – Drama. Film and TV: Colma: The Musical and MTV. Commercial and industrial clients include Univision, Hewlett-Packard, Guthy-Renker, Safeway, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, and the State of California. Gigi has role-play experience at Stanford University, UCSF, UC Davis, and Touro University. She is a consultant to the West Contra Cost Unified School District and executive assistant for the Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation.

Rob Leo Roy

Rob is a veteran actor in film, television and on stage in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. As a Solution Consultant he provided document management software solutions, business case analysis and technical training. Skills include Management and Leadership coaching, Administration and Communication Skills coaching. He teaches film acting, and has coached business leaders on presentation skills performed medical role-play and critical conversations, as well as creating and facilitating roleplay sessions and playing senior roles. Learn more →

Sean Patrick Hopkins

Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Behavioural Neuroscience, Speech Pathology, and Theatre from Northeastern University. Sean has worked for Massachusetts General Hospitals and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary as an operating room technician and audiology assistant. He is a spokesperson for Hasbro’s KRE-O brand, educating retail executives and financial analysts, and promoting brand development. As an actor: TV: ABC, Showtime, and Biography. Off-Broadway: New World Stages, Mint Theatre Company, and York Theatre. Roleplay: Morgan Stanley, National Training Officers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Beth Israel Medical Center, the Clinical Competence Center of New York, and the Arizona Clinical Interview Rating Scale.

Paul Williams

Paul has a Master of Science in Marine Biology. He spent 2 years in SEA lecturing on Marine Environment and giving presentations in the academic and business sectors. He has been a corporate trainer throughout the world for the past 15 years, using improvisation, role-play and corporate theatre tools. As a Negotiations, Leadership, & Diversity Trainer, his clients include Accenture, Barclays, Citibank, Coca Cola, GE, IBM, Microsoft, and Shell. Paul is also a formally accredited Workplace Trainer & Assessor (VETAB), and has teaching accreditations in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Scuba Diving and Martial Arts.

Paul studied speech and drama in London, and performed on film and TV in Sydney Most recently he has been based in Kuala Lumpur, where he has performed on stage at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). He wrote, directed, and appeared in a 13 episode South-East Asia travel show for Malaysian TV; and also won the Short & Sweet short play festival in Singapore, and Malaysia.

Judy Ngo

Artistic Director of Chilli Padi (W!LD RICE), Ensemble Member & Artistic Driector at COLLAB Theatre Ensemble. Academic Associate at Republic Poly & Adjunct Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic. Head of Drama for Performing Arts Circle. Fluent in Mandarin, she has taught drama and script writing, been a CCA instructor, Artist-in-school and director. Theatre: K, If There are Seasons…, So Ugly Can Die!, Ha Ha Harmony, It’s a Jungle Out There, Kaza Jizo, Rhapsodies of Spring 2010.

Serene Chen

BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and Certified Problem based learning facilitator, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. Extensive work in theatre includes Singapore Arts festival commissions such as Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Wong Kar Wai Dreams, and Kampong Amber. Travelling productions include Invisibility, Chang & Eng the musical.
Recent full-length feature and television work include Singapore Dreaming, Sayang Sayang. Serene won Best Supporting Actress in the 2005 Life! Theatre Awards for the play Landmarks: Asian Boys Volume 2. Corporate role-play clients include KK Hospital, National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, BAT and UBS AG.

Timothy Nga

B. Commerce (Management and Marketing) and graduate of the Foundational Facilitation Workshop, Singapore. Tim has been a learning facilitator and content delivery consultant for SKF AB, Hewlett Packard, ARUP, Bank of America, Singapore Management University, Singapore Tourism Board, Allergan, Aberdeen Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and the National University Hospital’s Transplant Ethics Committee program, as well as a Business role player for Leadership Development, Personal Impact, Negotiation, Partner Centricity, Selection and Interview Skills and Emotional Intelligence for organizations like HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, UBS, Cisco Systems, Johnson Controls, AT Kearney, The British High Commission, Barclays Bank, Allianz Global Investors and Goldman Sachs.

Victoria Mintey

BSc Hons 2:1 in Natural Sciences (Psychology and Anthropology).  MA in Performance, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, A British actress based in Singapore since 2011, her performing work ranges from large scale professional theatre to presenting educational TV series, role play, corporate video and voice overs. She has appeared in many short films for Tisch Asia (New York University) and has had a varied career in theatre in Singapore and the UK. She is experienced in role-play for BP, and is on a panel of ‘patients’ for medical student, to whom she is require to roleplay and to give feedback on their behaviour and consulting styles. She is currently in the early stages of leading the development of role-play scenarios for a leading global facilitator, and teaches drama workshops.

Jorge Urzua

Industrial engineer and Masters in Fine Arts. Jorge is bilingual and has performed in theatre, commercials, and voice overs. Screen roles include Bordertown and TV appearances in Mexico and USA. As well as working for Procter & Gamble, Pepsico, and Olivetti, he is a public speaking coach, translator and interpreter for Shell, Berlitz, Nestle, LISC and Texaco. As the Manager of the Peers and Players team in Mexico, working with Unilever He is also a director and published writer, with a novel about to be published.

Tyuyoshi Kondo

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Mie University. Tsuyoshi studied acting at University of Iowa and Neighborhood Playhouse (New York). From 1995, He spent 12 years in New York, where he worked as an actor, translator (English/Japanese), and role-player. As a role- player, he has worked with CSW Global, Bi-Jingo and Price Global in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. Their clients include Morgan Stanley, UBS, Nomura, CITI bank and leading US business schools. In 2007 he moved to Tokyo and joined a theater company, Seinendan.

Annelise Piers

BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics), Women’s Christian College, Chennai, Annalise is also currently studying neuro-linguistic programming and leadership. A seasoned corporate coach and specialist in customer service, HR and cross-cultural business communication, Annelise uses her theatre experience to simulate workplace challenges. Annelise has worked with call centre representatives, equity analysts, scientists and IT support. Clients: HCL Technologies, Amba Research, First Source, Cognizant, HP, ITC Infotech, Hindustan Unilever and CBM Saron to name a few. Annelise has been performing role-play for Peers and Payers and Goldman Sachs and ANZ in India since 2010.

Candice Moore

Originally from Edinburgh, Candice is an experienced actress, coach, director and voiceover artist. With a BA (Hons) Communication Studies from Queen Margaret College, she trained in drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and holds the LAMDA Teachers’ Certificate in Communication with distinction. She studied directing at RADA and her recent Hong Kong acting credits include The Overcoat (Theatre du Pif), Godspell (Lindsey McAlister Productions), Misery (Wordybird Theatre Company), The Sneeze (HK Microfest) and Orphans (HK Players.) Candice has worked in corporate role play for many years and is an accomplished acting and voice coach.

Howard Paley

A professional actor, director and drama coach Howard is also the Managing Director of a Hong Kong based export and management services firm. Having lived in Japan, Sweden, Israel, United States and Hong Kong, he is fluent in English, Hebrew, Swedish and Japanese. Film and TV credits include Johnny English II, Spicy Mac Project and LA Forensics: and theatre credits, Death of a Salesman, Art, The Sneeze, Oleanna, Glenngarry Glen Ross, The Shadow Box. With his unique blend of drama and commercial experience, Howard has worked throughout Asia as a corporate role player and for clients including Colliers, Jardine, GlaxoSmithKline, Pepsico, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Professional Associations.

Herbert Forthuber

After a solid commercial education and various management trainings, Herbert started his career in the finance management department of a leading European steel producing company. Since then Herbert has had many years of experience in high management jobs and leadership tasks across Germany, Austria and Hong Kong. Herbert received his acting training at the Landesmusikschule (Federal Music and Art School) in Upper-Austria/Europe and in a number of acting and improvisation workshops in Munich, Vienna and Salzburg. Since then he has proven his talents in various professional TV, Film and stage productions and is also experienced in internal business role-play training.

Julie Trappett

Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and German from University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She subsequently worked with the MARS Corporation in Australia and Germany in the areas of Market Research, Sales Forecasting, Marketing and HR Management. She also worked as an Executive Recruitment consultant for Morgan & Banks in Australia, for corporate clients in the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, IT and hospitality industries. Julie relocated to Germany 20 years ago, where she completed formal acting training for theatre and film. She has performed role-play for senior managers in the government sector and coached executives in such organisations as Boehringer Mannheim and Freudenberg in Germany.

Ralph Willmann

Ralph studied acting in many cities including New York, Los Angeles and Paris. In 1997 he founded, together with his wife Corinna von Giese, the actors’ studio “Actors Place” in Munich and started writing and directing. Ralph has been a member of the Improvisation Theatre “TatWort” in Munich since 1998 and is responsible for the department Business-Theatre and Training. Alongside Coaching, Ralph is trained in Systemic Organizational Consulting, Systemic Constellation, EFT, NLP, Mediation and Enneagram, and has been implementing analytic processes at international High Potential Assessment Centers, among others for corporations such as SHL, Siemens, Infineon, Hoerbiger, Allianz, Biogen Idec, Servier and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Simone Kliass

Graduate of Getulio Vargas (Business Administration). Simone has appeared in commercials from a young age, plays, and in short and feature films. She has worked at Taterka Publicity Agency, and specialises in corporate television as an anchor and reporter for Unibanco/ Itau and Unilever. She has filmed corporate programs for Ambey, Volkswagen and Philips, and is an active board member of the American Society of Sao Paulo. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Simone performs with Peers and Players in Sao Paulo.

Laura Lustosa

Training: Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. Based in Rio, Laura lived in LA for 12 years, working in theatre, film and TV, voice-overs, and interpreted award shows, in English and Portuguese. In Brazil, she is experienced in theatre, film and TV, and voice work, as well as English translations and coaching. Laura has also worked in corporate environments in both countries – Ornato, Interline, Radio Shack, Cosban, California Acupuncture College, GFM-Propeg/CCBA. She has experience in role-play and street theatre.

Glauco Paiva

Journalism Degree – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, actor training at Casa das Artes. Glauco has been a journalist for 10 years with media outlets such as O Globo newspaper and CBN radio, and now works in corporate communications and press assistance for clients including the US Department of State, and the British Consulate. Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Threepenny Opera, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. TV: TV Globo. Role-play experience: US Department of State Foreign Press Centre Tour – Washington, DC and Atlanta.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.