the crew

“The teachers were amazing.
We recognised some of them from television and when I asked Max which class he enjoyed the most he laughed and said all of them!“

Chris, Dad

Our teachers are industry professionals who have been chosen to share their knowledge of the entertainment industry throughout each workshop. Every teacher holds a wealth of experience and is passionate about uplifting and educating
young people.

All of our teachers are are required to attend our very own “Act Up” teacher training before joining the crew. This gives everyone the opportunity to work together in creating a great environment for all.

  • David Cuthbertson Founder & Director

    David is considered a leading expert on young actor training and has been teaching the craft around Australia and Asia for 16 years. He studied acting at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the prest...[click to read complete profile]

  • Vashti Pontaks

    Vashti Pontaks has been working in the entertainment industry for over 12 years, as an actor/performer. She enjoys teaching her craft and has been teaching in Sydney for the last 2 years.  Vashti is a graduate of  The...[click to read complete profile]

  • Max Brown

    Max began his career in film and TV as a producer with the ABC, followed by Network Ten and working for production companies. In that time he produced and directed TV series, Music Videos and animation and also presented...[click to read complete profile]

  • Carla Nirella

    Originally from Perth, W.A, Carla has worked and trained vastly from acting to circus with various institutions and companies such as: Total Theatre School (under the tuition of acclaimed teachers Annie Stainer and Reg B...[click to read complete profile]

  • Andy Trieu

    Andy is a graduate of The National Acting School. He holds a double degree in International Relations and Business (Australian National University) and enjoys teaching acrobatics and fight choreography. Three-time Austra...[click to read complete profile]

  • Tyler Jenkins

    Originally from Perth WA, Tyler studied at The Actors Centre Australia and NIDA. In 2010 he toured Australia with Brainstorm Productions where he managed and performed in educational drama workshops which covered issues ...[click to read complete profile]

  • Hayley Flowers

    Hayley Flowers is a graduate from The University of Wollongong, completing a Bachelor of Performance Degree in the Faculty of Creative Arts. Hayley has received intensive training in advanced singing (classical, rock, ja...[click to read complete profile]