Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 1975

Tom Considine
Tom Considine graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 1975. Since then he has appeared with many companies including The Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, The Sydney Theatre Company, The State Theatre of S.A., Anthill, The Mill Theatre, Eureka!, La Mama and Not Yet Its Difficult. He was a founding member of The Mill Theatre Company and The Five Dollar Theatre Company and has also performed with The Astra Choir and The Early Music Festival. He has worked as an assessor for the Australia Council and as an actor for the Playwrights Conference, and has been a member of the Artistic Directorate for Hothouse Theatre. He has also taught at the National Theatre Drama School. His film and television credits include Deeper than Blue, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Corelli, Man from Snowy River and The Heroes. In 2003 he received a Green Room award for his performance in Stephen Sewell's Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America. He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts and is currently working on an MA at Melbourne University. He has tutored at Deakin University in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and for the past two years he has lectured in Shakespeare in Performance at La Trobe University.

Douglas Gautier
  Douglas Gautier recently led one of the world's great Arts festivals in Hong Kong and with relevant international experience in media, tourism and the corporate sector. He has remained closely connected and interested in South Australia's cultural development while developing extensive international connections and experience, especially in the Asian region. After graduating from Flinders University, Douglas began his career at the State Theatre Company of South Australia. In 1976 he was awarded an English-speaking Union and SA State Government Scholarship to study Media and Theatre Arts at the Bristol Old Vic and the BBC, which he then joined as a music and arts producer in 1977. Recruited by Radio Television Hong Kong from the BBC in 1979, he was subsequently appointed head of their music arts channel. In 1986 he was appointed Head of Concert Music (Planning) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Returning to Hong Kong, Douglas spent a number of years in the media business, first as Deputy Managing Director of Metro Broadcast and then Director of Corporate Affairs for STAR Television. In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, where he was active in fostering links between the tourism and cultural sectors. He was appointed as Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2002. Douglas has served on a number of arts, media and tourism boards in Hong Kong and the Asian region. He was founding Vice-Chairman of the Asian Arts Festival Association, Deputy Chairman of the Asia Pacific Arts Centres Association and was an International Board member of the South Australian Tourism Commission. He is currently the CEO of the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Judy Szekeres
  Judy has been working in her current role at the University of South Australia for over seven years. She was previously at the University of Adelaide heading the Careers Service and at UNSW as Deputy Director of the Co-op Program. Before working in the higher education sector, she taught Music and Maths for twelve years. It is this teaching background which has given her a passion for putting students and staff at the centre of process and structural improvements. Her current role ranges across all devolved functions - HR, Finance, IT, Marketing and Student and Academic services. She jointly project managed the implementation of the Peoplesoft student system in 2001 and has been involved in the development of Campus Central and the division's Transnational Support Services unit. The portfolio for her EdD examined the experiences of administrative staff in universities as worksites in an increasingly corporate environment. She is continuing with research in this area of interest.

Yana Taylor
  Dr Yana Taylor is a performer-maker, educator, researcher and dramaturg. She has worked with the Helpmann Award-winning documentary theatre, version 1.0 Inc since 1999. Version 1.0's works have toured Australia extensively since 2006 in curated performance programs in venues such as the Melbourne Arts Centre, Perth Theatre Company, Sydney’s CarriageWorks, The Performance Space and Queensland's Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art. Several of version 1.0's pivotal scripts are published as Re-mixing Politics by Currency Press (2012). This collaborative theatre was awarded key organisation status as 'creative explorers' and triennial funding by the Australia Council for Arts in 2009. As a member of this company, Yana has directed and performed The Disappearances Project (2011- 13), was performer-deviser in The Table of Knowledge (2011-13), Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue (2007 & 09) and The Second Last Supper (2001); was deviser/production dramaturg on This Kind of Ruckus (2008-2010), performance dramaturg on The Wages of Spin, (2005-06) and CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) (2003-4). She is currently one of version 1.0's joint artistic directors. Yana has recently returned from The Disappearances Project season that opened UK's Brighton International Arts Festival to critical and popular acclaim. She has worked as a dramaturg to esteemed director, Ros Horin on the verbatim Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe with a tenacious group of émigré women who have experienced abuse in war that returned to Belvoir St Theatre in September, 2013. In 2011, Yana was dramaturg with aerial physical theatre, Strings Attached on their huge multi-media piece, A Return to the Trees at CarriageWorks. After chairing the board of the community-engaged key organisation, Urban Theatre Projects for five years, she returned to perform in their 2008 Sydney Festival site-specific work, The Last Highway. Previously, Yana lectured in theatre making and movement at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean's nationally recognized performance degree, was head of program for several years and has lectured at Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Wollongong, Macquarie and Flinders Universities. Consistent with her interests in supporting the development of the next generation of theatre-makers, she been a mentor with the Australia Council's JUMP scheme and Shopfront Theatre's 2011/12 Arts Lab emerging artists. As a policy and funding advisor, Yana was a member of in the multi-disciplinary Western Sydney Arts Strategy and dance committees for Arts NSW and has advised in artist residency program of Critical Path Research Centre. Her doctoral research (Usyd) was on the relationship between the embodied actor training method of Tadashi Suzuki and collective devising practices of Sydney's first wave of cross-disciplinary contemporary performance practitioners.

Sally McKenzie
  Sally McKenzie is an actor, playwright, director and filmmaker. She has performed with nearly every major theatre company in Australia including La Boite, MTC, Nimrod, Playbox, QTC, STCSA, STC and many more. As a playwright, her plays include Scattered Lives and i dot luv dot u. Her arts documentary actingclassof1977.com debuted on the ABC in 2008 and social documentary A Woman's Journey Into Sex was distributed locally by Icon and internationally by Off The Fence. Sally attended Flinders University and studied drama from 1973-1974 before being acccepted in NIDA (National Institute Of Dramatic Arts). Sally studied along side some other well known actors including Mel Gibson, Debra Lawrance, Steve Bisley and Judy Davis.

Neil Melville
  Australian actor Neil Melville lives with his designer wife on the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. A graduate of the Flinders University Drama Centre (BA Hons) Neil has enjoyed a diverse range of both comic and dramatic roles in a well regarded career spanning more than 30 years. Neil has performed on stage, film, television and musicals, and as a talented writer and musician has conceived,written, performed and produced in all the disciplines of his craft. As he approaches his 60th year he has now played all seven ages of man. On stage Neil has performed with both the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Melbourne Theatre Company. He toured with the 1982 production of Oklahoma! and also performed in the 1987 production of Les Miserables. He also toured nationally Ray Lawler's Summer of the 17th Doll. Neil's screen credits are extensive and some of them include Carson's Law, The Henderson Kids, Prisoner: Cell Block H , The Flying Doctors, Neighbours, A Country Practice, Snowy, Stingers, The Secret Life Of Us, Halifax f.p., The Saddle Club, McLeod's Daughters , Blue Heelers, Underbelly, The Hollowmen, City Homicide, Killing Time, Rake, Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and Party Tricks. His movie credits include the Aussie classic Bushfire Moon as well as the TV Movies In Pursuit of Honor and The Feds: Terror.
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