Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 1986

Jennifer Castles
Jennifer is an author, editor, actor, ghostwriter, manuscript 'fixer' and assessor. Her long and fruitful association with Allen & Unwin publishing runs alongside a diverse freelance career working for numerous other organisations and individuals. After graduating she worked with Red Shed in Bazaar and Rummage and extensively with Troupe Theatre in Fen, Dreaming Of Tomorrow, Soft Targets, A Future Dwelling Place , Dreamings Of Tomorrow and A Flock Of Flamin' Galahs. For State Theatre Company of South Australia she performed in The Removalists which also toured to Sydney as well as King Golgrutha. On screen her credits include Acropolis Now!, Stingers, Blue Heelers and Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. Her books include Tiny: A Little Dog On A Big Adventure, A Song For Lorkie, Ned Kelly's Last Days: Setting The Record Straight on the Death of an Outlaw and Go Jojo Go!.

Andrew Donovan
  Andrew Donovan is Director of the Australia Council's Inter-Arts Office, with responsibility to nurture artists working within interdisciplinary and hybrid arts as well as develop policy initiatives that progress the practice in Australia. He is also leading and developing the Inter-Arts Office focus on practice-led arts research. He has extensive experience across the arts having worked as an actor, playwright, writer, researcher facilitator and arts administrator. Andrew joined the Australia Council in 1994 working initially in community cultural development and was Manager of Council's New Media Arts Board from 2001 until is dissolution in 2005. More recently, Andrew has been developing and implementing major initiatives such as the cross-disciplinary art/science initiative Synapse, the interdisciplinary ArtLab research and development initiative, the Connections Residency program and the first artist residency at the Allosphere at the University of California, be offered to Australian artists in 2011.

Regina Heilmann
  Regina Heilmann was a performer with Sidetrack Performance Group from 1990-1997, co-devising and performing numerous works such as The Drunken Boat, Idol and The Measure. In recent years she has collaborated with other artists and companies making new works such as Ferkel (flesh and feasting) and Leni Leni (politics, art and Leni Riefenstahl). She has had an ongoing artistic relationship with The Opera Project Inc and performed in The Terror of Tosca, Tristan and El Inocente. In 2000 she performed in the new media work, White Collar Project for Nerveshell and toured with Nikki Heywood Burn Sonata. She has directed for REM Theatre, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Freewheels and Carnivale. Regina was the artistic director of PACT Theatre in Sydney and was a guest director at the Univeristy of Wollongong, directing Copyright at IPAC and in 2012 was artist in residence and curator of short theatre works at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Regina is currently community engagement manager at Bundanon Trust and has commenced her practice-led PhD at University of Wollongong.

Karen Inwood
  Karen Inwood studied acting at the Flinders University Drama Centre and Music at the Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium. She began her professional career as an actor, puppeteer with Patch Theatre, Stage Company, ABC radio drama, documentaries, TV commercials and was Adelaide's voice over queen. Karen worked in Youth Theatre and was the founder of Tutti Kids and Youth (after school performing arts workshop program for children living with disability). Karen moved into teaching the next Drama Centre students at Wilderness Girls School, Prince Alfred College and St John’s Grammar School. Karen is now teaching the future secondary Drama and Creative Arts teachers at UniSA. Throughout her career, Karen has used every facet of her Drama Centre training.

Joey Kennedy
  It was 1983, Joey was 17yrs old and had an almost impossible dream... to be a professional actress. She auditioned for and then studied, learned, trained, developed and evolved at The Drama Centre at Flinders University. Five years later she graduated with a BA Hons and so very much more. Red Shed Company was founded by our impassioned group of Drama Centre Graduates in 1988 and a decade of extraordinary theatre and touring ensued. Joey worked with State Theate Company, Magpie, Patch and other SA companies, large and small- all local. She performed in the Adelaide Festival Centre with a fancy dressing room with lights around the mirror and her name on the door. She also toured rural South Australia, performing in dusty town halls with no dressing rooms at all... and loved every moment. Joey became an Artist In Residence in remote Indigenous Communities, running workshops and putting on Bush Concerts in an old tin hall in outback Oodnadatta. She co-hosted ABC's Couch Potato from their Adelaide Studios; appeared in many children's TV productions all made in SA; and moved into producing, directing and writing Children's TV. She had a gig or two on Mcleod's Daughters also shot in SA and various roles in SA Film Corp films. Local films that were lauded and applauded, films that were proudly South Australian and competed at Festivals around the world. Award winning films like Shine, Dance Me To Your Song and many others. Joey walked the red carpet with Heather Rose in Cannes in 1998 and wept with pride. For many years now she have taught Drama to Intellectually and Physically Disabled Adults - honestly, one of the highlights of her career and one of the things she's missed most during this difficult year of Covid and Community closures. She's honed those incredible life and art skills learned so long ago at The Drama Centre, added all the myriad of amazing experiences that came after and has taught young people drama for over twenty years. She's toured, travelled, worked in and on so many unique productions as well as met so many wonderful folk and friends along the way. With all the highs and lows, the brief moments of success and the all too many struggles Joey has lived her dream. This is her story and she's truly grateful to have begun her acting journey at The Drama Centre many years ago.

Gina Zoia
  Gina's theatre credits include All Souls, In Cahoots, Frankenstein's Children, Dog Eat Dog (Red Shed Theatre Company), Cosi, A Little Like Drowning, Three Birds Alighting On A Field, The Shifting Heart (STCSA), Venetian Twins (STCSA and THE STUDIO for the Olympic Arts Festival - Sydney), Hamlet (Parramatta Riverside Theatre/Studio Co productions), Cuore, Cover Girl and Rhinoceros (B Sharp Downstairs Belvoir). Cover Girl was invited to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Gina was a member of The Schmaltzarellas, a comedy/cabaret trio touring and performing in Festivals including the Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. She sings the theme to Playschool and the title track for the film Looking For Alibrandi, which she also performed for the 2000 AFI awards ceremony, televised on SBS. Gina was invited to headline the 2002 Sydney Cabaret Convention and her ongoing Cabaret work continues with the show, A Dirty Mind, which saw a sold out season at Sydney's Bar Me, followed by the equally successful show, Clever. For four years Gina was also a regular announcer on 2SER radio in Sydney and for the past eight years has worked as a Corporate Trainer travelling across Australia, and to major cities such as Shanghai, Mumbai, Tokyo, London and New York. Gina has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1988.
Tiina Kald
Alice McHenry
Katy Morris
Mary-Anne Pitman
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