Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 2000

Emma Beech
  Emma Beech started making shows for her mum in her bedroom when she was 6. Since then, she has graduated from Flinders Drama Centre and gone on to become an actor and theatre maker who does stand-up documentaries. Emma works around sunny Australia and the cold Europe. In the past 7 years, Emma has performed and created new work in Denmark with Carte Blanche & Group 38. In Australia, she was worked as an actor on screen with several local filmmaker, hosted the television series Artshow with ABC & the Australia Network. For theatre, she has had the pleasure of creating & performing with Last Tuesday Society, Cab Sav, Real TV, Patch Theatre Company, Monkey Baa and Playwriting Australia. Emma collaborates regularly & vigorously with Sarah John & is a proud founding member of the Australian Bureau of Worthiness. Emma also plays Fatima alongside Stephen Sheehan in Dating the World. She has also toured with Splash Theatre Company and toured her show Saskia Falls with Vitalstatistix to the Brisbane Festival in 2009.

Teresa DeGennaro
Within a year of graduating Teresa won two scholarships - The Adelaide Cabaret Festival scholarship and the State Theatre's Adele Koh Acting Scholarship. Since graduating Teresa has worked for Windmill Performing Arts, Vitalstatistix, Splash, Bakehouse, Bluetongue and for the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust in Guys n' Dolls. Her experience ranges from children's theatre to serious drama and has been part of several Festivals between Sydney and Adelaide. One of the highlights being The 2000 Adelaide Festival of Arts as lead soprano in The Second Hurricane. Teresa has appeared on McLeod's Daughters and has also performed her own cabaret show, Cabaret Fan Tutti, at Sydney's major Cabaret venues. She was a showcase finalist in the 2003 Sydney Cabaret Convention and was also invited back to The Adelaide Cabaret Festival to face two consecutive years of sold out performances. Teresa has been an acting, singing, vocal and Theatre Sports tutor in youth theatres, schools and universities such as NIDA's Open Program and Janice Breen Casting. In 2004 Teresa was an actor in the award winning play On That Day for the Sydney Short and Sweet Festival and was seen on two episodes of the Comedy Skit Show Dolphin Juice. In 2005 Teresa played Philia in the Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum for Josh Atha Entertainment. As well as stints with Grayboy Entertainment on The Pacific Sky Cruise Liner, Teresa has also performed as Olive Oil in Popeye on the popular Torrens boat cruise and has performed her own cabaret show Eurodiva for the Adelaide Fringe. She recently played Madonna in Mighty Good Production's Teen Dream at Star Theatres in Hilton.

Cameron Goodall
  Cameron graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000. He has worked extensively in theatre for Australia's major companies. Awards include Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Individual Excellence, Advertiser Award for Best Actor, and Helpmann nominations for Best Actor in Hamlet and Best Supporting Actor in Goat or Who is Sylvia. He was recently a member of Sydney Theatre Company's permanent actors ensemble, The Residents (2009-2012). As a founding member of the Border Project he has co-devised, performed in or written music for all of their productions including I, Animal, I Am Not An Animal, Vs Macbeth, Escape from Peligro Island, Medea Material, Please Go Hop!, Highway Rock'n'Roll Disaster, Trouble on Planet Earth, and Disappearance. He has written music for many other shows, worked as a reporter for Behind The News (ABC), won an ARIA with his previous band The Audreys and once appeared in a really embarrassing Pizza commercial. He is currently touring Australia with Disney's latest production of The Lion King. Cameron is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

David Heinrich
  David graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000 and is a founding member of the Border Project. A performer, composer and sound designer he has created and performed in for the company, Fight Night, I, Animal, I Am Not An Animal, Half-Real, Vs Macbeth, Escape From Peligro Island, Trouble on Planet Earth, Highway Rock'n'Roll Disaster and Please Go Hop!. His other theatre credits include, Boom Bah! (Windmill Theatre), Mr McGee and The Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company), Robyn Archer's Boy Hamlet (Brisbane Festival), Aaron Copeland's The Second Hurricane (Adelaide Festival). He has also composed/sound designed for The Restaged Histories Project, Whore (B Sharp @ Belvoir), Escape From Peligro Island (Windmill/The Border Project), Vs Macbeth (STC/The Border Project), I Am Not An Animal (The Border Project), The Coming World (Darlinghurst Theatre) and Quack at Griffin Theatre, for which he was nominated for a 2010 Sydney Theatre Award.

Lex Lindsay
  An honours and masters graduate from the Drama Centre at Flinders University in SA with a background in theatre, Lex has established festivals and curated cinema programs across Australia: from Byron Bay to Hobart, Katoomba to Alice Springs, and from Dubbo to a Sydney Harbour Island. As the former Artistic Director of Queer Screen and Sydney's Mardi Gras Film Festival, Lex developed both festivals by introducing a suite of regional and touring programs across seven regional centres. In addition, he introduced filmmaker development programs, masterclasses and for the first time in 2011, commissions of new short documentary works that saw him collect an Inside Film Award for Australia’s Best Film Festival. In 2012, Lex headed up the programming for the new Cockatoo Island Film Festival and the annual Dungog Festival of Australian Films. Outside of the cinema, Lex is the Chair of Queen Street Studio, an Australian Business Arts Foundation award-winning artist-run initiative that transforms disused properties into thriving arts studios and provides free residency and rehearsal spaces to Sydney's independent arts sector.

Peter Michell

  Peter started with Seven Adelaide in 2002 as a presenter on The Book Place, followed by a stint on travel and lifestyle program Discover later that year. He then joined SALife television when it launched in May 2011. He worked in film, television, radio and theatre productions after graduating from the Drama Centre at Flinders University in 2000 and had appeared on an array of national television shows including McLeod's Daughters, Blue Heelers and Here's Humphrey. An active member of the Australian stage community, Michell was a regular with the State Theatre Company of SA and performed in three shows with the company, November, The Give and Take and The Female of the Species. He played the role of Gyp in the 2000 Adelaide Festival production of Aaron Copland's The Second Hurricane. Michell's musical theatre credits included Guys and Dolls , Assassins and We Will Rock You, which he toured around Australia and Japan. He will be severely missed by all of us.

Katie O'Reilly
  Katie graduated from the Flinders Drama Centre in 2000. Since graduating, Katie played various guest roles on television such as Amelia Moon on Neighbours and Jill Askin on Stingers. Katie played the character Raylene in Ray Mooney's production of The Sinbin performed at LaMama Theatre in 2002. She has also had a supporting role in the Australian film Caterpillar Wish and was seen in locally made TV show Chuck Finn. While living in Dublin she played the Australian wedding planner/home wrecker on the Irish soap opera Fair City for a number of months and became involved in the industry over in Ireland, performing in Theatre and TV commercials. Since returning home to Australia she performed in The Umbrella Plays for the 2010 Adelaide Fringe and A State of Affairs and Molly's Shoes both with Accidental Productions at the Bakehouse.

Paul Reichstein
  Paul is an actor and arts educator. He is an avid diarist, reader, coffee addict, seasoned traveler, yoga enthusiast, animal lover, theatre and prison arts practitioner and a Shakespeare nerd. He also graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2000 and has spent the majority of the last decade working for Bell Shakespeare, as an ensemble member for The Players and the Actors at Work education tours, as well as acting in main stage productions of Macbeth, Hamlet and Pericles. Other theatre credits include Empire for Theatre in Decay; Terrorism for Theatre at Risk; Falling Petals for Playbox Theatre Company; Dealer's Choice for State Theatre Company of South Australia; The Sign of the Seahorse for Windmill Performing Arts; Edward the Second for Tangent Productions; The Ecstatic Bible for Brink Production as part of the 2000 Adelaide Festival; and the 2005 Shakespeare Schools Tour with Complete Works Theatre Company. As a founding member of The Border Project, Paul has performed in Highway Rock'n'Roll Disaster for STC’s Wharf2Loud season; Please Go Hop! For Adelaide Fringe and Next Wave Festival; and Medeamaterial . His television appearances include City Homicide, Blue Heelers and McLeod's Daughters. When not performing Paul continues to work as a freelance teacher and devotes much of his time to Bell Shakespeare's education programs, taking him the width and breadth of Australia to high schools, primary schools and indigenous communities.

Charlotte Rose
  Charlotte graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000. She performed in the 2000 Adelaide Telstra Festival production of Ecstatic Bible with Brink Productions. She has worked on the TV shows Blue Heelers, Ponderosa, and Chuck Finn. Her feature film credits include the movies Spank!, Disappearance, Blurred and the Channel 9 Telemovie Let Me Not. Charlotte began working at UniSA in 2011 as part of the ANU UniSA Health Hubs and Spokes Project Team. Since completion of that project she joined the TRACS Project team. Her work on the TRACS project also includes research, reporting and the development of online Residential Aged Care Module. Charlotte completed a BA and a Grad Cert in Reflexology. She has worked in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in various roles including Actor, Personal Assistant, Admin, and Film Production. She enjoys the diversity of her work at UniSA and the collaboration of working with other organisations.

Alirio Zavarce
  Alirio was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Australia in 1992. In 2000 Alirio graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre. He is a founding member of The Border Project and has co-created and performed in all of the company's work including Medea Material, Please Go Hop!, Highway Highway Rock & Roll Disaster, Trouble on Planet Earth, Disappearance, Vs Macbeth, Escape from Peligro Island, I, Animal and I Am Not An Animal. Over the last 12 years Alirio has numerous performance credits with: Windmill, Brink Productions, The Yashchin Ensemble, Parallelo, State Opera/ Leigh Warren & Dancers, State Theatre Company of SA, Sydney Theatre Company and The Malthouse. His performances for Windmill include Boom Bah, Wizard of Oz, Escape from Peligro Island and Pinocchio. His film work includes Look Both Ways, The Marriage of Figaro and L' Artiste. In 2011 Alirio directed, wrote and performed Trapped for the Adelaide Fringe. He collaborated and performed in the development and reading of Blood Wedding at the Malthouse Theatre and performed in The Border Project's Half Real in the Melbourne Festival. Alirio played the role the Narrator in Maria de Buenos Aires with Leigh Warren and SA Opera that also featured in the Brisbane Festival. In 2012 Alirio directed, wrote and performed Sons & Mothers for the Adelaide Fringe. His awards include Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist Award 2001 for his performance in Fronteras Americanas , Helpmann Academy Foundation Front Award 2006, Fringe Graham Smith Peace Trust Award 2011 for Trapped, Fringe Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE:development Award and The Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award 2012 for Sons & Mothers. Alirio is currently touring The Book of Loco.

Jonathon Spiker