Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 2003

Alastair Brown
  Alistair graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2003 and currently resides in Melbourne. His recent credits include Trevor's Epiphany for the 2008 Short and Sweet Festival at the Fairfax Theatre and Macbeth which was a joint production between Eagles Nest Theatre and Phrankly Theatre at The Open Stage at Melbourne University. Alistair is a keen writer and is currently writing a novel. Alastair performed in the Melbourne Comedy Festival production The Talking Vagina . Since moving to Sydney he has teamed up with his wife Sonya to present the online comic book TV show Kapow! which has enjoyed several seasons.

James Deeth
On completing his Degree with Honours at the Drama Centre, Andrew became involved with Fresh Track Productions, working as production assistant on their award winning show The Return. Andrew then moved to Sydney where he was fortunate enough to work on diverse projects with a range of companies including the shows Nonnunui for the Sydney Esquisse Arts Festival and Marathon for Sydney Theatre Company, which went on to seasons in the Come Out Festival and The Old Fitz. Andrew has his own production company, Gang of Five that produces live events and in 2005 the company also produced its first film, The Waiting Room, starring Bruce Spence. He has been a coordinator on the Adelaide Fringe's new audience development program, Fringe Benefits and has completed his Masters in Arts Management.

Nicholas Dubberley
  As well as working on The Menkoff Method in 2013, Nicholas shared the screen with Portia Di Rossi and Hamish Blake in the feature Now Add Honey, set for release in 2014. He was also the fortunate recipient of the Howard Fine Masterclass Showcast Industry Scholarship in November 2013. He was recently seen in the extremely popular TVC Tick campaign for Yellow Pages in Australia, and in the UK featured in a Victorian-era TVC for Fosters Lager , directed by Daniel Kleinman and shot by Oscar winning cinematographer Russell Boyd. Growing up in the idyllic hills region of Adelaide, South Australia, Nicholas started performing with the Hills Youth Theatre at the tender age of five. Starting out as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, Nick worked with the company for over 13 years. Highlights include The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. Having graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre, Nick has worked regularly in theatre. With Shakespeare playing a large part in his performing life, he has played roles as diverse as Prospero, Sir Toby Belch, Falstaff and Macbeth. A man of many talents, Nick also holds a post-graduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne and spent many years as a Producer and Event Manager at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia's largest performing arts centre.

Antje Guenther
  Antje is an accomplished stage performer, who has also worked in radio, film and television, as a translator/interpreter, and as a dramaturge. She holds a PhD in theatre history from Flinders University. For her thesis exploring the Changes and Continuities in the Lived Experience of Women in Leading Positions in the GDR Theatre, she received the Vice Chancellors Award for Thesis Excellence. Other awards include the 2004 Keith Michell Performance Award and a Helpmann Academy Mentorship with Maude Davey. Antje won the inaugural Bakehouse Theatre Monologue competition with an excerpt from Stasiland by Anna Funder. Supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the SA Youth Arts Board, she trained with award-winning Polish theatre company Teatr Piesn Kozla in Wroclaw, and with the inimitable clown teacher Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Theatre credits include: Architektin, Mnemonic, Top Girls (STCSA); Footsoldiers (RealTimeCollaborators, Gorge '09); Norway.Today (TheimaGen; ASSITEJ World Congress 2008); Lontano Blu (Parallelo); Significant Others (Oddbodies); The Hit! by Christos Tsiolkas (Parallelo; Malthouse); The House of Bernarda Alba (Bimbola); and cabaret show Sex & Crime with Froulein Antje. Creative developments/staged readings of new Australian works include: Beautiful Words (Part 1) by Sean Riley (Windmill; Oddbodies); Lavender Pillow and Shopping Trolley (Vitalstatistix Playgirl); Roots & Wings by Margot Politis; This Place by Nina Pearce. Radio credits include: Lighter Than Air: The Poetry of Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Women of the Minotaur: Les Poemes de Femmes de Picasso; After Every War; Cake; Songs in the Blood. Highlights while studying at Flinders Drama Centre were her roles in Europe (dir: Jimmy Aubrey), Hamletmachine(dir: Sam Haren) and Mnemonic (dir: Tait Muller). Antje is currently based in Berlin, enjoying what she likes to call her 'gypsy years'.

Chloe James
  Australian born, James is currently the Group Media Director for RFi Group, a global strategic insights provider, and a broadcast television presenter. She is also a global ambassador for Inspiring Rare Birds, an organization supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst women around the world, a cause close to her heart. In 2014, James launched a global “Women in Leadership” interview series, and was also a judge for the Finnie Awards, hosted by FinTech Australia, and the Government of Australia’s Office for Women’s “Inspiring Mentoring Scholarships Program” for emerging female entrepreneurs. In 2016, James joined the Sky News – Business channel as the host of live primetime and nationally broadcasted television programs Business Success, TECH. biz, The Enterprise, and Summer Money. She stayed there for three years prior to her move to North America. Currently, James is a co-host on “Breaking Banks with Brett King,” the #1 global fintech podcast. She has also appeared as a guest on the 11:FS “FinTechInsider” podcast (UK), “Fintech5” podcast (USA), “Humaniq Faces”, a thought leader interview series, and SWIFT’s “Innovation in the FS Industry” Bloomberg interview series (USA).

Tanya Kaploon
  Since graduating from the Drama Centre, Tanya has continued to contribute to the Adelaide theatre industry working with fellow graduates in a number of projects. These have included the physical theatre piece Shift as a part of the FreshBait program as well as acting in Alex Vickery-Howe's script The Bank Job as part of the Adelaide Fringe Acquiescence program. She also performed in the October 2006 season of Jim Cartwright's play Two at the Wheatsheaf Hotel and in February 2007 as a part of the Hothouse project at Higher Ground in The Hidden Family of Her. Tanya collaborated with Drama Centre and AIT graduates in the 2008 Adelaide Fringe in the staging of Alex Vickery-Howe's script A Stab in the Dark. In 2007 Tanya completed a post graduate Bachelor of Secondary Education with her most recent teaching placement in the performing arts department at Charles Campbell High School. She also tutors private students in the Trinity Speech and Drama Syllabus.

Tim Kurylowicz
  Tim is an Actor, Documentary Maker, Stencil Artist and Writer. His theatre credits include A Family Affair, Half and Half and Disco Pigs at Belvoir Street and Beautiful Words for Oddbodies Theatre Company. He has appeared in the Feature film Lullaby, and the video clip for The Fuzz's song The Bomb which won Best Independent Clip at the Belowground II Music Video Festival. His television credits include presenting for ABC youth programs such as Like It Is and Food For Thought. In 2011 he worked on Drop Bear Theatre's production of Aleksander and The Robot Maid in Sydney. He currently resides in Wagga Wagga and is passionate about politics.

Margot Politis
  Margot is a recognized leader in inclusive arts practice as an actor, choreographer, movement teacher and devisor of new dance work. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Creative Arts And Drama Performance from Flinders University Drama Centre SA. Margot has been funded over the years by various funding bodies to travel, carry out research, make new performance, and work with a number of artists and organisations. These include Restless Dance Theatre, Axis Dance and The Gabrielle Roth Moving Centre (USA), dance artist Tricia Brouk (NYC), the Autism Community Network NSW, and Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Performance, where she is funded by Arts NSW as Accessibility Director. In 2011 Margot was funded by Arts NSW for her role as Accessibility Director under the Strategic Initiatives grant, to lead the Accessibility program which this year was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Access Award for NSW & ACT. Margot runs outreach workshops in school support units, as well as directing the Bodylines integrated performance ensembles. In 2013 Margot was awarded a Cultural Leadership Grant from the Theatre Board, Australia Council, to research methods in person-led performance-making practice, working with inclusive UK artists and companies, including Candoco Dance Company, Stopgap Dance, Mind The Gap Theatre, Graeae Theatre, Oily Cart and Kazzum.

Monique Potter
  Monique Potter graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2003 with first class honours in performance. Monique has done a range of television and radio voice-overs nation wide and she has appeared on ABC TV as a presenter in children's series Food For Thought. Monique joined Belvoir Theatre Company's cast of Threepenny Opera in 2003 and toured with them to Columbia as part of the Bogota Festival. Monique has been a front vocalist for several cover bands for over 10 years and she performed in the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2004. After moving to Sydney in 2007 Monique toured with Melbourne based theatre company – Perform Education Musicals (Echelon Productions) touring NSW primary schools with musical theatre shows. She also toured with Lady Sings It Better to the Edinburgh Festival.

Brendan Rock
  Brendan graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in 2003. He appeared as Howard in Central Park West and Colin in Hot Fudge in the State theatre Company of South Australia's production of Triple Threat. Other roles include, Barney in Been So Long (2006 Adelaide Fringe), Bernard, Howard and Stanley in the State Theatre Company production of Death of a Salesman and Be in Morph (2004 Adelaide Fringe). Brendan has also appeared in many short films and television productions such as McLeod’s Daughters and numerous commercials. While at the Drama Centre Brendan performed in Proof, Talk Radio, Some One to Watch Over Me , Loot, Attempts on Her Life, and Shopping and F#cking and went on to win the Best Emerging Artist at the 2004 Adelaide Critics Circle Awards. Brendan worked with Flying Penguins production of Assassins as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre INSPACE program in 2007. In 2009 Brendan teamed up with his twin brother David in State Theatre Company's production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter in with State Theatre Company's Education program and toured to regional South Australia.

Julia Maree Simmons
  Since graduating in 2004, Julia has worked for Windmill Theatre Company in a creative development for Boo! On screen, she has been seen in the short film High Flying (which won best comedy at the Zoom awards) and worked on the feature Modern Love, which is currently doing the rounds at several international film festivals including Moscow, Brazil, Munich and Shanghai. Her stage appearances includes Geoff Crowhurst's Don's Party and Roulette x3 (Night) directed by Joh Hartog for Accidental Productions. Along with a creative project called SM-MESS! With Robert Marchand and Holly Owen. Julia is a highly trained and qualified Remedial Massage Therapist, specialling in pregnancy and baby massage. Running her own business Monsoon Massage (find via facebook) in Alice Springs.

Alex Vickery-Howe
  Alex Vickery-Howe is an award winning Australian playwright. In 2008 his murder mystery A Stab in the Dark was launched to popular acclaim at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Later that year Once Upon a Midnight, his bilingual, bicultural rock musical toured to Okinawa, Japan, where it opened the Kijimuna Festival, Japan's largest theatre festival for young people, before returning for a sell-out season at the Adelaide Oz Asia Festival. In 2010 he was commissioned by Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and IMPACT to write Retaliation a sci-fi fantasy which earned an Adelaide Critics Circle nomination for its cast of energetic young performers. Alex is also an emerging academic focused on writing for youth culture. He currently splits his time between writing his PhD thesis, turning Once Upon a Midnight into a novel and rescuing kittens from the roof of the restaurant next door to his flat.