Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 2005

Jessica Beck
  Jess Beck hails from the beautiful redgum country of Mingbool, near Mt Gambier in South Australia. Her distinctive singing voice is raw, natural and sweet, a product of her rural upbringing and Indigenous heritage as a descendant of the 'Luritja' people. Jess is an all round performer, graduating with an honours Acting degree from Flinders Drama Centre in 2005. Since graduating her theatre credits include Osama The Hero Directed by Syd Brisbane for La Mama in Melbourne and Old Fitz in Sydney, Roulette X 3 for Bakehouse Theatre and Fitting Rooms for Binka Boo Productions. Jess has sung her way around Australia and beyond, 2009 saw her tour Thailand with The Jones Club. Jess was nominated in 2010 for a Deadly Award for most Promising New Talent in Music, as well as her song Hometown Dress being ranked at no. 37 on the Triple J Unearthed top 100. Jess continues to write original songs with members of her band who keep busy with gigs at festivals accross Austrtalia. Jess worked as project coordinator for the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival and did voice over work for them also.

Daniel Daw
Dan completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2004. He joined Restless Dance Company in 2002, performing in works by Ingrid Voorendt, Kat Worth, Daisy Brown, Michael Whaites, Garry Stewart, and Billie Cook. In early 2006, Dan danced with UK company FRONTLINEdance in their 5th Anniversary Tour and in 2007 he performed with Scottish Dance Theatre as Guest Dancer in Adam Benjamin's Angels of Incidence for their Spring Tour. In 2007/2008, Dan worked with Kate Champion's Force Majeure performing in The Age I’m In for the 2008 Sydney and Adelaide Festivals. 2009 saw Dan produce his first solo work, Crush, in partnership with balletLORENT and Dance City. He joined Candoco Dance Company in 2010, performing repertory pieces by Wendy Houstoun, Nigel Charnock, Sarah Michelson, Raphael Bonacella, Rachid Ouramdane, Trisha Brown and Javier de Frutos. Dan is a graduate of the Royal National Theatre Step Change programme 2012/13. In re-emerging as a Producer, Dan's key interest is in developing bespoke on-the-job training opportunities for emerging talent in dance and theatre. Dan intends to maintain his work as a performer, as well as producing. Parallel to working as a performer, Dan has tutored for Restless Dance Company, No Strings Attached: Theatre of Disability, FRONTLINEdance, Scottish Dance Theatre, and more recently Candoco Dance Company. In 2004, to develop his skills as an integrated dance tutor, he trained with Alito Alessi in Oregon, USA to obtain the DanceAbility Teacher Certification. In conjunction with Art of Difference 2006, Dan directed The Birds, his first creative development with Weave Movement Theatre and Restless Dance Company. Dan was mentored by Ingrid Voorendt for this project. Dan has received a number of awards including, the Outlet Dance Award, the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship, and the Russell Page Fellowship in Contemporary Dance. He was the South Australian Young Achiever in the Arts category for 2006, and Young Australian of the Year finalist for 2009.

Scott Fraser
  Highlights of Scott's time at the Drama Centre include playing the roles of Laertes in Hamlet, Warren in Wolf Lullaby and the Aristocrat in David Hare's The Blue Room. He has had the pleasure of working with ABC Radio Adelaide for the radio play Madagascar Lily, and since graduating has worked on The Bank Job, the film December Boys, Jim Cartwright's Two, Mrs. Talkalot's Treasure Island, Pastiche for the 2006 Feast Festival, and a variety of corporate performances around Adelaide. Scott moved to Tasmania in 2007 for a one year stint in Tasmania's longest running play The Ship that Never Was with the Round Earth Company in Strahan.

Joanne Hartstone
  Joanne graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours from Flinders University Drama Centre. Joanne performed in Fitting Rooms at both Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes, and featured in Australian children's musicals; Ready Set Go, Back to Before, Twinkle Twinkle and Zoe's Lucky Charm. Joanne made her directorial debut with Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe. Later in 2008, Joanne joined UK based Theatre Tours International as publicity liaison and became the General Manager in 2010. She also starred alongside Guy Masterson in David Mamet's Oleanna, touring the UK in 2008 and the Adelaide Fringe in 2009. For her performance of Carol, she was nominated Emerging Artist of the Year by the ACC. Joanne revived this production for a sell-out 2011 Adelaide Fringe season. Joanne has produced C.I.T. - The Centre for International Theatre - with Guy Masterson in 2010 and 2011 to critical success and international acknowledgement.

Robynne Kelly

  Robynne graduated from the Flinders Drama Centre in 2005 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours). During her time there she worked with directors Catherine Fitzgerald on Psycho Beach Party, Tim Maddock on Flight and International director John Green on Hamlet. Robynne has always been an avid promoter of theatre and performed in Fitting Rooms for both the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. In Melbourne she played the role of Virginia Woolf in Julia Britton's The Object Of Desire (The Life of Duncan Grant) for the Midsumma Festival as part of La Mama's 40 year Anniversary, Jack Hibberd's 30th Anniversary ofDimboola at La Mama, Melborn's Playspotting in Alex Broun's play Cate Blanchett Wants To Be My Friend on Facebook. Robynne has also had the pleasure of working with Storm Productions in the SBS television series Kick and performed in her first feature film The Dream Children with Fat Kid Films and the award winning short film I Can Speak Swedish with FAD Productions. Robynne passed away in 2013.

Tim Lucas
  Since graduating Tim has co-written, directed and performed the student radio show Radio Play Time and has amassed 37 episodes over three years. More recently his play 2 Birds was performed in Sydney's Short & Sweet Festival. Tim is also a singer/songwriter, and as part of local band Tokyo Story - his songs receiving national airplay. This year Tim performed in two new, South Australian plays, My Last Purchase by Christian O'Keefe and The Bank Job by Alex Vickery-Howe. He worked as script editor for Sweet & Sour, a collaborative project between the multi-award winning People's Republic of Animation and Shanghai Animation Film Studio. He is also a co-founder of The Green Bucket, a new independent company designed to produce original work through various media. This is not to be confused with Windmill Theatre Company's The Green Sheep which Tim has performed with in Adelaide and also toured to Canberra.

Chris Olver
  Chris graduated from the Flinders Drama Centre in 2005 and performed in Cold Snap, Twelfth Night, Wreckers, The Rivers of China, After Dinner, Dreaming, Psycho Beach Party and Hamlet. His screen credits include a guest role on McLeod's Daughters in 2004 and the feature film 2:37. Chris has worked for World Vision helping children and has a masters in public policy from Harvard University.

David Rock
  David graduated from the Drama Centre with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours). His performance highlights at Flinders include The Blue Room, Hamlet. David currently resides in Melbourne has performed as a finalist in the Short & Sweet Festival with Hi, It's Me I'm On The Train directed by Beng Oh which was also televised on Foxtel's Movie Extra channel. David played a cameo role in Red Stitch's 2006 Green Room Award Winning Production of Harvest. He has also worked on the ABC Mini Series Very Small Business. In early 2008 David travelled to Hong Kong to work on several films. His TV credits include Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Jack Irish and Wastelander Panda. He also had a cameo role as an Irish backpacker in Wolf Creek.

Jenny Starvall
  Whilst at Flinders Drama Centre, Jenny performed in Wreckers, Cold Snap, Dreamtown, Michael Fuller's production of You Gotta Have Hart - a musical tribute to Lorenz Hart as well as her graduating performance in Hamlet directed by John Green. In 2008 she joined Jessica Beck, Joanne Hartstone and Michael Morley for the Adelaide Fringe Festival in the musical cabaret Ripple Effects at The Lipodome in Hindley Street.

Xavier Samuel
  Xavier graduated from the Flinders Drama Centre in 2005 with a BCA (Honours). Whilst at Flinders he performed in the plays Cold Snap, Wreckers , Talk Radio, Mud, Dreaming and played the role of Hamlet in his graduating performance directed by John Green. On stage he performed in Windmill's Two Weeks With The Queen which also toured to Sydney. He worked on the Indepedent Theatre productions of Osama The Hero directed by Syd Brisbane and Mercury Fur directed by Ben Packer. His latest role was for State Theatre of South Australia's production of The Seagull directed by Geordie Brookman for the 2014 Adelaide Festival. His film roles have included the cult horror movie The Loved Ones, September, Newcastle, A Few Best Men and Drift. His biggest commercial film role was playing Riley in Twilight: Eclipse. He currently has a string of new movies which will coming out soon!
Lauren Pittwood