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Lindsay Saddington

ACOPA Principal

Lindsay is a director, producer and scriptwriter of Theatre, Film and Music Video, and has taught Performing Arts for more than 20 years.

His lifelong commitment to the craft of performance, and his extensive journey of experience in the field, is poured into his teaching without reservation.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology (as a double major) and also Philosophy and Theatre Arts. He has devised, developed and taught drama and acting courses at various educational institutions such as Deakin University and William Bates Academy, as well as many community organisations and Psychiatric institutions.

Lindsay’s extensive, in-depth and broad experience, is a source of inspiration and knowledge for his students, allowing him to cater for a broad range of needs, levels, styles and requirements.

Lindsay’s courses are designed to help students progressively develop their skills and investigate their own personal performance approach within a supportive environment. He encourages all of his students to explore acting styles based on their own particular experimental and emotional range. Topics covered include: scene and character development, text analysis and sensory exploration, with a particular focus on the physical and vocal expression styles for Flm, Stage and Television.

“Everyone has potential for brilliance in some area of life and acting is a brilliant tool for self discovery and actualization.

If you have a deep desire, focus and dedication towards achieving your goals as a performer, there is nothing that cannot be achieved.

I am passionate about assisting students and professional performers alike to achieve their greatest potential through a combination of skills, confidence and resilience.” Lindsay Saddington, ACOPA Principal

Lindsay Saddington

Jennifer Levy left Australia in 1980 to train as an actor in Paris at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and Ecole Phillippe Gaulier/Monika Pagneux. Simultaneously, she began her training in classical singing before continuing on to London, Cologne and Germany.

While based in Cologne, Jennifer worked in Theatre, Voice Over, Film and TV, and as a singer, including session work and solo music projects incorporating live

performance.Before retuning to Melbourne in 2003, Jennifer spent four years in Jamaica where she continued to work as an actor and singer with various musicians.

Jennifer began teaching Voice in 2000 and since her return to Melbourne has been working as an actor and singer. She is currently recording a solo album produced by Aussie music legend, Joe Camilleri.

Jennifer Levy

Ian Dixon has worked as a writer, director and actor in film, television and Australian and international theatre.

Ian studied Drama, Cinema Studies and English Literature at university, as well as Filmmaking at the VCA, where he recently completed a PhD in the films of John Cassavetes.

Ian has acted for STC, Griffin Theatre, Playbox and Victoria State Opera. His theatre acting credits include The Changling, The Tempest, West Side Story, The Heartbreak Kid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the lead in Grease, the musical, taking over from Guy Pearce. He recently starred as a regular in the television series Guinevere Jones, Stingers and Blue Heelers.

Ian has had extensive training as a director including Film Victoria/AFC assisted traineeships on Neighbours (he went on to direct the series) Blue Heelers, (directed several episodes) and Horace and Tina. His film directing credits include Wee Jimmy (SBS drama which won director commendation at San Francisco International Film Festival), The Raptor Detail (short film) and Cut (VCA major film, a Gold winner at the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards).

Ian has also been commissioned to write films for the AFC. He is currently co-writing a screenplay, Captivity Captive, funded by Film Victoria, with novelist Dr Rodney Hall. His debut feature film Crushed premiered at Cinema Nova in 2008.

In addition to his work in film, television and theatre, Ian has has written two novels and lectures in Filmmaking at the VCA, Monash, Melbourne University, RMIT, SAE Institute and Open Channel Film School. He also works as an independent producer of film and video and has been assistant to the Artistic Director of the Australia Korea Foundation for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Ian Dixon

Christiane Hille was born in Germany and trained as a director at the Mountview Theatre School at London’s Sussex University, and VCA Melbourne. She has directed more than 25 productions in Melbourne, Germany, London, Edinburgh, Brighton and New York.

From 2001 to 2005 she was artistic director of the Foxrock Foundation, which is dedicated to the works of Samuel Beckett. She has been nominated for the Jerwood Award for emerging directors in 2004 and was assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court (London) Opera North, Opera deMetz and Opera Holland Park.

Christiane has extensive experience as a teacher, working for the National Opera Studio, Birmingham Conservatoire, Southbank University London, Bridge Theatre School and the Actors Centre in London. She has a passion to assist actors to discover and realise their potential and awaken confidence in their abilities as performers, through a personable, empowering and professional approach.

Christiane Hille

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