Studio Team

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Studio Director, Marianna Psaltis

BEd (Drama, English Lit), BA Applied Theatre (Acting, Film), ATCL

Marianna Psaltis is an industry professional and qualified teacher with over 15 years of professional practice.  Marianna has worked in the industry from a young age and received many acting, teaching and directing awards including Best Director (Queensland Festival Circuit) and Best Actor (Brisbane Arts Theatre).

Her most recent credits include training and casting actors for Australian movies, including Swimming for Gold (2020) and more recently, Streamline (2021).  She also appears in the movie, Streamline and had the pleasure of working with Jason Issacs and Levi Miller among others.

Marianna has worked with a slew of celebrities and industry professionals including and more recently conferenced with Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone and Mayim Bailik to name a few.

Marianna has worked with international corporations on projects which include work for Queensland Tourism (Thargomindah and Quilpie historical sites).

She specialises in teaching students with diverse abilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and more.

Marianna writes poetry, prose, plays and screenplays. She has undertaken several recent applied theatre projects which include addressing contemporary issues such as youth depression and anxiety, violence against women and misogyny in the media.

The Australian Festival of Performance Arts, an online performing arts competition, was initiated by Marianna in 2020 during lockdown and was a resounding success.  The Festival received entries from all over Australia as well as Singapore, the UK and America. Together with a team of industry professionals, Marianna provided the first ever national online performing arts competition. The Festival provided a much-needed platform for students of musical theatre, dance, drama and voice.

Her students have achieved stunning results at local and National Eisteddfods and several times topped Queensland and Australia for their examination results with renowned examination body, Trinity College London.

Students also work regularly in the film and theatre industry on professional projects which include TV commercials, Australian Feature Films, stage and musical theatre.

Through her expertise, training and under her guidance, graduates have gained entry to prestigious tertiary intuitions in both Australia and overseas including The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University – School of The Arts, Griffith University Conservatorium, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland University of Technology and Brent Street.

Her philanthropic work includes supporting the Lions Club of Australia, World Vision and other local charities, foundations and not-for profit organisations like, Celebrate Learning and Love and Hope Redlands Inc.

She also continues to provide mentoring to arts youth, upcoming actors and young women in business.

Marianna Psaltis

GRADUATED FROM

Griffith University

WORK EXPERIENCE

15 Years professional Practice in the Performing Arts Industry

COURSES

Bed (Drama, English Lit), BA Applied Theatre (Acting and Film), ATCL

ACTING

With 30 Years Industry Experience, Marianna began acting at a young age in professional productions and community theatre.  Marianna has won many awards for acting from Best Performer at the age of 14 at the Brisbane Festival (Brisbane Arts Theatre) and a score of other performance awards recognised locally and nationally.

Marianna studied under Australia’s biggest gurus at Griffith University and learned from the best academics and industry professionals.

Brisbane Acting and Drama takes a holistic approach to the craft of acting.

Students learn how to produce moving literature that is authentic to their experience. Taught by skilled industry professionals and award-winning teachers.

Enrol in our acting classes to learn more about acting for stage and screen.

ACTING SKILLS
AUDITION TECHNIQUES
STAGE AND SCREEN
SELF TAKES
SCREEN WRITING
MONOLOGUES
PROFESSIONAL TUITION
ACCESS TO AUDITIONS
MENTORING
WORLD LITERATURE

SHAKESPEARE

And more

DRAMA

Teaching drama is Marianna’s passion and with 15 years of professional practice and dedication to the profession her students and graduates benefit from her expertise.

Marianna prides herself on the quality of education her students receive at the studio.  Students become well-versed in all performance styles, learn to decipher intricate and complex texts and produce exceptional performance work.  She teaches students with diverse abilities with resounding success and develops self-confidence within her students.

Students start from a very young age and learn through play-based and theatre sports based activities. They learn to improvise, role-play, create characters and memorise texts.

Students can elect to participate in festivals, eisteddfods, showcases and exams.

Many students take both acting and drama classes at the studio.  Although similar, drama classes focus more on creativity, theatre sports and improvisation while acting classes develop specific skill and focus on industry training.

Miss Helen Walker

Head Teacher

Head Teacher, Miss Helen Walker

BA Drama and Writing, ATCL

Helen has lived and breathed the arts from a very young age, starring in productions, winning prizes at eisteddfods and school for her contribution to the arts.

Helen began studying Speech & Drama when she was in Year 4, participating in eisteddfods and plays throughout her time at school. She was a cast member of the productions The Birthday of the Infanta in 2011, The Breakfast Club and Equus in 2012, Girl, Interrupted in 2013 and I’m Glad You Had the Confidence in 2017. Since graduating from Ormiston College in 2014 and completing her Trinity College London Acting ATCL Diploma in the same year, she has been a teacher at the studio, mentoring students in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior group classes, and has been an Assistant Director on nearly a dozen productions over the last six years. In addition to teaching, Helen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Writing, and has written material for both private students and group classes, including the script for the 2020 Junior production, Finding Peter.

As a teacher, Helen enjoys exploring a range of literature with students, from classic children’s stories to Shakespearean works, as well as developing the fundamental acting skills of improvisation and learning script-work. She is also interested in film and television, spanning across many different genres, as well as history and music.

WORK EXPERIENCE

7 Years Professional Practice in the Performing Arts Industry

COURSES

BA Drama and Writing, ATCL

University of Queensland

Trinity College London

Head Teacher, Miss Helen Walker

BA Drama and Writing, ATCL

Helen has lived and breathed the arts from a very young age, starring in productions, winning prizes at eisteddfods and school for her contribution to the arts.

Helen began studying Speech & Drama when she was in Year 4, participating in eisteddfods and plays throughout her time at school. She was a cast member of the productions The Birthday of the Infanta in 2011, The Breakfast Club and Equus in 2012, Girl, Interrupted in 2013 and I’m Glad You Had the Confidence in 2017. Since graduating from Ormiston College in 2014 and completing her Trinity College London Acting ATCL Diploma in the same year, she has been a teacher at the studio, mentoring students in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior group classes, and has been an Assistant Director on nearly a dozen productions over the last six years. In addition to teaching, Helen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Writing, and has written material for both private students and group classes, including the script for the 2020 Junior production, Finding Peter.

As a teacher, Helen enjoys exploring a range of literature with students, from classic children’s stories to Shakespearean works, as well as developing the fundamental acting skills of improvisation and learning script-work. She is also interested in film and television, spanning across many different genres, as well as history and music.

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Model/Actor

Meghan Carmella Triandis

Graduate, Model, Actor
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Actor

Caterina Korhammer

Studio Graduate with Honours, Studio Mentor
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Actor

Claire Dewar

Studio graduate with Honours
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Drama and Acting Student

Layla Madam

Senior student and performer
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DIRECTORMarianna Psaltis

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MENTORCaterina Korhammer

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PHOTOGRAPHER/MENTORVincent D'Amico

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HEAD TEACHERHelen Walker

Our team promotes an inclusive and creative environment that focusses on learning, achievement and fun. Each teacher and mentor is a senior member or graduate of the studio who is qualified, trained and hold Queensland Blue Cards. Our teachers and mentors are skilled performers and embrace the studio ethos of inclusion and achievement for every child.

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