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.