The HubStudio Coaches represent a collective powerhouse of training talent. Our core coaches and associate coaches are the best in the business, offering a unique skill set to the professional actor. Collectively they have taught Australia’s top talent (Cate Blanchett, Jai Courtney, Nicole Kidman, Ryan Corr, Jessica Marais, Sam Worthington and many more) and have a true love of the craft offering insight, generosity, artistic challenge and ultimately the knowledge to expand your abilities as an artist to grow confidently and professionally.
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Kevin Jackson is one of the countries most experienced acting teachers. In 2011 he retired from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) after more than twenty years service to the school, and in the process trained some of the most prominent and emerging actors in the industry today. For more than fourteen years Kevin also taught at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and more recently at The Actors Center in Sydney and now at The HubStudio. Graduates Kevin has taught during his time at NIDA include Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh, Jacqueline McKenzie, Miranda Otto, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Nicholas Bishop and Sam Worthington.
Angus McLaren has worked consistently as an actor and performer since the age of 12. He is perhaps best known for his role as Nathan Rafter on Seven Network’s hit show Packed to the Rafters f rom 2008 – 2013 and earlier as Lewis McCartney in H20: Just Add Water. Angus has also appeared in some of Australia’s most popular television programs such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, All Saints, as well as a lead role in the popular ABC program Silver Sun.
Film & Television
Ben Mathews is a multi-award winning director, actor and AWGIE nominated writer. His short film, “Emily” won over 20 awards around the world, screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was the first Australian film nominated for the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Company New York, and AFTRS, Ben was the recipient of both the Kenneth Myer Award for Exceptional Talent and Foxtel Scholarship for Exceptional New Talent.
In 2012, Ben directed, co-wrote, and co-produced “Deadbeat Dads”, a drama pilot for MTV Australia, after winning the MTV/Optus ONE80PROJECT. The series is currently in development with Essential Media and Free at Last for the UK. He is also the director and co-creator of “BedHead”, a web series made for ABC iView, for which he has been nominated for several awards at the 2016 LA Web Fest.
Anthony’s directing credits include: Chekhov’s Seagull (Secret House); Play Without a Title (AFTT, Belvoir Downstairs); Simon Stephens’ Birdland (New Theatre); Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (Old Fitz); Simon Stephens’ Herons (ISA) Suzie Miller’s Sunset Strip (Uncertainty principle) Griffin; Melita Rowston’s Between the Streetlight and the Moon (Mophead Production); Bathsheba Doran’s Mystery of Love and Sex (Darlinghurst Theatre); Charlotte Jones’ Airswimming (The Vaults, London); Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Our Class (AFTT, Belvoir Downstairs); Nick Enright’s Man With Five Children (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Katy Warner’s Dropped (Old Fitz); Christopher Harley’s Blood Bank (Ensemble Theatre); Jane Bodie’s Fourplay & Ride (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); José Rivera’s The House of Ramon Iglesia (MopHead Productions). For Anthonys full bio please click here
Anthony is Head of Performance at Actors Centre Australia. He was Associate Lecturer for Performance Practices at NIDA from 2009 to 2012.
Roel Voorbij started acting at an early age and has been on stage since he was 12. He is an actor, teacher and casting director from the Netherlands, his background is in physical acting. He studied Theatre at the internationally recognized Amsterdam School of the Arts, Mime Education (Mime corporel, not pantomime) The projects he entertains are mostly created from a concept and shared philosophy developed through improvisation in co-operation with several directors, performed in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco, New York and Australia.
Lyn Pierse NIDA graduate, Lyn Pierse is Australia’s most recognised and experienced Improvisation teacher, having taught two generations of actors, teachers, stand-up comics and students of Improvisation for; National Institute Dramatic Art (22 years), Actors Centre Australia (25 years), Australian Academy Dramatic Art (4 years), National Theatre School Melbourne, University of Armidale and Macquarie University, Drama NSW, EDA and community theatres and workshops across the country, and now of course at The HubStudio. Lyn has staged hundreds of Theatresports® and comedy extravaganzas including; Cranston Cup Finals, Much Ado About Impro, Theatresports National and International Comps staged at Sydney Opera House, Belvoir St, Enmore, EXPO Brisbane, Adelaide Festival, State Theatre Sydney, Parade Theatre Sydney.
Shaun is an award-winning NIDA and RADA graduate director who has worked across Australian premieres of new works to innovative revivals of treasured musicals. Drawn to stories of desire and heart, Shaun has received three Sydney Theatre Award nominations for Best Director, and won the Broadway World Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his 2016 production of RENT at the Hayes Theatre.
This year has already seen Shaun direct: IRENE (Neglected Musicals), THE RISE AND DISGUISE OF ELIZABETH R (Hayes Theatre), CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD (Sydney Philharmonia Choir), MAMMA MIA! (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and he will soon direct the Australian Premier of AMELIE for the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
Shaun’s musical theatre credits include; THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), SWEET CHARITY (WAAPA), THE VIEW UPSTAIRS (Hayes Theatre), CARMEN; LIVE OR DEAD (Oriel Group), #VAL (Maj Theatre), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Hayes Theatre), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (WAAPA), WICKED (Freerain) and Only Heaven Knows (Luckiest Productions) which received 9 Sydney Theatre Award nominations, including Best Director of a Musical.
Shaun has directed the Australian premieres of Jess and Joe Forever (25A, Downstairs Belvoir) and Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll (The Ensemble Theatre Company) and I AM MY OWN WIFE (Redline Productions). The recipient of the 2017 Sandra Bates Directors Award, Shaun assistant directed on NEVILLE’S ISLAND and LIP SERVICE (Ensemble Theatre). He also assistant directed on the London production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (The Tabard Theatre) and ONCE WE LIVED HERE (Kings Head) where he was Resident Director.
Shaun co-created Light the Night, an annual benefit concert for leukaemia research, which he produced and directed for 10 years.
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