CAST

Graduate Players 2019

Beatrice & Benedick

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Performed in Melbourne, Sale and Prague
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Michael Gleeson

Benedick

 

Michael is an actor formerly from Townsville, North Queensland, where he was a familiar face to local audiences. He began training with TheatreiNQ in 2012 and has been making a career on the stage ever since. Credits with TheatreiNQ include: Comedy of Errors, First Born, Alice in Wonderland, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankenstein, Hamlet – including Japan tour, One Man – Two Guvnors, Private Ginger Mick, Twelfth Night, Last Post, Romeo and Juliet, Cripple of Inishmaan, King Lear.

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Rachel Adams

Verges

 

Rachel is thrilled to be a part of the Australian Shakespeare Company’s 2019 Graduate Players! She is a 2018 graduate of the 2-year full time acting course at the Acting Performance Studio in Moorabbin. Last year she travelled to Los Angeles and participated in the acting intensive at the prestigious Stella Adler Acting Academy; and played the abrasive journalist Joanna in Mordialloc TC’s All Things Considered. Rachel started her acting training with the foundation course at the VCA and NIDA Open program; and was a founding ensemble member of Studio Eleven Theatre Company.

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Mabel Windred-Wornes

Borachio

 

Mabel is a passionate thespian and has been involved in ASC’s education programs since the age of 11, performing in their Bravehearts production of The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet. She is one half of Melbourne folk duo Charm of Finches and has performed at music festivals around Australia for the last 5 years. Mabel is also a composer for film and theatre and her work has been featured on ABC’s Mustangs FC.

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Joshua Blake

Claudio

 

Josh Blake started acting in high school and soon caught the bug of live performance. Since then Josh has thrown himself into the world of performance, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Drama and acting in anything he can. Some of his credits include Reverend Hale in the Crucible, Fish Lamb in Cloudstreet & Davo in Blackrock.  He is excited to debut with the Graduate Players as Claudio in Much Ado about Benedick and Beatrice.

Creative Team 

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Kevin Hopkins

Director

 

Kevin has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, as an actor, director and more recently as a teacher. He has appeared in feature films such as The Settlement, Life, Nigel, Sensitive New Age Killer, and most recently, The Marey Project. He has also appeared in many television series including Stingers, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Phryne Fisher. Most of his work has been in theatre, with companies including The Melbourne Theatre Co, Complete Works Theatre Co, Arena Theatre Co, Performing Arts Projects, La Mama and others, in all states of Australia and overseas, he has been an ensemble member with The Australian Shakespeare Company for 18 years where he also teaches and directs here is Australia and in Europe. Kevin is excited to be performing in this Shakespeare masterpiece alongside a stellar cast.
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Paris Walsh

Hero

 

Paris recently moved from North Queensland to further pursue her passion for preforming Shakespeare. For the last four years, Paris was training and preforming with Townsville theatre company, TheatreiNQ. Credits with TheatreiNQ include ‘Courtesan’ – A Comedy of Errors, ‘Hermia’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘The Bride’ – Frankenstein, Hamlet, ‘Dormouse’ – Alice in Wonderland, ‘Pauline’ – One Man Two Guvnors, What’s the Matter with Mary Jane & Twelfth Night.

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Kaitlyn Elliott

Antonio

 

Kaitlyn is a recent graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Her highlights included playing ‘Juror 3’ in Twelve Angry Men, as well as working on various film shoots with students of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Kaitlyn is also a Theatre Arts graduate of the VCA Secondary School, and is an aspiring writer and established musician, having played Saxophone and Trumpet for many years. Kaitlyn is a proud member of MEAA.

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Isabelle Bennett

Don Pedro

 

Isabelle is making her Australian Shakespeare Company debut in Much Ado About Beatrice and Benedick and she couldn’t be more thrilled. Isabelle, a graduate from Monash University, is an actor/singer who has performed in numerous theatrical productions around Melbourne, most notably as one of the Three Witches in Dionysus Theatres production of Macbeth. She is grateful to her amazing friends and family for their constant love and support – especially her Nana Helen.

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Fletcher O’Leary

Conrad

 

Fletcher has been lucky enough to have many career opportunities from a young age. First appearing in Neighbours as “Mickey Gannon”. Later on he worked with the Production Company as “Young Peter Allen” in the 2011 season of The Boy From Oz. Fletchers Shakespeare works  includes “Richard the III” with the MTC, and recently “A Midsummer Nights Dream” with The Australian Shakespeare Company. Fletcher has just recently returned from France where he performed in “Mickeys Christmas Big Band” at Disneyland Paris.
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Tony Rive

Assistant Director and Don Jon

 

Anthony has appeared in countless productions, including Wait Until Dark (MTC), Barry Dickens’ Squizzy Taylor and Ben Ellis’ Outpatients (La Mama), Not About Heroes and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Autobiography (WAX Studios), Book of Shadows and Forced Legacy (Brown’s Mart), Closer (Milkbar Theatre). His Shakespearean credits include Iago in Othello (Aardvark Pub Theatre), Horatio in Hamlet (Merri Shakespeare) and 15 years with the Australian Shakespeare Co playing the likes of Touchstone (As You Like It), Flute (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Antonio (Comedy of Errors). He continues with writing and directing projects — The Pen and the Sword (theatre ad absurdum) and, most recently, the Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Darwin Theatre Co), whilst meddling with triggerpoint photography.

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Eleanor Barkla

Beatrice

 

Eleanor has always been surrounded by the arts, growing up in the regional creative melting pot of Castlemaine and pursuing performance avidly at school. After a year of travelling, Eleanor commenced her formal training in 2016 at FedUni Arts Academy, and graduated with a B.A Acting in 2018. Since then, Eleanor has enjoyed dipping her toes into the world of stand-up comedy, and is relishing the chance to return to the world of Shakespeare with the A.S.C.

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Victoria Haslam

Leonato

 

Victoria Haslam is a dynamic Melbourne based Artist and Performer. Formerly from Philadelphia, she has trained in Fine Arts, Drama and Movement, Dance, and Classical Piano. As a performer Haslam is known for her intensity and fearlessness, and gravitates toward roles which require strong physicality. An ardent lover of Shakespeare, she is thrilled to be playing Leonato with ASC’s Graduate Players. Haslam’s more recent work includes Juliet (Romeo and Juliet, 2017/18) Gonzalo (The Tempest, 2017) and Hippolyta / Mustardseed (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2016) all with Sly Rat Theatre Company.

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Joseph Lacey

Dogberry

 

Joe has been involved in theatre since he was a child. He completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

He regularly features in local theatre productions in The Central Goldfields and is passionate about musical theatre. He is a qualified drama teacher and works at the local public school. This is Joe’s first role with The Australian Shakespeare Company.

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Sarah Codd

Margaret

 

Sarah has been involved in the world of theatre from an early age, taking part in a number of amateur theatre productions, involving herself in both musicals and plays. She continued her love of the arts in high school, finding a special love for Shakespeare whilst undertaking both theatre studies and drama in VCE. After taking a break from acting Sarah is excited to be back and working with such a talented cast under the Australian Shakespeare Company!