Merilyn Brend
Merilyn BrendFounder, Principle and Teacher
Merilyn Brend is a director, dialogue coach and a trained drama and music teacher at both primary and secondary levels, a professional actor and a community artiste. She graduated from St. Peter’s College (Uni. Birmingham) majoring in drama. She has been trained by and worked with notable people such as Joan Littlewood, Prof. John Pick, Second City Theatre Company (U.K) and Freeform Community Arts.
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Bill Robinson
Bill RobinsonTechnician, Lights and Music
Bill Robinson has been associated with the theatre since its inception. Apart from his position as administrator he is also responsible for all technical aspects of the theatre, stage management, lights, sound and video. Bill has a long history both on stage/film and behind the camera.
    Nikki Wellington
    Nikki WellingtonAdministration
    An original student of Merilyn Brend’s Drama school back in the 1980’s, Nikki went onto study Marketing and Advertising and has worked for the likes of Channel 7 and Austereo radio (FOXFM and TRIPLE M - 15 years) She completed a public speaking course which has been helpful to her when it came to presenting, organising and producing events in the hospitality industry for the last seven years. She is now concentrating on raising her two small children and is delighted to come back and work in an administration role for the school.
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    Karen Haymes
    Karen HaymesAdministration
    Karen is in administration and also assists with costumes. As a parent of an ex student she knows the benefit of training at ACDA.
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    Casual Staff

    Peta Scully-Wicks
    Peta Scully-WicksPost-Production, Advertising and IT
    Peta attended MBCTA for VCE drama and then ACDA for the Certificate II and III Acting (Screen). After the completion of her course in 2013 she was offered a job and is currently working as part of the post-production team, as well as handling most of the IT requirements. Peta is currently in her final year at Swinburne University of Technology studying a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) minoring in Advertising Design Strategy.
      Alex LowesPost-Production
      Alex Lowes studied the Certificate III Acting (Screen) with ACDA, graduating in 2015. He is currently enrolled in a ‘Bachelor of Film and Television’ degree at Swinburne University. Alex is also a member of the youth comedy group ‘LOL Squad’, wherein he writes and develops short films in collaboration with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne. Alex is part of the post-production team at ACDA
        Maddie DundonDrama Assistant and Administration
        Maddie studied VCE drama and was part of the Intermediate group of MBCTA during her high school years. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and Psychology at Deakin University. Maddie is a drama assistant for MBCTA and does casual administration for ACDA