Our Staff

Our Staff

 Merilyn Brend

Merilyn Brend

CEO and Principal 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 Robinson

CEO and Technical Adviser

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 Wellington

Administration

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 children and is delighted to come back and work in an administration role for the school.

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 Karen Haymes

Karen Haymes

Administration

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

Danaë Grieef

Danaë Grieef

Administration

Danaë Grieef studied both VCE Drama and Certificate 3 in Screen Acting, graduating in 2017 with a Mullum Cluster VET award.  She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation at Deakin University, graduating in 2020.  Danaë also does administration work for ACDA, developing and editing integral documents of the Screen Acting course such as the Student Learner’s Manual and Workbooks, and generally assisting with other documents, files and reporting.

Alex Lowes

Post-Production

Alex Lowes studied VCE Drama at MBCTA, graduating in 2015. He is currently undertaking a ‘Bachelor of Film and Television’ degree at Swinburne University. He has twice performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and his 2018 short film Baba Desi was screened at the Bayside and St Kilda Film Festivals. Alex is part of the post-production team at ACDA.

Madeline Dundon

Madeline Dundon

Drama Assistant and General Production Help

Maddie studied VCE Drama and was part of the Intermediate group of MBCTA during her high school years. She has graduated a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and Psychology at Deakin University.  In 2017 and 2018 she was assisting with VCE Drama classes and now teaches VCE Drama on her own as well as still helping out in productions here and with general needs.

ACDA
Australian College of Dramatic Arts is now open for enrolments for 2020 across Victoria, Australia.  If you would like more information please browse the website or to enrol contact your VET Co-ordinator at your home school.