About

We at ACOPA believe in encouraging each individual to explore and challenge themselves.  Our courses are based upon the belief that within us all, is a rich tapestry of emotion, intellect and life experience. We all have a story that can be expressed through, Acting, Dance, Cabaret, Music, Creative Writing, Art

An artist must be prepared to allow themselves the vulnerability to accept and embrace the many contradictions and moral challenges of the human condition; fear, hope, anxiety, fantasy, melancholy, optimism, regret, denial, guilt, escapism, acceptance. Thereby gaining a comprehensive  appreciation of what it means to be a fallible resilient creative human being.

We are born into this world to challenge and discover ourselves through our internal processes and that of our relationship with our environment - nature / nurture. Creative pursuits play a pivotal role in our quest for authenticity with a strong sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. Our natural human instinct is towards self discovery, combined with our interaction with our environment. It is through the arts where we gain a strong sense of who we are, awakening our unique potential to be who we are supposed to be. A healthy resilient society is based upon self fulfilment, community interaction and working toward our goals  - mind, body & soul. The ACOPA philosophy is based upon the belief that the human spirit can flourish and goals achieved within a dynamic learning environment

Meet The Team

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Lindsay Saddington

Lindsay is the owner, founder and creative producer of Club Voltaire. He is also the owner of Saddington Studios and the artistic director of the Australian Center of Performance and Art. experience. He has been an actor in film, television, and theatre; a director of theatre and music video productions; and a producer of theatre, music video, and film. Lindsay has completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major, Psychology and Sociology, including Theatre Arts at Victoria College, Toorak Campus (Deakin) — studies that are related to Lindsay’s fascination by all things human, what makes us tick, and what has meaning to us.

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Aarti Vincent

Aarti Vincent began production at the age of 19 in Delhi working with production company ‘Synergy Communication’ and later the 'Star Network' writing, shooting and editing feature stories for an automobile and information technology show.

She then began working as an assistant director for TVCs, corporate films and short films before getting into the mad world of advertising in the capacity of a TV Producer. She has worked with DDB in Delhi handling clients such as Samsung, McDonalds, Nestle, Hindustan Motors, Yamaha, HBO, Electrolux and the World Health Organisation. 

 Aarti has worked as a TV Producer in Melbourne with MCCann Erickson handling clients such as L’Oreal, Maybelline, Holden, Tennis Australia, Black & Decker, Melbourne Central & V/Line, Metro Trains

As a comedian and performer, Aarti produced her solo debut show, ‘And No, I Did Not Grow up Doing Yoga’ for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2021 

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Mike Boyd

Mike is a photographer and videographer for the alternative fashion electronic and print magazine, Alt Life Magazine and for Club Voltaire He has completed many Corporate, Industrial and Private video and photo assignments involving groups and individuals, ranging from special events for a large insurance company to weddings to magazine shoots which have been used for customer education, magazine production, and marketing.

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Teig Sadhana

Teig is a London-born Australian/English actor based out of New York City and Melbourne. He is an assistantship holding member of the world leading Professional Conservatory at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting on Broadway. He has spent the last several years living between London, New York, Melbourne, and The ACT, developing his craft and working across a multitude of levels and in a variety of settings from international arts festivals (Talk Dirty To Me, Perth Fringe), to esteemed London playhouses (Figures of Speech, Almeida Theatre), to full scale professional television productions (Secret City, The Code, Foxtel). With over 10 years in the industry beneath him, Teig has collected deeply valuable experience, performing in award-winning stage-plays (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Canberra Rep) and self-producing festival recognised short films (A Lonely Harvest). Coming from the Adler method, a clear branch from that of Stanislavski, Teig has an acutely technical understanding of the artform and a strong will to share that with his students. Whilst he is based back in Australia, Teig is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a member of faculty at ACOPA, guiding the next generation of Australian artists

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Liv Rian

Liv Rian is a Melbourne based Actor, model, dancer, director and film maker.

Having trained in Theatre and Screen, Liv is an active member of the Australia’s creative scene.

 

Starting out as a Professional Dancer dancing for major Australian events and productions such as, the National Basketball League, Crown Casino, Music videos and more.

Liv toured internationally with her former dance crew, most notably through the US and India to film Disney’s ‘Anybody Can Dance 2’ in 2014. And has been teaching commercial dance to people of all ages since 2013.

 

This influenced Liv to pursue acting. Training with some of Australia’s leading teachers both from here and abroad.

 

In her time spent as a working model, Liv was able to network and gain an understanding of the importance of marketing whilst maintaining working relationships for creative endeavours and take control of creative direction on set. Particularly focusing on building your personal brand and casting capabilities which translate across the creative sector in Australia.

 

Liv has garnered 10 years’ experience with Improv, acting technique, scene study, audition workshops, and acting for screen.

From writing and producing comedy web series to directing her own films recognized by industry leaders and Film Festivals around the country.

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Megan Wilson

Megan is the marketing manager at ACOPA and Venue Manager for Club Voltaire.

She has over 20 years dance experience and has performed in a variety of settings in a variety of styles- Anything from Burlesque to Belly Dance to Bollywood! Trained in New Zealand, Australia and The USA Megan Currently works in Education Support and Dance Teaching and is a qualified Barre instructor

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Maeve Godfrey

Maeve Godfrey is an award-winning Fine art portrait photographer and artist from Melbourne. She specializes in surreal and narrative portraiture with 9 years of experience