Our Teachers & their
Philosophy

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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Maureen Andrew

I believe every student is unique and exciting and that it is my job to discover and nurture that uniqueness.  I will teach you how to research, emulate, imitate and learn from those amazing artists that you specifically relate to, and I will also encourage you to discover and explore what makes you interesting and special, and together we will find the most comfortable and exciting way to treasure and develop your own personality and artistic potential.  

It is a standard statement that it takes 20,000 hours to create the best you can be artistically, but we all have to start at the beginning, and the journey should be exciting, scary, adventurous, stimulating and rewarding both emotionally, creatively and financially.

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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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Megan Wilson

Megan is the marketing manager 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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Rob Martin

Rob has been professionally involved in theatre and the arts for over 40 years as a Performer, Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Writer, Producer, Designer, Stage and Company Manager and Piano Accompanist in more than 25 professional productions and is an internationally recognized Vocal Technician/Coach.

Rob’s life in the arts has taken him around the world enabling him to live and work as a professional theatre practitioner in 6 countries; highlights being the critically acclaimed Production/Direction/Musical Direction of the musicals ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Children of Eden’, both performed outdoors in the Cumberland State Forest in Sydney: London (vocal coaching and cabaret performer); New York (Off-Broadway run of a new Australian musical ‘Valentino’); Vancouver (Rapunzel’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’); and throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, USA, Canada, Egypt, Jordan and The Mediterranean (various Cruise Line contracts as lead singer, featured cabaret artist and dancer).

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Darren Markey

Darren Markey worked for 10 years in theatre In Victoria and Queensland as a playwright, director, and producer.

 

In 2002, Darren completed his first screenplay, travelling from his hometown of Melbourne to Los Angeles to begin his journey as writer/producer. This led to the development of a slate of high class screen projects, including feature films and TV series – with more to come.

 

Darren was screenwriter/associate producer on the supernatural thriller, THE UNLIT (aka THE WITCHES OF BLACKWOOD) – released world-wide through HIGH OCTANE PICTURES in 2021.

 

Darren’s next feature film project (writer/producer), MAGPIE – a supernatural horror/romance - is slated to commence shooting in May/June 2022. His crime/romance, CLICK (writer/producer/director) is currently under finance and is due to begin shooting in 2023.

 

Darren has over 14 years experience as a trainer and has an engaging delivery style with a focus on entertainment and knowledge.

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Maroussia Vladi

Maroussia Vladi is a Russian/Australian professionally trained actress and theatre maker. Maroussia studied Performing Arts at the Flinders University Drama Centre in Adelaide, Australia, Upon graduating from this faculty (with Honors), Maroussia was invited to study physical theatre at the renowned École Jacques Lecoq (affectionately referred to as Clown College) in Paris. This riveting specialisation lasted two years, after which Maroussia went on to complete a Masters in The Theory of Theatre at L'Université de la Sorbonne. Simultaneously with her higher-level studies, Maroussia founded her own theatre company called Keep It Moving Theatre. Together with a cohort of colleagues from Lecoq, Maroussia toured original plays around France and Europe; the creation and portrayals of which were inspired by the physical theatre medium. Keep It Moving Theatre even went on to reside in London as a company for two years: writing, developing and performing the original work "In Search of Applause" off the West End. 

 

Throughout all of these creative endeavours, Maroussia continued to teach The Art of Theatre through varying mediums to children, adolescents and adults. She has aspired to share with other curious and creative minds valuable findings related to her during her many years of studying and performing live theatre. Maroussia has taught in Paris at Cours Flourent, and at the Actor's Centre in London.