NYFA Australia Showcasing Their Talent

March 26, 2015

It’s showcase time at New York Film Academy Australia. Both our Sydney and Gold Coast campuses, together with Acting for Film students, had been working effortlessly over the months putting together performances that showcase the students’ talents.

Gold Coast had a busy three-day showcase schedule running throughout early March, featuring 34 of the Academy’s skilled acting students. Each and every night, the Helensvale Cultural Centre was filled with friends and family who had come along to support the graduate actors’ and actresses’ live performances and showreels. The room was filled with great energy and positive vibes as all graduates pulled-off an outstanding performance.

Congratulations to the Gold Coast Acting for Film graduates:

New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students
New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students: Brandon Sherwood, Callum Whitton, Anthony Christodoulou, David Austin, Samantha Willis, Tara Wraith, Michael Stoeckert, Marie-Clare Loi Zou, Jasper Batenga, Will Wensley (instructor), Stephanie Kutty, Paris Moletti, Taryn Roberts and Christine Campbell.

Thursday 5th March Performers

  • Caleb Saron
  • Christine Campbell
  • David Austin
  • Jim Rossngton
  • John McMahon
  • Marie-Clare Lou Zou
  • Max Gundy
  • Natalie Hunt
  • Rebecca Lyon
  • Samantha Willis
  • Villami Kama
  • Zac Bankowski

Wednesday 11th March Performers

  • Anthony Christodoulou
  • Brody Arrowsmith
  • Callum Whitton
  • Georgia Pilling
  • Kiara Watson
  • Natalie Jones
  • Nicola Haks
  • Paris Moletti
  • Rhys Williamson
  • Sam Farell
  • Stephanie Kutty
  • Steve Budgen

Thursday 12th March Performers

  • Ashley Dunscombe
  • Brandon Sherwood
  • Clare Brimmer
  • Jasper Batenga
  • Joshua Conboy
  • Kerri-Anne Keenan
  • Laura Scott
  • Tara Wraith
  • Taryn Roberts
  • Zoe Bankowski


As we headed down the coast of Australia, on Friday 6th March, Sydney was preparing for an over-capacity performance at the Australian Theater for Young People, located above the Sydney Theatre Company and accompanied with the breathtaking backdrop of Walsh Bay.

Over the months leading up to the showcase, acting one-year program graduates of the night, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss, Alexander Merlo, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Rafael Haddad and Andrew Murdoch were able to experience exactly why New York Film Academy programs are defined by their intensive, hands-on reputation. Graduates’ commitment and dedication truly shined on the night, with their high caliber execution of mixed scene performances and beat poetry receiving a well-deserved standing-ovation from audience members, family, friends, NYFA staff and instructors.

With a buzz in the air, graduates continued to showcase their works to a number of agents and casting directors at the Sony Theatrette. The opportunity for students to present their showreels was nerve-wracking but again, was received positively by students, agents and casting directors, alike.

New York Film Academy Sydney
New York Film Academy Sydney Students on-stage showcasing their talents.
New York Film Academy Sydney
New York Film Academy Sydney. From left, Rafael Haddad, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Jennie Hughes (NYFA Sydney, General Manager), Alexander Merlo, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss & Andrew Murdoch.

New York Film Academy would like to thank all students, graduates and teaching staff who worked tirelessly to produce such a successful program, making it possible to accomplish these inspiring events and performances. We congratulate all students who have now joined our NYFA Alumni family and look forward to another prosperous year working with talented, upcoming actors and actresses.

View the photos from the events here: