— Kevin Jackson Acting Studio

Sydney born and bred. Graduated from NIDA way back in 1971. I have worked professionally as an actor, director and teacher, since then, and continuing to do so. I am now freelancing in the big world outside the Institution!

Favourite playwrights include Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, G.B.Shaw, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and Horton Foote, Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Dorothy Hewett and Alma De Groen; and lately, the work of Lachlan Philpott and Andrew Bovell – of course lots of others, too numerous to list.

Check out my theatre blog at www.kjtheatrereviews.blogspot.com

I have just completed a ten year stint of full-time teaching acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Prior to this full-time appointment I worked part-time as an acting teacher at both the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and NIDA in Sydney. Between 1985 and 1988 I served as Head of Acting at NIDA.

Graduates that I have taught during my time at NIDA include, Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh,  Jacqueline McKenzie, Miranda Otto, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Nicholas Bishop, Sam Worthington, Genevieve O’Reilly, Joshua Lawson, Matthew Passmore, Anna Torv, Bojana Novakovic, Alex O’ Lachlan,  David Lyons, Robin McCleavy, Claire Vanderboom, Andrea Demetriades, Andrew Leees, Jessica Marais, Hugh Sheridan, Eamon Farren, Ryan Corr, Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Here is a more extensive list of former students I have taught – arranged by year of graduation:

1983: Dean Carey, Andrew Lloyde, Annie Murtagh, Lynette Pierse, Fiona Press, Ritchie Singer, Gregory Stone, Karen Vickery, Steven Vidler. 1984: Antoinette Blaxland, Timothy Conigrave, Victoria Longley, Mark Owen-taylor, Craig Pearce, Marcelle Schmidt. 1985: Rosalba Clemente, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine McClements, Justin Monjo, Andrea Moor, Tony Poli, Nell Schofield, Sonia Todd. 1986: Keith Agius, Jeanette Cronin, Jonathan Mill, Richard Roxburgh. 1987: Jerome Ehlers, Clarissa House, Tara Morice, Christopher Stollery. 1988: Sarah Chadwick, Darren Gilshenan, Timothy Jones, Anne Looby, Angie Miliken, Sancia Robinson, Deborah Kara Unger, James Wardlaw. 1989: John Adam, Berynn Schwerdt, Anthony Weigh. 1990: Michael Beckley, Andrew Blackman, Anna Broinowski, Reginald Cribb, Jeremy Godwin, David James, Mary Ann Jolley, Jacqueline McKenzie,Miranda Otto, Jeremy Sims. 1991: Lucy Bell, Grant Bowler, Susan Prior, Felix Williamson. 1992: John Batchelor, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis,Tanya Denny, Matthew Dyktynski, Daniel Lapine, Anthony Simcoe. 1993: Ian Bliss, Kelly Butler, Danielle Carter, Michelle Doake, Julian Garner, Sacha Horler, Aaron Jeffery. 1994: Rachael Blake, Briidie Carter, Glenn Hazeldine, Anita Hegh, Tom Long, Martin Lynes,Todd MacDonald, Andrew Rodoreda, Richard Sydenham. 1995: Paula Arundell, Jennifer Cloher, Helen Dallimore, Michael Denka, Travis McMahon, Kenneth Moraleda, Susie Porter. 1996: Nicholas Bishop, Elena Carapetis, Jason Chong, Rachael Gordon, Scott Johnson, Anna Lise Philips, Olivia Pigeot, Glenn Shea, Ian Stenlake, Simon van der Stap. 1997: Sarah Aubrey, Katrina Milosevic, Josh Quong Tart, Matthew Whittet, Benjamin Winspear. 1998: Caroline Brazier, Jeremy Brennan, Benjamin Graetz, Paul Leyden, Matthew Newton, Morgan O’Neill, Karen Pang, Myles Pollard, Sam Worthington. 1999: Justin Cotta, Caroline Craig, Nathaniel Dean, Damon Gameau, Emma Jacksonn, Matthew Le Nevez, Tim Richards, Toby Schmitz, Rory Williamson. 2000: Nicholas Brown, Henry Nixon, Genevieve O’Reilly, Socratis Otto, Edith Podesta,  Steven Rassios, Freya Stafford. 2001: Heidi Arena, Candice Bowers, James Evans, Joshua Lawson, Michael McCall, Matthew Passmore, Darren Schnase, Nicholas Simpson-Deeks, Anna Torv, Hidemasa Yamaguchi. 2002: Thomas Campbell, Yure Covich, Tanya Goldberg, Sam Haft, Ryan Hayward, Zoe Houghton, Jody Kennedy, Bojana Novakovic, Alexander O’Lachlan, Hallie Shallam, William Traval. 2003: Holly Austin, Kate Box, Adriano Cappelletta, Les Chantery, Trilby Glover, Marney McQueen, Tom O’Sullivan. 2004: Anna Houston, Benjamin Lawson, Nathan Lovejoy, David Lyons, Robin McCleavy, Monica Sayers, Ella Scott-Lynch, Catherine Terracini, Matthew Walker. 2005: Emily Brennan, Leon Burchill, Jamie Irvine, Christopher Rickerby,  Andrew Supanz, Pearl Tan, Claire Vanderboom. 2006: Aljin Abella, Adam Booth, Andrea Demetriades, Ben Gerrard, Sheridan Harbridge, Eve morley, Zindzi Okenyo, Matias Stevens, Yael Stone. 2007: Akos Armont, Laura Brent, Ivan Donato, Eamon Farren, Annthony Gooley, Andrew Lees, Jessica Marais, Pacharo Mzembe, Yalin Ozucelik, Emma Palmer, Tahki Saul, Hugh Sheridan. 2008: Kit Brookman, Aimee Horne, Josh McConville, Augusta Miller, Ashley Ricardo, Alexander Russell, Sarah Snook, Miranda Tapsell. 2009: Ryan Corr, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Shari Stebbens. 2010: Matthew Backer, Gabriel Fancourt, Katherine Moss, Benedict Samuel, Meyne Wyatt.