The Drama School draws its staff exclusively from active Industry professionals. Not only does this ensure the currency and relevance of its training but also provides students with valuable contacts in a wide range of performance and 301 Moved Permanently technical areas. Recent staff have included:


Trent Baker

A graduate of W.A.A.P.A. (Acting) and the V.C.A. – (Direction) Trent has over 15 years experience in the Australian entertainment industry Teaching, Acting and Directing. He has taught for MTC, Bell Shakespeare, The VCA, The National Theatre, St Martins Youth Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Australia and

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Drama With A Difference. As a personal acting coach he has helped students attain entry to the country’s top drama schools. For MTC Trent has three times played the title role in MacBeth and
in 2008 was seen in Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot. One of the original twelve actors to begin Red Stitch Actors Theatre, in 1999 with Nancy Cato he created the Chapel Loft theatre and in 2008 with Richard Stables formed West East Theatre. Trent has worked for MTC, Bell Shakespeare, The Malthouse, The Athenaeum, Railway Street Theatre, Red Stitch, La Mama, The Storeroom and Human Sacrifice. He was assistant director to Simon Phillips on the MTC productions Festen and Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot. Most recently he starred in the 2008 trop fest finalist film Beggars Belief and directed A Man For All Seasons for MTC education.



Scott Gooding

Scott Gooding has been a director, actor and tutor for over 16 years. He has worked for many of Melbournes theatre companies and has been running courses in filmmaking, animation and acting throughout the city. He has been working at the National Theatre Drama School for the past year, and is also Artistic Director of Vicious Fish Theatre.




Scott Bowie

Scott has a Dip Ed in drama teaching and also a graduate of the NIDA acting course. He has over ten years of professional experience in the industry. He has appeared on television in various commercials and guest roles in episodes of Neighbours, Water Rats, All saints, Blue Heelers, City Homicide.
He was an original cast member of Disney’s The Lion King musical and toured with it for three years. He also does voice-over work and audition coaching. Scott is passionate about all aspects of the performing arts and brings that to his teaching. He has been a member of Actors Equity since a teenager.