Graduates

A number of Nash graduates have been successfully working on a variety of projects. They include…

Kat Stewart

Graduate 1998 Kat Stewart is arguably best known for her portrayal of Billie Proudman in the hugely popular television series Offspring, now in its 5th season. This year Kat received the AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in A Television Drama for her work in this role.
Her rise to prominence however, followed her breakout role as the infamous Roberta Williams in the acclaimed first series of Underbelly for which she received both the 2008 AFI award for Best Lead Actress and the 2009 Logie award for Most Outstanding Actress.
Recent lead television roles include Mr & Mrs Murder which she co-produced and 301 Moved Permanently starred in with Shaun Micallef, as well as Tangle for Foxtel’s Showcase Channel. Her television roles have led to successive Logie nominations for Most Outstanding Actress (2010, 2011 and 2012).
Kat’s other television credits include 30 Seconds, Newstopia (series 1, 2, & 3), Supernova (series 1 & 2) for which she earned her first Logie nomination (Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent) and two ASTRA nominations, as well as recurring roles on City Homicide, Kick and Last Man Standing.

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Richard Cawthorne

Graduate 1999 Richard is best known for his portrayal of Denis Allen in the Australian TV series Killing Time for which he won the 2012 AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama. On stage Richard worked with Red Stitch Actors Theatre in Productions such as Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright and The Pugilist Specialist.

Richard Davies

Graduate 2005 Rick has had regular series roles in ABC TV’s Bed of Roses, Saddle Club 3, guest roles on Satisfaction and Rush and has appeared in numerous short films and commercials. When the Wind Changes a film he wrote and

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starred in was a recent hit at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Rick is now a regular on the Channel 10 series Offspring for which he has received a TV Week Logie nomination for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent 2011.

Nathan Strauss

Since graduating from the National Theatre in 2005 Nathan has become the well-known face of the RACV’s “Jason” campaign. But he has also performed in numerous theatre productions (most recently being All This Intimacy at Chapel off Chapel) on TV (Neighbours and The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and in film (By a Loved One and Blockhouse Blues) not to mention the Web series Being Brendo and Great. Recently Nathan has turned his hand to directing and


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production and is a founding member of The Cameralla, who were responsible for two of the 2013 Tropfest finalists’ films.

Isabella Heathcote

Congratulations also to former student (2008) Isabella , winner of the 2010 Heath Ledger Award. Bella’s recent film credits include leading roles opposite Johnny Depp & Brad Pitt. Bella’s current international film credits include Dark Shadows, Cogan’s Trade and Twilight Zone.

Martin Copping

Martin Copping

Before moving to the US in 2009, Nash graduate, Martin Copping, played a range of roles in local television series such as Neighbours, Something in the Air, Blue Heelers and Rush  as well as leads in short features including The Countdown, Jackpot and Sheep Impact. Among  Marty’s recent American credits are the short Elegy for a Revolutionary for which he won Best Actor at the Filmstock Film Festival in New Mexico, and the features Zombie Hunter and Forbidden Ground . A further feature, The Last Duane is currently in pre-production.

 

 

Tosh Greenslade

Tosh Greenslade

Since graduating from the National Theatre Drama School in 2009, Tosh has appeared in a number of plays including Look Back in Anger for The Millinery and Observe the Sons of Ulster for Hoy Polloy. He appeared as Marcus in Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and can currently be seen on the ABC playing multiple characters as part of the ensemble cast of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell.

 Lawrence Mooney

 Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney is a stand up comedian widely regarded by fans and peers as one of the funniest of the funniest. His brutally honest and hilarious insights have earned him Best National Act 2013 Perth Comedy Festival and Best Comedy 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Lawrence Mooney will return to ABC2 this year with his own show, Dirty Laundry Live, a weekly comic dissection of the world of celebrity.
ABC viewers would already be familiar with his work on Agony Uncles, Agony of Life and Agony of Christmas. That’s a lot of Agony. This year there will be another installment with The Agony of Manners.
In 2013 he also appeared on Tractor Monkey’s (ABC1), Slide Show (Seven Network) and It’s a Date (ABC1)
Lawrence graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 1995.

 

Geraldine Quinn

 Geraldine Quinn

Graduate 2001 Geraldine has appeared twice on Spicks & Specks (2009 and 2011) and Adam Hills Tonight (2013) She won the Goldern Gibbo Award in the 2011 Comedy festival and is the recipient of the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award in 2011 You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac and 2014 MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt.

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Brett Tucker

Since graduating from Melbourne’s National Theatre Drama School, Brett has been busy working in Australian and US productions. While best known in Australia for his long standing role of Dave Brewer in the award-winning TV series McLeod’s Daughters, he is also recognized for his role of Daniel Fitzgerald in Neighbours. After his notable feature debut in Australian independent film Mall Boy, Brett has gone on to appear in Thor: The Dark World alongside Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins, The Outsider, The Great Raid, and I Love You Too. He’s had much success starring in various pilots and recurring on US television appearing in CSI, Off The Map, Spartacus and The Castle; Most recently he is playing the regular role of Harry Davis on Mistresses for ABC, now filming its second season. Brett has also been involved in theatre; The Woman In Black for New Theatricals, and Off The Point for La Mama. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Brett continues to enjoy much success between Australia and the United States.

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Esther Hannaford

Esther’s theatre and musical theatre credits include The Plague Dances (Malthouse Theatre); Hairspray (Roadshow/Dainty); Orpheus (Four Larks);Once We Lived Here (45 Downstairs/Bryant & Frank); Metro Street (Arts AsiaPacific); Virgins (Malthouse Theatre); EuroBeat (Glynn Nicholas Group);Hair, The Boyfriend, Mame (The Production Company); Burn the Floor (Duet Entertainment); Mamma Mia (Dainty) and Scrooge (Marriner’s) Esther won the 2009 Green Room Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Amy in Once We Lived Here and both the 2011 Helpmann and the 2010 Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Penny in Hairspray.
In 2013 Esthered Starred along side a giant ape in the world premier of King Kong as Ann Darrow at the Regent Theatre.

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Johnathan Peck

Johnathan Peck graduated the NTDS at the end of 2013 and was the first National Theatre student to join Red Stitch in their Graduate Actor program.
While at the NTDS he was the proud recipient of the Cybec Foundation Scholarship.
Since graduating he has performed in MONO, which received the VCA Mentorship grant and toured to Adelaide for the Fringe Festival, MONO will be performed in Melbourne later this year.
He has also shot a Hostplus commercial with EXIT films and played a bit part on season 2 of Please Like Me.
He was part of the ensemble for the web series Chris and Josh, winning Best Ensemble at the LA web series festival (LAWBFEST) 2013 and will play a central role in an upcoming independent feature film.

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William Ewing

Since graduating in 2011 Will has been busy with a variety of stage and screen projects.On television he gained great exposure in the semi-regular role of Griffin O’Donahue in Neighbours as well as in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and a range of short films and web series. Will’s theatre work has included The McNeil Project and Cruising Paradise at 45 Downstairs, Patient 12 at La Mama and Swan Song for the Melbourne Fringe. Currently Will is touring nationally in Rolling Thunder Vietnam a new music/theatre production about the Vietnam War.

Marni Johnston

Marni Johnston

Marni graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 2012 and had a starring role in ABC’s 2014 telemovie The Broken Shore, alongside alongside Don Hany, Claudia Karvan and Anthony Hayes. She has had lead roles in several short films and Channel 31 TV shows and has played leading and support roles in many theatre productions.