Amanda Hardwick – co-founding director, Artistic and Course Director
After graduating from a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Drama (theatre studies) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2003, Amanda has worked as an actor, and has acted in various theatre productions, short films, commercials and television programs. Since graduating from her drama degree, Amanda returned to study film at the Queensland University of Technology and in 2005 graduated with distinction from a graduate diploma in Creative Industries, majoring in Film and Television Production. It was during this time, that Amanda came to realise how very powerful film was as a means of telling ‘untold’ stories. Together with her team, Amanda hopes to combine her passion for acting with her dedication to understanding and healing the human condition, by utilising the compelling medium that is film.
Amanda’s career highlights thus far include – performing in the lead role of the short film, ‘Brace Yourself’ which was a finalist in the International Film Festival in Buenos Aires – Argentina. Also, Amanda received the “Best Female Actress” award at the Queensland New Film-maker awards in 2006 for her performance in the film, ‘Nine Minutes to Live.’
Amanda is very passionate about young people, and currently teaches film-making courses for children at ASPAFTV. Amanda hopes to create the worlds first ever movie studios for young people.
Renata Einhaus – co-founding director, Technical Production, marketing and Design
Renata Einhaus has worked as an Event/Account Manager for one of Australia’s largest Audio Visual Event companies. Renata studied Graphic Design and Marketing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, completing her degree in 2004. A change in direction saw Renata train and work as an Audio Visual Technician in 2005. This provided Renata with a comprehensive knowledge of lighting, video and audio production for live events. Working as a stage manager in theatre and corporate productions and working on short films has been a highlight for Renata and has driven her interest in the film industry. Coordinating and technical planning are definitely Renata’s key strengths, and has provided the basis for a natural transition to the role of Producer/Production coordinator.
Talia Rowley – Teacher / Course Support Worker
Talia Rowley has completed several workshops and courses with renowned agencies and casting directors such as; Natalie Hall, Rossi, QPIX, NIDA and Tom McSweeny. Since 2005, Talia has worked on numerous television commercials, music videos, short films and theatre productions. In 2008 Talia attained the national title of ‘Australia’s best theatrical drama performance’, in association with Storm the Stage. It was during this year that Talia was involved with presenting her own radio segment on 100.3 BAY FM. She was also given the opportunity to showcase her television presenting skills with Channel 7 in the following year. 2011, has seen Talia take classes at the University of Third Age, teaching Hollywood Cinema.
After working on a television series for teenagers, called The Line Up with Australia’s very own Two Small Blondes Creative Film Productions; Talia now works alongside the company at the Australian School of Performing Arts, Film and Television.
Talia has completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in screen and film production) at Griffith University. She hopes through these endeavours she will be able to bring her passion for acting to the classroom!
Dale Norton – cinematographer/editor
Dale Norton has been making short films and videos from a very early age. He always knew filmmaking was his passion. He studied film in high school and then went on to further his studies at university, graduating from the Queensland School of Film and Television in 2009. Since then he’s done a wide variety of professional projects from music video’s, to short films, to television commercials. More recently he has become a YouTube partner, in which he earns money by creating entertaining video content. His filmmaking skills are broad but cinematography and editing are where he excels. Dale owned his first video camera when he was 12, and because of that he has a trained and experienced eye for framing a shot to tell the story. Dale is currently in Production for his first feature film which he is Directing. Dale is an excellent asset to the ASPAFTV team, and is highly regarded and respected by the ASPAFTV Directors, Teachers, Crew and students.
Ben Quick – Sound recordist
Ben is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland majoring in Film & Television and Philosophy.
Outside of continuing his Degree, Ben has worked on numerous independent Theatre and Film Productions for ASPAFTV in various roles such as: Sound Technician, Gaffer,Runner, Assistant Director, Editor, Prop Designer, Cinematographer and even a Make-up Artist!
Although Ben has a passion for writing for film, he is mesmerised by the magic of all things Film and Television which is evident when he walks onto a set. He brings with him a positive and joyful energy that is a valuable asset to share with all ASPAFTV students.
Tania-Lea Nelson – Make-up Artist
Tania-Lea completed a certificate II in Make-up Artistry in 2000 and has been running her own, mobile make-up business for more than seven years. In 2012, she won an award at the Australian Bridal Industry Awards and completed a Master Class with celebrity hair and make-up artist and educator Dale Dorning. Tania-Lea has a passion for make-up artistry that, coupled with her qualifications and experience, inspires her to achieve excellent results and beautiful transformations. She has helped make many a beautiful bride, and has worked in editorial, fashion, airbrushing and special effects. Tania-Lea has worked for the Brisbane Food and Wine Show, Channel 7 and now brings her skills and passion to the ASPAFTV team.
Sarah Davis – Teacher / Course Support Worker
Sarah has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Drama at QUT. Sarah has been an actor since a young age and has performed in music videos, short films, theatre performances as well as completing courses with many industry professionals including Tom McSweeney and NIDA. Some of Sarah’s recent accomplishments include performing the lead role in a short film that was showcased at the Sydney Short Horror Film Festival, acceptance into the Queensland Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble and participation in the Queensland Youth Film Challenge. Sarah is very passionate about acting and loves sharing her passion with the young people.
Sophie Sassman – Teacher / Course Support Worker
Sophie Sassman has been passionate about acting from a young age, gaining experience and success in a number of theatre and film productions in New Zealand. She won the New Zealand’s Little Theatre Award for best stage performance in 2008, in the same year she was a regional winner of the Sheila Winn Shakespeare competition in Wellington, New Zealand. Living in Australia for the last five years, she has recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree majoring in Drama and English at the University of Queensland which was also endorsed with Film and Television courses. Complementing her theoretical knowledge – Sophie has performed in a number of theatre performances, TV series, student and feature films here in Australia. She has also gained actor training with Mungo McKay from the actors workshop and Joel Spreadborough, as well as casting workshops with Bud Hopes and Michael Bate. Sophie is passionate about the whole world of a production, and is excited to bring her enthusiasm for acting to the classroom.
Sophie Schoenknecht – Teacher / Course Support Worker
Sophie Schoenknecht is an actor, director, technician and social media marketer with an interest in providing opportunities for young people to engage in the arts. She has worked on a range of children’s and youth theatre productions in a variety of roles including as Lighting Designer for Dora’s Pirate Adventure, Director for Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp, Costume Designer for Neighbours Away and Marketing Manager for the Festival of Australian Student Theatre. In 2014 she studied Arts and Marketing at Regents University London and in 2015 she graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor in Business (Marketing)/Fine Arts (Drama) with Distinction. Sophie also believe in making the arts accessible and has experience working with young people and children with special needs through her work with Western Suburbs and Sunnybank Special Schools.
Piéra Forde – Course Support Worker
Piéra Forde graduated from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries with a major in Theatre and Film. She has worked on numerous television shows, short films, feature films and theatre productions in both leading and supporting roles locally and nationwide. Piéra has also garnered a large online fan base for her book to film adaptations and book reviews. Piéra works closely alongside Dale Norton to create a variety of adaptations and original works, something that has earned her great praise from industry professionals and a partnership with YouTube’s second largest content provider, Broadband TV. Piéra aims to inspire young people to make their own work and pursue their passions relentlessly.
Tyra Pohlman – Junior Course Support Worker
From a young age, Tyra Pohlman always had a passion for acting. She has attended workshops with industry professionals and well known acting schools including ASPA-FTV and The Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute in New York. Over the years Tyra has been fortunate enough to have been in several short films, theatre performances and also as an extra on a television show. Tyra is currently studying at QUT, completing a Double Degree in a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drama and a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business. Tyra is very excited and enthusiastic to be teaching kids that share the same passion towards acting.
Sarah Edwards – Junior Course Support Worker
Sarah Edwards has been working for ASPAF-TV as a Junior Course Support Worker since January 2015. Before working for the company she was also involved with ASPAF-TV as a student for many years as well as being a part of sister company Dear John Film and Theatre Company. Sarah has experience in both stage and screen work, being involved in theatre performances at the Brisbane Powerhouse as well as QPAC, and playing large roles in both short and feature indie films. Sarah is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at QUT.
Rachael Rudd – Junior Course Support Worker
Rachael Rudd has taken acting classes since she was 7 years old. She has performed in a number of different roles, including as an extra for a TV show and most recently starring in the short film Screaming Silence and feature film Perfect Imperfect with Dear John Film and Theatre Company, under the direction of Amanda Hardwick. Rachael is a keen learner, and seeks out new opportunities to perform and learn with enthusiasm and professionalism. Rachael loves working for ASPA-FTV and enjoys sharing her passion for acting with the ASPA-FTV students.
Gabrielle Kucks – Junior Course Support Worker
Growing up Gabrielle was always found performing at the local school of arts, theatre and community events, as well as competing in local and regional eisteddfods for dance and drama. Since moving to Brisbane to pursue and develop her skills in acting and film, she has trained with a number of companies and independent trainers including ASPAFTV. Travelling to Los Angeles to partake in a major international performing arts convention, school productions and performing at QPAC have fuelled her desire for a career in the arts.