Philip moved to Australia in 2008. Philip is a career actor who has performed on the West End, in national tours, in feature films and in prominent television shows both in the UK and Australia. Outside of acting, Philip has founded a theatre company, a comedy event and more recently co-founded the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia which has quickly become recognised as one of the nation’s leading actor training institutions.
Scott has worked extensively in television, theatre and film around the world for the last 27 years. He is a writer, actor, director and producer. Some of his regular television roles include, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Neighbours, Always Greener and Late for School. Film credits include: Envy, He died with a Falafel in his hand and The Heartbreak Kid. He founded Bathroom Floor Productions in 2004 and his recent theatre work includes All this Intimacy, Both Sides of the Bar, The Fellatio Monologues, Death in a box: one pussy’s tale, The Subtle Art of Flirting and Closer.
Emma is delighted to bring her mix of arts and governance experience to the Poppy Seed Festival. She has enjoyed leading a double life working for the Australian and UK governments and as an actor and producer. As an actor, Emma has worked in Australia, Ireland, the UK and Jordan. Her film and television highlights include Speed Dating (Buena Vista Films), The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), and for stage, the cult West End hit: Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens. Emma’s career highlights for the government include The Victorian Bushfire’s Royal Commission and most recently The Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Siobhan works in the arts as a performer, producer and event organiser. Since moving from New Zealand to Australia in 2011 Siobhan has co-founded two theatre companies and been cast in multiple theatre and film productions. Outside of performing and producing, Siobhan has invested time creating and managing live music events and performance based charity fund-raisers. Siobhan continues to develop and produce local theatre and is proud to be a part of the Poppy Seed team.
Catherine graduated with distinction from Deakin University’s drama program in 2011, and as part of her studies, had the privilege of completing an exclusive three-month industry internship at Red Stitch Actors Theatre. After graduating from Deakin, Catherine began working at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, eventually joining the team full-time in 2012 in the role of Communications and Marketing Manager, liaising with students, staff and managing The Studio's social media channels. Catherine is excited to bring her passion for the arts to the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.
Anisha Senaratne is a passionate advocate for the arts. She is currently working with Live Performance Australia overseeing marketing activities for the organisation as well as the 2016 Helpmann Awards. Anisha has performed with various independent musical theatre companies in Melbourne and continues to explore her passion for acting and singing whenever she can. As a firm believer in start-up culture, grass-roots movements and all things creative, Anisha can not wait to get stuck in behind the scenes of this year’s instalment of the Poppy Seed Festival