Artistic Director Scott Williams trained with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse in the 1970s, relocating to London in the mid-1990s following a San Francisco-based career as a teacher and director. He now teaches and directs internationally and has shared his commitment to helping actors become the best they can be with thousands of actors all over the world.
Erica Chestnut is an associate of The Impulse Company, having trained with Scott in London on his full-time course in 2011 and 3 years thereafter. She was then mentored by Scott to teach his approach to the Meisner Technique and is honoured to be flying the Impulse flag in Melbourne.
Erica is an actress, choreographer, skilled teacher, as well as a qualified life coach and kinesiologist. She has a BA in Music Theatre performance and continues to work professionally as an actress and choreographer. She has taught dance, circus and physical theatre for 19 years both in Australia and the UK. Highlights include teaching and performance for The National Centre for Circus Arts, Cirque Du Soleil/Cirque Du Monde, The Impulse Company and [Foreign Affairs] International Theatre Company as well as teaching for countless performing arts institutions. In September 2016, she was fortunate enough to be trained by UK acting coach Niki Flacks, to teach her revolutionary “Acting With Passion” technique. She is thrilled to be bringing the Impulse approach to Meisner technique to Melbourne and is committed to assisting actors to live truthfully and be the best they can.
Kate undertook full time training with Scott at the Impulse Company in London in 2008/09, before returning home to Sydney to establish an Impulse Company base in Australia. She has since helped co-ordinate Scott’s annual visits and facilitates a regular Repetition Drop-In class in Sydney.
Kate’s acting work spans both Australia and the UK where she has collectively worked for such theatre companies as Griffin Theatre Company, Stories Like These, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Moira Blumenthal Productions, Southwark Playhouse and Giant Olive. She has also appeared in numerous Film and Television projects including Home & Away, The Trophy Thief (Arterial Motives), Kevin Needs to Make New Friends: Because Everybody Hates Him for Some Reason (Scott Walmsley), Harbord Horror and The 1 in 5 Project (Torrid Films). She is currently in post-production for her first short documentary film after being awarded the Metroscreen Jumpstart Grant.
Kate is passionate about making Australia a regular teaching hub for The Impulse Company and it’s associates and sharing this incredible training with as many local artists as possible.
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