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Tutors

Karen Davitt

Karen Davitt

Background

Karen Davitt graduated from the VCA in 1987, and the Ecole Phillippe Gaulier London in 1993 and has had a broad ranging artistic career as a performer, designer, director, writer, puppeteer, musician and visual artist/prop maker.

Karen is well known as a performer in film, TV and theatre, including long running roles on shows such as Blue Heelers, Skirts, MDA, Stingers, Wildside and Mercury and the miniseries Stark by Ben  Elton. Karen’s film work includes Quigley Down Under, Lucky Break and Ned Kelly.

Theatre work includes Romeo and Juliet for Melbourne Theatre Company and Under Milkwood for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Karen has worked with The Philippe Genty Company, Paris, Dogtroupe, Amsterdam, and on the long running Irish television puppet series Rimini Riddle in Dublin.

Karen has designed and created sculpture, latex creatures and puppets, props, prosthetics, and special effects for all aspects of the industry, including the film The Lord of The Rings and television’s Kath and Kim, as well as creating and touring her own shows. She has been teaching acting in Australia and overseas for over ten years.

Philosophy

“My aim as a teacher is for each individual student to feel supported and challenged. And to encourage student actors to be creative and independent. My camera classes explore practical techniques to work with confidence and spontaneity in front of the camera, as well as focusing on the protocols of on set, and audition situations. Scripts will be explored in a thoughtful and playful way, and each actor challenged to develop their individual approach, using a range of strategies including games and improvisation. Students will also experience their process by objectively discussing the work as viewed on screen.” – Karen