Artists

Rosa Campagnaro


Director


Rosa is the founder and director of Make A Scene, which has been delivering her unique brand of theatre, performance technique, and training to schools, educators, and theatre professionals since 2004. She regularly conducts Commedia dell’Arte Workshops in schools and for theatre educators, independently and through Drama Victoria, La Mama Learning, CoAsIt Melbourne and Deakin University.

Rosa’s physical theatre training includes Jacques Lecoq Technique with Norman Taylor (Movement Theatre Studio, New York). Here, Taylor’s teaching style, inspired and influenced Rosa’s approach to teaching and performance creation. Rosa studied Commedia dell’Arte with Venezia InScena (Venice, Italy) and with commedia Master, Antonio Fava. She also recently completed the Uta Hagen Teacher Training (HB Studio, New York), as well as gaining her teaching degree from Deakin University. In 2016 Rosa studied Shakespeare and voice with Master teacher/director, Patsy Rodenburg (New York City, Michael Howard Studios), an experience that continues to inspire her teaching and directing.

Rosa has created and directed original Commedia dell’Arte shows for Make A Scene including: ‘Fooling in Love’, ‘Pantalone’s Inn’, and ‘Venice in Love’, which have been touring schools in Victoria and nationally for the past seven years and have received glowing reviews and testimonials.

As well as devising shows for Make A Scene, Rosa directed for the Short and Sweet Festival, produced the Green Room Award winning musical, Vaudeville X (created by Michael Dalley), and was Production Assistant on the original Tony Award winning musical, Avenue Q (The Vineyard Theatre, New York). In 2017, Rosa will be directing Moliere’s, ‘La Comtesse’ for Melbourne French Theatre.


Her most recent performance credits include: ‘Le Beatrici’ (Directed by Laurence Strangio) and a collaboration with Margherita Peluso on a grotesque bouffon satire, ‘The Devil Wears Pashmina and You?’ Elf Teatro, (Milan, Italy).

Rosa loves creating, directing, performing and teaching commedia and most recently translated and published (through Currency Press), Goldoni’s classic, ‘The Servant of Two Masters’. This project unleashed all of Rosa’s experience and skills – juggling the roles of writer/translator, director, and producer but it was the joy of collaborating with a stellar cast of artists that made the process the wicked delight that it was.

As a valued and respected member of the profession, Rosa has been elected onto the Drama Victoria Committee in 2017 and is very proud to be supporting theatre education with this wonderful and inspiring organisation.

Sharon Davis


Company Development Manager


Sharon has extensive experience and knowledge in both the arts and business sector and provides Make A Scene business and development support to expand our reach and allow our artists to focus on the excellence of their work. She is a passionate artist with a unique sensibility to approaching the “business” side of “show business”.

Since graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts, Sharon has worked extensively as an actor, director, producer, voice over artist, and industry advocate in Melbourne and around Australia.

She made her directorial debut in 2017 for Lab Kelpie’s production of Spencer, a new play by Katy Warner, and recent notable roles include Holly in Next Fall at Chapel off Chapel, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for Essential Theatre, Smeraldina in The Servant of Two Masters for Make a Scene and La Mama Theatre, Australia Day for Hit Productions, and Mother & Son for Queensland Theatre.

She has worked as co-creator and producer for Melbourne independent theatre company, 5pound theatre, as part of their 5pounds of Repertory Theatre season, a new work exploring the characters and tales of famous Murder Ballads album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and a muddy reworking of Ubu Roi for Adelaide Fringe. She has also been working with Melbourne based improv group Stiff Company since their debut shows at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.


On screen, she has also appeared in It’s a Date, Neighbours, and Killing Time, and the recently released short film Dying for a Laugh.

Sharon has been a proud member of Equity since 2002 and has been working actively with the union to help support and advocate for the rights of working artists in Australia.

Jasper Foley


Actor


Jasper began his performance career in Circus, studying at the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2010 and 2011. He followed this with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting at QUT in Brisbane. Since graduating he has performed almost non-stop, in theatre, television, commercials and comedy.

He played Kevin Fitzpatrick in ABC’s ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’, and performed in the sell out show ‘Completely Improvised Potter’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In the past year Jasper has been involved with several improvised theatre and comedy groups, including a completely improvised musical. Jasper has worked with Make A Scene since May 2016 and is a much valued member of the company.


Christian Bagin


Actor, Collaborator


Christian has been working with Make A Scene since the beginning of 2013 and loves performing in the Make A Scene commedia shows, because not only are they playful interactive and fun, but due to the Italian component of these shows he is slowly learning Italian! Christian’s physical theatre training includes: The John Bolton Theatre School and studying with Clown Master Philippe Gaulier. Christian is also an improviser, clown, and puppeteer and has co-devised many of the productions in which he has performed, and has worked with several independent theatre companies including Make A Scene, Company13, Spindly Figures, Lemony S, Black Hole Theatre, Jessica Wilson, Short Attention Span, and has been a regular member of Polyglot Theatre for over a decade. Most recently Christian collaborated with Rosa to create, Venice in Love.


Lyall Brooks


Teaching Artist / Creative Consultant


Lyall is a professional theatre, television and film actor, appearing in plays, musicals and operas, on television series and films, and even voicing cartoons.

On stage he has garnered three Green Room nominations (across three separate categories) for Savages for fortyfivedownstairs, The Pride for Red Stitch and The Thing About Men for Magnormos. Other theatre credits include SuperGirly and Fat Pig for his own company, Lab Kelpie, Sunday in the Park with George for the Victorian Opera, The Heretic for Melbourne Theatre Company, Urban Display Suite for Ross Mollison International, Guys & Dolls for Donmar/Ambassador, Penelope for Red Stitch/Theatre Works, and both Sugar and Mame for The Production Company.

On screen he has appeared in Winners & Losers, The Time Of Our Lives, The Dr Blake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rake, You’re Skitting Me!, Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth, Neighbours and Blue Heelers, and feature films Any Questions for Ben? and the upcoming Australian comedy Dirt Cheap.


He is also an established voiceover artist, working on international animations Get Ace, Sumo Mouse, SheZow, and the AACTA-nominated Flea-Bitten! Lyall has taught singing, dance and drama for Bartuccio’s and M3 dance schools, Theatre for Fun and Creative Kids after-school arts classes, and has been teaching and consulting with Make A Scene since 2010.

Lelda Kapsis


Actor


Lelda’s passion for the arts was apparent from an early age- she began dancing when she was 3 years old.

Lelda completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After graduating, Lelda performed the role of Lisa Houseman in the world premier production of Dirty Dancing, her work in the show earned her a Green Room Award nomination.

Since then, Lelda has performed in stage shows including Cats for the Really Useful
company, Camelot for the Production Company and Romeo and Juliet for Essential
Theatre. She ran the gauntlet of 5 plays in 5 weeks for 5pound Theatre and played the role of Lydia in Spike Heels for Q44 Theatre Company. She is an experienced voice over artist, regularly recording radio and television commercials and had the thrill of working on the animated film Legend of the Guardian.

Lelda’s screen work includes many short films. Highlights include LateNite film’s award winning Flash, To the Heavens and Time Trap. She starred in the web series Sort Your S**t Out and can be seen in the independent feature film I am Evangeline. Lelda has appeared in many television commercials during her career.


As well as studying at WAAPA, Lelda completed the full time program at 16th Street and has participated in masterclasses conducted by Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn and acting master teacher Susan Batson.

Lelda is a member of the Improv Conspiracy and regularly performs as a member of
Delivery!. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for the arts as a performer with Make a Scene.

Salvatore Gulinello


Actor


Salvatore is an Italian-Australian actor, based in Melbourne. He trained at Federation University Arts Academy Ballarat, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) as a part of the 2014 Acting Company.

Salvatore’s theatre credits at Federation University include The Wolf in “Company of Wolves” directed by Cheyney Caddy; Shamraev in “The Seagull” directed by James Wardlaw; Young Waverley in the “Woman Hater” directed by Ian Scott and Peer Gynt in “Peer Gynt,” directed by Justine Campbell.

At Federation University, Salvatore co-devised two new works, “The Durnagee Effect” and “Tails”. Salvatore’s latest works have included a voice over role in the ABC’s television series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”, a role in the Independent Feature Film “Innuendo” Directed by Saara Lamberg as well as a self-devised sketch comedy act at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival named “The Million Dollar Fish”.


Margherita Peluso


Actor/Collaborator


Margherita Peluso is an Italian bilingual performer born in Milan (Italy). She trained in Commedia dell’Arte and physical theatre at the International Lecoq School of Kuniaki Ida. Margherita joined Make A Scene in 2012 and has performed in our Commedia dell’Arte shows and most recently with Rosa Campagnaro in Stefano Benni’s, Le Beatrici.

She has also studied with Emma Dante and Mamadou Dioum of the Peter Brook ensemble and later in Los Angeles at the Gloria Gifford Conservatory where she featured as ‘Serafina’ in The Rose Tattoo. Margherita arrived in Australia in 2012 and performed in Luigi Pirandello’s Cap and Bells at La Mama and The Restoration of Adelaide Ristori (La Mama Explorations, directed by Laurence Strangio). In 2013 she was the lead in La Morsa / Cece` for Commeartefo`(directed by Mimmo Mangione) as well as regular appearances with the Lloyd Jones ensemble at La Mama.

Margherita has appeared in Italian television BSI and ‘Mia moglie a letto con il mil amico’ (RAI Due Milano) and the film, ‘Un amore di strega’ (directed by Angelo Longoni, Mediaset Canale 5). Most recently she starred in the VCA Graduate film, ‘Blood Trust’ (by Alberto Di Troia and Laura Faulkner). In 2014 she performed in a translation of La Medea / Lo Strupo by Franca Rama and Dario Fo at La Mama Courthouse.


Margherita is currently collaborating with Rosa Campagnaro on an international project, La Presidentessa Veste Pashmina, which will open in Milan later this year.

Fabio Motta


Actor, Teaching Artist, Collaborator


Fabio Motta has appeared on stage in New York in The Three Sisters (New York Theatre Workshop), My Uncle Chekhov directed by Aleksey Burago (West End Theatre) and Pal Joey directed by Robert McQueen (HB Studios). He has toured Australia with Polka Theatre’s ‘Charlie and Lola Best Bestest play’ and Extremely New Play performing at the Sydney Opera House. Currently a conservatory company member at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Garrison, NY) performing in Measure for Measure, As you like it and the devised clown show So Please You.

Other notable theatre credits include; The Servant of Two Masters (Venezia InScena Theatre, Italy), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Revolt Productions), The History Boys (Boroondara Company), L.O.V. (Adelaide Fringe Festival). Fabio played Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Trinculo in The Tempest and Lord Suffolk in Henry VI part 1 (St. Paul’s and Grace, directed by Geoffrey Owens). At HB studio he played Moliere in the Moliere Project and Creon in Antigone at Columbia University.

His TV and film work includes Carla Cametti PD, Canal Road and Hating Alison Ashley. He also in the award winning short films; With Bad Blood – selected for the Palm Springs International Festival and Aria – screening at the Salerno International Film Festival in Italy and Dungog Film Festival in Sydney (IMBD).


Fabio trained in Commedia dell’Arte at Venezia InScena (Venice, Italy). He furthered his studies HB studio in New York, the prestigious 16th Street Actors Studio and with clown master Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He also studied acting under some of the world’s most acclaimed acting; Larry Moss, Lindy Davies, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Carol Rosenfeld and Austin Pendleton.