Scott Major

Australian actor & current Director on 'Neighbours’

Scott has worked extensively in television, theatre and film around the world for the last 28 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, Ned 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, Closer, Terminus and Salt.

He has been directing on Neighbours for the last 5 years and is also a director and founder of Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.

Melanie Mackintosh

Casting Director

Melanie Mackintosh's career began in '93, working with Kylie and Danni Minogue’s Management team. She moved over to casting a year later and quickly established herself as a leading casting Director in Melbourne. Having worked at both Chameleon and Mullinars on various film, television and commercial projects, she decided in 2006 that it was time to take the leap and open the doors to her own company.

Mackintosh Casting's recent credits include 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia', 'The Future is Expensive' for the ABC comedy showroom, 'The Beast' for Eddie Perfect & Simon Phillips and she has cast over 1000 TVCs equating to tens of thousands of auditions. She has worked with many award winning directors including Gia Coppola, Emma Freeman, Patrick Hughes, Nick Ball and Matthew Saville.

Mel is a proud member and driving force behind establishing the Casting Guild of Australia has been an Executive Committee member since 2013.

She recently launched; Australia’s first and only online resource directory for actors. Melanie believes in empowering Artists to help them make informed decisions for their careers.

Howard Fine

Artistic Director, Howard Fine Acting Studios

Voted ‘Best Acting Teacher in LA’ by BackStage magazine (in a strictly one-time-only award), Howard Fine has built an unshakeable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation. Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio.

During his 30 year career he has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Michelle Williams, Salma Hayek, Bradley Cooper, Simon Baker, Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Shields, Mark Harmon, Kim Delaney, Sela Ward, Michael Chiklis, Chris Pine, Carla Gugino, Gerard Butler, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson, Val Kilmer and Amy Smart.

As a lover of the craft, the art, and ultimately the powerful magic of acting, Howard is one of the few elite acting experts who has devoted his primary career to perfecting the teaching and coaching of professional actors. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios in the USA and Australia, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.