WORLD MONOLOGUE GAMES - JUDGES
Altara Michelle was born in NY and based in Los Angeles and is a professionally trained (and working) actress, voiceover artist and preschool teacher. In addition to acting and teaching, she has also worked in news, casting, producing, voice directing, and was recently chosen as a judge for the ASIFA Annie (VO animation) Awards. In addition to the arts, Altara also began graduate school this summer at Fordham University, where she is pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work. Fun fact: Altara Michelle is the Sprint Silver Medalist from the 2020 World Monologue Games!
Amit Singh Saini is an Australian based actor, model, TV host and a full time engineer. He has worked in many projects such as music videos, feature films, short films, TV commercial, still photos and brand awareness projects.
Amit started his modelling career by participating in Mr Bollywood King Australia pageant, where he won the heart of all crowd by his breathtaking performance and stage presence. After that, Amit went into many other beauty pageants and won tiles such as Mr Diamond Australia, Mr Handsome, top model, most photogenic and Mr British Empire world. Amit aspires to bring a positive change to the world through the medium of art and films.
Esmeralda Havenga says, "I am passionate about the performing arts. I educate artists from a young age and help them develop in different art forms to reach their full potential. I teach full time Drama at Creare Training Centre in Bloemfontein, South Africa (Acting, Clowning, Mime, Puppets, Writing, scriptwriting, Directing, Radio Drama, Staging, Speech Training). I do freelance work as well where I assist with a variety things such as stage management, research, auditions, scriptwriting, script analysis and lighting design."
Jane Mpholo holds a Drama and Theatre Arts Degree from the University of The Free State, South Africa. She specializes as a professional actor, playwright, producer, dramaturge, performance arts coach and facilitator. Amongst the many recognitions and awards…her highlights are being chosen as one of top 5 playwrights for NATI Yong Sterre programme; a nomination for Kyknet Best Up and Coming Artist and being in the Mail and Guardian top 100 list for Women Changing South Africa.
Jon-Clare Lee is a graduate of New York Univ. (BFA in Acting and MFA in Film and TV Directing) and the Director of Sydney Talent Company, one of Australia's oldest registered professional talent agencies. In stage direction and playwriting, his works include Shattered Jade, Blood on My Blade, We, In Australia, and Swept Under the Carpet. In film and TV, Mr. Lee has recently co-produced and directed two Australian feature films (Innocent Killer and Greed) which have won numerous international festival awards including Best Feature Film and Best Director. He has served on the judging panel of many prestiguous awards, including the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Joseph Obel is a graduate of Theatre Arts and Film from Kenyatta University in Kenya. He has taught Acting, Directing, Set Design, Dance Choreography, Spoken Poetry and
Scriptwriting at Talanta Institute, and Nairobi Institute of Music and Performing Arts, theatre schools both based in Nairobi, Kenya. Joseph has also participated as one of the writers for the award-winning satirical puppet TV series, The XYZ Show that raises
awareness on human rights and governance in Kenya and Africa. When not teaching or writing, Joseph curates artistic events, both live and online to connect with theatre, film,
music and art enthusiasts around the world.
Josh Galitsky is an LA-based devised, interactive and immersive theatre director who creates a safe, imaginative playground to help guide actors, artists & performers through their fear obstacles, with compassion, humor and integrity. His life-affirming process leads the artist to generate and unleash their most interesting, genuine and dynamic work.
Katherine Hennessey is a Research Fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Kuwait. She is the author of Shakespeare on the Arabian Peninsula (2018), co-director of the short film Shakespeare in Yemen (2018), and translator of works of Arab theatre, most recently Wajdi al-Ahdal’s The Colonel’s Wedding (2019). Her forthcoming book is entitled Theatre on the Arabian Peninsula.
Marianna Psaltis is an Australian-Greek arts industry professional and qualified teacher who has over 15 years of professional practice, with degrees from Griffith University and diplomas from Trinity College, London. Marianna has received many acting, teaching and directing awards. Her students and graduates are constantly recognised in the industry for their outstanding contributions to theatre and film as well as their academic excellence by examination bodies. She trains young actors at her Brisbane based studio and specialises in industry training, speech and drama and teaching students with diverse abilities.
Mark Ghosn [gos-on] is a Lebanese-Filipino playwright, monologist and spoken word artist best known in the Philippines for creating the hit show Ampalaya Monologues. His works have been viewed millons of times online and has been featured in the country’s top TV networks and publications. In 2016, Mark became the first Filipino spoken word artist to enter the Philippines Top 50 Playlist on Spotify with his collection of spoken word and music collaborations. In 2018, his collection of Ampalaya Monologues was published nationwide under Summit Books, and in 2020, it was turned into a tv series on iWant, the country’s biggest streaming service.
Matt Young is a Brisbane based actor and acting coach and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. He founded Tukuna Acting Club in Suva, Fiji in 2015 and continues to coach a diverse range of actors in person and online. His film/tv credits include HBO’s The Pacific, TBS’/HBO Max’s Wrecked, Hallmark’s A Summer to Remember and Pearl in Paradise and feature film The Other Side of Heaven 2. He also served as Fiji casting director for Netflix’s #blackAF. Matt recently completed a successful season of the Mel Brook’s musical The Producers in the role of Max Bialystock.
Mike Savuica graduated with a BA in acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. He is now doing an MA in Theater Directing at NIPAI (Berlin). He has directed one feature film, one documentary, three commercials and six theatre performances. Out of all those, two of them have been international productions.
Nea Dune is an award-winning Croatian creatrice, fulltime actress and model, certified HMUA with a PhD based in Los Angeles since 2015. Currently with 2 directorial projects in film festival circuit, she is set to star in 11 productions and offers her expertise as a coach for extraordinary ability foreigners to the USA (O1).
Nuel Rivera is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Manila-based performing arts collective, Theatre 2108. A director and award-winning playwright, he is passionate about teaching theater and discovering new talents. No matter the time of day, he'll always say yes to a delicious cup of iced coffee.
Ranga Jayaratne is the founder and artistic director of Cue theatre co. and Cue school of Drama in Sri Lanka. She has directed over 30 full-length plays, musicals, skits and one act plays for children and adults. She takes passion in experimenting with various genres of theatre and has directed plays such as Our Town, The Woman in Black and Eurydice. Ranga holds an LTCL in teaching Speech and Drama from Trinity College UK and has over 20 years of teaching and directing experience. She enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Paddy Cooper is the Artistic Director of Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd, based in London and Sussex, UK. He also works independently as an actor and director. Can currently be seen and heard on YouTube and all major podcast outlets as the host of arts interview series “Dark Unicorn in Conversation”.
Dr Sally Richards is a director, teacher and producer with a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Theatre with Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland. In 2019 she created and curated the acclaimed TAHI - New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance, winner of Most Promising Newcomer at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Sally's research interests include the directing of solo performance, pedagogy of theatre, diasporic narratives and theatre for social change.
Sebastian Rex is an award-winning writer/director, as well as the artistic director of Acting Like Mad, a new-writing, London-based theatre company and SRDG, a contemporary dance group. Sebastian also runs www.theliteralchallenge.com inspiring thousands of writers of all levels from all over the world to write every day for a month. The photograph (by Tina Engström) is from the 2004 piece “Just Don’t”, which imagined a world in which people can’t touch each other… how inconceivable.
Stewart Glen cut his professional acting teeth as a monologuist, twice performing Eric Bogosian's Drinking in America in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec where he subsequently performed an original 1-person show, The Zen of Gridlock for the Montreal Fringe Festival. A 30+ year veteran of the stage, Stewart now lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan as a producer, director, actor, and coach. He will be featured in the soon-to-be-released limited series historical docudrama SEQALO: Formosa 1867. He is very excited about seeing all the great work you actors are sharing.
Wendy Samantha is a passionate performing arts teacher who has directed countless musicals, plays and performances. Her teaching work and philosophy has been published in education journals and featured in training programs and interviews, and her students are highly acclaimed for their performances winning state wide competitions, completing Trinity College of London examinations with high distinctions, featuring in VCE’s Top Arts and Top Acts Melbourne, and starring in professional television shows, commercials and musical productions.