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ED

WIGHTMAN

Director, Actor, Coach

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Ed originally trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he was awarded the David Suchet scholarship. He also holds an Arts/Law degree from the Australian National University, and is a recipient of the Blackburn Medal for Drama. An established and experienced actor, Ed has performed with most of Australia’s leading theatre companies, including Sydney Theatre Co, Melbourne Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre Co, Griffin Theatre Co, Belvoir and Bell Shakespeare, as well as appearing in both leading and supporting roles in film and television. He also has extensive experience working in musical theatre, most notably appearing in the Australian premiere production of The Lion King.

Ed began his directing career with productions of such classic plays as The Zoo StorySweet Phoebe and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. His Australian premiere production of Lawrence & Holloman received a Best Independent Theatre mention in Sydney's Sun Herald, and his production of The Book of Everything received a Canberra Critics Circle award. Other directing credits include, two original music theatre productions for Grayboy Entertainment (which he also co-wrote), a touring production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for the Western Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (WAAPA) and several productions for Canberra Repertory Society, including The Memory of Water, Twelfth Night and Arms and the Man. Ed was assistant director on the world premiere production of Fawlty Towers Live, written by John Cleese. Most recently, he directed a sold-out season of a new work by award-winning emerging playwright, Xavier Coy, as well as student productions of George Orwell's Animal Farm and the acclaimed musical Spring Awakening. This year, Ed was Assistant Resident Director on the Australian revival of Billy Elliot The Musical. His Australian premiere production of The Pass, due to play at the Seymour Centre in July, has been postponed due to Covid19.

Ed has extensive experience as an acting coach. Over the years, he has taught for Bell Shakespeare Company, the Sydney Opera House, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP); renowned drama schools NIDA, The Actor’s Centre, and WAAPA; as well as for numerous high schools, including Redlands, Ravenswood and Kincoppel Rose Bay. He is currently Acting Head at ED5 International, and is in demand as a private acting coach, offering sessions on both a one-off and ongoing basis.

Ed has also enjoyed working for several years  as a freelance casting director, running casting sessions for several leading Sydney-based casting directors, including McGregor Casting, Fountainhead Casting and i4Casting.

 
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Tel: +61 403-683-808