Kids Acting school

Our Teachers are
Industry Professionals

Greentree Acting School has been bringing the joy of Acting to young people for over 30 years. Our kids drama School focuses on training for film and television offering students opportunities to write and film scripts in our in house studio. Whether you are a young aspiring actor wanting to further your skills or someone wanting to build up confidence and enhance your life skills, Greentree will challenge all students at their individual level. We cover all ages offering Junior classes, Intermediate Classes and Senior classes. Our kids drama school offers teachers that are all highly qualified industry professionals with extensive expertise in teaching acting to young people. The main quality we instil in our teachers is to have an understanding that each child is an individual, learning at different levels and are challenged accordingly. Our aim as a team is to bring out the very best in every student. With many different techniques and strengths our teachers have created a curriculum that has benefitted hundreds of students in their daily lives and paths to a career in the performing arts.

"I love to see students come through Greentree Acting School and grow - not only as Actors but as human beings." - Damien Fotiou

Our Staff

Damien Fotiou


Damien is one of the co-owners of Greentree Acting School and an actor himself!

Damien began his acting career aged 9 in the stage production of ‘Oliver’ at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. As an adult he trained at the VCA and graduated in 1994. Since that time Damien has appeared in numerous Australian television shows including Blue Heelers, Stingers, Kick, Underbelly and Rush.

He has also appeared in many feature films most notably Head On and the Hollywood film Kangaroo Jack. Damien has also worked in radio on ABC Radio National and is a voice over artist.

Elle Mandalis


Elle is the other co-owner of Green Tree Acting School and a seasoned actor!

Elle began her career by appearing in Ana Kokkinos‘ debut feature film Only the Brave, winning an AFI award for her performance as the troubled teenager at the centre of the story. Elle has gone on to appear on some of Australia’s biggest shows including A Country Practice, Blue Healers, The Secret Life of Us and Offspring just to name a few.

Elle currently appears in the ABC series Back in Very Small Business as a recurring main character.

Michael Nikou

Teacher / Manager

Michael studied acting at the William Esper Studio in New York under the tutelage of Terry Knickerbocker. Since returning to Melbourne he has appeared in several independent theatre productions, films and TV shows such as Kitty Flanagan’s FISK.

In 2020 before the world came to a halt Michael founded his production company Bim Bim Films. Bim Bim Film’s first production is Black Comedy Thriller; SLANT, starring studio owner Elle Mandalis, screen icon Sigrid Thornton and Michael himself! You can catch it in theatres later in 2022.


Petra Yared


Petra is a seasoned pro when it comes to all things acting. With a major role as Jo Tiegan, in the Australian-New Zealand television production Mirror, Mirror, she won the Australian Film Institute award for Best New Talent in 1996. From there Petra went on to act in renowned Australian television shows such as Blue Heelers, Neighbours, The Secret Life of US and All Saints amongst many others.

Petra has a unique talent for engaging children’s imaginations and breaking down scripts. With such a wealth of experience in the industry and a natural affinity for teaching young actors Petra is a valuable asset to any class room.


Brenna Dixon

School Holiday Teacher

Brenna Dixon is a Melbourne based improvisational theatre performer, director, actor and teacher.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University, Brenna is a teacher and ensemble member of Victoria’s longest running improvisational theatre company, Impro Melbourne. Recent credits include Directing ‘Smells Like a Song’ (2016/17) an improvised musical and performing in ‘Death Comes to Us All’ (2017), ‘Gorilla Theatre’ (2017) and ‘When in Rome’ (2017). Brenna is the Artistic Director of Soothplayers, an improvisational theatre company inspired by the themes and language of William Shakespeare.

Brenna has toured regionally teaching storytelling and improvisation workshops for primary and secondary school students and created and delivered acting and performing arts programs for 6-18 year olds as part of the Gemco Players Youth Program. Brenna teaches workshops on improvisational theatre for the general public as well as tailored workshops for scripted theatre companies

kids acting teacher

Lyndelle Green

School Holiday Teacher

Lyndelle Green, is a passionate acting coach with almost 20 years experience in the Performing Arts. During this time, Lyndelle has worked as Head of Drama at various senior schools across both Queensland and NSW. Lyndelle has also directed many successful musicals and Rock Eisteddfods. She has also marked the Higher School Certificate in NSW.

Lyndelle trained as an actor at Queensland University and with Queensland University of Technology’s Andrew Buchanan, at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and at The Actor’s Centre, Sydney. She also trained in Los Angeles at Second City with Scott Sedita and at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio. Lyndelle undertook intensive training at the Ivana Chubbuck studio in Los Angeles, emerging as an accredited teacher of the Chubbuck Technique. Lyndelle has also participated in classes with Master Teachers Susan Batson and Elizabeth Kemp.

Daniela Farinacci


Daniela began her acting career 25 years ago devising and touring shows to schools across Victoria and Tasmania. Performing to young audiences from Prep through to Year 12 made for a robust training ground and helped develop an appreciation for the need to introduce young minds to the experience of performance.

She has since enjoyed a full and well regarded career across film, T.V & theatre most recently appearing in LION, HOUSE HUSBANDS (Network 9) & BIG HEART (Theatreworks).

Daniela was recently successful in receiving a Creative Victoria Grant to work as an Artist In Residence at Footscray City Primary School later in 2018. This will allow her to further explore her interest in devising and directing with young people.

Ben Noble


Ben has appeared in numerous film, TV and theatre productions both in Australia and overseas. Notable productions include RATON LAVEUR (Fairly Lucid Productions – Adelaide Fringe Festival), SCROOGE (Stage West CANADA), B.J. FLETCHER (Bee Charmer Productions CANADA) PHAEDRA’S LOVE (Controlled Chaos –The Store Room) and most recently  was seen in FAT TONY & CO (Screentime Australia CH 9).

As a playwright, Ben’s first play  won 3rd prize in the St Martins Playwriting Competition, and his commisioned piece “Short Trip” for St Martins’ as part of the Scattergun Project, took out St Martin’s Best Play. His follow up was short listed for St Martin’s Play of the Year in 2005.