South Australian Casting

The Agency was the first official actors' agency in South Australia. It was established in 1975 by Ann Peters and by casting, representation and training it has been part of the fabric and history of the Australian film and television industry.

The idea for the agency came about during discussions in the dressing room with Noni Hazlehurst, Tracy Mann and Ann Peters. In 1973 they were performing in the Festival Theatre's production of Winnie the Pooh.

As Ann was known and respected for her leading roles within the local theatre companies she was often asked for her suggestions for actors for various television commercials. Therefore, an agency seemed a good idea. The South Australian Film Corporation was about to open its doors, there wasn't a local casting director and South Australian actors at that time had no representation.

From the onset, South Australian Casting has been involved with almost all film and television produced in South Australia, with an established presence interstate, all beginning with Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Links to:

Actors' Representation - Ann Peters & Co.

Ann Peters School of Acting

Ann Peters' Critiques

Ann Peters' Critiques

Reach for the sky and you may land among the stars.

 - graffiti at a drama school

Art is a product of one's imagination.

- Margo Ludowici

Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

- Miles Davis

Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances.

- Stanislavski

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

 - Stella Adler

An ounce of behaviour is worth a pound of words.

 - Sanford Meisner

The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.

 - Stella Adler

Real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where.

 - William Esper

The best acting is instinctive. It's not intellectual, it's not mechanical, it's instinctive.

 - Craig MacDonald

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.

 - Meryl Streep

If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach. Talent or lack of talent have little to do with it.

- Viola Spolin