Online Workshop 9th April

Thursday 9th April 2020

FREE workshop on Zoom. Half an hour briefing on the online workshop series and connecting.

Thursday 9th April 2020

Free online briefing about the upcoming online workshops.


Toni Higginbotham

Toni Higginbotham is recognized as one of Australia’s leading casting directors.

Starting out in television drama on “A Country Practice” at only 17 she went on to personally cast Cate Blanchett in her first series Heartland, Simon Baker in E Street, and Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neil in Frontier all before she was 29. From casting at the ABC, to reality TV, drama series, short films and TVCs, Toni has a breadth of experience across all platforms.

Toni Higginbotham Casting opened its doors in Sydney’s Woollahra 20 years ago, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after commercial casting agencies. Still operating from the very same premises, Toni has expanded to both Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Given her success casting some of the largest Australian, American and European campaigns, it was only a matter of a time until she launched nationally.


Gabriella has been teaching actors for over 20 years. Initially creating a language drama workshop programme in schools (Leap into Language), theatre in education, and Cambridge Speech and Drama, Gabriella now focuses her skills on teaching Adults and Children for the Screen.  She tutors at many prestigious Acting Schools, like NIDA and runs sessions from her Sydney studio.

More recently Gabriella adapted her coaching techniques into corporate presentation training, to develop more effective, engaging and influential public speakers and presenters.  She is booked nationally for private coaching and group workshops, clients include CBA, Optus, Telstra, Caltex, Hesta and many more.

She studied at VCA and UCLA in America and gained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Performing Arts (University of Melbourne) & a Master of Arts in Screenwriting (UWS).

Gabriella’s acting career is wide and varied. She has acted in many Australian shows, including Rake, Old School, Janet King, Packed to the Rafters, McLeods Daughters, East West 101 – not to mention Days of our Lives and the upcoming Busmans Holiday in USA. Her film career includes the multi-awarded films, Lantanaand La Spagnola.

Best recognized as the angel of Australian TV Commercials, she continues to book job after job since shooting her first commercial 20 years ago. Gabriella has also spent 15 years in TVC casting both in Australia and LA. These experiences have culminated in an Ebook, Transform Your Ad Audition! detailing the advertising industry and casting processes and a step by step methodology to prepare and audition for commercials.  She is also a skilled videographer and a published writer for industry magazines, and co-writer for episodic comedy in Radio, Theatre and TV.


Gabriella’s wealth of knowledge has made her into a gifted acting teacher with an in depth understanding of the industry and what’s required when auditioning for different genres of work.  Her creative and effective methods of teaching Public Speakers has resulted in a dynamic and transformative programme.


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