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Meet the performers who will participate in Australia's first Diversity Showcase.  

Adam Bowes

Adam Bowes (NSW)

Adam Bowes originally grew up in Yamba on the North Coast of NSW. Since moving to Sydney, Adam has been in several musicals with Ruby Productions. From 2015-2017 Adam was part of the supporting cast as George Gleeson in the web series Call me Katie and sequel Nothing like the Sun, for which he won a Literary Inspired Web Series Award. In 2016, Adam appeared in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, Winchester and Jeremy the Dud. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree (Music Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music. As a double above-knee amputee, Adam is a major advocate for diverse and authentic casting on screen and on stage. He posts videos on his Youtube channel to help raise awareness for people with a disability.

 Andrea Solonge

Andrea Solonge (VIC)

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to a Nigerian father and Congolese mother, Andrea was raised in the coastal precinct of New South Wales. Meisner trained, and a graduate of Melbourne based LA institution The Howard Fine Acting Studio (2016) Andrea is an emerging young actress. She has a large heart for social justice and endeavours to pursue work that shines a light on the untold stories in our industry that unify us as nation through the human condition.  

Belinda Jombwe 

Belinda Jombwe (NSW)

Belinda Jombwe is an African-Australian theatre, film and television actor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies) from the University of Sydney and most recently starred in the feature film The Casting Game. Her other credits include Dead Lucky (Subtext Pictures), Alice in Wonderland (Michael Sieders Presents), Black Jesus (Bakehouse Theatre), Samson (Belvoir Theatre), My Wonderful Day (Ensemble Theatre) and War Horse (The National Theatre).

Esther Fwati 

Esther Fwati (VIC)

Esther Fwati is an African-born, Aussie-raised girl. A third culture kid who's blended upbringing has given her a spice of her own. Esther started acting in 2012 after she was cast as Asha in an adaption of Claire Bayley’s The Container. She went on to study acting for the screen at the Film & Television Studio International. It was there that a teacher and actor within the industry encouraged the class that to be an actor is to also be a content creator. Esther is currently writing and producing her first Web Series, a coming of age drama inspired by the way she grew up in the South East suburbs of Melbourne, amongst an ethnically diverse group of friends. Being able to give a voice to the reality of a multicultural Australia is Esther’s goal.

Jean Pierre Yerma 

Jean-Pierre Yerma (NSW)

Jean-Pierre is a proud first-generation Australian actor, raised in Western Sydney by migrant parents from Southern France. He is a graduate of NIDA who has appeared on stage and in film. Screen credits include; Xavier's Harvest, Greed, Out for Vengeance, Cop's Enemy, You're not thinking Straight, Here Come the Habibs and Happy Feet.
From drama to comedy, he takes his work seriously and delves deep into the character so that truthful and believable performances are delivered, thus taking on the director’s vision so that he can present the character through the director’s eyes.

 Pilippos Ziakas

Philippos Ziakas (SA)

Philippos migrated to Australia from Greece in 2008. He is a 2017 graduate of the Flinders University Drama Centre. Credits include Simon Stephen’s Birdland (Tom Healey), the Shakespeare anthology piece Exit, Pursued by a Bard (Nick Garsden), Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (Elena Carapetis), Dennis Kelly’s Orphans (Shannon Mackowski), Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (Tiffany Lyndall-Knight), as well as Ivan Turgenev’s A Month In The Country and Dennis Kelly’s Love and Money, both directed by David Mealor. Earlier this year he was cast in State Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Gods of Strangers, written by Elena Carapetis and directed by Geordie Brookman. He is a keen collaborator and is excited to contribute and share his culture through the storytelling worlds of film & theatre.

Ratidzo Mambo

Ratidzo Mambo (VIC)

Ratidzo Mambo is a Zimbabwean-born Actor/Creator. Recently, she was awarded the Showcast and 16th Street Actor’s Studio Larry Moss Scholarship to study with the renowned, US acting Coach. Then in 2017 she was the Australians In Film, Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalist and won the 2016 Hollywood Short and Sweet Play Festival Best Actor Award. Some of her credits include: The Prize Fighter (La Boite), Cruel and Tender (MTC), GLEE, Wicked Science, Neighbours, The 10 Terrorists and The Legend Maker.

Simone Detourbet 

Simone Detourbet (WA)

Simone is a young Indigenous actor and writer from the Muluk Muluk tribe in the Northern Territory.  Graduating from WAAPA in 2016, she performed in her first theatre production with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in early 2017 and a recent Fringe show this year (2018). Her short films attracted the attention of WA AIDS Council and WA Health Department, allowing her to make an impact as a young indigenous woman whose work extends beyond the stage and screen to serve a social purpose and need. Themes that surface throughout Simone’s work are her compassion for diverse communities, specifically her own people. With a natural gift, she depicts reality through her performances with authenticity and commitment to truth. Simone’s desire to tell others stories has carried her to Perth, Rwanda, Los Angeles and back to Daily River over the past 18 months.

Yerin Ha 

Yerina Ha (NSW)

Yerin is a Korean-Australian actor and dancer, born and raised in Sydney. At fifteen, she was accepted to study in Seoul, South Korea where she trained intensively for three years before being accepted into NIDA - where she is currently completing her final year. Outside of NIDA, her credits include I Walk in Your Words (ATYP) as well as Triple J Unearthed Music videos.Yerin feels passionate about exploring characters and stories of individuals like herself, as well as continuing to challenge the current stereotypical representation of diverse performers on stage and screen.

 Winnie Mzembe

Winnie Mzembe (QLD)

Winnie Mzembe is an Australian born actor who started taking the stage at local theatre shows in her area at the age of 8. She began studying at the Australian Acting Academy throughout her adolescence. By 2010, Winnie was an ambassador for the La Boîte Roundhouse Theatre. In 2017 Winnie took on the role of African American "Kinta", in the sold out production of Notifications Anonymous for the annual Short+Sweet theatre festival. She's worked on various major motion pictures and multiple short films including the 2017 award winning film Sophie's Turn and will be seen in GP2 entertainments' latest film Jiva. Winnie has a great deal of love and respect for the arts and is a big believer that a critical aspect of an actor's craft is knowing how to shape moments, not just be a part of them.

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