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Meet the Team

Melissa D'Amico APA TalentMelissa D’Amico, Founder

Melissa spent many years working in television and film as Production Manager and Assistant Director on various productions including BBC1’s The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell, Channel 4’s Dispatches, the Discovery Channel’s Kings of Construction, BBC2’s Uncharted Territory, Sky One’s Shock Treatment with Rutger Hauer and Cineville’s indie film Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright. Melissa then migrated into casting and loves championing emerging young talent. She created this agency over five years ago and has developed strong contacts in casting. She has been lucky to work with some of the best in the business, and brings a wealth of professional knowledge and experience of the industry to APA Talent.

Jason Farries APA TalentJason Farries, Acting Teacher and Director

Specialising in film and TV, Jason has worked among some notable films including: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Lyrebird, Breathe, Wonder Woman and many more. He has also worked with the BBC on a variety of different dramas and documentaries and taken on many roles in independent features, shorts and commercials. In addition to his on-screen work, Jason has had many roles in live theatre, including two British classics by Playwright Oscar Wilde; “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

Aside from working as an actor, Jason has branched into directing and producing films. Awards include: From the Independent Shorts Awards Festival in Los Angeles – Best Actor (The Voodoo Man) & Best Mystery Short Film (The Voodoo Man); From the Kosice International Film Festival – Best Feature Film (An Inspector Calls); From the Swindon Independent Film Festival – best production design for a feature (An Inspector Calls) & best costume design for a feature (An Inspector Calls)

Paul Ansdell Actor Director APA TalentPaul Ansdell, Acting Teacher and Director

Theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (Studio Theatral du Luberon); The Dresser (The Duke of York’s); The King & I (London Palladium); And Then The Dark (Wolsey, Ipswich); Two, Love Love Love, Shopping & F***ing, A Taste of Honey, Sweet Peter, Twelfth Night, An Inspector Calls, Posh, Cock (Ruskin Platforms); As You Like It (Newcastle), Another Country (Richmond);  Rookery Nook (Theatre Royal, Brighton & Redgrave Farnham); The Importance of Being Earnest (Cirencester); Othello (tour); Romeo & Juliet (tour); Heartbreak House (tour);  Lost in a Mirror (BAC); An Inspector Calls (tour). Paul can be heard narrating numerous audio books, including The Woman in Black and I’m The King of the Castle, both for Susan Hill.

Television includes: Rosemary & Thyme, The Bill, Messiah, Hustle, Trevor’s World of Sport, Prince Albert in Reputations, Attachments, Dangerfield, In the Red, Ruth Rendell Mystery.

Film includes Star Wars: Rogue One, Queen and Country (John Boorman), Come Together (Working Title), Dream (Acier) and Lady Godiva.

Writer Adrian Hewitt Authentic Performance Academy APA OxfordAdrian Hewitt, Writer

Adrian began his working life as an actor after graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.  He spent eight years working in London, in Repertory and touring. He later became a successful writer for TV and film.

He sold his first feature film script to a major production company, followed by writing on some of the BBC’s prime time kid’s TV shows such as ‘My Parents are Aliens’, ‘The Mysti Show’ and ‘MI High’, for which he was Bafta recommended.


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