Actor Me

So, yeah, I'm an actor! An award-winning one, apparently*

One of the most common questions I get is 'what kind of acting do you do?'

Well, to answer that question: I 'do' honest, connected acting, mostly in theatre these days but I also love to work on screen now and again.

I perform in shows that I've written myself (you can learn more about these via the 'Projects' tab above) and in shows written by others, from solo performances to ensemble productions in Melbourne's independent theatre scene.

*My solo show 'The Will To Be' won a Best Theatre Weekly Award at the Adelaide Fringe in 2020. You can learn more about it here.

Mark in 'Buried at Sea'
Mark in 'Buried at Sea'

Adelaide Fringe, 2017 Photo by Fabiola Barba

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'The Will To Be' Review
'The Will To Be' Review

Adelaide Fringe, 2020

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Antipholus of Syracuse in 'The Comedy of Errors'
Antipholus of Syracuse in 'The Comedy of Errors'

Australian Shakespeare Company, 2018 Photo by Andrew Cullimore

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Mark in 'Buried at Sea'
Mark in 'Buried at Sea'

Adelaide Fringe, 2017 Photo by Fabiola Barba

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So far, I've been lucky to perform in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cooma, Forbes and Sale in Australia, and in 2018, I got to perform in the Czech Republic as part of the Prague Fringe Festival with Australian Shakespeare Company.

If you're after something a little more formal, you can view my showreel and download my bio and resume below.

Got a project you think I might be good for? 

Shoot me an email here.

Mark Salvestro
Mark Salvestro

Photo by Sare Clarke

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'Buried at Sea' Review
'Buried at Sea' Review

Melbourne Fringe, 2016

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Mark Salvestro
Mark Salvestro

Photo by Sare Clarke

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Mark Salvestro
Mark Salvestro

Photo by Sare Clarke

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Speaking of Melbourne, I co-founded a theatre collective there in 2016 called North of Eight. Together, we produce a bunch of new and existing scripted material and perform them in pubs, halls, old churches and intimate theatres. You can learn more about NoE here.

I do leave the nest occasionally though and have performed with a bunch of other independent theatre companies over the years too.

One of the things I love about being an actor is traveling around and performing in new towns and cities and meeting lots of different people along the way.

Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2020
Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2020

Adelaide Fringe Director & CEO, Heather Croall, presenting Mark with his 'Best Theatre' Weekly Award Photo by Missy Husband

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'Buried at Sea' Review
'Buried at Sea' Review

Adelaide Fringe, 2017

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'Buried at Sea' at Cooma Little Theatre, 2017
'Buried at Sea' at Cooma Little Theatre, 2017

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Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2020
Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2020

Adelaide Fringe Director & CEO, Heather Croall, presenting Mark with his 'Best Theatre' Weekly Award Photo by Missy Husband

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My Showreel

My Resume

Web

The Live Comedy Show

Multiple Roles

David Perrin - Screaming Goat Productions

Film

A Covid Coming Out

 

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

The Establishment


One Foot in the Grave


Brawl


The Independent Variable


2 Friends and a Duck

 

Brothers in Arms

 

Quietus

 

Deadline

Lead

Principal

 

 

Lead

 

Principal

 

Featured

 

Lead

 

Lead

 

Lead

 

Lead

 

Supporting

Mark Salvestro/Midsumma

Melody Rooks - Pet Rock Films

Christopher Fulloon

 

Jake Murphy

 

Nadia Townsend - Turtle Lab

 

UNSW - College of Fine Arts

 

SAE Institute - Sydney

 

Northern Sydney Institute

 

SAE Institute - Melbourne

 

Marion Slatter

'A Covid Coming Out'
'A Covid Coming Out'

Short film written and performed by Mark Salvestro. Commissioned by Midsumma.

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Leko in 'Something Rotten in the State of Denmark'
Leko in 'Something Rotten in the State of Denmark'

Short film by Pet Rock Films, directed by Melody Rooks

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'Uh huh' scene
'Uh huh' scene

Working w/ director Shane Connor on set with the Howard Fine Acting Studio

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'A Covid Coming Out'
'A Covid Coming Out'

Short film written and performed by Mark Salvestro. Commissioned by Midsumma.

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Theatre

The Will To Be

 

Strata Inc.

Comedy of Errors

Lonely People are Always Up in the Middle of the Night

Navy Pier

Buried at Sea

Private Moments: A Double Bill

(Buried at Sea - Solo Show)

Fairy Tale News

 

 

Couch Potato

William

Barry

Antipholus of Syracuse

Multiple

 

Martin

George/Self

 

 

George/Self

 

 

'Big' Mal Wolfe

 

 

Robert

Sarah Hallam/Phoebe Taylor

 

Faran Martin

Kevin Hopkins

Hila Ben Gera

 

 

Phoebe Anne Taylor

Phoebe Anne Taylor

 

 

Phoebe Anne Taylor

 

 

Jennifer Piper

 

 

Belinda Campbell

Melbourne Fringe & Adelaide Fringe,

La Mama, Cooma Little Theatre

North Of Eight

Australian Shakespeare Co. - Graduate Players

La Mama Theatre

 

 

North Of Eight

Melbourne Fringe/Adelaide Fringe/Snowy Mountains Tour

Second Breakfast

(Brisbane Anywhere Festival)

 

WIT Incorporated

(Melbourne Int. Comedy Festival)

 

WIT Incorporated

2010 - present

2010 - present

Commercial

McDonald's McOz Burger

Surf Lifesaver

Steve Hudson - Prodigy Films

Training

Howard Fine Acting Studio - Australia

Full-time Program:

          Acting:  Howard Fine, Marilyn McIntyre, Laura Gardner

          Voice & Speech: Stephen Costan

          Singing & Speech for Actors (SFA): David Coury

          Alexander Technique: Penny McDonald & Jean-Louis Rodrigue

          Acting to Camera: Shane Connor

          Singing: Sally Bourne

Part-time:

          Ongoing Scene Study: Howard Fine, Marilyn McIntyre, Sarah Hallam, Lisa Treloar

          Alexander Technique: Penny McDonald

          4-Day Intensive Master Class: Howard Fine (2015 & 2016)        

          4-Day Intensive Master Class: Howard Fine & David Coury (2015 & 2019)

          Application of Technique to Screen: Shane Connor

          Improvisation: Jimmy Eaton

          Playing The Bard: Shakespeare in Performance: Sally McLean

 

Australian Shakespeare Company: Graduate Players Program - Kevin Hopkins & Claire Nichols

Voice & Speech: Stephen Costan

 

Improcorp: Improvisation Level 1&2 - Lyn Pierse

 

Sydney Screen Actors Group: Acting to Camera - Sam Haft, Marti Keefer

 

Actors Centre Australia

          Acting: Jamie Irvine

          Shakespeare: Lyn Pierse

          Musical Theatre: Margi de Ferranti, Martin Crewes, Bev Kennedy, Nancye Hayes,

                                      Philip Quast, Dean Carey, Gail Edwards

 

Other Skills/Interests

General American Accent, Impersonations/Voices, Intermediate Pianist, Singer (tenor – music theatre), Bicycling, Writing, Journalist (2yr exp./1st Yr. B. Communications & Media/1st Place Comms & Media Award – U. Notre Dame Aus.), Shakespeare.