Ed originally trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he was awarded the prestigious David Suchet scholarship. He also holds an Arts/Law degree from the Australian National University, and is a recipient of the ANU Blackburn Medal for Drama. An established and experienced actor, Ed has performed with most of Australia’s leading theatre companies – including the Sydney Theatre Company, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, and Company B – as well as appearing in both leading and supporting roles in film and television. He also has extensive experience working in musical theatre, most notably appearing in the Australian premiere production of Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King.
As an experienced director, Ed has directed such classic plays as The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, Sweet Phoebe by Michael Gow, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet. His acclaimed production of Morris Panych’s Lawrence & Holloman, was named runner up in the Sydney Sun Herald’s Best Independent Theatre mentions, and his production of Richard Tulloch’s The Book of Everything received a Canberra Critics Circle award. He also directed (and co-wrote) two original music theatre productions, The Velvet Rope and Disconnected for Grayboy Entertainment, and a touring production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for the Western Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (WAAPA). Ed was assistant director on the world premiere production of Fawlty Towers Live, written by John Cleese. In 2018, he directed Arms and the Man for Canberra Repertory and a student production of the musical Spring Awakening. In 2019, Ed directed the new play by Sydney Fringe Festival award-winning playwright, Xavier Coy, which premiered at the Old 505 Theatre, and an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm for Ravenswood High School. This year he was Assistant Resident Director on the Australian revival of Billy Elliot The Musical. He was due to direct the Australian premiere production of The Pass at the Seymour Centre this year, but the production has been postponed due to Covid19.
Ed has extensive experience as a performance coach and drama educator. Over the years, he has taught for such theatre companies as Bell Shakespeare Company, the Sydney Opera House, and the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), the renowned performing arts institutions NIDA, The Actor’s Centre, and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), as well as for a number of high schools, including Redlands Grammar, St Catherine’s College and Kincoppel Rose Bay. He is currently an acting tutor at the performing arts institution, ED5 International, and is in demand as a private acting coach, offering sessions on both a one-off and ongoing basis.
Ed has also enjoyed working for several years in the corporate sector as a role-play performer, and as a freelance casting director, running casting sessions for several leading Sydney-based casting directors, including McGregor Casting, Fountainhead Casting and i4Casting.