American Arts, Film & TV Academy (AAFTA) is curator of ARTS education in the US. We are dedicated to providing elite yet affordable education, mentorships and personal development for emerging talent and content collaborators across the Performing Arts and Film and Television Industry.
We focus on the ART, the ARTIST and the BUSINESS. Providing you (Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Performing Artists) opportunities for your talent to be crafted, showcased and recognised across both stage and media platforms around the world. Further, AAFTA's mentorship provides safe, inclusive and productive tools to better support you on your journey in finding your own AUTHENTIC and ARTISTIC voice. Building up your self esteem and confidence to discover your greatness and achieve longevity in unpredictable and taxing industry. There is no right way to do build your career, only YOUR way.
We let you do what you love with the freedom and courage to be AUTHENTICALLY YOU!
Jessica's professional career began at age 4 on TV show Richmond Hill. Since then has worked as an actress, performer and producer on various productions in TV & Film, Theatre & Stage, Music Videos and more. Training with prestigious studios and coaches across the globe including Larry Moss, Susan Batson, Lisa Robertson Studio, Matthew Barry, Lesley Kahn, Broadway Dance Center, Netherlands Dance Theatre and more.
Director of American Arts Film & Television Academy and curator in arts education for creatives, Jessica's entrepreneurial skills and dedication is to educating/providing opportunities for artists. Supporting inclusion & diversity within Film, television and performing arts. Her success in international mentorships and artist development programs in Australia and Hollywood, make her a leading curator and facilitator in arts education and mentoring for creatives around the world. Including her podcast ArtArtistBiz.
Getting her start with internationally acclaimed J.O. International Productions; producing dance expos, workshops, shows, nation wide events and competitions inc “On Broadway” "Don’t Dis Disabilities Dance Extravaganza” and "Focus On Ability USA”. From facilitating and producing international prize experiences for international events, festivals and charities; to public speaking, mentoring and hosting events. She's been invited to speak at the Actors Symposium alongside Breakdown Services in Vancouver in 2014; as well as having articles published in Dance Informa Magazine and New Idea. Jessica’s affiliates and partnerships have also included Capezio, Broadway Dance Center, Focus On Ability Short Film Festival, Special Olympics, Showcase National Dance Championships, Dance Life, The Ultimate Dance Challenge and recently the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She currently remains the International Marketing & Entertainment Coordinator for Focus On Ability International Film Festival, where she facilitates Australian Filmmakers and Actors on expansions of their careers on international levels. Her short documentary “Stepping Into Focus” became a starting point for her production career.
Jessica's US production company Diversity Entertainment, LLC (Diversity Pictures) see's her enter the world of writing and directing. Recent film “A Death Perspective” (writer, director and actor) received numerous awards including Best Indie Short & Best Women's Short at the Independent Short Awards. Honourable Mention at Global Shorts, Los Angeles (IMDB) and recently gained her selection for Artists Emerging Initiative with Ermantourage. Associate producer on Australian feature “Unsound” with WiseGoat Productions, which recently won Melbourne Queer Festival and rated 3rd for Top 10 Australian Films of 2020. Jessica now has several projects in development for release in 2021 including Killer Theory, Enigma & Mercy. With feature films, plays and limited series in development for 2022.
If John Hughes blended the filmmaking styling of Stephen Spielberg in Denver and Delilah Productions you’d find Jessica. A vulnerable and diverse storyteller in search of adventure & hope. Combining her artistic & philanthropic voice with humour, imagination & heart and creating new worlds about kids who are adults and adults who are kids.
Jessica is represented by Gilchrist Management & US Management Company Industry Entertainment and is currently living in the US with her Greencard
Robbie is an international actor, film-maker and educator. He has studied extensively both Australia and the US and continues his acting studies with Upright Citizen Brigade ‘UCB’, Matthew Barry Teaches and under writer, director David Matalon. His acting career has seen a vast amount of commercial success as well as landing roles in both TV and film.
He started behind the camera helping as a 2nd camera operator and assistant editor simply filming acting showreels, he quickly learned the trade and was able to take over as DOP and senior editor under directors such as John Orcsik and Colin Budds.
Robbie continues to master his craft as a multi talented producer, director, cinematographer and editor with films such as ‘A Death Perspective’, ‘Veebess’, ‘Pass’, ‘Connected’ and ‘Banana Split’ winning him multiple awards for ‘Best Director & Best Short’ at Diabolic Film & ‘Best Indie Short’ at the Independent Film Awards to name a few.
He is extremely passionate about teaching and passing on his knowledge, establishing himself as an expert through his program ‘Create Your Own Content’