Andi Snelling is a Melbourne-based actor, writer and theatre-maker, with a special talent for physical comedy. She has worn a lot of lycra in her life, growing up as a dancer competing at national level, as well as being 3x Australian Junior Sport Aerobics Champion. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (French & German) and Diploma in Creative Arts (Theatre Studies) from The University of Melbourne, as well as a Masters in Performance (Acting) from prestigious UK drama school, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has also trained extensively in the Meisner Technique at The Actors’ Temple, London and has worked with greats, such as Mike Leigh, Howard Fine and Irina Brown (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Andi’s career highlights include: Edith in Picnic at Hanging Rock (BBC), Brinda Appadoo (recurring character) in Neighbours (Fremantle Media), Ensemble in Crazy for You (London Palladium), Ellie in Gleisdreieck (2006 Cannes Film Festival finalist), Inflight Voice for Qatar Airways, making Timeout’s Top Ten Best Theatre Shows of 2013 as Odysseus/Maid in The Penelopiad (Stork Theatre), and her critically-acclaimed, sell-out solo shows, #DearDiary and Déjà Vu (And Other Forms of Knowing).
Andi also loves her work as an MC/Presenter and has done gigs for The Wheeler Centre, City of Melbourne, many literary events and weddings. Her day job is as a Presenter at the Royal Melbourne Zoo (where she can be seen holding lizards whilst sharing obscure animal facts) and as an Educator/Performer for Banyule City Council's Rethink Education Centre (where she creates content and engages school children in sustainability.) Additionally, Andi is a specialist in corporate role-play and has recently done academic writing on the subject for the University of Western Sydney. Her other great love is improvisation and she is a proud member of professional improvised comedy group, The Big Hoo-Haa Melbourne, who perform weekly.
Having lived in Europe for 7 years, Andi also speaks French and German, has very strong physical and devising skills and loves playing oddball characters. She is an honest, versatile and hard-working performer who brings 100% commitment and truckloads of energy to her work.
Dance: Aerobics, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Contact Improvisation, Street, Rock 'n Roll, Polka, Waltz, Folk Dance, Social & Period Dance
Languages: English (native), French (fluent), German (fluent), Mandarin (beginner)
Accents: Australian (native), English (RP), French, German, Southern American, Standard American, Russian
Sports: Gymnastics, Yoga, Pilates, 3 x Australian Junior Sport Aerobics Champion, 15+ years national competitive Calisthenics (ballet/gymnastics), Netball, Basketball, Cricket
Other: Puppetry, Commedia Dell' Arte, Clowning, Physical Theatre, Stage Combat (UK Accreditation), Presenter, Autocue, Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Voice-Over, Costume Character/Skins Work, Mask Work, Translation, Teaching, Audio Typing, Australian Driving Licence (car), Working with Children Check, First Aid Level 2, Animal Handling Level 1