Deb Mulholland, Director and Founder of The Mulholland Acting & Film Academy

Originally from New Zealand, Deb moved to Europe some 30 years ago to study theatre. Her journey has taken her all over the world, studying and creating theatre along the way. She lives and works in Amsterdam. Debby trained at the famous ‘Jacques Lecoq’ school in Paris and believes the principles of  Lecoq’s philosophy, ‘a student is an artist on stage and must make their own work’. He gave her the confidence, the ability and the drive to put this into practice. Her belief  in community and in keeping talent together to create work as ensembles was also strengthened through her experience in Paris. Debby is well-known for creating unique theatre, innovative shows, concepts and initiatives. She is a director and producer, she supports individuals in their creative journey, forges new companies and enriches the international Amsterdam theatre and film community.

Deb Mulholland has created a school of excellence in the Amsterdam arts community.


Nick Bain

Writing for the Screen

Writing for the Screen

Nick trained at the University of Birmingham UK and has taught screenwriting to Masters level at the University of Greenwich since 2011. He has ten years of experience of the film and theatre worlds, from Bollywood and Nollywood to the far eastern and UK systems and has developed script projects with Weinstein Co, Pressman Films and Essential Film and Media.

Nick’s recent credits include British thriller ‘The List’, (2013) and his first big budget Hollywood Feature film ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ (2015, script editor and Associate producer) is soon to be released in cinemas worldwide, starring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons and BAFTA nominee Stephen Fry. His next film ‘What’s Going On’ was announced at Cannes this year and he is currently under commission for the screen adaptation of What She Wants’ by International number one bestseller Cathy Kelly.


Andre Landzaat



We are thrilled and proud to announce we will be working with Andre Landzaat.

For the past 40 years, Andre has worked as an actor in Los Angeles and New York.
He has worked this last 20 years for the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute.
He is one of their most respected teachers.
Andre is native Dutch born and we welcome him home, and are honored to have him work with us.


Hidde Simons

Scene Study and On-Camera techniques

Hidde Simons

We are very happy to have Hidde working with us at the Academy.

Hidde is very involved in both the Dutch and the International film community, not only creating his own work, but working as a Director on many productions and coaches on set.
He will be working across a number of acting disciplines, giving the actor a broad knowledge of the differing disciplines and how to implement them in their work. His skill behind the camera will work toward bringing to life the characters on film. working toward a showreel.

Directorial credits include several short films and features.

Hidde’s latest feature film is the 70-minute monologue ’ BERNARD,’ which came out in 2014. A dark drama. BERNARD is on Youtube

In 2013 Hidde co- directed and wrote 48 minutes, a feature film that was produced in only 48 days. This film won the 3rd prize in the Viewster online International Film Festival (VoFF). 48 minutes is on Vimeo on demand.

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Patricia Bardi

Moving While Speaking

Patricia Bardi

Patrica Bardi an independent dance/voice artist, educator, researcher, bodywork specialist, licensed natural health practitioner (BATC) & somatic movement educator/therapist (ISMETA) originally from New York and based in Amsterdam. Patricia is the director of the accredited
certification program – VMI Somatic Practice combining Vocal Dance, Voice Movement Integration (VMI) Practice and Vital Movement Integration (VMI) Bodywork which she founded over 20 years ago, centered in Amsterdam.

Bardi has toured extensively, teaching and performing at international festivals, universities and theatre schools throughout Europe, North America, Japan and India. She has received a London Arts Choreographer Award and conducted research on North Indian vocal music in India sponsored by the Arts Council of Great Britain. She is a founding member of the School for Body-Mind Centering (USA) and London’s Chisenhale Dance Space. She also founded the Rocca Project an annual summer program for interdisciplinary performance arts and integrative somatic practice in Tuscany, Italy.

Recently she presented her research on voice & movement at London’s Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, the Netherlands National Center of Performing Arts, Arnhem and the Brain, Body & Cognition Conference at Oxford University.


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Alex Murphy

Is an American, has acted, directed, and taught in the US, Asia, and Europe for a number of years. He began his performing life doing more than 20 productions in the Off-Off Broadway theatre scene in New York City, then went on to do feature films and a prime-time TV series in Europe. He has continued to stay active in performance with numerous short films in Asia, and playing the lead role in a full length play in 2013-Alex is working on a revival of that play in Belgium at the moment. In just the last 18 months he has been a guest teacher in Paris, Norway, Manila, and Antwerp. Alex has a BA in Theatre from USF and later studied Meisner technique at the Obie Award winning Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, where he lived and performed for over 20 years.


William Dashwood

Studied mime corporel with Étienne Decroux in Paris. For the last 30 years he has performed, directed and taught for theatre, film and television. His work has taken him as far afield as Alaska and the National Theatre of Taiwan. He has worked as a puppeteer for Theatre Terra, with animators at NIAF and in 3-D animation with Café de Wereld and Sprookjesboom. In the summer of 2009 he received critical acclaim for his performance of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ in the IJ Festival, Amsterdam. He teaches mime corporel in the Mime Department of the Theatre School in Amsterdam.


Jacqueline McClintock

2012… A bitter-sweet year. In Sept 2012 we very sadly lost our beloved teacher,  friend, and mentor,  Jacqueline McClintock.

Jacqui became ill in October 2011, and we waited, and we prayed she would get better. She did not. This was a very difficult time for all who knew her. Jacqueline was paramount in the  formation of  the Mulholland Academy. We worked together all of 2009  for the opening of the studio’s full time year of 2010. She working tirelessly in shaping the program, and she flew over from Canada every chance she got in theses formative years, working with us intensely on the Meisner technique. She took us to heights of learning none of us ever imagined, and took us to a different level of acting and performance. We had fun with her in Mallorca in the beginning of her ‘Meisner retreat programming’… working with her Canadian, German, and other European students there. It was incredible for us to have the experience of all of Jacqui’s worlds in one class. We met and forged new friendships. With that in mind we worked on a return of the program for 2012 in Italy. Jacqui worked hard to organize Italy, even though she was very ill. Up until a week before the retreat we were sure she would be with us. Then, we found she was too ill to travel. She sent in her place her beloved friend and assistant Trevor, who guided us and looked after us throughout the program. We are eternally grateful to Trevor for leaving Jacqui’s side to be with us at that time. Jacqui loved Amsterdam, and loved the students here. We miss her so very much, she is forever in our hearts. We would like to thank all those who  journeyed with us over those past years. I’m so glad you got to meet and work with Jacqui. We were blessed.

Obituary, Montreal Gazette