A Brief History of the Mulholland Academy
The Academy’s Acting program was created to serve the international film industry.
After teaching theatre acting in Amsterdam for many years, Debra Mulholland and Emma Dingwall were asked more and more frequently if they could recommend students to act in film projects.
At this juncture, it became clear to Debra that the work needed to grow and evolve, so she took up the idea of adding Film Acting classes. And taking into consideration there are only one or two full time Film Acting schools in English throughout the whole of Europe, a formal acting school was very much needed to serve the growing international student acting community.
After two year of research and study of the differing forms of film acting, working on creating a full-time curriculum, and having the school filled with students for the year ahead, Debra was ready to launch the Mulholland Academy.
The Academy opened with a full-time program and part-time classes in the evenings and weekends.
The Academy students are multi cultured and multi-disciplined.
They have had some training before joining us.
Our work is of a practical and post graduate nature.
Students come from all over the world to study with us.
Our goal is to offer an excellent program and make sure our graduates are ready to work in the industry when they leave us.
The Academy is not only an acting school, but is heralded as a place where our International acting community come together, supporting each other in the growth of projects, ideas and futures.
In late 2016, the Academy was growing too big for Deb to handle on her own. She reached out and asked her friend and colleague Robert Hersee for help. Robert invited Guus van Kammen, another good friend, onboard – and together Robert, Guus and Debra became partners.
This partnership has allowed Debra to return to New Zealand to be close to family.
Robert, Guus and Debra work together behind the scenes to keep the Academy serving the wonderful students, the outstanding teachers, and our beloved International Acting community.