Australian Speech & Drama Academy (AS-DA)

'Taking Language into the Future'

Mel Pavihi - Founder & Principal Teacher 


I started performing to audiences at the age of four in various singing and dance concerts. Through these I was selected to compete throughout the South Island of New Zealand. 


When I was 11 my family moved to Mandurah, Perth. I successfully auditioned for a performance troupe called Vicki Biro Performers. In this troupe I was given a principal soloist role and performed professionally at Burswood casino, Observation city, Mandurah Foreshore Functions and other council/ government events. I stayed with this troupe until age 17 when I moved back to Christchurch, NZ to attend Canterbury University studying BA Arts major Theatre, Film and Music. During this time I was performing regularly for various theatre companies and was nominated for a best supporting actress award. Moving to Sydney in 2000 I have since worked in various theatre productions, independent short films and on television. I till train in my craft with some amazing acting teachers in Australia and overseas. 


In the business world I worked my way up through the corporate ladder from sales to senior sales consultant, team leader, trainee manager, Manager, Senior Management and finally in 2006 was promoted to Director of Operations running the Australian and New Zealand Regions. 


It was during my Sales Manager role in South Australia that I began my teaching qualifications with Trinity College London. I started teaching casually at Walford girls school in Adelaide as a Speech & Drama teacher. Upon moving back to Sydney and graduating from Trinity College London, I made the decision to retire from the corporate world to focus on teaching Speech & Drama. I began working at Wenona school in 2008 until the end of 2015 when I resigned to expand my teaching portfolio. I launched the K-2 drama program at Ravenswood Girls school and have since taught at The Kings school, Tara girls and Middle Harbour public. I also consult in my own private practice.


I wake every day passionate about the industry I am apart of and desire to provide the best learning platforms. I believe we do this at Australian Speech and Drama Academy.  We positively impact every student studying with us and work to make a difference in the larger community by providing speciality education in the performing arts.


I truly look forward to sharing this journey with you 


Mel x  

 AS-DA - Teaching Staff 


We promote the study and knowledge of the performance arts in every form- Communications, Speech & Drama, Musial Theatre & Film/TV. 


Our teachers are all working in the industry and therefore have their finger on the pulse.


We work closely with members from the leading Examination Boards, Trinity Guildhall London & ASCA as well as industry professionals to ensure we are keeping to the highest standards necessary to remain a market leader in education.