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 in paid concerts at Burswood casino, Observation city, Mandurah Foreshore Functions and other council/ government events. I stayed with this troupe until age 18 when I moved back to Christchurch, NZ to attend Canterbury University studying BA Arts major Theatre, Film and Music. During this time I was acting regularly with various theatre companies and nominated for a best supporting actress award. 


In 2000 I moved to Sydney where I was acting in plays at the Genesian theatre and in independent short films, that went on the international film circuit. It is here in Sydney that I also started working full time in the Hotel industry. Over the next few years 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 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 Diploma with Trinity Guildhall London. I started teaching casually at Walford girls school in Adelaide as a Speech & Drama teacher. Upon moving back to Sydney and completing my teaching qualifications, I made the decision to retire from the corporate world to focus on teaching Speech & Drama. I began working at Wenona school, North Sydney in 2007 and left at the end of 2015 to expand my teaching portfolio. I taught as the K-2 drama teacher at Ravenswood Girls school in Gordon and also at The Kings school, Tara girls and Middle Harbour public.


My years of experience has shown me the benefit of group classes with students working in an ensemble. While doing this maintaining a firm pathway for the individual, this is a great way to ensure students reach their personal potential with their performing arts and communication abilities.


I wake every day passionate about providing the best learning platforms for students. I believe we do this at Australian Speech and Drama Academy.  We work to make the biggest impact on each student and a difference to the community by providing speciality education in the performing arts from some of the best teachers in the industry.


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.