Speakers Profile - Steen Raskopoulous

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Steen is an actor, writer & improviser. Most recent credits include being a main cast member in Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia, Hamish and Andyís True Story and the 6 part BBC comedy series Top Coppers with John Kearns. The pair, who received rave reviews, starred as detectives in the Justice City Police Department in the spoof comedy series.

Other television credits include Utopia (Working Dog) Itís A Date series 2 (Princess Pictures/ABC) Legally Brown (Endemol/SBS), the sketch comedy series This Is Littleton (Highwire/ABC2), the television drama The Code (Playmaker/ABC) and Slideshow (Seven Network).

Off the back of being one of 25 successful applicants in the ABC/Screen Australia digital initiative Fresh Blood Ė created to find the next generation of Australian comedy talent, for which he co-wrote and co-starred in The Record with Veronica Milsom, the project was one of four selected by ABC to go to pilot stage. Produced by Porchlight Films, the pilot went to air in September 2015.

Stage credits include The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess (2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2017 Sydney Comedy Festival) You Know the Drill (2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 and 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival), Character Assassin (2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2015 Sydney Comedy Festival), for which he received a Barry Award (Best Show) nomination at MICF and boasted sell out shows in Sydney, Iím Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business (2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), 2014 Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival.

It was during his MICF season that he received an invitation to perform his show at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A successful run at the Festival saw him receive a nomination in the Best Newcomer category at the Fosterís Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Off the back of the Edinburgh season, Steen took his show to Londonís Soho Theatre, where he performed a sold-out season resulting in a second season going on sale to meet demand.

Other stage credits include the 2015 MICF Opening Night Gala, the 2015 Cracker Night Gala and The 2014 Opera House Gala for the Sydney Comedy Festival, UCBís Improv Comedy Festival in New York, The Bear Pack Ė a fully improvised show regularly seen at The Giant Dwarf in Sydney and his debut solo sketch show Bruce SpringSTEEN Live in Concert (Sydney Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival & MICF). It was for this show that he won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2013 Sydney Comedy Festival and was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 MICF. Steen is also a Cranston Cup and National Theatresports Champion.

Steenís film credits include the feature film Holding the Man (dir: Neil Armfield) and short films The Roomate, Model Brother, The Polygamist and Twisted which was a 2014 Tropfest film finalist; as well as two film clips for Axis of Awesome.