Anni Finsterer is an AFI Award winning actor and a motivational speaker, corporate dramatist, coach and facilitator and educator of speech, drama and English.
The recipient of the 2009 Best Supporting Actor in a Television Movie AFI Award (as Ann Upfield in Three Acts of Murder), Anni's film credits include Johnny Ghost, To Have and To Hold, The Boys are Back, Prime Mover, The Clinic and Strange Fits of Passion. Anni has appeared in numerous television series including City Homicide, All Saints, Home and Away and Love My Way.
In theatre, Anni has worked for both major and independent companies in some 60 productions including those by the Sydney Theatre Company, Australian People's Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin and Bell Shakespeare. She has played major roles in Macbeth, Hamlet, The Women of Troy, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra. In independent theatre she toured Europe and Asia with American Drama Group Europe.
Her current projects include Anni's Accidental Accidents and Overcoming Obstacles, a book by Anni with pictures by Bill Leak, Callum Kenne and Cormac Kenne, and The Bonus Days, an account of the days Anni was blessed to receive after surviving two serious car accidents.
Anni graduated from University of Western Sydney in 1987 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts and in 2009 received a Graduate Diploma of Education in Drama and English from the University of New England. She lives in Sydney with her husband, photographer Ingvar Kenne, and their two sons and is currently training for her black belt in taekwondo.
Client Comments for Anni Finsterer
Anni Finsterer travels from New South Wales Australia
- Much of Anni's facilitation work revolves around realising potential and overcoming adversity Anni's Keying into Communication course provided an excellent opportunity to throw a fun and engaging spotlight on how we handle ourselves in our communication with each other and those we deal with every day. Bringing in the skills learned throughout a 25 year career as one of Australia's best actors, Anni and Anni Inc team member Pricilla took us through a range of improv drama scenarios and exercises to challenge us. I've watched a lovely group of people really blossom since the session.
- Anni Finsterer recently spoke at our early Monday morning sales team meeting. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Anni spoke about her own somewhat extraordinary experiences with building resilience in a lasting and galvanising way. It is obviously a subject Anni is passionate about sharing so as to enable others to draw on their own strengths to overcome negativity, stress and lethargy. This dose of great story telling along with positive psychology to inspire new thinking was uplifting for our sales team and will certainly be remembered. She comes highly recommended for inspiration and motivation.
- Anni Finsterer came to present at the Black Dog Institute to a packed room full of people who weren't quite sure what to expect. I asked Anni Inc to demonstrate what they do as we spend a lot of time in the corporate culture giving presentations on understanding mood disorders and how to improve mental health and resilience. I felt that perhaps what Anni Inc could compliment what we do. They demonstrated three small act plays about a woman who was suffering depression and anxiety who was up for review by a new boss 10 years her junior. It was simply fantastic and everyone was genuinely enthralled. You can only do so much with a Power Point - with Anni Inc's insights, understanding coupled with extraordinary theatrical abilities; the message was sent home loud and clear. The story was also nicely resolved.The presentation was wrapped up with Anni's own incredible story of overcoming adversity, which I think should be the next Australian Story on the ABC. If you are looking for a way to lift staff moral, get some pointy understanding underway or shift a particular cultural dynamic I would thoroughly recommend Anni Inc.
Black Dog Institute
- There are few people who can talk about not only one accident but two, one of them fatal, and the enormous physical injuries which resulted while inspiring individuals to take charge of their lives, even in the most challenging of circumstances. Equally, there are few people who have overcome physical and psychological obstacles, who then go on to achieve an independent and mainstream stage career and are awarded an Australian Film Institute Award (2009). Anni recounts a story both moving and inspiring. The Bonus Days: From a most dynamic and outstanding speaker.
Peter Murphy & Associates - Solicitors
- School of the Performing Arts has a strong welfare system operating through a number of initiatives in order to support both the academic and emotional welfare and wellbeing of our students. One of these initiatives is a Pastoral Care program for all students in Years 7 to 12. Each program looks closely at issues relevant to students in specific age groups. To further support the written component of the program, events are held where outside experts in the field speak to whole year groups and present the students with a range of supporting facts and information, strategies and links/contacts, etc. Anni Finsterer was an guest speaker who recently presented a thorough, well structured, challenging, and uplifting presentation to our year 9 group of students. It provided an insight into how we cope with setbacks in life both physiologically and emotionally and how we become resilient and move forward, no matter what the obstacle. The feedback from the students was very positive, with a number of students connecting strongly with her message. I can highly recommend Anni for any group presentation, no matter what the age, situation or purpose.
Newtown High School of the Performing Arts
- It was an absolute pleasure to have Anni Finsterer as Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation speaker for our Hollywood Nights Fund raiser 2007. I met Anni through her friend and our host David Wenham who suggested Anni would be ideal considering the amount of operations she had had and the time she'd spent in Prince of Wales Hospital. Anni talked about her injuries resulting from two car accidents and the plethora of operations she endured. She expressed her deep gratitude in a tribute to the nurses who were the backbone of her healing process in the most difficult and painful of times. She took us through those very difficult dark periods after the accident to moments of joy laughter and heartfelt friendship she developed for the staff. Anni's message is clear and powerful, inspiring and moving. Grateful to be alive, she is determined to make her life count, to make a significant difference, to use her experience to do all she can to instill in others the belief that regardless of conditions, we are all able to choose strength and affirmative action to overcome difficulties.
Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation
- Conflict/Resolution: Creating harmony and productivity in the workplace
- Managing Emotions
- Performance Power in Presentations
- Perspectives: How metaphors and images shape our world view
- Relationship Communication
- The Bonus Days: Live Now! with meaning and significance