Head Held High is a school of confidence! We teach our itinerant Speech and Drama programme in Auckland schools and venues. We are committed to building the confidence, communication skills and creativity of our clients. We love what we do! Our incredibly talented, warm and energetic team are making a positive difference, everyday. 


Director + Founder

ATCL in Speech and Drama, Post Grad Dip Secondary School Teaching, BCom 

Kate’s positivity is infectious, she is passionate about what she does and what she does is great. Kate directed a group of senior students who gained the top mark in New Zealand (98%) in a Trinity Grade 8 exam.

As a child… she did jobs for her older brother and sister and they paid her in Monopoly money! Little did she know, she couldn’t cash it in for k-bars.



ATCL in Speech and Drama, LTCL in Teaching Speech and Drama, Acting Diploma, National Certificate in Film and Television Production. Holly’s classes are energetic and full of life. She inspires her students to be the best they can be by building their confidence, performance and communication skills!

If Holly was a superhero… she’d be Elastigirl!



Krystel started training in Speech and Drama at the age of nine, taking part in competitions as well as completing exams with Trinity College London. Krystel is passionateabout developing confidence, character and creativity while having a blast.

You would never have guessed... but in her "spare time", Krystel works as a dentist.



BA in Performing and Screen Arts (Acting). Post Grad Dip Secondary School Teaching

Georgie is a trained actor, teacher and is currently directing and creating her first professional production in the Auckland Fringe Festival. She has her Grade 8 Trinity qualifications in both Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre.

Georgie adores teaching and is extremely passionate about encouraging young people to become involved in the performing arts. Her mission is to inspire her student’s personal creativity and innovation, help them to grow in confidence and provide a supportive and caring learning environment. 

When Georgie isn’t performing or teaching... you will find her in the kitchen cooking up a storm! Her latest project was marshmallows. Next up? DONUTS!  



ATCL in Speech and Drama

Kelly has taught drama for over 13 years and is currently the Deputy Principal of the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. She is an actor, director, trained drama and ballroom dance teacher. She is involved in various types of theatre from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare.  Her students hold a distinction average in the Trinity College of London examinations. Some of her students have been awarded 100% in their exams (which is very rare). Kelly is passionate about inspiring and motivating students to discover their full potential, unlock creativity and create long-term confidence.

Kelly loves… travelling and visiting new and amazing places around the world



Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting. Extensive experience in children’s entertainment, she has her own company Imaginaire Entertainment. Nicole has a natural affinity with young people and has a caring, imaginative and enthusiastic teaching style. She is passionate about working with children and inspiring them to grow into their own through drama and the performing arts.

Nicole loves… animals, especially her 2 cats Bella and Boston.



Masters in Drama (first class honours)

Erica works as an actor, voice over artist and presenter with a Masters in Drama. She has also completed her Grade 8 Trinity Speech and Drama. Erica has worked with adults in building confidence and resilience and is passionate about instilling these vital life skills in children. She has a seven year old son and believes unleashing creativity in children helps them discover and reach their full potential. 

Erica has... a small obsession with elephants which she has collected from all over the world.


Office Administrator

Kay has held several corporate client based roles in the IT industry before taking time out to raise a family.  She is highly organised and her attention to detail is almost beyond belief !  She thrives on building trusting relationships with our student’s parents and teachers.

Kay loves… experiencing new outdoor action related adventures and will give most things a go! Her latest discovery is zip-lining!


Office Administrator

Janita has worked as an EA/PA in several big corporates as well as being an Office Manager of a start up business. Held Held High is a place filled with positivity, encouragment and very passionate teachers and being part of this where I am able to provide admin support is wonderful. My children Fletcher (9yrs) and Alana (7yrs) attend speech and drama lessons and the energy and excitement that they come home with is priceless.

My passion is photography so in my spare time(hmm… what’s that?), I am starting to build my business, mainly focusing on multi generational family portraits which is so exciting as my dream is starting to unfold. If I was a superhero, I would be Iron(wo)man - to be able to fly around would just be awesome!