Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Bachelor of Arts (Film, TV, media studies & psychology)

Ashleigh has worked as a television presenter, actor, and voice-over artist. Once a member of the Young Shakespeare Company of NZ which saw her perform at the Globe Theatre in London. She's even acted alongside Sam Neill!

Ashleigh is passionate about helping children develop communication skills to prepare them for a confident future. her classes are fun, energetic and of course a little dramatic!

Ashleigh saw The Lion King re-make and cried the whole way through... she’s a soft soul who LOVES her Disney classics!

JJ
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JJ

Diploma in commercial dance and musical theatre (Wellington Performing Arts Centre).

JJ is a working actress in the NZ screen industry, having starred and co-starred on shows like Go Girls, Shortland Street, Stepdave and the Brokenwood Mysteries, she also co-produces webseries’ with her friends in their company Flat3 Productions.

JJ loves to have fun in her classes, and always be up on her feet and creating with her students.

JJ is used to being the odd kid, and champions embracing your individuality!

Zoe
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Zoe

ATCL in speech & drama, Graduate Diploma (Drama & Movement Therapy) and ESOL qualification.

Zoe feels she has been teaching all her adult life. In all her work she passionately believes and teaches the importance of communication and the right for everyone to express themselves freely and confidently.

Zoe loves to teach the joy of expressing feelings, freely and positively which is so important for mental health. In her spare time, Zoe paints pictures and gardens.

“Speech is the mirror of the soul, as the man, so is his speech.” - Syrus

Lydia
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Lydia

Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Theatre and English Literature.

Lydia moved up from Wellington three years ago where she worked extensively in theatre.

She is passionate about helping young people find their own voice.

Lydia loves acting, and how you can use it to discover differences in yourself and learn to use those differences as strengths. She is a face painter, balloon twister and fairy who also helps run a motel.

Lydia is happiest when…
she is in a body of water, or dancing.

Fiona
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Fiona

Gold Medal LAMDA qualification, BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre, Diploma from The Actors Program, Auckland.

Fiona has worked as a speech and drama teacher, actor and theatre director for the last 10 years.

Fiona's classes are lots of FUN and students are encouraged to play and stretch their imaginations, as well as being challenged and encouraged to make new discoveries each week.

Fiona moved from London to Taranaki and spent 6 months as a sheep farmer!

Ben
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Ben

ATCL in Musical Theatre, ATCL in Performance, NZ Speech Board Diploma
Acting Diploma through "The Actors Program".

Ben has had acting and theatrical success on both stage and screen and has a wealth of knowledge he's eager pass on to NZ youth!

Ben’s classes have a focus on inner confidence to help students lift themselves up and achieve whatever they put their minds to.

Fun fact about Ben:

His Favourite movie is "Grease", and when he was 4 years old he would watch it at least 3 times a day!

Kylie
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Kylie

B.Education in Primary Teaching

Kylie is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator, driven by creating meaningful Performing Arts learning experiences for tamariki.

Kylie has specialised skills in integrating drama with other curriculum areas within a primary school context. Implementing student-led productions with a cast of over 100 students has been a highlight of her career. Kylie is passionate about fostering children’s development and confidence through the arts.

When she’s not in the classroom… Kylie enjoys the great outdoors, particularly sailing with her family exploring the treasures of Aotearoa.

Nicole
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Nicole

Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting.

With extensive experience in children’s entertainment, Nicole 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 potential through drama and the performing arts.

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

Kelly
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Kelly

ATCL in Speech and Drama

Kelly has taught drama for over 14 years and is currently the Deputy Principal of the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. She is an actor, director, and 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.

Holly
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Holly

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!

And yes, if you’ve got that feeling that you “know her from somewhere”. It’s not from your gym, or from your local cafe…

Holly is on Shortland Street, and is the starring talent and creative genius behind Auckward Love and (Insta-series) Millennial Jenny.

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

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