Amy
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Amy

Amy Usherwood is a Kiwi NIDA graduate who has worked in film, television and theatre in both Australia and NZ.

Her screen credits include Shortland St, Hillary and Ladies in Black; and her theatre credits include Pop-Up Globe summer season 2018/19, Crimes of the Heart, Sweet Phoebe, Ache and for Sport for Jove in Sydney.

Amy is a skilled and experienced teacher covering many specialties and has taught all age groups, from small children through to adults.

She has taught drama with NIDA open Program, Sport for Jove and Pop-Up Globe.

Janita & Kate
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Janita & Kate

Janita Carlyon & Kate Imlach are our incredible Customer Service team.

Janita is the glue that holds Head Held High together, the grease that keeps our cogs spinning, AND the caffeine in our coffee!

Kate is a dynamo of energy and passion, and we're sure that you will love the burst of energy and positivity you get when you communicate with her.

If there’s anything that Janita and Kate don't know between them about Head Held High enrolments, administration, and invoicing, it’s not worth knowing, so fire your questions (and praise) at them, using the button at the bottom of this page.

Please contact the Customer Service team for any questions that aren't classroom or teaching related, e.g Payment enquiries, changing class times or general Head Held High topics.

Jess
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Jess

Originally from the UK, Jess trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and obtained her gold medal in Acting.

Jess loves getting back to her dramatic roots, working with children to gain confidence and grow their creative talents! She is a screenwriter, storyliner and editor and has worked in England, Australia and New Zealand for notable TV productions such as Cold Feet, Shortland Street and Neighbours.

Jess loves the underwater world and has an advanced certificate in scuba diving - her favourite creature is the manta ray, which she managed to spot on a recent trip!

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!

Emily
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Emily

Bachelor of Music (First-class Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Major), Diploma of Acting, LTCL Violin.

Emily works as an actor, teacher and musician across film, television and theatre.

She loves working with her students and is always inspired by their passion, creativity and commitment.

Emily loves nurturing her students to embrace who they are and have confidence in what they have to offer as creative individuals while also arming them with tools and techniques to express themselves.

Her classes are fun and energetic and full of laughs.

Kate
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Kate

A coach of TEDx speakers, Kate Laurence is the Director and Founder of Head Held High. Kate has been teaching confident communication for 14 years. She is a qualified secondary school teacher with a passion for helping others realise their potential. Kate’s knowledge, authentic nature and genuine empathy sow the seeds for incredible growth in the people she works with.

Erica
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Erica

Erica Kröger is our HHH Head Teacher, actress, voice-over artist, and presenter. She has her Masters in Drama (with Honours). For the past 7 years, Erica has worked with adults building confidence and resilience. Her mastery skill set combined with her experience and teaching methodology based on positivity and authenticity, gets real and lasting results with her clients.

Erica
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Erica

Erica is a teaching wizardess, and as well as being one of the best in the business herself, is also a fantastic mentor to our teaching team. Erica has a Masters in Drama (first class honours), her LTCL and is a respected actor, voice-over artist and presenter.

Erica can also be reached using the button below, and is your best contact to use for the following topics:

Please contact Erica, our Head of Teaching for any questions about your child or teenager’s Head Held High teacher, our lessons and curriculums, homework or any other teaching-related issues.

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 is also a Writer/Producer and her drama ‘Constance’ came 2nd place in the 2018 TVNZ New Blood competition.

Jess
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Jess

Graduate of the prestigious Conservatory Program at Atlantic Theatre Company in NYC in 2012.
Head Tutor for 15-18 year-olds at Pop Up Globe’s Education Department.

In March 2019, Jess moved to Auckland permanently and took up a position as Head Tutor for the Revels (15-18 year-olds) for Pop Up Globe’s Education Department where she has continued to pursue her two great loves of Shakespeare and Theatre in Education.

Jess is NOT addicted to ice cream so don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise!
She is particularly NOT addicted to the Salted Caramel Popcorn Sundae at Duck Island Ice Creamery.

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