NZPA Tutors

Carl Myers

Ballet Master

 

Trained with Sissie Smith, Rosella Hightower (France) and Royal Ballet School. Joined the Royal Ballet Company, with Sir Frederick Ashton choreographing Lament of The Waves for Carl. Became a Senior Principle with Sadler’s Well Royal Ballet dancing the leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, La Fille mal Gardée, The Two Pigeons, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda Act III, Pineapple Poll, Grosse Fugue, Tilt, Dances at a Gathering, 5 Tango’s, Les Rendezvous, Daphnis and Chloe. Worked with choreographers –F. Ashton, K. Macmillan, P. Wright, J. Robbins, L. Massine, G. Tetley, H. Van Manen, R. Petit, N.de Valois, and D. Bintley.

Retired from dancing to become a ballet teacher, taking over from Louise Brown to be the Director of Yorkshire Ballet Scholars and Seminars. Guest teaching Laine Theatre Arts London and other various schools and seminars in England, Sydney Australia and International RAD Seminars in Singapore, Jakarta and Wellington. 

Came to New Zealand 1998, taught at New Zealand School of Dance, Alison Pond, and Paula Hunt, becoming the Artistic Director of ‘International Ballet Academy’ Christchurch. Guest teaching for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Adjudicator for New Zealand competitions.

 

Charlotte West

Singing Technique / Singing for Musical Theatre

 

Bio to come...

Rina Chae

Hip Hop / Funk / Commercial

 

In New Zealand, Rina Chae was an Auckland University graduate in Bachelor of Performing Arts (2005). As a Dance major, she was heavily involved in the New Zealand dance industry as the cochoreographer and cheerleader for NZ Breakers Cheerteam, Auckland Blues Cheerteam, as well as being an active member of Triple8Funk hiphop crew and various corporate companies. She was also busy inspiring and training young dancers by teaching at various high schools such as Takapuna Grammar, Long Bay College, and Avondale College, as well as artistically directing & choreographing at Glenfield Jazz Studio.

Her dream however was to set an example for fellow Kiwi dancers, so October 2009, she set out on a 5 year journey to Los Angeles. There she trained, danced, and competed with the most elite dancers from all over the world. Her first big break on the US TV screen was in 2010, where she danced as a lead for “Svedka Vodka” Commercial. She continued to work hard, audition, and train, while assisting with a Jazz Funk class at the world-famous Millenium Dance studio (2010), and rapidly started building a solid resume in Hollywood.

In 5 years time Rina performed alongside some of the billboard’s top artists such as Beyonce (VMAS Mash-Up), Chris Brown “Fine China,” Justin Bieber “Boyfriend,” Neyo “Give Me Everything,” and Eric Benet “Harriet Jones.” She was a soloist at the New Years show at Las Vegas Aria resort, and travelled working in various burlesque shows at major resorts such as Las Vegas Bellagio, Bahamas Atlantis, Chicago the Wit, and Denver Hyatt. After going non-stop performing on stage and screen (TV/Film appearances in “Glory Daze,” “90210”, & “Face Off”), Rina decided it was time to head back home to Auckland, New Zealand – To inspire, motivate, & grow the next generation of dancers.

Zahra Killeen-Chance

Contemporary

 

Zahra Killeen-Chance graduated with a Diploma of Dance Performance in Contemporary Dance from the New Zealand School of Dance 2008, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance (Distinction) from the University of Auckland 2011, and with a Masters in Performance and Media Arts from Auckland University of Technology 2015. 

Zahra is an award winning choreographer and dancer, and her awards include: Supreme Winner, Short and Sweet Dance Festival 2012; Auckland Outstanding Choreography, Critic’s Survey 2012, DANZ Quarterly; and Best Emerging Choreographer, Best of Auckland 2012, Metro Magazine.

Zahra has worked with international and local choreographers such as Tino Seghal, Katie Duck, Carol Brown, Melanie Turner, Anna Bate, Keneti Mualava, Samin Son, Cat Ruka, Kelly Nash, Hans Van Den Broeck, Oliver Connew and Kristian Larsen. Zahra also creates her own choreographic work for solo and group performances, and she has produced and choreographed works in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Taipei. Zahra has been part of New Zealand Fringe Festivals, Tempo Dance Festival ’09, ‘10, ’13, ’14, and ’15, Dance your Socks Off Festival, THE EDGE – Random Acts of Christmas 2010 and 2012, Theatre 466, The Body Festival 2015 and toured her solo work, Is That Her around New Zealand (Hamilton, Christchurch and Auckland) and Asia (Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei) with White Fungus. As well, Zahra has performed and exhibited several gallery’s such as; St Paul Street Gallery 2010, 2015, Artspace 2014, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington 2014, 2015

Phoebe Heyhoe

Contemporary

 

Phoebe Heyhoe completed her dance training at UNITEC where she graduated with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Majoring in Contemporary Dance. During her time there, she danced in works by many renowned New Zealand and Australian choreographers such as Michael Parmenter, Neil Ieremia, Shona McCullagh, Craig Barry, Fleur de Their, Tim Podesta and Katie Burton.Since graduating Phoebe has undertaken projects for the Auckland Arts Festival, World of Wearable Art, FootnoteNZ, performed and choreographed for Short and Sweet Dance and directed/staged her own show "Insert Life Here". 

 

Penny Dodd

Vocal Technique / Repertoire / Music Therory / Muscial Director

 

Penny Dodd is a pianist, arranger, and conductor with over thirty years’ experience in NZ, UK and Australia.She spent five years as musical director at Mercury Theatre before moving to London and working in the West End, the National Theatre and in touring shows. She has arranged and conducted Symphonic Rock Concerts with the APO, and seventeen years of Coca Cola Christmas in the Park. Musicals Penny has conducted at the Civic in Auckland include Evita, Chicago, 42nd St., Cats, and Anything Goes. Penny has performed with Helen Medlyn in their “hell” cabarets since 1998. She has run her own music services company, Browns Music Ltd, providing bands, orchestras, musical arrangements, musical direction and theatre production since 1993.

 

Nancy Schroder

Drama / Musical Theatre

 

Trained at Nesta Brooking School of Ballet London, & Arts Educational Stage School London.  

Nancy has 30 years experience as an actor/dancer/choreographer & Director. Including Leading roles with Mercury, ATC, & Court Theatres.  Television credits Shortland Street & Hercules.  Currently Artistic Director of KISS Theatre Co.  & Director of the Auckland Academy Of Dance.

 

Alexander Holloway

Stage Combat / Drama

 

With a Degree in Stage Combat Alex comes to us from the Royal Opera House London, where he was resident stage combat choreographer & stage fighter in major productions of Opera & Ballet.He also has worked for some major companies in London with many shows under his belt, including the stage production of The Shawshank Redemption, and performance for Abu Dhabi Royal family. Currently Alex teaches for the Auckland Academy of Dance and NZPA, including freelance teacher & choreographer throughout New Zealand, and is a resident actor & choreographer company member at KISS Theatre Co. Ltd.

Lesley Bandy

Technical Theatre / Stage Craft / Show Work

Professional Ballet Repertoire

 

Lesley has lived and traveled all over the world during her international career in the entertainment field. A principal dancer for ballet, production shows, and contemporary dance, she has since staged, choreographed and directed concerts, corporate events, musicals, ballet, opera, cabaret, and fashion shows.

She held Entertainment Management positions with Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Grand, and Universal Studios, overseeing huge park-wide events such as Hallowe’en and Mardi Gras, and the opening of Sky City’s theatre and entertainment department.

As Production Manager for Collins Entertainment (reality TV) in Los Angeles, and as Production Stage Manager for all types of live entertainment, large corporate events, and production shows, Lesley has toured extensively in the US and internationally

 

Regan Crummer

Drama / Technical Theatre

 

A professional theatre director, producer, production manager, and musician resident in Auckland, New Zealand, Regan has covered plays, musical theatre, opera, and variety. He holds a Diploma in Performing Arts/Drama, a Diploma in Communications, and currently is the producer for Newmarket Stage Company, for which he recently produced the thriller Death and the Maiden.  As Artistic Director he heads the boutique professional theatre company Teatro, and as of September 2015 he leads a brand new professional company that will launch in early 2016.  Recent directing credits include: The Raft, The Leaf Jar, The Cave, The Long, the Short, the Tall, and As You Like It.  He is currently directing Alice in Wonderland and in June 2016 he will direct and produce a revival of Roger Hall’s Four Flat Whites in Italy which features a highly acclaimed NZ cast. As an actor he recently toured NZ in the comedy The Loose DIck Kiddies Show, and appeared in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the late Maidment Theatre, and Pericles for Auckland Summer Shakespeare for which he received excellent reviews

Andy Manning

Singing / Musical Theatre Rep'

 

Andy is a musical director, Actor & singer. Studied at NASDA, and under the tutelage of Richard Marrett and Luke Di Somma in music & acting, as well as keyboard, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, clarinet, recorder & harmonica.

As musical director Andy he continues to work for Parnell College, Pakuranga College and Manukau Institute of Technology. Recently Andy has been Musical Director for Manukau Performing Arts production of Avenue Q, and Auckland Music Theatre’s season of Bare: A Pop Opera.

 

 

Jorge (Coco) Sequeiros

Latin / Salsa

 

Jorge (Coco) Sequeiros was born in Peru, South America and has been living in New Zealand since November 1991 and dancing Salsa for as long as he can remember.

Salsa being a passion for him wasn’t enough so it also became his way of life, a way of life which he is trying to share with New Zealanders so that they also will know the passion of the dancing, music, food and culture of his homeland.

Coco considers his Salsa style to be a Kiwi style originally derived from a combination of the Salsa of Peru and the Salsa danced in New Zealand.

He is a multi award winner and world wide latin champion both for team and couple events and also performs and conducts dance lessons for free for charities such as the Migrant Support Services and Amnesty International on an ongoing basis.

 

Danielle Saunders

Head of Teaching Diploma / Modern / Ballet

 

Danielle Saunders studied at London College of Dance and Drama graduating with a

Diploma.

She is a qualified and registered teacher of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing across several dance genres. After graduating Danielle embarked on her professional career as a dancer employed by companies in Europe. Her teaching experience spans from pre school through to tertiary and includes directing her own school.

Danielle has been teaching at NZPA Tertiary in a variety of roles and dance genres since 1995, most recently

specialising in the development and delivery of the Level 6 Teaching Diploma.

Emma Sloman

Singing Technique / Singing for Classical Repertoire Guest Tutor

 

Emma is a professional opera singer, performer, voice teacher and arts administrator. Her career has spanned over 30 years and has had a wide variety of performance experience. She is currently a part-time Resident Artist with New Zealand Opera and works freelance in the industry.  She has  been involved with Opera Factory Trust for several years and has directed youth activities, school holiday shows, performance workshops, large-scale events and concerts and is the office administrator. Emma has a BA (Music) and LTCL and has also studied in New York and London. Her vocal performances span  Pergolesi to Puccini and most recently Sondheim, performing in the touring ensemble with NZ Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd. Emma has sung several groups around New Zealand including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Operatunity, Auckland Choral Society, Canterbury Opera, Hawkes Bay Opera, Rob Guest, Kiri te Kanawa, Rotorua Lakeside, Black Barn Hawkes Bay, Handel Consort & Quire.  She has been a judge for vocal competitions in Hamilton and South Auckland, and has recently started directing for small scale productions. Emma has a particular passion for singing opera, but enjoys all forms of performance and loves helping the next generation of singers.

Angela Noy

Anatomy and Nutrion / Fitness

 

Angela has been a personal trainer in New Zealand for more than six years and her background in figure skating, ice skating instructing and off-ice conditioning has influenced her to specialise in creative bodyweight training. She is currently studying towards a Diploma in Yoga to become a teacher and improve her knowledge in training for flexibility and strength, alongside holistic health and wellness.


Angela has previously worked as a musician, had small acting parts and been involved in musical theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, and Les Miserables. Also, she has previously taught health and fitness to dance students at the Excel School of Performing Arts. These experiences have given her an understanding of the challenges and requirements when it comes to nutrition, injury management and fitness training in professional performing arts that she hopes will be valuable to students at NZPA.

Daniel Cooper

Contemporary Guest Teacher

 

Daniel trained at The New Zealand School of Dance.  His dance credits include – Older Billy Elliott in Billy Elliott ATC. Douglas Wright’s 2002 season of ‘Inland’. Four years with Black Grace Dance Company.  Choreographer for Black Grace, Stars in Their Eyes, Montanan Sunday Theatre.  Assistant Choreographer World of Wearable Art.

Assistant Director/Choreograher, Okareka Dance Company and Atamira Dance Company.  Dance Educator for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and teaching for independence, Atatmira Dance Co. Raising the Barre, Okareka Dance Co. WOW & Unitec.

Brigitte Knight

Guest Performance Teacher

 

Brigitte Knight, MPSTD (Hons, First Class) BA, Dip. Teach (Sec) is an experienced and innovative choreographer, dancer educator with the RNZB and dance adjudicator. She is the Artistic Director of The Friday Company. She has created work for Okareka Dance Co., Christmas in the Park, NZ Fashion Week, Māori Television, The Auckland Shakespeare Co., Tempo Festival, The Basement Theatre, Aotea Diwali Festival, UoA Diwali Festival, Desi Showbiz International, The Radio Network, Short+Sweet, NZ One Act Festival and more.

Brigitte works on a broad range of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Bollywood and Tap. She was the director of her own dance school for 10 years, before relocating to Auckland and creating freelance work. She adjudicated throughout NZ and has created an extensive selection of both dance and theatrical movement for dancers, actors and students working on stage and film.

Helena Easton

Voice for Drama / Dialect Coach

Helena trained as an actor in New Zealand and has gone on to work in theatre, television and as a voice-over artist, in projects based in New Zealand and the UK. She completed an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating with distinction. Industry experience in London includes a year freelancing as a casting assistant, voice coaching on professional productions, performing in fringe and off-West End productions and the running of a small training theatre company. She has taught acting technique and voice in the UK and NZ at institutions including Arts Educational Schools, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of Northampton and Unitec as well as teaching on the youth theatre programme at Arcola Theatre in London.

Helena Easton

Voice for Drama / Dialect Coach

Helena trained as an actor in New Zealand and has gone on to work in theatre, television and as a voice-over artist, in projects based in New Zealand and the UK. She completed an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating with distinction. Industry experience in London includes a year freelancing as a casting assistant, voice coaching on professional productions, performing in fringe and off-West End productions and the running of a small training theatre company. She has taught acting technique and voice in the UK and NZ at institutions including Arts Educational Schools, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of Northampton and Unitec as well as teaching on the youth theatre programme at Arcola Theatre in London.

Sebastian Dudding

Drama

Sebastian Dudding is a working actor with GCM. He has worked in Theatre, Film & TV – Notably Power Rangers and Yogi Bear. For Stage, he has taken the lead roles in Ball, Vernon God Little, Sweeney Todd & is a Company Lead Actor for KISS theatre Company. Sebastian studied at the renown ‘The Actors Program’, Auckland. He is currently filming multiple web series while continuing his live theatre work with KISS theatre. 

Josh Clark

Guest Singing Tutor

Josh Clark is a singer, pianist and conductor from Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from Otago University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical performance for both piano and singing.

 

Josh now works in Auckland as a singing teacher, pianist and conductor. Most recently working on the smash hit Pleasure Dome the Musical. In late 2015, he was a Professional Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Voice at the University of Otago. He is a co-director of Dilworth School’s renowned ‘Fortissimo’ choir, and has recently taken up a position teaching vocals and directing choirs at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand.

 

He has featured as an accompanist for NZ Opera, Manakau Performing Arts, Dolphin Theatre, The University of Auckland Chamber Choir, Opera Risqué, New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, The New Zealand Singing School in Napier and more. In July 2016, He musically directed the Professional New Zealand Premiere of Pasek and Pauls’ Edges, and

Played in the Orchestra for ATC’s NZ Premiere of Billy Elliot.

Aside from teaching and music theatre projects, Josh plays and sings in a number of bands

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