Lydia Peckham (SGCNZ NSSP 2012, SGCNZ YSC 2013)

“Currently a second year moving into third year at Toi Whakaari New Zealand drama school, we have an exciting few months ahead of us”

Last year Lydia Peckham finished a rich internship with Andrea Kelland casting agent, and she has just come back from Los Angeles and London to investigate the acting industry. Her love of acting stemmed from her countless participation in the SGCNZ UOSWSF. Starting in 2010 she was awarded Most Promising Theatre Maker, 2012 she had a fantastic week at SGCNZ NSSP, and 2013 she had the opportunity to workshop and perform on the Globe stage in London with SGCNZ YSC 2013.

From there, she and two other girls travelled to Cornwall were they workshopped and travelled around The Tempest, directed by Stuart Devine and Sarah Lincoln. 2015 (2nd year Toi Whakaari) was a very rich and growing year for her: devising site specific pieces, diving into a screen and Shakespeare intensive, connecting to the NZ acting industry, playing Yvette in the end of year production Courage. She is also very humbled and grateful to have received the Arts Museum Hotel Scholarship for 2015. What a wonderful way to finish a year and an exhilarating, motivational way to push into her final year and beyond.”