Candice Visser (SGCNZ NSSP 2000&2001, SGCNZ YSC 2002)

“I have a great love of Shakespeare and it all stems from my time with the Sheliah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Schools (now UOSWSF) when I was a student.”

Candice Visser participated in the Festival all through school and was chosen to be part of SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production in 2000 & 2001. Then she was selected as a member of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company to travel to the Globe in 2002.

There she developed a love for London. She returned to the city after a degree in Theatre studies at Waikato University, and spent 6 years working in Primary and Special Needs schools as a teacher aide, always trying to bring her love of Drama into the classroom. In 2013 she returned home to study a post-graduate diploma in Teaching – specialising in Drama. She has been working at her old high school, John Paul College in Rotorua, for the last 2 years, and has taken on the role as the Regional Representive for the SGCNZ Rotorua Regional UOSWSF.

“I love that I have come full circle and now direct and help other students get the same opportunities I did.”