Shake Alive 2016


Madeleine Hyland (SGCNZ NSSP 2000, SGCNZ YSC 2001)

Madeleine won the Sam Wanamaker Award for Most Promising Actor, as well as the Ida Gaskin Award for General Excellence and the NZADIE award for Imagination and Commitment to Text at the SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Schools (now SGCNZ UOSWSF), before travelling to the Globe with the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company in 2001, […] Read More

Olivia Tennet (SGCNZ NSSP 2008, SGCNZ YSC 2009 )

Olivia Tennet was selected to participate in the SGCNZ National UOSWSF in both 2004 and 2008, winning a total of five awards across both years, including the Peter Vere-Jones Award for Outstanding Performer. Olivia has been acting professionally since the age of 7 and has worked on many interesting film and television productions over the […] Read More

Andy Song (SGCNZ NSSP 2014)

Originally from Korea, Andy Song attended Takapuna Grammar School where he was selected for SGCNZ NSSP 2014 for his performance in Antony and Cleopatra. In 2015, he graduated as Head Boy of his school. He played Puck in Takapuna Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was cast as the main character Chigook in a Korean […] Read More

Claudia Richards (SGCNZ NSSP 2012, SGCNZ YSC 2013)

Claudia was a member of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2013. She has since finished her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Theatre and Education, and will be beginning a Masters degree in Creative Practices (Theatre) in 2017. She spent the 2015-16 academic year studying in the Netherlands, where she studied and travelled for 12 months. Re-visiting the […] Read More

Lydia Verschaffelt (SGCNZ NSSP 2012 & 2013, SGCNZ YSC 2014)

Lydia has just finished her Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Classics at Victoria University of Wellington. She attended the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production in 2012 and 2013 and was lucky enough to travel to London as part of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company in 2013. Since then her passion for Shakespeare, that […] Read More

Taylor Frost (SGCNZ NSSP 2007)

Since Taylor’s time with SGCNZ NSSP in 2007 he has worked as an actor in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. After gaining a place at 6 of the top drama schools in the UK, he chose to attend the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA (Hons) Acting course. Taylor graduated […] Read More

Nethmi Karunanayake (SGCNZ NSSP 2013, SGCNZ YSC 2014)

Since being selected for SGCNZ NSSP 2013 and SGCNZ YSC 2014, Nethmi Karunanayake had the privilege of winning the Johnson-Kelly Award for Performer of the Year at Western Heights High School. With the closing of that year, she also received her final Trinity Guild Hall Grade 8 Speech and Drama examinations with Distinction. Since joining university, Nethmi […] Read More

Thomas Gowing (SGCNZ NSSP 2011, SGCNZ YSC 2012)

Thomas Gowing attended Whangarei Boys’ High School and was selected as part of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2012. After travelling to London and performing Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe, he completed a Bachelor of Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 with a Major in Media Design and a Minor […] Read More

Carrie Green (SGCNZ NSSP 2002, SGCNZ YSC 2003)

From Palmerston North, Carrie attended SGCNZ NSSP in 2002 and was a member of the 2003 SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company. After a stint of working 9 to 5 jobs she moved to Wellington to study at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, graduating in 2012. Since then she’s worked with Ensemble Impact, Circa Theatre, Capital E, […] Read More

Idam Sondhi (SGCNZ NSSP 2012, SGCNZ YSC 2013)

Idam Sondhi was part of SGCNZ NSSP 2012 and was selected to be a part of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2013. He was chosen at the age of 16 whilst attending Macleans College in Auckland. The SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn ShakespeareFestival was a life-changing and creatively fulfilling experience for Idam as he […] Read More
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