Shake Alive 2016


Alison Walls (SGCNZ NSSP 1997)

Alison Walls is an actor, director, author and occasional puppeteer. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York. She holds an MFA in acting from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in French from Victoria University of Wellington. Alison first encountered SGCNZ at Wellington East Girls’ College through the […] Read More

Nishaa Senarath (SGCNZ NSSP 2013)

Nishaa first participated in the SGCNZ Auckland UOSWSF in 2013. Her self-directed excerpt from As You Like It won the five-minute student-directed piece, earning her a spot at nationals, from which she was selected to attend SGCNZ NSSP 2013. Since then, Nishaa has landed lead roles in her school productions of Much Ado About Nothing […] Read More

Sam Skoog (SGCNZ NSSP 2011)

After finishing his time with SGCNZ NSSP, Samuel was offered another role through SGCNZ playing a miniature Hamlet in Pan Pan’s The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane in the NZIAF. He also worked with the Wellington devised theatre company Pat-A-Cake Productions.  Soon afterwards he left secondary school and moved to London and then Glasgow after obtaining […] Read More

Anastasia Roberts (SGCNZ NSSP 2013)

Originally hailing from London, England, Anastasia was thrice her schools student director for the SGCNZ Wairarapa Regional UOSWSF. There, in her last year, she was picked for the direct entry into SGCNZ NSSP 2013. She then she moved on to Wellington to study Theatre and Italian at Victoria University of Wellington. In her last year […] Read More

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 is currently completing her Masters in English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington. Her thesis explores the construction of female and familial identity, specifically the difficult dynamic of young women operating as both daughters and potential wives, in the work of Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. In 2017 she won the Chris […] 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
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