Brendan West (SGCNZ NSSP 2004, SGCNZ YSC 2005)

Brendan West has, for the last decade, been on a journey through as many media as possible. Starting as a fight choreographer, which stemmed from training as a boxer and kickboxer, he quickly moved to the stage. In 2004 he was selected for SGCNZ NSSP and from there he went to London in 2005 as […] Read More

Brittany Rees-Thomas (SGCNZ NSSP 2014)

Brittany Rees-Thomas attended Newlands College in Wellington and was selected for SGCNZ NSSP Direct Entry in the SGCNZ Wellington Regional UOSWSF 2014 for her performance in a Romeo & Juliet scene. At the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2014 in Dunedin she played Francisco in the abridged version of Hamlet directed by Stuart Young. In 2015 she started her BA […] Read More

Civic Cruz (SGCNZ NSSP 2014, SGCNZ YSC 2015)

Originally from the Philippines, Christopher Cruz attended Kuranui College in the Wairarapa and was selected to attend SGCNZ NSSP 2014 in Dunedin where he performed in an abridged version of Hamlet. From there he was chosen to be a member of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company in 2015. Preferring to be known as Civic Cruz, he […] Read More

Teone Kahu (SGCNZ NSSP 2010, SGCNZ YSC 2011)

Teone Kahu is a Maori actor and father from Aranui in Christchurch.  He was a student of Matua Robert Gilbert at Aranui High School where he studied at the Drama Academy. Teone’s tale into meeting Shakespeare is a little different from your usual story. He didn’t like drama, didn’t know Shakespeare and didn’t really care […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Miryam Jacobi (SGCNZ NSSP 2011, SGCNZ YSC 2012)

Miryam Jacobi attended Napier Girls’ High School, playing Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, which was selected for the SGCNZ National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in 2011. From there, she was selected to attend SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2011, and won a place in the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2012. After travelling to London and […] Read More

Elliot Blakely (SGCNZ NSSP 2009)

Elliot Blakely‘s first experience with Shakespeare was in his first year at High School in Gisborne 2005 as an understudy for a teacher-directed entry in the SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools (now UOSWSF). After being approached suddenly and asked to fill in for Oberon, his team went to the National Festival, where […] Read More

Erin Banks (SGCNZ NSSP 2000, SGCNZ YSC 2001)

Erin Banks is an award-winning Wellington based actor. She has received Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for performance on five occasions, three of which were awards for Actress of the Year. A graduate of Victoria University’s Theatre and English programmes she has performed in over 25 professional productions around the country. Her recent theatre work includes […] Read More

Kieran Rayner (SGCNZ NSSP 2004, SGCNZ YSC 2005)

Operatic baritone Kieran Rayner completed a Masters of Performance and Artist Diploma in Opera at the Royal College of Music in 2018, after graduating in 2011 from the NZ School of Music/Victoria University Wellington with degrees in Performance Music and English Literature. He is supported by an Independent Opera Fellowship, and the Kiri Te Kanawa […] Read More

Nikki Bleyendaal (SGCNZ NSSP 2005, SGCNZ YSC 2006, SGCNZ TGG 2018)

“‘Can one desire too much of a good thing?’ I think not! Where there is Shakespeare, there is wit, wisdom and a world full of wonders. What an outstanding opportunity we were given as naïve and wide-eyed students, off on one of the most epic journeys of our young lives. Shakespeare’s work is certainly one […] Read More
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