SGCNZ ALUMNI

Emmett Skilton (SGCNZ NSSP 2005)

Emmett Skilton performed in the SGCNZ UOSWSF every year he attended Mana College with productions including Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which he also directed, and in 2005 he was selected to attend the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production week. After college, Emmett continued his passion for Shakespeare by joining acting […] Read More

James Cain (SGCNZ NSSP 2008 & 2009, SGCNZ YSC 2010)

James Cain is an actor, writer and director based in Wellington. In 2015 he graduated with his MA in Script writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He first began performing Shakespeare at Hillcrest High School when he was cast as Cerimon in Pericles when he was Year 9. From there he proceeded to perform a variety […] Read More

Lesley Shepherd (SGCNZ TGG 2011)

As an English teacher, Lesley Shepherd’s life-long passion for Shakespeare manifested itself at Macleans College where her students participated in the annual SGCNZ Auckland Regional UOSWSF from 1999-2014. In that time, students also represented the school at the Welllington National Festival for 12 of the 16 years. Many were selected for the SGCNZ NSSP week […] Read More

Sebastian Knoerr (SGCNZ NSSP 2001, SGCNZ YSC 2002)

Since arriving to London in 2002 at the age of 17 with the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company, Sebastian Knoerr has never left. A Wanganui boy from City College with a dream of something bigger, with the help of his community and the incredible work and support of Dawn Sanders ONZM, Shakespeare literally changed his life. After finding […] Read More

Dane Dawson (SGCNZ NSSP 2003, SGCNZ YSC 2004)

Dane Dawson has been involved in the film, television and media industry for over 15 years. Early in his career he became a member of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company in 2004 travelling to perform at London’s Globe Theatre; and has since worked on numerous local and international film, television, and theatre productions. He is […] Read More

Keagan Fransch (SGCNZ NSSP 2004, SGCNZ YSC 2005)

Keagan Fransch moved to New Zealand from Zimbabwe in January 2004 and enrolled in Timaru Girls’ High School. There she was lucky enough to have drama as one of her subjects (“Drama as a subject was unheard of in Zimbabwe!”), and as such was able to compete in the 2004 SGCNZ Regional Sheilah Winn Festival […] Read More

Cherie Jacobson (SGCNZ NSSP 2004, SGCNZ 2005)

Cherie Jacobson attended Wairarapa College and took part in five years of the Regional SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools (now SGCNZ UOSWSF). A highlight being a student-directed scene of King Lear at the National Festival in which Regan and Goneril were power hungry women of the 80s, resplendent in shoulder pads and arguing with a free spirited […] Read More

Patrick Carroll (SGCNZ NSSP 2009, SGCNZ YSC 2010)

Patrick Carroll grew up in Bath, England and moved to Christchurch when he was 12. He attended St Andrew’s College* where he immersed himself in theatre, picking up several notable awards for his outstanding performance as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in SGCNZ’s 2009 National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. From that […] Read More

Lydia Peckham (SGCNZ NSSP 2012, SGCNZ YSC 2013)

Lydia Peckham finished a rich internship with Andrea Kelland casting agent, and returned 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 […] Read More

Ben Ashby (SGCNZ NSSP 2013, SGCNZ YSC 2014)

Ben Ashby directed and/or acted in four scenes over 2013-2015 in the SGCNZ Canterbury Regional UOSWSF with Christchurch Boys’ High School. He was selected for the 2014 SGCNZ YSC and performed Julius Caesar; Ben was one of the actors playing Brutus. Since then Ben has directed the Christchurch Boys’ and Girls’ High Combined production of Gameplan […] Read More
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