Shake Alive 2016

SGCNZ ALUMNI

Erin Harrington (SGCNZ NSSP 1997 & 1998, SGCNZ YSC 1999)

Erin Harrington is an academic, writer and critic. SGCNZ NSSP (1997, 1998) and SGCNZ YSC (1999) were transformative and foundational experiences for her as a creative practitioner (performer, director and critic) and later as a scholar and teacher. Erin has a PhD in Cultural Studies and is a lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the […] Read More

Alana Henderson (SGCNZ NSSP 2007, SGCNZ YSC 2008)

Alana Henderson has spent the last decade working professionally in film and theatre across a variety of roles. Originally from Kapiti College, Alana won direct entry into SGCNZ NSSP with her emotional solo performance as Juliet. This lead to a place in the 2008 SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company culminating in a performance as Helena in A Midsummer […] Read More

Jonathon Hendry (SG IAF 2003)

Award-winning actor and director Jonathon Hendry has enjoyed many opportunities since graduating from Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School in 1988. From exploring Marae based theatre in the early 90s, touring shows around the country, playing supporting and lead roles in television and film through to developing new work with New Zealand writers he has employed a […] Read More

Antony Aiono (SGCNZ NSSP 2011, SGCNZ YSC 2012)

Antony Aiono’s first experience with Shakespeare was at Hillcrest High School, when he was asked to step in and play Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice a week before opening night, because the original actor had pulled out. Then Antony was asked by a friend to be in a five-minute scene from The Tempest, where […] Read More

Angela Zhou (SGCNZ NSSP 2008, SGCNZ YSC 2009)

After graduating as a Robertson Scholar from Duke University with a degree, Angela Zhou moved to Los Angeles to pursue something rather different – acting. She had discovered her love of acting through brilliant fiery teachers in high school (Macleans College), but she would never have felt confident enough in her skills if it had not […] Read More

Jonathan Price (SGCNZ NSSP 2009, SGCNZ YSC 2010)

Jonathan Price grew up in coastal Christchurch. While attending high school at St. Andrew’s College, Jonathan directed and performed in a 15 minute excerpt from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the SGCNZ Canterbury Regional UOSWSF with fellow SGCNZ alumni Patrick Carroll and Will Robertson. The piece went through to the National Festival in Wellington – […] Read More

Jenna Kelly (SGCNZ NSSP 2011, SGCNZ YSC 2012)

Bachelor of Performing Arts Management – Toi Whakaari. Jenna has made a career for herself stage managing for various companies around New Zealand, including working for three years as the resident stage manager at Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North. Next year she will embark on a new journey, exploring the social sector and how art can […] Read More

Ania Upstill (SGCNZ ETPP 2015, mentored &directed SGCNZ PPWS 2014 & 2015)

Ania Upstill is a theatre practitioner and Artistic Director of The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company. She studied Shakespeare Through Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, and believes in a creative text-based approach to Shakespeare. She was nominated for Most Promising New Director at the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards (previously the Chapman Tripp Theatre […] Read More

Brianne Kerr (SGCNZ NSSP 1998)

Brianne Kerr was born in Thames and raised in the mighty Timaru. She studied acting in Christchurch at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Bri is now based in the cultural capital Wellington and can still be found acting with theatre company, The […] Read More

Matu Ngaropo (SGCNZ NSSP 1998, SGCNZ YSC 1999)

Matu Ngaropo was a student at Onslow College performing in an excerpt from Othello at the SGCNZ SWFSS 1998 (now SGCNZ UOSWSF) when he was selected to attend SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP) in Blenheim that same year. At NSSP his director was Emma Kinane and his group performed Romeo and Juliet.  He was fortunate enough to […] Read More
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