Russell Pickering - Education Director, 2008-2009 Summer School
Russell is a professional actor and director. After completing his BA in Drama at the University of Waikato, he won the Bob Hope Scholarship to study for his MFA in Acting at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX. He has appeared on commercial television and on regional theatre stages throughout the US and NZ, including Dallas Theatre Centre, Dallas Shakespeare Festival,in New York at the Flea Theatre and Jean Cocteau Rep, in Auckland, Silo Theatre and Herald Theatre.
Russell has worked with Patsy Rodenburg (head of voice for the Royal National Theatre in London), three time Tony award winning actress Zoe Caldwell, and renowned performance artist Tim Miller. He has taught acting at Meadows School of the Arts, The University of Auckland's community education department, and at various summer programmes throughout the US. He worked for over a year as an assistant agent representing actors at The Henderson/Hogan Agency in New York .
He produced and co-directed '4.48 Psychosis' at Silo Theatre and starred in The Rebel Alliance's 'Night of French Mayhem' and 'The Bomb' at the Herald Theatre. Russell also runs 'SpeakEasy' – a company specialising in presentation training for corporations. www.speakeasy.co.nz