Exciting Emerging Talent School Tutors

Paul Barrett -  Acting Tutor
Paul is an actor, musical director and voice artist. He obtained a Paul is an actor, musical director, vocal coach and voice artist. He obtained a Bachelor of Music ( Honours) degree from Victoria University in 1979 and made his professional acting debut in 1980 at Circa Theatre, Wellington. He has since appeared in over 150 plays throughout New Zealand and in Australia and Britain.
Penny Dodd
Penny Dodd has been a professional musical director since 1980, with five years at Mercury Theatre before going to Britain and working in the West End, The National Theatre, and touring UK.
Janice Webb - Vocal Tutor
Janice began her teaching career at Wellington Teacher’s College. During that time she sang on the national programme’s “Broadcast to Schools” and made many recordings. Janice continued her primary teaching while also performing leading roles in Opera, Operetta, Musicals and Oratorios before “retiring” after thirty years teaching to dedicate herself to fulltime vocal training.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand - Master Class Tutor
Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 30 years.
Cameron Rhodes - Master Class Tutor
Cameron is a graduate of Toi Whakaari The NZ Drama School. He has appeared in over 80 shows, including Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Cyrano De Bergerac and Twelfth Night. He acts regularly at the ATC and has recently directed After Miss Julie and 6 Characters in Search of an Author. He is touring to The Barbican in London in October with Carnival of Souls a Live Cinema event. He is on the Artistic Board of The Actors' Program and is the recent films Mr Pip and Romeo and Juliet A Love Song.
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly is one the New Zealand’s most diverse performers working with Auckland Theatre Company, NZ Opera, K.I.S.S Theatre Company, Harmonious Events, Blue Baths Group, East Auckland Performing Arts and Funky Feet this year alone. He has just completed the International Production of Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera in Tokyo with the Stetson’s group. He has 2 youth theatre productions going to stage in Auckland in May 2014.
Sylvia Rands - Vocal Tutor
Sylvia Rands is one of New Zealand’s most cherished and inspirational teachers of Voice, Transformational Process and the craft of Acting. Sylvia has been working in NZ theatre, television and film for over 30 years. Trained at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate her acting career encompasses a wide variety of roles on stage and screen, including devising new work
Pip Faulknor
Pip runs an award winning dance department as part of her role as the Head of the Arts at Remuera Intermediate School. Her dance teams have consistently been awarded top places in national competitions in New Zealand and Australia. Her department includes many dance styles including Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hiphop, Jazz Funk, Tap and Cheerleading and she is privileged to work with a fantastic team where she mentors young dance teachers and choreographers to great success.
Richie has been dancing since the age of six, and has been trained in Jazz, Tap Contemporary and Hip Hop dance. At age 16 he was selected to be a trainee for Black Grace Dance Company, one of New Zealand top contemporary dance companies.
Katie Swift
Katie Swift was born in Liverpool and was most recently based in London and performing worldwide for the last 12 years until relocating here earlier this year. Gaining a scholarship to Musical Theatre College at 16 and being selected for professional work whilst studying kick-started Katie’s career and a stint Choreographing for Willy Russell (writer of ‘Blood Brothers’) and Tim Firth (writer of ‘Calendar Girls’) at The Edinburgh Fringe helped too.
Chris Melville
Chris Melville is one of New Zealands top jazz vocalists, he's travelled worldwide as a solo act and with the Grand Central Band, his Auckland-based funk/soul act. Chris has two decades of performance experience with microphones in all kinds of stage settings, so he's a great choice for this workshop.


Posted: Tuesday 12 November 2013