Nicole Whippy: Acting for Stage and Screen Tutor
Nicole has been working as an Actor for over 20 years and has recently branched out into Directing for Film and Television.
Acting highlights include working on the BBC Christmas Special: Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Kasey on Outrageous Fortune and as Michelle on Nothing Trivial which saw her nominated as a TV Guide Best Actress for 2 years in a row. She is a Writer/Director on Vai the latest feature film from the Producers of Waru and is currently directing on The Feijoa Club a new tween series for TVNZs Heihei platform.
Other work with children include one on one audition technique training for NZ's top acting agency, Johnson & Laird Management and being a Duffy Books in Schools Ambassador.
Marianne Infante: Acting Tutor for Stage, Theatre practitioner
Marianne Infante is a multifaceted Filipino actor and dancer. In 2016 she graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor majoring in Screen and Theatre Acting in 2016, Marianne has also immersed herself in the Arts as a writer, freelancing stage manager and producer.
Marianne’s most recent performances are Aroha Mai (2018) by The Oddballs, Ruminations (2017) by Simple Truth Theatre, Emotional Creature (2017) by The Others’ Club and As You Like It (2017) by Auckland Summer Shakespeare.
A joyful Acting Tutor at Pt Chev Drama Club; Marianne is also a proud member and producer of PAT- Proudly Asian Theatre. She is currently writing and developing her first full-length play Pinay, New Zealand’s first Filipino-Kiwi bilingual play.
Amelia Reid: Acting for Stage and Screen Tutor
Amelia graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School in 2009. She is best known for her work on Shortland Street where she played core cast member, Bella Cooper for six years. Recent acting highlights include playing Renee in the Hallmark production Pearl in Paradise and Amanda in This Town. She is currently on tour with Rants in the Dark a stage show adapted from the best selling novel by Emily Writes.
Amelia’s theatre directing credits consist of; Tales of a Princess, Goodbye My Feleni Dead Butterflies, Le Tonu and Waiting which she won “Best Director”, “Best Show” and “Best Design” at the Nelson Fringe Festival.
Amelia’s passion is helping other New Zealand actors advance their skills, especially younger actors who are breaking into the industry. She has been a tutor at Toi Whakaari for screen and theatre work and runs workshops and one on one sessions nationwide for auditions and development.
Acacia O’Connor: Acting For Stage Tutor, Singing Tutor
Acacia O’Connor is a recent graduate from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.
Her parents were touring folk musicians so she grew up all over the place and was singing before she could talk. For her music isn’t about talent. Everyone has a voice and it’s important to find it. Music is the best way to bring people together and make them feel. A very useful tool for acting too!
BRITTANY LUHRS: ACTING FOR STAGE TUTOR
Brittany Luhrs is a talented actor, dancer and performer who is currently studying toward a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Communications and Media at The University of Auckland. She attended ‘Kids for Drama’ drama school throughout her time at Marist College. Over the 7 years at Kids for Drama, Brittany performed, divised and assisted in several productions including Capturing the ANZAC Tales, Musical dreams and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Brittany also trained in Ballet for ten years as well as Jazz and Contemporary for two years.
Brittany assisted in script development, writing, casting, directing, student rehearsal supervision and back stage support for the Marist College Production of the original devised play “Whitu”. She performed in one of the leading roles of “Nuku”. Brittany also performed in the professional production of ‘Whitu’ at Lopdell Theatre in the role of ‘Crystal’.
Brittany has been a children’s party performer with An Enchanted Party for some time and has several roles playing princesses, Fairies, Ballerinas and Mermaids.
Brittany has a passion for working with children and teens and helping them to develop confidence, self-assurance and a love of stage and acting.