SHERENE

Drama and Singing Teacher

Sherene started singing before she could talk! She began singing lessons at the young age of seven and would sing at every opportunity she had. Realising that singing was a great passion of hers, she had private singing lessons from the age of 12 and continued this right through to college.

Sherene has performed as the lead singer in many London and UK shows such as The Lion King, Grease, Glee and Cinderella. She also toured the UK with a theatre company as the lead singer for numerous productions.


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JO

Dance and Performing Arts teacher

Jo was born and raised in London, England. At the age of three, she took her first Ballet class and has never looked back. 

Jos' first professional contract was at the age of nine in the Pantomime, Aladdin. 

She attended Performers College for three years at the age of sixteen, where she obtained her teaching qualifications in both Jazz and Tap (I.S.T.D). During this time, Jo also studied Ballroom and Latin and participated in many competitions including the World Championships. Later Jo went on to gain her degree in Applied Arts. 

After graduating Jo embarked on a fifteen year performing career. She has been lucky enough to perform in musicals, on cruise ships, in dance companies, pop videos, movies, sports events and various tradeshows all around the world.

Jo spent many years in the U.S.A, Greece and Israel and now calls Wellington her home, with her husband and their three beautiful children.

For the past twelve years Jo has been a Senior Dance Tutor at Wellington Performing Arts Centre and at Whitireia where she shared her knowledge on the Commercial dance and Musical Theatre course.

Jo is also a freelance choreographer and adjudicator and can be found teaching at various dance schools in the Wellington region.


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Jessica

Drama and Singing Teacher

Jessica’s love for performing developed from a young age after her parents enrolled her in drama class so she could overcome her shyness. She was cast in her first musical, The King and I at the age of 6 and has been involved in several amateur theatre productions in both New Zealand and Australia since. 

Throughout high school Jessica experienced much success in the performing arts winning Distinction in Drama, the Drama Performance Cup and honorary Arts Award. In recent years her focus has shifted to singing, completing her Bachelor of Music majoring in voice studies from New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Dr Margaret Medlyn and Lisa Harper-Brown. 

Over the last year Jessica has performed opera scenes as First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the Witch from Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel and appeared in the title role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera.

Jessica has enjoyed successes at singing competitions around New Zealand and loves sharing her experience and knowledge through teaching. She looks forward to working with the students at Spotlight and hopes to encourage the younger generation in the confidence, fun and freedom that performing has to offer.

 


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Ellie

Drama, Singing and Performing Arts teacher

Ellie graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School at the end of 2016 at just 21 years old.

She travelled to LA to attend The Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute for an internship of intensive classes under the tutelage of David Strasberg.

Ellie’s musical theatre credits include: The Wizard of Oz; Disco Inferno; Into the Woods (Toi Whakaari) The lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia (Wellington Musical Theatre) And most recently her professional debut as the lead role of  Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde: The musical”

A highlight of her career was when she opened her own theatre company, Vision Theatre NZ, and starred in it’s first production, The Last 5 Years, under the musical direction of West End’s Mark Dorrell. The show achieved rave reviews and sold out audiences.

Ellie also has a love for screen acting and has appeared in James Ashcroft’s short films The Usher and Marching. She also starred in Chaz Harris’ short film Awake which will be included in the New Zealand feature film Encounters to be released in 2017. An Indie movie called “Follow The Random” has Ellie play the part of Lara, a beauty blogger. She also played Morgan in the post apocalyptic web series End of Term (TVNZ On Demand).

Ellie is super excited to share her knowledge of her craft with the younger generations. She hopes your children will enjoy her classes and will aim to keep them smiling as much as she can!