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Meet Nickie! The creator of Play!

Professional Qualifications

 

  • 2013 – 2016 Royal Holloway University of London First Class Honours degree, Drama and Theatre Studies
  • London College of Music Grade 8 Distinction in Musical Theatre
  • First Aid trained (May 2021)
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • CentreStage Rolleston Executive Committee 2020-2021
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Professional Qualifications

 

  • 2013 – 2016 Royal Holloway University of London First Class Honours degree, Drama and Theatre Studies
  • London College of Music Grade 8 Distinction in Musical Theatre
  • First Aid trained (May 2021)
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • CentreStage Rolleston Executive Committee 2020-2023

Nickie has been working and assisting with Drama workshops for over 10 years, creating a lot of experience with children ranging from 5 years to 15 years old. Nickie graduated with a first class BA (Honours) in Drama and Theatre studies in July 2016 and has also received a distinction in Musical Theatre Grade 8 from the London College of Music. In January 2019 Nickie’s plans were to bring PLAY! Drama Clubs to Selwyn. Since then, Nickie has joined to work collaboratively with Aurora Dance Studio and CentreStage Rolleston. Since performing with CentreStage Rolleston in Beauty and the Beast 2019, Nickie has since joined the theatre committee where she intends to direct the youth productions in Selwyn – which acts as a great continuation after her students finish her courses at age 16. 

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Merlia de Ridder

Merlia is PLAY’s newest tutor! She has recently graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA), gaining skills on stage with musical theatre, plays, and creating an original group and solo devises. A lover of both acting and singing, Merlia travelled to Los Angeles twice to study pop singing and writing music at VocalizeU. As a young aspiring actor, she started working on her craft at the Northland Youth Theatre and competing in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals. Merlia has always loved collaboration and working with others to create theatre while also still having lots of fun! 

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Kezia Knight

Kezia is our teacher in Lincoln and assists other teachers throughout the week, she interacts a lot with all of our students! Ever since beginning dance and musical theatre classes at 5 years old, Kezia has always had a passion for the stage. Her theatre experience includes CentreStage Rolleston’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘Chicago’, and Kirwee Players’ ‘Westside Story’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.
She first began teaching at a summer camp in Ohio in 2018, and now in addition to teaching drama she works as a swim instructor in Selwyn, while studying Sociology and History at the University of Canterbury.

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Shannon Nuttall

Teaching children to love the art of dance over the past 8 years has been a strong passion for Shannon, who is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. As well as several qualifications in Ballet (RAD, IDTA) and Jazz (NZAMD) Shannon has also recently opened her very own dance studio, Aurora Dance Studio. This is where we run our collaborative classes – PLAY DANCE SING!

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Rose Duxfield

Originally from windy Wellington, Rose is a trained and registered teacher with a passion for performing arts education. She loves working with kids of all ages and helping them develop their confidence and creativity. Over her career, she’s worn many hats: writer, designer, producer, singer, comedian, programmer, and songwriter, to name just a few! Rose believes that everyone has a story to tell, learning is a lifelong adventure, and creative minds working together can do incredible things.

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