My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
Kia Ora, my experience is largely based in theatre and comedy. I work as a professional stand-up comedian, drag artist, theatre director and actor. I have taught children (ages 6–18) for approximately 9 years. I artistically direct a theatre company which has been running for three years. I focus mainly on telling community stories and exploring our memories with a comedic, analytical lens. I also have experience in special effects make-up/drag make-up!
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
Review from Dr. Erin Harrington (University of Canterbury – Theatre) for my work on a play.
- 'Best Out of Town Show' – Nelson Fringe (Director, actor)
- 'Outstanding Achievement' – Christchurch Comedy Awards
- 'Best Show Design' – Nelson Fringe (director, actor)
- 'Best Local Show' – Christchurch Comedy Carnival (producer)
- 'Best Debut Show' – Christchurch Comedy Carnival (Solo Stand up Show)
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I taught for a Theatre Company based in Ashburton for seven years, teaching students aged 6–18 years. It was my responsibility to plan lessons, track learning journeys and to deliver high-quality, engaging drama workshops. I also prepared students for their Trinity Guildhall Examinations where all of my students received nothing lower than 'Distinction'. I was also the Arts Coordinator at a College in 2016. This was a part-time role that grew to include teaching some drama workshops for the senior students and running the school theatresports team. I thoroughly enjoy working with children as they are challenging and curious.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I would love to work with younger people to engage them with the arts and empower them to be ready to start a sustainable career in the arts if they should so choose.