Home Group & Afternoon Tasters

If you are placed in a “Home Group” you will be in this class for the bulk of the week but will also be allocated two “Afternoon Tasters” (based on your rankings too), which you will attend on Mon/Wed and Tue/Thu afternoons.

A Cappella – Get Pitch or Die Tryin’

Learn about the origins of this popular style of music as we take a journey through the history of A Cappella, from Church Choirs to BarberShop, from Spirituals to Doo Wop and much more. Students will learn about the many different genres that came to prominence throughout the history of A Cappella and will hone techniques to create their own A Cappella music with friends. We will explore melody and harmony with many combinations of voice, instrument emulation including beat boxing and body percussion as well as loop pedals and multitrack recording.

Michael Rowlands is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and is an accomplished jazz musician and all-round performer. He has played and taught music both in New Zealand and the United States and worked as a professional musician on cruise ships around the world. Also passionate about acting, Michael has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as an early member of HaBYT and currently teaches and performs with The Drama Workshop, most recently in the role of Claudio for the Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.  Possibly Michael’s most celebrated achievement to date has been the production of the NYDS 2016 music video N*YDSYNC.

Acting Shakespeare

Acting Shakespeare can be a daunting task even for the most experienced of actors; we get so caught up in the text we forget that Shakespeare himself was an actor and wrote for actors, not academics. Shakespeare’s characters are funny, sexy, serious, smart, sassy and above all human. This course will concentrate on combining verse and text analysis with some secret tricks of the trade to bring the stories and the characters to life.

Ken Keys, Founder, and one-time Administrator and Artistic Director of NYDS, is delighted to be invited to teach the Shakespeare class. Shakespeare is his first love, even his obsession! He has taught, and directed, the Bard for 30 years: at Havelock North High School (where his students regularly shone at the Sheilah-Winn Festival); at NYDS; with the Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre; with the Shakespeare Globe Centre, where he was instrumental in setting up the NSSP (National School’s Shakespeare Production) and the YSC (Young Shakespeare Company), who represented NZ at the London Globe. For several years, Ken taught Summer Schools at the London Globe Theatre and he has been guest Shakespeare tutor with the U.S.A. National Theatre Festival and with Toronto’s famous ‘Shakespeare In Action’ Company. He regularly takes workshops around NZ.

Contemporary Movement

Physical Theatre is all about taking risks and awakening the imagination of performer and audience. This exciting class will mix several forms of physical theatre using music, movement, characterization and story telling while collaborating within a strong ensemble to create innovative work. The power of imagination and the willingness to learn are all you need for this class.

Jamie Sharp has lived a varied artistic career across the last ten years as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, composer, musician and tutor of the Cutting Edge Theatre class at NYDS. Jamie has performed globally, at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Hong Kong, America, Istanbul, Singapore, France and on the London stage. Jamie has worked directly with Frantic Assembly and is joint director of a new creative facilitating company for aspiring performers.  Jamie graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK in 2016 with a performance degree in Saxophone.

Dance for Commercial Performance

If dancing is your passion then this is your class! This Home Group is aimed at intermediate level dancers and up, and covers a variety of styles in a professional environment (dancers work off-campus at a local dance studio) led by our world experienced tutor. With a foundation of basic jazz technique, the main focus of the course is on dance performance in the commercial dance industry. Perfect for the trained dancer who is keen to explore dance in the performance sense for musicals, cruise ships, music videos etc. By the end of the week you will have a comprehensive understanding of what the world of commercial dance is all about and an appreciation for the demands of working in it.

If you love to dance but you’re not a dancer in your ‘normal’ life, or you sneak in a dance when nobody’s looking, then this is the perfect Afternoon Taster. Kelsey eases her foot off the pedal and caters to all levels in an environment focused on fun!

Kelsey Andrew has a huge passion for all things creative… movement has always been a big part of her life and something she believes is very important throughout all walks of the world. Growing up in New Zealand, Kelsey danced from a very young age and moved to Australia in 2011 to pursue her love of dance.  After completing her two year full time course – and gaining a scholarship in her second year – Kelsey went on to sign with a Melbourne Agency and begin dancing with international tours, performing and travelling around the world for 4 years, living in Mexico, America and the Caribbean. Kelsey now owns her own studio in Tauranga and loves being able to bring creative arts and opportunities to as many people as she can! She loves to encourage her students to find what is unique about them and their style and to empower creativity and individuality within her classes. She is honoured to be a part of NYDS for the second year and can’t wait to come back to Havelock North for the best week of her life!

Improv Comedy – Nakes & Scriptless

Do you have the balls to go scriptless? There are no lines to learn or cling to, just the ability to drop your inhibitions and learn the joy of spontaneity and imagination. Students will explore improvisation and comedy through character, timing and relationship, being creative within a dynamic and collaborative environment. Say YES and forget the script.

Lori Dungey has been an actor, tutor and writer and for over 30 years, specialising in improvisation. She came to Wellington 20 years ago from Canada for an International Theatresports Tournament and never left. Based in Auckland, she works as an actor, tutor and Creative Director with ConArtists. She’s a 2-time World Theatresports champion and has performed in Canada, Singapore, Fiji, Australia, Germany, and all over NZ, including a successful season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Hamilton Rose Festival with ‘Austen Found – The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen’. Lori has performed in the Comedy Festival with ConArtists and at the Hearald Theatre in Auckland for the Stamp season. She travels each year to Germany to attend Ring Con, which has allowed her the pleasure of sipping Craig Parker into hot pants.

Musical Theatre

Aspiring musical theatre performers will love coming together with kindred spirits to study their craft in our Musical Theatre class. Students will spend the week working to hone their skill in acting, singing and dancing as they aim to develop into triple threat performers able to Razzle Dazzle with the best of them! In recent years students have studied and performed extracts from ‘Spring Awakening’, ‘Evita’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Grease’, ‘Putting it Together’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

Trace Tidd fell in love with Musical Theatre as a child, and has never been far from the stage since, performing in countless shows and concerts around New Zealand. She gained qualifications in Musical Theatre and Acting from Wellington Performing Arts Centre and holds a Diploma in Contemporary Vocals from Excel School of Performing Arts. Trace lives in Whakatane where she runs Stage Door Performing Arts Academy and is a private singing teacher. Trace also works professionally as a performer, vocal director and performance coach. She loves all aspects of the performing arts, but is particularly passionate about coaching young people in the ‘ways’ of Musical Theatre.

Poetry in Performance

Are you harbouring a crush on spoken word? Maybe you write, maybe you want to write, maybe you just get on the youtube – either way, this class will be a safe and creative space for you to express your own stories. With the international spoken word scene expanding like a soufflé, the poetic communities of Aotearoa are going from strength to strength. Using a range of poetic forms, we will reach across communities and between disciplines to find the voices of our young storytellers – voices that are authentic, silly and critical.

Sara Hirsch is a London grown performance poet, a former UK Slam Champion and came third in the World Slam Championships in 2014. Now an accomplished spoken word educator, Sara recently completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths University. Sarah is a TECx speaker, has performed across the UK and abroad, has featured at Glastonbury Festival and recently appeared on the BBC. Sara toured New Zealand in 2015 with fellow NYDS tutor Ben Fagan and during her return visit in 2016 she finished her second poetry collection ‘Louder Than Words’, which includes voices of students from NYDS.

Jess Holly Bates is a Pakeha performer, writer, artist and theatremaker with a will to make work that is articulate, human and necessary. Returning from a tour of London and Edinburgh Fringe with her solo spoken word show ‘Real Fake White Dirt’, she has since published the text as an acclaimed book of poetry and performed a sell-out season at the NZ Fringe. In 2016 Jess also began working with the ground-breaking Blackbird Ensemble and challenged audiences with her talk at TEDx Auckland. In 2017 she joined the cast of Shortland Street as Dr. Eve Reston. She likes celery, foolishness and people.

Screen Acting – Two Workshops

With the continual development of the film and television industry in NZ, actors have more opportunity to gain work on screen. But what does it take to create compelling performances on screen? What challenges face actors and what techniques will they need to learn? Through classroom exercises we discover what goes into effective on-camera work and enable students to become familiar with the unique processes necessary for the film actor. This intensive course will challenge and inspire you.

Alex Ellis is an actress, publicist and producer of Flaxworks theatre company based in Auckland. She has performed in New Zealand tours of ‘Murder by Chocolate’, ‘Biscuit & Coffee’, ‘Carol & Nev’ and ‘Drowning in Veronica Lake’, and most recently starred in ‘A Model Woman’, ‘Seed’, ‘Sister Anzac’ and ‘Wild Bees’. She has also performed shows internationally and toured her solo show ‘Drowning in Veronica Lake’ in Australia in 2015 and more recently ‘Miss Jean Batten’. Alex recently starred in the short films ‘Play Dead’ and ‘You Only Die Forever’ and the feature film ‘ARA’. She was nominated for Best Performer in both the Auckland and Dunedin Fringe Festivals for ‘Drowning in Veronica Lake’ and won Best Actress in the V48HR Short Film Competition for ‘Speed Bumps’. Alex also teaches at Shine Drama School in Auckland.

Rachael Blampied is a former NYDS student and current member of the NYDS Board. She completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec in 2006 and is an experienced screen actress. Rachael’s screen credits include playing the infamous Bree on ‘Shortland Street’ and NZ’s incredible WWII spy Nancy Wake in ‘Nancy Wake: The White Mouse’, also ‘The Kick’, ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’, the webseries ‘Darryl: An Outward Bound Story’ and most recently the TVNZ series ‘Dirty Laundry’. Rachael studied music (voice and piano) for many years and has performed at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. She lives in Auckland where works as an actress, voice artist, and a TV and Film Producer. – making commercials, music videos and films. She tells bad jokes, loves food, and has two kittens that she cannot pat hard enough.

Stage Combat

Warm up your battle cry and stretch out those muscles, things are going to get physical. Stage Combat will give you the skills to create dynamic and effective fight scenes while keeping you and your partner safe. We’ll look at techniques used in theatre, television and film and look at how we can physically define different characters and storylines with these and many other skills and techniques.

Allan Henry discovered Stage Combat in 1999, when he was a student at The National Youth Drama School. There he met his eventual teacher and mentor, Tony Wolf. Allan studied under Tony for many years as his apprentice and when Tony moved on to start a new chapter of his life in the US, Allan assumed the mantle of heir-apparent and began teaching workshops and choreographing for professional and educational institutions across New Zealand, yet he looks forward to return to NYDS. He has taught for many years and relishes the chance to provide people with the skills and confidence to use their own natural creativity and personal talents to create safe effective staged violence. He recently finished as a movement coach and motion capture performer for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie, alongside his padawan, Ryan McIntyre.

The Acting Voice

Quite simply the most important at NYDS, says the Artistic Director. Regardless of your interest or your ultimate vocation, a flexible, strong, expressive voice is essential. This challenging and intense workshop will free your natural voice and give you an armoury of vital techniques to last a life-time. A MUST for serious screen or stage performers, radio and TV presenters and communicators of any kind.

Lisa-Jane Hay’s career has taken her to Theatre Corporate in Auckland, to workshops with the legendary Patsy Rodenberg and Kirsten Linklater and most recently to a residency at the Globe Theatre in London. She has been Director of the HB Performing Arts Course at EIT and is currently Director of Performing Arts at Iona College. Lisa-Jane performs and directs around Hawkes Bay and is in demand for voice workshops and private coaching around NZ and overseas.