Carmel McGlone is one of New Zealand’s most renowned actresses. She has performed in theatres, film and television for her entire professional life. During the 1990s, Carmel was a member of Simon Phillip’s ensemble of actors at the State Theatre Co, Australia. In 2004, Carmel received the Chapman Tripp Best Actress award for her role as Lady Macbeth in Circa’s production of Macbeth. In 2009, Carmel was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Chapman Tripp Awards for her role in the Willem Wasenaar-directed production of Blood Wedding. Carmel has been nominated in the Film and Television awards three times. In the latter half of 2010, Carmel acted in both series of the Emmy award-winning on-line TV drama Reservoir Hill. Carmel stars in the feature film Hook Line and Sinker which premiered at the Embassy
For eight years Carmel held the position of senior drama tutor at Wellington Performing Arts Centre in Wellington, and since 2009 has tutored at the Whitireia Performance Centre.
In 2011 Carmel was granted a prestigious fellowship to work at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Ricky Dey, BA MA
Richard holds a BA in Theatre & Film from Victoria University and is studying towards his MA in Creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has worked as a professional actor in New Zealand on stage and screen for the last decade, performing and working with some of the country’s most well-regarded practitioners. He has been nominated for multiple Chapmann Tripp Theatre Awards, winning in 2012 for All My Sons and in 2014 for Constellations. He has performed at the New Zealand International Festival with Trick of the Light Theatre, is a company member of Sitespecific Theatre NZ and Theatre Militia. Richard instils the principles of how to apply creative thought in order to devise innovative and original work.
Tess Jamieson–Karaha BPA
Tess gained a BPA from Toi Whakaari in 2010 and has worked as a professional actress in the TV, film, theatre and radio industry since.
Her many credits include Seed by Elisabeth Easther at Circa in 2015, the feature film How to meet girls from a distance in 2014, pop up pantomime by Geraldine Brophy in 2016, and playing Beth in the internationally successful web series Potluck by Ness Simons. Potluck gained six nominations worldwide including the United Kingdom and Dublin webfest and has been picked up by TVNZ On Demand, Kinda T.V and Revry. Her solo show Please help yourself was picked up by Radio New Zealand and transcribed for radio in 2012.
Tess produced, wrote and performed in her short film Coffee Group which was nominated for an online audience award as part of the Promofest Short of the Year competition in 2016. She is currently producing her next film project, a web series called burnt chops. She is a regular voice over artist for New Zealand Media and Entertainment, school journals and Clemenger BBDO.
Donna Banicevich Gera BA (Hons), GradDip CW, MA in Creative Writing
Donna teaches academic writing, creative enterprise and contextual studies on all the performing arts programmes.
Donna’s work has been produced for radio, page, stage, and screen, with her stage plays being presented in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Austria, the USA, and Alaska. She has had several overseas artist residencies, and attended many offshore workshops, seminars, and conferences, enabling her to acquire knowledge and write outside her New Zealand framework. Donna has written a trilogy of plays based on Croatian immigration into New Zealand: Anton’s Women, Land without Sundays, and Tarara Child. Two scripts My Name is Ruhi (which premiered at Waikato Museum), and Burn, have been developed using oral history interviews. She currently writes a bi-monthly column for PANZ (Playwrights Association of New Zealand), and is presently researching storytelling and scriptwriting in business.
Paula van Beek is an artist and arts educator with a passion for supporting emerging arts practitioners to create original performative work. She has found many ways to live this passion throughout her career including founding a theatre company (Open Book 1999), being the programme Manager of BATS Theatre (2001-2004) and teaching performance and creative practice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne University (2008 – 2018) and Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School (2018). Dedicated to pushing her practice and finding new forms and frames for performance Paula has just recently completed a Research Masters in Fine Art from RMIT School of Art, Melbourne (2018). She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Animatuering (Performance Making) from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne University (2006) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre and Film from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (1998).
She has travelled widely with her work with projects across Aotearoa/NZ and Australia, as well as in Colombia and Indonesia, training in the UK, residencies in Europe and the US and teaching in Tokyo. She has made works in car parks, theatres, hallways, galleries, on river banks and online.
Paula is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Wellington and join the Stage & Screen team to train the next generation of actors, performance makers, artistic thinkers and doers. Her extensive experience working in the arts sector as a devisor, performer, director lighting designer and arts manager enables Paula to approach making work from multiple angles. She is excited about the potential of collaboration, cross-pollination and inter-disciplinary practice under the roof of Te Auaha.
Paula is active in her own arts projects and within an expanded performance practice she investigates self, site and alternative performance forms with a focus on feminine experiences.