Stage and Screen Arts Tutors

Annie Ruth, PHD, MNZM

Programme Coordinator, Tutor and Director

Annie is a director, teacher, academic and actor. She was Director of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School from 1997 to 2011. She specialises in Viewpoints actor training (developed by Anne Bogart), acting methodologies and improvisation. She has also worked as a research mentor in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Annie’s PhD utilised both theoretical and performative research, exploring frameworks developed out of Māori ritual practices and the Viewpoints methodology. In the past four years Annie has furthered this research through laboratories and productions in New Zealand, India, the United Kingdom, and Romania.

In 2011, Annie was honoured for her work in drama with Membership of the Order of New Zealand (MNZM).


Carmel McGlone, BA, Dip Exec Mus, Dip Teach

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 Wellinton 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

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.


Shaun Martin BAppA (Performing Arts)

Shaun graduated from Whitireia in 2007 with an advanced Diploma in Stage and Screen Arts. Since then, he has been actively working in the industry, both on and off stage. Shaun spent two years with Ministry of Health funded show, Sexwise, a performance based programme helping to raise awareness in sexual health. This programme was presented at lower decile secondary and intermediate schools, and also alternative education providers throughout New Zealand.

In 2013, Shaun returned to the Whitireia Stage and Screen programme to further his studies, completing the Bachelor of Applied Arts.

Shaun continues to work within the industry, as well as fulfilling roles as a tutor/production manager on the Stage and Screen programme. Highlights includes, working alongside Jim Moriarty and Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu trust. This work has led to on stage performance, but mostly stage and production management. Shaun has also had the opportunity to work with The Conch and its artistic directors Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory.


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.

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