Power Plays Cast and Crew Bios 2016

Katrina Wesseling, Power Plays, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungrKatrina Wesseling – Cast
Attended: Marist College, Auckland

Katrina trained at The John Bolton Theatre School as a theatre maker and performer. She is the Co-Founder of Petit Workshop, an innovative and visual theatre company.  Her recent theatre work involves performing in Polo with Auckland Theatre Company, Trash To Fashion 2015 with Red Leap Theatre, Puzzle and Just Above the Clouds with The People Who Play With Theatre, and Tiny Deaths directed by Sam Brooks and written by Uther Dean.

Shane Murphy, Power Plays, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungryShane Murphy – cast
Attended: Otumoetai College, Tauranga

Shane graduated from TOI Whakaari: NZ Drama school last year and went on to The Basement Theatre in Auckland in Defending the J.J. MAC. He has just finished touring with Spanish touring company Antigua I Barbuda on a carnival as part of the New Zealand festival. Shane says ‘It’s great to be employing the skills I’ve been studying for so long, in jobs that always bring me into contact with new people and places.’

Calvin Petersen, Power Plays, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungrCalvin Petersen – cast
Attended: St. John’s College, Hamilton

Calvin Petersen is a performer and director based in Wellington. Since graduating from Toi Whakaari and Victoria University with a Masters in Directing, he has worked on several projects, most recently assistant directing Txt If You Get Lost with Long Cloud Youth Theatre. He has a background in improv and devised theatre, and has also trained in Clown at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance in Canada.

Johanna Cosgrove, Power Plays, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungrJohanna Cosgrove – cast
Attended: Wellington Girls’ College

Johanna is a 2014 graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and has also trained at the internationally renowned Ecole Phillippe Gaulier. Highlights include A Dream Play directed by John Bolton and Guest(s) directed by Louis Sutherland which was released on Rialto Channel late last year. Recent theatre credits include Maria in Bright Orange Walls’ production of Twelfth Night.

Leo Gene Peters, Director, Power Plays, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungrLeo Gene Peters, Director

(Director/Designer/Creative Producer) graduated with a Master of Theatre Arts (Directing) Degree from Toi Whakaari and Victoria University of Wellington in 2004.

He has been Director and Creative Producer for all of A Slightly Isolated Dog’s work with their latest show Jekyll & Hyde opening at Circa Theatre to excellent reviews.  He and A Slightly Isolated Dog have been nominated several times for Chapman Tripp Theatre awards and he won Best Director in 2009 for Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants at BATS Theatre.

From 2006-10 he directed, designed and co-devised Paolo Rotundo’s and Rob Mokaraka’s Strange Resting Places for Taki Rua Productions.

KC Kelly, 2016 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour, Young and HungryKC Kelly – Concept, Production and marketing support

A professional actor for thirty years – a Kiwi for the past seventeen – KC has appeared on- and off-Broadway, in regional and community theatre and on radio, television and film. Stage credits include: Duncan/Macduff in Macbeth, Lear in King Lear, Meltdown, Taking Sides, The Censor and Speaking in Tongues for Circa; Agememnon, Tzigane and Glengarry Glen Ross for Downstage; and Think Of A Garden for Taki Rua. For thirteen years KC was the Senior Acting Tutor at Toi Whakaari, the National Drama School of New Zealand.  KC Kelly started Ensemble Impact in 2008 and began the annual tour in 2009.

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