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Acting & Drama
  • Mondays, to
    07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Ariaana Osborne
TAPAC class

Ariaana Osborne will be filling in for Acacia O'Connor in Term 4. 

This practical and engaging programme explores voice work, singing, movement, devising and theatre play. Led by screen and stage actor Acacia O'Connor, you’ll gain an essential toolbox of acting skills to prepare you for a career as an actor…

Term 1 explores vocal techniques including singing, accent and voice quality. You’ll learn how to act through singing, practise singing in ensemble and experiment with accents and cartoon voices, filming scene work and recording a cartoon-style voice reel.

Term 2 focuses on movement, exploring how our bodies can tell a story. You’ll explore mime, physical theatre, Laban and psychological gestures as you create skits using different movement frameworks.

Term 3 will involve devising a 5-10 minute solo piece that brings together the voice, movement and story-telling techniques learnt in terms 1 and 2.

Term 4 is all about play, through drama games, theatre sports and re-capping the voice, movement and devising techniques you’ve learnt. Students will have the opportunity to explore their particular interests this term. 

You may enrol in a new term even if you have not attended any of the previous terms.

No classes on the 24th October 

In the event that any Covid-19 restrictions prevent classes being held in studio, the programme will be run online.



Teaching artist

Ariaana Osborne

Ariaana Osborne

Teaching Artist

Ariaana is an expansive performer with experience in theatre, film, dance and music.  Since graduating Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama school in 2017 she has worked in a variety of productions, including Shortland Street and NZ feature films In A Flash, Millie Lies Low and the upcoming Samara. Inside theatre, Ariaana has worked closely with award winning theatre company Red Leap, playing Panuelo in Dust Pilgrim and most recently Treacle in Dakota of the White Flats. Red Leap has allowed Ariaana to grow as a deviser, performer and mover - she enjoys work that requires both intellectual and physical energy. She’s found this again while working with dance company Movement of the Human in Rushes and Michelle Saville’s short film Bats.


Her passion for acting extends to teaching it, and has experience doing so in both theatre and screen to all ages. She strives for levity and specificity when teaching, so that people leave feeling light, fulfilled and with tangible acting tools. And of course she hopes to help others gain courage and joy to grow in either the industry or everyday life!