B.A. • Dip. Prof. Theatre • Dip. Yoga
My career started with Auckland’s Queen City Big Band, with eight-part vocal harmonies and lead vocal duties in big band arrangements of jazz standards, Manhattan Transfer and soul/pop classics. After graduating from Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School in 1995 I toured in musical theatre for many years: appearing as a Fabulous Singlette for the popular, modernised Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado and Pirates of Penzance for EssGee Productions, and then as ensemble and understudy for Madam Thenardier (20th Anniversary production) in Les Miserables for Cameron Mackintosh.
After London my journey continued at home in New Zealand with numerous musicals for the Auckland Theatre Company, large outdoor concerts in the Auckland Domain, cabarets and theatre, and as a lead vocalist for premier cover band, RetroActive. In soul and jazz I held long standing musical residencies at Sky City, Grand Central, the Ivory Lounge, and for resort entertainment in Japan. Most recently I was resident chanteuse in Auckland’s sophisticated speakeasy ‘Prohibition’, out of which The Jazz Age, specialists in the theatricality of the Great American Songbook, was formed.
Other career highlights include premiering a one-woman rock opera, Boadicea, Jellybean (a play for three actors and orchestra) with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Rigoletto with NZ Opera and as singer for The Royal New Zealand Navy Big Band. In 2012 I performed as the narrator in Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Charles and Camilla, during their Diamond Jubilee tour of New Zealand.
I am the founder and director of the Conscious Music Collective: a super group of Auckland musicians playing with the power of intention to uplift, inspire and connect.
I am now writing my own songs.