Meet the Instructors
Proud to be helping to evolve the next generation of theatre artists, our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds with a wealth of experience. Get to know them here.
Nikki Henderson - Rising Stars
Mrs. Henderson is a trained teacher, who graduated with a Bachelors of Teaching and Learning (Primary) in 2007 and a Masters of Education in 2010. She has taught around Auckland and Gisborne since 2007. Her first foray into junior theatre was stage managing a school pantomime of Peter Pan, which led her to working in shows with different theatre companies. She spends most of her time backstage, doing sound, lighting, and stage management and is excited to share her experience with the Rising Stars programme.
Julie McPhail - Rising Stars & Holiday Program
Ms McPhail has been involved in amateur theatre for over 20 years and worn a variety of hats, including costume design and construction, set and scenery design, acting, stage hand, front of house, and directing. For the past 14 years she has been teaching drama, writing and directing plays for schools and holiday workshops, as well as teaching weekly classes for a variety of age groups. Her interest in improvisation has been fuelled by attending workshops, taking part in team events, and organising and judging inter school competitions. Now she is at Evolution to pass on the passion!
Dinna Myers - Acting, Directing, Stage Combat, Shakespeare
Ms. Myers has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from San José State University in California. She had been a professional producer, director, actor, instructor, and lighting designer for over 30 years. She is the Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Shakespeare and has directed, lit, and acted in over 70 productions. She is honoured to have this opportunity to pass on all she has learned to the Gisborne Community.
Kate Gilmore - Holiday Program
Kate studied theatre and teaching at Victoria University of Wellington, and then continued on to NASDA (Musical Theatre). She worked as a High School Drama Teacher in Christchurch and Melbourne before becoming a Mum. Kate has performed in numerous shows ranging from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre to The World of Wearable Arts (WOW). She has also written short scripts, and directed numerous performances. She is passionate about working with teenagers and helping them explore their thoughts and experiences about the world through theatre.
Beth Fourie - Rising Stars
Mrs Fourie was a Gisborne primary teacher before beginning her adventure as a mother of four amazing girls. Since a young age she has been involved in and around theatre productions, creating drama programs and involved in the performing arts. She helped coordinate holiday workshops at the Gisborne Library for kids under 13 and has been involved in teaching weekly drama classes over the last few years. She is excited about encouraging Evolution students to develop their self-confidence and to extend their theatrical abilities and skills.
Belinda Campbell -
Belinda is a director, actor, writer and drama teacher. Trained at NASDA, she’s performed in over thirty eight plays and musicals, and a number of television commercials. Acting highlights include: That Time Everything Went Well and We Were Totally Fine, Bombshells, Outside In and Macbeth.
Best described as an ‘actors’ director’, her credits include: How I Met My Dead Husband, Ophelia Thinks Harder and A Scandal in the Weimar. Belinda has written two published plays. Six of her works have been performed, with another two in production (2020). While living in Melbourne she co-founded the theatre company, Wit Incorporated, was Artistic Director there for six years and founded the children's drama program, Wit Kids. Belinda returned to NZ in March 2020 to direct Musical Theatre Gisborne’s production of Addams Family. She’s delighted to be back in her hometown.