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.

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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.

Julie McPhail

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

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.