Sophia Pedersen - Musical Theatre Director
Dip Musical Theatre and Performing Arts NZAMD Tap, NZAMD Jazz
With over 20 years experience in the Performing Arts industry, Sophia has a wealth of knowledge and a huge passion for the Performing Arts. Sophia has trained and studied gaining a Dip in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts. Gold Medals in Latin American and Ballroom dance as well as training in NZAMD Tap, Ballet and Jazz. Sophia was accepted as one of the few New Zealanders to join and perform with the Young Americans - a performance training troupe based in Los Angeles. Sophia has performed in many award-winning shows with such roles Anita - West Side Story, Maria - The Sound of Music, Roxie - Chicago, Columbia - The Rocky Horror Show, Narrator - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lucy - Jekyll and Hyde to name a few. Sophia has a wonderful husband Matt and 4 children. She is incredibly passionate about teaching and watching students grow not only on stage but also within themselves and helping them become strong and independent individuals.
Alicia Chadwick-Cook - Dance Director
AISTD, Dip Theatre Arts & Dip Teachers of Dance
Alicia has been dancing since the age of three and has trained in all styles of dance. In 2008, she graduated from EAPA with a Diploma in Theatre Dance and Performing Arts as well as her Teachers of Dance Diploma, both she gained Honours with Distinction. She has also reached Advanced Two level in both ISTD Imperial ballet and ISTD Modern, and Advanced One in Tap and was a member of FUZE dance company. Alicia holds her Associate Diploma teachers’ qualification with the ISTD in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance & Is a registered teacher and examiner with the NZAMD. Alicia is an accomplished teacher and choreographer, some of her teaching highlights include winning the 2021 Modern Theatre Bursary award after entering 'Creation' an international choreographic competition. Alicia has also had past and present students win the NZAMD scholarship awards in both jazz as well as ballet and has had students performing in finals at PACANZ both for modern solos as well as troupes. Alicia's students have won numerous titles and awards at national as well as international competitions including choreographic and technical awards. Alicia loves sharing her passion of dance with the next generation and loves helping guide and nurture the next generation of dancers.
Alana Tod - Dance
AISTD, Modern Jazz and Ballet
Alana manages most of the jazz and hip-hop syllabuses, making her one of NSPA’s busiest teachers. She began her dance career learning ballet as a child, but soon picked up jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. By age 16, Alana was a dance addict, and she has gone on to reach Advanced Two level in ISTD Modern, and Intermediate in ISTD Ballet. She has an ISTD Associate Diploma teachers’ qualification in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance and is a registered NZAMD syllabus teacher. Alana teaches students of all levels, and her greatest satisfaction comes from helping them grow, develop and reach their goals. She is also an acclaimed competition choreographer (winning awards for ‘Most Outstanding Troupe’ for musical theatre) and a major contributor to NSPA’s end-of-year performances.
Gemma Boswell - Dance
Gemma began tap dancing the age of four. A year later she was dancing competitively, and added jazz to her repertoire at age seven. Her successes include solo and troupe performances at Showcase on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2005, 2006 and 2009. She was also nominated to compete solo in tap and jazz at PACANZ in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Unable to continue with the rigors of full-time training following a back injury, Gemma turned her attention to teaching and choreography, which she absolutely loves. In 2016, she won ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ at the NAPTA awards for Addams Family the Musical.
Emma Aley - Dance
Emma Aley has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has trained in many genres including jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop. Emma has also completed her Advanced 2 R.A.D Ballet, I.S.T.D Jazz, N.Z.A.M.D Contemporary and Jazz exams. Emma has won the NZAMD Jazz Scholarship Award (2017), been a PACANZ Finalist - top 6 / 77 competitors (2017), League of Champions - Runner Up (2017) was selected to perform for Ev and Bow at Australian Dance Festival (2019) and represented Ev and Bow at Kairos Dance Convention NZ (2019). In 2019 Emma trained at Ev and Bow in Sydney, Australia graduating with a Cert IV in dance. She is currently working towards her I.S.T.D Modern and Classical Ballet teaching associate. Emma is excited to be back in Auckland and is looking forward to training the wonderful students at Northern School of Performing Arts.
Megan Wilson - Musical Theatre
Megan moved to Auckland in 2011 after she trained at NASDA in Christchurch and gained her Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) Having previously taught for Sophia 6 years ago, Megan can't wait to teach again and pass on her knowledge of musical theatre to NSPA students. Megan has been part of many musicals throughout Auckland, some of them include, We Will Rock You - Teen Queen, 42nd Street - Dorothy, The Wild Party - Nadine, Sweet Charity - Charity, Hair - Crissy, The Addams Family, Godspell, West Side Story.
Tegan Hardy - Musical Theatre and Dance
Dancing is Tegan’s biggest passion since the age of 4 years old. During school years She performed in ACT Three productions such as 42nd Street, hairspray, sweet charity and CATS. Also, performing in the Boys high and Girls high productions of West side story and Guys and Dolls. She trained Fulltime at Village Nation in Sydney for 2 years. She was inspired by the variety of choreographers that shared all their knowledge about the industry and the world. was then introduced more into Bob Fosse and fell in love with the attention to details and the unique positionings of his style. She did a 6-month dance contract over in Mumbai India. Dancing in Bollywood Movies, TV shows and event performances. This experience was life changing for me and She is very grateful to had continued my passion overseas and call it work. Tegan is excited to be in Auckland and to be sharing her passion through teaching after just recently choreographing Chicago in Palmerston North.
Annelie Maddock - Vocal Coach
Annelie has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She loves the rewards of performing in front of an audience and witnessing how it can boost a child’s confidence. Originally from Sweden, Annelie studied singing for performance with teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm for five years, graduating in 1999. Before moving to New Zealand in 2003, she toured Europe and the USA with both classical choirs and a rock/pop band, and also starred in a number of musical theatre productions in Sweden. She subsequently began teaching singing and loves seeing her students grow and shine.
Billie Hart - Piano
Billie recently completed her Masters degree in Music (Classical Performance: Clarinet) and currently works as an itinerant clarinet teacher at Murrays Bay Intermediate School and Rangitoto College. Billie works with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Partnership Schools programme to bring classical music to schools around Auckland, and performs in the flute and clarinet duo Dual Motion, supported by the APO Inspiring Musicians programme. Billie has her ATCL Performance Diploma in piano and has musically directed shows with Centrestage Youth Theatre, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, and Grease. Billie is excited to be working with NSPA in 2024!
Clare Saddington-Smith - Accounts Director
Clare emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 2010. She is responsible for the accounts and administration for Northern School of Performing Arts and has over 25 years’ experience in accounts. Clare started in an accountancy practice and moved onto retail, before running a business with her husband in the UK. As mum to a dance-crazy daughter, Clare is not only passionate about the numbers, but about all aspects of performance too.