the shine team

The SHINE team of teachers are all successful practicing industry professionals, with over 20 years experience studying, performing and teaching around the world.  Nina has chosen her team of teachers, for their past experience, natural talent with children, and passion for speech and drama. The Shine teachers are exceptional teachers and performers.

This means that your child is getting the best training available and a direct connection to the professional performing arts industry and inspirational role models too.

We also offer Speech & Language Therapy with a highly experienced therapist. Helen offers a variety of speech and language therapy services for pre-schoolers, school children and adolescents.



Nina is the Director of Shine. Trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and awarded a Diploma from Toi Whakarri NZ Drama School. She has won numerous awards in film and theatre around the world. Nina is often invited to emcee at events around New Zealand.  Her students get outstanding Trinity College of London and Speech NZ exam results.  Nina loves to witness children thriving in a creative, structured environment and aspires to help develop the unique talents of each child.  Nina currently teaches Shine speech & drama at King's School, Victoria Avenue School and The Auckland Performing Arts Center.

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Rhema graduated from acting training at UCOL, South Seas Film and Television School and The Actors' Program. She has performed in theatres across New Zealand. She has been teaching with Shine since it began and is adored by her students. Rhema has worked alongside government departments and agencies (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development & ACC) developing and performing in programs designed to educate children and young adults on health and social issues.


Rachelle is passionate about kids having great communication and speaking skills. She excelled in her speech and drama training through Trinity and then went on to further her studies at London Studios. An exceptional teacher and coach, Rachelle has coached kids to excel in their drama and speech competitions. She is also a highly regarded actor and voice artist who has most recently been seen acting in Go Girls, The Almighty Johnsons, Stolen and Legend of the Seeker. Also the proud mother of three boys, we are fortunate to have Rachelle on board.


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Fiona trained in performance at L’Oeil du Silence in France and has her Speech & Drama Teaching Associate qualifications from Trinity College London (ATCL), she is currently completing her LTCL in performance.   She was the winner of the Fisher and Paykel performing arts competition in 1990 and participated regularly in drama competition work. 
Fiona has an active career in the performing arts, acting in theatre, film and TV. Fiona teaches at various schools in Auckland and at TAPAC.




Alex has trained in Speech and Drama since the age of 7, taking part in competitions as well as completing exams in both New Zealand Speech Board and Trinity College London. Alex loves teaching children speech and drama. Her love for drama is infectious and children adore her classes. 

In 2005 she created the Flaxworks theatre company with Phil Ormsby and is aproducer, publicist and actor, performing nationally and internationally. Alex receives rave reviews for her performances and has recently been invited to tour her solo show around Australia.

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HELEN knott - speech therapy

Helen qualified as a speech and language pathologist at Curtain University in Perth, Western Australia. Awarded top of her year for clinical work, she went on to run language, hearing and learning clinics for children for 25 years including being Head of Department at the State Child Development Centre for Western Australia leading a team of child development specialists. She believes the ability to use language well is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Helen offers a variety of speech and language services to both pre-schoolers and school age children.