Meet the Team
Michael became involved in musical theatre after moving from Wellington 14 years ago. He joined both North Shore Music Theatre and Auckland Music Theatre supporting as an audience member and putting his talent to good use ushering and selling programmes.
He was extremely impressed by the passion and commitment of the musical theatre community and saw further involvement as a natural progression.
With his strong commercial background, employed in senior roles with multi nationals and SMEs, he was keen to share his expertise by providing further support and became chair of the Amici Trust in 2013.
Michael’s ability to grow and develop business will be used to help guide the trust through its developmental and early growth phase building plans for the future.
He has a strong passion for developing individuals and teams and believes the work of the Trust will offer training and development opportunities for many people with a passion for theatre.
In addition to enjoying musical theatre, Michael has a love of the sea, being an avid sailor and spends many hours out on the Hauraki gulf as well as time tinkering on his boat .
With all of the other trustees showing wide and varied skills relating to the performing arts, there is the ability for the trust to meet all of its future aims and objectives.
Trish has had a love of the Arts for many years, and over the last 8 years has been actively involved in Musical Theatre.
She has worked for a number of theatres in the Auckland region and has been involved in many areas of production including stage crewing, sourcing and managing props, costuming and Production Secretary. In recent years Trish has been Company Manager for both Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera (Civic Theatre), and Evita (Bruce Mason Centre).
Although in recent years her involvement has centred on musical theatre, she has a wider general interest in music and dance and she enjoys encouraging and watching people grow in their respective fields of expertise. Her now grown up girls were actively involved in dance from a very early age and continued dancing until their late teens. During their dancing years Trish spent many hours helping with productions backstage and in an administration capacity.
Having worked for a number of years as an Accountant and Business Administrator, she loves the balance being involved in the Arts brings to her life.
Craig’s love of theatre and performing arts has provided him many opportunities and he brings a variety of skills and experiences to the Trust. He has performed at the Civic Theatre (Mamma Mia & Phantom of the Opera) as well as having lead and ensemble roles across many other Auckland shows. Craig has also played French Horn in the orchestra for a number of musicals, enjoys working backstage and getting stuck into set builds, and has spent time as vice-president at his local theatre.
Craig teaches musical theatre with his wife Kelly at the Santarelli School of Dance, and is a choreographer for the Auckland Central Gang Show. During the day he runs a health and safety consultancy, and when not working or involved with theatre he loves having adventures with his young family while enjoying a good craft beer.
Craig is responsible for the Junior Theatre outcomes of the Trust, and he is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to experience the thrill and delight that is live theatre, whether that be on stage or any other role. He believes the Amici Trust will allow many dreams to come true for performers across the country and he is proud to be part of the team.
James started out in musical theatre when he was 10, enjoying his youthful years on the stage. Eventually going on to backstage, lighting and sound, he has finally settled on Production Team work. James has worked with a number of the Auckland theatre societies on a number of shows both big and small and now feels very privileged to be a trustee of the Amici Trust.
Recent highlights have been Hairspray and The Phantom of the Opera. In the real world James is busy flying for Air New Zealand, where he manages to mix his passion of flying with seeing the odd show in other parts of the world.
Amy’s interest in musical theatre came about through her love of dancing. She has trained to Advanced level in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and National. She also has many years’ experience in Ballroom, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Cabaret, Spanish and Cheerleading. Amy graduated with a Diploma of Dance and Theatre Arts from East Auckland Performing Arts in 2002, where she also taught Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap.
Amy has performed in many local productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Copacabana, Seussical the Musical, Fame, By Jeeves, The Producers and Thoroughly Modern Millie; and has been Dance Captain for Val Hemphill for Copacabana, Seussical the Musical, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, The Boy from Oz and La Cage aux Folles.
Following the birth of her son, Amy has changed her focus to choreography and has choreographed Me and My Girl for Harlequin Musical Theatre and Footloose for NSMT, for which she was nominated for Best Choreographer at the NAPTA Awards in 2010. Most recently, Amy has choreographed a youth show (ages 8-15) Move It for NSMT.
Outside of theatre, Amy is a Registered Legal Executive with Turner Hopkins, Lawyers. Amy has significant expertise in property conveyancing, subdivisions and related funding activities. Never one to take things easy, Amy is also currently completing the Diploma in Conveyancing.
Emma moved to Auckland 19 years ago from the South Island where she had always been a involved in theatre both on and off stage. Since then she has Directed, Musical Directed, Produced, Production Managed, and Costumed numerous shows for the zone, as well as performing in Godspell (PTC), Oliver (MPA) & Downtown (AMT). Over the last 10 years Emma has been extremely busy as a teacher of performing arts where she has produced, directed & designed 20 large scale College productions which have seen her nominated and win a number of iTICKET Showdown Awards. Emma has just finished directing the 2017 National Schools Tour for The Ugly Shakespeare Company.
Emma attended Performing Arts School in Nelson, and then went on to train as a Performing Arts teacher with a Post Grad Diploma in Music Education before going on to gain a Masters Degree in Dance Education. Emma is the current President of Drama NZ the National Subject Association for Drama in Education, as well as the Zone One representative for Music Theatre New Zealand.