School of Confidence

Head Held High is a school of confidence! We teach our itinerant Speech and Drama programme in Auckland schools and venues. We are committed to building the confidence, communication skills and creativity of our clients. We love what we do! Our incredibly talented, warm and energetic team are making a positive difference, everyday. 


Director + Founder

ATCL in Speech and Drama, Post Grad Dip Secondary School Teaching, BCom 

Kate’s positivity is infectious, she is passionate about what she does and what she does is great. Kate directed a group of senior students who gained the top mark in New Zealand (98%) in a Trinity Grade 8 exam.

As a child… she did jobs for her older brother and sister and they paid her in Monopoly money! Little did she know, she couldn’t cash it in for k-bars.



ATCL in Speech and Drama, LTCL in Teaching Speech and Drama, Acting Diploma, National Certificate in Film and Television Production. Holly’s classes are energetic and full of life. She inspires her students to be the best they can be by building their confidence, performance and communication skills!

If Holly was a superhero… she’d be Elastigirl!



Krystel started training in Speech and Drama at the age of nine, taking part in competitions as well as completing exams with Trinity College London. Krystel is passionateabout developing confidence, character and creativity while having a blast.

You would never have guessed... but in her "spare time", Krystel works as a dentist.



ATCL in Speech and Drama

Kelly has taught drama for over 13 years and is currently the Deputy Principal of the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. She is an actor, director, trained drama and ballroom dance teacher. She is involved in various types of theatre from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare.  Her students hold a distinction average in the Trinity College of London examinations. Some of her students have been awarded 100% in their exams (which is very rare). Kelly is passionate about inspiring and motivating students to discover their full potential, unlock creativity and create long-term confidence.

Kelly loves… travelling and visiting new and amazing places around the world



ASB Adv. in Teaching Speech and Drama. 

Kate has a youthful, warm energy that brings enthusiasm and brightness to the classroom. She has worked as a Speech and Drama teacher for four years in both Auckland and Palmerston North. 

Outside of the classroom, Kate is an aspiring karaoke superstar but her day job at the moment is as a student of  Communication Design at AUT. If you ever need an little design jobs done- Kate's your girl!



Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting. Extensive experience in children’s entertainment, she has her own company Imaginaire Entertainment. Nicole has a natural affinity with young people and has a caring, imaginative and enthusiastic teaching style. She is passionate about working with children and inspiring them to grow into their own through drama and the performing arts.

Nicole loves… animals, especially her 2 cats Bella and Boston.



Masters in Drama (first class honours)

Erica works as an actor, voice over artist and presenter with a Masters in Drama. She has also completed her Grade 8 Trinity Speech and Drama. Erica has worked with adults in building confidence and resilience and is passionate about instilling these vital life skills in children. She has a seven year old son and believes unleashing creativity in children helps them discover and reach their full potential. 

Erica has... a small obsession with elephants which she has collected from all over the world.



Kylie Parkinson

Kylie has a B.Ed. Primary and is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who is driven by creating meaningful learning experiences in the Performing Arts for Tamariki. Kylie has specialised skills in integrating drama with other curriculum areas within a primary school context. Implementing student led productions with a cast of over 100 students has been a highlight of her career.  Kylie is passionate about fostering children’s development and confidence through the arts.  

When she’s not in the classroom…Kylie enjoys the great outdoors. Particularly sailing with her family, exploring the treasures of Aotearoa. 



Ben has an ATCL in Musical Theatre, an ATCL in Performance, A NZ Speech Board Diploma and Acting Diploma through "The Actors Program". Ben has had success on both stage and screen and has a wealth of knowledge he's eager pass on to young kids! Bens classes focus on inner confidence to help the students lift themselves up and achieve whatever they put their minds to! Fun Fact about Ben; his Favourite movie is "Grease", and when he was 4 years old he would watch it at least 3 times a day!



Fiona has been working as a speech and drama teacher, actor and theatre director for the last 10 years. She holds a gold medal LAMDA qualification, a BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre and a diploma from The Actors Program, Auckland. Fiona's classes are (most importantly) lots of FUN and students are encouraged to play and stretch their imaginations, students are challenged and encouraged to make new discoveries each week. Fun fact -Fiona moved from London to Tarras and spent 6 months as a sheep farmer!!



Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Theatre and English Literature. 

Lydia moved up from Wellington two years ago where she worked extensively in Theatre. She is passionate about helping young people find their own voice. She loves acting, and how you can use that to discover differences in yourself and learn to use those differences as strengths. She is a face painter, balloon twister and fairy who also helps run a motel. 

She is happiest when…she is in a body of water or dancing.


Office Administrator

Janita has worked as an EA/PA in several big corporates as well as being an Office Manager of a start up business. Held Held High is a place filled with positivity, encouragment and very passionate teachers and being part of this where I am able to provide admin support is wonderful. My children Fletcher (9yrs) and Alana (7yrs) attend speech and drama lessons and the energy and excitement that they come home with is priceless.

My passion is photography so in my spare time(hmm… what’s that?), I am starting to build my business, mainly focusing on multi generational family portraits which is so exciting as my dream is starting to unfold. If I was a superhero, I would be Iron(wo)man - to be able to fly around would just be awesome!