Meet The Team That Ignites
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi
Nō Titirangi ahau
Kei Point Chevalier ahau e noho ana
Ko Laura Thompson taku ingoa
Laura was born in Tāmaki Makaurau and spent her whole childhood (and adulthood) being a complete and utter doofus. She gained a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2014, and since then she has acted in films, TV and theatre. Before joining the Marrzipan team, Laura worked in high schools delivering consent and relationship education, which instilled in her a love of working with young people of all ages! She loves reading, writing, running, and being a dork.
Real name Jack Ansett, Marrzipan name(s) Jackadoodle, or from across the playground “HEY IT’S THAT WEIRD GUY!” Jack is currently in his fourth year of teaching the Marrzipan Method to young humanoids throughout Aotearoa. His favourite part of the job? Turning lives around on a daily basis. Not may people can say they do that! In 2020 and beyond Jack looks forward to spreading the Marrzi-Magic far and wide. When Jackadoodle is not teaching or sleeping, he enjoys anything Harry Potter or macaroni and cheese related.
WAIKATO & BAY OF PLENTY
Our Office Manager and Marrzipan Teacher for Waikato, Jex, was described as “loud and bossy” as a child and was encouraged to pursue Performing Arts as a way of expressing herself. Jex believes there is nothing more important than a child having the confidence to express themselves and shine in everything they do. She uses her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts and a fun, enthusiastic teaching style.”You are braver than you believe,stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”.
From Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Molly is a Wellington local and can’t wait to sprinkle some Marrzi-magic around our awesome Wellington & Kapiti Marrzipan schools. Molly’s parents met doing theatre so she’s been around it her whole life, she decided to roll with her passion and ended up graduating Whitireia with a Bachelor of Stage and Screen Arts. After a year of touring NZ primary schools in a Theatre Show, Molly realised that helping children have an awesome time through performing arts was her favourite thing! And now with Marrzipan she gets to help awesome humans grasp their awesome human-ness, and have heaps of fun all at the same time!”
A Christchurch native, Sarah’s mum will tell you that she has always been a bit of a drama queen! After getting her Bachelors degree in Performing Arts from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts) Sarah spent a year touring primary schools in both New Zealand and Australia performing a children’s show. It was through doing this that she discovered how awesome kids are and that she can help them be even awesome-er! Sarah is super excited to be able to teach them all the Marrzi-Madness she has and help them become cool, confident little humans.
Davina Marr, our Director, began Marrzipan with the intention to deliver quality performance experience classes for children. With an extensive background in the Performing Arts, increasing her confidence throughout her school years, Davina has dedicated her life to inspiring confidence in students, parents and even our very own Marrzipan Teachers! The Marrzipan spark within Davina began teaching Drama to Primary children at her old school; she knew she had found her vocation in life. She then moved to Brisbane, Australia where she continued to teach Drama, as well as study a dual degree in Drama and Marketing at QUT. She subsequently set up Marrzipan in Brisbane towards the end of 2010. After moving to New Zealand, Davina decided to pursue Marrzipan Drama full time and has not looked back! Davina has chosen her wonderful team of Teachers, not for having a load of letters after their name (after years of sitting in a lecture theatre), but for their past experience, natural talent with children, and passion for the cause! Marrzipan Teachers are role-models, this is why they are called Representatives. They Represent all that we are about, creating the perfect balance of professionalism and “sillyness.” Marrzipan Representatives receive continuous training and career advancement opportunities. All Marrzipan Representatives are also First Aid trained, Police checked and Reference checked to ensure your child’s safety.