The Tutors

All our tutors are qualified theatre practitioners (and parents!).


Natascha Diaz

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From the land of coffee and dancing, Natascha is a Colombian theatre practitioner. She has ten years’ experience as an actress, drama tutor and playwright. Her work with children and youth is based on theatre games to explore and create incredible adventures. Natascha is currently doing her PhD at AUT in Theatre and Performance Studies. She has a Bachelor in Performing Arts and a Masters in Creative Writing. Her last participation as an actress was in the children’s play Monster Wars, staged in 2014 in Christchurch. In Auckland she has worked with the Hawkins Youth Theatre Company as director and stage manager.


Marlon Eraso


Born in Colombia, Marlon has more than twelve years of extensive experience working in different aspects of drama and theatre education for children. Marlon holds a Bachelor in Performing Arts Education, specialising in physical training, improvisation and theatre games for actors and non-actors. Marlon is an actor, playwright and director. His recent directing credits include Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hattaway House, and Ionesco’s The Lesson. In 2015 he directed Grimm Stories by David McPhail with the Hawkins Youth Theatre Company. Marlon brings experience, enthusiasm and Latin energy to his classes!


Lauren Jackson


Lauren is a kiwi director / writer / actor with twenty five years experience in the performing arts industry. She has been teaching drama to children, teens and adults for ten years, including tutoring at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts since 2008. Lauren holds degrees from the University of Auckland and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, where she trained as an actor. Lauren has appeared in several films, plays and TV productions and is an award-winning writer and director for film and theatre. Lauren’s teaching style is characterised by her love of imaginative story-telling, colourful characters, improvisation and movement.