Originally from the South Island of New Zealand, Georgia earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Te Kura Toi Whakaari - New Zealand Drama school. As well as Acting she has been involved in a variety of branches in the performing arts including Assistant directing the show “Like Sex” in the Young and Hungry Theatre Festival, Modelling in World Of Wearable Arts and Wardrobe Department on The Brokenwood Mysteries Television show. She is excited for her new theatrical home in ECT and can’t wait for the growth and challenges that await.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
My training at Toi Whakaari without a doubt was the most transformative part of my life (since puberty) , the approach to training there involved practices of Te Reo Maori (Language) and the Tikanga (Cultural Practices) of the native people of New Zealand , it created a beautiful melting pot of cultures where together we were able to talk about work, ask challenging questions about our craft and get clearer about why we do what we do together even across all fields of the school. Toi also encouraged the teachers always be learning and creating their own work, so having my tutors alongside me discovering their own artistic challenges while tutoring in their fields of strength helped me to build a healthy relationship towards the challenges we face in creating and performing in work and how to rise in my own strength as an individual artist.
What about transformative professional experiences?
Working as a crew member for the first time behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera, gave me such a beautiful understanding of how all the little components of the crew and team need to come together to produce even one scene a day. It gave me comfort knowing that as the Actor the focus is very rarely all on you (as much as some like to think it is) The Lighting guys are thinking about lighting, the Gaffers are too busy making sure no walls fall down and the Costume Department just doesn’t want you to turn your coat out a funny direction. It meant when I stepped onto a set for the first time after that project as an Actor I felt so much more comfortable, less stressed and part of the team creating something really cool together.
Why I do what I do...
Because of that thrill, and that joy and the beauty that we get to be a part of when we move someone to laughter, or to tears or both! Sharing how important art is to the world Getting to live in the playful imagination of five year old me trying to avoid the lava by jumping across couch cushions.
What about ECT inspires you?
ECT gets me inspired about the endless possibility of our craft and how we utilise ourselves as vessels. The magic comes from my fellow actors and fearless artists as we stand , knowing we can risk together, fail together , and create something fantastical.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
I have been to Denmark, Australia, Athens, Japan ,Orlando, New York (and now California) I can’t wait to travel to the great pyramids and tombs of Egypt, the rolling hills of Ireland and the ancient cities in Peru.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
Going for a run in the morning, grabbing a coffee at my favourite spot, reading a book on the beach and then swimming in the late evening sun.
If I had one million dollars I would...
Logistically Pay off my student loan , and my sisters loans, buy a house in Europe, somewhere warm near the ocean and fly my whole family over for a holiday together.
Did you know...
The national Bird of New Zealand is a small flightless bird called the Kiwi, often New Zealanders refer to each other or themselves as Kiwis.