Based in Manawatu-Wanganui Genre Theatre

Kelly Harris

Kelly is an English and Drama teacher at Feilding High School. She has been involved with the Massey University Drama Society, the Manawatu Festival of New Arts and acted in many of Dr. Angie Farrow’s plays including Legend, Before the Birds, and The River. At Feilding High School, Kelly directed: Peter Pan (2011), and Blood Brothers (2012). For the Manawatu Festival of New Arts, in 2012, she directed the award winning play Smoke and Mirrors by Carol Markwell. She has performed in five Manawatu Summer Shakespeare’s: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana) directed by Ralph Johnson, Romeo & Juliet (Lady Montague) directed by Ralph Johnson, All’s Well That End’s Well (The Widow) directed by Peter Hambleton, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince) directed by Jaime Dorner and Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula) directed by Amanda McRaven (for which Kelly was also Assistant Director). She has directed three National winning teams in the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Her work has won Most Outstanding Tragedy, Most Outstanding Comedy and Most Innovative and Imaginative Production. In 2011, Kelly was selected to attend the SGCNZ Teacher’s Go Global Workshops at the Globe Theatre in London – she trained with Globe practitioners and performed in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Bill Buckhurst, on the Globe stage. Four of her students have so far been selected for the NZ Young Shakespeare Company. In 2013, Kelly became a co-founder of Skin Theatre, along with Maree Gibson and Lana Sklenars. Their first show, which Kelly directed and starred as Banquo – Macbeth: An all-female ensemble – was nominated for six Palmerston North Globe Theatre Awards. In 2014, Kelly directed various shows for Skin Theatre including for Dark Deeds, Shakespeare and the City, and The Laramie Project. She also directed the musical For Today and Jack and the Beanstalk for Tall Poppies Drama School.