Drama Studio for 7-8 year olds and in School Years 3 and 4

Term 4 2023 open for booking!

Does your child love performing, music, developing characters and having fun?
Our acting classes will give students the space to express their creativity whilst learning stage performance techniques in a supportive and fun environment.

Drama encourages children how to express their feelings, emotions, and creativity whilst also learning the attributes of being a good team member and building social skills. These acting classes will lead the students through imaginative storytelling and character development using fun and contributive exercises.


Timetable and Enrolment


Term 4 2023

Tuesdays: 4.30-5.30pm
Start: 10th Oct
Finish: 12th Dec  (10 sessions) 

Schedule 1:
Tuesdays with Tess Jamieson-Karaha


Thursdays: 3.45-4.45pm
Start: 12th Oct
Finish: 14th Dec (10 sessions) 

Schedule 2:
Thursdays with Celia Macdonald



Scots College Drama rooms.


Tess Jamieson-Karaha or Celia Macdonald

Target Market

Students aged 7-8 years old (ie Years 3-4 at school)


(incl GST)

$200 for 10 sessions 

Tess Jamieson-Karaha

Tess Jamieson-KarahaTess Jamieson-Karaha grew up in Eastbourne and received her Bachelor of Acting at Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School in 2010.

Her recent work includes recording her Solo theatre piece ‘Please Help Yourself’ for Radio New Zealand, playing the young Judy Schollum in Consent- the Louise Nicholas story, War News How to Meet Girls from a Distance, Catherine in the feature film Births, Deaths and Marriages, to be released later this year, and writing directing and starring in her short film Coffee Group.

Tess frequently reads for  the Ready to Read and School Journal audio books as well.

She is currently writing and teaching the Screen Acting course for acting students at Whitireia.  She has taught kids drama classes and school holiday programmes for Rachel Maine at Arts a Go Go.

Her website is at kidsparteasy.com

Celia Macdonald

Celia Macdonald graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music Theatre from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2020. As a Rata Graduate herself, Celia Macdonald has returned in full circle as a Drama Teacher. Celia joined Rata as a student in Miranda Harcourt’s Stage and Screen Teen course at the age of 14. While at Rata, Celia found herself successful in Film and Theatre. In 2015 Celia was cast in short film Goodness Grows Here (Natalie Medlock) with an esteemed NZ cast including Robyn Malcolm. Celia was also cast as Ruby in 2 seasons of TV3’s Web Series Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose (Paul Yates) with multiple Rata alumni such as Erana James, Thomasin McKenzie, and Miranda Harcourt.

Whilst her time at NASDA, some of her theatre credits include Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (Kirsty Allpress), Jessica in Musical Revue of It’s Only Life (Trevor Jones), Robbie in Urinetown (Holly Chappel-Eason), and Danny in Holiday Inn (Russell Dixon).

A highlight of Celia’s career was competing in her first Dance Competition, New Zealand Dance Awards (NZDA) in 2019 and won the “Most Likely to have a Professional Career Special Award”. Then in 2021 Celia directed her first Musical Production of Wizard of Oz Jr. with children aged 5-13yrs.

Celia currently also teaches Dance to toddlers at Leaping Lizards School of Dance and Singing with Spotlight Performing Arts School.



Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243