InterACT for 11-13 year olds (School Years 7-8)

Term 4 2023 bookings open now.

Attention all young actors aged 11-13 years  and must be in Years 7-8 at school (Intermediate)

If you love acting then this is the course for you: Do you love the lime light? Do you love telling stories? Do you love creating characters?
This acting course will lead students through imaginative role playing into character and scene development. Good actors understand humanity. Drama encourages empathy with and understanding of others and the confidence needed to assume a role or character.

Timetable and Enrolment


Term 4 2023
Schedule 1: 

TUESDAYS with Tess Jamieson-Karaha:  (1 hour 15 min classes)

Start: 10th Oct
Finish: 12th Dec  (10 sessions) 

Tuesdays, 5.30pm-6.45pm with TESS

Schedule 2: 

TUESDAYS with Emma Draper:  (1 hour 15 min classes)
Start: 10th Oct
Finish: 12th Dec  (10 sessions) 

Tuesdays,  7.15pm-8.30pm with EMMA

Schedule 3:
THURSDAYS with Tess Jamieson-Karaha:  (1 hour 15 min classes)
Start: 12th Oct
Finish: 14th Dec (10 sessions) 

Thursdays,  4.15pm-5.30pm with TESS



Scots College Drama rooms


Tess Jamieson-Karaha or Emma Draper 

Target Market

Students aged 11-13 years old (ie in Years 7-8 at school)

(incl GST)

$222.00 for 10 sessions


Tess Jamieson-Karaha

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

Tess Jamieson-Karaha

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 NewsHow 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.

Emma Draper

Emma Draper (Ngā Wairiki, Ngāti Apa) graduated from New Zealand drama school: Toi Whakaari in 2009.  Since then Emma has worked on a range of professional film, television, radio, theatre projects in drama, comedy and musical genres. In 2020 she played the lead role in feature film Reunion starring opposite Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Madmen, Ladies in Black) she has played supporting roles in various New Zealand feature films such as This Town starring Robyn Malcom, award winning telefeature Jean (Robert Sakies), cult comedy What we do in the Shadows (Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement), Daffodils (David Stubbs), and Wellington Paranormal Season 2 (Jemaine Clement and Dean Hewison). Three seasons of TVNZ series Girl vs Boy which included a musical episode.

Emma’s theatre credits include The Witch in Into the Woods (for the Great American Laughing Stock Company in Colorado US),  Jesus Christ Superstar (Wellington Musical Theatre Company),  Rants in the Dark (2019 Circa theatre production), as well as various cabarets and other productions in Wellington and Auckland.  As a singer Emma is trained in classical and contemporary styles and is also an experienced voice over artist with experience ranging from commercial to radio drama voice over work. Emma has a particular interest in voice work as a way for actors to access emotion and character.

Emma has worked as an acting coach at Toi Whakaari- New Zealand Drama School, Rātā Studios and has worked for The Casting Company and been mentored by Emmy Award winning Casting Director Tina Cleary.

Our Location

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