Teen Acting Rata 102

Refine your acting technique in this advanced class for teens.

We expect a high level of commitment and teens need to email jackie@ratastudios.co.nz to explain why they want to do this course.

Rata 102 offers students who are committed to learning and improving their craft a space to take their acting abilities to the next level.  In this class students will focus on a range of acting techniques for stage and screen.

  • Screen Auditions – mock casting room experience.
  • Analysing and annotating scripts
  • Cold reads
  • Reflection and Critique.
  • Body and movement
  • Voice
  • The sensual actor ( awakening our senses)
  • Visualise the realness of an imagined environment without breaking character
  • Utilise the actors imagination- don’t lose sight of the internal
  • Bring real life details into every role
  • Focus on characters goals – what they want and why it matters
  • Create compelling, complex characters

This class will be taught by both Jo Rogers and Tess Jamieson-Karaha on different weeks throughout the term. Jo and Tess have planned a challenging programme which utilises their individual strengths as professionals.

About 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 film work includes ‘Dandelion’ , TVNZ’s ‘Mistress Mercy’ , ‘ Apple TV’s ‘Mr Corman’, Catherine ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’. Her recent theatre work includes ‘ Peer Gynt’ and ‘My name is Gary Cooper’.

She has a passion for wellbeing and is an ‘iHeart'( innate health education and resilience training) facilitator.

She also writes and teaches the Screen Acting course at Whitireia and is now the Arts Co-ordinator at Scots College.

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

About Jo Rogers

Jo Rogers

Jo Rogers

Jo is a trained teacher and has studied environmental and human science at Auckland University; while also attending the Performing Arts School in Auckland.

Working with students in screen acting, scriptwriting, filming, editing and making short films, she has been involved within local television and large musical productions, bringing a wealth of knowledge and work experience to her classes.

As lead Project Director and Artistic Manager on various events as well as tutoring and lecturing in Tertiary Education, Jo is able to think logistically and understand the programming and management needed in the success of large scale productions.  This last year Jo has worked writing and producing her first novel and feature film script.

Her philosophy is, whether you want to be a movie star, change the world, develop confidence or just have fun, the opportunity to be involved in challenging theatre and screen workshops will give any student the foundation to succeed. Seeing many of her students score roles in local and international films she’s worked to open new pathways and help shape the future of the industry

Timetable and Enrolment


New course for Term 3 2021
Participants must email jackie@ratastudios.co.nz to express why they want to do this particular course.
A high level of commitment is expected

Thursdays with Jo and Tess (1 hour 30 min classes)
Start: 29th July
Finish: 30th Sept  (9 Thursdays ) NO sessions on 12th August  for Scots College Production
Thursdays:  4.30-6.00pm


Scots College Drama Rooms


Jo Rogers or Tess Jamieson-Karaha

Target Market

Teens in Years 9-13 at College or High School.

(incl GST)

$200  (for all 9 sessions)


Our Location

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