Suzy Sampson is an Actor, Director and Producer born in Wellington New Zealand and trained at the London Academy of Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, TVI Studios in Los Angeles and the Stella Adler Academy in New York.
With more than 20 years experience in Theatre, Film, TV and Radio Suzy has worked in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Prague, Auckland Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.
Suzy is the founder and a Trustee of Twice as Good Productions Theatre Company Charitable Trust. She is also the Artistic Director of TaG Drama Workshops for Kids.
Prior to attending Drama School in the UK Suzy trained as a school teacher and is past recipient of the New Zealand Times Teacher of the Year Award. She was also worked in Marketing and Promotions for EMI Music Company in the UK
Recent theatre roles include:
Jacques in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, Titania in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Mrs Bennett in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” Mrs Darling/The Fairy Queen in JM Barrie’s “Peter Pan” Diana in Neil Simon’s “California Suite (nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the HK Arts Awards 2011) Lady Croom in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” Kate in Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” Stevie in Edward Albee’s “The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia”, Anne Hathaway in Vern Theissen’s one woman play “Shakespeare’s Will”- awarded Best Show in HK Arts Awards 2011 – Elizabeth in NZ playwright Carl Nixon’s “The Birthday Boy”
Suzy’s full biography
On her return to NZ after more than 2 decades of living in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, Suzy established the first open air Shakespeare Performances at Te Puna Quarry in the Bay of Plenty – see http://www.summershakespeare.com
Suzy was also Show Director for Fabulous Threads and Theatre’s Production of Butterflies of the Night in April 2015 in which she also played the role of Madame La Belle Rose Butterflies of the Night
Jeremy Jones , originally from the UK is a fellow Trustee of Twice as Good Productions Theatre Company. He has been involved with theatre for the last 25 years in theatre, in Stage Management, Lighting/Sound, producing and directing. He has a passion for theatre and a special keenness for Shakespeare having been taken to see Othello at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1978 where he fell in love with Shakespeare’s writing. He has his own theatre company Notebook Theatre and is now writing plays. In the UK Jez was involved in many productions as Stage Manager including John Godber’s “Teechers”, Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” along with various musicals including South Pacific and The Mikado. For Twice As Good Productions, Jez works as Lighting, Sound, Website, Rehearsal Manager, Technical Director and helps with the marketing along with anything else that gets thrown his way…… Jez was Senior Stage Manager for Popup Globe AKL’s inaugural season looking after Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet along with 8 touring companies.
NZ Credits include
Stage Manager “Trainspotting”, Tauranga Director “Teechers”, Tauranga Director “Wyrd Sisters”, Tauranga Director “Talking Heads”, Tauranga Production and Stage Manager “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, Te Puna 2015 Production Manager, “As You Like It”, Te Puna 2016 Technical Director, “Shakespeare’s Will”, Auckland and Wellington 2016
Tiring House Manager / Senior Stage Manager – Popup Globe Auckland 2016
Set Designer – “The Pink Hammer”, 16th Avenue Theatre, 2017.
Stylist and Set Designer
Heidi Ellicott O’Donnell grew up in Tauranga then spent 23 years in Auckland before returning home to the Bay with her family and Russell Terrier a few years ago.Heidi established BeScene in 2011 after 6 years of working as a freelance stylist, where Heidi consulted with designers and homestaging companies and styled projects for them. BeScene specialises in all aspects of interior styling; event settings for weddings, preparing and styling homes for sale, colour consulting, floral styling and interior design. Recently Heidi was responsible for the styling of the set, props and the front of house areas of Twice as Good’s open air Shakespeare productions of A Midsummers Night Dream and As You Like It at Te Puna Quarry and Judith Bell’s Fabulous Threads and Theatre production of Butterflies of the Night in Mount Maunganui, where she transformed an aeroplane hanger into a magical butterfly garden and a french cabaret club.
Heidi believes that everyone should live, work and entertain in an environment that reflects who they (the clients) are, what their tastes are and how they live. Heidi also believes that it shouldn’t cost the earth to create beautiful spaces. By working with what the client has and enhancing the environment Heidi can show her clients how to have a home they will be proud of.