Let's get Lea to London!

Lea Nova Tisch, a Year 13 here has been chosen to preform in London this winter at Shakespeare's Globe as part of New Zealand’s Young Shakespeare Company (YSC) - a dream come true after over a decade of passion for theatre. Preforming Julius Caesar in the world-renowned home of Shakespeare will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend workshops, perform under the direction of industry stars, be immersed in the culture of live theatre and make invaluable connections for her dream career in acting.

However, dreams don’t come free - she needs your help to get there. Severe under funding of the arts, both in schools and theatre companies means contributions to her Give a Little page are necessary. Readers are sure to know local youth who, like Lea was, live for their involvement in local theatre. Supporting young actors now will ensure that opportunities like this are passed on to stars of the future as well.

If Lea had one piece of advice for aspiring young thespians, it would be to say yes to every theatre opportunity that comes your way — this attitude has landed her roles like Chad in High School Musical, Magrat in Wyrd Sisters, Queen Iduna in Frozen the Musical, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty. The fun and learning experiences far outweigh the occasional absurdity.

To have achieved her eligibility for this Globe trip opportunity, Lea was first recognised for her outstanding performance at Shakespeare Globe Center NZ (SGCNZ) at the University of Otago Sheila Wynn Shakespeare Festival's Regional Competition - playing Rosalind in As You Like It won her Direct Entry into the National School's Shakespeare Production (NSSP). This meant that she could skip the National Competition stage and join 48 talented student actors in Wellington, in which she performed a shortened Henry VI as Joan of Arc after just 5 days of rehearsals. Then came the heart-stopping call from the incredible SGCNZ Chairperson and CEO Dawn Sanders, who confirmed her spot as one of 25 from across NZ chosen to join the YSC.

Lea is a member of the Preforming Arts Council, a prefect, and leader of the improvisational Theatresports Club at TGS, and thrives in challenging and creative environments. She cannot wait to take London by storm.

Any contribution, no matter how small, will get Lea a step closer to living her dreams and showing NZ that the arts are precious to future generations’ creativity and expression.

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