MEET THE TEACHER
Drama Kids first started in 2010 when owner/operator Jennifer Wicks was teaching high school drama at John Paul College and began teaching Speech and Drama classes after school. Drama Kids is now her full time operation and remains one of the most sought after drama programmes in Rotorua.
Jennifer's passion in life is the performing arts and teaching. She began studying Speech and Drama through both Trinity Guildhall London and Speech New Zealand at the age of 10 and continued to do so until she finished high school.
Upon graduating, Jennifer studied at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts in Christchurch. She then completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning through the University of Canterbury and moved back to Rotorua to receive her Speech New Zealand Licentiate Diploma in Speech and Drama teaching. Jennifer has taught Drama both as a curricular and co-curricular subject and has directed a number of successful productions and charity showcases. She has also adjudicated numerous Speech and Drama competitions and enjoys performing in local plays and play readings.
Jennifer is an accredited performance examiner for Speech New Zealand with 11 years experience teaching both Speech NZ and Trinity syllabi. She is a qualified primary teacher with experience teaching both primary and secondary school. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BTchLn) from the University of Canterbury and a Licentiate Diploma in the Teaching of Speech and Drama (LSB). She is a Registered Teacher of the Speech Communication Association.