Acting and Drama Teacher and Coach.

National Youth Drama School – teaching Shakespeare, 2007.

“You are an amazing teacher you have provided us with all the help we needed taking feedback and feed forward, improving and making every lesson more fun and productive at the same at with those small games at the start of the lessons.” – high school student, 2021

‘Kirsty took us on a roller-coaster of emotions with our scene and I had never felt so in touch with my character and my fellow actors…’ – Student,  the Shakespeare Globe Center of New Zealand, NSSP, 2005.

‘The course was challenging, invigorating and incredibly rewarding. I found Kirsty to be an extremely knowledgeable, very passionate and utterly inspirational teacher…’ – Gerry Hay, Actor, Glasgow Media Access Center Limited,  Screen Acting Course, 2007.

Kirsty completed a post graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching in drama and English at the University of Auckland in 2021.

  • Kirsty has designed acting courses and taught screen acting and acting Shakespeare for over twenty years part-time to all ages of students from 4 years to 60 plus years in New Zealand and the UK.
  • She does one on one Skype or in person coaching for auditions.
  • Has designed and taught acting classes for full units in schools,
  • Is available to teach at intensive week/s school holiday programs or
  • Adult classes in evenings.
  • Can teach block courses in drama schools,
  • One and a half to two-hour in school Shakespeare and screen acting workshops available.
  • Available to teach one off intensives in Shakespeare, screen acting,
  • or to direct short films for drama schools.
  • Available for relief teaching and fixed term full time roles in secondary schools 2021, 2022.

‘Kirsty watches and listens with perception and is brilliant at bringing out the best in people. ‘ – Kate Lindsay, Drama Teacher, Bayfield High School,  Dunedin,  Acting Shakespeare Course, 2011.

‘Kirsty brings considerable experience and hard-won technical flair to her teaching. In addition she has a warm and friendly manner, quickly gaining the trust of her students, so that she is able to create very quickly a working atmosphere that is both playful and focused. Her undoubted understanding of the fundamentals of acting and the special challenges of Shakespeare in particular, further inspire confidence…’ – Peter Feeney, actor, acting coach.

‘I was a student of Miss Kirsty Hamilton at the Edinburgh Acting School and Jigsaw Productions Trainee Actor Company… I learned a great deal from her and her enthusiasm and passion for her work was infectious…’ – student, Suzanne Adamson,  Screen Acting Course, 2000.

‘She taught techniques about how to explore a text that I could understand and immediately put to use… The exercises were varied and stretched my understanding of the text by pushing it in many different directions. The result was a deep exploration of the text I had only read one way previously… I found the whole workshop was a great Shakespeare workout, but most of all I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The energy in the room was playful but focused, the best place for creativity. I feel I would benefit greatly from working with Kirsty in this way again and so would any other actor or student’ – Rachel Dyson-McGregor, Actress. Acting Shakespeare, 2006.

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“It would be my face looking shocked next to my fully annotated work because one thing I learnt this unit was how to properly annotate my script and how to use beats. I reacted this way because I never expected to be able to write so much about my script”. – high school student, 2021.

For more information about classes, one off in school workshops, units, short term screen acting or Shakespeare workshops, short film directing at drama schools, or to book a one on one Skype Coaching session us contact Kirsty below:


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Kirsty Hamilton on set with Holly Taylor, 2018. Still by Tracey Olivier.