our team.

We are a handpicked team of highly qualified and registered Speech-Language Therapists and Speech & Drama Teachers. We match our skills and expertise, to your needs.  Our speech + drama teachers have backgrounds in performing, directing, public speaking, vocals, radio, theatre and education. As a team we are passionate about all aspects of speech + communication + performance. But what we are most passionate about, is every individual achieving their communication potential


Anna Keno.

speech therapist I speech + drama teacher

Anna is the creative driving force behind GIANT LEAPS Speech Company - established in response to the demand for quality and specialist Speech Therapy and Speech + Drama Classes for all ages and abilities. A qualified Speech Therapist (BSLT) and Speech + Drama Teacher (ATCL, ASB),  Anna is a member of the New Zealand Speech & Language Therapy Association and has over 20 years experience working with young people to develop confidence, creativity and most importantly communication skills for life. Anna is especially passionate about early intervention and the importance of giving young children the best start in life. Anna is a mother to four young children and understands the importance and emotion involved in wanting to see your children succeed.

Louise Erskine.

speech + language therapist

Louise graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Speech & Language Therapy with first class honors. Before joining the GIANT LEAPS team, Louise worked as a Speech Therapist in both the public education and health sector. She has worked extensively with pre-school and school aged children presenting with a variety of speech and language disorders and delays. Louise is passionate about working with children and families. She is a superstar working with speech + language delays to provide the best possible communication support and therapy outcomes. Louise is a wife and mother to three young children, so understands first hand the developmental and social importance of every individual achieving their communication potential. 

 

Krissy McGeown.

vocals I speech + drama teacher

Krissy is a leading vocalist with over 20 years’ experience. An accomplished performer in her own right, Krissy has been involved in drama and musical theatre from a very young age including the Musical Theatre Oamaru production of “The Addams Family” in which she played Alice Beineke, and received an OSTA best supporting actress nomination for the role. We are excited to see Krissy take on the lead role of Donna in the upcoming  Musical Theatre Oamaru’s production of “Mamma Mia!”. Krissy has extensive experience working with, and supporting people with disabilities. Krissy believes that music, singing and drama has wonderful therapeutic rewards, both mentally and physically, and is so excited to be able to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Alice Sollis.

speech + drama teacher

Alice Sollis has achieved an impressive list of theatre and performing accomplishments. Her career on stage began as a dancer in SCDL revues, and she is now a recognised and well respected director having directed over 50 stage productions including the highly successful “The Sound of Music”, "Grease",“The Addams Family”; “Chicago”; “All Shook Up”; & "Wizard of Oz"; to name just a few. Alice writes compilation shows; has worked in radio; creates sound effects for plays; performs as a soloist, and sings in the very busy band “The Drama Queens” at corporate and private functions. Alice works as event & production manager for festivals and concerts, has acted in two locally produced movies, judged numerous talent quests, and leads school holiday drama programmes all over Canterbury. Alice loves teaching and nurturing all aspects of theatre and the spoken word.

 

Suzanne Talbot.

speech + drama teacher

Suzanne is a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Education and Teaching Diploma.  She graduated from Christchurch College of Education in 1995 and went on to teach primary aged children in both North Canterbury and Timaru.  Her passion for drama led her to write and direct plays for primary aged children with drama being a key component in her teaching programmes. Suzanne is a passionate actor and singer and she loves to share that passion to inspire her student’s personal creativity and success. Suzanne is also a Mainly Music  presenter, working with little people aged 0 - 5 years to grow through music and movement...... so you can imagine the energy she brings to our teaching team! Most importantly, Suzanne is a mother to four young children so she truly understands the importance of a supportive and caring learning environment to nature her student’s inner confidence. 

Anna Sillibourne.

vocals I speech + drama teacher

A qualified teacher, Anna graduated from the Dunedin College of Education in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education. Her passion for teaching drama led to her being appointed in a leadership role in the drama department at Murrays Bay Intermediate School, in Auckland. In this role, Anna was responsible for designing the drama teaching programme to be implemented throughout the school and for assisting other teachers in their delivery of the drama curriculum in their own classrooms. Upon returning to Otago, Anna took up a position teaching secondary school English at Lawrence Area School. Anna also featured as a tutor for the Lawrence Arts Academy singing and creative writing courses. A performer in her own right, Anna has been involved in drama and musical theatre from a very young age. Anna is passionate about working with young people on their own journey towards fluency of expression and self-confidence.

 

Jill Roberts.

speech + drama teacher

Jill is a is a passionate Drama teacher with over 20 years experience. Jill trained as an actor at the Court Theatre Training Company in London and has worked on stage and on film in the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand. Jill adores teaching and is extremely passionate about encouraging young people to become involved in the performing arts. Jill has recently been teaching Drama and Languages at Geraldine High School. She has instructed Drama workshops at Roncalli College, Mountainview High School and Geraldine kindergartens and schools. Jill's classes are energetic and full of life. She inspires her students to be the best they can be by building their confidence, their performance and their communication skills! We are excited to have Jill as part of our teaching team.

Bronwyn Waldron.

speech + drama teacher

Bronwyn graduated from the Dunedin College of Education in 1998 with a Bachelor of Education. with over 20 years teaching experience, she has a passion for the performing arts and theatre. Bronwyn is passionate about oral language and effective communication and loves nothing more than helping people gain the confidence though speech & drama.  Bronwyn has been involved in drama and musical theatre from a very young age. As a young child and teenager she spent many years learning singing,acting and piano.  Bronwyn is currently working towards becoming an Associate teacher of Speech New Zealand. Bronwyn enjoys working with young people to build confidence, celebrate their performance and grow their communication skills! 

 

Abigail Austin.

speech + drama teacher

Abigail is a well rounded + experienced performer and teacher. She has a long list of credits to her name with the most recent being Elle Woods in the South Canterbury Drama League show Legally Blonde. Not only did Abigail play the leading lady she but also choreographed the show! This was her third SCDL show she has choreographed over the past 2 years alongside Suessical Kids, Hairspray Junior, and Cinderella. Along with great experience in musical theatre, Abigail also sings lead in the popular band, Livewire who are regularly gigging across the South Island. Abigail is passionate about sharing her performing knowledge and experiences with others. She thrives on seeing her student's grow in confidence and the positive impact that involvement in the performing arts has on shaping their lives both now and in the future. 

Lily Stock.

broadway kids coach

At the tender age of 17, Lily is an accomplished public speaker, performer and stage manager. Lily recently played lead roles in the Waitaki Combined School’s - High School Musical, and then MTOs - Mamma Mia. She was nominated for the OSTA of Best leading female for her role as Sophie. In her own words "I am incredibly excited to work alongside Krissy and Anna as a Broadway Kids coach and look so so so much forward to showing kids how much fun we theatre guru’s have! I love both kids and performance, so the two combined for a job at my age is a dream come true"

 

Josh Acheson.

ICAN academy coach

Josh brings to our creative team youth and energy. A musician, a singer, an actor... Josh is a natural stage leader and teacher. Josh has stage and musical theatre experience and he is eager pass this on to our young students. Josh has a special interest in working with youth and adults with disabilities. He loves nothing more that sharing his performing arts passion and experiences with them. and  Josh is the "big kid" of our teaching team and he brings with him a bundle of infectious energy to share.

Sarah Bain.

accounts guru

Sarah is slightly overqualified for this role - but we are not complaining! As a chartered accountant she is busy behind the scenes dealing with fiances and accounts. We are pretty lucky having her on board. It means everyone else in the team can focus on what we love - being teachers and therapists.

 




join our team. 

Our vision is that every child, teen and adult can achieve their very best communication + performance skills to succeed in life. The demand for this is needed more today that ever before. We need powerhouse speech + drama teachers and speech therapists to join our team in Oamaru + Timaru + Ashburton. If you like what you see + think you have got some thing to add... then lets talk!