Laurel Devenie

Lady Mary Ann Martin

In 2010 for Auckland Theatre Company Laurel featured as Cecily in Colin McColl's hit production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

("Laurel Devenie brings an appealing naivety to her study of a buxom country maid who delights in generating reality by writing fictitious entries in her diary"- NZ Herald)

She also played Ann Martin in The Next Stage work-in-progress presentation of ON THE UPSIDE- DOWN OF THE WORLD, Arthur Meek's new solo play which will premiere in the 2011 Subscription Season directed by Colin McColl.

In addition Laurel directed the acclaimed Young & Hungry Auckland production of Bruce Mason Award winner Eli Kent's THINNING, and co-directed the devised children's show 1001 MIRRORS for Auckland Theatre Company's Education Unit with Lynne Cardy.

A graduate of Toi Whaakari: New Zealand Drama School Laurel appeared in FLAGONS AND FOXTROTS, THE GRADUATE and OTHELLO at Downstage in 2007. The following year she moved to Auckland and became heavily involved in various independent productions, including Peripeteia's THE TEMPEST and THREE SISTERS. She has worked throughout New Zealand: touring with Capital E: National Theatre for Children in STEALING GAMES, directing for Northland Youth Theatre in Whangarei, performing in Northland's Pohutukawa Company production of YOURS TRULY, and working with a community theatre group in Wanaka.