Our Youth Company Co-Leaders

Gabrielle Solomona

Gabrielle Solomona is a Samoan-New Zealand actress who makes up one third of hilarious, sassy leading ladies in the hugely successful Pasifika comedy central show SIS. For Auckland Theatre Copmany, Gaby has directed Summer School 2020, and was part of the cast of Things That Matter.

Keagan Carr Fransch

Keagan Carr Fransch was born and raised in Zimbabwe and moved to Aotearoa in 2004 with her family. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School (Acting) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Masters in Acting). Keagan was a residency member for Basement Theatre’s Ideas in Residence 2021. She is based in Tāmaki Makaurau, working as an actor, coach, writer, and director.

Matthew Kereama

Matthew Kereama (Ngāti Raukawa) completed a BMUS with HONS majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland where his dissertation focused on the dialogue of opera directors. Matthew has also worked closely with professional directors from NZ Opera, Wellington Opera, Auckland Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company in Assistant Director roles.

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips is the Participation Coordinator at Auckland Theatre Company. He has assistant directed for Auckland Theatre Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, and has directed for Whitireia Drama School, Young and Hungry Arts Trust, and at BATS Theatre.