Amy Usherwood grew up in Dunedin and is a 2007 NIDA acting graduate. Her Television and film credits include Emma Franklin on Shortland Street (2012-2014) and Louise Hillary in Hillary, both for TVNZ. She recently played Joy in the Australian Feature film Ladies In Black, directed by Bruce Beresford. Her theatre credits include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale (Wellington Summer Shakespeare), Helen in Sweet Phoebe(Basement Theatre) Chick in Crimes of the Heart (Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney) and for Sport For Jove (Sydney) she has played Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Sebastian in The Tempest, Banquo in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emilia in Othello, The Pedant in Taming of the Shrew, Leonie in Away, Lori in The River at the End of the Road and various characters in No End of Blame, all directed by Damien Ryan. Whilst at NIDA, she played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, directed by Gale Edwards and Paulinka in Tony Kushner’s Bright Room Called Day, directed by Anthony Skuse. Amy recently performed in season four at Pop-up Globe, in Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew. She was a Drama Tutor at NIDA’s Open Program, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, 2014-2018. She is a proud member of MEAA.

I love working with drama students of all ages, encouraging and supporting their confidence and growth. I believe the skills that drama students learn are ones that will help them in many areas later in life. I benefited greatly from being involved in drama from a young age and I love to pass on that passion to others. I have taught a range of subjects such as screen acting, mask, Shakespeare, monologue technique and audition technique. I’m most proud of my three terms of teaching adult students with intellectual disabilities.