Wonderplay trains young actors and theatre makers aged 2-18, in Island Bay and Churton Park. Wonderplay is run by drama teacher, Deborah Eve Rea who has taught drama in Wellington for over 15 years.


The drama classes teach performance skills through the use of games, activities and exercises that also help children (and adults!) with:

  • Social skills

  • Problem-solving abilities

  • Co-ordination and motoring skills

  • Speech strengthening and development

  • Confidence building

  • Leadership and teamwork


Debs (Deborah Eve Rea) works as a professional actor in film, television and theatre and has done for over fifteen years. She is a graduate of both Wellington Performing Arts Centre (Advanced Diploma in Acting) and Toi Whakaari (Bachelor of Performing Arts; Acting).

She is currently very active in the Wellington professional theatre scene and is a mother to busy toddler.


Deborah has taught acting and drama to ages 2-20 in various schools for fifteen years. Her previous teaching ranges from pre-school introduction to performing arts to coaching the child actors of Shortland Street.

Deborah was awarded the Rotary Goal Setter award by Helen Clark in 2007. In 2012 Deborah received a grant from Asia New Zealand to travel to India to train with the top female theatre artists in the world at the Magdalena theatre Festival in the same year she was also awarded funds to train in intercultural physical theatre in Brisbane and Balinese Mask with a master of mask in Bali.


  • Individuality

  • Care and respect for others

  • Bravery

  • Community

  • Mentorship

  • Play

  • Freedom of expression

  • Camaraderie

  • Patience

  • Honesty

  • Acceptance

  • Healthy, playful competition

  • Celebration

  • Interdependence

  • Honoring process