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


Our 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 Rea) works as a professional actor in film, television and theatre and has done for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School (Bachelor of Performing Arts; Acting).

She is currently very active in the Wellington professional theatre scene and is a mother to a couple of very active teeny performers.


Debs has coached acting and drama to ages 2-20 in various schools and settings for fifteen years. Her previous teaching ranges from pre-school introduction to performing arts to coaching the child actors of Shortland Street, working with children of incarcerated parents, and coaching actors who have intellectual disabilities.

Debs 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.

Debs has worked as an actor in many capacities such as playing Hamlet at Pop Up Globe, touring a one-woman show, to roles on films and television.



  • Individuality

  • Care and respect for others

  • Bravery

  • Community

  • Mentorship

  • Play

  • Freedom of expression

  • Camaraderie

  • Patience

  • Honesty

  • Acceptance

  • Healthy, playful competition

  • Celebration

  • Interdependence

  • Honouring process

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