ADCRG, TCRG, TMRF, BA Mus Th Perf, Dip Dance NZJDA
Whilst it’s definitely rare for a qualified irish dance adjudicator and teacher to be an original cast member of Motherhood The Musical, Miss Ziggy toured around Australia originating the role of Brooke in this comedy for many return seasons after a career treading the boards as a professional dancer and performer for over 3 decades.
Ziggy’s professional career started at just 16 years old in the cast of Gypsy at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre whilst still at high school and has gone on to include national tours of musicals such as Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Tour and Godspell. Overseas tours include hosting Disney productions, playing Queen Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Mrs Potts from Beauty & the Beast. In her work as an operatic vocalist, Ziggy featured in the operatic comedy duo Yummy Opera, written & produced by Glynn Nicholas and her acts, Miss ZuzuYooHooLala & swing/jazz act Sweet Swingin’ Jazz. Originally a dancer with Head Over Heelz Dance Company in New Zealand, Ziggy was determined to polish her skills as a singer/actor and went on to graduate ‘Most Promising Music Theatre Graduate’ of her year at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and has since featured in several TV & film projects from Neighbours, to 000 -Heroes, Kerry-Anne, Good Morning Australia and City Homicide.
Ziggy’s work with the development of young talent is well known throughout Australia, along with her writing of the GMThO Popular Singing Syllabus for Young Voices alongside her work on the musical theatre syllabus and also their Jazz Dance Syllabus.
She has developed children’s theatre works for performance live on-stage at Disneyland and at Disney’s California Adventure Park. A writer of children’s theatre and strong Youth Arts advocate, Ziggy founded and the Artz Collective in 2000 to bring about access to excellent performing arts teachers and training in Melbourne’s western suburbs. In 2008, the Artz Collective performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, LA and at California Adventure Park, where she is taking students to perform again.
Having adjudicated at the World Irish Dance World Championships in 2019 in Holland, Ziggy enjoys the fusion of being able to bring her incredibly varied background in dance from ballet to irish dance, tap dance and jazz dance with musical theatre training together to stage incdredibly entertaining and crowd pleasing works.
Ziggy is passionate about enabling children from all backgrounds access to terrific performing arts training and has developed the funding arm, the WestKidz Arts Access Scheme to this end with scholarhsip winners gaining grants and scholarships and entry to VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School) & Melbourne Opera Studio amongst other training companies.