Acting On Instinct: New Studio for Devonport

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

Elena Stejko

Elena Stejko

Devonport’s thespian potential has received a shot in the arm, with actor Elena Stejko’s new acting studio holding  its first classes in the Friendly Society Hall this  Saturday 26 February.

For the last 16 years Elena has been a resident of Devonport and was involved in the reopening of The Victoria Theatre in October last year when she also opened the  Actors Studio Elena Stejko in central City, Wellesley Street, where she teaches acting classes for adults.

“Now we are extending the Actors Studio to open acting classes for youth (age 8-18 y.o.) in Devonport with my business partner Gina Timberlake. Gina is a trained Actor and tutor of drama classes for children in Auckland.”

“Together we have created a unique drama program and we are very excited to be opening an acting school for children in Devonport.”

The Russian-born actor and director has studied at the University of Culture in Kiev from 1987-1991, and worked as an actor and young director for various theatre companies in Russia. In1993, Elena started tutoring the Russian Acting Technique in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she also worked as a freelance director and actor with the “Teatro de Banco do Brazil”.

In 1995, Elena moved to New Zealand where she continues her teaching based on the Stanislavsky and Chekhov acting techniques in Auckland, Wellington, and Sydney. Recently, Elena travelled to Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Milan, Basel where she met with other practitioners, taught workshops, and worked with talented directors.

She has been working in the industry for 20 years collaborating with other artists, always striving to create original work. Elena has directed plays and performance pieces. She worked as an actor in Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, and Japan.

Her recent screen work was the lead role in Russian Snark; a New Zealand feature film scripted by another Devonport resident  – playwright  Stephen Sinclair – and the lead role in The Promise, a feature drama in Tokyo, Japan.  Elena has also worked extensively as a casting director for 10 years, and co-wrote the script for the New Zealand feature film Rain with director, Christine Jeff.

Elena has received two nominations for her acting work  – Best Actress NZ Quantas Film and Television Awards  2010 and Best Actress American  Maverick Film Awards 2010.

For more information about the Devonport classes contact Gina on 021 0298 7512 or email


  1. steve says:

    On May 09 Elena is also appearing in The Bear by A Chekov, the first show from Outbox Theatre Company at The Vic in Devonport. Its going to be really rather good!

  2. GB says:

    This is great ed, know Elena myself, she’s very talented!

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