Alumni Spotlight: Tracey Stretton (nee Burt)

Posted on December 14, 2021

A dynamic business leader and inspirational self-made small business owner

Tracey Stretton (nee Burt) (Rutherford House 1980 – 1984) is the company founder and Artistic Director of

Founded in 1992, is an education based performing arts company specialising in drama, dance and musical theatre classes. Their teaching focusses on all areas of dance and technique, performance, singing, musical theatre and onstage acting and drama skills. accept students from age 4 through to adults and they hold over 150 classes across Auckland. Online marketplace Active Activities has awarded the number one most popular kids activity in Auckland for the past two years.

Tracey graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Teaching. She furthered her training with a Higher Diploma in Teaching and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Dance and Drama in Education from the Auckland College of Education. She has worked for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and for the Ministry of Education as a Drama and Dance Moderator and Assessment Writer.

Throughout her career, Tracey has choreographed and directed numerous large scale productions including Peter Pan, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music and Grease. Every year Tracey produces the end of year productions with up to 200 performers in each cast.

Tracey genuinely believes in her company’s tag line “dream it…pform it…be it!” and has witnessed first-hand over the years how performing arts can build confidence and change lives. The large number of positive reviews on the website are a testament to Tracey’s hard work, skills and passion for performing arts education.

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