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Turanga Merito

Turanga Merito

Turanga graduated from University of Auckland School of Creative & Performing Arts in 2001 and from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York in 2007. Turanga works professionally in live theatre, television and music, as a vocalist, vocal coach, actor, dancer and choreographer. He has appeared in a number of musicals in Australia including Chess, West Side Story, High School Musical Live and in the part of Simba in the Lion King. He has been backing vocalist for the likes of Marcia Hines, Guy Sebastion and Stan Walker. He has worked with X Factor Australia and New Zealand as a vocal coach and choreographer. Since 2011 he has been head choreographer for Coca Cola Christmas in the Park. Turanga is currently based in Rotorua, where he is Artistic Director of Lakes Performing Arts Company.

Turanga’s professional training includes:

American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York (AMDA) 2007           

University of Auckland (School of Creative & Performing Arts) 2001-02

Rotorua Lakes High School – 1997-2001

Ballet: Lindsay Chambers, Lars Rosager

Tap: Cynthia Murray, Michelle Bruckner

Jazz: Amanda Ellis, Lars Rosager

Acting: Dan Daily, Mark Reihard

Voice: Kyle Gonyea (Pop) Mary Feeney (Classical) Tim Ryan, Joe Goscinski

Musical Theatre: Elaine Petricoff-Cohen, John Znidarsick

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