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Merlia de Ridder

Actor / Dancer / Singer

162cm / 5ft 4in
14 September 2001 (22 this year)
Eye Colour
Light Blue
Hair Colour
Blonde/Light Brown
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Other Accents
Standard US and UK
Vocal Range
NZ European


Drama School Productions

2022 Grease Marty NASDA, Dir. Daniel Pengelly, The Court Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
2022 Lady Jones (original solo devised show) Lead NASDA, Dir. Holly Chappell-Eason, Christchurch, NZ
2022 Riverside Drive Ditty Chibnall/Skudder Sister NASDA, Dir. Sara Brodie, Christchurch, NZ
2021 Tiny Thunders - Group Devised Jenna NASDA, Dir. Holly Chappell-Eason, Christchurch, NZ
2021 The Skin of Our Teeth Lily Sabina NASDA, Dir. Tom Eason, Christchurch, NZ

Community Theatre

2020 Not Another High School Musical Rachel Forum North, Dir. Tim Bell, Whangarei, NZ
2019 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Northland Youth Theatre, Whangarei, NZ
2017 and 2020 The Vagina Monologues Ensemble Forum North, Dir. Becky Aud Jennison, Whangarei, NZ
2017 The Wizard of Oz Ensemble Whangarei Theatre Company, Whangarei, NZ

School Productions

2019 Wait Until Dark Susy Hendrix Whangarei Girls High School, Whangarei, NZ
2018 Albert Black Multiple Whangarei Girls High School, Whangarei, NZ

Short Film

2019 Caretaker Georgie National Youth Theatre, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Training & Education

2023 Vocal Singing Lessons Angela Johnson
2020 - 2022 Bachelor in Performing Arts National Academy of Performing Arts, Christchurch, NZ
2018 Musical Theatre Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School
2018 Screen Acting 3 day course South Seas Film School
2017 and 2019 Vocal and Performance Training VocalizeU Artist Intensive, Los Angeles, USA
2017 - 2019 Musical Theatre, Advanced Acting and Short Film National Youth Drama School, Hawkes Bay, NZ
2016 - 2019 Classical Singing Lessons with Trinity College Grade 4 - Advanced Certificate Lisbe Jooste
2016 Acting and Promenade Show Wonderland Auckland Theatre Company Summer School


2017 A Midsummer Nights Dream Winner of the Sheilah Winn Festical of Shakespeare Northland Regional Competition
2017 Silver and Bronze medalist for acting and a full tuition award for a 4 week Acting or Musical Theatre Workshop at the New York Film Academy The World Championships of Performing Arts
2016 - 2018 Trophies for Highest Individual mark over all sections Northland Performing Arts Competitions Society - Vocal


Devising, Stage acting , Screen acting, Accents - General American, Southern American, RP British, Musical theatre jazz, Musical
theatre, classical, pop Singing Alto/Mezzo Soprano (Eb3-G5), Bilingual in Dutch and English, Horse riding, Waitressing, Bartending,
Guitar, Ukulele, song writing