Staff Profiles

Makeup Artistry Staff

Amanda Kisona - Tutor

NZ Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching Level 5

Certificate in Fashion & SFX Makeup Artistry Level 3 & 4 

Amanda is one of Wellington’s leading freelance Makeup Artists having been in the Makeup Industry since 2014. She has worked for cosmetic houses such as Elizabeth Arden and MAC Cosmetics where she thrived in giving customers an excellent experience. Amanda is often seen behind the scenes collaborating with industry professionals on photoshoots and backstage at various Fashion shows. 

She is highly experienced in Fashion, Commercial, Runway and Bridal Makeup. 

Career highlights include working as the Assistant Makeup Designer for the World of Wearable Arts (WoW), leading teams at Fashion Shows and collaborating with like-minded creatives. 

As a full time tutor, Amanda is passionate and dedicated to teaching. She develops her students artistry and industry skills, helping to shape the next generation of Makeup Artists. 

Sarah Elford - Tutor

Sarah is an award winning Make Up, Special Effects (SFX), Prosthetics and Body Artist based in Wellington.  

From creating characters for anything from Period Drama’s to full on Horror films, or bringing to life, full, prosthetic creatures, for Stage, Screen, competitions, festivals and events, the skills Sarah learnt here, at Weltec, have allowed her to enjoy success in many different sectors of this creative industry. 

She has worked on many short and feature films, which have enjoyed national and international success, and her time working within the Auckland and Wellington professional film industry, has connected her with leading NZ Makeup and Prosthetic Artists. 

Other avenues have included Body-art collaboration at festivals to running large scale horror events, and Commercial work like realistic major trauma scenarios for First Aid training seminars, and health and safety videos 

Her accomplishments include multiple awards for her Prosthetic and Body-art incl: 2 NZ Body Art Awards, Winner and 2nd place; BodyFX Armageddon SFX competitions, nominations as top makeup artist in the Wellington 48 Hour Film awards and multiple Best Makeup awards on film 

Sarah has returned to where it all began, here at Weltec, where she is passionate about sharing her knowledge & experience.  

Caroline Adams - Tutor

Having worked as a makeup artist for 20 years, Caroline has extensive experience in all areas of makeup artistry having worked for many years on runway and fashion makeup in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland and recently LA. She has also worked in cosmetics sales and is passionate about providing and teaching the best customer experience possible.

Other areas of her work experience include leading and managing teams of makeup artists on large scale events such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, MTV Australia Music awards, Make me a supermodel Australia and has wide experience in HD TV makeup and celebrity work, bridal and fashion editorial makeup. In Wellington, Caroline continues her freelance work alongside teaching, specializing in Bridal/special occasion, fashion, commercial and Runway. 

Dany Pike - Tutor

Originally from Germany, Dany had extensive training in beauty makeup, character makeup, makeup SFX, prosthetics and hair & wig work.  

Dany has worked in the industry for many years in Germany and Europe before settling in New Zealand in the year 2000. 

She has worked in all fields of the make-up artistry industry from film, TV and stage to the beauty and fashion industry. Her special skills lie in character make-up, make-up special effects & wig work. 

Since 2005, Dany has successfully lead the Weltec Makeup Artistry programmes and is passionate about teaching New Zealand's up and coming make-up artists and enjoys working with a team of highly skilled and dedicated tutors. 

Publishing Staff

All staff of the publishing programme come directly from industry, where they honed their skills and knowledge. Most are still working for publishers alongside their teaching.

The programme also draws on the expertise of numerous specialist tutors and industry speakers. Many publishing professionals take classes through the year – whether to teach a core part of the curriculum or take a specialist lesson or simply as a visiting speaker.

Odessa Owens - Tutor

Odessa Owens has worked in publishing for over a decade, making award-winning books for Te Papa Press until 2015, when she joined the Whitireia Publishing programme. In 2016 she was the convening judge of the PANZ Book Design Awards, and she was one of the judges of the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Theresa Crewdson - Tutor

Theresa Crewdson completed the Diploma in Publishing in 2006 and the Editing Masterclass in 2012. She worked at Lift Education for nearly a decade and is now a freelance editor for both local and international clients.

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