Johanna Cosgrove

Johanna Cosgrove

NZ European
Age Range
27 - 35
169cm / 5ft 7in
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Johanna Cosgrove is an award-winning actor, comedian and writer. Having trained at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in Paris, her solo show AUNTY picked up multiple accolades and toured internationally to sellout crowds. A rising star in the NZ comedy scene, Johanna’s brand-new works Hi Delusion! and ICONOCLAST debuted in the last 12 months to rave reviews. Johanna is co-host of the cult-hit podcast 'Rats in the Gutter' and co-founded award-winning social enterprise Nopesisters Clothing. Johanna has been a full-time television writer on NZ’s longest running medical drama Shortland Street and in 2022 published her debut poetry collection ‘Crying on the Phone’


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2020 Shortland Street Penny Buxton South Pacific Pictures Drama
2020 Baby Done Birthing Woman Dir. Curtis Vowell Drama
2016 BURBS (Season 2) Johanna (Lead) Dir. Stella Reid, Laura Robinson Other

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2019 Life is Easy Katie Dir. Amanda Tito & Christopher Stratton
2019 SMOKO Moo Dir. Rachel Ross
2018-2019 Brekfist Co-Host & Writer TVNZ, Re:News


Year Production Role Company / Director
2021 A Slightly Isolated Dog Jekyll and Hyde / Don Juan Australian Tour
2020-2021 Lost Letter Office Performer Capital E National Theatre for Children
2020 Public Service Announcements Judith Collins/Chloe Swarbrick Circa Theatre
2020 Stand Up Comedy Classic Comedian
2020 Lust Island Comedian/Improvisor Auckland Fringe Festival
2020 Good Comedians Comedian Fringe Bar
2019 Second Unit: What We Do in the Shadows Performer Circa Theatre
2019 Salem Bitch Trials Core Cast Dir. Brynley Stent & Alice Canton
2019 HeadSand Curly/Parasite/Core Cast Dir. Ben Henson
2018 Public Service Announcements Paula Bennet Circa Theatre, dir. Hannah Smith
2018 Uneasy Dreams & Other Things Reta Circa Theatre, dir. Sara Brodie
2018 McKenzies Daughters Core Cast Dir. Brynley Stent & Alice Canton
2018 Chef Masters Performer Created by Johanna Cosgrove, Freya Finch and Vida Gibson
2017 Auckland Theatre Awards Host Auckland Theatre Awards
2017 - 2018 AUNTY Aunty (Solo) Dir. Johanna Cosgrove
2017 Upstander Lucy Playworks Productions, dir. Bryan Divers
2016 Mall Dreams Director Northland Youth Theatre, dir. Johanna Cosgrove, Ash Holwell, Thomas Gowing
2016 Ensemble Impact Schools Tour Core Cast Dir. Leo Gene Peters
2016 Jabberwocky Devisor/Core Cast Company of Giants
2016 Milk and Honey Assistant Director Company of Giants, dir. Laurel Devenie
2015 Twelfth Night Maria Bright Orange Walls, dir. Samuel Phillips
2015 Run for Your Life Assistant Director Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Uta Plate
2015 The Elves and the Shoemaker Actor Kidzstuff, dir. Sherilee Kahui
2014 As You Like It Corin Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Lisa Warrington
2013 Dream Play Officer (Lead) Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. John Bolton
2012 Measure for Measure Lucio Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Peter Hambleton
2011-2014 P.S.A - Public Service Announcements Paula Bennett (Lead) Dir. Anya Tate Manning, Rachel Henry
2011 Daughters of Heaven Matron Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Sophie Roberts
2011 Welcome To The Woods Dora (Lead) Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Willem Wassenaar
2011 Sheep Mary, Nurse, Claire Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Willem Wassenaar
2011 Tom Keeper Passes Actor/Devisor Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Aaron Cortesi

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2014 Guest(s) Emmanuelle (lead) Dir. Louis Sutherland Short Film
2013 Sisters Grace (lead) NZFS / Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Robert Sarkies Short Film
2012 Violet Violet (lead) NZFS / Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Jacob Buellens Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2017 Control Freak - Estere (Music Video) Featured Dir. Paascalino Schaller


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 The Warehouse 'Hey Small Spender' Lead Good Oil
2021 The Realness Lead Talent Damaris Coulter


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2014 Bachelor Of Performing Arts - Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2014 Melodrama Ecole Phillipe Gaulier
2014 Character Creation Masterclass Brita McVeigh
2013 Commedia dell'arte Tom McCrory
2013 Bouffon Tom McCrory
2013 Mask Nina Nawalowalo
2009 Acting Long Cloud Youth Theatre
2012 Contemporary Tor Columbus
2012 Singing Mark Dorrell/Jane Keller
2012 Estill Voice Training Jon Hunter


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Singing Range



Intermediate: Ballet | General Movement | Jazz | Tap