Shanaia Boutsady

Shanaia Boutsady

Asian, Māori, Thai
Age Range
20 - 30
171cm / 5ft 7in
89cm / 35in
74cm / 29in
107cm / 42in

Iwi : Ngātiwai 

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Shanaia is a talented and aspiring actor from New Zealand, in 2020 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with major in Acting from Toi Whakaari, the leading drama school in New Zealand.  This renowned institution played a crucial role in refining Shanaia’s skills and providing her with the necessary knowledge to thrive in her field. 

Shanaia embraces her rich cultural diversity as an actor being of Asian, Thai and Māori decent and proudly identifies with the Ngātiwai Iwi.  With her solid training foundation, Shanaia is determined to make a significant contribution to the industry.


Year Production Role Company / Director
2021 Maetu Creator & Director Kia Mau Festival, dir: Shanaia Boutsady
2020 Pre Lockdown Post Leone, Pi dir: Hone Kouka
2019 Merrily We Roll Along Terry dir: Simon Bennet
2019 Gangster's Paradise Play Reading dir: Leki Jackson Bourke

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2020 The Lobster Hotel Manager & Biscuit Woman dir: Vaughan Slinn, Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School Short Film
2020 The Tigers of Wrath - dir: Christopher Pryor & Miriam Smith Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 McDonald's Emma Scoundrel


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2021 Movement & Physical Training Chris Jannides
2021 Voice Jon Hunter, Mich Tawhi Thomas, Bert Van Dyke
2021 Screenwork Vaughn Slinn
2018-2020 Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) NZ Drama School: Toi Whakaari
2020 Stage Workshop Auckland Theatre Company, dir: Colin McColl
2020 Producing Workshop Anonymouz
2020 Screen Workshop Britta McVeigh
2020 Screen Workshop Miranda Harcourt
2020 Self Tape Audition Practice Vaughan Slinn & Cohen Holloway
2020 Voice Workshop Kirstie O'Sullivan
2020 Audition Practice Catch Casting, dir: Stu Turner
2020 Shortland Street Screen Workshop Matt Dwyer
2019 Shakespeare Chris Janides
2019 Mask Workshop Nina Nawalowalo
2019 Play Writers Workshope Hone Kauka
2018 Actor as Player: Life in Performance Guy Langford
2018 Perkekamp Emotional Method (PEM) Sara Victoria
2018 Actor & Instinct (Screen) Brita McViegh
2018 Clowning Workshop Thomas LaHood
2018 Voice Coaching Sylvia Rands
2018 Text Lab (Angels in America) Heather Timms
2018 Actor & Relationship (Screen) Miranda Harcourt


Intermediate: American - Californian | American - General | British | Neutral | New Zealand


Intermediate: Netball | Running / Jogging | Soccer

Singing Range

Alto | Female Tenor

Singing Styles

Intermediate: Blues | Choral | General | Musical


Intermediate: Choreography | General Movement | Māori