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AKINA MARIA

- Diva powerhouse

- Ballad or banger

- Musical theatre darling

- Available as solo, duo or band

Born and raised in New Zealand, Akina graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) in Christchurch in 2008 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts via Music Theatre.

In her graduating year, Akina was cast in the Australian tour of Buddy Holly the Musical.
For the following ten years, Akina continued her work in the Australian Music Theatre industry and went on to join the casts of major musical productions including Avenue Q, Hairspray, An Officer and a Gentleman, a co-op of Children of Eden, two and a half year Australian tour with Disney’s The Lion King, Australasian premiere of Sister Act the Musical, where not only did she get to play the starring role of Deloris van Cartier but more honourably - her first project on home soil.  She just had the pleasure to work for Michael Cassels production of Beautiful; The Carole King Musical, where she played a Shirelle and Janelle Woods.  After return from a Melbourne exclusive season of Barnum, Akina has now based herself in Sydney, and is enjoying being able to take up screen acting classes.  Check out some of Akina's appearances on The Voice Australia 2019.  

The She Collective acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we are situated: 

The Cadigal people of the Eora Nation. We give respect to Elders past and present, and acknowledge the First Nations people of Australia and those from around the world.

ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE, ABORIGINAL LAND