Jacqueline has a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. She has worked as a director, restage director or assistant director for the NZ International Festival of the Arts, NZ Opera, Victorian Opera, Sirius Opera, Opera Hawke’s Bay, NIMBY Opera, NZ Opera School, Capital E, Voices NZ, Wanderlust Opera and Opera Otago, winning accolades from the NZ Fringe, Wellington Theatre Awards, and Dunedin Theatre Awards.
Jacqueline often works in the community and has created ‘street’ operas for CubaDuba, as well as collaborating with Orchestra Wellington to develop family programmes. Since 2015, she has directed NZ Opera’s popular ‘Opera in Schools’ programme which travels throughout NZ. In 2019/20, she was the Pettman DARE Fellow at Opera North, University of Leeds and NZ Opera and was recently awarded a postgraduate diploma (with distinction) in Arts Education Management from the University of Leeds.