I’ve done just about everything within the realm of performing arts over the last 20 years, on-stage and off, leading to senior roles in Arts Management.
I recently created ProducingTheatre.com, a site that offers resources to help emerging theatrical producers. I’m passionate about making self-producing an accessible route for all artists.
I write about the performing arts, management, producing, and anything else that interests me.
I also offer Freelance Writing services, specialising in web content and copy. If you want to hire me, then feel free to check out my work.
I began my career on stage and appeared in New Zealand for Auckland Theatre Company, Silo and Fortune Theatre. I have also appeared on NZ television commercials and worked as a voice actor.
I was a founding member of Catalyst Theatre Company and contributed as an actor, director and playwright. Catalyst has produced two of my plays, Heroes and Slow Train. I also produced all of Catalyst Theatre’s plays between 2008 and 2011.
I introduced and ran the Short+Sweet Auckland festival in 2009, developing it into an annual festival. In 2013 I left to take up the role of Company Manager at NZ Opera (the national company of New Zealand).
From there I moved to Macau SAR to work on The House of Dancing Water, one of the largest resident shows in the world.
Education & Training
- B.Sc. from University of Canterbury NZ
- Major: Operations Research
- B.P.S.A. from Unitec NZ
- Major: Acting for Screen and Theatre
- Meisner Technique with Michael Saccente
- Online Marketing Fundamentals – Google Digital Garage
- Responsive Web Design – HTML & CSS (300hr)- FreeCodeCamp.org
- Cambridge English CELTA – English Language Academy – University of Auckland (NZ)
Artistic Manager at The House of Dancing Water
Feb 2018 – Oct 2020 (Macau SAR)
The story: I was deeply involved in the implementation and execution of the Artistic Division’s daily operations. This includes managing human resources, administration, budgets and strategic planning for a team of 130+ staff. I also worked with the Resident Artistic Director and cast to maintain artistic quality. (Preceded by a fixed-term role as Stage Manager Feb – Oct 17)
Company Manager at New Zealand Opera
June 2013 – July 2016
The story: I ran 10 full-scale operas in 3 years. Managed the welfare of 50+ personnel per production. Dealt with budgets of over 7 figures (NZD). Scheduled the day to day running of all rehearsals, performances and touring movements.
Festival Director of Short+Sweet Festival Auckland
June 2009 – June 2013
The story: I introduced the Short+Sweet Festival to Auckland, New Zealand, in 2010 and built it into an annual festival by 2013. It now includes theatre, dance and cabaret. I ran the entire festival, including contracts, production management, technical requirements, ticketing, marketing and managing 200 plus volunteers.
Company Producer for Catalyst Theatre Company
2007 – 2012
The story: I produced six productions from concept through a complete writing and dramaturgy process to funded shows (Auckland, New Zealand) with positive reviews. I was a founding member of the company, and I also contributed as an actor, playwright and director. Catalyst has produced two of my plays, Heroes and Slow Train.
Away From Work
I was born in New Zealand and grew up on the South Island. I spent most of my youth playing in some of the country’s most beautiful parks and beaches. I’m still a huge fan of mountain biking, travel and the outdoors.
I have lived in Hong Kong and Macau for the last 5 years which has allowed me to travel in Asia. Some highlights have been the city of Hoi An in Vietnam and hiking the Everest region in Nepal.
I have also been lucky enough to spend time travelling in South America. Working my way from Colombia down to Patagonia was one of my favourite travel experiences.