Chairperson’s Statement

Hutt City is quietly transforming itself. In the last few years, the city has seen an unprecedented
level of investment from the local Council and the private sector. New public infrastructure is
being built, the High Street is being reinvigorated, a new hotel is under construction and the
civic precinct is in the midst of a major makeover. It is exciting to think of an emerging arts
and cultural hub that could base itself around the Dowse Art Museum, Riddiford Gardens,
the renewed Town Hall, Events Centre and Administration Building, the Little Theatre and the
Memorial Library. A cohesive collection of exciting event and performance spaces that would
be the envy of any city in New Zealand.

All we need now is people. Bright, funny, talented, enthusiastic performers that engage and
excite. Events that attract the crowds, performances that challenge the senses, make us think,
make us cry and make us laugh. As a community, we will be in a privileged position with great
facilities once the reformation of the civic precinct has been completed – but now we must fill
them and create the vibrancy and activity that these spaces deserve, an activity that creates a
sense of community and pride. That’s where we come in.

We are Nextstage. We are a new professional theatre company that is proudly based in Hutt
City. Our vision is simple. We want more people enjoying theatrical performances, more often.
Our objective is to put on theatre performances of the highest calibre. Nextstage is a group of
professional theatre practitioners, backed by a wider network of support staff and technical
experts. We want to bring exciting shows from around the world to the Hutt as well as tell our
stories to our community. We have access to a world-wide network of performance content
that we want to bring to the Hutt and the wider Wellington region.

We want to connect with our community and provide them with performances that are
affordable and accessible. We are a charitable trust. This means that even though we want
to demonstrate the disciplines and skills of a professional theatre company, we are not profit
driven. Our objective is to showcase performance art and use it as a vehicle to enrich our
community. We are especially keen to develop our schools programme and expose children
from all walks of life to the fun and wonder of live theatre, at an early age. We also want to
support the development of the fantastic talent our young people have through an outreach
programme for drama students in our colleges. Of course, in order for this to happen, we need
the support of the community, funders, partners and benefactors. In this strategic plan, we
have laid out our goals and set the targets that we seek to achieve. We have a clear plan to
make it happen.

Through the support of the community and the talent of a hardworking Board of Trustees and
experienced theatre practitioners, we hope to attract the patronage necessary to establish
a vibrant theatre company that we can all be proud of. This plan should give investors’
confidence. It demonstrates that we are organised and focused. We have a clear pathway and
a burning desire to do something great.

Come join us!