Who We Are

Artistic Director – Geraldine Brophy

Geraldine Brophy is one of New Zealand’s best known award winning actresses in Film, Theatre and Television. Since 1983 she has worked extensively as Actor and Director and Playwright at Downstage Theatre, Circa ,Taki Rua and Bats Theatre Wellington, The Court Theatre Christchurch, Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North, Fortune Theatre Dunedin and Auckland Theatre Company.

To date Geraldine has written and toured over 18 of her own plays, most notably The Viagra Monologues, Confessions of a Chocoholic, Ladies a Plate, Floral Notes, Real Estate, The Paradise Package and Meat. She is a mentor for EAT, The Emerging Artists Trust, and director of “A Woman’s Word’ for the development and staging of the work of other playwrights which focuses on the “concept to curtain” development of female stories.

She has directed and performed in multiple commercial National tours in the last 13 years of musicals and plays in New Zealand and Australia.

These tours include the sellout seasons of the hilarious Grumpy Old Women, 50 Shades of Beige and Game of Crones, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma and South Pacific, HMS Pinafore, Four Flat Whites and The Sound of Music.

From 1997 to 2001 she appeared as receptionist, Moira Crombie on Shortland Street.

Since then she has appeared in multiple TV productions.

She danced for Arthritis NZ, the charity for which she is an Ambassador, on the popular Dancing with the Stars.

Cinema includes Home Movie, King Kong, In My Father’s Den, Waterhorse, Life’s A Riot, Second Hand Wedding, Hook Line and Sinker, Eternity, Siege, How to Murder Your Wife, and the recent remake of  Pork Pie.

She won the 1998 New Zealand Film and Television Best Actress for Home Movie and the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2008 Best Actress in Film for the Kiwi box office hit, Second Hand Wedding.

In May 2015 she was awarded Best Supporting Actress at the New York International Film Festival for How To Murder Your Wife.

Executive

Dr Hannah McKenzie Doonebosch – Communications and Design

Dr Hannah McKenzie Doonebosch started performing on stage in California when she was four years old and has been performing ever since.

Hannah is a playwright and scriptwriter with a background in acting, directing, and design. She has performed in Australia, Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and her writing work has represented New Zealand overseas. Hannah has been involved in amateur and professional productions across the country.

Hannah has a BA in theatre and film, an MA in creative writing, and a PhD in creative writing with a focus on scriptwriting.

Hannah’s plays have won the David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting, the Dominion Post Scholarship, been read as part of the Writers on Mondays festival, shortlisted for Write Out Loud Wellington and the Adam Play Awards for best New Zealand play, and have won Write Out Loud Wellington and best New Zealand play by a woman playwright.

Hannah is a script supervisor and assessor and a script and performance tutor. In addition, Hannah is a graphic and poster designer and regularly creates costumes and publicity materials for clients across New Zealand.

Hannah is also a senior communications advisor, and her strategic focus also sees her involved in a number of committees and groups. One example is the Theatre Archives New Zealand (TANZ) board, where Hannah is a trustee, and part of helping save and preserve theatre records in NZ. Hannah lends her creative skills to these groups, like designing the TANZ logo and helping create promotional materials for the board.

Sheree Freeman – Marketing

Bio to come.

Lee Patrick – Production Manager and Stage Manager

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Board Members

Sue Avison – Chair

Sue Avison is Chairperson of Nextstage Theatre Charitable Trust. Sue has lived in the Hutt Valley since 1980 where she has worked and raised her family.

As a child, she first experienced theatre at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre and has been bewitched by the art form ever since. When her children were old enough she too introduced them to the magic of theatre, taking them along to productions in the school holidays.

Sue runs her own writing business, Say it Once – Words for Business. She is also active in Hutt City Rotary and is a trustee for dare2discover, which provides experiences for children in low decile schools that are memorable, educational, fun and free.

In her limited spare time, Sue loves to travel and blog about her experiences, play golf and spend time with her family and friends.

Dianne Armstrong

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Anthony Doonebosch

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John Parker

John Parker has worked in the theatre and film world in New Zealand and the United States as screenwriter, editor, and producer. He has a BA in Theatre and Film from Victoria University of Wellington and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

John was the producer for NIMBY Opera, an opera company producing modern and contemporary works in Wellington, New Zealand.