Associate Director, The Court Theatre

Tēnā koutou,

The Court Theatre is recruiting a new Associate Director, with applications open until 31 January 2017. The job advertisement is below with further details at

This is a phenomenal opportunity for an emerging director – we would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate this information to your relevant contacts within the industry.

Ngā mihi nui,

Jeff Clark


Associate Director

The Court Theatre is recruiting an emerging theatre director for the position of Associate Director.

The successful applicant will be responsible for directing at least three productions per year. Working closely with the Artistic Director, you will assist with the development of new work and have input into the programming of productions at The Court. You will also be closely involved with event planning, production and other key activities for the organisation.

This is a phenomenal opportunity to develop as an artist and leader in New Zealand’s largest theatre company. Former Associate Directors have gone on to senior leadership roles in organisations around the country.

A job description is available at

Interested parties are encouraged to send a letter of application and CV to The Court Theatre’s Chief Executive, Philip Aldridge, email address is on the webpage detailed above. Applications close 31 January 2017.

2016 TheatreFest Finals registration

Registrations are now open for the 2016 TheatreFest Finals in Invercargill.  Click on the links below to download the forms.

It is going to be a fabulous weekend of theatre and we look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to download the 2016 TheatreFest National Final registration form.

Click here to download the 2016 Poster Competiton form.

Click here to download the 2016 TheatreFest Information PDF.

New Aspects - TheatreFest


Under Fifteen Minutes

The length of presentations in TheatreFest has been expanded from the existing 15 to 50 minutes – now embracing entries under fifteen minutes. So this means we have opened up the playing time to involve performances of: Up To Fifty Minutes.

‘Short & Sweet’ performances may now be entered; consider comprising a variety of theatre conventions!

  • Sheila Winn Shakespeare entries for instance, (let’s celebrate the Bard’s 400th anniversary)
  • Dance Drama infused with a contentious theme perhaps
  • Songs woven into a storyline or action
  • Improvised presentation to suit your dramatic inspiration.

A wide format is encouraged – not just dialogue-based plays. All entries will receive full adjudication.
The minimum cast size is still two players.

TheatreFest Comes To You

Many schools and community theatres have found it difficult to fit in with the scheduled ‘local fests’ of
July/August, leading on to Regional and National Finals.

So, maybe you are a single entry fitting in around your society’s major productions and cannot make it to a local fest – well now we have a more flexible policy.

TheatreFest entries have been opened up to include the period of October (after the September National Finals) to July (prior to the next official round).

This means you are eligible to enter at any time during that period, as long as you pay for and receive adjudication from an ANZDA adjudicator. They will attend your production, which if deemed of suitable standard make a recommendation to the National TheatreFest Co-ordinator, that the production go forward to be included in the mid-August Regional Finals. This gives more flexibility to your programming.

Did you know groups may enter the fest in a non-competitive capacity if they wish?
You may in fact just want to employ an adjudicator to give you feedback for skill and growth, this facility is also available from ANZDA.

Adjudicator Appointments

Theatre New Zealand has introduced a policy of appointing only ANZDA accredited adjudicators at all levels for TheatreFest.

ANZDA for their part recently held a refresher seminar for all members in Wellington. This forum, honed many skills and brought to light aspects of the adjudication process that have eroded over a period of time.

We look forward to a renewed partnership of engagement in theatre.

TheatreFest Entry Fee

National Executive has streamlined the operation of entering TheatreFest.

You can now enter and pay on-line. The national levy for TheatreFest per group entry is $130, which comprises the adjudicator’s fee and national administration fee.

This makes the financial administration for local organisers and our national treasurer, simpler.

You can download this press release by clicking here!

TheatreFest 2016

Dates and locations for the 2016 TheatreFests have been announced.

Local Festivals will be held in Northland, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Top of the South, Canterbury and Invercargill and there may be others. 

Regional Finals

  • North of North Island 19/20 August host and venue TBC
  • South of North Island 26/27 August, hosted by Theatre Hawke’s Bay at The Playhouse, Alexandra St, Hastings
  • Top of the South 26 or 27, 28 or 29 August hosted by South Canterbury Drama League at the Playhouse, Timaru
  • Bottom of the South 19/20 August hosted by Brian Byas and Friends of The Globe Theatre, Dunedin.

Regional Adjudicators:
Claire Marsh ANZDA will adjudicate the North Island  Ewen Coleman ANZDA will adjudicate the South Island  

National Final 9/10 September hosted by Invercargill Repertory at Centrestage 33 Don St Invercargill National Adjudicator: Phil Peleton ANZDA.

More detail to be announced soon.

2015 TheatreFest National Results


Olga E Harding new New Zealand Playwriting Award
- John ten Velde, Tokoroa Little Theatre - Mum's Fate
Jannat Aitchison Memorial Award for Distinctive Emerging Talent
- Thomas Koloi, Dargaville Little Theatre – Blind / Hope
- Ivan Siemonek, Bewilderbeest Inc – Apocalypse Incoming
- Victoria Boult, Wakatipu High School – Bang Bang You’re Dead
Selecon Design/Technical Award for Best Technical Production
- Wakatipu High School – Bang Bang You’re Dead
David Brockett Award for Backstage Achievement
- Sue Miller, Wellington Repertory
The Drama Development Trust Award for Best New Director Award for first time Directing
- Rita-Ann Pennale-Cashmore, Greytown Little Theatre – Life Sentence
Theatre New Zealand Award for Best Actor Female
- Nicole Domett, Hamilton Playbox Society - Earwigs
Theatre New Zealand Award for Best Actor Male
- Colin Palmer, Greytown Little Theatre – Life Sentence
Denise Walsh Award for Best Production of a New Zealand Play
- Bewilderbeest Inc - Apocalypse Incoming
Bryan Aitken Award for Best Youth Production
- Wakatipu High School – Bang Bang You’re Dead
Ewen Coleman Award for Best Adult Production
- Riccarton Players – A Wee Problem
Theatre New Zealand Book of Honour for Overall Best Production
- Wakatipu High School – Bang Bang You’re Dead