About Artworks Community Theatre
Kia ora and welcome to
Te Whare Tapere o Waiheke!
Artworks Community Theatre (‘Te Whare Tapere o Waiheke’ – the house of entertainment) is one of Waiheke greatest attractions. Being a multidisciplinary performing arts hub, you can enjoy a diversity of shows and events, from dance, comedy, music to theatre. With a passionate team we constantly ensure all guests, performers and directors have the best possible experience from enjoying efficient processes and systems to experiencing a clean and safe artistic environment.
We are proudly the largest venue on the island. So if you are considering bringing a show to the island have a chat with our friendly team. We have all you need to make those dreams come to life, no matter how big or small. We have a full liquor license and options for standing or seated events and functions. For hiring enquiries email us on: email@example.com
Artworks Theatre Testimonies
Meet our committed team
Waiheke Island has always had a special place in Nick's heart having grown up looking at it from the other side of the Hauraki Gulf in Beachlands. He moved here in 2019 with his husband Stephen and their two griffons Mazzy and Rufus. Nick has long been an avid theatre goer and particularly loves Musical Theatre but will see just about anything that takes you on a journey through great story telling. Nick has spent his career working in the health sector and is currently Chief Executive of CanTeen Aotearoa, a charity that supports rangatahi who are affected by cancer.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 with accounting experience dating back to 1986 with News International in London. Prior to that he came from a farming background near Tikitiki, East Cape with a 1980 Diploma in Agriculture from Lincoln University! However he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University in 1995. I started out life as a Shepherd, became a Farm manager. After a few years overseas, went back to university (Auckland) for a change of career. Now residing on Waiheke for the last 15 or more years. Our two sons mostly grew up here and now I enjoy giving back to Waiheke.
From a young age Wendy Kendall has always had performing arts as a key part of her life. From the age of 10 years, she started Jazz dance classes at The Julie Cotter Dance School. This progressed into her performing professionally as a dancer at functions, fashion shows and community events. In 2002 Wendy decided to start up a dance school called “Popdance” in order to fill a niche. After 6 years, the school transformed into ‘Waiheke Island Students Performance Arts’. Wendy has also been largely involved in ‘Otherworlds’ costume hire, housing a huge variety of props and costumes for the community to utlise. She has joined the board to share her life experience and provide a connection between the various arts groups on the island.
Charlie has been a professional actor and theatre director in the UK (Equity member) and NZ. Other work has been in education, health, research and social service sectors - especially with Deaf people. He has a Masters in Arts Education and Cultural Studies combined with management roles in various arts organisations. Coming to NZ over 20 years ago, he feels lucky to have ended up living on the island most of the last 10 years. He has been involved and seen Artworks evolve through that time - occasionally performing at the theatre but also volunteering. “Having been part of a programming group several years ago I am loving the ever growing diversity and quality of shows on offer both from residents and touring groups.
Harriet has strong and varied local and global marketing experience - from marketing for the private sector, to producing events for a marine conservation NGO in Indonesia. Most recently, she worked for a leading not-for-profit in Melbourne managing their campaigns and researching and producing stories on the challenges disadvantaged communities face. She is a purpose-driven marketer. This means she works alongside brands and organisations that are change-makers, who are making a difference in their community. Artworks Theatre is a familiar place for Harriet as she spent her childhood and teenage years on the island and was part of the legendary Kaleidoscope productions. She loves being part of the team at Artworks and The Pinter who are diversifying their program by activating new and interesting experiences for the community. Like many Kiwis, Harriet recently returned to Aotearoa with her family after spending the last few years overseas.
Performing arts has always been at the centre of Kashmir’s life with polynesian dance as her first artistic expression at the age of six years old. From there Kashmir went onto studying dance and drama after school. Victoria University is Wellington is where she fell in love with theatre in a new light! It became a medium for communicating hope, values and love into the community. Kashmir went on to tour an annual puppet show around Indonesian schools, educating children about plastic and sustainability. 4 years later Kashmir now spends her time on Waiheke, helping our community theatre to grow and blossom! She loves working in the theatre as she gets to help people discover their potential and guides them to create the best possible show or event.
Alisha grew up on Waiheke and has been involved with Artworks since a very young age, performing in Kaleidoscope productions. Since discovering her love of performing back then, she continued to pursue performing arts. She gained a Bachelor of Performing and Screen arts from Unitec in 2009 and since then has worked in the industry here in NZ and also a short stint in the UK. She's been involved with Red Leap Theatre, Short & Sweet festival, 48hour film festival, TV production work, Art in the Dark festival and numerous Basement theatre shows. She now teaches drama to children on the Island and continues to be a professional DJ. You may spot her on the odd TV commercial. She is extremely grateful to be involved in the growth of this incredible creative space and is excited to see it thrive!
Jemma’s career started organising complex travel itineraries for Air New Zealand's elite high-flyers. On the side was a leader of the Social Club, organising cabaret and burlesque-themed Christmas parties. This lead her naturally into Event Management with Wild On Waiheke, organising corporate and private events to include travel, dining, team-building and entertainment experiences since 2014. Outside of work, you could find Jemma on or behind the stage assisting local music events & shows at Artworks Theatre. What started as a hobby soon became a strong passion and since 2018 she has been a part of the Theatre's team in varying roles from Bar to General management. Jemma loves helping provide a platform for local and professional artists to express themselves and their work ranging from comedy, plays, concerts and festivals, whilst taking the audiences along for the journey. "Artworks Theatre is a treat to the local and wider Community providing quality entertainment for everyone involved!"
Samuel Downes trained as an actor and theatre technician at Hagley Theatre Company in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003-2004 and continued his training at Toi Whakaari Performance and Technology Course in Wellington, 2005, plus MAINZ in 2011 and The NZ Film School in 2012. Sam's job descriptions in Professional and Community theatres over more than a decade in Wellington, Christchurch, a New Zealand tour and more recently Waiheke, have ranged from light and sound design, rigging and operating lights and sound to set construction, technical assistance and backstage work, bar and hospitality, and as an actor. In 2007 Sam relocated to Waiheke and since 2017 has been House Technician at Artworks Theatre.
Michelle’s love for the creative arts spans across multiple modalities. She studied Arts and Design in 2008 at Whitecliffe College in Auckland. Forever curious, she has travelled extensively abroad - finding delight in the festival sphere interacting with multitudes of people and art in an expansive environment. She has been on the installation and set-design crews of festivals such as Shambala, Enchanted forest festival, and Kiwiburn, co-creating and invoking dream-like experiences. In 2018 she became a resident artist with the Momentom collective (MC) - a travelling yoga and circus arts collective. While working with the collective she traveled to places like Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala, where she performed fire dancing, held workshops in contact dance and co-created ecstatic dance events, even making costumes for the other performers! With a mission to give back to the local community through play, circus and games - Michelle was involved with the social circus - entertaining children as part of a humanitarian initiative. Michelle has now settled on the motu where she continues to be excited to cultivate community and be a part of the arts. ‘One of the greatest gifts we can give to this community is to demonstrate play, collaboration and shared laughter. To shine our light, and to show that adults don’t need to be so serious, and we can communicate from our hearts.’