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About NZ Theatre Month


NZ Theatre Month is indebted to all of its supporters for their goodwill, trust and support. In particular NZ Theatre Month acknowledges the financial support of its donors and corporate partners.



Anonymous (4), John and Jo Gow, Sir Bruce and Lady Lyn Robertson


Anne Hargeaves, Vivienne Hirschfeld, NZ Players Trust (via Arts Foundation of NZ)


Anonymous (4), Nuala Grove, Alister McDonald, Bill Sheat, Anne Smith



BKA_Digital, Elephant Publicity, iTICKET, Playmarket, Theatre New Zealand



Our goals are to contribute to encouraging the presentation of NZ theatre, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for New Zealand theatre.


Our vision is to celebrate and elevate NZ theatre.

Our Values

NZ Theatre Month is emphatically non-selective, embracing any organisation, individual or institution that makes, generates or appreciates NZ theatre.

NZ Theatre Month respects that theatremakers address many different subjects in many different ways for many different reasons, come from a wide range of geographic, cultural and financial backgrounds and deliver work in many different ways at many different locations.

NZ Theatre Month acknowledges the diversity of subject matter, those who make NZ theatre and of their audiences.

NZ Theatre Month is adamantly uncritical of any NZ theatre work or other undertaking.

How we celebrate and elevate

We focus the public’s attention through different strategies that identify and highlight performances, readings, discussions and exhibitions of NZ theatre in September.

We measure our accomplishments by the number of NZ theatre productions, readings, exhibitions and related events mounted during September, and by the public feedback we receive.





The Trust

NZ Theatre Month Trust Board is an incorporated entity registered with the NZ Companies Office (BN267649) in July 2017, and is registered as a charitable trust with Charities Services, Ngā Rātonga Kaupapa Atawhai (CC55017).


Led by Chair Roger Hall, the Trustees bring together a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise. All are passionate about NZ theatre, committed to good governance and are collectively responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction.

Roger Hall CNZM QSO (Chair)

Roger is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and successful playwrights. Born in England, he moved to NZ in 1968 and initially started writing for television before moving onto several other literary forms.  He established the initial NZ Writers Week in Dunedin and has served in governance roles with many organisations including the NZ Literary Fund, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Janet Frame Eden Street Trust and as a Governor of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.  Roger is the Chair of NZ Theatre Month.

Malcolm Calder (Exec Director)

Malcolm is an experienced senior executive with strategic leadership skills and more than 40 years experience at the management end of the arts industry in Australia and New Zealand that began at the Adelaide Festival of Arts.  He has worked in both the commercial and subsidised sectors, holds business management and governance qualifications and his governance roles include several producing companies in both countries, sports bodies and festivals. Malcolm is the Executive Director of NZ Theatre Month.

John Daly-Peoples

Best known as a critic and reviewer for NBR, John is a publishing consultant with extensive experience and knowledge in both the performing and visual arts.  Originally trained as an architect, he has a life-long involvement as an exhibition curator, writer and advisor. His current governance roles include the Mt Eden Literary Festival and the Mt Eden Young Artists Award in Auckland.


The Trust has not yet had need to compile any Annual Reports.  These will be posted on this site as and when they become available.