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Director in Residence

Job details

The Court Theatre
7 Dec 2020
Work type
Fixed Term
Work classification
Performing Arts


Hidden in Christchurch’s suburb of Addington is New Zealand’s largest theatre company. In its post-earthquake refuge “The Shed” - an old grain shed – is a magical world of happiness, laughter, drama and intrigue. Inside the walls of “The Shed” is a diverse and dynamic company of 40 permanent staff plus hundreds of artists and artisans who produce 15 productions each year. Over 120,000 ticket buyers enter The Court each year to feast on the  varied offering of theatrical works, all created and produced on-site.

The Court has matched the ever-diversifying Christchurch population and creates and supports work for everyone in our community including children and families, for the Tangata Whenua and for Christchurch’s growing Pasifika communities. We have a strong education programme and we support new writing for theatre.

The Court Theatre is your theatre. Whoever you are. Come and be part of our team.

Our vision:

The Court Theatre is your theatre, whoever you are.

Our values:

Maiatanga – Courageous: We work fiercely and bravely, knowing that reward requires risk. We are not afraid to push into the unknown

Manaakitanga – Welcoming: We make all who come to The Court welcome. The Court is an inclusive place to gather. We are respectful

Whanaungatanaga – Belonging: We are whanau. We celebrate diversity. We share experiences

Kotahitanga – One Team: We work together as one team for The Court

The successful candidate will have directed a minimum of three professional productions. This 15 week contract, beginning on 9 February 2021, offers an opportunity for a director to come and learn inside a large production house and be part of the programming process. In addition, the role includes:

- Directing the Youth Company production, BOYS by Elanor Bishop;

- Tuition for the Youth Company; and

- Tuition for both children and adults within The Court Theatre's education programme.

The full job description can be found on The Court Theatre website at

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a CV and covering letter to Susan Rendall (General Manager) at

Written by

The Court Theatre

20 Nov 2020

Interests Christchurch's Theatre: Entertaining Christchurch since 1971 The Court Theatre is Christchurch's only, and New Zealand's foremost, theatre company offering entertainment of the highest quality throughout the year.