The team


Sally Richards - Director

Sally Richards has a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, holds a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Theatre with Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland. Her research interests include solo performance, pedagogy of theatre, diasporic theatre and theatre for social change. Sally’s most recent directing work includes Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at Victoria University in 2018, and co-directing with Kerryn Palmer the premiere of She Danced on a Friday, a devised solo by Nicola Pauling at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton and at BATS Theatre, Wellington. Sally is currently teaching on the Theatre Programme at Victoria University.

Beth Taylor - Producer

Beth is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts programme at Victoria University in Theatre with Distinction. Beth’s specialty is in producing and production management and she has worked on numerous projects including the 6 Degrees Festival, Committed, Running Late, The Aliens and is the producer of PlayShop. In her spare time, you can find Beth playing a round of disc golf or enjoying a quiz night with a shandy in hand.

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Hope McConnell - Graphic Designer

Hope McConnell is a graphic designer and illustrator from Tauranga, New Zealand. In 2017, she graduated from AUT with a BFA in Communication Design. She loves making playful things that tickle the eyeballs and help make peoples everyday world a little more beautiful. She founded her own company in 2018 and has worked with clients on a range of freelance projects, from full brand identities, advertising campaigns and packaging design to mural illustrations, animations and character design. She loves finding hidden gems in op-shops, cooking for friends and family, and interesting footwear.

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Courtney Rose Brown - Marketing Director

Courtney is an award-winning playwright with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the IIML. Co-director of Toi Ngākau Productions, Courtney is a prolific playwright with works including The First Time, Running Late and Breathless which she won the Playmarket’s b425 award for this year. She has also done publicity on numerous sold-out seasons (Committed, Summer Camps, Running Late) and was nominated for a marketing award at the 2019 Fringe. She enjoys reading young adult fiction, is learning how to play the piano and loves potatoes.