People

Heather O'Carroll
Programme Manager, Co-General Manager - heather@bats.co.nz
Heather is an actor, fierce theatre fan and long-time BATS lover having performed on the BATS stage many times. She’s a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and an NZ Festival veteran, where she worked in marketing and partnerships. 

Gemma Robinson
Business Development Manager, Co-General Manager - gemma@bats.co.nz
Gemma doesn’t just pay the bills, she takes care of how BATS runs and how it grows. With a background in Arts Management and Fine Arts she has both the artistic sensibilities and business nous to take BATS to the Future.

Nick Zwart
Technical and Facilities Manager - nick@bats.co.nz
Nick is the technical maestro that keeps our performance spaces ship-shape and makes sure we pass our theatre WOF. He’s also BATS’ Health and Safety champion and helps our shows realise their plans on stage. Prior to BATS Nick was the Theatre Technician at Victoria University's, Studio 77 so many recent Vic Uni grads will recognise him. 

Deborah Pathak
Marketing and Fundraising Manager - deborah@bats.co.nz
Deborah is responsible for making sure that everyone knows all about BATS and our amazing shows. Along with Gemma, she works on finding much needed additional financial support for the theatre. She came to us after a few years at Toi Māori New Zealand - Māori Arts New Zealand. 

Abby Rainbow
Box Office Manager - abby@bats.co.nz
Abby has been brightening up the BATS Box Office since 2011. Coordinating staff and volunteers, artists, audience and ticket sales can be pretty full-on at times, but Abby manages it all with whirlwind energy and expertise.

Crystal Mason
Bar Manager - bar@bats.co.nz
Originally from Christchurch, Crystal started when BATS was Out of Site on Cuba Street. With an extensive background in hospitality, you can tell she’s seen things. Getting her to tell you what those things are is another matter. 

Harriet Denby
Venue and Events Coordinator - harriet@bats.co.nz
A double Toi Whakaari graduate and avid organisation queen, Harriet can be found in the BATS office managing venue bookings, rehearsal hires, and bespoke events at BATS or running ragged about town in op-shops hoarding knick-knacks, trinkets and costumes for shows.

Box Office Staff

Our wonderful Box Office team mix all the tickets with all the talents.
Dasha Fedchuck
Eleanor Strathern
Ania Upstill
Laura Gaudin
Charlie Potter

Bar Staff

These characters are super good sorts and always up for a yarn.
Taylor Turia
Rose Hunerwadel

House Techs

Hooray for our house techs! These guys are serious technical lifesavers.

Joe Newman
Alex Greig
Kirsty Chandler
Darryn Woods
Michael Trigg
Audrey Morgan
Patrick Davies
Zoe Higgins
Tony Black

The BATS Theatre Board

Our volunteer board members are awesome BATS advocates and provide a brilliant range of skills and experience that keep us flying steady.
Stephen Blackburn (Chair)
John Apanowicz
Cathie Sheat
Jo Gascoigne
Kerryn Palmer
Samuel Phillips


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