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. 

Waren Thomas
Business Development Manager, Co-General Manager - waren@bats.co.nz 
Waren makes sure that BATS keeps ticking by paying our bills, and takes care of how BATS runs and grows. With a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, as well as plenty of experience producing for RNZ and event management and management in Wellington, Waren has all of the tools 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 Waren, 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. 

Clare Davis
Front of House Manager - clare@bats.co.nz 
Clare is our Front of House extraordinaire. She is in charge of making sure everything in the bar and box office runs smoothly during show time. She has a background and love for theatre and drama in the community. She has worked on the box office at Edinburgh Fringe with Assembly and Wimbledon Theatre, and has also managed a bar in Wimbledon through the busy Wimbledon Tennis periods.

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.

Front of House Staff

Our FOH team are a mult-talented bunch who you will see working at both the Box Office and bar:
Calum Gittins

Box Office Staff

Our wonderful Box Office team mix all the tickets with all the talents.
Dasha Fedchuck
Ania Upstill
Laura Gaudin
Charlie Potter
Joe McCraken
Ciara Shortall

Bar Staff

Our bar staff are always super good sorts and always up for a yarn.
Scott Williams
Rebekah Bakker
Troy Mihaka

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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