People

Jonty Hendry
General Manager - jonty@bats.co.nz 
Jonty takes care of how BATS runs and grows and brings all the tools to fly BATS to the future. He is the former Artistic Director of Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre and was previously Head of Acting and an Associate Director of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. Jonty is a strong advocate for the arts who is regularly called on for his skills in governance, moderation and advisory. 

Nick Zwart
Programme Director - nick@bats.co.nz
Nick has been in and around the BATS building for over a decade. As audience, actor, maker and designer. After working at BATS as the Technical and Facilities Manager since 2016, he is now Programme Director. 

Cailin Neal
Marketing and Fundraising Manager - cailin@bats.co.nz
Cailin is responsible for making sure that everyone knows all about BATS and our amazing shows. Along with Jonty, she works on finding much needed additional financial support for the theatre. She came to us from the US via London where she was working for a number of publishing companies. 

Troy Mihaka
Front of House Manager - troy@bats.co.nz
Troy organises our team of volunteer ushers, bar and box office teams. Originally from Dunedin, Troy has spent over 15 years working in Hospitality and Tourism across New Zealand, Australia and Germany. Now roosting at BATS, Troy is able to combine his love of the arts with his love of helping people. 

Kristin Burns
Finance and Events Manager - kristin@bats.co.nz
Kristin has called some excellent venues 'home' around the world including The Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, Adelaide's Garden of Unearthly Delights, Auckland's Q Theatre and The Classic Comedy Club. She's worked a variety of roles in a plethora of events and brings this incredible experience to assist with 'behind the scenes' operations in the BATS office. She also gets to be a bit creative and plan fun things to help keep the building humming along between shows. 

Brynne Tasker-Poland
Technical and Facilities Manager tech@bats.co.nz
Brynne looks after all things technical at BATS as well as looking out for the safety of everyone who works here. Brynne has been working as a technician, stage manager, producer and designer in Wellington across many different disciplines and is here to bring those skills to help BATS whānau put on their shows.  

Front of House Coordinators

Pearl Kennedy
Rebekah Bakker

Front of House Team

Our FOH team are a multi-talented bunch who you will see working at both the Box Office and bar:
Phoebe Johnson
Lennox Grootjans
Lily Mulholland
Ben Ashby

Bar Team

Our bar staff are always super good sorts and always up for a yarn.
Scott Williams
Lou Lou Krebs
Joe McGann

House Techs

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

Alex Greig
Darryn Woods 
Keely McCann
Lee Patrick
Patrick Davies
Tony Black
Haami Hawkins
Tane Hipango
Lucas Neal
Dani Sciacia
Sam Tippet
Benny Jennings
Sebastian Fraser
Bekky Boyce

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. 

If you'd like to contact the BATS Board about strategic or governance issues you can send an email to board@bats.co.nz. Correspondence is discussed monthly at board meetings.

For urgent matters or issues relating to the day-to-day running of BATS, please contact the theatre office on (04) 802 4176 or email General Manager Jonathon Hendry on jonty@bats.co.nz

John Apanowicz (Chair)
Cathie Sheat (Deputy Chair)
Ed Watson
Meredith Elley
Jo Carr
Sherilee Kahui
Sandy Gildea

 


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