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Our Patrons

We are grateful for their support

Jane Keller

Patron

Jane Keller is a veteran of the Wellington Musical Theatre scene. She balances her thriving teaching studio with her performing.
Jane has successfully written and performed in her series of one woman shows both locally and internationally as well as being part of musical theatre casts most recently playing Penelope Pennywise in Stagecraft's production of URINETOWN and Mother Superior in Wing It Production's NUNSENSE.
In addition to teaching private students Jane teaches singing on the musical theatre course at Te Auaha (formerly Whitireia) and is a long time tutor at the NZ Singing School.

Steph Dyhrberg

Patron

By day, Steph Dyhrberg is a successful Wellington employment lawyer who is in her spare time, an experienced performer and supporter of the arts in Wellington. Prior to joining the Retro Divas, a popular Kapiti based cover band, she was a soloist and dancer in several seasons with the Company of Musical Players and appeared in PLT’s production of Chicago.
Steph is a generous supporter of the arts and is a benefactor of the NZ Opera.

Howard Tong

Patron

Howard has been a long-time supporter of theatre within the Wellington region through many societies and organisations. As well as performing on stage, Howard has also been Musical Director for many big name shows, and co-producer for Garibaldi Club entertainment evenings.
He actively supports the wider community through activities with Rotary and we are very pleased Howard has agreed to support Kauri Theatre Company Inc with his patronage.

 

Our Executive

Cheryl Moeau

President

Involved in performance from an early age, Cheryl really came to love theatre through listening to the ‘old’ theatre shows on records while visiting with her aunties, and watching the Sunday afternoon movies during the 60’s.
A few years on and in 1988 Cheryl took up the theatre challenge of performing at Teacher’s College and the rest is history! Since 1991 Cheryl has been involved in every aspect of theatre with Porirua Little Theatre, including 5 years as President, performing in many musicals, working backstage and front of house, and looking after technical aspects when required.
Cheryl has also been actively involved with many Wellington Theatre companies in recent years and now concentrates her efforts in Stage management, Props and technical support. 
Cheryl looks forward to the challenges that setting up a new theatre company brings. Running a quality show on a shoestring budget and making the magic of theatre real with gaffer tape and a staple gun!

Karen Irving

Vice President

My love of the dramatic, fun and suspense that live theatre brings, especially musicals, my corporate experience and being able to be part of a group of diverse and talented people who want to make a difference, is what attracted me to be part of Kauri Theatre.  It is an exciting time!

Rob Romijn

Treasurer

Rob has been involved with numerous theatre productions in Wellington over the years, either acting, singing or in stage management He has built some fabulous sets for many shows including J.C Superstar, Oliver and Dusty – the Original Pop Diva.
Robs other passion – aside from theatre – is football and for many years played for Island Bay, where he was also treasurer. His critical eye for detail has earned him the reputation for being creative and thorough in every task or role he takes on.

Bonita Edwards

Secretary

Bonita brings to the team 40 years of theatrical experience and has been involved with numerous theatre companies in the Wellington region.
Over the years, she has participated as a performer and has vast experience as a choreographer, director , production management and has held executive roles including holding the position of President for The Company of Musical Players Inc for four years.
Bonita was acknowledged for her contributions to the CMP with a Life Membership award. She is extremely enthusiastic and excited to be part of the Kauri team and believes we will deliver some fabulous productions to local audiences.

Julie Fitzgerald

Committee member

Julie's theatre debut was as a munchkin in the Toowoomba Junior Choral Society's production of the Wizard of Oz and she has been hooked ever since. While she has appeared onstage with a number of societies in the Wellington region this is her first time on a company's executive team. She is looking forward to having the opportunity to give something back.

Nina Wilson

Committee Member

Nina was previously involved in the Company of Musical Players, on stage and also part of the Executive and Production Committees.  She has also been involved with other productions, both as a Production Secretary and dresser. She currently works as an Executive Assistant within the Legal team at the Ministry of Health.  She is looking forward to being part of the Kauri Theatre Group and being on the Executive Committee.

Julie Dykes

Committee Member

Julie Dykes' exposure to theatre and the arts began from a very young age, thanks to eccentric, arts-loving parents. Music lessons, ballet, gymnastics, and choir involvement naturally led to theatre as well. After years of doing homework in the back of theatres where her parents were rehearsing for one show or another, Julie's love of the story-telling aspects of theatre was borne.
After  various roles in theatre and musical theatre in NZ and Canada, Julie moved back to NZ, and settled in the Hutt Valley in 2004. Since then, Julie has been an active member of multiple theatre and musical theatre companies in the Wellington region. Julie brings with her a passion for theatre and the belief that life is richer with theatre in it

Peter Quinn

Committee Member

Peter Quinn initially rose to prominence as a brother in Marist Wilton's 1979 production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  However, the limelight quickly faded and to such a distant tiny dot as to almost be unfindable.  But rediscover it he did in 2015 when he followed redoubtable stage presence and wife, Mary down to Upper Hutt Musical Theatre to audition for JC Superstar.  3 years and 6 shows later, he now finds himself on his first committee.  And a great honour he considers it, to be part of what we all expect to be a strong, leading theatre group in the Wellington region.  What a privilege, he notes, as he contentedly puffs away at his pipe and dreams of playing .....

Felicity Cozens

Committee Member

Felicity Cozens has loved the performing arts all her life, aided and abetted by her mother!  She attended drama classes from an early age, and also studied improvisation in her late teens at Theatre Corporate.  NZ Drama School was up next, followed by 2 years professional acting in the Waikato in the early 80's, and a 6 month stint at Centrepoint in the 1990's.  Extensive amateur work from the 1970's to the present day.  Favourite role is Violet in August Osage County.  She has 3 wonderful adult sons, and hopes one day to be a grandmother.  Her greatest strength is following instructions.
Felicity  performed a small role in The Full Monty for Kauri Theatre in 2019.  There was a lot of animal print...

David Bond

Committee Member

A veteran of the musical theatre scene in Wellington, David has appeared in productions for societies all over the region for over twenty years. He is delighted to be a part of Kauri Theatre.