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“We believe a great theatre experience inspires, entertains, transforms and nourishes the human spirit.”

Circa’s programme is the life-blood of our theatre. The Circa Council is responsible for all programming decisions and reads a large number of plays each year in order to settle on a programme which strives to match our vision.

Circa Theatre welcomes submissions from professional theatre practitioners and companies for the Circa Theatre programme.

What are we looking for?

Circa’s annual programme is a mixture of classics and new work from New Zealand and across the globe.  We programme a wide-ranging selection of work including drama, comedy, dance, musical theatre, children’s theatre and an annual Pantomime.  Circa is dedicated to the development, creation and presentation of new New Zealand work, including Māori and Pacifika work.  Circa aims to programme 18 months to 2 years in advance.


 Submissions for our 2019 season will open on 1 March 2018. All Submissions will be due by 1 May.

Watch this space for more information


How does Circa Theatre work?

One of Circa Theatre’s main aims is to offer ongoing professional opportunities for theatre practitioners working in Wellington. Most productions at Circa Theatre are produced as a Single Venture Partnership (SVP), with the theatre practitioners involved in the production signing up to share the risk and rewards for their show. The SVP is formed at the start of the rehearsal process and an agreement is made between the participating theatre practitioners as to how the profits will be split. At the end of the run and after booking fees and GST have been accounted for, 70% of the box office take for each show is directed back to the corresponding SVP.  Out of this the SVP pays for their production costs and share the balance based on the pre-agreed split.  30% then goes to Circa to cover royalty payments (10%) and administrative costs (building costs, front of house, admin and marketing). If there are no royalty payments to be made, the split is 80-20.

If agreed, Circa will support the production by covering production costs during rehearsals and production. The pay out is made at the end of the run once all bills are accounted for. Some funding may be available from the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust for funding support during the rehearsal period for the artists involved. If required, this should be indicated on the initial submission.  Priority is given to new productions however, some funding may be available to support shows being re-mounted.

Directors should note that at Circa their role often includes elements of producing as well. Circa provides general support for marketing however, each SVP must have a designated publicist as part of their team.  Circa’s Technical Manager is available in an advisory capacity, each co-op must provide their own designers, technicians and operators.