Circa Councillors

Circa Theatre is run by the Circa Council which was formed with the Theatre in 1976. The current members of the Council are:

Charlotte Bates

Council Member

Charlotte Bates joined the Circa Council in 2013. She is a senior associate at Simpson Grierson specialising in employment law. Charlotte has a wealth of governance experience having been Chairperson of the Young and Hungry Arts Trust for 5 years and a board member of the Fringe Arts Trust for 4 years. She has also studied arts policy and administration at Birkbeck University in London.

LLB, BA (in Japanese and French)

Neville Carson


Joined the Council in 1977. Neville has worked as a lawyer in government and in private practice, as an actors agent and as a film producer on the feature film The Last Tattoo (1993). He is currently Circa Treasurer and is a Trustee of the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust (TACT). He has also been a Board member of Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, the NZ School of Dance and the associated Premises Management Trust. Neville is semi-retired and a keen golfer and bridge player.


Richard Chapman


Richard Chapman has a BMus (Composition) and BA (Theatre and Film) from Victoria University. He is an original member of Open Book theatre company, who have produced many successful works both in NZ and overseas. He was a member of the seminal, near mythical Wellington indie band of the mid to late 1990s, the Plastic Geraniums.

Richard has worked extensively in music, film, television, and theatre around NZ since the mid-nineties, and was most recently seen at Circa in Aladdin, the Pantomime, The Lead Wait and August: Osage County. He lived in Tokyo for 4½ years working in The British School in Tokyo as the Head of Primary Music. During his time in Tokyo, he managed to orchestrate music for the Tokyo Philharmonic and tour with choirs and orchestras around Asia.

Andrew Foster


Director/Designer Andrew Foster was a co-founder of the award winning Wellington theatre company Trouble. He has become known for his contribution to the development of new works. Collaborations with playwrights Jo Randerson, Gary Henderson, and Duncan Sarkies, have become contemporary landmarks. Andrew was Head of Radio Drama at Radio New Zealand in 2004-05 and during this time was instrumental in bringing many of the new voices of NZ theatre to radio, including The Flight of the Conchords, Te Radar and The SEEyD Trilogy, which won Best Radio Drama at the 2005 NZ Radio Awards. Most recently Andrew Directed and Designed ‘Apocalypse Z’, an immersive theatre work about a Zombie Apocalypse in Auckland’s Aotea Square.

Carolyn Henwood

Council Member

Carolyn Henwood CNZM is a founding member of Circa Theatre and the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust. She is a retired District Court Judge and now Chairs the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. She has served on the Board of Toi Whaakari. She has assisted Circa with legal structures, fund raising, corporate sponsorship, and good governance. Carolyn helped to get the resources to build and own Circa Theatre on the Wellington waterfront. She received her CNZM for service to Youth Justice and the arts in 2002


Ray Henwood

Council Member

Founding member of the Council. One of New Zealand's leading actors, he was awarded the Chapman Tripp Award for Actor of the Year in 2001. Some of his best roles include All the World's a Stage, Playing Burton, Rutherford, Copenhagen andWaiting for Godot. Ray has also appeared in radio, TV and film (in New Zealand and Australia). He is an experienced director, most recently directing Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van for Circa. The one man show he wrote, No Good Boyo, toured extensively in Australia. Playing Burton also toured Australia in 2003.

BSC Hons (Chemistry)

Amanda Hereaka

Council Member

Over the past 17 years, Amanda has worked for numerous arts organisations in Wellington and New Zealand including Taki Rua Productions, City Gallery; as well as the Fringe, Comedy and Jazz Festivals. She is currently working at Capital E.

She is mother to 3 school-aged children and in her spare time she is busy volunteering for Kahurangi School and producing large scale community events on the Miramar Peninsula.

Ross Jolly

Council Member

A founding member of the Council. Ross is a well-known actor in theatre, TV, radio and film. He was a TV programmer, TV director and drama director at Radio NZ for 12 years. Ross has directed over 60 productions for Circa, The Court, Centrepoint and Downstage, including award-winning shows such as ART, Waiting for Godot, Copenhagen and Shape of Things.


Miranda Manasiadis

Council Member

Miranda has spent the last six years living and working between Wellington, New York and Athens. While in New York and Athens, Miranda has worked as a dramaturg, director, and concept designer. She has worked across a spectrum of performance disciplines, including contemporary dance, installation performance, and script.
Miranda was a founding member of some of Wellington's most well regarded and awarded theatre companies; namely, Jealous Theatre Company, Open Book Theatre Company, and Afterburner Productions. She has also closely collaborated with some of New Zealand's best theatre artists.

Her nominations include Best Female Lead (The Great Gatsby), Best Female in a Supporting Role (Ancient Lights), Best New Director (The Singularity), and Best New Work (The Telescope). She was also a part of the writing team awarded for Best Original Work (Flood).

Lyndee-Jane Rutherford

Council Member

Lyndee-Jane Rutherford has worked extensively in theatre and television since graduating from Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School in 1993. She has performed in over fifty professional theatre productions including Who Wants to be 100?, Troy the Musical, and In Flame for which she was nominated for Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year in 2003. She was also nominated for Supporting Actress of the Year for both The Hollow Men and Mauritius in 2008 and 2010. Lyndee-Jane is also a respected director having led successful seasons of Who Wants to Be 100? and Penalties, Pints and Pirouettes at Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre and Love Puke, Becoming the Courtesan and Hamlet Dies at the End at Bats Theatre in Wellington. She won the Chapman Tripp Award for Most Promising Director in 2006 with her production of Love Puke. Lyndee-Jane is often recognised for her roles in television series such as Skitz,What Now TV, The Hothouse and the pre-school sketch comedy show Giggles. She recently directed the third series of Giggles (TVNZ Kidzone) and a variety of field-stories for The Erin Simpson Show (TV2) and What Now. In 2012, Lyndee-Jane was at the new Court Theatre in Christchurch, performing in the successful season of Calendar Girls. Her most recent acting engagement was at Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North for the successful season of Shop 'Til You Drop!

Linda Wilson

Secretary and Programming Committee convener

Linda’s first involvement with Circa Theatre was as Stage Manager, and has been involved with many productions, beginning with HUNTING (1979). Highlights include FORESKIN’S LAMENT, in which she also played Pat; JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT, which toured to Australia and London; and PLAYING BURTON, which also toured to Australia. Linda joined the Circa Council in 1985, and has been Co-ordinator once. She has held the position of Secretary for many years, looks after the Circa archive, and is Convenor of the Programming Group. Since the decision to move from Harris Street to Taranaki Street in 1993, and have bookings through the theatre, she has also been Box Office Manager. Linda is passionate about the theatre and enjoys giving tours to visiting schools and other interested groups.

MA(Hons), LTCL, Diploma of Librarianship (VUW)

Susan Wilson

Council Member

Founding member of the Circa Council formed in 1976 she has been Co-ordinator many times, the last being 2001-2003. Awarded an ONZM in 2001 for Services to the Theatre. A distinguished actor and director, her productions include many Chapman Tripp Award winners such as Angels in America, Joyful and Triumphant, Arcadia, and most recently Death of a Salesman for which she received Director of the Year in 2006. Rutherford and The Face Maker were produced for the International Festival of the Arts. Susan has acted in theatre, television and film. She has developed and directed four pantomimes by Roger Hall. She has also worked as a script advisor for Playmarket for nine years and as a script editor. Member of the Programming Committee.


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