Programming Process


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:

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

Circa Theatre welcomes submissions from established professional theatre directors for the 2016 Circa Theatre programme. Plays will be considered for either Circa One (226 seats) or Circa Two (100 seats).

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2016 programme is Monday 11 May 2015.

Please note that the Council reads plays on an ongoing basis so submissions sent in earlier than the deadline will have more time for consideration.

How to apply:

If you feel that you have a project which would suit production at Circa Theatre please email your details (CV or short bio) to along with a copy of the script you propose. (Please indicate whether you would like it to be considered for Circa One or Circa Two and if you have specific dates in mind).

If the Council is interested in your proposal they may invite you to pitch at a Pitch Presentation Day. This year the pitch day is scheduled to take place at Circa Theatre on Saturday 6th of June.


Things that the Council will consider when assessing your pitch:

- 2016 marks Circa Theatre’s 40th anniversary

- Circa accepts proposals from established theatre directors

- Projects can be suitable for either Circa One OR Circa Two

- If slots in the programme are still vacant after the first Pitch Presentation Day, Circa Council may decide to hold a second day

- Circa Council may approach directors outside of the pitching process

Further Information:

- What is your motivation for doing the play?

- Why at Circa - is it a good fit for Circa One or Circa Two?

- Treatment

- Cast and crew size

- Technical requirements

- Budget components e.g. elaborate costumes, minimal set

- Who is your potential audience?

- How will you market the production?

- Will it require additional funding and are there any potential sponsors?


One of Circa Theatre’s main aims is to offer ongoing professional opportunities for professional theatre practitioners. 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. Each 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. 30% then goes to Circa to cover royalty payments (10%) and other administrative costs (building costs, front of house, admin and marketing).

If agreed, Circa will support the production by covering specific payments during rehearsals and production. The pay out to the SVP 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.

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.


The theatre comprises two auditoria (Circa One 226 seats, Circa Two 100 seats), two large rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, a workshop space, kitchen and green room facilities and a large foyer. Circa Theatre houses Encore Restaurant and Bar.

Accessibility Programme:

In recent years Circa Theatre has worked to develop an accessibility programme. This has included NZ Sign Language interpreted performances and audio-described performances. The Circa Marketing & Audience Development Manager will indicate if a show is suitable for such a performance and will work with the SVP to facilitate this.

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