Why work for us?
The Court Theatre is New Zealand’s largest theatre company and the only performing arts organisation in the country to produce all aspects of each production in-house. We produce theatre which aims to provoke stirring reactions through great theatre experiences that question and celebrate our humanity. We strive for excellence and integrity in the work we produce and are committed to providing an environment that fosters creativity and opportunity for our staff.
The company regularly wins accolades and is often referred to as the most successful performing arts organisation in New Zealand. It provides a thriving, vibrant, challenging and stimulating environment in which to work.
To provoke stirring reactions through great theatre experiences that question and celebrate our humanity.
We are a theatre company. We are a creative whanau. We create work that celebrates and questions our humanity. We are united and innovative.
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We are a company that works fiercely and bravely knowing that creative reward requires risk. We are not afraid to push into the unknown.
We are a company that is dedicated to serving the show, knowing that this is the best way to serve our audience.
We are a company that finds joy in the work it makes, in working with each other and in affecting our audiences. We know we are at our best when we are playful.
We are a company that is comfortable with the leadership role it plays, as a tastemaker, as a nurturing force and as a totara in the national industry.
The Court Theatre is Aotearoa’s largest professional theatre company, based in Addington, Christchurch. But more than just a theatre company, we are a full producing house. This means everything you see on stage is made by our brilliant team, and every exceptional team needs a great leader. We are looking for that leader!
The Production Manager is a project manager extraordinaire, great problem solver, and the glue that holds our magnificent productions together, ensuring that the team can be the best they can be. The hours are 40 per week, but some flexibility will be required – particularly when the show must go on, and of course, a wheel has come a little loose or fallen off! You will be the person with the wheel under one arm and the spanner in your other hand!
Ideally you will have a performing arts/theatre background, but if you are a suitably experienced project manager with good risk management under your belt, then this position could appeal to you. You will be supported by a professional and experienced team who know what quality theatre looks like. You will have a mature demeanour and cope well with artistic passion and temperaments, with huge empathy for actors and creatives.
Microsoft Office products are a must so if you are rusty on Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams, you will need to upskill quickly, and we can provide that support.
As a values based organisation, The Court Theatre has a commitment to Te Ao Māori through learning Te Reo and tikanga, gaining māramatanga and sharing mātauranga. We’d love you to join in weekly kapa haka – you don’t have to be an expert, or even good at it, just come with an openness to participate and learn alongside your colleagues.
This is a one-year fixed term parental leave cover position. Please note that we are a vaccinated workplace and we require vaccination certificates for all new employees, volunteers and contractors.
Please apply through Seek by Monday 8 November at 5pm. Upload your compelling cover letter and CV. No direct approaches please. The role will ideally start mid January but we can be flexible for the right candidate. The Job Description can be found here.
Project Manager - Database Implementation - Trainer
In your world you will know that the CRM database is the lifeblood of any organisation, and doubly so for a not-for-profit. You will be excited by the endless possibilities that excellent data and search capabilities can provide. The Court Theatre is implementing the world-renown arts CRM system called Tessitura, developed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York and now in use world-wide. It will provide unparalleled opportunities for us to give exemplary service to our customers – a key part of The Court Theatre brand.
We are looking for a manager to take over the implementation phase, who can work alongside the highly skilled and talented global Tessitura team. This team works with us remotely, so you will love zoom meetings and getting into the nitty gritty of the data. This is a complex system but one that the entire Court whānau will embrace, so you will be a trainer extraordinaire, and have sufficient patience to help people see the beauty of the system, and how it will support their work.
The Court Theatre is a dynamic workplace where no two days are the same. Our people share values and are in the waka because they want to make a difference for theatre, the arts and our community. We embrace Te Ao Māori through learning Te Reo and enjoying weekly kapa haka sessions – a great way to also build teamwork and culture. We don’t ask that you are an expert, just that you are prepared to join in. You will be curious about theatre, if not love it – and guarantee that you will soon if you don’t already.
The role is ideally full time and immediate start. There is some flexibility around working hours and working from home, and we use technology to support these efforts. We practice diversity in our hiring, consistent with our values of whānaungatanga and kotahitanga. If this role sounds like something you would like to know more about, please reply through Seek with a compelling cover letter and your CV by COB Friday 5 November 2021. The Job Description can be found HERE. No direct approaches please.
Hidden in Christchurch’s suburb of Addington is New Zealand’s largest theatre company. In its post-earthquake refuge “The Shed” - an old grain shed – is a magical world of happiness, laughter, drama and intrigue. Inside the walls of “The Shed” is a diverse and dynamic company of 60 permanent staff plus hundreds of artists and artisans who produce 19 productions each year. Over 150,000 ticket buyers enter The Court each year to feast on the varied offering of theatrical works, all created and produced on-site.
The Court has matched the ever-diversifying Christchurch population and creates and supports work for everyone in our community including children and families, for the Tangata Whenua and for Christchurch’s growing Pasifika communities. We have a strong education programme and we support new writing for theatre.
The Court Theatre is your theatre. Whoever you are. Come and be part of our team.
Our people are resilient and flexible learners who are highly skilled team players.
We require a full-time or part-time flexible, skilled and creative carpenter/builder/metal worker, or similar, to join the team at The Court Theatre. Here at The Court we build all of those magnificent sets and props that are a huge and important part of our exceptional storytelling.
We are looking for someone who has a commitment to creative excellence and who can deliver on work requests and problem solve. It will be an advantage to have worked in a creative or theatre setting, but at the very least, to have an affinity for what we do and create. You will work as part of a team, but also work independently on projects. We will need you to have flexibility in your working week as evenings and weekends may be required.
- Knowledge of metal materials.
- Suitable welding tickets for structural welding such as 2980 or 9606 and an ability to weld in all positions.
- Carpentry experience.
- Knowledge of building materials.
- Experience of workshop tools (from hand tools to panel saws).
- IT skills including ability to Apps and Microsoft Outlook as a minimum.
- Proactive and self-motivated.
- Full driver's license.
- Theatre experience.
- Working at heights.
- EWP/Scissor lift.
- Engineering background.
- First Aid Certificate.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8 August 2021.
Casual Bar Staff
The Court Theatre seeks to employ bar staff on a casual basis to provide friendly, efficient service to patrons and guests attending shows and functions at The Court Theatre. A bar licence and/or duty manager licence is preferable.
If you would like to apply for this exciting position, please send your CV and cover letter to Susan Rendall at email@example.com.
Casual Production Staff
The Court Theatre seeks casual staff for occasional work at the theatre.
The Court is looking to increase its pool of contacts of:
- Costume makers
If you have these skills, live in Christchurch and are interested in working with one of New Zealand’s leading arts organisations, please send your brief CV as well as any relevant qualifications/accreditations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is not a permanent/fixed hour role, but an opportunity to be added to The Court’s database of workers. People expressing interest may be contacted show by show/as needed; rates and hours by mutual agreement.
Opportunities for Artists
Whether you're a designer, artist, creator or maker, we want to hear from you!
To send your expression of interest to work at The Court, email email@example.com with your name, contact information and portfolio and/or website link.
We can't wait to hear from you!