About the Meteor
The Meteor is NZ’s biggest and best ‘Black Box’ theatre.
We are Hamilton’s home of New Zealand theatre. The Waikato’s most exciting, accessible and affordable Performing Arts venue!
Our Vision is to enhance the performing arts in Hamilton and New Zealand by providing a vibrant and thriving venue for theatre, music, dance, poetry, exhibitions, workshops, comedy, improv…and much, much more. The diversity is awe-inspiring!
The Meteor theatre is operated by the One Victoria Trust, which exists to foster, develop, and encourage all forms of creative and performing art, in a manner that benefits the community.
In our city. By our city. For our city.
The Meteor is accessible and affordable and exists to support the new and the established, the professional and the community, and the mainstream and the experimental.
So any person or group may use this lovely building, and you’ll pay an amount designed to facilitate your endeavours AND keep us operational, via a mix of low base fees and the sharing of successful ‘door takes’.
Chair: Aaron Chesham
Aaron Chesham is the owner of ACLX lighting. He has a strong background in technical production, and has been involved with the Meteor since just after its inception. He passionately wants to see the venue used to its full potential.
Ross MacLeod has been writing, directing and producing theatre in Hamilton for the last decade. While his focus is often smaller scale original works, he has directed productions ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. He has seen The Meteor space come a long way since his first show there in 1999, but a theatre is more than just a building and he is keen to pass on any support he can offer to new writers and performers wishing to use that theatre. He is also a board member of the Hamilton Community Arts Council.
Charlotte is a commercial lawyer at Davidson Twaddle Isaac. She is also a trustee of the WEL Energy Trust and D V Bryant Trust, one of the longest-running philanthropic trusts in the Waikato, whose primary objective is “to enhance human welfare in the Waikato”.
Outside of work Charlotte is passionate about the Arts and in particular theatre in Hamilton; acting, directing and producing a range of plays, in particular locally written or devised original works. Previous governance roles have included the Hamilton Performing Arts Trust, Creative Waikato, Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Curiously Cut Productions, Waikato Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lifeline Waikato, Netball Waikato Region, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Netball, Hamilton Playbox Repertory Society and Riverlea Theatre & Arts Centre.
Mark is a Creative Producer based in Wellington. He runs creative production company Cuba Creative and film company Random Films, is the producer of PANNZ – the New Zealand Performing Arts Market and radio host for arts show Caffeine & Aspirin on RadioActive.fm. He was the originating producer of award-winning interactive show APOLLO 13: Mission Control, previous director of the New Zealand Fringe Festival, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and The Shoot Out Filmmaking Festival. Mark has also worked with Tropfest Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Madame Tussauds, Storybox and London & Australian Fashion Weeks.
Adrienne currently works at Creative Waikato after spending seven years working for the Hamilton Community Arts Council where she built up built up a in-depth knowledge and understanding of Hamilton’s artistic community. Adrienne has been one of the drivers behind the Hamilton Fringe Festival since its re-launch in 2008. Adrienne’s own artistic practice is in the world of theatre, and she has worked both on and off-stage with a number of Hamilton’s groups. Described as having a quiet and calm manner, Adrienne distinguishes herself from other artists by actually having an interest in numbers and finances. She is the company accountant and a shareholder in Free Lunch Street Theatre Company. Adrienne holds a Diploma in Performing Arts (where she met her lovely husband Nick), and a BA in Drama and Management. She is happily settled in Hamilton, where her family keep themselves busy with all the various community activities they are involved with.
Shane is self-employed in the telecommunications industry. He has lived or worked in the Waikato region for over 35 years. He is currently chair of the Web Access Waikato Trust and has previously held positions on two school boards of trustees. Shane’s earliest memories of the Meteor site date back to causing himself near permanent injury in 1985 when the Meteor building was a skating rink. He is optimistic of forming new (less painful) memories as the Meteor is refurbished and injected with new vigor over the coming years.
Yvonne is a passionate supporter of the arts. She completed her schooling in Hamilton, and a business degree in Australia. Upon returning to Hamilton, she found her niche in musical theatre and arts copywriting, in particular media releases and show programmes. Over the last decade, Yvonne has been involved in more than 20 theatrical productions including backstage roles in wardrobe, hair and makeup, and the marketing departments, and as an Executive Producer. Yvonne is on the board for the Waikato Children’s Literature Association, and is a Trustee for Tron Music Trust. By day, Yvonne is the Marketing Manager at for Ebbett Volkswagen. She is also a published author, and has participated in several successful fundraising campaigns.
Deborah Nudds – Theatre Manager
Deborah started working at the theatre from February 2014, when the One Victoria Trust took over. Her role covers the operations of the venue and communications with audience and productions alike. She loves how each show and event brings its own magic and diversity to the Meteor. Always approachable, Deborah aims to find solutions to problems and is here to help all who use the theatre.
Deborah has an extensive background in the local café and food scene, having started and run some successful long-lived ventures over the years, including Metropolis Caffe (1991) and is co-owner of Scoff (2001). Deborah spent several years as a Hamilton Community Arts Councillor and has enduring interest in all the Arts but has a special love for the spoken word. Deborah has produced shows for Fuel Festival, National Poetry Day and in several Hamilton venues. She hopes to help lay some strong foundations for the Meteor to become a busy and successful Arts Institution for many years to come.
Alec Forbes – Technical Co-Manager
Alec has been associated with The Meteor since its transformation into a performance space in the mid ’90’s. He is currently involved in the mechanical and technical aspects of the day-to-day operation of the building. Alec is a foundation trustee of The One Victoria Trust and is a co-instigator of the Hamilton Fringe Festivals. He holds a Master of Arts (Waikato University) and is a passionate supporter of Manchester United.
Sean Lynch – Technical Co-Manager
Sean Lynch has been working in NZ professional theatre for over twenty years. He is a musician, actor, and lighting and sound designer.
He was a founding member of Electra Theatre Company in Hamilton, a member of Slip Of The Tongue, and Cunning Plan Theatre Company. As well as now working at the Meteor, he is also a freelance lighting and sound designer, working with some of New Zealand’s top theatre companies.
The One Victoria Street Trust
“We, the trustees of The One Victoria Street Trust, undertake to implement and practice
with professional and artistic integrity, the ideas, principles and structures described below. Our collaborations are informed by the principle of ‘joyous chaos’ which is found at the heart of creative performing arts.”
Our Vision is to:
- enhance the performing arts profile of Hamilton with a vibrant creative hub of living, thriving performing arts, filled with artistic content, day and night, to make an epicentre of joy.
Our purpose is to:
- foster, develop, and encourage all forms of creative and performing art, including without limitation, theatre music, dance, moving image, inter-arts, writing, and visual art, in a manner that benefits the community. In our city. By our city. For our city.
- nurture the creation of performing arts performances by the independent sector.
- develop a community hub which is accessible and affordable for performing arts practitioners, both new and established.
- foster the production of new, perhaps experimental, perhaps developing, but always good performance works.
- facilitate the creation of works and ways of working which are not just for now, but also for all our tomorrows.
- provide public facilities and educational opportunities to foster, develop and encourage all forms of creative and performing arts, including without limitation, theatre, music, dance, moving image, inter-arts, writing, and visual art, in a manner that benefits the community.
- establish an ethos informed by respect for the traditions and customs of the theatre as a semi-sacred space which is treated with reverence and regard.
- form working relationships based on trust: “Trust given and trust accepted”.
- manage and maintain our physical resources in a financially viable manner.