Dame Kate Harcourt

Taika Waititi (Y&H alumni)


Jan Bergquist

Programme Administrator

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 04 385 8227

Jan has returned to Young & Hungry, after having worked at Y&H a few years ago on a part-time basis. Jan is passionate about youth development in theatre and dance and developing opportunities to grow involvement and audiences. Prior to Y&H her arts work focussed on dance, and usually involved working with youth.


Vicki Cooksley

Trustee & Acting Chair

Vicki has spent the last two decades working as a Stage, Project, Production, Event, Company and Venue Manager for councils, companies and festivals including the Hutt and Wellington City Councils, Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Writers Festival, WOW, Weta Workshop, NZ Opera and RNZB. She co-founded Entertainment Production Services in 2011 providing technical and management support to events and productions throughout New Zealand.  Vicki is currently President of Entertainment Technology NZ (ETNZ).

Diana McAlpine


Diana currently works at Z Energy Ltd as their Head of Organisational Development. Her background in performing arts is as an enthusiastic amateur regularly attending theatre and live performance. She was drawn to Y&H as she is passionate about providing young people with opportunities to engage in the performing arts after being heavily involved herself when younger, where she gained skills that have served her well through her life. She still keeps her toe in the water with singing when she’s not being run off her feet as a busy mum.

Hilaire Carmody


Hilaire currently works for NZ On Air. She was previously EA to the CE and Secretary to the Board at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Her background is in performing arts and festival management having worked for organisations such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, The NZ Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre and Film Studies as well as a Graduate Diploma in Event Management.

Paula Granger


Paula is the Director of Ipsum Group, a storytelling agency that manages content and outreach projects. Paula has honed her strategic planning skills through roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector including for the New Zealand Festival, Canterbury Museum, Antarctic Heritage Trust and Imperial War Museum, London. She has a love of the performing arts and putting creativity centre stage, and enjoys contributing to Y&H and New Zealand’s cultural vibrancy.

Brendan Sweeney


Brendan has an accountancy degree and is an experienced finance professional and consultant who specialises in financial management and reporting and operational efficiencies. Placements have included management consultant positions at Bank of New Zealand and Placemakers, analysis work for BBC London and an extended role as Finance Manager for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Brendan has a passion for enabling opportunities for young adults and supporting entities in the Not-for-Profit sector.

Niamh Campbell-Ward


Niamh is a theatre technician specialising in stage management and technical operating. She has been involved in a variety of shows, both in Wellington and touring throughout New Zealand, and has strong ties to Circa Theatre. Niamh grew up in the arts industry and is thrilled to be joining Y&H to help pave the way for the next generation of theatre-makers. When not working behind the scenes, she enjoys stepping into her other role as a circus performer.

Sasha Borissenko


Sasha is a journalist and communications specialist. She kicked off her love of theatre in high-school and pursued a degree in performing arts from Otago University. Sasha’s journalism has featured in Stuff, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, VICE. If she’s not teaching journalism at Massey University, or writing a weekly column for the NZ Herald, she’s championing access media in her capacity as Community Access Media Alliance’s national coordinator.