Shane Bosher to direct Y&H Tour ’20

We are thrilled to have Shane Bosher as the director and dramaturg of the Y&H Tour 2020; WHADDARYA?

WHADDARYA? will be touring schools around New Zealand from May 5th to July 3rd, 2020.  For more information about booking the tour; click here

Shane bosher

Shane has been a director, dramaturg, producer and strategic development consultant for the last twenty years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, he has worked for all of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Court Theatre, Circa Theatre, Bats, Fortune Theatre, the Auckland Festival, the NZ Festival of the Arts and the NZ Actors Company.

He has directed some of New Zealand’s most celebrated actors including Danielle Cormack, Rima Te Wiata, Michael Hurst, Catherine Wilkin, Peter Elliott, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Oliver Driver, Tandi Wright, Stephen Lovatt, Theresa Healey, Jennifer Ludlam, Matt Whelan, Ellie Smith, Chelsie Preston Crayford and Gareth Reeves.

From 2001 to 2014, Shane was the Artistic Director of Silo Theatre. During his tenure, he directed some of the company’s most lauded productions including Angels in America, Speaking in Tongues, Private Lives, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Tribes, Top Girls, Tartuffe, The Only Child, The Brothers Size, When the Rain Stops Falling, That Face, Ruben Guthrie, Holding the Man, The Little Dog Laughed, The Real Thing, Three Days of Rain, Dying City, Take Me Out, Suddenly Last Summer and Bash.

He was named one of the Aucklanders of 2005 by Metro Magazine and in July 2007 was named one of the Most Influential People under 40. He is the recipient of three Auckland Theatre Awards and has been awarded Director of the Year by the NZ Listener four times. He has undertaken professional development at the Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic in London and Public Theater in New York.

In 2014, Shane was commissioned by Auckland Live to create Both Sides Now: Julia Deans Sings Joni Mitchell for the inaugural Auckland Cabaret Season. This production has since played to capacity attendance at festival engagements across New Zealand.

Shane spent 2015-17 based in Australia, directing The Kitchen Sink for Ensemble Theatre, The Pride for Darlinghurst Theatre, Straight for Kings Cross Theatre and sell out productions of Cock and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant for Redline. His other recent work includes productions of Venus in Fur for Auckland Theatre Company, Jumpy for Fortune Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire for Silo Theatre, Cock for Auckland Live, the world premiere of The Things Between Us for Christchurch Arts Festival. In 2018 he has directed the NZ premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America for Auckland Pride, Delicious Oblivion for Auckland Live and Cock for Circa Theatre.

As a playwright, his work includes produced works the award-winning A Star is Torn (Silo Theatre) and the Young & Hungry commissioned Homicidal Post-Pubescent Cheerleaders which was presented in 2001. From 2017-19, Auckland Arts Festival and Creative NZ supported the development of his latest work, Everything After, which won the Adam Best NZ Play Award for 2018.

He also works as a strategic development consultant, empowering companies to interrogate the line between art and business to enhance their infrastructural engines.

Nancy Brunning to direct Y&H Tour ’19

We are thrilled to have Nancy Brunning as the director and dramaturg of the Y&H Tour 2019; I AM MĀORI

I AM MĀORI will be touring schools around New Zealand from April 30th to June 21nd.  For more information about booking the tour; click here

Nancy Brunning


Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tūhoe. Nancy has been involved in professional theatre since 1992. She trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 1990-1991, established herself as a theatre actor, director and dramaturge with Māori Theatre/Production Company Taki Rua Productions for well over 15 years.

She has acted for theatre throughout New Zealand and has directed theatre in English and Māori.  She also works as an actor and has assisted with dramaturgy with some of New Zealand’s most celebrated Māori Playwrights such as Briar Grace-Smith, Witi Ihimaera, Hone Kouka and Albert Belz to name a few.

In 2011, she wrote her first play which was produced in 2014 in Wellington, later that year she was selected as the first Indigenous NZ Writer at the Banff Indigenous Writers Residency in Canada 2014.  Hīkoi was then premiered at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. Nancy is also an actor recently playing Ramona in “Mahana” ”Directed by Lee Tamahori based on the novel “Bulibasha” by Witi Ihimaera.  She is cast in the TV drama In Dark Places, the story about Teina Pora and the latest season of Brokenwood Mysteries. 

She has recorded many plays and short stories for Radio NZ, was casting manager and kaitautoko for Documentary/Drama film “Belief” about the tragic death of Wainuiomata resident Janet Moses.  Most recently she directed Albert Belz’s Astroman for The Court Theatre.

Hāpai Productions was co-founded by Nancy and Tanea Heke in 2013. Nancy took on the role of Producer/Director and Writer in their project Portrait of an Artist Mongrel celebrating the writing of Rowley Habib which was presented at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.