Artistic Director and Founder, Tim Bray
Tim Bray is an Auckland actor/playwright/director/producer who has been creating his own style of theatre productions in New Zealand for nearly 25 years. Tim founded The Central Theatre (now trading as Tim Bray Productions) in 1991.
Tim is responsible for guiding the company in terms of the creative, programming and business directions. Along with being the director for many of the productions, Tim is the playwright for most of the scripts produced by Tim Bray Productions. 2015 will see him embark on writing one new play – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. His scripts are available for production by other theatre companies by contacting http://www.playmarket.org.nz/home.
Alongside of his Artsitic Director role he is employed by a corporate client to perform in schools and at community events across New Zealand. Annually he performs to 50,000+ children, which helps keep him current with what children enjoy in live performances.
Business Development Manager, Gail Rotherham
Gail Rotherham joined Tim Bray Productions in October 2012 as the Event Manager for the Royal Performance of Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd, as part of TRH The Prince of Wales’ and The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand. Gail has Graduate Diploma in Event Communications from Unitec. Gail’s role with Tim Bray Productions is to manage many of the added extra opportunities that we provide as a company. For example she oversees the organisation of new initiatives such as our Theatre Workshops. She is also the key contact for the sponsorship/funding functions of Tim Bray Productions.
Production and Front of House Manager, Alana Hawkes
Alana started with Tim Bray Productions in 2005, and was the company Stage Manager and Tour Manager right up until 2010, when she also took on the role of Production Manager. Between shows Alana studied, and graduated with a Diploma in Performance Technology from Unitec in 2006, and a Bachelor of Performing Arts Management from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2007. Alana left the company in 2012 when her husband was relocated to Blenheim, but they moved back a year later, and she started back with Tim Bray Productions in 2015 as Production and Front of House Manager. As Tim’s niece and the namesake of the character in The Santa Claus Show, Alana feels like she’s now back where she belongs!
Marketing Co-ordinator, Yana Kirakovskaya
Originally from Russia, Yana has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in PR and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Marketing Major) from AUT in 2012. Yana mastered her professional skills at communications agencies working for various clients such as Nokia, Nestlé, Cirque du Soleil and Russian Tennis Federation. She expanded her digital marketing knowledge as an Account Manager for Progressive Enterprises at Affinity ID. She also launched an international online magazine called Papaya Stories in November 2013 which has become her personal highlight.
Yana has a passion for people, creativity and self-discovery, so working for Tim Bray Productions and its good cause sounds like a perfect fit for her new professional step.
Youth Theatre coordinator, Madeleine Lynch
Madeleine is our Youth Theatre coordinator at Tim Bray Productions. Madeleine is full-time actor and also an improviser and tutor with Auckland-based ConArtists, having also produced shows for them and sat on the Board in the past. Madeleine is also a regular narrator with the Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind, teaches tai chi to senior citizens in the community and is the mother of 3 girls.
TAPAC and Lake House Tutor, Marlon Ortiz
Marlon is our Youth Theatre tutor for TAPAC and Lake House. Born in Colombia, Marlon has more than 12 years of extensive experience working in different aspects of Drama and Theatre Education for children. Bachelor in Performing Arts Education, specialised in physical training, impro and theatre games for actors and non actors. Marlon is an actor, playwright and Director. His credits as Director include, amongst others, Shakespeare’s Midnight Summer’s dream, The Hattaway House, Five Blind in a country of Deaf, Ionesco’s The lesson, To the Right of God Father.
Marlon brings charisma, endless energy and a lot of Latin passion to the table.
TAPAC tutor, Rachel Constantine
Rachel is originally from the UK and trained for three years at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in London. She has over eleven years experience working as a stage actress. She spent seven years touring the UK, visiting many schools and theatre venues, playing a wide variety of exciting and interesting roles.
Rachel then took a break from acting to raise her three children, who are now nine, fourteen and sixteen. In that time, she has been involved with several children’s drama workshops and classes, teaching acting and movement skills as well as producing and directing numerous children’s stage productions.
Rachel is passionate about the benefits that drama can give to a young mind: helping to develop extra confidence and good communication skills as well as giving kids a sense of freedom to allow self expression and encourage creativity whilst having lots of fun along the way.
“Mrs Wishy-Washy is more than just a comfortable hour long dalliance in the theatre. It is a fine addition to the children theatre…”