Incubator Panel


Deb Nudds - Production

Deb has run The Meteor Theatre since 2014. 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. Deborah spent several years as a Hamilton Community Arts Councillor and has enduring interest in all the Arts but has a special love for spoken word. Deborah has produced shows for Fuel Festival, National Poetry Day and in several Hamilton venues.


Karen Barbour - Dance

Dr Karen Barbour is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts at The University of Waikato where she teaches and researches dance. Karen is also an active arts community member through her work with Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust, regularly creating dance performances and film projects, collaborating with other artists and organisations, mentoring younger artists and contributing to public arts forums.


Aaron Chesham - Production

Aaron has over 20 years’ experience as a theatre practitioner. His main focus is lighting design and production management. Aaron has also been involved in backstage roles, serving his time as a Properties Manager, Stage Manager, and rigger. Aaron is the Managing Director of ACLX Limited who specialise in providing technical equipment for events, festivals and shows. Aaron is also the Chair of One Victoria Trust and believes that enjoying shared artistic experiences are vital for the cultural health of the city.


Laura Hagley - Theatre and Accessibility

Dr. Laura Haughey is a multi-award winning theatre director and artistic director of Equal Voices Arts. She has taught and directed theatre internationally in conservatoires, drama schools, and universities, and is now based in New Zealand convening the Theatre Studies programme at the University of Waikato. Laura’s directing work follows over 10 years working as a professional actor, touring prolifically in the UK and Europe. Her original devised theatre work has been featured on international stages, with her last show ‘Salonica’ touring across Europe to prestigious theatres such as the National Theatre in Belgrade in 2017, and within Aotearoa in 2018. This tour made history for the Balkan leg of the tour for being the first production in these countries to feature both Deaf and hearing actors on stage, performing work developed to be accessible to both Deaf and hearing audiences.


Sarah Nathan - Creative Waikato

Sarah has been CEO of Creative Waikato for 6 years and is highly active in advocacy for the creative development of the Waikato region. Prior to her current role she has been the Director of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and FUEL Festival of NZ Theatre. Sarah is also a busy actor and producer of theatre, having previously co-run a theatre company for youth audiences. She is also accredited with the International Association of Public Relations and has a background in strategy, marketing and communications.


Jason Wade - Production

Following five years as Chairperson at Hamilton Operatic Society, Jason was employed as their Business Manager in 2013. In 2015 Jason Was appointed General Manager of Clarence Street Theatre Trust. Since this time Jason has built Clarence St Theatre from 15% occupancy in 2014 to achieving over 60% in 2018. Jason has strong relationships with PANNZ, regional venues across Aotearoa and EVANZ. Jason has collaborated with Tour Makers and Auckland Theatre Company and other regional venues and festivals to bring professional national and international product to Hamilton as well programming product from PANNZ.


Kyle Chuen - Theatre/Musical Theatre

Kyle has been a freelance theatre practitioner for over a decade and has worked for many of New Zealand’s top tier companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Silo, The Court, The Fortune, and Centrepoint. He holds a B.P.A. In Musical Theatre from NASDA and a Diploma in Drama from EIT.
Kyle has guest performed in many shows in Hamilton including Les Miserables and Sister Act, as well as having come through on several National Tours such as That Bloody Woman and HMS Pinafore. Recently relocating to Hamilton permanently, Kyle has accepted a new position at WINTEC as an Academic Staff Member/Theatre Tutor for the new Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts - Theatre program.


Jeremy Mayall - Music and Composition

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is a composer and performer based in Hamilton. He works in music, sound art, installation, multisensory and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. He is a prolific creator of new works, and regularly runs concerts and events around the city and surrounds. He is an enthusiastic creative collaborator, was the Mozart Fellow (composer-in-residence) at Otago University for 2014-2015 and is currently a lecturer, postgraduate supervisor, and the research leader in the School of Media Arts at Wintec. 


Landy Nonoa - Pacifica Music/Dance/Theatre

Landy Nonoa (nee Tyrell) is the Director and Co-owner of Talents Of the Pacific Academy Limited - also known as TOPA providing classes to learn Pacific Island language, cultural dancing and how to play the Pacific Music of all the Pacific Island nations. The vision was to create a platform where Pacific Performing Arts can thrive and bring our community closer through engaging them in Pacific Cultural Arts, encouraging participation and build confidence to all those who participate. TOPA has been running full time for 21 months and there are over 1000 students in the programme learning and engaging in Pacific Culture through song and dance. They were also selected by the Hamilton City Council to represent Hamilton in Chengdu China at the International Sister City Music Event, provided all the entertainment at the Rugby League World Cup at FMG Stadium 2017 - with 90 of their Academy students entertaining the main field during half time and also outside for the crowds. The programme is in early childcare education, primary, intermediate, high schools and also teaching adult classes.


Michael Moore - Toi Māori/Spoken Word

Born and raised in the Waikato, I am connected to this whenua, I have walked and worked many broken pathways in my rohe, the further I travelled, the deeper I understood the need for creativity to infiltrate and uplift. Having spent close to a decade in the youth sector in a number of roles, from support care, to career pathways, to delivering poetry in schools, I've seen the potential and actuality of creativity shifting and moving young people to achieve great things. As a poet and artist I've experienced this process for myself, in Maori we call our core skill; pukenga, to develop your pukenga is to manifest your purpose with the support and channelling of your Tipuna. The incubator reminds me of this. Currently; I am employed with Creative Waikato in the field of Creative Development, I announce as a roving MC for the Gallagher Chiefs, travel as a spoken word artist and direct the National Poetry Slam stage. Lastly, I am a father of two incredible daughters, so I'm constantly under the tutelage of two masterful teachers. 


Susan Trodden - Orchestral

Susan Trodden is the CEO of Orchestras Central in Hamilton. She has previously worked with participants in the MSD’s ‘PACE’ programme that supported artists into self-employment. Susan has overseen the creation of the Rusty Player Orchestra, and a professional ensemble (‘OCTavo’), launched an annual weekender of orchestra music ‘Sensing Music’, the second of which will be held in September 2018, and is scriptwriter for three modernised fables for Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra’s Children's Education Concerts. She is part of the programming team for Orchestras Central, which includes helping decide repertoire for the community orchestras and leads the audience development programme for the organisation. She has also developed “Orchestrating Outcomes’ which is a workshop teaching collaborative leadership through the model of an orchestral ensemble.


Sally Barnett - Production/Festival

Sally Barnett is a senior Arts Producer with 20 years experience in arts and events management. She is currently one of the Co-Directors of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Since 2015, Sally has worked with business partner Bronwyn as Community Arts Brokers for the Franklin and Albert Eden Local Boards in Auckland, and for the Māngere Ōtāhuhu Local Board.  They also managed a community consultation project for the Howick Local Board in Flatbush, and have been managing the Hobson Street Theatre Company, a company formed in partnership with the Auckland City Mission in 2010. 

Sally was the General Manager for Pacific Theatre Company, The Conch, including producing the critically acclaimed production of The White Guitar in 2015, and before that worked for five years as the Producer, Engagement Programmes for THE EDGE in Auckland where she directed the first three Auckland Fringe programmes, Random Acts, the annual street theatre programme in Aotea Square, and until 2011 produced STAMP, the venue partnership programme for new New Zealand Theatre, Dance and Music seasons. Previously Sally worked internationally in Scotland at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Big in Falkirk, Scotland’s largest outdoor theatre festival, in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Fringe Club and in New Zealand on a number of major arts and cultural events including The New Zealand International Arts Festival, The World of Wearable Arts and The Cuba Street Carnival.