Committee 2018/19

Sarah Oemcke

President

Sarah has been a part of 16th Avenue Theatre for 3 years. Prior to that Sarah was an active member of theatres in the UK and Australia. Sarah loves working on stage and behind the scenes. When she’s not at the theatre, she is at home with her gorgeous kids and hubby.

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Merv Beets

Vice President

Merv has been involved with 16th Ave Theatre since moving back to Tauranga in 2000. He enjoys being on committee with a wonderful team and assisting with the running of the theatre. He has appeared on stage in many musicals and plays and worked in all areas backstage. He now enjoys directing which has become his main focus.

Angela GIllespie

Vice President

Secretary

Julie Lankshear

Secretary

Julie has been a member of the theatre since the early 70’s and has seen many changes – all of them good. She believes we have a theatre the envy of any Amateur Theatre in the country and has served on the committee for many years. Presently Julie is looking after the membership and heading the Play Reading Sub Committee. Planning is underway for years to come!

Vera Prince

Treasurer

Vera joined 16th Avenue Theatre in 2007, and joined the committee shortly after. Her responsibilities include, treasurer and wardrobe for some productions and costume hire.  Vera comes from an accounting background, and is a talented mezzo-soprano, currently running “Upbeat” a women’s singing group which perform in and around Tauranga.

Linda Campbell

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A native Scot, I moved to New Zealand and Tauranga in 2006. I have been an active member of this theatre since joining in 2010. My roles have included but not limited to, properties, stage manager, front of house, dresser and occasionally can be seen on stage changing beds or changing scenes. I love this theatre and our 80th birthday is a true testament to the people of Tauranga who have sewn every stitch of costume or directed or auditioned for shows and of course to our audience who have paid to attend and have be enthusiastically entertained. Something to truly celebrate!

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Daniel Urrezaga

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Jaine Kirtley

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Jaine renewed her joy of acting with 16th Ave Theatre in 2015. She joined the committee this year and loves being part of such an enthusiastic team. Jaine is involved with marketing, and Playgroup. As one of the archiving team she has enjoyed “getting to know” some of the people and stories of our very special theatre.

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Heather Graham

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Heather became a member of the theatre in 2008 when she was asked by a director to help with props for a play. This started Heather’s involvement, and now you will mostly find her behind the scenes working as a stage manager or as an assistant to the director. She loves working with the wonderful and dedicated committee members and agreed to come back on committee this year and has taken on the role of Front of House roster co-ordinator.  

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Melissa Osgood

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Jonty Climo

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Alison Clarke

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Jack Visser

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David Guy

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