Committee 2016/17

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.
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Linda Campbell

Vice President

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!

Secretary

Dallas Baker

Secretary

Dallas has been attending shows and helping with FOH at the theatre since 1996. Dallas’s first acting experience was in 2010 and she has been hooked ever since!  Dallas has been on the committee since 2010 and holds the position of secretary.  Dallas thinks the committee members are a great bunch of people and it is very satisfying to be involved in the running of our great theatre.

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.

Julie Lankshear

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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!

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Ashlee Kennedy

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Sam Martin

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Playwright Sam Martin is 16th Ave Theatre Youth’s representative on the main committee. She has been involved in theatre for most of her life in New Zealand and in the UK from where she hails originally.  She loves all aspects of theatre life and has stage managed, worked with tech, costumes and props, but her first love is writing plays, a few of which have been performed on the 16th Ave Theatre stage and in the UK.

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Nadine Tibbits

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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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Larissa Allen

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Larissa became a member of 16th Ave Theatre at the start of 2015. She always admired the strong talent and professional shows the theatre put on and wanted to be a part of it and get up on the famous play boards showcased in the greenroom. She thoroughly enjoys being a part of the committee and the marketing committee and has loved helping and seeing the theatre come alive with new branding and renovations. Larissa is proud to be a member of the theatre and looks forward to many more fun moments with the incredible people involved.
Outside of the theatre, Larissa works as a marketing and event manager and is currently training for a career change into the NZ Police. She is a Rotarian, Project K youth mentor, Miss Universe NZ runner up and a trustee on The Incubator board.

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Dyllan

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Heather

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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.