Meet the Hawkins Theatre team


Theatre Manager: Peter Hunt

Manchester-born Peter served for nine years with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary on UK Ministry of Defence vessels around the world. On leaving the service in 1993 he returned to his studies, completing a National Diploma in Performing Arts, all while working for independent record label Escape Records, as a marketing assistant. Once he had his diploma and doing a spot of travelling, Peter took up a place on a BA Honours degree in Music Industry Management, again paying his way through study with a stint as a marketing assistance for another indie label, INFX records. During his course he was introduced to the Kiwi lifestyle with a year’s placement in NZ at a music management company in Hamilton. After a return to the UK to finish his studies Peter worked at a number of theatres and performing arts venues in the UK before he returned to New Zealand. He joined Hawkins Theatre in December 2009.


Theatre Coordinator: Loree-Anne Smith

Loree-Anne comes from a Hospitality background but has always had a passion for Events. As well as working in numerous bars and restaurants she also worked for Auckland Libraries as an administrator. She loves meeting new people and when Loree-Anne's not working she loves to have dance parties in the lounge (or anywhere) with her 4 year old son. Loree-Anne has been part of the Hawkins Family since the beginning of 2016 and has so far loved every minute!


Front of House Co-ordinator: Faye Hunt

Faye has had a varied career, ranging from working for the police to owning her own horse livery business. She also worked for many years on the box office of a UK theatre, which is where she met her husband.



Education Outreach Coordinator: Chantelle Brader

Chantelle is an acting graduate from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school and has lived in Israel, China, Ecuador and finally back to Aotearoa. She has performed in several television, film, and theatre productions including 'My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut' performed in the Wellington Fringe Festival. She recently studied at the acclaimed John Bolton Theatre School, has been a part of the 'Incubator' programme with Red Leap Theatre, performed in 'Culture Clash' at TAPAC, and has toured New Zealand high-schools with Ensemble Impact. She directed 'How the Kiwibird Lost Its Wings', 'One Thousand Paper Cranes' & ‘The Red Balloon' for Hawkins Youth Theatre Company, and produced 'The Cohort Hotel' & 'Grimm Stories'.


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Theatre Assistant: April Head

April began working at the Hawkins Theatre in January 2014, after taking a couple years away from the work force to raise two boisterous but adorable boys.  Prior to children April worked as a travel consultant, but had always wanted to do something in the Arts after growing up performing at the Hawkins Theatre for both dance and theatre.