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Dan Bain - Producer

Dan Bain

Dan Bain - Producer

Dan Bain is the Associate Director of the Court Theatre and is responsible for the theatre’s alternative studio space, The Forge, and The Court's Children’s Theatre Programme. He is also the Artistic Director of The Court Jesters and has worked as an improviser, actor, motivational speaker, street performer, theatre director and stand-up comedian since graduating from CircoArts in 2001.

Dan is also a multi-award winning writer for theatre, film and radio. Noted works include the silent children’s shows A Paintbox of ClownsWhy Are My Parents So Boring? and Cat Vs. Dog;  The Young and Hungry commissions Gameplan and Uncle Minotaur; his comedy Stag Weekend (with Brendon Bennetts) the musical The Invisibles (with Luke Di Somma) and his hilarious and heartfelt adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Melanie Luckman - Director

Melanie Luckman

Melanie is a freelance theatre director based out of Christchurch. She holds a Master of Theatre Arts (Directing) from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School & Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury.

She is a previous Associate Director of The Court Theatre. Her Court Theatre directing credits include: Groundswell; Beauty and the Beast; The Gingerbread Man; The Great Art WarPostal; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Constellations; Badjelly the Witch; assistant directing for The Mikado, Macbeth and When the Rain Stops Falling; and working with the Court Theatre Youth Company.

Melanie has also directed The Collective (NASDA); Flagons and Foxtrots (Fortune Theatre); Noye’s Fludde (New Zealand Opera); Gameplan (Young and Hungry Arts Trust, Wellington); Twelfth Night (Wellington Summer Shakespeare) and Hamlet (Toi Whakaari).

In 2012 she was nominated for a Chapman Tripp award for Most Promising New Director 2012 for Immaculate (Backyard Theatre, Wellington).

She is the founder of Cubbin Theatre Company for audiences under 5.

Brendon Bennetts - Writer

Brendon Bennetts

Brendon has been improvising with the Court Jesters since 2002.

On stage, he is known for his dry wit and storytelling flair. As an MC and director, he is known for innovative shows and formats, including the creation of the improvised Shakespearean gangster show Pulp William, and the New Zealand Improv Festival shows Once (Only) Upon a TimeOff The Map; Death at the Murder Manor and In Bed.

Brendon is also one of the Jesters’ most experienced tutors, teaching workshops on improvised theatre, collaboration, body language, and presentation skills.  Brendon has written several kids’ shows for The Court Theatre including Jack and the BeanstalkThe Adventures of Captain CookLittle Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.


Andrew Todd - AV Director

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Andrew has been working for The Court Theatre since 2006, as a Court Jester, actor, and sound and video designer. His design highlights at The Court include The Great GatsbySaving GraceThe Perfumed GardenShepherd; and Hamlet: The Video Game (the Stage Show). He has also designed for the Fortune Theatre, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and several Fringe Festival shows.

As a performer, Andrew regularly appears in Scared Scriptless, and has popped up in three touring children’s plays and several long-form improv shows. Outside of theatre, Andrew is the Gaming Editor for Birth.Movies.Death and manages the Christchurch branch of the 48Hours Furious Filmmaking competition. His first feature film, Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws, is available now, while his second, So Lonely I Could Die, is in pre-production, and his third, Iron Hawk, is in development.



Rachel Sears - Education

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Rachel is passionate about using theatre and the arts as a way of expanding and enabling creative processes and creative collaboration. She enjoys working on projects that focus on learning, well-being and community cohesion and that celebrate the creative potential in everyone.

Rachel runs the Education Programme at The Court and oversees the work of The Court Youth Company, she enjoys connecting with the children, young people and the artists visiting the theatre and seeing what magic can happen when they all work together. Rachel believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone and works on projects at The Court which increase accessibility and create new links between communities and the arts. Rachel has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University of London and a Masters in Applied Theatre from Manchester University. She has completed a Cultural Leaders development program, the Clore Leadership Program, which includes training opportunities, mentoring and secondment and recently took part on the Canterbury Future Leaders Programme run by The Committee for Canterbury.


Flore Charbonnier - Creative


At The Court, Flore is responsible for running the theatre's productions and the management of its creative departments. She is passionate about theatre as a way of questioning society in a disruptive, provocative and beautiful way. She enjoys fostering artistic collaboration, constructing a designer’s vision, seeing a production come to life and the achievement of being part of that process.

Flore believes in arts as catalyst for uplifting people and shaping critical mind. She was destined to have a career in the arts when she immersed herself in performance at a French theatre company. Flore performed in OliverBrundibar and West Side Story. Alongside her Master’s degree in Political Sciences with a major in cultural project management, Flore graduated with qualifications in both drama and music studies.

With her background in performing arts, she began working in theatre and music festivals in 2010 and directed an artistic residency program for 4 years. As producer in digital arts, she presented shows for international events such as Nuit Blanche and Lights Festival in France, Europe and Asia.