Rachel Sears - Programmes Manager
Rachel runs the Education Programme at The Court and overseas 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 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.
Rachel is originally from England and her previous experience includes work for Artis Education, Creative Junction, Watermans Arts Centre, Attic Theatre Company and The Oldham Coliseum. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reaching the top of mountains and exploring as many corners of New Zealand as possible.
Brendon Bennetts - Writer
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 Time; Off 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 Beanstalk; The Adventures of Captain Cook, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.
In 2018, Ben and a number of his incredibly talented colleagues founded the Christchurch-based theatre company, Blackboard Theatre Collective.
Ben Freeth - Director
Ben Freeth has immersed himself in theatre since his graduation from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA).
His previous Court Theatre credits include The Mikado; Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant; Romeo and Juliet; Mary Poppins; Cops and Robbers; Legally Blonde the Musical; The Ugly Duckling; Chicago and Titus Andronicus. His other theatre credits include Once on Chunuk Bair (Imagine Charitable Trust); RAPunzel; Botfarm 2014 (New Zealand Playhouse); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; The Phantom of the Opera; Mamma Mia; Wicked and Les Misérables (Showbiz Christchurch).
In stage management his credits include Catch Me If You Can the Musical (Blackboard Theatre Collective); Sweet Charity; Ragtime (NASDA); Crash Bash (The Court Theatre with the Christchurch City Council); Songs for a New World (So Keen Productions) and served as assistant stage manager on Hudson & Halls Live!
Fergus Inder - Actor
Fergus is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago with a degree in Theatre, specialising in musical theatre performance and production.
His previous Court Theatre credits include Chicago; Titus Andronicus and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play as Leo Irving.
He recently appeared as Marius in the Showbiz Christchurch production of Les Misérables and as Fiyero in Wicked. This year he also had the honour of appearing as Frank Abagnale Jr. in Blackboard Theatre Collective’s inaugural production, Catch Me If You Can the Musical.
Fergus’ other theatre credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Showbiz Christchurch); South Pacific; The King & I; Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Muny); Cabaret; Into the Woods; The Laramie Project (The Wirtz Center) and La Revolution Française (FWD Theatre Project).
Monique Clementson - Actor
Monique graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts.
Her performance credits include: Cinderella in Space and Legally Blonde (The Court Theatre); Ragtime, The Collective, Working and The Skriker (NASDA). She is also an apprentice Court Jester and taught improvisation for The Court Education Programme.
Monique has performed the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in three productions of Sister Act (Invercargill Musical Theatre, Showbiz Christchurch, Hamilton Operatic Society).
Les Misérables is her second production with Showbiz Christchurch.
Crash Bash is delighted to have Constable Cosgrove AKA "Mr Frequently Asked Questions" on tour with the Crash Bash crew this year. He will play an integral role in the performance at schools and be on hand to answer all those questions about safe driving and the law that you ever wanted to know!
Brent is passionate about his role in road policing and workign with young people. Have a chat to him after the show too about a career as a Police Officer. He also has information on how you can set up a 'Students Against Dangerous Driving' (SADD) group at your high school which is a great way for you to make a difference in road safety for young people.
Jessica Todd - AV Designer
Jessica Todd is a freelance 'filmie' based here in Christchurch. Jess returned from the UK at the start of 2018 having spent three years working in digital video and communications roles for Sky Europe and now splits her time between creative projects up and down the country.
She dabbles in all areas of production but can usually be found being bossy on set somewhere and has worked on everything from instructional oven videos to US TV Pilots.