About Us

We’re a creative bunch who live at the intersection of creativity and play. We ignite and fuel the creative spark in children and young people, equipping them with skills to be confident, capable, creative citizens in a world of possibilities.

Capital E PlayHQ

In PlayHQ we encourage process-led creative discovery with open-ended activities, workshops, and play for children under five years of age.

Odd One Out - image credit Stephen A'Court

We believe all tamariki should have the opportunity to experience performance art that speaks of Aotearoa and their place in the world. Our National Theatre for Children tours creative, immersive, and inclusive shows across the country, performing to thousands of children and young people. 

Our curriculum linked LEOTC MediaLab and OnTV education experiences encourage creativity, teamwork and fun, preparing tauira for the changing employment environment.

Capital E's National Theatre for Children

Our kaupapa is to create experiences For, With, By, and Between children and young people.

Our Values:

  • At the heart of everything we do is respect for the voices, expectations and values of children and young people as creative co-producers, original thinkers and future-makers. They are our peers in the creative process.

  • Our encounters will be transformative, engaging and fun, and as accessible as possible, connecting our audiences to real-world expertise and opportunities.

  • We work as a creative connector: collaboratively and in partnership, strengthening our ecosystem.

  • We are proud of our leadership role; we advocate for children and young people’s creativity and ensure children, young people, parents and caregivers understand the creative process, and how they might grow creatively.

Capital E is part of Experience Wellington, a registered charity and a Council Controlled Organisation established by Wellington City Council to develop and manage Wellington’s cultural and arts assets. Our organisation hosts a combination of unique visitor experiences that contribute to Wellington’s economy and reputation as a centre of excellence for arts, culture and creativity. Together, we collaborate and draw upon each other’s strengths, skills and knowledge to deliver excellent visitor experiences that capture the heart of Wellington.

Experience Wellington includes Capital E, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington Museum, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Nairn Street Cottage. We also have a management agreement with the NZ Cricket Museum Trust to provide support to the New Zealand Cricket Museum.

Meet the team

Meet the creative misfits who make things happen!

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