We’re a bunch of creative misfits who make opportunities for children and young people to take part in and express, creativity. Meet the team that ignite the spark of creativity!
Sarah is Experience Wellington’s Director: Children & Young People. Based at Capital E, it’s her job to make sure that the youngest members of our audience feel welcomed, included and important whenever they encounter us. Sarah is the wrangler of a family of boys and dogs, a fencing fanatic and generally haphazard ukulele player.
She loves, loves, loves the capital.
Kit is a Capital E Digital tutor who works hosting students in Capital E’s OnTV Studio, MediaLab digital suite and around the Capital through our mobile programmes. A self-professed technophile and with a background in computing and film and television, Kit also works as technician for the OnTV Studio. Outside of class contact, Kit works with the Digital team on programme development, liaising with teachers and is responsible for the media creation and editing requirements of the OnTV Studio and mobile programmes.
Karen is the Creative Producer, Public Programmes and leads the public programmes team in delivering creative public programmes, events, activations and play installations; creating play-based spaces and experiences that challenge, extend, inspire and stimulate children’s imagination and creativity. Originally from Denmark, Karen has a background in visual arts education, and is passionate about the intersection of art, play, creativity and children. In her spare time, Karen loves hanging out with her family and friends, travelling the world, exploring Wellington’s nature and many cultural offerings and working on some of her many creative maker projects.
Halo is the public programmes coordinator for Capital E and uses her creativity to reshape the PlayHQ space in different ways. She is an avid artist in her spare time and lives and breathes fantasy; from reading epic novels and immersive RPG gaming, to creating towering headpieces, she always has a couple of projects on the go.
Halo also hosts Little Creators every Wednesday at 11am, and encourages children to push the boundaries with their artwork.
Mel leads the Live performance, Digital and Public Programming teams through the design, development and delivery of all our creative content and experiences for children and young people. Mel’s background is in education and moving image production – she has taught in schools in both Auckland and Wellington and has worked in a wide range of roles in the film and television industry.
Over the years Marten has worn many hats. A parent, an illustrator, animator, artist, and organiser of many fine creative groups, as well as a producer working on both film and television projects.
When not exploring the wonders of the digital world, Marten loves kicking off his shoes and wandering the beaches of New Zealand, or tucking himself up with a good juicy book.
Natalie is a born, bred Wellingtonian with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Theatre. She has 8 years experience in advertising and marketing including stints at TVNZ and Clemenger BBDO, and spent 2 years in Japan as a ‘JET’ Assistant Language Teacher. Her claim to fame is being a hobbit in the Hobbit movies (extended DVD version only)! She is a self-described ‘creative-type.’
Pippa is not only a champion for children and applying creativity, but is also a logistics and production manager for Capital E’s smorgasbord of quirky public programmes. She’s here to ensure that each event or workshop is fun and inspiring as well as on schedule and safe.
She is a proud Wellingtonian who has a passion for performance and music. In fact, she loves to perform so much that in 2019, she took the title of ‘best improviser’ in the National Improv Championships! When she’s not making shows or making music, you’ll find her sitting contently listening to her audio books and drinking a good cup of coffee.
Ariane is a proud Wellingtonian and has been hanging around Capital E since she was in the single digits. Now well into the double digits, she uses her passion for all things digital to deliver MediaLab and OnTV classes in the hopes of inspiring younger generations to develop an interest in art and technology.
In her spare time, Ariane spends her days attempting to finish her postgraduate study in the public library and giving pats to good dogs around the city.
Originally a Dunedinite, Loren worked in film and television in Auckland and then became a primary school teacher in Wellington. She then decided to combine all her talents at Capital E and help children discover their inner digital wizard. Her hobbies include watching horror movies, doing SFX zombie make-up on children, working on interminable, intricate embroidery and tapestry pieces and visiting NYC every two years or so.
Hana moved to Aotearoa in 2016 from Yorkshire, but is originally from the land of the perpetual drizzle and great music (Manchester). She loves travelling and cooking, having been to amazing foodie spots in India, Morocco, Malaysia and Thailand with so many more on her bucket list! Hana trained in archaeology and has worked in the UK with children’s archaeology groups. She loves working with and being inspired by kids, so it’s great Hana can work with teachers and students to help them experience the awesome opportunities Capital E can provide.
Keely is cat mum to a troublesome pair! When not snuggled up at home, her work experience lies in production and event management, having worked around the country and abroad on theatre shows, outdoor festivals and art exhibitions.
Keely’s main focus for 2019 is bringing Capital E events to fruition, with her focus on logistics, production and technical elements. She is looking forward to the next Wellington Maker Faire, coming up soon in October!
Since moving to New Zealand from England, Joe has worked with Capital E around the country on all things backstage. Now, as Production Technician, he is responsible for managing equipment and technicians on both local shows and national tours, making sure there are enough plugs and things to be plugged in.
Abby joins the team to help coordinate all of those bookings and play booking Tetris. She comes from many years in the theatre and not for profit sphere and loves being part of the journey to allow children to have amazing experiences. As a life coach on the side, you will find her with her nose in psychology and self-help books or listening to Deliciously Ella’s podcast. Or you’ll find her going to as much theatre as possible, walking in nature and searching for the greatest cheese scone.
Kristen is a born and bred Wellingtonian, who has spent over 12 years working in the local film and television industry. She’s an organisational whizz who has worked on a unique mix of productions over the years that have involved children, helicopters, explosions, dragons, puppets, seaghosts, hobbits, celebrities, and beyond! Kristen loves hanging out with young people – hearing their insights and creative ideas, and seeing them grow through stepping out and taking on new challenges. At Capital E, you’ll find her teaching groups of children behind-the-scenes and front-of-camera roles amongst the organised chaos that evolves into recording ‘live’ studio shows!
Beth joins the capital E team having graduated from the Master of Fine Arts programme at Victoria University and freelancing a whopping 42 shows alone in 2019. With a focus and keen eye for producing festivals; working on TAHI, 6 Degrees and the NZ Improv Fest, Beth made her start stage managing children's theatre and is really excited to come back to her roots and work with Capital E to spark joy and creativity in young people's lives. With such a love of theatre, you can almost always find Beth at a show or one of her (very few) nights off, Beth will likely be hosting a quiz night, watching love actually or playing a round of disc golf with her partner Corbyn.
Marianne has worked in the performing arts sector in New Zealand, Australia and Canada as Producer, General Manager, Arts Funding Officer, Production/Tour Manager, Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for the past 25 years. Her qualifications include Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute, Graduate of the Banff Centre for the Arts in Lighting Design, and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Film. Marianne has recently returned home to Wellington with her family from Tasmania, Australia and is thrilled to be back in a city where she can feel the wind in her hair and live in a city full of action!
Having a passion for creativity Elena graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Creative Technologies and a major in Digital Media. Finding her home in the creative capital of New Zealand, Elena dived into design, film, photography, media and then eventually found her new passion for marketing. Elena is now the new marketing coordinator in the Capital E team.
Fiona looks after all the customer service staff you may meet when you book in at Capital E or when you come to a show, event or the festival. You might see Fiona around helping out at some of our different events, and often she’s the one on the end of the phone when you make a booking.
Cara works part time in the public space as the Visitors Services Host. During the rest of her week, you could find her doing any number of her other jobs as a Costumier, Costume Designer or Producer for film and theatre. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her family drinking tea and playing board games.