Our Team

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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!

Creative Minds

Justine McLisky

Kaiwhakahaere Tamariki me ngā Rangatahi

Head of Children and Young People

Justine joined us at the beginning of the year to help steer the Capital E ship, bringing many years of experience in galleries and museums across Aotearoa, Australia and the UK encouraging kids, families and young people to access creativity, innovation and culture. In her spare time, you can find Justine out walking or hanging out in bookshops, record shops and behind turntables playing records at one of the Open Decks Vinyl nights she has been running for the past few years.

Fiona Tucker

Kaiwhakahaere Kaitiaki Manuhiri me te Tari

Office and Visitor Services Manager

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.

Pippa Drakeford

Kaiwhakarite Hōtaka

Production Manager - Public Programmes

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.

Beth Taylor

Kaiwhakahaere Tuarua – Whakaaturanga Mataora

Associate Producer-Live

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.

Natalie Crane

Kaitohutohu Whakatairanga

Marketing Lead

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.’

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Kit Benham

Kaiako Whaiaro - Matahiko

Technical Coordinator – Digital

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.

Halo Collins

Creative Developer, Public Programmes 

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.

Ariane Galope

Kaiako Whaiaro - Matahiko

Digital Tutor

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.

Adam Koveskali

Kaitiaki Manuhiri

Visitor Services Host

Adam (AKA Adventure Adam) has worked behind the scenes and performed on stages across New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Adam is a familiar face to many Wellington families from his work as MC at local events, to performing with Kidzstuff Theatre for Children, and of course his Adventure Adam classes here at Capital E "Spin Around"

Hana Makin

Kaitohutohu Whakapā Hāpori - Mātauranga

Engagement Advisor - Education

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.

Contact: hanam@experiencewellington.org.nz

Harriet Newman

Kaiwhakarite Tāpui

Educations Booking Coordinator

Avid organisation queen by day, costume-making vigilante by night… Harriet is a double Toi Whakaari graduate (costume construction and performance design) and she loves making stuff – clothes, jokes, designs for shows, baking, conversation…. Much like her better half Joe (also featured on this page), she’s pretty passionate about awesome storytelling across multiple mediums - but her favourites are books. You can generally find her in the Capital E office juggling bookings and phone calls, or running ragged about Wellington in op-shops hoarding knick-knacks, trinkets and costumes for shows. For booking or venue enquiries, contact Harriet on capitalebookings@experiencewellington.org.nz

Abby Rainbow

Kaiwhakarite Tāpui

Education Bookings Coordinator

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.

Contact: capitalebookings@experiencewellington.org.nz

Kristen Rowe

Kaiwhakahaere – Te Rūma Pāpāhō

OnTV Coordinator

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!

Contact: kristenr@experiencewellington.org.nz

Visitor Services host, Cara Waretini Visitor Services host, Cara Waretini

Cara Waretini

Kaitiaki Manuhiri

Visitor Services Host

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.

Creative Casuals

Casual Visitor Services host, Catilin Fitt-Simpson Casual Visitor Services host, Catilin Fitt-Simpson

Catilin Fitt-Simpson

Casual Visitor Services host and Birthday Party Host
Casual Visitor Services host, Carrie Green Casual Visitor Services host, Carrie Green

Carrie Green

Casual Visitor Services host

Rachael Wiltshire

Casual Visitor Services host and Birthday Party Host

Calypso de Wolff

Casual Visitor Services Host

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