• Ashleigh Pearson
      Ashleigh PearsonVisitor Services Host

      04 913 2740

      When she’s not at Capital E, Ashleigh can usually be found hibernating under a pile of blankets with Netflix, or looking for cool socks to buy. Some of her favourite activities are going to the supermarket, kickboxing, and coming up with wacky film ideas.

      Ashleigh is a free-range, organic, locally grown Welllingtonian, and is currently studying at Massey University.

      When she’s finished university Ashleigh plans to make films, have lots of dogs, and be rich.

    • Melissa Conway
      Melissa ConwayHead of Programming & Partnerships

      04 913 3730

      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, her most recent role previous was Creative Technology Manager for Capital E.

    • Kit Benham
      Kit BenhamDigital Assistant

      04 894 7411

      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 & 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.

    • Fiona Tucker
      Fiona TuckerOffice & Visitor Services Manager

      04 913 3746

      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.

    • Marianne Taylor
      Marianne TaylorCreative Producer - Live

      04 913 3729

      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!


    • Morag Zaric
      Morag ZaricBusiness Manager

      04 913 3723

      Morag has always had a life-long goal to live in as many different counties as she can…. and she thought she was doing quite well until she moved to Wellington 12 years ago. Morag thinks Wellington is such a great city to live in finds it increasingly difficult to even visualise living anywhere else. Experiencing new countries and places is still very much her passion, but at the moment she’s content just visiting….

      Morag live in a large household, full of family, children (including two daughters – Kalina and Skye) and pets which keeps her very busy outside her role as Business Manager at Capital E.

    • Samuel Phillips
      Samuel PhillipsMediaLab Coordinator

      04 913 3736

      Sam is part of Capital E’s brilliant digital team. You’ll find Sam teaching mostly in the MediaLab and on occasion in the OnTV Studio.

      Originally from Auckland, Sam moved to Wellington in 2010 to study at Victoria University of Wellington and got hooked. When he’s not at Capital E he can be found around Wellington making or watching theatre.

    • Sarah Tuck
      Sarah TuckMarketing Coordinator
    • Sonia van der Heyden
      Sonia van der HeydenAssociate Producer - Live

      04 913 3726

      Sonia is the Associate Producer for our theatre team, coordinating all of the production elements of the show. You can contact Sonia for information relating to the many shows we have in our repertoire.

    • Peter Graham
      Peter GrahamCreative Producer - Digital

      04 913 3732

      Peter is the Creative Producer for Capital E – Digital. Not only is Peter a great advocate for children and technology, but he’s also super talented in the OnTV Studio. You can find him writing and developing programmes for schools about zombies, aliens, people who knit graffiti, the general news and weather – as well as editing and preparing the scripts students create themselves – then we make a show! Out in the community, he runs around with mobile technology and avoids the rain.

    • Karen Carey
      Karen CareyCreative Producer - Public Programmes

      04 913 3731

      Karen is not only a super mum, but is also a super organiser. With her savvy skills in putting together new and exciting activities for children, Capital E is always buzzing with fun family events.

    • Cara Louise Waretini
      Cara Louise WaretiniVisitor Services Host

      04 913 3740

      Cara Louise 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.


    Meet the Capital E front of house team. We have a core group of fun loving people from a range of backgrounds such as film, dance, theatre, education and design. Some may think they are a wee bit crazy but really they just love creating, playing and getting fully involved in all the events we have on at E Central. You’ll also notice different accents filling our space as we love working with people from all over the world.
    • Caitlin Fitt-Simpson
        Caitlin Fitt-SimpsonCasual Visitor Services Host/Birthday Party host
      • Nicola Leigh
          Nicola LeighCasual staff member
        • Jillian Davey
          Jillian DaveyCasual Visitor Services Host/ Expert Office Relief
        • Lisa Fraser-Clark
            Lisa Fraser-ClarkCasual staff member