Kate Parker & Julie Nolan
Red Leap Theatre Artistic Directors Kate Parker and Julie Nolan met while studying under John Bolton in Melbourne in 1995. They returned to New Zealand to become artists, directors, producers and teachers of their craft.
Between 2001 and 2008 they collaborated on three successful works (Moahunting 2001, The Butcher's Daughter 2003, Beyond the Blue 2008) before formalising the partnership in 2008 to launch Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust with founding Producer, Lauren Hughes. Under the Red Leap Theatre brand the pair have delivered two Auckland Arts Festival commissions - The Arrival in 2009 and Paper Sky in 2011.
In 2009 through to 2013 The Arrival charmed audiences at Auckland Festival, Sydney Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the NZ International Arts Festival, the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, the Busan International Performing Arts Festival, the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in Taiwan and the Macau Cultural Centre in Macau. It also dominated the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2010 winning six awards including Best Production, Most Original Production, and Best Director for Julie. The Arrival has now played to over 20,000 people, including children from 48 New Zealand schools, and continues to tour in New Zealand and internationally.
In 2011, Red Leap premiered its work, Paper Sky, to warm reviews. The work returned in 2012 for two consecutive successful seasons of the redeveloped work at the Southside Arts Festival in Mangere, Auckland and at Downstage Theatre in Wellington, winning two Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in Wellington for Best Set Design and Most Original Production of the Year. Red Leap Theatre is now developing their brand new work, SEA. After a development showing in September 2013 in Henderson, the work premiered in early 2014, and will be developed as part of the Boosted project Ocean Adventure of a Lifetime!