Key People

Sharu Delilkan – Creative Producer & Publicist
(Sharu Loves Hats – 021 652 175)

With over 20 years experience as arts journalist, PR Consultant and music manager, Sharu Loves Hats specialises in producing, publicising and marketing the arts. Credits include Ryan Richard’s A Boy Wonder (2015), Dianna Fuemana’s Birds (2013-14), Black Dog Relief: A Cabaret for Robbie Tripe (Auckland and Wellington 2015), Newmarket Stage Co’s Educating Rita (2012), Amy Waller’s Gloria (2014), Henry V (Pop Up Globe/The Pah/Pumphouse, 2016), Te Rehia’s Hoki Mai Tama Ma (2014), Brown Boss’ Nga Bro e Wha (Modern Maori Quartet’s inaugural show) (2013), Te Rehia’s SolOthello (Wellington 2016), The Secret of Dongting Lake (2010) and Newmarket Stage Co’s Tuesdays with Morrie (2014). A Boy Wonder in Otago/Southland, winner, the Tour-Makers Award for Travelling Hero, Auckland Theatre Awards (2015) Sharu Delilkan, MA in Arts Mgmt (First Class Hons), was recently awarded creative entrepreneurs award ART Venture by Arts Regional Trust worth over $30,000.

Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho – Director
(Te Arawa/ Tuwharetoa/ Tuhoe)

A performer, facilitator, producer and director (South Seas Film and Television School, Dip, On Screen Acting and Unitec Bachelors in Performing and Screen Arts). Borni is also a core whanau member of Te Pou Theatre and is an Equity NZ board member. He co-created The Hobson Street Theatre Company a performance company for those struggling with homelessness and/or related issues. Alongside New Zealand Mental Health Foundation and Mind and Body he created the ATAWHAI Festival and alongside Body Positive and Positive Women created the PUAWAI Festival, engaging with members of these communities under the tikānga Māori framework aimed at awareness, de-stigmatization and self-empowerment through story telling with dignity. Borni directed Joanna St Jayne’s ‘People Like Us’ (2015), a musical based on the real life life story of a Trans woman and the trans community and ‘7 Deadly Monologues’ by Benjamin Teh, and the successful nationwide tour of Under The Same Moon, Renee Liang’s one woman show about immigration.

Renee Liang – Book/Co-Lyricist


Photo Credit Jeff McEwan (Capture Studios)
Renee, a second-generation Chinese Kiwi, is a poet, playwright, paediatrician, medical researcher and fiction writer. She writes in English but often includes her Cantonese’home dialect’. In addition to writing blogging and arts journalism, Renee’s produced and directed theatre works and taught creative writing and organised community-based arts initiatives. She organises community arts events such as New Kiwi Women Write, a writing workshop series for migrant women in association with Auckland Council. She’s a regular contributor to The Big Idea. She’s written, produced and nationally toured: Under The Same Moon (2015), finalist, SWANZ Best Play Awards (2015) Bubblelands (2015) The Quiet Room (2015), Adam Play Award shortlist 2013, teen section, Playmarket’s Plays For The Young winner (2014), SWANZ Best Play awards finalist (2016) The First Asian AB(2012) The Bone Feeder(2010) Lantern(2008). She has rewritten her play The Bone Feeder as an opera for the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival.

Jun Bin Lee – Composer/Co-Lyricist

Jun Bin Lee, Malaysian Chinese who moved to New Zealand 12 years ago, is a musician, composer, short film director, and an engineer. He founded Performing Arts Workshop (now known as Ai Studio), which has produced a number of original musicals within the Asian migrant community. These include “Ai” the Musical (2013 & 2015) and How She Flew To The Moon (2012), as well as four Brighter Future musicals. His works are mostly in English and Mandarin, but has also produced works in Malay, Hindi and French. His most recent production which he directed and wrote was Prodigal Son, The Musical which was presented as part of the 2017 Auckland Fringe Festival at The Spreading Tree, a creative space in Mt Eden.
Jun Bin has composed and directed “Ai the musical”, a romantic comedy musical loosely based on his own relationship. The musical was presented at Auckland Fringe Festival 2013, and has won second runner up for “People choice award”. This piece was reproduced in Musgrove Studio at Auckland University in 2015.
He has also written and composed 10 minute musicals – “The Adventure of Kazu and Kengo” and “Karaoke Heaven”, both won “People choice awards” at Short and Sweet Song Festival in 2013 and 2014. Jun Bin’s musical short film “The Tour” about a group of Asian tourists in Rotorua, has won “People Choice Award” & “Highly recommended Award” at the Rotorua’s Creation Festival short film competition. His French short film “Pour Elle” won “Special Mentioned Award” at Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2014. www.junbinlee.com

Lavina Williams – Musical Director/Vocal Coach

Lavina Williams, a former member of the top NZ 90s Girl group MaVelle, toured the world from age 16-22. They recorded two RnB/Soul albums, “Spoken To” and “Ma’V’Elle, and supported top female singers such as Tina Turner, Macy Grey, Boney M and B*witched. Recorded a Gospel album titled “Everything”, which was released in New Zealand and Australia in English and Te Reo Maori. Williams is New Zealand born of Samoan and Fijian descent, oldest of super musical family (brother J.Williams and sister Emily Williams) . Joined the “The Lion King” in Australia as principal role, sassy and short-tempered hyena Shenzi, in Germany and Singapore and understudy for Queen Sarabi and Rafiki, the King’s loyal baboon. She entered Australian Idol, coming 8th place in 2006, then moved to Germany to write and produce music for the music competition show Pop Stars. Played Denna, Dream Girls (France) and lead role Motormouth Maybelle “Hairspray”, Skycity Theatre (2014). http://nzmusic.org.nz/artists/rb/lavina

Taiaroa Royal – Choreographer

Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngati Rauwaka, Uenukukopako.

Taiaroa trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 1984 with a Dip. Dance. He has performed with many of NZ’s major dance companies both at home and abroad, including The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company, Black Grace, Orotokare and Atamira Dance Company.
In 2010, Tai was awarded the Te Tohu Toi Ke – Making A Difference Award from Te Waka Toi for his contribution to Maori Contemporary Dance. He is the first dancer and the fifth recipient of this award. Later that year he was honoured in the Tempo Dance Festival’s ‘Honouring a Dancer’, where the industry, along with close friends and family, celebrated Tai’s long outstanding successful career in the New Zealand dance community.
In 2011 Tai accepted the Koowhiti Lifetime Achievement Award outlining him as one of Aotearoa’s outstanding Maori Dancers and Choreographers.
Tai has choreographed for Brancott Estate World of Wearable Arts Awards, Wellington; Christmas in the Park, Auckland and choreographed and an associated director for NZ Opera. Tai is also a part-time teaching at the UNITEC Bachelor of Performing Screen Arts, and has taught at NZSD and private dance schools
In 2007 Tai formed OKAREKA DANCE COMPANY alongside Taane Mete.

Fiona Chua – Mentor to Composer

Fiona was born in Malaysia, but has lived in New Zealand since she was 16. It was in New Zealand that she discovered her love for music, and has since been involved with various musical productions in the local scene as a music director, as well as written several original musicals. Having grown up part of her life in Malaysia, she is well versed in Malay and English. Fiona has music directed several shows in Auckland: Ruthless (Dolphin Theatre – 2014), Chicago (Playhouse theatre – 2013), Oliver (MPA – 2012 ), Love off the shelf (Dolphin Theatre – 2011). She’s also written several original musicals: Oriental Dreams (2016); Brighter Future Musical III (2010); Hosea.The Musical (2008) Fiona holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Accounting) from the University of Auckland. She also has a ABRSM Diploma in piano, Grade 6 in violin and currently works as a Marketing Executive for Tower Insurance. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ffionachua

Stuart Hoar – Dramaturg

Award-winning playwright, screenplay writer, radio dramatist and novelist with over 20 years experience locally and internationally. First stage play, Squatter (1987) Awarded the Bruce Mason Award for Playwrights (1988) Playwright in Residence, Mercury Theatre (1988-1989) Literary Fellow at Auckland University (1990) Burns Fellow at the University of Otago (1993) Screenplay short film Lovelock, winner NZ Writers’ Guild Best Screenplay Award (1993) Libretto, opera Bitter Calm, finalist, Pater World Media Award´s Music and Literary Division (1990) Bitter Calm (full length) • International Festival of Arts, Wellington (1994) • TV3 broadcast (1994) Play Bright Star produced in London (2010) Musical The Great Art War, written with composer Philip Norman premiered by Court Theatre, Christchurch Festival of Arts 2013 Latest play Pasefika, winner Adam New Zealand Play Award (2010) • produced by Circa Theatre in the Wellington Festival of the Arts (2014).

Elizabeth Whiting – Costume Designer

Elizabeth Whiting’s theatre credits include In the Next Room, Mary Stuart, Well Hung, Equus, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Hair, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Duchess of Malfi, Pillow Man, My Name Is Gary Cooper The Importance of Being Earnest The Glass Menagerie and Anne Boleyn ,Rupert and Venus in Fur (ATC) ; The Country Wife, La Cage aux Folles, The Great Gatsby and Cabaret for Court Theatre Tartuffe, Top Girls, Three Days of Rain, Irma Vep, The Scene, Holding the Man, When the Rain Stops Falling, Assassins, Tartuffe and Angels in America , Hudson and Halls Live(The Silo). Designed the costumes, The World of Wearable Art core show, Wellington 2011-2016. In 2010 she won the Chapman Tripp Costume Design Award for The Arrival. (Red Leap). She represented New Zealand at the Prague Design Quadrennial in 2003 with her costumes for ‘Falstaff’, and again in 2007 with a team of designers who created the exhibition Blow. Designs, Marriage of Figaro, Seattle (2016).

John Parker – Set Designer

John Parker is an award winning set designer and ceramic artist. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva).
He has a long history of designing for Auckland Theatre Company, including Peer Gynt, Polo, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep, Doubt, Equus, Caligula, The Rocky Horror Show, Waiting For Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildernstein Are Dead, Into The Woods and The Glass Menagerie.
Designs for other companies include Faust, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, , Il Trovatore, Chess, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Assassins, Waiora, The Marriage of Figaro, Evita and Trash to Fashion.
John has also designed Bendon’s Next To Nothing, Bellsouth Pharaohs, Precious Legacy and Peru: Gold and Sacrifice for the Auckland Museum.
He was awarded a Waitakere City Millennium Medal for Services to the Community. In 2010 John was made an Arts Laureate by The Art’s Foundation of NZ.

Tanya Muagututi’a – Mentor for the Creative Community Engagers

Tanya is a creative organiser who likes to help push out the potential brilliance of young and old practitioners in the performing arts industry. Her creativity can be found in NZ’s longest running Pacific performing arts group Pacific Underground (PU). There she also led the Christchurch Pacific Arts Festival for 10 years. She then lent her organising skills to others at Auckland’s Pasifika, Diwali and Lantern Festivals, Auckland Theatre Company, Mangere Arts Centre and most recently at the Auckland Arts Festival to name a few. A Christchurch native, Tanya is a proud one-eyed Samoan Cantabrian who enjoys engaging with people of all nations in the arts, and loves working in shows for the community, by the community.

Kit Haines – Social Media Manager

  Kit has been involved in the musical theatre industry for several years, as a performer, director and producer. Kit studied a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland and currently works in Marketing and Development. Kit’s has worked for an array of arts organisations including the James Wallace Arts Trust and Q Theatre. Kit’s performance credits include: Footloose, Miss Saigon, Chess, Songs for a New World & Hair the Musical. More recently, Kit was involved producing shows such as Hungover and Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die at the Basement Theatre.His most recent involvement in theatre was directing Our Town at the Playhouse Theatre. Kit is excited to be working on the social media for Dominion Road The Musical and being involved in telling compelling stories about our home through the medium of music.

Sam Mence – Sound Designer

Well liked technician from Auckland, Sam Mence is known for his attention to detail, professionalism, and love of live performance. He has a strong background in all things electrical, as well as extensive experience in most aspects of theatrical productions which sees a comprehensive complement of production credits to his name across a variety of key production roles. Sam’s strength as a designer has seen him designing for a range of different shows, including the operatic La Traviata at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, An Ideal Husband at The Rose Centre, a musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest in Q Loft, the Arts On Tour season of Under The Same Moon, and the New Zealand Premiere of Dogfight with AMT for which he won the 2015 NAPTA for Best Sound Design. His love for musical theatre, combined with his strong working relationship with Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho and Renee Liang, see him excited to be offering his professional services for Dominion Rd The Musical Development Season.

Wai Chan – Co-Creative Community Engager

Wai is currently an Honours student at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She shares the Creative Community Engager role with Gemishka for Dominion Rd The Musical. Outside this production team, she is part of the editorial team and liaison for the school’s magazine Elamite and the writer and liaison for student community Studio International. Getting involved with public art events have always excited her, giving her great satisfaction when it all comes together. She was part of WHAU Arts Festival in 2015 with Copyleft and exhibited in Studio One Toi Tu with I.O.W.A. in the same year. Wai also worked alongside the team of Jun Kitazawa for his public art event Unreal City Estate.  She has also been volunteering at Artspace and helped putting up exhibitions since 2015.

Gemishka Chetty – Co-Creative Community Engager

Since graduating from the University of Auckland, Gemishka has been working in the media industry, as a freelance videographer, and avid social butterfly. She has co-created a webseries called Brown Noize of breaking the media status quo, have done videos and photography for TAPAC during their culture clash programme last year. She is excited to be part of a great team of creatives putting together a great show about new representations in New Zealand today. As a creative community engager she is reaching out to people to ensure their voices are recognised.