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The Professional Theatre Compan Nelson

About Us

There is nothing in the world like live theatre – and we have everything in our region to create first-class performances that will thrill audiences and create real opportunities for our talented theatre professionals.


The Professional Theatre Company is Nelson’s brand-new home of storytelling. Stories about us. Stories from afar. Stories to make us think, grow and laugh. Unforgettable shared experiences, powered by the brilliant professional talent right here in our region.

The Professional Theatre Company is collaborating with the Theatre Royal, Whakatū, Nelson with the intent of developing a strong strategic relationship for the benefit of Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough communities.


Our Story

Creating a theatre company is a mammoth task. It needs all elements of artistic creativity as well as equally good realistic business sense. The Board are The Professional Theatre Company's ignition switch to create a solid platform of live professional theatre for the people of Nelson/Tasman.


The Board is a forward-thinking engaged group contributing, living and investing in our community. Undertaking a commitment to The Professional Theatre Company identifies local support for establishing a professional theatre company here in Nelson/Tasman.

The Professional Theatre Company Board consists of members with years of expertise in their own successful careers and businesses with plausible and persuasive reasons why a Nelson-based professional theatre company is feasible and imperative for the city, region and Top of the South.

Weaving Our Story

Weaving our story

This is a symbol of connectivity and energy, with our core messaging of ‘Leading, Live, and Local’ as the foundation.   The three L’s subtly anchor our brand mark and then morph into intriguing creative spaces, opening doors into a world of shared experiences. The colours are warm and inviting, evoking the colourful hues of the theatre, its curtains, decor, lighting and drama. The vibrant patchwork of colours also talks to the diversity of our region, bound together in a beautifully graphic woven theme, also echoing the sacred art of Māori weaving.

Meet the Board Members

Colleen Marshall

Colleen Marshall MNZM

Chair, The Professional Theatre Co. 

Chair,  Adam Chamber Music Festival

Euan McIntosh

Euan McIntosh

Deputy Chair, The Professional Theatre Co.

Vice President, Investment Adviser, Forsyth Barr

Mark Hadlow

Mark Hadlow ONZM

Award winning Actor, Director, Producer, 

Artistic Director, The Professional Theatre Co.

Lead Live Local Nelson
Sarah Frost

Sarah Frost

Financial Adviser Assistant, Forsyth Barr  

Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer

Associate, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants

Lou Smith

Lou Smith 

Administrator, The Professional Theatre Co.

General Manager, The Food Factory

Arko Biswas

Arko Biswas

Director, Cutting Edge Signs Ltd

Lead Live Local
Pic Picot

Pic Picot MNZM

Owner and Founder, Pic’s Peanut Butter

Monica Pausina

Monica Pausina


Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen

Managing Director, Cinema Equipment Ltd; Director,

State Cinemas (Multicase Cinemas of NZ Ltd)

Theatre Royal Nelson
"We’re here to connect and inspire, expand understanding and bring genuine joy and delight through the region’s very own Professional Theatre Company"

Our Partners

Nelson City Council Logo
Ministry for culture and heritage
Forsyth Barr
JOHNSTON Associates logo
Taylor Boutique
Tides in Nelson
Bowwater Motor Group
The Honest Lawyer
Theatre Royal, Nelson logo
Nelson Airport logo
McIntosh Hunter Family logo
Cutting Edge Logo
fresh Choice Nelson Logo
Pic's Peanut Butter logo
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