Riverlea Theatre Board Members 2017

Riverlea Theatre and Arts Centre Board
Riverlea Theatre and Arts Centre is a viable community theatre venue that affords modern performance, rehearsal, training and administration spaces for resident community performance groups Musikmakers (Hamilton) Inc., and Playbox Repertory Inc., 
Stagecraft, “Mrs Worthington’s Daughters” and other community, professional and touring groups. Riverlea Theatre fosters the development of performing arts skills in children, youth and adults.

John and Glenise Gallagher (Patrons)

Jane Barnett (Chair person) JaneBarnettphotoJane Barnett is a retired educator, specialising in leadership, coaching, and mentoring.  She is passionate about encouraging young people in the performing arts.  Her involvement in Riverlea Theatre has been since 1983, either in acting, singing, directing, or as part of the Musikmakers and Stagecraft Committees, and the Riverlea Theatre Board.  Other arts involvement has been with the Community Organisation Grants Committee (COGs), local performing arts groups, the Contando choir, and Opera Waikato.  Jane is a life member of Musikmakers and holds a Hamilton Civic Award for ‘Services to the Community’. 
Lee Owens (Vice Chair)LeeOwenspic  Lee Owens' involvement with Riverlea Theatre began in 1992.  She has been part of both Musikmakers and Playbox Committees and is currently the President of Hamilton Playbox, and the Chairperson of the Riverlea Theatre Building Sub-Committee.  Lee enjoys being on stage (a highlight was playing Geraldine in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’), however she is also comfortable with the administration side of shows as a Production Manager, and over the past few years has added directing into her skillset.  
Neila Blackmore (Secretary)  Neila Blackmore
Neila Blackmore has over 60 years involvement in all aspects of musical and repertory theatre, especially as a choreographer and administrator.  Her qualifications include LTCL in Speech and Drama, and she has advanced dance qualifications, including tap.  Neila has over 40 years experience as a Policy and Corporate Administrator, and her qualifications there include CIS Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.  She is currently Secretary to the Riverlea Theatre Board, and to Hamilton Playbox Theatre.  She is a Life Member of Tauranga Musical Theatre and Hamilton Playbox, and is currently an Adjudicator for Musical Theatre New Zealand Zone2.

Allan Archer (Treasurer)

MarkPMark Perry (Playbox Rep) Mark has been involved in live theatre since 1991 were he started
as a stagehand for a play.  Since then he has been involved with many aspects of theatre (lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, props, stage manager, bar manager and set construction, to name a few)
in productions too numerous to count.  It is not unusual for Mark to be somehow involved in most (if not all) productions at Riverlea Theatre.  
Mark has been the recipient of Life Memberships to Hamilton Playbox and Musikmakers Hamilton, one of two people who have this dual honour (the other being Lorna Ashton).  Mark received a MTNZ Merit Award in 2012 and he also received The David Brockett Award For Backstage Achievement at the 2016 TheatreFest Finals in Invercargill.  Mark is also a recent recipient of the Hamilton City Council Civic Award for services to Hamilton theatre.

Dan Blackmore (Playbox Rep)Dan Blackmore
Dan Blackmore has over 60 years of experience in all aspects of theatre, especially as a director of both musicals and drama, wardrobe master, and FOH co-ordination.  He was President of Hamilton Playbox for 11 years, Patron for three years, is a Life Member, and currently a Committee Member.  In Auckland, he was involved with the establishment of the ‘Stables Theatre’ in Ellerslie, and has been involved with other performing arts groups in both Tauranga and Rotorua.  Dan is currently an Adjudicator for Musical Theatre NZ Zone 2. 

David Taylor (Musikmakers Rep)DavidTaylorpic  David Taylor has been involved in theatre for over 20 years, 17 of these based at Riverlea Theatre.  During this time he has been involved in shows like My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Big River, and numerous others.  He is currently president of Musikmakers (one of the resident societies at Riverlea Theatre), as well as Co-ordinator of the Riverlea Theatre Bar.  Outside of the theatre David teaches Digital Technology at a local intermediate school.

Coryn Knapper (Musikmakers Rep)CorynKnapperpic

Coryn Knapper is a retired classroom educator, specializing in music and drama.  She currently runs a private singing studio.  Her twenty-five year involvement with Riverlea Theatre has been as a Music Director, performer,
and Stagecraft tutor.  Further involvement with other local performance groups has been with Hamilton Operatic,
Te Awamutu groups, Opera Waikato, and the Hamilton Civic Choir.  She is currently on the committee for Registered Music Teachers, and the Competitions Society.  
Coryn is a life member of Musikmakers, and has received a Merit Award from Music Theatre New Zealand for outstanding service to musical theatre.  


Christine Toy (Independent)ChristineToypic
Christine Toy is engaged as a Commercial Property Manager for John and Glenice Gallagher (current Patrons of Riverlea Theatre).  Christine was invited onto the Riverlea Theatre Board to help and assist when required with property matters and maintenance.  Riverlea are now the proud owners of the land and buildings, so it is vital to take steps to ensure that these assets are cared for and maintained.  Christine has over 25 years of experience in property, and is currently working as a Commercial Property and Trust Manager.  She is also a licenced Real Estate Consultant, and has previously worked with Housing New Zealand in the home leasing programme.  Christine looks forward to working with Riverlea Theatre Board Members, and the resident groups. 

Jane Norridge (Theatre Manager)JaneNpic  Jane Norridge began her career in administration and then taught English, Drama and Dance at high school level for 17 years.  Jane was also Head of Department, Head of Faculty, and Senior Dean.  After teaching overseas, Jane returned to Hamilton looking for new challenges.  The position of Theatre Manager was perfect as it combined all the skills she had gained in administration, education, and performing arts.  Jane also has a background in amateur dramatics, and is proud to be a member of Mrs Worthington’s Daughters, Riverlea Theatre’s all-female company.