We wouldn’t be where we are today without the incredible support of past and present staff, Board members, cast, creatives, interns, Patrons, and supporters. You are the heart of this company and we love you for it. Ngā mihi nui!
Jacob is a playwright, actor and founding partner of Indian Ink. In 1994 he became the first Indian graduate from Toi Whakaari: The NZ Drama School. In 2002 he was made an Arts Laureate by the NZ Arts Foundation and in 2013 was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to theatre.
Justin is a playwright, director and founding partner of Indian Ink. With Jacob Rajan, their productions have won numerous awards including two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and three Production of the Year Awards in New Zealand. In his work outside Indian Ink, Justin has written seven professionally produced plays. Justin is a graduate of the John Bolton Theatre School. In 2008 he received a Kaupapa Oranga Award for his services to theatre.
Jude has spent almost 40 years in the arts, initially as a freelance performer with such companies as Limbs Dance Co and Mercury Theatre, before adding stage/production management and teaching. After 26 years at NZ Opera as Head of Artistic Administration, Jude was thrilled to be invited to join Indian Ink and add a little more “drama” to her life.
Pene has been immersed in the Theatre and Arts Industry since childhood, having spent much time in the depths of various theatres around Auckland. This lead to completing degrees studying the industry from multiple sides, and developing experience in the creative process as it communicates within the performing arts. After working with theatres like Auckland Live and TAPAC, Pene is excited to be with Indian Ink Theatre Company.
Rowan is a recent graduate from AUT where she studied Communications, before joining Indian Ink as a Marketing Intern in 2021. Rowan now produces content and writes copy for Indian Ink’s social media and newsletters. In 2022, Rowan also stepped into an Office Management role to assist in the financial administration of the company. In her spare time, Rowan enjoys playing the piano or a good game of social netball.
Naomi’s background is in experimental, social justice oriented theatre, largely influenced by her time as an actor and project manager for Free Theatre Christchurch.
Throughout her career Naomi has continually witnessed how puppets and masks are vehicles for connection, transformation, and healing in the community.
Actor, writer and artist Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana (Ngāti Hikairo) grew up in Waikato and Te Tairāwhiti. After graduating South Seas Film School and The Actor’s Program, Manuka has acted in three’s hit drama “head high”, written award-winning play “Lip sync, kanikani, twerk off!”, and recently received Creative New Zealand’s Māori Emerging Artist Ngā Manu Pīrere award in 2021.
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For over 25 years Indian Ink has been making world class theatre. We’re driven by our love of the art and sustained by a group of supporters who are passionate about live performance.