Downstage Statement on Creative New Zealand Funding Outcome
Downstage Theatre Trust is pleased to have been offered on-going funding by Creative New Zealand (CNZ) as part of CNZ’s
Arts Development Investment (Toi Uru Kahikatea) Programme.
CNZ is offering an increase in our funding and a return to a multi-year commitment. This is an endorsement of the
significant operational changes we have undertaken since 2008, and the commitment shown by our core supporters. In that
time Downstage has moved from a traditional producing company to a collaborative presenting partner, working with New
Zealand’s talented independent theatre sector to bring high-quality New Zealand theatre to Wellington and national
audiences. We aim to support the professional growth of local theatre practitioners through a commitment to providing
paid employment, supporting audience development, and underwriting the financial risk involved in presenting New Zealand
A specific allocation of funding for audience development initiatives will help Downstage to achieve our vision of
building an appreciation and following for distinctive New Zealand work.
The funding offered does not enable Downstage to fulfil all our ambitions at present, however, we are actively seeking
additional sponsors for our innovative programmes. We are also building support from regular donations; there’s more
about our BackDownstage programme on our website www.downstage.co.nz
The offer of Toi Uru Kahikatea funding is a positive step in Downstage’s development as a 21st century arts
organisation, as we move towards our 50th anniversary.
Downstage Theatre Trust Board