Red Leap Theatre is passionate about innovative and unforgettable theatre, focusing on original devised work. Under the Artistic Direction of Julie Nolan, Red Leap are based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. We are currently a resident of Corban Estate Arts Centre where our offices, rehearsal space and props workshop are located, and tour both nationally and internationally.
Red Leap enjoys crossing the forms of physical theatre, imagery and storytelling. As devisors we strongly believe in playful discovery, the power of the imagination, and building a strong ensemble of performers.
Founding members Kate Parker and Julie Nolan met while studying at The John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne in 1995. They returned to New Zealand to become artists, directors, producers and teachers of their craft. They collaborated on three successful works, Moa Hunting, The Butchers Daughter, Beyond the Blue before officially forming Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust in 2008 with producer Lauren Hughes.
Seven years after co-founding Red Leap Theatre Kate Parker resigned her role as Co-Artistic Director of the company, empowering her long-time friend and collaborator Julie Nolan with the future artistic direction of the organisation.
Dubbed by critics as ‘Restlessly Creative… Endlessly Inventive’, the company is best known for their production The Arrival commissioned by the 2009 Auckland Arts Festival. Based on Shaun Tan’s graphic novel, The Arrival has toured throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In 2010 The Arrival was awarded six Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Best Production, Most Original Production and Best Director for Julie Nolan. Other works include a second award winning production Paper Sky, commissioned by the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival and acknowledged with two Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2012. In 2014 SEA premiered at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland. Dust Pilgrim was inspired by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, premiered at Q Loft in 2016 and will tour nationally in 2018. Red Leap’s latest work Kororareka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn premiered at Q Rangatera in July 2017 and will tour nationally in 2018.