Founding members Kate Parker and Julie Nolan collaborated on three successful works: Moa Hunting, The Butcher’s Daughter, and Beyond the Blue before officially forming Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust in 2008 with producer Lauren Hughes.
The Arrival was 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.
The 2011 Auckland Arts Festival commissioned a second award winning production Paper Sky.
In 2014 SEA premiered at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland.
Dust Pilgrim, inspired by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, premiered at Q Loft in 2016 and toured the South Island in 2018.
Red Leap’s latest work Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn premiered at Q Rangatira in July 2017 and tours nationally in 2018.
Best Production The Arrival
Most Original Production The Arrival
Best Director – Julie Nolan The Arrival
Best Design – John Verryt The Arrival
Best Costume Design – Elizabeth Whiting The Arrival
Female newcomer of the year – Ella Becroft The Arrival
Most Original Production Paper Sky
Best Design – John Verryt Paper Sky
Best Set Design – Poppy Serano Dust Pilgrim
Best Lighting Design – Rachel Marlow Dust Pilgrim