Women led theatre that is bold, visual, and ignites the imagination

Based in Aotearoa New Zealand, our offices, rehearsal space and workshop are located at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Auckland.

Crossing the forms of physical theatre, imagery and storytelling, we believe in playful discovery, the power of the imagination, and building a strong ensemble of performers.

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.

Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn premiered at Q Rangatira in July 2017 and toured nationally in 2018.

In 2019 Red Leap will premiere Owls Do Cry at the Waitaki Festival in Ōamaru, and Q Theatre in Auckland.

Celebrating ten years of creating New Zealand’s most original visual theatre

2010 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards:

The Arrival

Best Production
Most Original Production
Best Director – Julie Nolan
Best Design – John Verryt
Best Costume Design – Elizabeth Whiting
Female newcomer of the year – Ella Becroft

2012 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards:

Paper Sky

Most Original Production
Best Design – John Verryt

2016 wellington THEATRE AWARDS:

Dust Pilgrim

Best Set Design – Poppy Serano
Best Lighting Design – Rachel Marlow