“The only noteworthy exhibition in NZ dedicated to performance in all of its forms”
– Bruce Phillips (2018), A Contextual Tightrope

About the Event

Running Since 2011
 

The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that attracts 60,000-90,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront. Every year since 2011 audiences have come for an exciting and diverse programme of works by NZ and International artists, presented within an architectural arrangement of shipping containers.

This innovative space for live art, music and performance presentation offers new encounters between artists and the public. Opening onto the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.

The free admission and waterfront location makes this miniature festival accessible to a broad community, developing empowered audiences and participants in the creative and cultural life of Wellington. Over two long weekends every summer, The Performance Arcade becomes a vibrant hub on the waterfront: activating the city, and exposing communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives.

Our Team

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Kate grew up on Waiheke Island in a gothic tower, with a moat and bridge. Substituting high school for the community library and a secondhand bookshop, she was always surrounded with books & stories. She spent three years traveling, starting a hot chocolate street stand in Japan and volunteering at a film festival in the Himalayas...

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Kate Ashworth

Spatial Design Assistant

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Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Graham moved to Whanganui in 2005; studied Graphic Design at the Whanganui School of Design, graduating 2012 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design; Studied Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, graduating in 2015 with a Masters in Fine Arts. Based in Wellington, Graham is passionate …

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Graham Frost

Associate Director

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Eva grew up in and around Wellington and returned to the city to study Art History and Philosophy at Victoria University Wellington, and she has just finished her BHons. She is passionate about art being accessible and made available to all, as well as investigating alternate art histories. Eva joined The Performance Arcade and What If the City Was a …

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Eva Johnson

Assistant Producer

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Born in Thames; raised in the mighty Timaru; studied Acting in Christchurch at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), graduating 2001 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts; Bri is an Actor, Publicist and Marketing Manager based in the cultural capital, Wellington. Bri is passionate about grass-roots theatre …

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Brianne Kerr

Marketing Manager

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Jacqui is Chair and Trustee of the Performance Arcade.  As well as her role with the Arcade Jacqui is Chair and Trustee of the New Zealand Red Cross Foundation and a Director of the New Zealand Geothermal Association. In her day job Jacqui works at Contact Energy where she has been for over 15 years. She has recently been appointed …

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Jacqui Nelson

Chair

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Tim Seconi began his technical production career in Wellington, by working on Wellington City Council events such as the NYE Concert in Civic Square from 1998 – 2002. From here, Tim relocated to Sydney to work on many of Australia’s largest TV broadcasts, and concert tours, ranging from P!nk’s 2007 World Tour, to Paul McCartney …

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Tim Seconi

Production Manager

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Born in Wellington; she studied BDes in Spatial Design and Master of Fine Arts at Massey University 2014-2019. From there she has remained teaching as a Senior Tutor in Spatial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Masters of Creative Enterprise. Other work has included freelance illustration for Vixen Burger, Nära, Ingrid and the …

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Amber Strain

Spatial Designer

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Sam Timmings is a Pōneke-based graphic designer hailing from Kirikiriroa. While studying his Bachelor of Design with Honours at Massey University Wellington, he discovered a love for music production which culminated in his audiovisual project Godwit. Having graduated in 2021, he currently works as a graphic designer …

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Sam Timmings

Graphic Designer

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Growing up in the small town of Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, Reuben moved to Wellington in 2017 to study Commercial Music at Massey University. Here he gained experience as a keyboard and synth player, as well as getting a taste for event management work. Reuben has an extensive catalogue of performing as a musician at festivals …

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Reuben Topzand

Music Curator & Coordinator

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Sam Trubridge is an artist, director, designer, and scholar working between and within the broader fields of performance and public events. His thesis Pelagic States (Massey University 2019 Dean’s List for Exceptional Theses) draws on his childhood living on a boat in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, relating this experience to a …

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Sam Trubridge

Artistic Director

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Born in England, raised all over Aotearoa, and further shaped by the fusion of Caribbean, Indian and European cultures, Sabrina is understandably enthusiastic about multicultural representation, and strives to bring a range of diverse voices into all that she does. With a degree in sustainable tourism management (UoW) …

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Sabrina van Saarloos

Operations Manager

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Kate Ashworth | Spatial Design Assistant
 

Kate grew up on Waiheke Island in a gothic tower, with a moat and bridge. Substituting high school for the community library and a secondhand bookshop, she was always surrounded with books & stories. She spent three years traveling, starting a hot chocolate street stand in Japan and volunteering at a film festival in the Himalayas. Kate is now in her third year specialising in Spatial Design at Massey University and balances this as a Library assistant at the Naenae Community Library. She became involved with The Performance Arcade as an intern in 2021 and has returned in a Spatial Assistant role for 2022. You will most likely find her this summer reading in her favourite cafe on the water.

 

Graham Frost | Associate Director
 

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Graham moved to Whanganui in 2005; studied Graphic Design at the Whanganui School of Design, graduating 2012 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design; Studied Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, graduating in 2015 with a Masters in Fine Arts. Based in Wellington, Graham is passionate about the local arts community and emerging artists. He works as a freelance curator, audio-visual artist and art director. Place, history and cultural memory are core tenets of his artistic concern. He currently works at City Gallery Wellington and is returning as the Associate Director of The Performance Arcade for a second year. Other work has included art direction for performance artist Lauren Skorgstad (2015) live visual projections and art direction for musicians Groeni and Jet Jaguar (2018) and exhibition curation and art direction for photographer Cody Ellingham (2021).

 

Eva Johnson | Assistant Producer
 

Eva grew up in and around Wellington and returned to the city to study Art History and Philosophy at Victoria University Wellington, and she has just finished her BHons. She is passionate about art being accessible and made available to all, as well as investigating alternate art histories. Eva joined The Performance Arcade and What If the City Was a Theatre? as the Marketing Assistant in 2021. She has since worked as the Publicist for Performance Art Week Aotearoa 2021 as a Publicist and a gallery attendant for the Adam Art Gallery. This year she has returned to the Performance Arcade 2022 team as the Assistant Producer. When she’s not hanging out at the office, Eva can be found out and about on walks or in her garden with a good book.

 

Brianne Kerr | Marketing Manager
 

Born in Thames; raised in the mighty Timaru; studied Acting in Christchurch at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), graduating 2001 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts; Bri is an Actor, Publicist and Marketing Manager based in the cultural capital, Wellington. Bri is passionate about grass-roots theatre, emerging artists and amazing festivals. She is proud to have been Marketing Manager of the 2021 TAHI Festival, Marketing and Communication Specialist at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School (2020-2021), Head of Marketing and Story for 2019 Second Unit and 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival, Marketing Coordinator for 2018 & 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts, 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival, 2018 Lexus Song Quest, Marketing Manager for the New Zealand Fringe Festival (2011-2017), CubaDupa (2015-2017), Kia Mau Festival (2015- 2019) and working with exciting kiwi creatives such as The Bacchanals, My Accomplice, A Slightly Isolated Dog, Tawata Productions, STROMA and OdESSA.

 

Jacqui Nelson | Chair
 

Jacqui is Chair and Trustee of The Performance Arcade. As well as her role with the Arcade Jacqui is Chair and Trustee of the New Zealand Red Cross Foundation and a Director of the New Zealand Geothermal Association. In her day job Jacqui works at Contact Energy where she has been for over 15 years.  She has recently been appointed in the role of Chief Development Officer which has responsibility for the company’s development and demand growth activities aligned with its Contact26 strategy to lead the decarbonisation of New Zealand.  Previously Jacqui has held a wide range of roles within Contact across finance, resource management, trading and generation. When she’s not working, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her family and new grandchild. She also explores her creative side making curtains and cushions, painting and knitting. She’s a keen golfer and loves reading.

 

Tim Seconi | Production Manager
 

Tim Seconi began his technical production career in Wellington, by working on Wellington City Council events such as the NYE Concert in Civic Square from 1998– 2002. From here, Tim relocated to Sydney to work on many of Australia’s largest TV broadcasts, and concert tours, ranging from P!nk’s 2007 World Tour, to Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Pearl Jam to name a few. In 2010, Tim also worked on the audio team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. This included a key technical position, for the nightly Gold Medal ceremony broadcast, viewed by over 200 million people worldwide.


Since returning to Australia to complete his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Arts Organisations and Not-for-profits, at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS), Tim has continued his work on large events, including the AFL Grand Final Pre-show entertainment from 2016 –2018. This broadcast to a TV audience of 6 million and live audience of 120,000.
 

Tim has recently found himself one of the many overseas returnees, for whom COVID-19 has altered his work landscape forever, joining The Performance Arcade team in November 2020, in the Production Manager Role, and is thrilled to be part of an exciting and dynamic event team, whom he hopes will collaborate together, for many years to come.

 

Amber Strain | Spatial Designer
 

Born in Wellington; she studied BDes in Spatial Design and Master of Fine Arts at Massey University 2014-2019. From there she has remained teaching as a Senior Tutor in Spatial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Masters of Creative Enterprise. Other work has included freelance illustration for Vixen Burger, Nära, Ingrid and the Ministers, and other yet to be released projects, as well as interior design work for The Well. Starting as an artist assistant interning at The Performance Arcade she has returned for her third year in the Arcade as the Spatial Designer and artist/producer behind the Carter Fountain projection. In her spare time she paints and enjoys roller skating.

 

Sam Timmings | Graphic Designer
 

Sam Timmings is a Pōneke-based graphic designer hailing from Kirikiriroa. While studying his Bachelor of Design with Honours at Massey University Wellington, he discovered a love for music production which culminated in his audiovisual project Godwit. Having graduated in 2021, he currently works as a graphic designer for both The Performance Arcade and Massey’s Research Centre for Hauora and Health. Outside of this, he has co-written and is producing the forthcoming sophomore album of Atlanta-based musician Ethan Lumus, while another Godwit record is percolating. Sam is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, which will be in full-bloom at The Performance Arcade 2022.

 

Reuben Topzand | Music Curator
 

Growing up in the small town of Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, Reuben moved to Wellington in 2017 to study Commercial Music at Massey University. Here he gained experience as a keyboard and synth player, as well as getting a taste for event management work. Reuben has an extensive catalogue of performing as a musician at festivals and gigs around the country, he has played keyboard as a part of many acts including Neil Macleod, Zö, Solomon Crook, Ghost Who Walks, Elliot Dawson and others. Reuben also has experience composing and directing music for dance and theatre performances, as well as creative directing a large live stream performance in 2019. This will be Reuben’s third year as The Performance Arcade’s Music Curator and is very excited about the huge array of talent that will be in 2022’s event!  You may see Reuben out and about at Wellington’s multiple music venues, whether it’s soaking up the atmosphere, scouting for great local bands, or performing on stage himself.

 

Sam Trubridge | Artistic Director
 

Sam Trubridge is an artist, director, designer, and scholar working between and within the broader fields of performance and public events. His thesis Pelagic States (Massey University 2019 Dean’s List for Exceptional Theses) draws on his childhood living on a boat in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, relating this experience to a creative and scholarly practice that moves fluidly across disciplines and methodologies. He is Artistic Director and Founder of The Performance Arcade. He has performance designed and directed The Restaurant of Many Orders (UK, Italy, NZ), SLEEP/WAKE (NZ,USA) in collaboration with sleep scientist Philippa Gander, and most recently Ecology in Fifths (NZ). His work has been published, presented, and exhibited in Performance Research, Theatre Forum, PSi, The Prague Quadrennial, and World Stage Design. He has lectured in Europe, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas, and is currently Senior Design Tutor at Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa: NZ Drama School.

 

Sabrina van Saarloos | Operations Manager
 

Born in England, raised all over Aotearoa, and further shaped by the fusion of Caribbean, Indian and European cultures, Sabrina is understandably enthusiastic about multicultural representation, and strives to bring a range of diverse voices into all that she does. With a degree in Sustainable Tourism Management (UoW) a major in Psychology (VUW), diploma in Organic Horticulture (BHU) and a master in Counselling on the way (UC), she is passionate about creating systems and spaces of synergy where environment and humanity can nourish and support one another. When she’s not studying, she dabbles in relationship management, youth-work and gardening. Joining The Performance Arcade for her third year, Sab started as an intern and assistant production manager in 2020, and was the production coordinator for What if the City Was a Theatre? in 2021. Keep an eye out for Sab fashioning her bare feet around the city this summer.