New general managers and funding news!

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Basement

Since spring is the time for new beginnings… Here is some big Basement news.

In July this year, Basement founder Charlie McDermott left our shores to storm Edinburgh with a horde of zombies and take up residence in New York city, the natural home of hustling and being very loud. This marked the end of his time at The Basement and opened the door for new management at the venue.

The Basement is therefore thrilled to introduce its new general management team who as a mighty triumvirate will jointly share the responsibility of steering The Basement ship, while continuing to work in their respective areas: Sophie Henderson (Programming & Artists Development), Elise Sterback (Community & Marketing) and Sam Snedden (Venue & Operations).

Yep, those guys. Those guys that have been around for ages. Having worked for the Basement for a combined total of 8 years and played such an important part in the Basement’s history we are stoked that they are now in charge of helping to shape its future.

And speaking of future…We have just received news that Creative New Zealand are committing to funding the Risk Share Model at the Basement for the next three years! And, if that wasn’t enough, with their help and the help of our other funding partners and Basement Lovers we are going to launch a host of development opportunities for Basement artists in 2015!! (Yes two exclamation marks)

Watch this space friends, things are looking bright xx

More about the Management Team:

Sophie Henderson – Programming and Artist Development

Sophie works as an actor, writer and script consultant in the theatre, television and film industries in New Zealand. Her first film Fantail, which she wrote and starred in, premiered in the NZ International Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for eight NZ Film Awards. It had its international premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival in January 2014. Sophie’s other writing includes her play I ♥ Camping, as well as collaborations with Theatre Beating. Sophie has worked as a dramaturg on projects for The Basement and Auckland Theatre Company.

As an actor, she has worked extensively for Silo Theatre; highlights include: Private Lives, The Little Dog Laughed and Tartuffe. Sophie can also be seen in a number of New Zealand films and television series, and is best known for her work in Outrageous Fortune. In 2009, Sophie was awarded Best Actress by Metro for her work in Silo’s The Scene, and was featured last year in the 2013 Canvas Hot List, ahead of the Birkenhead public library. Sophie is proud to have worked at The Basement since 2009, as the Programming Administrator and the Programming Manager.

Sam Snedden – Venue and Operations

Sam graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2006, and has worked consistently in the theatre since. His career highlights as an actor include the Life is a Dream, Private Lives, Backstory, The Pride, Loot, The Only Child (Silo Theatre), King Lear (Fortune Theatre), Yours Truly and Mojo (The Basement Theatre) and Guardians (Bats Theatre) for which he was nominated for Newcomer of the Year in the Chapman Trip Theatre Awards. He has also worked as a extensively as a theatrical producer with highlights including Yours Truly, Basement Fest 2011, The Pitchfork Disney and Abigail’s Party which he also directed and was rated one of the top ten productions of the year by review sites Gather and Hunt and The Lumiere Reader. He has worked at the Basement since 2011 and has been the full time Operations Manager for two years.

Elise Sterback – Community and Marketing

Elise is a researcher, strategist and active advocate for the arts and creative communities. She recently completed the development of a creative ecology model for Auckland as part of a research project by local advocacy group – Creative Coalition. In the past, she has worked closely with local government and arts organisations to develop community arts strategies and engagement plans. As part of her own creative practice, Elise designs immersive experiences inspired by the 1960s Fluxus movement of instructional performance art – some of which have appeared at Splore Festival and We Can Create. Elise came to The Basement as the Community Manager in mid-2013, through her work with Charlie on the Creative Coalition board. In September 2013, she produced an Auckland season of Mike Leigh’s ‘Abigail’s Party’, and this year brought ‘The Motherfucker with the Hat’, a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, to The Basement – offending and delighting audiences in equal measure.