Direction & Teacher: James Wenley

James is a theatre practitioner, academic and critic specialising in the theatre of Aotearoa/New Zealand. In 2015 he won the People’s Choice Award for Best Critic at the Auckland Theatre Awards.

James is a skilled exponent of devised theatre and is passionate about the development of new work. He founded the Theatre Now Project, with support from Auckland Live, which facilitates a long-term group of professional theatre-makers to generate and develop new work for the stage.

For Auckland Fringe 2017, with his devising group, he directed ‘Are You Sure?’, an interactive choose-your-own adventure style show. He was also the dramaturge for Sunlight Liquid Collective’s devised show ‘The Epidemical Existence of a Personal Malfunction at the age of Twenty-Something’.