Mentor

Leo Gene Peters

Theatre Director, Designer, Creative Producer

Graduated with a Master of Theatre Arts (Directing) Degree from Toi Whakaari and Victoria University of Wellington in 2004. 

Through 2012, his company, A Slightly Isolated Dog, ltd. has been creating several partnerships with local organizations and businesses, in order to develop new models/purposes for live performance.  Most Recently, he directed Perfectly Wasted at Downstage, a partnership between A Slightly Isolated Dog and Long Cloud Youth Theatre.  In 2011 he directed Awhi Tapu for Taki Rua Productions and Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants (A Slightly Isolated Dog) at Downstage.  He first directed …Elephants for the 2009 STAB Season at BATS and it received several Chapman Tripp Awards and Nominations, including Best Director. 

He’s worked as a professional director, designer, technician, actor, tutor, facilitator and mentor for the past 10 years.  From 2006-11 he directed, designed and co-devised Paolo Rotundo’s and Rob Mokaraka’s Strange Resting Places for Taki Rua Productions(Chapman Tripp Nominations: Most Promising New Director, Production of the Year).  Other original works include directing Settling (BATS/ STAB 2007 – Chapman Tripp Nominee: Most Original Production) and Shifting (BATS 2006 – Chapman Tripp Nominee: Most Promising New Director).  In 2005 Gene directed, designed and co-wrote SEEyD Company’s the remedy syndrome (Chapman Tripp Nominee: Best New Play). 

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