Sponsors & Partners
Elric Hooper, Michelanne Forster and the Murray Hutchinson Trust Fund
The Actors’ Program is deeply grateful for the support of Elric Hooper, Michelanne Forster and the Murray Hutchinson Trust Fund.
Murray Hutchinson was one of New Zealand’s most influential arts practitioners. Starting his professional life as a set designer for the NZBC, Murray went on to become an internationally recognised producer, writer, and director of theatre, film and television, an actor, set and costume designer and script consultant.
He created iconic children’s show Spot On and started Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre, but it is as teacher, mentor, and supporter of some of New Zealand’s greatest talents that Murray will be best remembered. Murray taught directors such as Jane Campion and Alex Proyas at the Australian Film and Television School and was the Artistic Director in the Acting Department of Unitec’s School of Performing and Screen Arts from 1992 – 2003. Murray’s work ethic and commitment to honesty in the craft are legendary and his inspired teaching lives on through the work of some of New Zealand’s brightest acting, film making and writing talent today. Murray Hutchinson passed away in 2005.
The Actors’ Program has had tremendous support from the stage and screen industries. Many have not only articulated the industry need, and ongoing support for, this type of program but have also given practical support. For example;
South Pacific Pictures has invited our trainee actors to work on the Shortland Street set with professional crew and equipment.
Experienced professional actors have given their time to come in and work scenes with our actors who have benefited hugely from working on the floor with their future peers.