Our Role

Theatre Archives NZ does not collect archives itself – it has no building or staff – but it:

  • Provides a manual Caring for your Theatre Archives which is available as an ebook from Playmarket's online bookshop here
  • Encourages the deposit of ‘at risk’ archives with repositories such as the Alexander Turnbull Library, Hocken Library, and the Auckland City Library 
  • Provides professional advice about archival care to those retaining their own archives
  • Maintains a nationwide database of New Zealand collections held by theatre people, companies, venues, libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. Look for this under the tag Database
  • Records oral histories with significant New Zealand theatre practitioners. Details of these are found on our resources page under the heading Oral Archives

Nola Millar teaching a class at Massey Summer School 1956-7. Photo: Bill Sheat collection