The late American actor and comedian Milton Berle said “If opportunity doesn’t knock, then build a door.”

The role of Waikato Regional Theatre General Manager is THE opportunity to build a world-class door connecting New Zealand’s newest performing arts centre with the hearts and minds of people across Waikato, New Zealand and the World.  

With the Theatre currently under construction and set to open in June 2024, you will be in charge of the start-up phase for a 1300-seat venue on the banks of the Waikato River and in the heart of Hamilton’s thriving CBD.

The inaugural General Manager of the Waikato Regional Theatre will have primary responsibility for delivering the ‘Share the Stage’ vision and the Theatre’s strategic direction, establishing the operating structure, budgets, and programming.

The role will lead the completion of the Theatre’s kit-out prior to its opening, and thereafter the delivery of its artistic and marketing direction, entertainment and event programme, in-house hospitality offerings, community activation and commercial success.

The projects vision is that “Every student has the ability to experience world class performing arts”.

A venue where top touring acts, the best local talent and community events fill up an all-hours programme of live events.

Kapunipuni, 'to come together', 'the place where we gather' – this will be the Waikato’s centre stage, a local springboard for performing arts careers and a heartland drawcard for the big stars.

If you’re passionate about the performing arts sector and have management and senior operational experience in performing arts venues, we want to hear from you.

View the Waikato Regional Theatre General Manager Job Description.

Apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to

Applications close 5pm Thursday June 30th 2022.

If you have any queries, phone 07 834 0404 to discuss with Kelvyn Eglinton, CEO of Momentum Waikato.