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Kip Chapman

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Kip has worked in the creative arts since 2002. As a director and writer he has created some of the most exciting and celebrated theatre productions in New Zealand over the last ten years. 

Kip was a recipient of the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award for services to theatre in 2013 (New Zealand’s highest Arts honour.) 

In 2017 he was the Creative Director of the World of Wearable Arts. The show is New Zealand’s biggest annual theatrical event and was seen by over 60,000 people. 

He is the co-creator / writer / director of Hudson & Halls Live! The show has toured New Zealand for the past three years and has been performed over 190 times. It won Best Theatre Production at both the Auckland and Wellington Theatre Awards and Kip won best Director in Wellington in 2016. 

He was the director of the World Premiere production of That Bloody Woman. The musical toured New Zealand for three years and was performed over 80 times. 

He was the co-creator / writer / director of the interactive theatre show APOLLO 13: Mission Control. The show was performed over 200 times through New Zealand, Australia and The United States. 

He is the founder and producer of The Auckland Theatre Awards. The event, now in its tenth year, has become an industry leader in how awards can be created and has regularly hosted parliamentary ministers and the Prime Minister.

With his company HACKMAN, Kip has created numerous interactive family events activating civic areas around Auckland. 

Kip trained as an actor at UNITEC’s School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland, New Zealand graduating in 2002. 

As an actor he has performed at every major theatre company in the country and has been in numerous film and television productions. In 2013 he was a core cast member of the Emmy Award winning drama Top of the Lake directed by Jane Campion.