Careers and Auditions

Chief Financial Officer

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is a company of dynamic dancers from diverse backgrounds and presents an eclectic repertoire of classic and contemporary works both across the country and beyond New Zealand shores.

Established in 1953, this year the company celebrates its 65th anniversary with a kaleidoscope of unforgettable dance, from world premieres to festive favourites.

RNZB is in a period of change as we prepare to relocate from our existing premises and ensure we retain our ability to work in a mobile/agile way.

We are looking for an experienced Chief Financial Officer to join our high performing team.

This role is part of the Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Executive Director and leads the finance team of three.  The role supports RNZB in achieving financial sustainability and commercial growth allowing it to deliver world-class classical and contemporary ballet and to be a compelling expression of NZ’s creative spirit. RNZB is in a period of change as we prepare to relocate from our existing premises and ensure we retain our ability to work in a mobile/agile way.

In the short term you will be responsible for leading and shaping financial strategy, leading the internal audit function and preparing for external audit, budgeting and cash-flow management, leading and shaping IT strategy and IT infrastructure management, preserving the assets of the RZNB by minimising risk and leading the delivery of financial performance reporting to the Board and key stakeholders.

We are looking for a chartered accountant with senior level experience in financial and management accounting.  To be successful in this role you will need to have demonstrated experience in leading a high performing team, be a strong communicator and strong in relationship management.  You will have the ability to contribute as part of the senior leadership team.  Loving the arts and the ballet would be advantageous.

For a job description please click here To apply please email your application to recruitment@rnzb.org.nz.  If you have a query about the role please contact Bruce Phillips, Acting CFO 021 961 070

Applications close Wednesday 13 June 2018


RNZB Company Auditions

RNZB Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, holds live auditions annually in Wellington, New Zealand. Auditions are by invite only.

RNZB welcomes expressions of interest from dancers all year round. Please email a current resume, headshot, 2-3 dance photos (.jpg format) and a link to video footage to auditions@rnzb.org.nz

Video footage should include a known classical variation (pointe shoes for ladies) and an excerpt from a contemporary work, and excerpts from a classical and contemporary pas de deux for males.


The Nutcracker 2018 Open Child Extra Auditions

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is looking for male and female dance students to be extras in our upcoming season of The Nutcracker.

We are looking for dance students who are Grade 4 and above, are no taller than 165cm, have a strong classical technique, are quick to learn, confident on stage, and have lots of personality.

Auditions will be held in the following centres, for more information please follow the links:







Palmerston North


S&G Main RNZB dancer Abigail Boyle. Photo by Ross Brown RNZB dancer Abigail Boyle. Photo by Ross Brown