Careers and Auditions

RNZB Company Auditions

RNZB has contracts available for 2018/2019 and is now accepting artist applications.

To submit your application email auditions@rnzb.org.nz with your current resume, headshot, 2-3 dance photos (.jpg format) and a link to video footage. Video footage links should be youtube or vimeo links, not dropbox or google drive.

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.

Live audition date:

Wellington, New Zealand – CLOSED

There will be live audition dates in the USA and Europe in February/March 2019.


Executive Director

  • Executive management position in arts sector
  • Co-lead renowned ‘national treasure’
  • Wellington base

Celebrating its 65th year, the RNZB is recognized for its courageous, vibrant and world-class performances. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the Artistic Director to lead the RNZB, bringing a perfect balance between creativity and audience appreciation with financial viability and operational management.

Based in Wellington, reporting to the Board and with a team of senior managers, the Executive Director will bring disciplined management skills, with proven strategic and commercial leadership experience and success in developing high-performance teams, whilst fostering a creative and connected culture.

Interest in performing arts and deep insight to the New Zealand context, combined with strong personal and professional credibility will be essential. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with well-developed relationship skills and an innovative approach to building and funding capability. The ability to think critically and respond creatively in a dynamic and challenging environment will be vital.

As New Zealand’s national ballet company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is a leading performing arts company that delivers inspiring performances and gives full expression to New Zealand’s creative spirit.

RNZB is committed to:

  • Bringing world-class ballet to the widest possible audiences throughout New Zealand
  • Providing development opportunities and nurturing talent for New Zealand dancers and creative artists
  • Taking dance experiences and dance education into communities outside of traditional audiences
  • Providing a caring, safe and fulfilling workplace

Applications close:
Friday, 24 August 2018

To apply in confidence – please go to fisherleadership.com and click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference RNZBexd0718, addressing your cover letter and resume to Jennifer Little or Kirsten Henderson, of Fisher Leadership, or call +64 9 282 4240 for further information.


Trustee Vacancy (x3)

Organisation and details

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) invites applications for three Trustees to join its Board. The vacancies relate to a three year term commencing 1 January 2019.

Trustees retiring in December 2018 on the expiration of their terms are Candis Craven (Auckland) and Ros Burdon (Christchurch). In addition John Ryan (Wellington) will resign from the Board when he takes up his new appointment as Auditor-General of New Zealand.

The RNZB is a company of dancers that brings world-class classical and contemporary ballet to a wide range of New Zealanders. Performing to community and paid audiences, the RNZB aspires to be a compelling expression of New Zealand’s creative spirit, delighting with the traditional and inspiring with the new. It has a turnover in excess of $13 million and performed to over 100,000 people in 2017.

Particular skills/competencies sought

The roles, together with other trustees, are responsible for governance of all aspects of the business, setting the strategic direction for the organisation, reflecting the interests of stakeholders and ensuring the organisation contributes to our national identity and story.
We are seeking talented Trustees with strong governance experience.

Across the three appointments we will be looking for skills and experience in audit and risk, the digital environment and classical dance experience to complement and strengthen the expertise of our current Board.

All applicants must have a genuine interest in and passion for ballet and proven commercial acumen.

Diversity considerations

The Royal New Zealand ballet has a commitment to diversity and is seeking applicants that reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity. Consideration will also be given to support our regional diversity, complementing our current Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin based trustees.

Commitment required

Six meetings per year plus committee work. This totals approximately 100 hours annually.

Unpaid – this is a community service position

Application information
Please include a CV outlining your experience along with a covering letter. Applications close 16th August at 5.00pm.

For further details or to apply please contact
RNZB Chair
Email: steven@rnzb.org.nz

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