Careers and Auditions

The Royal New Zealand Ballet 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.

Join a leading, national arts organisation with a supportive, dynamic environment with opportunity to learn & grow. Enjoy genuine opportunities to influence our organisation with your ideas.

What we offer

  • Ticket perks to our performances
  • Flexible working environment
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Investment in your personal career development and training
  • Being part of a globally recognised arts organisation, making a significant impact on Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural community.
  • Occasional opportunity to travel within New Zealand



  • Co-Leadership position in one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent arts Organisations
  • Dynamic artistic management role
  • Creative vision to reflect the unique culture of Aotearoa New Zealand

About us

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is a national touring ballet company and the premier dance company of Aotearoa New Zealand. We have built a reputation for artistic innovation with dynamic dancers and creative choreography delivering productions for the national and international audiences unique to Aotearoa and classical ballet. The core touring programme is supported by digital, educational, and community-based ballet. Established 70 years ago, we are intrinsic to Aotearoa New Zealand’s national cultural heritage.

About the role

The Artistic Director and Executive Director are joint CEOs leading the RNZB both reporting to the Board of Trustees. It is essential that the two Directors work collaboratively with respect, co-operation, and a commitment to being effective co-leaders. The AD sets the artistic vision for the RNZB through staging works from the ballet canon and commissioning inspiring new works. They manage and select the dancers of the company and artistic staff, also having oversight of the health team to ensure the best physical and wellness outcomes for the company’s artists. They are a member of the Senior Leadership Team and liaise across departments working closely with the Education, Outreach, and Accessibility Manager. They are the public face of the company and uphold the artistic reputation for the organisation, engaging with various stakeholders, private, corporate and government.

About you

The Artistic Director will be an inspirational and respected person with outstanding artistic and leadership qualities. The ideal candidate will be a confident, articulate, and empathetic leader with a bold and compelling vision that will advance the company along the path reflecting our mission and goals. They should also demonstrate the ability to have nurtured talent, through their career as a dancer, choreographer, or balletic leader. They should also have a good understanding of the RNZB, its relationship with the New Zealand School of Dance, and the unique cultural environment of Aotearoa New Zealand. Alongside the Executive Director you will grow the appreciation of ballet and lift the Royal New Zealand Ballet to new heights.

How to apply

To apply please send your cover letter, CV including at least two referees, to 2thepointe@consultant.com

Applications close 26 June 2023. Initial interviews will be conducted in the week of 24 July 2023.

To view the application pack, please click here.

To view the RNZB’s Strategic Plan, please click here.



The Royal New Zealand Ballet is a company of dynamic dancers from diverse backgrounds and presents a repertoire of classic and contemporary works across Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

We’re currently on the search for a full time People and Culture Advisor, based in our Wellington home the St James, reporting into the Director of People and Culture.

In this role you will work with the Director of People and Culture and EA/HR Administrator to ensure HR services are delivered across the organisation to the highest possible standard. This position provides operational HR guidance, advice and support, which is in line with our values and supports the achievement of the RNZB Strategic Plan.

Who and what are we looking for?

  • Around 3 to 5 years’ experience in a generalist Human Resources role
  • Exceptional relationship building skills, able to quickly build productive relationships across a range of jobs from entry level to Director
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the broad range of HR practices and processes
  • Sound knowledge of NZ employment law and recent legislation changes and the ability to apply experience and judgment to assess business implications and act on them
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Ability to review systems, processes and policy, using data and your own experience to improve the way we operate
  • Takes initiative and able to work independently
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and confident decision-making
  • A genuine interest in the arts/ballet.

Come and join us: To view the Position Description please click here.

To apply, please email Recruitment@rnzb.org.nz with your Cover Letter and CV

Applications close 2 June 2023


RNZB Company Dancer positions – Please email auditions@rnzb.org.nz with your current resume, headshot, 2-3 dance photos (.jpg format) and a link to video footage of a known classical variation and a contemporary work. Video footage links should be YouTube or Vimeo links, not Dropbox or Google Drive.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Please continue visiting this page for updates on opportunities.

Careers and Auditions Soloist Katherine Minor. Photo by Paul Ross Jones.