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Lisa Maule



Master of Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture / Design), Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts (Art History), Victoria University of Wellington

Research Interests

Socially engaged practice in arts and other fields

Performing arts history of Aotearoa

Decolonising methadologies

Current Projects

Kaiwhakahaere at Te Rākau Hua o Te Wao Tapu producing Theatre Marae projects and workshops 

Presentation with Sophia Coghini Pasifika Arts & Wikipedia

Major Achievements

Trustee - Magdalena Aotearoa Trust (2002 - CURRENT)

Research Project 'Bringing Relationships In: Mātauranga Māori in Project Work' (2018)

Head of Technical and Management Courses Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School (2012 - 2014)

Producer The Southern Corridor Project and Crossing Lines (2008 - 2013)

Winner Wellington Theatre Awards Lighting Designer of the Year (2008, 2000, 1998)

Selected Creative Work

"The Swing" by Helen Pearce-Otene development season (2020 & 2022): Lighting design and production

Produced by Te Rākua Hua o te Wao Tapu. Directed by Jim Moriarty. Sound Design by Helen Pearse-Otene.

 Set Design by Tony De Goldi. Costume Design by Cara-Louise Waretini

"The Clearing" Choreographed by Ross McCormack (2019): Lighting design

Produced by Footnote Dance Company. 2019 NZ Tour. Set design by Ross McCormack.

Sound Design by Jason Wright.

“Shel We” Tupua Tigafua (2018): Lighting design

Produced by Tupe Lualua, Le Moana, at Te Auaha, Measina Festival 2018


“Anahera” Emma Kinane (2017): Lighting design

Directed by Katie Wolfe at Circa Theatre. Set design Mark MacIntyre.


“White Guitar” (2016): Lighting design

Text by the Luafutu family, script consultant Oscar Kightley, directed by Nina Nawalowalo & Jim Moriarty.

Produced by The Conch.

Selected Arts Management Contracts​

Jun - Nov 2020                       Refusing Performance                Producing

Development of a performance research for "Liminal Splits and Other Basic Deceits" with Madeline McNamara, Jade Eriksen, Penny Fitt, Ngapaki and Teina Moetara


May - Sep 2019                        Te Rākau Hua o te Wao Tapu                Line Producer

Working post-production on Te Rākau’s Undertow series as they were delivered into a feature film and a four-episode TV series. Premièred on Māori TV in 2019.

Writing & Publication

Volunteer editor WIKIPEDIA, 2020

Maule, L. “I Did the Lighting.” Playmarket Annual No. 52, 2017

About 20 performers of the Undertow - Dog and Bone in a haka on stage at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa. Beams of light cross over at the back focusing on the central character, they wear theatrical period costumes in a muted palette.
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