March 24, 2012


We are looking for a student or a recent graduate who would like to gain some professional experience as a stage manager with a short internship with the award-winning Mates and Lovers as we remount for Hamilton’s Fuel Festival 28, 29 and 30 of June 2012.

The stage manager’s job includes some pre-rehearsal preparations, facilitating the rehearsal space and attending about six days worth of rehearsals, script holding, managing a small collection of set pieces, costumes and properties, assisting the our Lighting designer/operator, possibly personing a merchandise table at performances and anything else that the producer/director deems necessary.

Beyond the professional reference, compensation includes a generous per diem whilst in Hamilton, a single occupancy hotel room, air/ground transportation from your home to the airport, to Hamilton and back again as well as a small stipend. The stage manager will be considered a very strong candidate for professionally paid seasons in the future.

MATES AND LOVERS by Ronald Trifero Nelson

For the first time, the untold stories of our brothers, fathers and sons come out of the shadows into the bright light of downstage centre. Based on Chris Brickell’s Montanaaward-winning Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand, the audience time travels from pre-colonial Aotearoa/New Zealand to the 21st century with two exceptional performers (Simon K Leary and Paora Taurima) as their guides. Alone on stage aided only by two antique chairs, the actors flush out the flesh and bones of over 50 characters as different as chalk and cheese. Mates and Lovers is a perfect blend of humour and pathos.

Simon K Leary – Most Promising Male Newcomer, Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2011

Best Visiting Production, Dunedin Theatre Awards

“It’s fluid, fluent, deeply insightful, sometimes amusing and often moving evocation of the gay male experience in New Zealand throughout recorded history needs to be seen by all New Zealanders” -John Smythe, Theatreview

“But one doesn’t have to be male – or gay – to be moved by the history of struggle . . . Warm-heated, cheeky and hot-headed” – Janet McAllister, New Zealand Herald

Funny, sad, poignant and liberating” – Ewen Coleman, Dominion Post

Check out promotional promo can be found on You Tube at

Mates and Lovers is one of the most reviewed shows ever to appear on Theatreview, Go to to take a peek at dozens of reviews from throughout New Zealand.

Mates and Lovers presents sexually explicit situations, nudity, images and language.

To apply for the Stage Manager position,  please send a letter of application with a reference or two to e-mail address below by 15 April 2012. 

I look for hearing from you,
Ronald Nelson

Ronald Trifero Nelson – Producer, Writer and Director
Mates and Lovers 
P O Box 15039, Miramar, Wellington 6243
+64 21 41 70 41  

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