Lexie Matheson ONZM

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Lexie has been active in the professional performing arts since 1970, joining the Theatre Corporate company under Raymond Hawthorne in 1976 where she remained as a member of the company until April 1979. Following seasons at The Fortune and at Centrepoint she formed her own company based at Whanganui’s Four Seasons Theatre specialising in performances of New Zealand works in schools for young people as well as main bill productions.

Moving then to Kirikiriroa Hamilton and later to Ōtautahi Christchurch, Lexie formed Troupers Live Theatrix based at The Arts Centre of Christchurch and, while continuing to tour schools, she created many main bill productions and, until 1998, ran a small theatre school.

Lexie was a member of the Christchurch Theatre Trust Board for eight years, acted in numerous productions at the Court Theatre, completed four terms on the NZ Theatre Federation National Executive and eight years as Deputy Chair of the Christchurch Community Arts Council.

Following funded travel to the UK, EU, US, and Canada to study Shakespeare production, she settled in Auckland and took up the role of Business Manager at Auckland University’s Maidment Theatre. After eight years in this role Lexie was appointed Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology leading the Event Management academic programmes until 2016 when she added the role of Academic Equity Leader to her portfolio.

Lexie began her reviewing work with the Whanganui Chronicle in 1980 and has since reviewed for The Listener, The Christchurch Star, The Christchurch Press (five years) and for www.gaynz.com. She has reviewed for Theatreview since 2009 and has been Associate Editor (Auckland) since 2022.

Lexie Matheson ONZM's reviews

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Auckland

30/05/2014 - 06/06/2014

"Fun evening despite bemusing cuts..

STAND-UP FOR KIDS 2014

Auckland, Wellington

03/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

"A good time with some lessons about what kids prefer..

THE IMPROV BANDITS Improv for Kids!

Auckland

03/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

"A positive and affirming experience..

CONARTISTS Oliver Twisted

Auckland, Wellington

29/04/2014 - 30/10/2014

"Authentically grounded and monumentally silly..

"Finely crafted silliness creates contagious good humour..

STOMACH

Auckland, Wellington

11/03/2014 - 31/01/2015

"Powerful play provides plenty for audiences to chew over..

"A delight to digest..

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GIRL IN TAN BOOTS

Auckland

11/03/2014 - 22/03/2014

"Clever whodunnit keeps everyone on edge while plot thickens..

"Six strong women sparkle..

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PASSIONATE ACTS

Auckland, Waiheke Island

11/02/2014 - 28/02/2014

"Passionate Acts Shake It Up..

"The age and body of our time reflected with joy..

‘salt’

Auckland

13/11/2013 - 16/11/2013

"A life-long 56-minute journey..

VOIX DE VILLE

Auckland

06/11/2013 - 16/11/2013

"Sparkly, glittery, other-worldly, fantastical, escapist..

SKY DANCER

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

11/03/2013 - 14/11/2013

"Bold step not fully achieved..

"Fantastical, haunting, astounding..

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MY LIFE, MY STORY, MY SOUTH AUCKLAND

Auckland

23/10/2013 - 26/10/2013

"Affirming, funny, rich and courageous..

A Night of InterACTing

Auckland

24/10/2013 - 24/10/2013

"A humbling and joyous riot of love..

MRS WISHY-WASHY

Auckland

28/09/2013 - 12/10/2013

"High energy, little pay-off..

"Perfect school holiday entertainment..

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Auckland

08/06/2013 - 15/06/2013

"Restorative theatre..

HAMLET

Auckland

07/06/2013 - 15/06/2013

"Extreme choices..

DAI HENWOOD in ADAPT OR DAI

Wellington, Auckland

29/04/2013 - 11/05/2013

"Double-happy laughter experience..

FAIRLY FUNNY

Auckland

03/05/2013 - 03/05/2013

"Two of our finest: a double shot of integrity, experience and talent..

REVEREND JELLIE in CUT TO THE CHASE

Auckland

27/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

"A laugh a minute..

MICHELE A’COURT in STUFF I FORGOT TO TELL MY DAUGHTER

Invercargill, Havelock North, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Bay of Islands, Nelson

27/04/2013 - 06/04/2017

"Self-deprecating, honest, forth-right, confident, grounded and bloody funny..

"Everyone leaves the theatre with a smile..

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TERRY WILLIAMS in THE GRIN REAPER

Auckland

27/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

"Attractive, charming, incredibly well prepared and very funny..

FROST/NIXON

Auckland

25/04/2013 - 25/04/2013

"Fantastic fiction..

CLOUD 9

Auckland

02/04/2013 - 13/04/2013

"I'm on it..

"Unity, cohesion and an exciting shared vision..