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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.

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Recovery Street - Mai I Te Po Ki Te Ao Marama

Auckland

02/07/2024 - 06/07/2024

"The stories are riveting, exquisitely shared, redolent with hope, and have components that are seriously funny...

Prima Facie

Auckland

18/06/2024 - 22/06/2024

"Sublime storytelling shaped for us by a theatre genius. A gift without ego...

The Sun and The Wind

Tauranga, Auckland

28/07/2023 - 24/03/2024

"Perfect performances enable audiences to consider the effects of intergenerational trauma..

"Inspired writing, great performances, and totally committed storytelling..

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O Le Pepelo, Le Gaoi Ma Le Pala'ai | The Liar, the Thief and the Coward

Wellington, Auckland

14/06/2023 - 23/03/2024

"Complex, rich, funny, and (at times) disturbing, 'O Le Pepelo, Le Gaoi, Ma Le Pala’ai ~ The Liar, The Thief,…..

"A rollercoaster from being shocked, to hysterically laughing to fighting back tears..

The Perfect Image

Auckland

20/02/2024 - 24/02/2024

"An excellent script and delightful performances show Sam Brooks at his very best..

REDUNDANT - JESS KARAMJEET

Auckland

16/02/2024 - 17/02/2024

"A fabulously queer evening, deliciously sexy, and outrageously hilarious..

LEGACY 7

Auckland

07/02/2024 - 10/02/2024

"An evening of happy/sad/moving/funny shows that is, without doubt, the best 'Legacy' yet...

Tales of an Urban Indian

Auckland

11/01/2024 - 14/01/2024

"'Tales of an Urban Indian' superbly conceived, stunningly written, and uncompromising in its delivery...

We've Got So Much To Talk About

Wellington, Lyttelton, Auckland

13/09/2023 - 10/12/2023

"Stockwell Outstanding in 'We've Got So Much to Talk About'...

"A unifying exploration of the sensation and circumstance to do with being a mother...

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Wrestling with Wregret

Auckland

14/11/2023 - 18/11/2023

"Wilson-Kokiri disrupts the fourth wall and opens the door to the possible..

Skin Hunger - Solo

Hastings, Auckland, New Plymouth

27/10/2023 - 15/06/2024

"A cathartic experience of self-expression, self-exploration and self-forgiveness..

"‘Skin Hunger-Solo’, seen through a new lens, should be on your ‘must-see’ list. It's great work!..

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Live Live Cinema: Night of the Living Dead

Auckland

02/11/2023 - 12/11/2023

"‘Night of the Living Dead’ is outstanding, magnificent, disturbing, weird, with top-quality performances & great direction,..

HALF OF THE SKY

Global, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Auckland

20/10/2022 - 12/09/2023

"Fantastic writing, great direction, superb acting..

"A treat to be gifted such simple yet stunning storytelling..

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Mike and Virginia

Auckland

31/08/2023 - 10/09/2023

"Charming, complex, bloody funny, often moving..

I Want To Be Happy

Auckland, Wellington

18/08/2023 - 30/09/2023

"Leaves its audience very happy at having engaged with another Nightsong treasure..

"A transformative experience, a total delight, undeniably emotionally moving, gut-wrenchingly funny..

Moe Miti

Auckland

22/08/2023 - 27/08/2023

"An absolutely wonderful work that deserves the opportunity of a longer season..

DIRTY WORK - An Ode to Joy

Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton, New Plymouth

16/06/2023 - 25/05/2024

"Joy is at the heart of this feel-good comedy and important social critique..

"Sisyphus myth hits home hard yet something doesn’t quite land..

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KŌPŪ

Auckland

05/05/2023 - 12/05/2023

"A selection of thoughtful, funny, seamlessly woven and heart-grabbing vignettes..

A Tart on Tour

Auckland, Wellington

14/02/2023 - 16/09/2023

"Recommended to anyone who has ever dealt with rejection and kept going..

"A testament to her skills, resilience and capacity to survive where others have not..

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The Wild

Auckland

19/04/2023 - 23/04/2023

"It’s childlike, but not childish; it is smart but not tacky..

SUGUNG-GA The Other Side of The World

Auckland

25/03/2023 - 25/03/2023

"Skilful, satirical, subtle and refined puppetry with a sophisticated live cello soundtrack..

THE CHOSEN HARAM

Auckland

24/03/2023 - 26/03/2023

"Brave work, wonderfully conceived and performed..

Hemo is Home

Auckland

03/03/2023 - 11/03/2023

"A deceptively attractive horror story beautifully played out with moments of pure magic..

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