About Us

Duck Bunny Theatre was born as a testing ground for new comedic work and is a both a platform for playwriting and at times the temporary artistic home to a group of theatre artists focused on performing satirical works; which make explicit, the ridiculous that is hidden in plain sight. Duck Bunny brings to the stage new works by NZ playwright Alister Emerson and insightful texts written by established playwrights we admire. We also love to foster new talent and support emerging artists we believe in to collaborate, improvise, write, devise, perform and produce original work.


Alister has worked in the theatre industry for more than twenty-five years, both on stage and behind the scenes. He has spent four years working with The NZ National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) as Technical and Production Manager. While living in Australia he worked with Canberra Youth Theatre for four years where he was involved in the creation of works as diverse as Retrieval a promenade work at the National Library of Australia, and 35° 17 South an augmented reality theatrical experience at the National Gallery of Australia.

His theatre skills include; directing, lighting design, sound and set design, dramaturgy and playwriting. He holds a Masters in Theatre Practice in Directing and has taught theatre making at both University and secondary school level, including being invited as a guest artist at Ohio Northern University. He has also worked for more than ten years in the corporate conference industry as a staging technician and an audiovisual producer where he has toured shows nationally and internationally.

Having returned to NZ at the start of 2014by day Alister currently teaches Drama and by night he is the Artistic Director of Duck Bunny Theatre. And on weekends he likes to mountain-bike, whitewater kayak, tramp and rock climb, when he is not locked in a dark theatre somewhere or scratching away at a new play.


You can contact us on duckbunnytheatre@gmail.com

For performing rights for our plays please contact https://www.playmarket.org.nz/