Hagley Theatre Company

Hagley Theatre Company

Cameron Mattox

Artistic Director

B.Ed Theatre/Drama. B.Ed Media. Grad Dip Drama in Education



Cameron has been working in theatre and drama in education for over 40 years.


In this time he has taught at all levels of education, been involved in curriculum research and design and has acted in and directed numerous plays and commercial work. Cameron has worked in Australia and the USA teaching and directing for professional theatre companies and Universities. He recently returned from Brooklyn College (USA) where he was invited to teach as a guest tutor.

Since he arrived in 1990 Cameron has developed a unique course of study for Hagley Theatre Company where he is currently Artistic Director. He steers the contemporary nature of our public performances and is responsible for introducing the popular Scene+ and Gi60 seasons to Christchurch audiences.


Cameron is the Company's Head of Acting and tutors Stage Direction while he also directs major seasons. In addition to his work with the Company Cameron is Head of Department (Performing Arts) for Hagley College.





Fleur De Thier



After completing her training with Auckland Performing Arts (now UNITEC) Fleur spent a number of years freelancing as a professional dancer. In 1998 she established one of Christchurch's leading dance companies, Scrambled Legs and together with Lyn Cotton formed Jolt Mixed Ability Dance Company in 2001.


Fleur is in great demand as a tutor and choreographer and has been involved with teaching dance at all levels with a number of schools including Rangi Ruru Girls' School and Rudolph Steiner.


Fleur is actively involved with a number of festivals and was one of the first tutors to support a newly established Hagley Dance Company in 2000, working once again with her contemporary and friend Sheryl Robinson. Fleur is a founding member of Rebound Dance Company and was recently appointed Artistic Advisor (Dance) for Hagley College.



Richard Bell

Film and Television


Richard started his career in music videos in London, setting up his own company which then expanded into Los Angeles.


He has produced hundreds of music videos and commercials, all over the world as well as short films, features and live productions.


Richard emigrated to New Zealand 13 years ago and has his own production company in Christchurch, Shuriken.


He has directed award-winning music videos and short films as well as numerous TV commercials.


Richard also teaches film at New Zealand Broadcasting School (Ara Institute of Canterbury) and works with our students on acting on screen, often intergrating film students at NZBS to give all the best opportunities!

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Brendon Bennetts


BA English, Grad. Dip . Education


Brendon joined our staff in 2015 and teaches Playwriting to both year levels.


He has written several plays himself including Antartic Adventure and The Adventures of Captain Cook (for Court Theatre) and Shakespeare: As You Write It (for New Zealand Playhouse). Stag Weekend, Brendon's full length play co-written with Dan Bain was performed at the Court Theatre in 2014.


Brendon is responsible for guiding our students towards completing a number of projects, notably the Gi60 International One Minute Play Festival that Hagley participates in.

Brendon is also a fan of improvisation and has been performing with the Court Jesters (Scared Scriptless) for the last 13 years.



Rachael Schönberger

Singing / Voice

BHSc, NZRN, PG Dip. Sports Medicine, Dip. Contemporary Music

Grad. Dip. Teaching and Learning


Rachael is a contemporary singer and songwriter who has been performing in Christchurch since the early 2000's. She has been involved in all levels of music education and joined us in 2019. She also teaches Drama for Hagley College and intinerant singing for a number schools in Christchurch.


With a Health Science and Nursing background Rachael spent years working in speech education and alongside a variety of specialists in the Ear, Nose and Throat field.


Rachael previously ran her own business in sports nutrition and has written and taught a specialist course for the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.



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