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About Vanessa

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Kia ora! Hey there!

I'm a passionate wāhine Māori/Pākehā theatre maker, independent producer and arts marketer. I have experience in touring large scale international productions to independent solo shows. I've also marketed and publicised dozens of independent events over the past eight years.


Originally from Whakatāne (the mighty East Coast!), I moved to the big city (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Wellington) in 2012 to study ... International Relations, Theatre and Business...what?!


After one year of university lectures, I realised I wanted to have more hands-on, technical training and I could always do my politics and business as a hobby.

So I switched up and followed my showgirl dreams (I can't dance to save myself even after 3 years of intense dance training). In 2015, I graduated from the Whitireia Performance Centre with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts – Musical Theatre).


While studying, I began working as a production assistant & tour manager for Lunchbox Theatrical Productions on international touring shows such as Singin' In the Rain, Cats, Blue Man Group and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

I am the founder and creative producer of The Co - Lab, a Wellington-based theatre company, which I created in 2016, with a focus on producing emerging Māori and Pasifika artists’ new theatre work.


This includes Kasiano Mita’s Talofa Papa (NZ Fringe & Kia Mau Festival 2018, Perth's FRINGE WORLD Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival & Auckland's Basement Theatre 2019), and Maia Diamond’s Fishin’ Chip (Kia Mau Festival 2019).


In October 2019, I jumped ship and took on a senior role at Adelaide Fringe Festival. Managing the Fringe Club, I programmed all the nightly functions, events, bands and DJs throughout the 31-day festival.


In 2021, I led Pūtahi Development Festival in Wellington for rangatahi Māori & Pasifika theatre & dance creatives. I also worked as the Senior Producer & Marketing Manager at Kia Mau Festival, and produced one of Aotearoa's first te reo Māori musicals, Whakapaupākihi, by the Tuari Siblings. 

I am of Ngā Wairiki o Ngāti Apa and Tūwharetoa descent, and am currently on my whakapapa and te reo Māori journey. 

Want to know more about my international producing work or what my favourite country is so far that I've visited (don't make me choose, they're all amazing)?


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Vanessa Immink at Graduation
Sauvignon Blanc (Savi for short), the current Golden Retriever in my life
Ray Meagher at Priscilla Queen of the Desert 2016 media launch
Vanessa Immink at Ankor Wat, Cambodia
Exploring Ankor Wat, Cambodia, September 2016
Graduation Day, March 2016 
Ray Meagher, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, November 2016

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