Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust produces art that reflects and celebrates Aotearoa’s unique and diverse identities. We connect artists and groups and empower them to create dialogue within the wider community.

We bring the marginalised to the middle and support those at the fringes to drive the conversation. 

We hope the passion and whanaungatanga within our teams transmits to our audiences as we attempt to challenge their perceptions, encourage engagement and ultimately entertain.

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Our Team

Rose Kirkup (they/them)
Artistic Director

Rose is passionate about shaping stories into challenging yet accessible shows for all. Trained as a performance designer, Rose has had many roles in theatre – directing (Versions of Allah, The First Time, Big J Stylez), Stage management (World of Wearable Art), and as a Designer has collaborated with companies such as Capital E: N, Barbarian Productions and Taki Rua.
Rose has worked extensively in the care and a support sector in Aotearoa and uses these experiences to fuel her work with Everybody Cool Lives Here. Rose is currently working on a script called Unflattering Smock, which honors the stories of the New Zealand aged care worker.


Nic Lane (he/him)

Nic is interested in physical environments and artworks that help us to bring communities together. Nic has produced all of Everybody Cool Lives Here’s major works gathering funds, running logistics and creating all marketing for the company. He’s interested in how we continue to grow the ‘industry’ around the performance community in New Zealand.


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Our Values
  • Whanaungatanga
    Strong relationships are built from shared experiences and a sense of belonging.
  • Manaakitanga
    Nurture, respect and be generous to one another.
  • Kaitautoko
    Advocate and support the voice of those who are not heard.
  • Ako
    Everyone brings knowledge, you are both a learner and educator.
  • Tohunga Mahi Toi
    Practise and aspire to be masters of our craft.

2015 Arts Access Aotearoa Community Partnership Award
2016 Frances Clarke Memorial Awards: Community Contribution
2018 Wellington City Council, Accessibility Champion
2018 Auckland Theatre Awards Excellence in Impact by a Company

Show Awards
2015 NZ Fringe Festival
Wake Up Tomorrow: Best Production, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Production Design and Best Performer.
2016 NZ Fringe Festival
I am Tasha Fierce: NZ Pacific Residency Award – New Zealand Fringe Festival
Vivid: Resene Most Colourful Show
2018 Auckland Fringe Festival
Force Field: Best Performance (Theatre), Best Director, Auckland Live ‘Free Your Mind’ Award, Best Overall Production Design.
2018 NZ Fringe Festival
Big J Stylez: ‘The Grand Design Award’, Most Promising Emerging Artist (Highly Commended), Best Directed Chaos (Highly Commended), Centrepoint’s Palmerston North Tour Ready Award.
Wellington Theatre Awards
Rowan Pierce – Excellence Award for AV Design (Big J Stylez | Meremere | Rushes)
Big J Stylez Most Original Production (Finalist)

Mailing Address

Everybody Cool Lives Here
PO Box 9670,
Wellington, 6141,