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

We aim to bring the marginalised to the middle and include those at fringes to be in 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
Artistic Director

Rose Kirkup has established herself in several different roles within Aotearoa’s performance community. As a designer she has realised multiple shows since 2010. Rose extended herself to Stage Management working with Touch Compass Dance Trust (2010) and the World of WearableArts (2011- 2014). Rose has mentored emerging costumiers in three seasons of Young and Hungry’s Festival of the Future. In 2014 Rose was invited to the Playmarket Writers Retreat where she continued to develop her solo I am Tasha Fierce. 2016 will see her direct Moana Ete’s Versions of Allah. It has been her dream for some time to share her passion of live performance with the youth she supported at Active. No Post on Sunday is the next step following the success of Wake Up Tomorrow.

64 27 368 6670

Nic Lane

Nic’s interested in the physical environments and artworks that help us to bring communities together. He’s worked as an arts educator at Inverlochy Art School and digital technician at the New Zealand Olympic Museum. In 2013 he supported the development of the People’s Cinema. He’s a member of Wellington’s Big Live Arts Group and an advocate for building a sustainable arts industry.


64 21 250 8756

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

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.

Physical Address

Everybody Cool Lives Here
Inverlochy House,
144 Abel Smith Street,
PO Box 27-344,
Wellington, 6014, Aotearoa.