About Us

  The Dunedin Collaborative Theatre Trust, which operates the New Athenaeum Theatre, was established in 2016 by a group of theatre practitioners who saw the need for a flexible, open-access, independent performance venue in Otepoti Dunedin. As well as providing a venue for local and touring companies and artists, another of the Trust’s primary goals is to support new ventures and emerging practitioners, creating new theatre and performance opportunities. The theatre is now ‘home’ to four associate companies that reflect some of the diverse array of performance in Otepoti Dunedin – dance, theatre, children’s drama classes, and improv. Additionally, the NAT hosts independent shows from musicians, poets, comedians and more, all on an as-needed basis. By ensuring a venue is available when artists need it, at affordable rates, the NAT’s offerings continue to expand along with its community.
The NAT is grateful to receive support from funders, donors, and volunteers. We are particularly grateful to the Dunedin City Council for their contribution of an annual City Service grant.
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