On the back of a hugely successful 2016 season, Showbiz Christchurch has appointed a full time Communications Manager to a new role with the company. This position will grow Showbiz Christchurch to a company of four permanent staff backed by the Christchurch Operatic Inc. (COI) Board and a huge team of performers, production personnel, volunteers and passionate musical theatre enthusiasts numbering in their hundreds.
Wendy Riley joins Showbiz from The Court Theatre where she worked as part of the marketing team on over 50 shows including Blood Brothers, One Man, Two Guvnors, Mary Poppins and That Bloody Woman.
Prior to working for The Court, Riley managed her own design company for 16 years and also has a background in graphic design.
In 2015, Showbiz Christchurch appointed Michael Bayly as General Manager to oversee the future direction of the company, commencing with the 2016 season of shows: Mamma Mia!, Hairspray and Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The 2016 season has been a tremendous success with more than 45,000 patrons enjoying these world class Showbiz productions. “Both of these appointments reflect an ongoing commitment by Showbiz Christchurch to continue to grow the quality and scale of musical theatre offerings for Cantabrian audiences,” says COI President, Diane Brodie.
The Communication Manager’s first task will be to work on the launch of the 2017 Season of shows which is due for release on Tuesday 22nd November.