Centrepoint’s new leader here
Centrepoint Theatre will move into a new era when its newly appointed creative director Dan Pengelly starts next month.
Pengelly will be taking a stepup from his role as associate director at Christchurch’s Court Theatre, where he has worked for three years under its artistic director and Centrepoint Theatre alumni Ross Gumbley.
He will take over from Jeff Kingsford-Brown and says he feels privileged to lead the artistic vision of a much-loved community icon.
‘‘Centrepoint is this brave provincial theatre that, in addition to its popular main stage plays, has made bold choices that really engage its community. That nimbleness is a strength and has been key to its longevity.’’
Pengelly’s association with the Court Theatre goes back to 2000 through the High Schools Theatresports competition and ambassadors programme. In the years since, he has performed with The Court Jesters, in kids’ shows and play readings. He has directed in the young playwrights’ programme, the kids’ programme and The Forge.
Pengelly holds a masters in theatre arts (directing) from Toi Whakaari and Victoria University of Wellington.
The 30-year-old admits he is both excited and terrified at the prospect of starting his new role in mid-February.
‘‘It is the best combination because it makes me want to get up in the morning and face new things, learn and conquer.’’
Pengelly said he is keen to get to know Palmerston North and its creative community.
‘‘I want to embrace the history of Centrepoint Theatre – why it is what it is, and help it grow. My aim is to see people of all ages enjoying live theatre, either by being entertained by it, or using creative processes to express themselves.’’
Pengelly said his first love is comedy and he is keen to bring that and his directing skills to the stage when he fronts the theatre’s Christmas show Ropable.
Dan Pengelly will start at Centrepoint Theatre in mid-February.