General Manager and Musical Director
James Doy (B.Mus L.T.C.L.) was one of the founders of the National Youth Theatre Company, and has been the Musical Director since its inception in 2005. In 2012 James was appointed General Manager by the NYTC Board, with the major aim of broadening our support base and reaching out to funders and benefactors.
James is a professional musician, musical director and composer, with a resume including Shirley Bassey, Rob Guest, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Porgy and Bess, Cats and Wicked. James has been actively involved in training young people in Musical Theatre since 1997.
In 2014 James received the prestigious Benny award for "NZ Musician of the Year". James was the Musical Director of the NZ Opening Ceremony for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. In addition to his responsibilities with NYTC, James runs the Variety Voices Choir for Variety, the Children's Charity.
Jonathan Alver is a multi-skilled director and producer of both stage and screen with international experience in the UK, Europe, US and New Zealand. Trained as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music, his major directing debut came at the age of 25 when he remounted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Showboat at the London Palladium.
Jonathan has since gone on to direct numerous theatre and opera productions around the world including Aida, La Boheme, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth and Tosca, as well as more than 100 broadcast television hours of Shortland Street and Go Girls.
Jonathan began his long association with New Zealand in 1996, taking up the role of Artistic Director and then General Director of New Zealand Opera. Amongst his many achievements during that time he is particularly proud of establishing and delivering a ground-breaking opera outreach programme for New Zealand schools and an Emerging Artists’ Programme.
In the last ten years Jonathan has toured theatrical productions and delivered major events, co-produced Jailhouse Rock - The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End, directed television and developed his own screen and theatre projects.
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Elin is the latest addition to the NYTC Team. She brings with her a wealth of experience in production and operations management in fields as diverse as car launches, television pilots, conferences, events, exhibitions, inflight entertainment, and general elections. She has worked with names such as Ford, Canon, British Gas, Reuters, Oxfam, BBC Radio, Grundy Entertainment, TV3, TVNZ, Communicado and the NZ Electoral Commission.
Trained in the UK, she worked professionally in the multi media industry across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to NZ where she added television to her long list of production credits. She has had roles in the past three general elections as Operations Manager, Team Leader and Trainer for Auckland Central. She has also juggled children, two small businesses, and five years volunteering with the NZ Girl Guide Association
Choreographer & Company Manager
Hamish grew up with the National Youth Theatre Company – he performed in the very first production back in 2005 and began working for the company in 2013. Having been a student in the programme for so long, he knows first hand the skills NYTC teaches young people and how beneficial these are when applied to all areas of life.
Hamish has a passion for educating young people through the art of live theatre. He has taught and worked for various schools, training centres and youth theatre companies around Auckland, and has gained invaluable practical experience through similar work in the United Kingdom and America. As a Musical Theatre teacher, dance tutor and choreographer, he has choreographed and/or directed shows such as Guys & Dolls, Miss Saigon, Seussical the Musical, Hairspray, Annie and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Additionally, Hamish works in the Performing Arts Department at Kristin School, and sits on the Executive Committee for Auckland Music Theatre.
Hamish is also a keen performer, having performed as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Danny in Grease, Jack in Into The Woods, Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar as well as acting as Dance Captain for a production of Miss Saigon in London. Most recently, he performed as the Cat in the Hat in a production of Seussical in the San Fernando Valley, California, with the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network.
Seamus has been a part of NYTC since 2008, when he joined the company for the production of Grease. Through his involvement as a cast member he has personally seen and experienced the impact of the invaluable skills and opportunities NYTC provides.
He has been Assistant Director for the company since 2012, and had his directorial debut with 2013’s Aladdin. In addition to his experience with NYTC Seamus has worked with a number of other Auckland theatre groups, seeing him develop his performance, directorial and production skills in a range of disciplines. The variety of this work, encompassing musical theatre, physical theatre, film, traditional drama and a wide range of puppetry styles has provided him with a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from.
Seamus’ primary passion is education, and providing young people with the skills, attitudes and mindset needed to be successful in any field they choose. Seamus is currently studying Education at AUT to strengthen his knowledge and understanding of the practice of teaching and learning. He believes in the value of education through the arts, and loves the opportunity that NYTC provides for young people to grow and develop their confidence and real world skills in a fun and supportive environment.