MEET THE TEAM
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / PUPPET CREATOR
Sarah was born in New Zealand (her father, Neville Burren, designed the Cuba Mall buckets!) and her work draws on a treasure trove of global experiences. London and Toronto are the main cities she lived in from 1980-1995, designing and making costumes for numerous TV and theatre shows. There were also stints in Europe, primarily France, and in North America, New York, Boston, Montreal and Ottawa. She has made couture garments for a range of celebrities, including Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson in the mid 1980’s when she was working for Anouska Hempel’s design studio. She made Basil Brush’s morning attire at the BBC. She returned to Auckland in 1995 and has designed for Theatre, TV, Film and spectacular live events including the Americas Cup Ball, Volvo Ocean Race, Sky City opening and Rugby World Cup 2011 as well as designing sets, costumes and props for over 50 children’s shows. Her concept of the GLOW SHOW was a dream that started 9 years ago, and it has been her main passion since. Each puppet is hand made by Sarah. “I hope you are transported, inspired, and buzzing when you experience the show and that it fills your mind with our incredible Mãori heritage.”
DIRECTOR / WRITER / COMPOSER
Midge brings years of experience as a performer, producer, writer and director for stage, film & television and received a scholarship to study music and acting at a University in Hawaii. He has performed in several television, film, and theatre productions including, ‘A cold beer,’ ‘Night shift,’ ‘Rock the boat’ and ‘Crack heads’ feature film. He toured New Zealand, in the cast of Taiki E, with Te Rakau Hua o te wao tapu and the stage adaptation of Once were warriors, directed by Jim Moriarty. He also wrote and directed, ‘Fakahela,’ and ‘Guardians - Nga Kaitiaki.’ and has worked both in front of, and behind the camera on numerous television series, corporate videos & TV commercials alongside some of New Zealand’s high profile companies & production houses. He has recently been managing talent in the film industry and lecturing voice, music and acting on a bachelor of creative arts degree program. He is excited to be part of this unique theatre production.
Chantelle is an acting graduate from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school and has lived in Israel, China, Ecuador and Aotearoa. She has performed in several television, film, and theatre productions including Red Leap’s Trash to Fashion, devised the show 'My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut' performed in the Wellington Fringe Festival. She recently studied at the acclaimed John Bolton Theatre School, has been a part of the 'Incubator' programme with Red Leap Theatre, performed in 'Culture Clash' at TAPAC, and has toured New Zealand high-schools with Ensemble Impact. She directed 'How the Kiwibird Lost Its Wings', 'One Thousand Paper Cranes' & ‘The Red Balloon' for Hawkins Youth Theatre Company, and produced 'The Cohort Hotel', 'Grimm Stories’, ‘How the Kiwibird Lost Its Wings’ & ‘Moa’s Arch’ for Hawkins Youth Theatre Company. When creator Sarah Burren asked her to come on board as Co Director 2019 with Midge Perez, she jumped at the opportunity!
Kodez is a freelance audio engineer and has been working in recording studios and doing live events since 2007. He has mixed and worked with several different artists and bands including Three Houses Down, Sons of Zion, S Club 7, Aardijah, Atomic Kitten, Lomez Brown and several other local and international acts. He has also been involved with the audio department of many theatre shows like Matilda, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Shrek the Musical and most recently has come from working on Disneys Aladdin the musical. He toured in 2018 with the MATARIKI GLOW SHOW.
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“We are proud to support a show that brings Māoritanga to all New Zealanders through great storytelling and stagecraft.
The large scale puppetry is stunning, the songs are brilliant and the innovative nature of the glow-in-the-dark theatre experience is world class.”
- Fuzzy Duckling Media’s CEO, Sam Witters.