Rose Kirkup

About Me

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I work with artists, and communities to breathe life into black boxes. Together we craft characters and build worlds for them to inhabit, to then share with audiences.

Rose Kirkup

how do we make sure everybody can see themselves represented in the stories we’re sharing on stage and the screen

Rose Kirkup

Artistic Director


where i’m from

I grew up 40 minutes outside of Wellington

in the Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt. In the house my mum
grew up in. I’m the youngest of five. My family comes from

humble beginnings, with my mother being a teacher, and
my dad jumping between sales and social work.

My parents have always acted as pillars

within the community, meaning our home was always

a second home for many. I was lucky enough

to grow up next door to my grandparents, and when they
passed was encouraged into aged care where my family continued to grow
as I gained more kaumātua. When I wanted to go
to design school, it was my siblings who helped
advocate for the value of arts that my grandma had helped instil in me.