Chris Wyatt - Founder of Crossbridge Theatre Company

Chris' stage experience spanned a period of 60 years, and began with the wonderful Te Aroha Dramatic Society, then at Massey University, and later the Harlequin Players, Showbiz Christchurch, Canterbury Opera and Centrestage.

Chris formed the Crossbridge Theatre Company, initially, as a vehicle to stage "The Prisoner", telling a story inspired by his own harrowing experience with cancer.

With the success his first production achieved, Chris had a vision for the continued positive impact the theatre can have in the Hibiscus Coast Community, which we intend to continue in honour of Chris who passed away on 20/9/2017.

Linda is the current Chariperson of Crossbridge and recently also fulfilled the duties of Production Manager on several productions, including The Cross & the Switchblade.

She has been involved in all elements of theatre since 1981; acting, singing, directing and also numerous roles behind the scenes.

Linda served on Crossbridge's committee since March 2015 and closely worked with Chris Wyatt in support of his mission to help Crossbridge to be a positive influence through the performing arts. 

Her vision is that Crossbridge will continue to bring uplifting & inspiring theatre to audiences on the Hibiscus Coast and that the message and portrait of the Company will always be based on Christian Principles, bringing honour to Jesus Christ and that this Company’s brand of theatre will essentially be, as our motto says, "Performance with Purpose".

Jo Anderson has been a supporter of Crossbridge since being a cast member of "The Prisoner".  She currently serves on the Committee as our Secretary, making sure all our "i"s are dotted and our "t"s crossed.

Reverend Steve Down has been a constant support and a faithful member of our Committee since the inception of Crossbridge.  We are grateful to him and his church for their generosity over the years.


Linda Marais (Chair)
Pat Shanks (Treasurer)
Jo Anderson (Secretary)
Benjamin Ripley  
Steve Down  
Stuart Hay  
Bronte Coombridge  


Abby Bennett   Elizabeth McGlashan   Kim DuFresne      
Alan Jenner   Faith Ekman   Kris Richards   Oliver Smith
Allie Coyle   Francois Marais   Lachlan Fairhall   Ollie Steel
Amberly Middlemiss   Gem  Brink   Laura  Haynes   Oscar Haythornthwaite
Annelie Maddock   Graeme Osborne   Lena  Middlemiss   Pat   Shanks
Ashlee Richards   Hannah Anderson   Liam Morrish   Patti Hill
Becky  Pawley   Hannah  Shelling   Liane  de Klerk   Peter Cross
Ben  Sharplin   Harrison Kent   Libby Hay   Peter Gundy
Benjamin Ripley   Harry Sampson   Liezel van Rooyen   Priscilla  Scanlan
Benjamin Stevens   Helen Searle   Lila Opie-Brackley   Priya Miller
Bill Harvey   Ingrid  Norman   Linda Marais   Rangi Ngaata-Modersohn
Bronte Coombridge   Isaac Middlemiss   Lizzy Hagan   Richard Sandford
Carl  Hall   Jacob Coombridge   Louise Clarke   Rosie Hamilton
Cassie  Cross   James Henderson   Luke Righton   Sam Hagen
Catherine  Lycett   Joanna Anderson   Marcia  Middlemiss   Sarah Poppe
Charlotte Blaine   Josh Fleury   Mark Kent   Shaun Watson
Chris Batten   Josh Hudkins   Marli Englebrecht   Steven Down
Christiaan  Swanepoel   Joshua Lobb   Max  Glazier   Stuart Stuart Hay
Christina Morrish   Judith Douche   Megan Saunders   Tania Cheeseman
Claire Cassidy   Karis Hudkins   Melanie Dodds   Tania Jenner
Claire Johnston   Karlton Laing   Millieke  McKay   Tian Venter
Claire Murphy   Katie  McLaughlin   Monica Coetzee   Tom Coyle
Dave Bowler   Ken Brown   Murray Van Hoorn   Torey Zondervan
Don Battley   Keon  Ng   Mya Rogers      
Elizabeth Little   Kerry  Robertson   Nikki Kent      

The families of "A Tale of Two Christmases"

The Cross and the Switchblade

The cast of "The Prisoner".  People from different backgrounds, all coming to together in one inspiring unit to help tell a gripping story.

Nikki Kent

Nikki has been on stage for 35 years and knew that at some stage she would turn her hand to Directing.

Her experience as Assistant Director for "The Prisoner" has contributed greatly to it's success and she is always looking forward to the next show.

Nikki directed The Princess & the Goblin and in 2018 agreed to direct "A Tale of Two Christmases"


Lizzy Hagan - choreographer on The Princess and the Goblin and valued member of Crossbridge.