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.


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.

Currently serving as out Chairperson for the 2019 term, Rev Steve brings his own brand of management and fun into our multi inter-denominational organisation.



Linda is the current Secretary 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".


Pat Shanks has been serving on the Committee since day one and has been our trusted Treasurer on and off for the last 5 years.


Chair - Steve Down

Secretary - Linda Marais

Treasurer - Benjamin Ripley

Members: Pat Shanks, Stuart Hay, Bronte Coombridge, Jo Anderson, Claire Cassidy, Nikki Kent

Christmas on the Canal

Cast and Crew: A Tale of Two Christmases

The families of "A Tale of Two Christmases"

The Cross and the Switchblade

Cast and crew of "The Princess and the Goblin"

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

Abigail Brown   Cici Wang
Adriana Tane   Claire Murphy
Alan Jenner   Claire Cassidy
Allie Coyle   Dave Bowler
Amberly Middlemiss   Diane  Turkington
Amelia Whitehead   Don Battley
Angela Mc Clame   Don Battley
Annelie Maddock   Elizabeth Little
Ashlee Richards   Elizabeth McGlashan
Becky  Pawley   Francois Marais
Benjamin Stevens   Gem  Brink
Bob Shanks   Graeme Osborne
Bronte Coombridge   Greg Smith
Brooke Hand   Hannah Anderson
Carl  Hall   Hannah  Shelling
Cassie Cross   Harrison Kent
Catherine Lycett   Ingrid  Norman
Catherine  Lycett   Isaac Middlemiss
Monica Wyatt   Isabella Whitehead
Christiaan  Swanepoel   Jacob Coombridge
James Henderson   Mark  Kent
Joanna Anderson   Marli Englebrecht
Josh Fleury   Max  Glazier
Judith Douche   Melanie Dodds
Katie Conway   Melanie Dodds
Ken Brown   Millieke  McKay
Keon  Ng   Monica Coetzee
Kerry  Robertson   Murray Van Hoorn
Lena  Middlemiss   Mya Rogers
Levi Turner   Navarn Bell
Liane  de Klerk   Nikki  Kent
Libby Hay   Noeline Tane
Lila Opie-Brackley   Oliver Smith
Linda Marais   Ollie Steel
Lizzy Hagan   Pat  Shanks
Lora Nankivell   Patti Hill
Marcia  Middlemiss   Peter  Cross
Saskia Connor   Rosie Hamilton
Scott Bell   Sam Hagen
Steven Down   Stuart Hay
Tania Cheeseman   Teresa Sell
Torey Zondervan