Meet Tim Bray, QSM

Artistic Director

Find out the major challenges Tim Bray, QSM and his charity are facing and how you can be a part of his vision.

Children’s theatre is so important as it helps to foster self-expression, confidence and innovative thinking. These are vital skills to shape New Zealand’ s future in areas such as science, engineering and medicine.

Tim’s hope is that Tim Bray Theatre Company and the charitable work will continue well into the future to support current and future generations build imagination and creativity through the performing arts.

Will you be part of our vision?


Also, don’t forget that when you donate over $5, you can claim 33.33 percent of it back from IRD
Deaf students from Ormiston Primary School attended the Deaf Stage Experience – for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (July 2021)
Deaf students from Ormiston Primary School attended the Deaf Stage Experience – for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (July 2021)

Theatre For All

We believe that theatre and drama classes should be accessible and equitable for all. Celebrating diversity and being inclusive is at the heart of what we do.

In 2023 alone,

  • 7441 children attended one of our performances for free from a school or organisation that needed support from our Gift a Seat® programme.
  • 144 Autistic and neuro-divergent children and teenagers enrolled in our Extraordinarily Creative drama classes. These weekly classes help to build communication abilities, grow social skills and create new friendships. 
  • 475 children and adults were able to access live theatre that worked for them through our NZ Sign Language, Audio Described and Sensory Relaxed Performances.

Find out more about our impact on tamariki and rangatahi across Tāmaki Makaurau here.


Could go towards a prop used in a show


Could go towards costumes for the cast


Could go towards the cost of a specialised tutor for drama classes for Autistic and Neurodivergent children


Could go towards the cost of an accessible performance for a child

If you’d prefer to donate via direct debit

Our banking details are:
The Operating Theatre Trust T/A Tim Bray Theatre Company
12 3086 0119443 00

Please include your ‘full name’ and ‘Donation’ in the reference fields.

Join our vision

With the cost of living crisis, a tough economy, an increase in operational and production costs and funding cuts, our charity will be finding it very challenging to continue our work at the same level that we are currently doing in years to come.

The closure of two prominent and respected children’s theatres in New Zealand in the past 6 months reinforces that theatre for children is often overlooked and underfunded.

Donations received through Gift a Seat® and funding, do not cover our theatre operational costs.

Our charity’s vision at Tim Bray Theatre Company is to help children and teenagers build and develop their confidence, creativity and imagination through theatre.

We have been providing top class theatre and drama classes to hundreds of thousands of children and families across Tamaki Makaurau since 1991.

Our charity’s mission is to make theatre accessible and equitable for all children and families, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability or socioeconomic background. We provide NZSL, Audio Described and Sensory Relaxed performances, and provide drama classes for autistic and neurodivergent children and teens.

Our hope is that you will be part of our vision to help support current and future tamariki and rangatahi access children’s theatre.

Expertise developed through the performing arts will play a part in enabling our current and future generations to build important skills which are needed to shape the future of New Zealand in areas including medicine, science, engineering and more.

Fundraising thermometer showing $6,090 raised of the $20,000 goal

How we’re tracking

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for our Theatre For All Appeal.

So far we have raised $6,090.

We still have quite a way to go, so if you have not donated already and would like to do so, our team would truly appreciate your support and any contribution.

Find out more about our impact on tamariki and rangatahi across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Be part of our vision

Together, we can help current and future generations

build imagination, creativity and confidence through theatre.

Donations over $1,000 welcomes you into our dedicated Patron’s programme.

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