Meet the Hawkins Theatre team


Facility Manager: Peter Hunt

Peter joined Hawkins Theatre in December 2009. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand Peter has had quite a varied work history from service on UK Ministry of Defence vessels around the world to a variety of theatres, record labels, forestry companies and a County Showground. Peter holds a B.A. Honours degree in Music Industry Management from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. He resides in the nearby village of Hunua and is a volunteer firefighter for the local brigade.


Theatre Coordinator: Loree-Anne Smith

Loree-Anne comes from a Hospitality background but has always had a passion for Events. As well as working in numerous bars and restaurants she also worked for Auckland Libraries as an administrator. She loves meeting new people and when Loree-Anne's not working she loves to have dance parties in the lounge (or anywhere) with her 5 year old son. Loree-Anne has been part of the Hawkins Family since the beginning of 2016 and has so far loved every minute!


Theatre Technician: Dez Brown

Introducing Desmond Brown a.k.a Dr.Keyz is more than just a typical man brought up in the Bay of Islands not only is Dez a humble man but he is a sensational & talented musician. In 1993 Dez decided to broaden his horizons and moved to the cold South, Dunedin, where he enrolled to study Business Management at Otago University.  Dez furthered his career in 1996 by joining the legendary show band "Maori Volcanics" playing keyboards, this opened up the doors to his overseas experience where it took him to tour Australasia and New Zealand. Not to mention very privileged to be part of shows that featured "John Rowles" and "The Supremes". In 2003 Dez became the keyboardist for "1814" one of Aotearoa's top Reggae Band, leaving his signature on "Morning Star" "Insomnia" "Jah Rastafari" & "Dear Friend" just to name a few on the Album "Jah Rydem". In 2005 through to 2010 music took Dez overseas again to another limit, the Middle East! Where he played in Abu Dhabi,Dubai, Oman and Bahrain. It was an amazing experience and a once in a life time opportunity. 2011 Dez joined a covers band "Maorinesian" an up and coming South Auckland Reggae Band. In the interim Dez also played Keyz as a session muso for "House of Shem" also one of NZs finest Reggae bands. In between his busy music and travelling career, Dez Brown was also a part time Sound Engineer & Stage Manager for the Music Workshop in Kerikeri he did this for over 20 years and has been in the industry his entire life.

Dez now currently resides in Papakura, Auckland with his wife Mala. In his spare time he produces music for live theatre. Dez has been working at the Hawkins Theatre since 2014 as the Theatre Technician.



Hawkins Youth Theatre Coordinator: Shadrack Simi

Shadrack likes to run a tight ship. His straight up guts-no nonsense manner works well when dealing with large groups of adolescent humans. Shadrack’s experience is broad and this gives him the confidence to be a diva in all parts of his life. His special talent is being able to silence teenages with a look. Some call it respect - others call it fear, either way it gets the job done.


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Theatre Assistant: April Head

April began working at the Hawkins Theatre in January 2014, after taking a couple years away from the work force to raise two boisterous but adorable boys.  Prior to children April worked as a travel consultant, but had always wanted to do something in the Arts after growing up performing at the Hawkins Theatre for both dance and theatre.