Lyndee-Jane Rutherford

Lyndee-Jane RutherfordLyndee-Jane Rutherford has worked extensively as both an actor and a director in theatre and television since graduating as an actor from Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School in 1993.

In the last ten years, she has directed nearly twenty productions. Her production of The Impostar (which she co-wrote) had a season at Circa Theatre in Wellington, it was then selected to do a three week season at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles, USA. Lyndee-Jane was particularly proud of her production Midsummer – a play with songs which was nominated for a variety of awards at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Production of the Year and Director of the Year. She also directed and co-created Miss Bronte. Miss Bronte was selected to tour NSW and Victoria in Australia last year. One of Lyndee-Jane’s biggest challenges in her career thus far was the Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Not only did Drood do fabulous business but was nominated for many awards at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Particularly successful at the box office was Ache, a new New Zealand play by Pip Hall. Ache saw Lyndee-Jane nominated for Director of the Year again at the Wellington Theatre Awards. In the middle of 2014 Lyndee-Jane directed Grease for Wellington Musical Theatre and was thrilled to be invited back to direct Mamma Mia. Her production La Casa Azul – inspired by the writings of Frida Kahlo in Wellington did an unprecedented 98% at the box office last year.

Lyndee-Jane has led many successful productions across the country since her directing career began. She directed A Shaggy Dog Story, Who Wants to Be 100? and Penalties, Pints and Pirouettes at Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre and Love Puke, Becoming the Courtesan and Hamlet Dies at the End at BATS Theatre in Wellington. She won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Director in 2006 with her production of Love Puke. Lyndee-Jane was proud to have directed the Capital E National Theatre for Children production of Songs of the Sea that toured NZ and to Australia. Lyndee-Jane has also enjoyed directing a number of student musical productions for Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School and Whitireia – Musical Theatre. In 2009 Lyndee-Jane directed the sell-out smash Young and Hungry hit, Sit on It. Last year she directed the national tour of Grease for Ben McDonals Productions and will be directing Saturday Night Fever for another national tour end of this year. Her current production of Broadway play Hand to God is currently playing at Wellington’s Circa Theatre mainstage.

As an actor she has performed in over sixty professional theatre productions including Who Wants to be 100?, Troy the Musical, Calendar Girls and In Flame for which she was nominated for Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year in 2003. She was also nominated for Supporting Actress of the Year for both The Hollow Men in 2008 and Mauritius in 2010. In 2010 she toured nationally with Geraldine Brophy and Pinky Agnew with Grumpy Old Women and again in 2011 with their own play Party Girls. She most recently starred in Circa Theatre’s Joyful and Triumphant and is about to tour New Zealand in the Roger hall hit Four Flat Whites in Italy. Lyndee-Jane is often recognised for her roles in television series such as Skitz, The Semisis, Telly Laughs, What Now TV, The Hothouse and the pre-school sketch comedy show Giggles. She directed the third season of Giggles (TVNZ Kidzone) and has also directed various field-stories for The Erin Simpson Show, What Now and The 4.30 Show.

Lyndee-Jane prides herself on her straight up, honest hardworking nature and her ability to work with people of all talents and abilities.