About Us

Our vision

Empowering and representing New Zealand playwrights.*

Our purpose

Supporting and developing New Zealand's best playwrights and their plays through:

a) Promoting our playwrights' work nationally and internationally.
b) Upholding playwrights' standards and rights.
c) Providing access to New Zealand scripts.
d) Identification and development of playwrights of excellence.

Our goals

a) Grow the market for the work of our playwrights.
b) Foster quality development and production of our playwrights' work.
c) Ensure playwrights are better informed 
d) Grow the strength of the organisation.

*Includes collaborative theatremakers.


The Playmarket Agency issues and manages performance licences, manages royalty payments, circulates plays to producers and theatres in NZ and internationally, advises on and negotiates agreements, and maintains an archive of playwrights’ work and materials related to it.


Making use of a raft of resources, industry knowledge, partnerships and networks, our script advisors work to support all New Zealand playwrights.


A comprehensive store of New Zealand plays (published and unpublished).


Playmarket was founded by Robert Lord, Nonnita Rees, Judy Russell and Ian Fraser in 1973 to encourage the professional production of New Zealand plays and was registered in 1975 as a non-profit incorporated society. The organisation began life in a tiny nook in the former toilet block opposite Hannah Playhouse, Wellington, known as the Taj Mahal and occupied by Downstage Theatre administration.

In its first eighteen months, Playmarket licensed a total of 15 productions, the first being Balance of Payments by Robert Lord. By comparison, we currently license almost 400 productions of New Zealand plays each year in New Zealand and internationally.


Incorporated Society members (made up of past Board Members and Playmarket Directors) meet annually to review activities, receive the annual report and elect the Board. During the year the Board meets at least four times a year to determine policy, establish the budget and monitor the activities of the organisation.  The current Board comprises:

Chair: Catherine Fitzgerald (Wellington) film producer/ consultant

Board members: Pip Hall (Auckland) playwright/ screenwriter, Alister McDonald (Dunedin) educationalist, Mishelle Muagututi'a (Wellington) film curator/archivist, Peter Rutherford (Christchurch) teacher/ actor, Jason Te Kare (Auckland) actor/playwright/producer, Brent Thawley (Nelson) regional partnership manager Sport NZ, Nick Ravaji (Auckland) legal counsel Fire and Emergency NZ, Manukaroa Anderson (Auckland)film producer/ director.

The Board employs the Director who employs all other staff.


Director - Murray Lynch
Script Advisor - Stuart Hoar
Publication and Events Coordinator - Salesi Le'ota
Licensing and Bookshop Administrator - Ivana Palezevic
Script Coordinator - Nathan Mudge
Finance Manager - David Jenkins
Accounts - Alan Collins


Playmarket receives major funding from Creative New Zealand’s Arts Leadership Investment (Toi Tōtara Haemata) programme. We also receive funding from Foundation North. Their support is vital to our operation.

We receive funding from individuals and organisations, local authorities and patrons towards various programmes. We also receive general support through subscriptions.

Playmarket receives revenue from commission on licences and book and manuscript sales.