Festival Artistic Director
Originally from the US, Carrie Rae came to NZ in 2003 to earn her Masters degree in Dance Studies from the University of Auckland, working with local choreographers and performing in several dance, music and performance productions along the way. She produced the inaugural Auckland season of Short + Sweet Dance in 2012 and has created and produced a number of Fringe Festivals shows.
Finance and Admin Manager
Kirsty joins the Tempo team this year in the role of Finance and Admin Manager. She brings a passion for the arts from an early education and career in fine arts, photography and architecture. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture, Kirsty spent 3 years in sales, marketing and operational roles for an international photography company that enabled her to travel extensively and work overseas, ultimately spending 10 years in America.
Logistics & Production
Lisa Greenfield is a performer living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lisa is interested in performance art, experimental dance forms and physical theatre. She completed her degree in Performing and Screen Arts (Majoring in Contemporary Dance ) at Unitec 2011-2013. Lisa has performed in numerous festivals including the Auckland International Arts Festival, Tempo Dance Festival and Auckland Fringe. Lisa also has a 16 year career in film editing previous to her exploration into the performance world.
After graduating Unitec with a Diploma in Performance Technology in 2004 Jonny went on to be the main technical operator for the Silo Theatre Company for 5 years. Then moved on to work with companies such as The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Okareka Dance Company and The New Zealand Dance Company touring locally and internationally.
As well as working heavily in the Dance and Theatre scene in New Zealand Jonny has also worked on such events as The Telecom Christmas Tree, The Auckland City Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, The APRA Silver Scroll Awards and the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. He has also toured New Zealand with multiple national and international Music acts.
Merenia has enjoyed a successful dance career working both nationally and internationally as a director, performer, choreographer and teacher upon graduation from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1989. Merenia is currently on The Board of Directors for Dance Aotearoa New Zealand and her previous roles have included Producer for Tempo Dance Festival; Development and Marketing Manager for The New Zealand Dance Company; Director, Principal Sponsorship Manager and Curator of Kōwhiti Productions Ltd. and Artistic Director of Merenia Gray Dance Theatre.