Backstage Podcast: Steel Magnolias – Lara Macgregor and Kathleen Burns

August 7, 2017

Steel Magnolias has opened at The Court Theatre and Kineta Knight Booker met up with two of the actors Lara Macgregor and Kathleen Burns for the latest Backstage Podcast.

Kineta talks to them about their roles and life as an actor.

They both offer excellent advice for anyone considering a career as a performer: advice which may surprise you.

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Backstage Podcast: Chelsea McEwan Millar

February 28, 2017

Chelsea McEwan Millar first discovered her love of theatre at age eight, playing a male lawyer in a production she forgets the name of now. She stomped her feet, yelled at the judge, remembered all her lines and has never looked back. The Auckland-based actor and writer is in her final week of the world premiere season of Ropable at The Court Theatre. Backstage Podcast is hosted by Kineta Knight Booker and produced by

Backstage Podcast: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Divas, Showbiz Christchurch

February 22, 2017

The latest Backstage Podcast is away from the studio and at the rehearsal rooms of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Musical, produced by Showbiz Christchurch. The Divas Emily Burns, Jane Leonard and Naomi Ferguson join Kineta to chat about life as a performer, playing a Diva in Priscilla, and the negative connotations around the word 'diva'. Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast:Weddings NZ – Choosing a Celebrant

February 16, 2017

When it comes to planning your wedding, one person you'll definitely need to book is a celebrant – as they are the ones that officially get you hitched. So the big questions are – where do I find one, and what do I look for in a celebrant? This podcast is a two-for-one: two awesome Christchurch celebrants chatting it out in one podcast. Scott Koorey and Kineta Booker discuss what the celebrant's role is and so much more. Definitely worth a listen! You can find out more about them at and

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Backstage Podcast: Julian and Malia Hay – Voices Co.

July 1, 2016

Voices Co. opened this year and is Christchurch’s first vocal academy dedicated to contemporary a cappella singing. One semester down, how is the academy going, and what ventures are they looking ahead to? We chat with the founders and directors of Voices Co. Julian and Malia Hay. Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast: Michael Bayly – Showbiz Christchurch

June 24, 2016

After two highly successful shows so far in 2016, it's a great pleasure to have on Backstage Podcast the general manager of Showbiz Christchurch Michael Bayly. Mamma Mia and Hairspray had excellent audiences but Showbiz's year isn't over just yet as they start to prepare for the staging of Evita – at the Isaac Theatre Royal from 15 September. Show, business and talent chat, plus so much more. Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast: Anna Whitaker

June 17, 2016

Winner of the Aotearoa Music Scholarship and Keith Laugesen Scholarship, Anna Whitaker is heading to the Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College, NYC, to complete her masters in jazz music performance. This talented singer, pianist, and dancer shares her ideas around music, teaching, her plans for when she's completed her masters degree, and what she'll miss most about home. Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast: Naomi Ferguson

May 13, 2016

This week's guest is currently playing Blanche DuBois in Repertory's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Perhaps better known for her singing, Naomi Ferguson's portrayal of Blanche shows she also knows how to act. And she acts very well indeed. You can get tickets at Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast: Ross Gumbley – The Court Theatre

May 6, 2016

This week, Kineta Knight Booker has a great chat with The Court Theatre's artistic director Ross Gumbley. New Zealand's largest theatre company has released its Meridian Energy 2016/2017 season, and there are 23 shows on offer, and Ross has great stories about each of them. Find out more at We also chat to Ross about being in the head director's role at the Court for 10 years, and the difference between being an actor and a director. Well worth a listen! Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by

Backstage Podcast: Kate Taylor

May 4, 2016

In our latest Backstage Podcast Christchurch entertainer Kate Taylor talks to Kineta Knight Booker about her productive and creative 2016 and her upcoming Stevie Wonder Tribute at The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Fest. This singer, vocal coach, event co-ordinator, #12PianistsProject founder and Christchurch All Girl Big Band co-founder is a human dynamite of energy and talent. A podcast not to be missed. Hosted by Kineta Knight Booker, produced by