Hobson Street Theatre Company is a theatre company created in partnership with the Auckland City Mission, with an aim to tell stories that are full of wairua and whakakata.

With all our work devised by company members, our rōpū has banned “sob stories” but instead explores ideas and stories of interest to them - from racism to friendship to haunted op shops.

Starting in 2010, HSTC has regularly presented seasons of work, in site-specific venues and professional theatres, and has also toured shows to Wellington and Dunedin.

We’re proud award winners of Best Directed Chaos at the 2018 Wellington Fringe Festival, and Community Impact Award at the 2019 Auckland Fringe. We were stoked to be the inaugural recipient of the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award at the 2019 Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards.

“...connects with its audience wholeheartedly and its insights are profound”

—  Theatreview

“We feel so privileged and happy that we could host you here with your beautiful, moving show and hope that you can continue all the amazing work you do and bring back work to us in the future.”

—  Theatre programme manager


From 2019, we have also run a series of casual drop-in theatre and short film workshops for people to try these out before they commit to anything bigger.

These will be starting again shortly in 2022, and thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, are now greatly expanded across the city. Please check back here for more information, or follow our Facebook page.

“I saw the Hobson Street Theatre Company a number of years ago in a Fringe Show at the Auckland City Mission. It totally transformed my thinking on homelessness and poverty ….I firmly believe the world would be a better place if more people saw your shows.”

— Audience member

Group of people on stage accepting the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award
Two men touching noses in a hongi, maori greeting



Photo credits: Paul Lambert / Julia Francino


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