Janice’s association with Roger Hall’s plays began with her premiere production of Take a Chance On Me for Auckland Theatre Company in 2001. She has gone on to cement her collaboration with Roger as director of Spreading Out, Cinderella and Who Wants to be 100?
for Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre and then the hugely successful Four Flat Whites In Italy for Auckland Theatre Company in 2009. Janice began her career in the theatre in the seventies as a member of the Downstage Theatre Company, where she established herself as one of the leading actresses of her generation. She was known in particular for her roles as Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Rosalind in As You Like It and The Mother in Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis directed by Berkoff. She went on to star as Jane Hart in the long-running television series Close To Home, and also had a guest role in historical epic The Governor. Janice moved to Australia and acted with the Sydney Theatre Company (alongside a young Mel Gibson), Melbourne Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Returning to her hometown Auckland to join Television New Zealand, she trained as a drama director and went on to direct Open House, Seekers and Country GP. She is best known as the co-creator and producer of the award-winning ‘super-soap’ Gloss. Following the success of Gloss, Janice went on to produce Marlin Bay. In her subsequent career in television she has produced reality, lifestyle and arts programmes, been a General Manager of Communicado, a Network Commissioning Editor for TVNZ and produced international documentaries for Natural History NZ. Janice most recently directed Roger Hall’s Social Climbers at the Pumphouse Theatre, as well as Six
Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, a play she’d been wanting to direct for a decade