Raymond Hawthorne

Deputy Governor Danforth

In 1955 Raymond became an actor with the New Zealand Players. Later he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London and worked in the United Kingdom for a further 13 years as an actor, singer, director and teacher. In 1971 Raymond returned to New Zealand to work at the Mercury Theatre and in 1974 instigated the formation of Theatre Corporate of which he was Director for eight years. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the National Opera of New Zealand and in 1985 he commenced his seven-year tenure as Director of the Mercury Theatre. Raymond directed the first Auckland Theatre Company production Lovelocks Dream Run and has acted and directed for the Company in the last 15 years.  Highlights include performances in Who Wants to be 100?, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, The Judas Kiss and Waiting For Godot. Auckland Theatre Company directing credits include Angels in America, Three Tall Women, The Herbal Bed, Julius Caesar, The Wind in the Willows, Cabaret, Into the Woods and Travesties. In the 2000 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Raymond was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to the Theatre.