In 2009, Rutene Spooner completed a Bachelor of
Performing Arts in musical theatre at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art. Rutene began
his professional theatre debut as an intern at Christchurch’s The Court Theatre in 2009. Since then,
Rutene has toured nationally and internationally for various theatre companies. He has appeared in
shows such as Anything Goes (2009), The Buddy Holly Musical, Grease (2012), Avenue Q (2013), La Cage aux Folles (2013), The Mikado (2014), and Oklahoma (2014). Rutene is a guest tutor and director at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, and sits on the advisory board as an industry rep for the Bachelor of Performing Arts. Rutene is new to the ATC
whanau and excited to play the role of Big Davey.
One day he would like to be the next Jim Hickey, and read the weather for the national news. Rutene is a represented by Kathryn
Rawlings & Assoc.