Our Board and Team
Meet the People Behind the Work
Performing Arts Charitable Trust is governed by a board of Trustees made up of our founding members and local representatives of different aspects of the Performing Arts community. These Trustees oversee the strategic direction of the organisation as well as assessing the grant applications we receive.
Quintin Brake - Chairman | Founding Member
Quintin brings an outside view point to the performing arts. He was born and raised in Rotorua, where he still resides with his wife Rebecca and has three children. He is one of the founding members of Lakes Charitable Trust, with his wife being the other.
Quintin brings a business view to the charity having held director status within multiple companies. Having gained his Registration as an Electrician in 2004, he held supervisory and management roles within the industry for 8 years before starting his own company in 2012 while furthering his studies with an Electrical Inspectors qualification and Graduating with a Diploma in Architectural Technology. Quintin currently works full time for a local Electrical Tutoring firm in Rotorua.
Rebecca Brake - Treasurer | Founding Member
Rebecca has always had a passion for the Arts and her dream has been to set up a company that provides performing arts opportunities for the community.
Dancing since the age of 4, Rebecca became an assistant teacher for a local dance company. Throughout her years of training, she also competed nationally in dance competitions and this led to teaching private lessons to students who also competed around New Zealand.
Rebecca is RAD Ballet trained and a registered JDNZ and NZAMD teacher.
Always successful with Drama and Speech Making, Rebecca won the Rotary Speech Competition and came second in the New Zealand National Lions Speech Competition. Rebecca was also a recipient of the Geyser Community Foundation Speech New Zealand Scholarship.
She completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Auckland focusing on Child and Adolescent Psychology, and then a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at Waikato University. This gave her the skills to utilise what she has learnt to teach and inspire youth.
For over 7 years, Rebecca has worked in Secondary schools teaching Drama and Dance. During this time she has helped students gain Dance Scholarships, National Titles and entry to prestigious Dance Academy's.
Rebecca has performed in many productions singing, dancing and acting, and has choreographed shows such as Rotorua Musical Theatre's ‘Fang’ and ‘High School Musical’. She has also had the privilege of choreographing the Military Tattoo hosted in Rotorua.
Rebecca is looking forward to this new venture and creating a love of the arts here in this beautiful city.
Helene Nicholson - Secretary |Trustee
Helene’s passion for the performing arts started at a young age. After high school she completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in the Creative Industries at Auckland University of Technology.
Moving down to Rotorua in 2013 she has been manager in charge of conference and events for one of Rotorua’s major 4 Star hotels.
Helene has been an active member of Rotorua musical theatre since 2016 and has also assisted in John Paul College’s production of Into the Woods. She has also volunteered at Rotorua’s Dancing with the Stars helping with stage management.
Ian Pirrie - Trustee
Ian is an accomplished musician who has been playing guitar for over 15 years. A graduate of Excel School of Performing Arts, Ian is regularly active on the local music scene, performing many genres including rock, blues and folk.
He has a passion for creativity through music, and loves how music can give anyone, regardless of age or experience, the ability to connect with others and express themselves. He is keen to share that passion.
Ian is available to teach many popular music styles in electric, acoustic, ukulele and bass guitar, catering to his student's taste and goals, and looks forward to helping others gain the lifetime joy of becoming skilled and proficient musicians. He also mentors the LPAC bands, giving students real world experience in showcasing their talents.
Natasha Benfell - Deputy Chair/Trustee
Proud to call Rotorua her home, Natasha has spent her life here raising her family and helping to grow her husband’s business.
She has a keen interest in the performing arts and manages to find the drama in any situation. She has been involved in many different Musical Theatre Productions over the years. Shrek Jr, Madagascar Jr, Buddy Holly Story, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Mystery on the Orient Express and the up coming show Lion King Jr to name a few.
Having served as the President for the Rotorua Musical Theatre for 8 years it has given her the valuable insight into what it means to foster the arts within the community.
Her passion is working with youth and encouraging self-confidence, storytelling and exploring imagination. She has performed on stage in a number of shows for Rotorua Musical Theatre, including Back to the 80s, Bad Girls, Stepping Out, Fang, The Buddy Holly Story and now finds joy in Directing and production management. She is looking forward to collaborating with Rebecca and Lakes Performing Art Centre to ensure that the performing arts not only survives but thrives.
Krystle Holder - Trustee