who we are

Magdalena Aotearoa


The Magdalena Aotearoa Trust was established in 1997 by Sally Rodwell and Madeline McNamara. In 1994, they took their show Crow Station to the Magdalena Festival in Cardiff, Wales; their experience of this festival and the dynamic, multicultural structure of the Magdalena Project inspired them to expand the network into Aotearoa and the South Pacific.

The aims of the Magdalena Aotearoa Trust are:

  • to encourage and promote the work of women in the performing arts;
  • to create the artistic, training and economic structures to enable women in theatre and related art forms to practise their craft;
  • to encourage innovative individual and collaborative projects in the performing arts;
  • to encourage the use of, respect for and knowledge of diverse theatrical forms and performance events to express the political and cultural realities of the many different groups of women in Aotearoa;
  • to set up a programme of workshops and performance events to enable more women to acquire the confidence and skills to take the initiative and create work situations for themselves;
  • to establish a network of women artists both nationally and internationally;
  • to be guided by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in promoting an active working partnership between Maori and tauiwi women in all of the Trust's work (the word "tauiwi" denotes all those, other than Maori, who have settled in New Zealand);
  • to host festivals that promote the above aims;
  • to do any other act within Aotearoa that advances the above charitable aims.

Who we are

Trust Members
Madeline McNamara, Lisa Maula, Helen Varley Jamieson, Dale Ferris, Jessica Sutherland and Lilicherie McGregor.

Founding Directors
Sally Rodwell and Madeline McNamara

Newsletter and web site
Helen Varley Jamieson

Julie Lamb and Associates

Magdalena Aotearoa Trust
PO Box 27-300
Marion Square
New Zealand

Phone/fax: 64-4-905 4233



AGM 2005

AGM 2005


AGM 2002

AGM 2002


Trustees, 1999

Trustees, 1999