Pathways to Q

Q has four pathways to help make your goal of presenting your story at Q possible.

Below you can find out how Summer at Q, Auckland FRINGE Festival, MATCHBOX and stand-alone seasons feature at Q, along with whether or not Q is a good fit for you, what support you can draw on, and how to apply.

Summer at Q


Summer at Q Imagery Collage - Q Theatre

Images: Before Karma Gets Us (2024), Sirens of the Silver Screen (2024), She's Crowning: Rebirth (2023), Skin Hunger (2023)

Summer at Q is our annual curated festival framework during February that anyone can apply to be part of. We offer packaged rates for content that is around 60 minutes, with most shows being double billed. Successful applicants are supported by an umbrella marketing campaign, delivered by the Q team. Keep an eye out later this year for Summer at Q 2025 applications to open! For more information about Summer at Q, click here.



Yorick Rehearsal - Matchbox 2018 - Q Theatre

Previously known as “Q presents”, MATCHBOX is a very sought-after opportunity for mid-career artists to work with Q in a Joint Venture framework, by co-presenting a season in Q Loft. MATCHBOX is a rare and highly desired pathway, as there are so few opportunities in the industry for mid-career artists and independent companies. 2023 marked a pivotal change for MATCHBOX, as we received enough funding from Creative New Zealand to be able to pay each of the artists and creatives involved, rather than each show seeking out funding individually.

Q supports MATCHBOX seasons by providing funding, marketing support and opening night hosting, along with tactical and emotional support along the way from Q’s team. 

Each year, successful applicants from the process are offered dates to present their work at Q. For more information about MATCHBOX, click here

This year's MATCHBOX show, Our Own Little Mess, is on sale now. Click here to learn more about it! 

Auckland Fringe Festival

Please note: Q Theatre will not have any Fringe programming at our venues this year, however, we encourage you to stay up to date with the 2024 festival - click here for more information. Auckland Fringe is a feistily independent open-access arts festival that runs annually in Tāmaki Makaurau. Fringe used to be part of SAQ in February, but in late 2021, the Fringe dates officially changed to September. Mark your calendars, because this year's festival will take place from 1 - 22 September 2024. 



Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice-cream - Q Theatre

Stand-alone productions have the luxury of exclusively hiring Q. Most of our hirers in this category have received funding from CNZ or other funding bodies, and they include major professional theatre companies and well-known established festivals. The rest are often independent artists or companies, who put in an initial inquiry or pencil in dates that are “funding dependent”.

For more information about stand-alone productions, please email:

Kate Ward-Smythe
Programme Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Hōtaka

You can also complete and email through our Expression of Interest Form:

Note: to fill out the Expression of Interest form, please download it, then open it via your downloads folder before filling it out. Filling it out in your browser tab may lead to losing your work.