Lester McGrath

Chief Executive

Lester has led Auckland Theatre Company since 2007, working with the team to transform the Company into one of the leading performing arts organisations in New Zealand. 

His career in the performing arts has seen him work in both the commercial and subsidised sectors in New Zealand and abroad.  He successfully spearheaded the exceedingly ambitious challenge of raising $36.5 million to build the ASB Waterfront Theatre which opened in October 2016.

Lester’s vision for the ASB Waterfront Theatre has been steadfast in his commitment to build a theatre that will delight generations well into the future; a theatre to provide long term sustainability of the performing arts industry and a jewel in the Wynyard Quarter crown.