Jonathan Bielski

Artistic Director & CEO

Hailing from the Manawatū, Jonathan Bielski is a career arts administrator. Following work in cinemas, including at Auckland’s St James Theatre, in 1998 Jonathan was appointed to lead production and administration at The Edge (now known as Auckland Live), which included The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and the Aotea Centre.

In 2002 Jonathan joined Sydney Opera House as head of venue operations and relationships with resident arts companies before being appointed Director of Programming in 2010 heading up the Opera House’s strategy, administration and creative work across music, theatre, children & families, First Nations, education, dance and talks. Jonathan was Interim Chief Executive of Sydney Opera House for six months in 2012.

In March 2016 Jonathan returned home to work for Auckland Theatre Company on the opening of the ASB Waterfront Theatre. In June 2016 Jonathan was appointed Artistic Director for Auckland Arts Festival 2018-2020. 

Jonathan is a board member of Performing Arts Network of New Zealand. Previous industry leadership positions have included: Flying Fruit Fly Circus Australia (board), Auckland Theatre Company (board), Live Performance Australia (board), Australian Live Performance Industry Council (member) and chairing the Theatre Nominations Panel of The Helpmann Awards.

Jonathan Bielski commenced as Auckland Theatre Company’s CEO in July 2019 and became Artistic Director & CEO in July 2021.