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Friday 28 July 2006
Royal New Zealand Ballet appoints new General Manager
The Royal New Zealand Ballet has appointed Amanda Skoog as its new General Manager.
Amanda left New Zealand as a teenager to pursue a career as a classical ballet dancer,
touring Europe extensively before accepting a position with English National Ballet where she
met her husband Matz - the Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet from 1996 to
Amanda has worked in arts administration for the past 15 years. She was an education officer
with English National Ballet, and was the Development Manager at London’s Design Museum,
and then the Assistant Director at Central School of Ballet with the late Christopher Gable.
She has a post-graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from City University, London.
In 1996 Amanda returned to New Zealand when her husband became the Artistic Director of
the RNZB, and was appointed Executive Director of Dance Aotearoa New Zealand. She was
also a member of the Creative New Zealand Dance assessment panel.
Returning to the UK five years ago, Amanda established the web-based company toi toi,
gorgeous objects from New Zealand, selling New Zealand applied arts, and currently is the
Visitor Services Manager at the new Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
“I am honoured and thrilled to be offered the position of General Manager for the Royal New
Zealand Ballet. I never dreamt that such an opportunity would come my way. I only hope I can
do the job justice and successfully build on the many achievements of my predecessor, Sue
Paterson,” says Amanda.
“The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to have attracted Amanda back to New Zealand and
we are confident she will compliment the continued growth of the company,” says John Maasland,
Chairman of the RNZB Board.
For more information pleae contact Susana Lei’ataua
RNZB Communications Specialist (04) 381 9018 or 021 848481