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Stuart Devenie


Stuart Devenie

Stuart Devenie MNZM’s Biography

Last Updated:
28/05/2024, 10:43 am
Arts Foundation Laureate 2010
Stuart Devenie is one of New Zealand's most accomplished actors with a theatrical career spanning over three decades. He has directed and acted for every major theatre company in the country and is also an experienced male voice artist.

Stuart Devenie's theatrical and television career stretches back to his first performance as Mr Dungbeetle in The Insect Play at age twelve in Hastings. For over three decades now he has played leads in New Zealand, in many well loved plays and television drama, working everywhere from Kaitaia in the North to Riverton in the South.

Stuart has always had a strong interest in training and teaching, and the development of new New Zealand playscripts. He was a founding member of Circa Theatre in Wellington and has been an Associate Director at The Court Theatre in Christchurch and Artistic Director at Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North. He had a stint as senior drama tutor at the New Zealand Drama School, directing the graduating students in Ten High Stories (a programme of New Zealand short stories).

Stuart has taught at the Northland Polytechnic, at Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School, as well as numerous workshops for primaray, secondary and University classes. He was a member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority which promulgated the unit standards for Drama.

Stuart has directed Hobson's Choice, Side by Side by Side by Sondheim, The Philadelphia Story Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Cold Turkey and The Learner's Stand for Court Theatre. Also at Court he has made acting appearances in Song Trilogy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arsenic and Old Lace, Madam Butterfly, Treasure Island and Larnach.

He has performed the lead in many Auckland Theatre Company productions including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hatch, Disgrace, Caligula, The Talented Mr Ripley, Ladies Night, Middle Age Spread, Take a Chance on Me, Copenhagen, Serial Killers, The Cripple of Irishman, Twelve Angry Men, Uncle Vanya, Molly Sweeney and The Atrocity. He has also directed a number of the Company's plays including The Orderly Business of Life and The God Boy.

Stuart has also appeared in many roles in numerous television dramas including Street Legal, Mercy Peak, Spin Doctors, Jack of all Trades, Hercules, Market Forces and Willy Nilly. He appeared in the German/New Zealand co-production feature film Te Rua written and directed by Barry Barclay (Laureate) and Brain Dead, the Peter Jackson Zombie-splatter movie.

Stuart is also one of the top voice-over artists with lead roles in many radio dramas and voicing top brand campaigns for New Zealand radio, television and cinema.

Stuart received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2010. He lives in Auckland.