Sitting Pretty
Music. Theatre. Food. Conversation.





Kate launched Sitting Pretty at the end of 2018 to promote her events. Sitting Pretty also produces shows for different theatre collectives & individuals. Kate is interested in new works primarily in theatre, music and comedy. Sitting Pretty focuses on supporting diversity in storytelling & performers.

NZ music fan, food lover & all round eager local-talent-supporter, Kate Barnes has been cookin’ up ideas since ages ago. Her main claim to fame is that in 2015 whilst working at Q Theatre, Jacinda Ardern called her “the face of Q”, so she held onto that as her unofficial job title (crediting Cindy) the entire time she was there! Before being immersed in the performing arts world, Kate was maitre d’ at some of Auckland’s busiest restaurants. Hospitality is in her blood as she grew up working with her parents at their vineyard restaurant from a young age.

2019 started with a bang for Kate when she did her debut DJ set – NZ Party Playlist. Kate’s first event on her own as Sitting Pretty was a free event over both Friday’s in Auckland Fringe. Kate also performed in both the opening and closing parties of Auckland Fringe.

In June this year, Kate launched her first full length event as part of Basement Theatre’s winter season. Kitchen Table Sessions is a live talk show with cooking, comedy & music bringing together people from around Auckland.

2018 was a busy year for Kate - working with Smoke Labours Productions on Twenty Eight Millimetres, written by award winning playwright Sam Brooks and directed by Sam Snedden as part of Auckland Pride. Closely followed by Wigging Out starring Tom Sainsbury & Hamish Russel as part of Auckland Fringe, which sold out their season. She also provided producers assistance for A Brisk Wind Down Twin Oak Drive created by Phoebe Mason. In August she produced I, Will Jones at Basement Theatre, written and performed by Eamonn Marra and directed by Adam Goodall.

Kate produced Lookout as part of Auckland Fringe 2017. Kate worked with international artist Andy Field (London curator, artist and writer, one founder of Forest Fringe) to bring his work Lookout to New Zealand. This was a site specific work performed on the top level of the Civic Administration Building involving 16 children from Newton Central School. Lookout won the 'Spirit of the Festival' award at Auckland Fringe.


  • Annie the musical, National Youth Theatre Company 2019, Assistant Stage Manager

  • Kitchen Table Sessions, Basement Theatre 2019 - Producer, creator & host

  • NZ Party Playlist, Auckland Fringe 2019 - DJ

  • I, Will Jones, Basement Theatre 2018 - Producer

  • A Brisk Wind Down Twin Oak Drive, Basement Theatre 2018 - Producer

  • Wigging Out, Auckland Fringe 2018 - Producer

  • Twenty Eight Millimetres, Pride 2018 - Producer

  • The Effect, Q Theatre's MATCHBOX Season 2017 - Co-producer

  • Lookout, Auckland Fringe 2017 - Producer

  • Legacy Project 3. Pride 2017 - Co-producer

  • Hook-Up Boys, Basement Theatre 2016 - Co-producer

Head shot by Sarah Graham.