Craig Cooper has worked in the Australian and New Zealand arts sectors for over twenty-five years in a variety of roles. As a producer and programmer he worked at Sydney Opera House, Christchurch’s Court Theatre and more recently as head of the arts development programmes at Auckland Live as associate Director Arts Programmes.
In the festival sector he directed both Taranaki and Christchurch Festivals and led the establishment of Auckland Fringe as a founding board member.
Craig also has extensive experience in the strategy and funding sector, working as a Senior Advisor at Creative New Zealand (New Zealand Arts Council) and with local councils as an arts consultant and cultural development officer and assessor.
Craig’s work now has an international focus as head of the Arts Programmes at Asia New Zealand Foundation.