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Tim Gordon in Roger Hall's Four Flat Whites in Italy

Tim Gordon 31 Years on...

Tim Gordon —

Tēnā koutou katoa.

After leaving the St Bede’s Staff in 1985 I remained in Education and worked throughout the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses, travelling to the Catholic Schools using drama-in-the-classroom techniques to explore various topics in the Religious Studies Programmes. My passion for drama continued as a staff member of St Patrick’s College in Wellington, with a particular interest in Improv Theatre after being trained in the then new import from Australia, Theatresports.

In 1990, along with six other Professional Actors I was a founding member of our Theatre Company, The Improvisors, which is still running 30 years on. Our aim is to educate, to facilitate and to entertain. Our key clientele is the Corporate Entertainment market; hundreds of Improv Show Dinner performances, Murder Mysteries and character MC-ing has taken me on many national and international gigs. I worked often as a workshop facilitator, ran Team Building and supported Government Agencies by putting their potential job candidates through their paces by role play situations.

One of my great loves remains acting with a script appearing in many professional Theatre Productions particularly as a regular in any Roger Hall Production at Circa in Wellington.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to also work as a Film and Television Actor not only drama and comedy but also advertising anything from airlines, travel, food, telcos to, as age dictates, Funeral Insurance! If I was to identity just one of my most enjoyable roles it would be that of Graham Henry in the Rugby World Cup Film around Stephen Donald’s now famous Kick.

As years passed, I wanted to be fully immersed in family life and I moved from going on gigs to getting other actors work. Twenty years ago I started an actor’s agency, The Proactors, and today much of my time is spent as an Agent and mentor to actor’s struggling to create and maintain a career in the arts.

Bedeans have crossed my professional and personal life over the years - Rob Mercer who was always up for a drink at almost every Financial Conference I performed at, Matthew Stone whose son and my boy were School friends at St Pats; Michael Woodbury, a partner at Chapman Tripp who were major sponsors of the Wellington Theatre awards of which I was the Artistic Director and Producer for many years.

I’ve never stopped being Marist in my faith and my works. I now have a more direct link with St Bede’s as a member of the Society of Mary College Senate, a four-person team, along with Fr Brian Cummings sm, Geoff Bailey and Brian McGuiness. Our responsibility is to work for the Society of Mary’s Provincial, who is the Proprietor of SPC Town, SPC Stream and St Bede’s. Our role is to focus not only on the Colleges’ Property assets, their maintenance and financial sustainability but also on whether the Colleges’ unique and traditional Marist Special Character are actually fulfilling their purpose in the Mission of the Catholic Education.

In this role I get to come down to St Bede’s at least once a year to meet not only the College’s Board of Proprietors but also the Leadership Teams and a panel of selected Students.

The St Bede’s College campus and buildings maybe different to the pre-earthquake school of the eighties (my bedroom/office has now become part of the upstairs staff room) but I’m proud to be associated with the College where the Bedean Spirit is as deeply Marist as its founders intended it to be.

Ngā Mihi nui

Tim Gordon