Ephemeral Theatre was founded by Amy Atkins in 2017. Ephemeral means “lasting for a very short time” – temporary, brief, or transitory. It reflects Amy’s passion for fleeting, playful, and socially charged art.
Amy continues to grow the company into one that inspires, educates, and engages audiences of all ages in creative art events, festivals, performances, and workshops for social change.
With a focus on the impermanent, Ephemeral Theatre strives to create short-lived experiences with effects that linger well after an audience has left the venue.
Amy’s passion for theatre and the arts grew from a young age. Winklepoo – a fierce female pirate – was her first stage role with Tall Poppies Collective in Joy Cowley’s play Pick a Pack of Pirates.
Most recently Amy created two bespoke devil masks and one devil puppet for The Soldier’s Tale a collaboration between New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Amy is an accomplished creative artist as well as an actor.
In 2019, Amy completed the John Bolton Theatre School. This theatre training intensive focuses on the Lecoq pedagogy. Amy also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Studies with Massey University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management, Event Management with WelTec.
Amy trained and worked as an associate speech and drama teacher for three years with Tall Poppies Drama Collective in Palmerston North. She holds an Advanced Associate Diploma in the Teaching of Speech and Drama with Speech New Zealand.
Amy grew up in Papaioea Palmerston North and now lives in Te Whanganui-a-tara Wellington where she works part-time with Circa Theatre.
**The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 – Amy was last Police Vetted July 2021**
Awards & Nominations
Nominated Most Promising Emerging Company, New Zealand Fringe, 2019 (period.)
Best Original Script and Solo Production, Regional Theatre Awards, 2018 (period.)
Best Performance in a Short Play, Regional Theatre Awards, 2018 (period.)
Outstanding Female Performer, Palmy Fringe, 2018 (period.)
Massey University & Palmerston North Writer of the Year Award, 2015
Headshot by Holly Neill Photography.
Theatre shot ‘Edward from Cloud 9’ by Sy Taffel