Sasha joined the Conch at the end of 2015, after 6 years as General Manager/Side-kick to Jim Moriarty, Artistic Director of Te Råkau Theatre. Of Samoan and English descent, Sasha was born and raised in Porirua alongside her 8 siblings. With a hunger for performance and debating, Sasha’s passion for theatre and its ability to provoke and challenge its audiences has been a long standing passion. Sasha’s drive has taken her into working with youth-at-risk in a number of residential care and lock-up facilities, and with homelessness managing the Wellington City Mission’s Drop-in centre.
Alongside her passion for Producing, Sasha is an artist in her own right. In 2012 she started her own company Jandals Inc which gave her the space to begin testing the kind of work she wanted to create alongside other like-minded practitioners. This testing included the formation of the Measina Festival, partnering with Tupe Lualua’s Le Moana pacific dance company, to create an annual platform for emerging pacific artists in Wellington. In 2017, Sasha took on the role of Narrative Director on Taki Rua’s Tiki Taane Mahuta which toured Nationally, and most recently assisted Conch Artistic Director Nina Nawalowalo with her work on The Magicians and in development work House of Bernarda Alba.
Since beginning with The Conch, Sasha has produced Marama, which premiered for the Auckland Arts Festival, the 9 city National Tour of The White Guitar, and many Conch Youth, Advocacy and Corporate events. Sasha is the Producer for the Conch’s upcoming work The Naked Samoans Do Magic, with this job being a highlight of her career. “With a work of this size, there is automatically going to be massive learning. This scale is rarely achievable for us in New Zealand, so when you get the opportunity to be involved in a project like this, it’s a blessing”