Meet the team
SIMPLE TRUTH THEATRE
To Simple Truth, live performance in its most raw and real form is pure and magical, it can start movements, draw crowds and effect change.
We believe storytelling - since drawings on cave walls- is and always has been an integral part of our society and well-being as humans, yet it is in danger of dying.
We want to make a change by instilling passion and hope for performance, theatre and the arts in both audiences and artists alike.
Our mission is to begin with youth, to help build the audiences of the future. We at Simple Truth endeavour to create a gateway into theatre that is accessible and relatable to wider society. Strip the story back to its heart and what do you get - theatre that is beautiful, that is simple and that is truthful. See what we did there?
As the sole female member, Rhian helped start Simple Truth Theatre alongside Taylor Griffin in 2015.
She has been working as Voice Tutor and guest director at Hagley Theatre Company in Christchurch for the past two years after moving down to have her beautiful son with fellow company member Tyler Brailey and will soon be relocating to Palmerston North with her family to begin some exciting creative endeavours.
Some of her credits include co-writing and directing Simple Truth’s Ruminations, co-directing and co-producing Simple Truth’s Bare, performing at the premiere season of the Pop Up Globe in Antony and Cleopatra, in Auckland Theatre Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar and in Proof at Te Pou Theatre; as Stage manager and Publicist of Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, as Producer of Dark Deeds festival, as Production manager of Manawatu Festival of New Arts, as director of Simple Truth’s tour of Unseasonable Fall of Snow, as producer and director of Simple Truth’s Project T; she has also travelled to America to learn from Double Edge Theatre Company and much more.
Taylor founded Simple Truth Theatre in 2015 alongside Rhian Firmin to bring their joined passion for theatre back to their home towns (and beyond.) While he primarily takes the role of artistic director for Simple Truth he is an accomplished Actor. Between projects for Simple Truth he has had multiple roles on stage and screen, having worked for both Auckland Theatre Company and appearing on Shortland St. Yet even through this Simple Truth Theatre is where his true passion lies.
Tyler has always been an entertainer and took up acting on stage as a teenager. He came to be a part of Simple Truth Theatre through his connections to both Rhian and Taylor and because he wanted to be a part of what they were trying to build as a Company. He comes alive in front of an audience and is often referred to as the life of the party. Since graduating Unitec in 2015, Tyler has credits that include acting in the inaugural season at the Pop Up Globe, working with Auckland Theatre Company, an acting appearance on Shortland Street and more. Tyler relocated to Christchurch with partner Rhian Firmin to raise their first child and has recently been dabbling in the vibrant stand-up comedy scene in Christchurch.
Rob joined the Simple Truth team while in his final year at drama school as an assistant producer.
Originally from Wanaka in the South Island he moved to Auckland to pursure his love for theatre and the arts. Since graduation he has worked in a variety of roles and projects, including ATC's Here & Now 2018, Alice. Working for one of our past sponors, Wendell Property he has also started making makreting videos for properties and the company!
Now one of the four minds behind Simple Truth he has co-produced and tour managed the High School Tour of Miranda Harcourts' 'Verbatim', co-produced and tour managed the High School Tour of Gary Hendersons' 'An Unseasonable Fall of Snow' and our upcoming project for 2020.
Rob also runs most of our digital marketing and formatting, designing education packs and websites alike.