Zanetti Productions presents innovative and ground-breaking creativity, with a focus on SUPPORTING work that invigorates social change, celebrates otherness and sends audiences out into the world with a spark in their heart.

Led by Lydia Zanetti, Zanetti Productions has quickly established itself as one of the most recognised and respected producing houses in New Zealand.

In 2017 alone, Zanetti Productions had 21 opening nights, 11,177 bums on seats, $188,193 in ticket sales and over 30% of their audiences floating in international waters. This highlights the effect Zanetti Productions has on the industry in New Zealand, and the outreach it is facilitating to the world. Lydia has been to Edinburgh Festival Fringe across the last four years - including as a producer of 3 shows and associate producer on 3 more.

In 2018, Zanetti Productions is producing a plethora of esteemed national and international artists in NZ and overseas including Julia Croft (If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming and Power Ballad); Trick of the Light's The Road That Wasn't There; Eleanor Bishop's Jane Doe; Julia, Eleanor & Karin McCracken's Body Double; Tessa Waters (AU); Anya Tate-Manning & Isobel MacKinnon's My Best Dead Friend; Stella Reid & Jane Yonge's The Basement Tapes; Wilson Dixon; Johanna Cosgrove’s Aunty; as well as major cultural events such as Auckland Fringe. International tours include to Imaginate, Battersea Arts Centre, the Blue Room at Perth FringeWorld, Singapore Fringe and Summerhall at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Historically, Zanetti Productions has also worked with Michael Parmenter, Victor Rodger, Rose Matafeo, Binge Culture, James Nokise, Donna Brookbanks and the Auckland Theatre Awards.

 Lydia Zanetti & Helen Sheehan Photo: Andi Crown Photography

Lydia Zanetti & Helen Sheehan
Photo: Andi Crown Photography

Helen Sheehan joined Zanetti Productions at the beginning of 2017 as a producer, providing support to the full programme of works produced by Zanetti Productions, as well as working on projects including Auckland Fringe and national and international touring.

Prior to joining Zanetti Productions, Helen worked for four years with Silo Theatre, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary theatre companies, starting as the Ticketing and Programme Coordinator, and working her way up to the role of producer within the company. Helen's background in performing arts includes completing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, as well as working in arts education roles at the Auckland Arts Festival and TAPAC.




Lydia Zanetti is an Auckland based producer, publicist, choreographer, production manager and arts activist. She runs her own productions company Zanetti Productions and is the director of Auckland Fringe festival.

In 2016, she has worked as a producer at Auckland Live, Production Manager for the Undisciplining Dance Symposium, Venue Manager of the Festival Garden for the Auckland Arts Festival 2016, Producer for Show Pony’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme as well as producing three highly successful seasons - Rose Matafeo’s Finally Dead; KIKI feat. Victor Rodger’s PUZZY and Michael Parmenter’s Insolent River: a tango.

In 2015, she was honoured to be chosen as the Producer in Residence at the Basement Theatre and was awarded a place on the Momentum programme to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Prior to that she has worked as a publicist for Elephant Publicity and Artistic Director of Short + Sweet Dance.