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.

Made up of Lydia Zanetti and Helen Sheehan, Zanetti Productions is fast becoming one of the most recognised and respected producing companies in New Zealand. In 2017, Zanetti Productions is producing a plethora of esteemed national and international artists in New Zealand and overseas including Rose Matafeo, Tessa Waters (AU), Victor Rodger, Binge Culture Collective, Trick of the Light, Eleanor Bishop, Julia Croft, James Nokise and Donna Brookbanks, as well as major cultural events such as Auckland Fringe and the Auckland Theatre Awards.

Historically, Zanetti Productions has also worked with Michael Parmenter (Insolent River: A Tango), Chris Parker (No More Dancing in the Good Room) and Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu (The Black).

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.