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 at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 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).


Photo by Andi Crown Photography

Photo by Andi Crown Photography


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.

Contact: lydia@zanetti-productions.com


Helen Sheehan divides her time as a producer between Silo Theatre and Zanetti Productions. Beginning as a Ticketing Coordinator at Silo Theatre three and a half years ago, Her role is one of producorial support to the full programme at Silo as well managing the patrons and schools programmes.

Helen joined Zanetti Productions at the beginning of 2017 as a producer, and will be working on projects including Auckland Fringe and national and international touring.

Helen's background in performing arts includes completing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, as well as working in education roles at the Auckland Arts Festival and TAPAC.

Contact: helen@zanetti-productions.com