Our whānau

Our team

Giles Burton

Festival Director
With work in the UK (especially Edinburgh), Ireland, Czechia, Greece, Spain, Georgia, Hong Kong and, of course Aotearoa, Giles had a long history with fringes and festivals before becoming the director of Nelson Fringe in 2021.

Giles started in regional theatre in the UK as a stage manager and has since worked as a producer, lighting designer, production manager and pretty much every backstage role in theatre; even occasionally turning up on stage, despite being a truly terrible actor. He has also worked widely in corporate events in the UK and Hong Kong.

As well as working on the Fringe Giles is a director including, in Whakatū, four productions for Nelson Summer Shakespeare, as well as shows including Maungatapu, The Wairau Affray and The Man Who Was Thursday.

Giles also produced Nelson Buskers Festival and a number of other community events in the city.
Giles Burton, Festival Director, Nelson Fringe Festival

Jasmine Turner

Operations and Box Office Manager
Jasmine loves all things fringey.

Jasmine has been involved in Nelson Fringe since the beginning, when she presented shows in the 2015 and 2016 Fringe Festivals. She was then part of the Trust for two years before joining the Fringe as an integral member of the team.

Jasmine is a founding member and chairperson of Studio One Nelson Collective, as well as the manager of Nelson Showgirl Academy. She is well known and regarded in the national burlesque industry as a performer, host and producer.She has worked for various youth theatre initiatives across the top of the south and has a history in theatre , dance and event management. She currently works for the Theatre Royal Nelson and pops up at local festivals in managing and performance roles such as Te Ramaroa and for Nelson City Council events.
Jasmine Turner, Operations Manager Nelson Fringe Festival

Sarah Wilson

Marketing and Communications
2024 will be Sarah’s fourth Nelson Fringe Festival. She is absolutely committed to creating a space that local writers, performers, storytellers and dancers can explore – many for the first time – as well as seeing national and international talent in Nelson.

Sarah has worked in communications in Australia, UK and New Zealand on everything from start-up theatre troupes, budget short films and experimental fringe, to the pointy end of international rock stars, world-class opera, contemporary dance and avantgarde theatre. She’s worked for leading arts organisations including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre of Scotland. Sarah works with a range of local arts organisations including Te Ramaroa, Adam Chamber Music Festival and Make/Shift Spaces.
Sarah Wilson Marketing & Communications Manager, Nelson Fringe Festival

Nelson Fringe Arts Charitable Trust

Debbie Brooks

Jonathon Deans

Shanine Hermsen

Rose Leighton
Youth Into Governance

Jay Pierce

Miranda Warner 


Nelson Fringe relies on volunteers to help with the smooth running of the festival. Volunteers help with everything from selling tickets and ushering to helping decorate the venues and promoting shows.

More details and an application form will follow soon, please do join our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to get information as it comes to hand. You can also email volunteer@nelsonfringe.co.nz and we will get back to you when we have further information.

Sponsors & supporters

We couldn’t exist without out trusty band of sponsors and supporters – they’re all amazing. Here are all the heroes helping to put on the 2024 festival!