Toi Ora has welcomed Susanne Ritzenhoff to the team as Director. Susanne has been privileged to combine her passion for the arts and people. Most notably she led the development of Q Theatre, has worked with Youthline, Lifeline and was a General Manager at Presbyterian Support Northern.
She is also the Director of Creative Pathways, providing consultancy services for education and fundraising.
Susanne is a vision-focused leader with a range of experiences dedicated to mental and physical health. Susanne couples her ability to foster collaboration by providing safe environments and leading positive social change.
“I’m looking forward to working with Toi Ora’s staff and stakeholders to continue developing Toi Ora as a creative space. I see great value in engaging in the arts whether as an artist or audience. The arts are deeply connected with our wellbeing and Toi Ora provides a creative space for communities to connect.
"When working in theatre I always felt a successful evening was when audiences walked away motivated to make some change in their lives. Having had some profound experience in this myself, I understand that the magic happens in the moment. We can’t plan for the magic, but as leaders of creative spaces we can create the space and conditions to allow the magic to emerge.”
The Toi Ora community welcomes Susanne and looks forward to working with her.