Our Mission:
our reason for being

From grass roots to tall shoots

To produce and perform high quality improvisation theatre and provide a supportive environment for developing performing artists and showcasing world-class talent. 


Our Vision:
what we want to achieve

To create more fun, laughter and creativity in the community to help make a more vibrant and passionate world. 

The Covert Theatre started off as its own venue at 84 Karangahape Road in Auckland, New Zealand from April 2001 - 2005. The 50-seat venue with a fully licensed bar was the brainchild of Wade Jackson. It then shifted its productions for a short time to the Classic Comedy Bar until establishing itself at the Musgrove Studio at the Maidment Theatre. The Covert is currently looking for its own fulltime venue. Stay tuned!


In the beginning…

Wade Jackson founded The Improv Bandits in 1997, a group that still performs today. In 2000, as a pre-cursor to the Covert Theatre company he produced a season of improv at the SiLO Theatre (now The Basement) and this cast become the founding group of the Covert Theatre, which was officially established in 2001.