Alister has worked in the theatre industry nationally and internationally for more than twenty-five years, both on stage and behind the scenes. Including stints with The NZ National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) and Canberra Youth Theatre. His theatre skills include; directing, lighting design, sound and set design, dramaturgy and playwriting. He holds a Masters in Arts Theatre Practice in Directing and has taught theatre making at both University and secondary school level. Having returned to Nelson, NZ at the start of 2014, by day Alister currently teaches Drama, by night he is the Artistic Director ofDuck Bunny Theatre and satirical playwright. His recent plays include The Fridge and Ed Sheeran tastes Like Chicken, a play about the plight of the Maui’s and Hectors Dolphins which debuted at the Nelson Fringe Festival and was shortlisted for the PlaymarketPlays for the Young.
ALISTER EMERSON was the winner of the PANZ Outstanding Achievement Award 2019.
Alister’s play Six Polar Bears Fell out of the Sky This Morning was performed at numerous venues internationally as part of 2019 Climate Change Theatre Action.