Gus Sharp

Chief Executive

Gus has no artistic talent at all. Gus’ life is drab and dreary except for the CubaDupa weekend. Gus helps find the money and helps us do what we do. Gus has a history in music promotion and hospitality and used to be a lawyer in a previous life.

Drew James

Festival Artistic Director

Drew has extensive experience in the direction and delivery of large events. Drew has been the Artistic Director of ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival, Taranaki International Arts Festival, and WOMAD NZ. He is also the Senior Producer of Tour-Makers, New Zealand’s national performing arts touring agency.

Fiona Gunter-Firth

Programme Manager

A born and bred Wellingtonian Fiona has been involved in the arts all her life.As a youth she performed in theatre. Tertiary study in film and photography lead to 20 years contracting in the NZ film and Television industry in the Art Department. In the last few years Fiona has worked in Arts Management and has been a part of the CubaDupa Team since the first festival.

Miett Fear

Marketing and Development Manager

Miett has worked on CubaDupa since its inception in 2014 and for a number of arts and government agencies in NZ and overseas, including MED (on Rugby World Cup 2011), Wellington City Council, NZTE (New York), World of WearableArt, Auckland Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and Sydney Opera House. She was the council Project Manager for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King world premiere in Wellington.

Gerry Paul

Music Producer and Cuba Quarter Liaison

Gerry is a guitarist, songwriter, author, producer and spearfisherman and has played music at over 500 music festivals in 40 countries around the world and claims to have the best Paua Fritter recipe in New Zealand!

Hilaire Carmody


Hilaire is the behind the scenes thaumaturge weaving administrative glitter into the daily life of the office.

Natasha James

Technical Manager

Natasha James is a light designer and production manager who has worked throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Natasha has production managed multiple tours across Australia, including an 18 week tour of Jack Charles V the Crown, and toured award-winning dance and theatre shows throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada and the United States.


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