Kelly Hodgins

Besides starting Platform Interpreting NZ Kelly has been interpreting for nearly two decades. Kelly is New Zealand’s leading theatre interpreter having devoted much of her career to providing access to the Arts for the New Zealand Deaf community 

Since 2011, Kelly has been interpreting live theatrical shows as part of Auckland Live’s accessibility programme at both the Civic and Herald theatres; ‘Brothers Size’, ‘Calendar Girls’, RNZB performance of ‘Swan Lake’, ‘WICKED the musical’, ‘MAMMA MIA’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Singing in the Rain ‘,‘CATS’, Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Westside Story’, ’Matilda’, ‘Chicago’ 

'Aladdin', 'School of Rock'. 

She began working as a qualified interpreter on the stage in 2004 after graduating in 2002 and is the resident interpreter for Tim Bray Productions which play at the Pumphouse Theatre on Auckland’s North Shore. Kelly had the privilege of interpreting the 2012 Royal Jubilee performance of ‘Hairy Maclary’ for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Performances for Tim Bray Productions to date include but are not limited to; ‘Mahey Magic’, ‘The Ugly Duckling/The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘The Man whose mother was a Pirate’, ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, ‘Pippi

Longstockings’, ‘The Dragon of an Ordinary Family’, ‘Whale Rider’, ‘The Santa Claus Show’,

‘The Great Piractical Rumbitification’ and ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’.

Kelly has also worked alongside the North shore Musical Theatre Company – ‘Hairspray’, Silo

Theatre – ‘Tribes’ and the Auckland Arts Festival production of ‘The Mooncake and the Kumera’.

Her other notable platform interpreting work includes; Auckland City’s ‘Christmas in the Park’,

‘GLOW’, ‘StarJam Shows’, ‘NZ Attitude Awards’ , ‘An evening with Oprah’, Paul McCartney NZ Tour and Festival One. Kelly has been a regular interpreter for the annual ‘NZ International Comedy Festival’.

Interpreter Co-ordinator/Advisor


‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, 'Sunset Boulevard', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Beauty and the Beast', 



Auckland Art Gallery Tours 

Guerilla Girls 

Auckland Arts Festival 2019, 2018, 2017 (2016) 

In 2014 Kelly was awarded ‘Interpreter of the Year’ for her leadership, passion and professionalism and was especially acknowledge for her extensive work in the field of interpreted theatre