Dorothy Winstone Centre


The Dorothy Winstone Centre

The DWC is a centrally located theatre with 795 seats, on site parking, and full backstage facilities including dressing rooms and green room. The theatre belongs to Auckland Girls' Grammar School,  built in 1988 and named in honour of Dame Dorothy Gertrude Winstone.
It is available for hire and is versatile to suit almost any event and budget. We suggest that bookings are made at least six months to one year in advance to secure availability.



The theatre is a 795 tiered-seating amphitheatre style auditorium. The stage is a sprung  stage covered with  black Vero dance flooring suitable for many purposes. It can be hired either on a half-hire basis of 353 seats for more intimate events (Monday - Thursday), or on a full-hire basis for the full 795 capacity.  Public parking is normally available for up to 150 cars, at gates 2 and 4.  DWC Documents and Gallery provide photos and site plans. 

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Stage Sound

Full concert PA sound system is provided by a flown Line Array system and Subwoofer, DVD/CD Player and 32 channel Digital Mixer Console. If the mixer is used our resident sound technician must be hired to operate. Should an external sound technician be approved by the Theatre Manager, a bond of $500 must be paid by the hirer in advance.

However, it is mandatory the hirer contracts directly our preferred technician (see DWC Contacts) when full sound is hired, to ensure you get the best results.

Equipment available
01 - Behringer X32 Digital Mixing Console
10 - RCF HDL-20A Line Array system                                   Sound System DWC
03 - RCF HDL-18A Flown Subwoofer 
01 - RCF HD-12A Point Source Speaker 
01 - Behringer S16 Digital Stage box
01 - Yamaha DCP 4V4S Basic Control
01 - Yamaha MTX-3 Matrix Processor
01 - Lapel wireless mic Sennheiser EW 112

02 - Handheld wireless mic Sennheiser EW 135
01 - Shure MX418S Lectem microphone
02 - AKG dynamic microphones
02- SM58 microphones
04 - Mackie SRM450 monitor speakers (self-powered)

Stage Lighting

Full stage lighting is available together with  Cuemaster II 72 channel control board.  It is mandatory the hirer contracts directly our preferred technician (see DWC Contacts) when full lighting is hired, to ensure you get the best results.

The lighting plan is available for download from DWC Documents.  

Equipment available
lighting-board01 - Cue Master II 72 channel lighting desk (for full lighting)
01 - Theatre Cue Master 48 channel lighting desk (for basic lighting)
05 - Theatrelight Portable 12ch dimmer packs
02 - Distros 12 inputs 
50 - ParCans 64 (black)with lamp, clamp and safety wire
18 - Selecon Fresnels 1kW
06 - Selecon PC 1kW
10 - Selecon Pacific spots 1kW
13 - Chauvet Colordash Hex 12
08 - Chauvet Colordash Par - Quad 18
06 - Selecon ZS1200M
13 - CE Fresnel 1.2kW
03 - Fresnel 650W
02 - Aurora Cyc Lights 4x1kW
03 - Acclaim Groundrow Cyc lights (3x500W)
04 - Aurora single Cyc lights (CYC1T)
01 - Strobe light
01 - 16" Mirror Ball and Rotator
05 - Pinspots with lamp and plug
03 - Thom ODW 500W working stage lights
16 - Turtles (20TURTLE)
07 - Gobo holders
14 - Assorted gobos

01 - Cyclorama cloth 9.1m x5m


Projector & AV

Equipment available

01 - Epson EB-L1300UNL 
          Light source Laser
         Resolution WUXG
         Lumens 8,000
         Aspect  ratio - wide screen (16:9)
         Lens Shift (powered) Vertical +67%; Horizontal +30%
         Zoom 1.6 x Optical (LM08)
        Lens Middle throw ELPLM08

  • Image sizes available 3.9m-5.3m allowing a full 'backdrop' projection on our new cyclorama
  • Lens shift and Zoom/Focus - motorized control via remote control

01 - Electric Screen 250, dimensions 3365mm high x 5385 wide (size of screen can be reduced in height)
01 - Kramer switcher & scaler with: DVD, Camera, VGA & HDMI inputs (VGA @ stage level; DVD, Camera, VGA & HDMI @ both Lighting and Sound booths)
01 - Denon DNV300 DVD/RW

Canon logo

  Our grateful thanks to Canon NZ for sponsoring the theatre's projector. 

Stage / Backstage



Stage dimensions are 16.5m wide x 6.5m deep with circa 3.5m of wing space either side. There are two levels of upstage tabs, but no front tabs (curtains).   This is an open proscenium stage. All black curtaining are on rails, and can be adjusted to your stage framing requirements.
The stage plan is available for download in DWC Documents.  

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Theatre Hire

Includes: Non-performance time (2hrs), Performance time (4hrs), Safety Officer (6 hrs), Normal Cleaning (2 hrs), Parking, Public Liability insurance, includes GST.  Limited on-site parking is available in accordance with the school's needs.  Contact the theatre Manager - Alicia Hall for full details and bookings.


Mon - Thurs

Fridays & Sundays


 Half Hire (353 seats) $950

Full Hire (795 seats) $1,250

Full Hire (795 seats) $1,400

Full Hire (795 seats) $1,700

Booking deposits is 25% of estimated total hire: Half hire circa $450  
Full hire circa $600-$900. Multiple days hire 25% of total hire


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