Nō Kānata / Turtle Island ōku tīpuna.
I tae mai ōku whanau ki Aotearoa i te tau 1979.
I tipu ake au ki Taupō-nui-a-Tia. E noho ana au ki Te Whanganui-a-tara.

I'm a second-generation NZer, who grew up in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa with Canadian parents. I spent my adolescent years in Taupō but formed more of my identity in Wellington.

How I got where I am today

Having grown up in Aotearoa post the Education Act 1989, the world I knew began as more inclusive, where everybody was allowed to go to their local school, rather than being segregated into institutions.

As a first gen digital native I gravitated towards wanting to study digital media. But after slowly meeting more scenographers realised I liked world and community building in the physical where people share breath and connect in a slightly different way.


My chosen family is made up of people who like to question, rock the boat by challenging and adapting current structures, and present and share excellence.

What grounds me?

Going deep into the bush, getting lost within a city, touching water, eating yummy foods while making funnies or debating the ridiculousness.

Big J – A New Legacy

Artform: Dance / Theatre

Development Status: Tour Ready

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Opening up his life and heart, Jacob Dombroski invites you to step inside his whare, champion those around you, and rewrite your destiny to share the love. This is a story about strength, whānau and dreams. This is about the perceptions we put on others, and how we look back into our own pasts to see where we collectively need to go together. This is Jacob’s truth.

Since covid cancellations in 2020, this work has been redeveloped with a possible lighter configuration as well as the addition of possible club nights - See Futureclub

Creative Team and Crew

Written & Starring: Jacob Dombroski
Director: Rose Kirkup
Performance Design: Rowan Pierce
Producer: Nic Lane

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Previous Seasons

2023 Big J – A New Legacy, Hamilton, 2-3 March
2023 Big J – FutureClub, Christchurch, 25 Feb
2023 Big J – A New Legacy, Wellington 18-28 Jan
2020 Big J Stylez PANNZ, Auckland, 11 March
2018 Big J Stylez Herald Theatre, Auckland, 4-7 July
2018 Big J Stylez Te Auaha, Wellington, 6-10 March (NZ Fringe Festival)
2017 Studio 77, Wellington Development Season 22-23 February

Future Club

Artform: Dance

Development Status: Tour Ready

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Creative Team and Crew

Jacob Dombroski
Rose Kirkup

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Previous Seasons

Tiny Fest - Ōtautahi

The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market is New Zealand's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector.

Auckland, New Zealand
Mar 13 2023 To Mar 16 2023