LAF aims to:
Create and present new New Zealand works.
Contribute to development pathways in Christchurch.
Provide performers, directors and writers with devising and rehearsal space and performance opportunities.
Teach diverse theatre and performing arts disciplines.
Provide a high quality theatre environment for touring shows to present their work.
Provide Christchurch audiences with a diverse range of opportunities to see high quality local and touring shows.
Support the Circus and physical theatre community. Christchurch and LAF have a rich circo arts legacy.
Provide the community, organisations and businesses a venue for events, exhibitions, presentations and workshops.