We are seeking an experienced tutor to join the current staff delivering the Bachelor of Design (Stage & Screen) and eventually to run our new set and props diploma course.
I reference my training at Toi constantly. The acting course gave me confidence, technique and stamina that have served me on every set and in every rehearsal or audition room I have walked into.Brooke WilliamsOutrageous Fortune, Spartacus, The Almighty Johnsons, The Shannara Chronicles
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Heather Timms is the Director of Actor Training at Toi Whakaari. She has worked as a director, theatre maker and educator nationally and internationally (including UK, Africa, Australia and Asia). Heather recently trained with Joan Scheckel, the prolific US filmmaker, acting coach and creator of The Technique. Heather brought her work with Scheckel into her sessions with the Toi Whakaari first year actors while they worked on a block called Actor in Action. This is the second of four blocks across the first semester of Year 1 looking at foundational actor craft. We asked Heather about this work and her approach to actor training.
As of 2017, Toi Whakaari will no longer be offering the New Zealand Diploma in Entertainment Technology because of NZQA’s Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ) that has made all certificate and diploma qualifications national qualifications.
The result of the TRoQ review is that there are now a number of new national entertainment and event technology qualifications in level 3, 4 and 6.
Brita McVeigh is a renowned acting coach, directing coach and script editor, she has worked with Taika Waititi, Robyn Malcom and Bret McKenzie to name a few. Earlier this year Brita worked with the Year One actors on a three week block we call Actor and Instinct. This is the first of four blocks across the first semester where we lay down foundational actor craft. While she was here we sat down to talk to her about the practice inside Actor and Instinct.
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Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road
+64 4 381 9251
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
PO Box 7146
Wellington South 6242
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Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre (home of Toi Whakaari) is hugely exciting and alive, with high, cathedral-like ceilings. You are entering one of the best performance training facilities in New Zealand.
Toi Whakaari shares Te Whaea with the New Zealand School of Dance and the building is purpose built as a centre for teaching performing arts. Large and modern, with state of the art facilities, Te Whaea is located in Newtown on part of Wellington’s ‘green belt’ nature reserve, five minutes drive from the heart of the city and has ample parking.
Te Whaea was previously the Winter Show Buildings in Newtown Wellington.
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