WHAT WILL YOUR TOI STORY BE?

Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School

 

RUKU AO

New Zealand’s most innovative leadership programme

 

TOI ACTING

The most successful acting course in New Zealand for almost 50 years

 

TOI DESIGN

The only stage and screen design degree in New Zealand

 

TOI MANAGEMENT

A broad foundation for a fulfilling career

 

TOI COSTUME

The only course in New Zealand specialising in costume construction for stage and screen

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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New Zealand’s leading specialist tertiary education provider for the performing arts

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Keep up with Toi students, staff and grads

The first wānanga for Ruku Pō

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Ruku Pō is a leadership initiative that dives (ruku) into the potential of ‘subjective’ engagement, as an effective response to the chaotic, complex and as yet unknown (pō) ‘objective’ challenges of our time.

The Ruku Pō programme, divided into six wānanga, is based at Manutuke Marae and draws on the specific indigenous frames of the tangata whenua, Rongowhakaata, to explore marae approaches of ‘meeting’ including; formal orientation, reading the core of context of place, and aligning action while maintaining the deeply indigenous perspective of ‘wholeness’. The key is enabling difference to be met and revealing the potential of group. Participants are guided to lead and translate these approaches through testing in their own work contexts.
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Toi Whakaari welcomes 2017 Toi Film directors

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Toi is pleased to announce that this year’s Toi Films are to be helmed by three celebrated Kiwi directors: Florian Habicht, Jonathan King and Michelle Savill.

Every year, Toi Whakaari students collaborate with screen industry professionals to produce a suite of new short films: showcasing the talent of the student body and giving those students professional-equivalent experience on high quality productions.

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Back to School for 2017

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The 2017 school year is well and truly under way with our new students welcomed at an emotional pōwhiri at Te Whaea yesterday. Week One of term is an important period for us as we settle teina (new students) in to the school, get to know them and our second years get used to the role of tuakana (or older siblings) taking on more senior roles.

Click below for a gallery of images from the pōwhiri.

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Contact Us

Addresses, phone numbers, email and a map

STREET ADDRESS

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road
Newtown
Wellington 6021
New Zealand 

EMAIL

General Enquiries
drama@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

PHONE

+64 4 381 9251 

POSTAL ADDRESS

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
PO Box 7146
Wellington South 6242
New Zealand 

Key staff list

Christian Penny Director
christian.penny@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

Heather Timms Director of Actor Training
heather.timms@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

Lisa Maule Senior Tutor – Production
lisa.maule@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

Emma Ransley Head of Design
emma.ransley@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
ddi: +64 4 381 9244

Kaarin Macaulay Head of Costume
kaarin.macaulay@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
ddi: +64 4 381 9247

Kris Wehipeihana Nola Millar Library Manager
library@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
ddi: +64 4 381 9218

Dan Slevin Marketing & Communications Manager
marketing@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
ddi: +64 4 381 9238
mob: +64 21 442 989

Craig Atkins School Registrar
craig.atkins@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
ddi: +64 4 381 9211

For application & student enquiries, please email apply@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

For visits and workshop enquiries, please contact Sascha Perfect at workshops@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

Venue Hire

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.

Space is occasionally available for hire when not in use by the Schools. Click here for information on spaces and costs.

To enquire about venue bookings please contact reception@tewhaea.org.nz