All Posts By

Toi Whakaari

Erik Thomson (centre), Cian Elyse White (right) and Anna Julienne (left), celebrate 800 Words' success at the NZ TV Awards.

Grads in the News

By | News | No Comments

The year is almost over and, while we have celebrated the achievements of this year’s graduates already, our alumni continue to shine in their high-profile careers. In recent weeks, it seems you can hardly go for a day listening to RNZ without hearing from a Toi Whakaari graduate and newspapers, websites and awards ceremonies have been full of them too.

Let’s start with the Wellingtonian of the Year awards, announced this week at Te Papa. Two Toi Whakaari graduates were nominated in the Arts category with 1990 Acting grad Hone Kouka taking out the top honour pipping 1984 Acting grad Miranda Harcourt at the post. Hone was nominated for leading the Kia Mau Festival of Māori, Pasifika, International Indigenous Dance and Theatre.

Read More

Text Lab

By | Acting, Costume, News | No Comments
In Term 3, our first year actors collaborate with first year costumiers on a project we call “Text Lab”. Scenes from Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie are worked on with the direction of Director of Actor Training, Heather Timms, and Toi Acting and MTA graduate Erina Daniels.

The actors learn about building character and developing an approach to working with a classic text. A key question for them is, ‘How do I approach a text for performance when the world and words are not my own?’

Read More

Hashtag Toi Grads Work

By | News | 2 Comments

There is so much graduate activity to celebrate this term: great productions on all over New Zealand. (We hope we don’t accidentally miss anyone out.)

Firstly to Dunedin where the Fortune Theatre Company presents Sondheim’s Into the Woods: Bryony Skillington (2007) as the Witch – “stupendous performance… one of NZ’s most spell-binding actors”; Frith Horan (2013) as Grannie – “delicious”; Josh Cramond (2015) as the Wolf – “but it is as a hilariously goofy Cow that he is really irresistible”; Julie Edwards (1989) is Jack’s mum – “one of the most engaging stage personalities you will ever see” and Peter Hayden (1973) “of the velvet voice”.

Read More

Production shot from the 2017 Toi Whakaari term two production, Black Confetti, featuring Logan Cole.

Term Two comes to a close

By | Featured, News | 2 Comments

And just like that – what seems like only moments since we left Manutuke and Marae Noho at the end of Term One – Term Two is also over.

It has been an extremely busy one for the school. Term Two holds two externally focused productions as well as several other major pieces of collaborative work that makes powerful demands on students and tutors alike.

Our two productions – The Antigone Sound and Black Confetti – closed on Wednesday night after heroic production processes and a great response from audiences, especially large groups from local schools.

Read More

Toi Whakaari welcomes 2017 Toi Film directors

By | News | No Comments

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.

Read More

Back to School for 2017

By | News | No Comments

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.

Read More

Term One, Week Zero

By | Management Blog | No Comments

On the first day we started with a welcome in the morning for our returning students, then an audience discussion with the makers of a Fringe show after lunch. The conversation of the day has been about process, connection and working practice.

The returning students and staff reconnect after some time apart over summer. We all prepare for the year ahead by thinking about what tone or flavour we as a collective group want to show during week one, when we are joined by 45 new students.  We are thinking about the working culture and what we individually and collectively can build.

Next week starts with a pōwhiri for our new students. In the arts management department, the work it takes for people to work to their best is at the core of many of the principles. We will be thinking and seeing and testing how this welcome works to orientate the new students to us. It is also a read out of where we are at as a wider school group, and the work ahead.

First day selfie – Lisa Maule

Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) - 2016 Graduating Class: (l-r) Ana Scotney, Batanai Mashingaidze, Valeria Mendoza-Davis, James Gordon, Grace Bentley, Tyler Wilson-Kokiri, James O'Donovan, Georgia Pringle, Ryan McIntyre, Lydia Peckham, Francesca Berge, Samuel Austin, Ella Gilbert, Ellie Neal, Ariadne Baltazar, Will Moffatt, Kalisha Wasasala, Tom Clarke

2016 Graduation Class Photos

By | News | No Comments

Two weeks ago we waved goodbye to our 2016 graduate classes in Acting, Management, Design, Costume, Entertainment Technology and Directing.

We wish them well as they start the next chapter of their careers. We will miss them.

Click below for more photos…

Read More