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Toi Whakaari announces 2018 Toi Film directors

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Toi Whakaari is proud to announce the three directors for Toi Film 2018: Briar Grace-Smith, Chelsie Preston Crayford (also an Acting graduate of the school) and Armagan Ballantyne. We celebrate the rich story and filmmaking practice all three of these female filmmakers come from.

Over the past five years, the Toi Film programme has grown in ambition and the 2017 films, (directed by Florian Habicht, Michelle Savill and Jonathan King) premiered to great acclaim at Wellington’s Embassy theatre in November last year.

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Text Lab

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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?’

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Hashtag Toi Grads Work

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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”.

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

Term Two comes to a close

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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.

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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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