To help celebrate 10 years of Costume diploma graduates, Lynn Freeman from RNZ National’s Standing Room Only programme visited Toi Whakaari to talk to head of course Kaarin Macaulay and second year student Monique Bartosh about the the future of costume in New Zealand.
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 who 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.
One of New Zealand’s foremost leadership development specialists, Suzi McAlpine, has launched a scholarship, The Leader’s Digest Scholarship, providing a unique opportunity for leaders to attend Ruku Ao - a ground-breaking collaborative leadership programme provided by Toi Whakaari.
Everyone at Toi Whakaari would like to congratulate senior acting tutor Jonathon Hendry on his appointment as the new artistic director of Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre.
Toi Whakaari is honoured to announce a new award for the top acting graduate in 2015. The first Berywn Gibbons Award was presented to Ella Hope-Higginson by Berwyn’s daughter Rosemary Gibbons.