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Te Whaea Theatre
The main theatre in the building is the major performance venue for Toi Whakaari and NZ School of Dance productions. The 422m2 black box theatre with fully rated walk on 6.5m high grid is also used as a performance venue by touring theatre and dance companies and is fully functional with seating blocks, lighting grid, curtains and sound system.
In block end-stage configuration Te Whaea Theatre seats up to 200 people. There are many different configurations available as the seating block is modular, however any alteration to the end-stage layout will incur an extra charge. The grid and basic lighting equipment are included in the hire charge. Two dressing rooms just off the Theatre are also available with a capacity of up to 20 people per room.
The Basement Theatre
This small studio theatre is a 450m2 bare concrete space held up by eight pillars. It has a separate sound and lighting box and some very basic bars to hang lights upon at about 2.5m high. Hirage does not include seating. Access to The Garage is through a truck dock roller door.
The Basement Theatre is available principally for the Master of Theatre Arts students as a training, rehearsal and performance space. However it is very occasionally available for hire.
There is a small 114m2 public theatre in the basement of Te Whaea. Lighting and sound can be operated from out in the corridor, although there is no grid.
Students and graduates of the School often use the SEEyD Space for coöperative productions. The SEEyD Space is available for casual hire at certain limited times during the year.
Drama One Studio Theatre
This drama studio can be used by theatre and dance companies to stage a variety of small productions. It is 287m2, completely rigged for lighting and has a sprung floor and a practice mirror. Hirage includes blacks, and for a small extra charge a seventy person seating block is also available. This studio is also an ideal rehearsal space for larger productions.
Other Drama Studios
There are two other large drama studios available for casual hire (one 220m2 and the other 277m2). Both have sprung floors and practice mirrors. For smaller rehearsals or meetings there are four smaller (31m2 to 36m2) studio spaces available – two with bare floors and two that are carpeted.