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.
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is pleased to announce Lydia Peckham as the recipient of the prestigious Museum Art Hotel Scholarship in 2016. The second year acting student was nominated by fellow students, and selected by Toi staff in consultation with Dawn Sanders from the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ).
Trinity Treasures is a one-stop shop for all things cosplay and helped 2nd year costume construction student Christina Lunn with materials for her major work this year – featured in our annual Costume Showcase.
Toi Whakaari graduates and students have been hard at work on Peter Jackson’s recently opened Great War Exhibition in The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum. Design graduates Ivy Urquart, Chris Connolly, Helen Stanbridge and Rob Edwards and Directing Graduate Calvin Petersen along with current students Jasmine Shadbolt and Charley Draper have contributed to the realisation of this astonishingly detailed work.
The exhibition is billed as ‘telling the story of the transition from horse to machine and how this industrialised, mechanised, attritional form of warfare had a profound effect on the societies dragged into the devastating carnage”. Miniature models depicting Allied forces adapting to trench warfare shown in intricate detail are of special interest.
Our second year actors have been working with our guest director and Goethe-Institut New Zealand artist in residence, Uta Plate, on a workshop performance called ‘Run For Your Life’. This workshop performance, based on experiences from the participants and using movement and drama techniques, tells the story of society and its rigidly set rules, through the eyes of the individuals within that society. Stories about the madness of our everyday lives; how we perceive others as obstacles, who must be weakened and how young people have to struggle to survive… and what happens when we become tired of those struggles.
The starting point for our exploration: What was, or what would be, your biggest failure, your biggest mistake? There will be an opportunity for discussion after the performance.
This term we are delighted to have the Performance Designer Francis Gallop with us here at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Francis is a designer and occasional writer and director based in Edinburgh. His particular enthusiasms are for new writing and site specific performance. Notable works have included Inferno, a labyrinthine staging of Dante’s epic with a cast of 60 through the bowels of Glasgow, and Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden, an adult fairytale that unfolded across seven acres of landscaped woodland.