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Celebrating Collaboration & Individual Ambition

Directors are artists. They interpret plays and initiate new work. Directing is a process of distillation, part science and part instinct. As the cultural landscape of this country unfolds, directors have a unique opportunity to guide, stimulate, provoke and question.

The Master of Theatre Arts in Directing (MTA) is a two year (or three or four year part-time) post-graduate programme taught jointly by Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and the Theatre Programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

The MTA aims to equip the student with a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of directing whilst at the same time developing the essential skills of leadership and collaboration. Students will develop and articulate their own unique artistic style and vision in ways that will enable them to work in a variety of contexts and environments.

  • The ability to direct every aspect of theatre production
  • Development of the visual imagination
  • Understanding of a variety of approaches to acting
  • An understanding of text analysis and dramaturgical process
  • The ability to manage a career in the theatre, including knowledge of marketing and publicity practices
  • An understanding of design and technical production
  • Research ability and knowledge of historical and theoretical approaches to theatre directing
  • A bicultural perspective on arts and cultural policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Download more information about the MTA, including details of our graduates

Directing students benefit from working alongside students of performance design, acting, entertainment technology, performing arts management and costume construction as well as academics. Through sharing premises with NZ School of Dance, student directors may also be able to collaborate with contemporary dance students.

Check out what the MTA students are directing here.