Why come to Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School?

Because you have passion and courage to explore it.
Because you have the rigour to train with the best.
Because you have questions to ask and something to say.
Because you want a place in this demanding industry.

Toi Whakaari provides talented people with the skills to apply their imagination and intelligence to a rewarding career in the performing arts. We aim to galvanise the creativity of all students and provide them with the skills of their craft so they can effectively tell stories from their own experience as well creating the future stories of Aotearoa – and the world.

Our School is at the leading edge of theatrical collaboration in New Zealand and embraces the talents of designers, directors, technicians, actors, managers, costumiers, playwrights, film makers, dramaturgs and scholars.

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Take a look at our calendar:

Term Dates for 2015

General information for students in 2015

Closing dates & application forms for our courses for entry in 2016:

Friday 14 August 2015:

Bachelor of PERFORMING ARTS (Acting)
Application Form (Acting)

Friday 25 September 2015:

Application Form (Costume)

Application Form (ET BPAM)

Bachelor of PERFORMING ARTS (Management)
Application Form (ET BPAM)

Bachelor of DESIGN (Stage and Screen)
Application Form (Design)

To apply for entry in 2016 you will need to complete the appropriate application form and send this Reference Form to two people who will act as your referees.

Email apply@toiwhakaari.ac.nz for more info.

Courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provision of the Education Act of 1989. All courses have been approved by the Tertiary Education Commission for the Student Allowance and/or Student Loan.

Check your eligibility for financial assistance through www.studylink.govt.nz
Learn more about changes to Student Loans and Student Allowances from 1 January 2011. Read about options for funding your study.

Why Toi Whakaari?

All you need to start a successful film or theatre company can be learned at Toi Whakaari – and if you are chosen to attend our School you will be surrounded by others who share the same passion and have complementary skills.

Whatever you are studying, you will work with and be taught by professionals of the highest calibre. These professionals have distinguished careers and are also outstanding educators who bring with them learning from a range of international theatre and film backgrounds.

We are passionate, not only about your training, but about challenging and extending your career options. Our graduates work. Practical career training is central to all our programmes and Toi Whakaari’s graduate network continues to support you after you enter the profession.

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