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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Term Dates for 2016

General information for students

Application process and closing dates for entry in 2017:

*** Applications for entry in 2017 are now CLOSED ***

The application process involves completing an initial Online Application Form* and then submitting a completed Applicant’s Supplementary Information Form. All applicants are also required to nominate two referees who must then complete our online Reference Form. These forms must be submitted before the closing dates listed below.

Closing dates for applications:

Friday 12 August 2016:

Bachelor of PERFORMING ARTS (Acting)

Friday 30 September 2016:


Bachelor of PERFORMING ARTS (Management)

Bachelor of DESIGN (Stage and Screen)

International Students also need to complete and submit the above mentioned forms (and tick ‘International Student’ where appropriate). NOTE: Australian citizens and Permanent Residents are classed as DOMESTIC students in New Zealand. We will be in Sydney on Saturday 30th of July holding auditions and interviews, contact drama@toiwhakaari.ac.nz for more information.

For general information about applications email apply@toiwhakaari.ac.nz

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.

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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I was blessed with a fantastic mix of tutors and students, friends and adversaries. It was as difficult as it was inspiring and it was this team of people that helped forge a perspective that is unique to me and makes me valuable. I did this long before I ever worked on a movie or went to Hollywood. 

Cliff Curtis (Te Arawa/Ngati Hauiti)The Dark Horse (2014), Fear the Walking Dead (2015-), Risen (2016)