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We have renamed the postponed 2020 Celebrations
• The Fiftieth Anniversary of Theatre New Zealand – formerly NZ Theatre Federation.
• The Eightieth Anniversary of TheatreFest – the One-Act Play Festival System.
Theatre New Zealand (est. 1970) is the successor to both The British Drama League (est.1932) and The NZ Drama Council (est. 1945). Representing Community Theatre in Aotearoa.
The TheatreFest Finals 2021, will feature an extended number of Theatre Workshops for both youth and adults alike, combining with the 2020+1 National Celebrations as signified above at,
Te Whaea, Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.
An invitation to all theatre groups and schools to attend an exciting and invigorating weekend of theatre.
Theatre NZ’s TheatreFest National Final, National Hui, AGM, Workshops & Master Classes
17, 18 and 19 September 2020
Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre,
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
Hosted by the Wellington District Theatre Federation
Friday 17 September, 7.00pm – 9.30pm Workshops
Devising & Structuring Your Production: How To Collaborate Successfully
Workshop A - for young actors; tutor Dr Sally Richards
Workshop B – for teachers/directors; tutor Lara Macgregor
Saturday 18 September
10.00am – 1.00pm: National Hui “Cultural Diversity in Community Theatre and Education”.
The discussion will be led by: Nathan Hoturoa Gray, Rawiri Paratene ONZM, Murray Lynch ONZM and Tupe Lualua.
1.30 – 4.30pm: Master Classes [please note these are master classes, not participatory workshops].
Master Class C - Scenography: The Symbiotic Relationship of the Visual Aspects of Theatre - tutor Dr Sean Coyle.
Master Class D - Understanding the Art of the Director/Actor Relationship from Audition Day to Opening Night - tutor Lara Macgregor.
7.00pm: Mihi/Official Opening of TheatreFest National Final
7.30pm: TheatreFest National Final - Session One
Sunday 19 September
9.30 – 10.00am: Theatre New Zealand AGM
10.30 – 11.00am: Association of New Zealand Drama Adjudicators AGM
11.30 – 12.00am: Speech Communication Association AGM
1.30pm: TheatreFest National Final - Session Two
5.00pm: Awards Ceremony and Poroporoaki
To book places on the workshops and masterclasses, to attend the Hui and to book tickets for either or both sessions of the TheatreFest National Finals, please complete and submit the Registration Form at the following link: https://forms.gle/Y6hm7ywJ7LPWH5LV6
Theatre New Zealand provides a national link between people who are interested in theatre.
There are thousands of people working in theatre societies, schools, youth theatres and other organisations throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand. You can become involved with others who share your vision, passion and commitment to theatre.
Our objectives are:
- to promote New Zealand theatre.
- to encourage high standards in all aspects of theatre including performance, production, staging, design and writing.
- to foster the appreciation and study of theatre.
- to act as a national consultative and advisory body in all aspects of theatre.
- to conduct or arrange courses, workshops, festivals or competitions on any aspect of theatre.