Summer Intensive 2014

The Toi Whakaari Summer Intensive offers an immersive week-long professional educational experience, combining fun, experiential, interactive workshops with direct, practical learning.

9am – 4pm, Monday 27 – Friday 31 January 2014.

Whatever your previous experience, Summer Intensive offers a focused environment where participants are alternately pushed and encouraged to polish their craft.

This is a great chance for you to galvanise your own creativity and further your skills and learning surrounded by other passionate collaborators.

Summer Intensive is suitable for those 16 years and older.

2014 Programme

Summer Intensive is a series of workshops to give young actors practical skills in performance. This is an opportunity to experience working with tutors and graduates from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and is ideal for students considering training at Toi in the future. Each morning will begin with a one hour group session – koiwi – to share your work and warm up for the day.

Each day will feature a class in either – Voice, Play, Screen work, Audition technique or Building Creative Work.


Each day of will start with a Koiwi session. Koiwi is a place where skills, ideas and practice are tested, applied and challenged. Koiwi means bones – the framework of a body. We have found that working like this more quickly establishes an environment of trust and aspiration in which true creativity can flourish. Koiwi will include a warm up and group singing. It will be taken by the following tutors:

Koiwi - Holly Chappell and Tom Eason founded Original Scripts Youth Company and worked with them on new devised work. OSYC devised For Real, which travelled to Wellington and Auckland Fringe festivals, receiving a nomination for Best Newcomers. Holly graduated with a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari and Victoria University and Tom has a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting from Toi Whakaari. They are currently developing another work for performance in early 2013 in Christchurch. Holly is also a trained high school teacher.


Dates: 9am – 4pm, Monday 27 – Friday 31 January 2014

Cost: $500

Suitable for: 16 years upwards


Download a Summer Intensive Booking Form



Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.

There is ample parking at Te Whaea and several bus routes are very close by. There is an onsite cafe at Te Whaea, which will be open between 9am and 3pm. The Nola Millar Library will also be open and available for browsing.

We are located just south of the central city between Massey University’s Wellington Campus and Wellington Hospital, at the top of Wallace Street & John Street. Our building is sometimes identified as the former Wellington Show Buildings. We are only a short walk – 25 minutes from Central Wellington up Taranaki and Wallace Streets.

Wellington has an excellent public transport system of trains and buses. We are a short 10 minute bus ride from central Wellington Cuba/Courtney quarter, and about 25 minutes by bus from the Central Railway station. The no. 10 and 11 bus go right past our door from Wellington Railway, and central city. Use the Metlink website to plan your journeys –

If you are visiting Wellington this website may be valuable


Wellington has a number of very good backpackers hostels including :
Wellington YHA –
Base Backpackers –
Nomads –

There are also several motels nearby – Wallace Court is the closest.

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