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Kaiārahi Tohu Paerunga – Head of Post-Graduate Studies
April 20, 2023
Job Description:

Toi Whakaari is seeking an experienced and inspirational performance practitioner/academic with authentic knowledge, practice and skills in the field of decolonisation to lead the newly accredited Masters of Creative Performance Practice.

Toi Whakaari/The New Zealand Drama School

Toi Whakaari is one of New Zealand’smost exciting cultural and teaching organisations. From our whare standing on whenua in Te Whanganui a Tara, we celebrate a whakapapa that spans more than 50 years of nurturing arts talent through discipline specific training in Aotearoa. We develop independent practitioners who are creators, innovators, and initiators. Our graduates are some of the leading voices within the creative sector both nationally and internationally.

About the position

We invite applications from academics and practitioners for the newly established role of Kaiārahi Tohu Paerunga (Head of Post-Graduate Studies). This position is responsible for delivering thelearning and qualification outcomes for the initial and ongoing delivery of Toi Whakaari’s newly accredited Master of Creative Performance Practice. This exciting new role involves co-ordination of teaching, supervision of practice-based thesis projects, the mentoring and motivating of staff in teaching and research activities and the ongoing development of innovative learning and teaching curriculum resources and methodologies across the kura.

This role requires an experienced academic who is active in their own research/scholarship/creative practice and continues to build their research portfolio, with the capacity to lead a programme of learning that champions practice-based research and epistemological decolonisation, delivers high quality learning experiences, and supports engaging and effective course provision for Master’s thesis students.

The ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate strong strategic and pedagogical vision to help realise this aspirational new programme. Advanced understanding of practice-based research in scholarship and/or professional fields of performance practice is essential, as is active practice as an independent researcher and creative practitioner. Contribution to uplifting and enhancing the research kaupapa at Toi Whakaari is a key element of this role,in support of Toi’s strategic vision to advance decolonisation within the kura and beyond. The successful applicant will be expected to grow an authentic understanding of research as coincident with knowledge generation and scholarship based on indigenous values, oral traditions, and non-Western worldviews.

The successful candidate would be required to teach into the following courses:

·        Research Methodologies for Creative Performance

·        Decolonizing Creative Contexts


About you
The ideal candidate:

·        has a PhD or equivalent in relevant creative discipline

·        has experience and knowledge in decolonisation

·        has experience teaching within practice focused institutions

·        is an experienced researcher

·        has a connection to industry through their creative practice


How to apply
Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 15 May 2023 . Please include a cover letter, CV and description of how you meet the skills and experiences detailed above.


Shortlisted applicants will be required for an interview on Friday 19th May.

To apply or for further information and/or a job description please contact us via the 'Enquire' button below.

Applications Close:
May 15, 2023
EOI for Teaching Roles
November 25, 2022
Job Description:

Toi Whakaari is seeking expressions of interest for potential ongoing and casual teaching opportunities within our various departments from experienced professionals and educators.

Some current areas of interest include:

· Production technologies

· Set and props construction

· Production design

· Software skills aligned with production and design

· Financial management

· Indigenous movement practices

· Directing

· Screen crafts

To Apply

All interested applicants are encouraged to register their interest, express their area(s) of expertise by emailing a copy of their CV and a cover letter as part of the EOI process to

Applications Close: