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Toi Whakaari acknowledges the loss of graduate costumier Sylvia Gilbert-Potts

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October 30, 2021

Toi Whakaari Pop-Up Vaccination Centre

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October 30, 2021

Toi Whakaari COVID Update 8 September 2021

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September 8, 2021

Toi Whakaari will open under COVID Delta Alert level 2 conditions from 9 September 2021.

Toi Whakaari creates Festival of Work in Development to celebrate the next generation of curious disruptors

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June 10, 2021

Student artists are presenting works in development and in any form they choose, with commitment and courage, at Toi Whakaari’s FWD Fest from 22-24 June 2021.

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School 2022 Student Applications Are Now Open

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May 21, 2021

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā waka, e ngā hau e whā. Nau mai, haere mai, ki tō mātou nei kura. Applications for 2022 students to attend Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Aotearoa’s prestigious performing arts tertiary training organisation, are now open.

Forging an Arts Career: Jacob Rajan

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May 4, 2021

Jacob is a playwright, actor and founding partner of Indian Ink. He is currently rehearsing for his latest tour - Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream and took time to answer our grad Q&A.

Helen Todd joins Toi Whakaari Design staff

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April 14, 2021

Introducing our newest member of staff - Helen Todd! Internationally acclaimed New Zealand lighting designer Helen Todd has joined the Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Design staff this year to guide and support the Bachelor of Design students through their various projects this year.

Forging an Arts Career: Victoria Gridley

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March 11, 2021

Some of my highlights have been designing and making costumes for a hit kids musical extravaganza called the Glitter Garden that premiered at Circa Theatre in 2020. I made armour for Mulan at Weta Workshop. I’ve worked on other movies such as the Merger and Mortal Engines...

Cosplay Masterclass with Legendary Weta Sculptor and Costumier Sanit Klamchanuan

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Marketing

time

March 8, 2021

Come get your 2021 Armageddon cosplay, costume or comic inspired fantasy fashion ready with our Con Crunch – a two day construction masterclass with legendary Weta Workshop sculptor and costumier Sanit Klamchanuan (Thor: Ragnorok, Mulan, Power Rangers, Ghost in the Shell, Thunderbirds Are Go).

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY - Covid 19 Level 2 update

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Tanea Heke

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February 28, 2021

We have been advised by Government that Wellington will be moving to Level 2 for seven days from 6am, Sunday 28 February. Toi Whakaari remains open at Level 2.

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY - Covid 19 Level 2 update

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Tanea Heke

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February 14, 2021

We have been advised by Government that Wellington will be moving to Level 2 until Wednesday, 17 February. Toi Whakaari remains open at Level 2.

Brian King Retires

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February 4, 2021

While we will miss his keen eye for design, passion for live theatre and soothing demeanour, Brian King will leave Toi Whakaari staff after 10 years to enjoy his well-earned retirement this February.

Forging an Arts Career: Darien Takle

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time

February 1, 2021

Darien Takle was in the first intake of drama students at Toi Whakaari in 1970, completed an upgrade degree in 2006 and is now proudly celebrating 50 years in the business as an actress, singer, writer, director, and drama teacher.

Dr. Sean Coyle joins Toi Whakaari Staff 2021

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December 17, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School announces Dr. Sean Coyle as the Head of Department of Design and Performing Arts Management.

Toi Whakaari Director receives top Creative New Zealand Award

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time

November 30, 2020

The 2020 Te Waka Toi Awards last night announced Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Tumuaki/Director, Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi) as the recipient of the 2020 Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi Making a Difference award.

World Premiere Screenings of three 2020 Toi Whakaari-produced films

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Marketing

time

November 3, 2020

Toi Film is Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School’s annual world-premiere screening of short films created by graduating students in collaboration with some of Aotearoa’s top industry professionals.

Forging an Arts Career: Daniel Wilson

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time

November 2, 2020

Toi Whakaari students take many different creative pathways after they graduate and we wanted a space to celebrate these rich, varied and sometimes unexpected arts careers. Our second article is by Daniel Wilson.

Toi Whakaari Students Manifest A Cabinet Of Curiosities

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Marketing

time

October 21, 2020

Fourteen of Aotearoa’s newest makers and designers manifest a series of works across their diverse practice for your viewing pleasure.

First-Year Toi Whakaari Acting Students Go Solo

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Marketing

time

October 19, 2020

The first year actors at Toi Whakaari create their own original solo works, with total freedom over form, content and style. This explosion of live performance sees 21 exciting new artists take the stage on their own terms bringing their voices to audiences without apology.

He poroporoaki ki a Keri Kaa, a farewell to Keri Kaa

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Sunny Amey

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October 12, 2020

Keri devoted much of her life to the development of Māori / Pakeha relationships. No one did it better.

Forging an Arts Career: Molly-Rose Chetwin-Kelly

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Marketing

time

October 7, 2020

Toi Whakaari students take many different creative pathways after they graduate and we wanted a space to celebrate these rich, varied and sometimes unexpected arts careers. Our first article is written by Molly Rose.

Memories of Laughton Pattrick at Toi Whakaari

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Robin Payne

time

October 7, 2020

Laughton Pattrick was a force in Aotearoa’s Cosmos of Creativity, and he leaves an indelible mark on Toi Whakaari.

Destruction triumphs in Toi Whakaari end of year show

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Marketing

time

October 6, 2020

Playing the system means playing the game, in this world where the fresh and beautiful are hot commodities.

Toi Whakaari graduate Margaret Sydenham wins 2020 Show Me Shorts Best Actor Award

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October 5, 2020

Toi Grad Ahi Karunaharan is a 2020 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Sir Roger Hall Theatre Award

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September 30, 2020

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui Ahi!

Toi Whakaari Students Co-Create Musical Harmonic Tree

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Marketing

time

September 28, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Set & Props students have helped create a new musical artwork that will be installed and played by live musicians at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, 29 September to 11 October.

Top industry experts join forces with Toi Whakaari for workshop series

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Marketing

time

September 22, 2020

Some of Aotearoa’s top industry experts will be bringing their skills to a series of summer workshops at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.

Māori & Pasifika Information Evening

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Marketing

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August 31, 2020

Calling all Māori & Pasifika prospective performing arts students – nau mai haere mai ki Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

Costume Showcase 2020 brings magic to Wellington

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Marketing

time

August 19, 2020

Join us for a sensational celebration of costumes,characters and creativity.

A message from Director, Tanea Heke regarding COVID-19

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Tanea Heke

time

August 12, 2020

Level 2 means Toi Whakaari remains open and we continue with our increased level of safety and hygiene measures. As per the Government Alert Level 2 we now reintroduce social distancing and limited numbers at gatherings, hand hygiene, staying home when sick and tracking movements.

Toi Whakaari Film WORKSHOP at Venice Film Festival.

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Marketing

time

August 3, 2020

Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School congratulates 2019 graduate students on the acceptance of short film, WORKSHOP into competition at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Toi Whakaari Double Bill Season Reopens BATS Theatre

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Marketing

time

July 28, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School reopens BATS Theatre in August with a sensational Double Bill season that will leave you wondering what went on during lockdown.

Toi Whakaari Graduate, Ana Scotney Wins Scholarship

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Toi Whakaari

time

June 18, 2020

Five female comedy creators, including our very own Ana Scotney have been announced as this year’s New Zealand Film Commission 2020 Gender Scholarship recipients.

Kristin Linklater passes away

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Toi Whakaari

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June 8, 2020

Early on the morning of June 5, 2020 Kristin Linklater, my teacher, friend, mentor and tormentor, died.

Be Street Smart - or You'll go up in Flames

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The Big Idea

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June 2, 2020

Our incredible Director, Tanea Heke was featured in The Big Idea this week. She shares her wisdom of the performing arts industry and how she has managed to forge an amazing, and varied career in what is a tough industry.

We’re back – Toi Whakaari returns to Te Whaea

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Tanea Heke, Toi Whakaari

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May 26, 2020

Staff and students have been working at home since Aotearoa went into lockdown during the COVID 19 pandemic. Now we’re at Level 2, the time has come to return to Te Whaea....

FWD 2020 - Metamorphosis

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Toi Whakaari

time

April 14, 2020

The next generation of curious disruptors; Toi Whakaari’s 2020 cohort will be exploring ‘the new live’ in the time of the 6ft radius.

A Message From Tumuaki, Tanea Heke Regarding Covid-19

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Toi Whakaari

time

April 8, 2020

You’ll be pleased to know that our tutors have remained in contact with students throughout the break.

Covid-19 Update

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Toi Whakaari

time

March 23, 2020

In light of the Government’s announcement today, Toi Whakaari is extending the Easter break to 4 weeks and bringing it forward to start from tomorrow (24 March).

Covid-19 Update

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Craig Atkins, Toi Whakaari

time

March 13, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how it might impact on our students and staff.

Policies

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Toi Whakaari

time

December 13, 2019

E ngā korokoro tūī, e ngā kākā tarahae, tēnā koutou katoa.He pānui tēnēi. The following HR policies for Toi Whakaari have been posted on our website...

Iysff 2019- National Finals

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Toi Whakaari

time

November 20, 2019

Toi Whakaari once again proudly sponsored the “Best Production Design” Category award for International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand National Awards that were held on Friday 8th November in Tauranga.

Show Me Shorts Awards

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Toi Whakaari

time

October 8, 2019

Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival.

A Personal And Professional Memory Of Raymond Boyce

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Robyn Payne

time

August 8, 2019

There are many books, interviews, oral histories and scholarly articles about Raymond Boyce. Mile on mile of details and facts end to end.

Resene Paint Sponsorship

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Toi Whakaari

time

August 8, 2019

As part of the diverse work created at Toi Whakaari, students in the Set & Props programme are extremely busy creating everything from large scale theatre sets to intricate film props.

Toi Whakaari Director Announced

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

July 7, 2019

The Toi Whakaari Board has just announced that acclaimed actor and arts manager Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi) will be Director of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.‍

Toi Whakaari acknowledges the loss of graduate costumier Sylvia Gilbert-Potts

Author

time

October 30, 2021

Toi Whakaari Pop-Up Vaccination Centre

Author

time

October 30, 2021

Toi Whakaari COVID Update 8 September 2021

Author

time

September 8, 2021

Toi Whakaari will open under COVID Delta Alert level 2 conditions from 9 September 2021.

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School 2022 Student Applications Are Now Open

Author

time

May 21, 2021

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā waka, e ngā hau e whā. Nau mai, haere mai, ki tō mātou nei kura. Applications for 2022 students to attend Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Aotearoa’s prestigious performing arts tertiary training organisation, are now open.

Forging an Arts Career: Jacob Rajan

Author

Marketing

time

May 4, 2021

Jacob is a playwright, actor and founding partner of Indian Ink. He is currently rehearsing for his latest tour - Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream and took time to answer our grad Q&A.

Forging an Arts Career: Victoria Gridley

Author

Marketing

time

March 11, 2021

Some of my highlights have been designing and making costumes for a hit kids musical extravaganza called the Glitter Garden that premiered at Circa Theatre in 2020. I made armour for Mulan at Weta Workshop. I’ve worked on other movies such as the Merger and Mortal Engines...

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY - Covid 19 Level 2 update

Author

Tanea Heke

time

February 28, 2021

We have been advised by Government that Wellington will be moving to Level 2 for seven days from 6am, Sunday 28 February. Toi Whakaari remains open at Level 2.

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY - Covid 19 Level 2 update

Author

Tanea Heke

time

February 14, 2021

We have been advised by Government that Wellington will be moving to Level 2 until Wednesday, 17 February. Toi Whakaari remains open at Level 2.

Brian King Retires

Author

Marketing

time

February 4, 2021

While we will miss his keen eye for design, passion for live theatre and soothing demeanour, Brian King will leave Toi Whakaari staff after 10 years to enjoy his well-earned retirement this February.

Forging an Arts Career: Darien Takle

Author

Marketing

time

February 1, 2021

Darien Takle was in the first intake of drama students at Toi Whakaari in 1970, completed an upgrade degree in 2006 and is now proudly celebrating 50 years in the business as an actress, singer, writer, director, and drama teacher.

Dr. Sean Coyle joins Toi Whakaari Staff 2021

Author

Marketing

time

December 17, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School announces Dr. Sean Coyle as the Head of Department of Design and Performing Arts Management.

Toi Whakaari Director receives top Creative New Zealand Award

Author

Marketing

time

November 30, 2020

The 2020 Te Waka Toi Awards last night announced Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Tumuaki/Director, Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi) as the recipient of the 2020 Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi Making a Difference award.

Forging an Arts Career: Daniel Wilson

Author

Marketing

time

November 2, 2020

Toi Whakaari students take many different creative pathways after they graduate and we wanted a space to celebrate these rich, varied and sometimes unexpected arts careers. Our second article is by Daniel Wilson.

He poroporoaki ki a Keri Kaa, a farewell to Keri Kaa

Author

Sunny Amey

time

October 12, 2020

Keri devoted much of her life to the development of Māori / Pakeha relationships. No one did it better.

Forging an Arts Career: Molly-Rose Chetwin-Kelly

Author

Marketing

time

October 7, 2020

Toi Whakaari students take many different creative pathways after they graduate and we wanted a space to celebrate these rich, varied and sometimes unexpected arts careers. Our first article is written by Molly Rose.

Memories of Laughton Pattrick at Toi Whakaari

Author

Robin Payne

time

October 7, 2020

Laughton Pattrick was a force in Aotearoa’s Cosmos of Creativity, and he leaves an indelible mark on Toi Whakaari.

Toi Whakaari graduate Margaret Sydenham wins 2020 Show Me Shorts Best Actor Award

Author

Marketing

time

October 5, 2020

Toi Grad Ahi Karunaharan is a 2020 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Sir Roger Hall Theatre Award

Author

Marketing

time

September 30, 2020

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui Ahi!

Māori & Pasifika Information Evening

Author

Marketing

time

August 31, 2020

Calling all Māori & Pasifika prospective performing arts students – nau mai haere mai ki Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

A message from Director, Tanea Heke regarding COVID-19

Author

Tanea Heke

time

August 12, 2020

Level 2 means Toi Whakaari remains open and we continue with our increased level of safety and hygiene measures. As per the Government Alert Level 2 we now reintroduce social distancing and limited numbers at gatherings, hand hygiene, staying home when sick and tracking movements.

Toi Whakaari Film WORKSHOP at Venice Film Festival.

Author

Marketing

time

August 3, 2020

Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School congratulates 2019 graduate students on the acceptance of short film, WORKSHOP into competition at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Toi Whakaari Graduate, Ana Scotney Wins Scholarship

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

June 18, 2020

Five female comedy creators, including our very own Ana Scotney have been announced as this year’s New Zealand Film Commission 2020 Gender Scholarship recipients.

Kristin Linklater passes away

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

June 8, 2020

Early on the morning of June 5, 2020 Kristin Linklater, my teacher, friend, mentor and tormentor, died.

Be Street Smart - or You'll go up in Flames

Author

The Big Idea

time

June 2, 2020

Our incredible Director, Tanea Heke was featured in The Big Idea this week. She shares her wisdom of the performing arts industry and how she has managed to forge an amazing, and varied career in what is a tough industry.

We’re back – Toi Whakaari returns to Te Whaea

Author

Tanea Heke, Toi Whakaari

time

May 26, 2020

Staff and students have been working at home since Aotearoa went into lockdown during the COVID 19 pandemic. Now we’re at Level 2, the time has come to return to Te Whaea....

A Message From Tumuaki, Tanea Heke Regarding Covid-19

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

April 8, 2020

You’ll be pleased to know that our tutors have remained in contact with students throughout the break.

Covid-19 Update

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

March 23, 2020

In light of the Government’s announcement today, Toi Whakaari is extending the Easter break to 4 weeks and bringing it forward to start from tomorrow (24 March).

Covid-19 Update

Author

Craig Atkins, Toi Whakaari

time

March 13, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how it might impact on our students and staff.

Policies

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

December 13, 2019

E ngā korokoro tūī, e ngā kākā tarahae, tēnā koutou katoa.He pānui tēnēi. The following HR policies for Toi Whakaari have been posted on our website...

Iysff 2019- National Finals

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

November 20, 2019

Toi Whakaari once again proudly sponsored the “Best Production Design” Category award for International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand National Awards that were held on Friday 8th November in Tauranga.

A Personal And Professional Memory Of Raymond Boyce

Author

Robyn Payne

time

August 8, 2019

There are many books, interviews, oral histories and scholarly articles about Raymond Boyce. Mile on mile of details and facts end to end.

Toi Whakaari Director Announced

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

July 7, 2019

The Toi Whakaari Board has just announced that acclaimed actor and arts manager Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi) will be Director of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.‍

Helen Todd joins Toi Whakaari Design staff

Author

Marketing

time

April 14, 2021

Introducing our newest member of staff - Helen Todd! Internationally acclaimed New Zealand lighting designer Helen Todd has joined the Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Design staff this year to guide and support the Bachelor of Design students through their various projects this year.

Top industry experts join forces with Toi Whakaari for workshop series

Author

Marketing

time

September 22, 2020

Some of Aotearoa’s top industry experts will be bringing their skills to a series of summer workshops at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.

Show Me Shorts Awards

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

October 8, 2019

Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival.

Toi Whakaari creates Festival of Work in Development to celebrate the next generation of curious disruptors

Author

time

June 10, 2021

Student artists are presenting works in development and in any form they choose, with commitment and courage, at Toi Whakaari’s FWD Fest from 22-24 June 2021.

Cosplay Masterclass with Legendary Weta Sculptor and Costumier Sanit Klamchanuan

Author

Marketing

time

March 8, 2021

Come get your 2021 Armageddon cosplay, costume or comic inspired fantasy fashion ready with our Con Crunch – a two day construction masterclass with legendary Weta Workshop sculptor and costumier Sanit Klamchanuan (Thor: Ragnorok, Mulan, Power Rangers, Ghost in the Shell, Thunderbirds Are Go).

World Premiere Screenings of three 2020 Toi Whakaari-produced films

Author

Marketing

time

November 3, 2020

Toi Film is Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School’s annual world-premiere screening of short films created by graduating students in collaboration with some of Aotearoa’s top industry professionals.

Toi Whakaari Students Manifest A Cabinet Of Curiosities

Author

Marketing

time

October 21, 2020

Fourteen of Aotearoa’s newest makers and designers manifest a series of works across their diverse practice for your viewing pleasure.

First-Year Toi Whakaari Acting Students Go Solo

Author

Marketing

time

October 19, 2020

The first year actors at Toi Whakaari create their own original solo works, with total freedom over form, content and style. This explosion of live performance sees 21 exciting new artists take the stage on their own terms bringing their voices to audiences without apology.

Destruction triumphs in Toi Whakaari end of year show

Author

Marketing

time

October 6, 2020

Playing the system means playing the game, in this world where the fresh and beautiful are hot commodities.

Toi Whakaari Students Co-Create Musical Harmonic Tree

Author

Marketing

time

September 28, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Set & Props students have helped create a new musical artwork that will be installed and played by live musicians at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, 29 September to 11 October.

Costume Showcase 2020 brings magic to Wellington

Author

Marketing

time

August 19, 2020

Join us for a sensational celebration of costumes,characters and creativity.

Toi Whakaari Double Bill Season Reopens BATS Theatre

Author

Marketing

time

July 28, 2020

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School reopens BATS Theatre in August with a sensational Double Bill season that will leave you wondering what went on during lockdown.

FWD 2020 - Metamorphosis

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

April 14, 2020

The next generation of curious disruptors; Toi Whakaari’s 2020 cohort will be exploring ‘the new live’ in the time of the 6ft radius.

Resene Paint Sponsorship

Author

Toi Whakaari

time

August 8, 2019

As part of the diverse work created at Toi Whakaari, students in the Set & Props programme are extremely busy creating everything from large scale theatre sets to intricate film props.