Student Guide

Puka Tātaki

Why come to Toi Whakaari? Because you have a passion and the 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 set and props makers, designers, directors, technicians, actors, managers, costumiers, playwrights, filmmakers and dramaturgs.  Becoming a student at Toi Whakaari is a lifetime experience you will never forget. You will be equipped with skills beyond the performing arts such as leadership, collaboration and resilience. And you’ll have heaps of fun and make great lifelong friends! Read our student handbook below to find out more about life at Toi Whakaari.

Student Accommodation
Most of our students live in shared flats in our local area: Newtown, Berhampore, Mount Cook, and Vogeltown. There is some availability in The Cube, a Massey University hostel.
For information on the Cube Hall, please see this page
For information on how to apply for the Cube Hall, please visit this page

Due to the high demand for accommodation in Wellington, applications for Halls of Residence open early. To secure your accommodation at the Cube Hall, apply via the Gateway and upon receiving an offer of place, pay the deposit and fees to secure your room. In the event that your application for Toi Whakaari isn’t successful or your plans change, you can usually request to withdraw from the Halls by he end of November and receive a full refund minus the $100 processing fee.

The Student Handbook outlines general information about Toi Whakaari and contains information about enrolment, student policies, programme delivery and pastoral care.

Tim Walker


Roman Rogers

Deputy Chair

Angus Evison


Jane von Dadelszen

Helen Pearce-Otene

Katherine Baxter