Devising Theatre


12-14 Jan + 18-20 Jan, 2021


6 days


D1 & D2, Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington

Cost per Person


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Making Theatre from Scratch. 

In this practical workshop, participants will explore different methods of devising theatre. Throughout the six days they will explore form, content and purpose and will be guided to develop their own devising process. 

This will involve generating, exploring and distilling creative ideas that can then be developed into a work-in-development. Participants will be given practical strategies of methods for documenting and developing the work and ideas for “where-to-go-next.” 

This course will actively teach ways to harness creative ideas into a finished product. Participants can choose to create individually or in groups. It aims to be active, thought-provoking, challenging and fun. By the end of the workshop each student will have created a piece of theatre, or started to develop a piece of theatre.

cancellation policy

All workshops are run subject to demand and Toi Whakaari reserves the right to alter dates, times and venue of the course for reasons beyond our control.

Toi Whakaari cancellation of the workshop due to pandemic level 3 or 4 will result in a full refund.

Participant cancellation due to sickness with a Doctor’s certificate will result in a full refund. Participant cancellation without a Doctor’s certificate and within 2 weeks of the workshop will result in a 50% refund, or the choice to transfer to another workshop later in the year.


Kerryn Palmer has worked as a freelance director, actor, and teacher of drama for over 25 years. In 2003 she completed her MTA in directing at Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School and VUW. Kerryn regularly teaches in Victoria University’s Theatre Programme and is currently finishing her PhD in Theatre for and with Young People. 

She is a theatre director, regularly directing at Victoria University, BATS and Circa. She also devises and creates large scale site-specific/generic works, (Pandemic, Sniper, Adrift, My Shout- Another Round at the Thistle Inn, Black November 1918). 

She has directed many touring shows that have travelled around New Zealand for: Duffy Theatre, Capital E National Theatre for Children, Handstand Productions, Voice Arts, Ensemble Impact and most recently, Arts on Tour’s production of SEED.