Summer Intensive 2013

Toi Whakaari Summer Intensive 2013
Mon 28 Jan 2013 to Fri 1 Feb 2013
Toi Whakaari's Summer Intensive offers an immersive week long educational experience combining fun, experiencial, interactive workshops with direct, practical learning!
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Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.


Whatever your previous experience, Summer Intensive offers a focused environment where participants are alternately pushed and encouraged to polish their craft. If you’re a designer, a tech, or an actor, there’s a 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.

DESIGN: The Design Summer Intensive will teach a wide range of skills – from research through design and construction. You will construct a scale model of a set, through which you will engage with: Creating a ground plan Elevation drawings Creating paint effects Researching architecture, furniture, costume Calculating sight lines and audience layout Producing a costume drawing Building a character’s back story Making a scale figure Sourcing costumes The course will be taught by Theo Wijnsma and Rose Kirkup, both design graduates of Toi Whakaari.

SOUND & LIGHTING: This course will be split equally between introductions to lighting and sound. Lighting will include an introduction to the equipment, rigging and safety, fault-finding and problem-solving, operation, focusing and an introduction to lighting design. Lighting will be tutored by Paul Tozer, Toi Whakaari’s Production Manager and a graduate of the Entertainment Technology course. Sound will include an introduction to the equipment, set up, problem solving, operating, an introduction to ProTools and sound design. Sound will be tutored by Matt Eller a professional sound technician who graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2011 and has been in constant employment since then, including at Park Road Post, Circa, BATS, The Basement and Downstage.


Screen Acting (double session) – With Brita McVeigh - one of NZ’s top acting for film coaches.

Voice – Jon Hunter, Toi Whakaari’s resident Senior Tutor in Voice & Speech.

Acting Technique (double session) – With Anya Tate-Manning who graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2005 and since then has worked as a director, actor and writer.

Stage Combat – With Alan Henry who graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2006. Since then he has worked as a Fight Choreographer for many of NZ’s best theatres and as a motion capture performer for movies. He teaches Stage Combat at Toi Whakaari.

Devising – With Aaron Cortesi. Aaron completed a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing in 2012 and is the Artistic Director of Long Cloud Youth Theatre, where he has directed Assisted Living.

Clown - Thomas LaHood has been clowning professionally since 2006 and works as a clown doctor at Wellington Hospital. He is also General Manager of Barbarian Productions, which produces Jo Randerson’s theatre work.

Improvisation – Dan Pengelly is a current directing student at Toi Whakaari. He is a professional improviser and is involved with Theatresports and improvisation classes for 5-year-olds to adults.

Movement – Ria Simmons will graduate from Toi Whakaari in 2012. Whilst studying she worked alongside John Bolton, Leo Gene Peters, Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company, Red Leap and Original Scripts Theatre School.

Play - Alice Canton has been a member of the Court Jesters at the Court Theatre in Christchurch as an actor, tutor, and corporate entertainer since 2003 and takes regular teaching spots in holiday programmes and schools.

KOIWI: Each day of will start with a 45 minute 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.

Entry details

Participants must be over 16 years of age. Application close on the 16th of November 2012.

Contact details

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Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

7 Nov 2012

Interests Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is New Zealand’s foremost training establishment for the dramatic arts. Toi Whakaari’s vision is to lead in the training of actors, directors, technicians and designers in performing arts – nationally and internationally.