The Young and Hungry Arts Trust is delighted to have film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor Taika Waititi join Dame Kate Harcourt as one of its Patrons. Young and Hungry is New Zealand’s leading youth focused arts organization, providing mentorship and development opportunities for young people in all facets of professional theatre, including: playwriting, acting, stage management, costumes, set design, lighting, sound design and publicity.
“It’s a great honour to be invited to be a Patron of Young and Hungry. Back in the old days I kind of got my start doing Young and Hungry stuff. Now that I’m no longer young, or hungry, I’m really happy to be able to support them and the next generation of New Zealand’s theatrical talent” he said.
Taika acted in the 1995 Festival of New Theatre, taking a role in Dave Armstrong’s “Fast Food”. That year Taika was one of nearly 40 young people learning the theatre ropes in the Festival, along side Loren Horsley, Pip Hall, Nigel Collins and Jackie van Beek, all who are now working professionally in the arts.
“Taika’s a remarkable talent, and it’s wonderful that Young and Hungry is part of his amazing journey to becoming one of New Zealand’s most exciting talents,” says Young and Hungry’s Chair, Sandy Gildea.
Young and Hungry celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 and would love to hear from its 1,000 plus alumni to find out where you are and what you’re doing. Perhaps you’ve got some skills you could share with us, or perhaps you’d like to be involved in a reunion next year.
Please get in touch with up-to-date contact information via our website – www.youngandhungry.org.nz or by email firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hear from you.
The Young and Hungry Arts Trust is a Charitable Trust.
It’s mission is “to empower youth through mentorship to create, participate in and appreciate New Zealand Theatre.”
Young and Hungry offers three programmes:
• The Playwrights’ Initiative is a script development process for emerging playwrights;
• The Festival of New Theatre is an annual festival that mentors 15 – 25 year olds through the process of creating and staging a production. They are mentors in the areas of acting, stage management, design of set, costumes, lighting & sound and all production/crew skills, staging three world premiere plays in a two-week season at BATS Theatre.
• The Ambassador’s Programme enables senior secondary students to attend a wide range of theatrical performances throughout each year at no cost, exposing them to varied theatrical practice.