Learn Writing for Theatre

4 Feb 2019 to 25 Mar 2019
Mon 4th Feb - Mon 25th Mar
An eight-week course that will introduce you to the essential skills of writing for theatre.
Event type: 
Literature, Theatre, Workshop/Seminar
Full Course $99
The PumpHouse Theatre
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, 2A Manurere Avenue, Takapuna


This course is now sold out! However, please register your interest for the next course this year with Gary Henderson by emailing info@pumphouse.co.nz.


Join award-winning New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson at The PumpHouse Theatre for an eight-week course that will introduce you to the essential skills of writing for theatre.

You’ll emerge from this course with your own original script for a ten-minute play which will be performed before an audience on The PumpHouse Theatre stage in April 2019.

The programme covers generating characters and stories you believe in, through finding theatrical techniques to present them on stage, to expressing it all in a written script.

You’ll learn about light, sound, silence, action and space as well as the spoken word as part of your vocabulary and we’ll use engaging exercises to provoke you into thinking in three dimensions to create a compelling story for the stage.


About Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson is an award-winning NZ born writer and director. He has written for stage, screen, radio and as a collaborative librettist for opera.

His work has been professionally produced around New Zealand, in South Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States His most well-travelled play is Skin Tight which won a coveted Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998 during a sell-out season at the Traverse Theatre later transferring to New York in 2006, UK in 2007 and Canada in 2008.

In addition, he has also directed the work of other New Zealand playwrights both in theatre and for television.

From 2006 - 2012 Gary taught playwriting at Unitec's School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland.

In 2013 he was the recipient of The Playmarket Award which recognises ‘a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand.’
He has also served many times as a director and mentor in the development of scripts by new writers.

We welcome Gary back to The PumpHouse for his fourth short writing course designed to help budding scriptwriters develop the craft of writing for theatre.

Written by

The PumpHouse Theatre

22 Jan 2019