After three and half years of Artistic Directorship of Long Cloud Youth Theatre, Willem Wassenaar is handing over the leadership of the company to Aaron Cortesi.
Willem has taught over 120 students and during his time Long Cloud produced 17 productions, ranging from classics from the world repertoire to commissioned new work by NZ playwrights.
Maori AND PASIFIKA peoples telling their stories for the sTAge
PLAYMARKET is committed to drawing out the stories and supporting the talent of Maori and Pasifika Playwrights, and in this, the second annual BROWN INK SESSIONS, the focus is on new writers and new stories.
A series of Newbie Writers Workshops are happening around the country in August and September with a focus on the playwright as storyteller.
Playwrights Victor Rodger and Stuart Hoar lead practical workshops for Maori and Pasifika people who have a story to tell, and want to tell it on a stage.
Registrations are still open, but space is limited so register today!
Email Jenni to register or for more information.
Short+Sweet Theatre, Auckland 2011.
5 - 17 July, 2011 at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE.
Short+Sweet - The biggest little play festival in the world - produces hundreds of the best ten minute plays from across the globe each year and hits Auckland for its second season this July.
Over the space of two weeks in the Herald Theatre, 40 plays, 40 directors, and over 100 actors will perform, culminating in a Gala finale where the best of the festival are celebrated. It's no mean feat, but Festival Director Jonathan Hodge knows it's all worthwhile:
Brian Rudman for The New Zealand Herald
Great news from this year's Auckland Arts Festival. Not only did the three-week event in March make a modest "operating surplus" of $40,000, it also increased audience numbers to 120,000, up 30 per cent on the 2009 festival.
The FUEL Board has announced tthe new appointment of a locally based Festival Director, Sarah Nathan (nee Bettle) to the event.
Sarah, a Waikato based event, marketing and theatrical programming practitioner also manages the successful Waikato Times Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
Sarah says that FUEL is an extremely important cultural event both locally and nationally.
WHOSE SCENE IS IT ANYWAY?
There are only a few spaces left for writers and collaborators to join JUSTIN LEWIS (Indian Ink), JO RANDERSON (Barbarian Productions), ANDREW FOSTER (Trouble), VELA MANUSAUTE and ANAPELA POLATAIVAO (Kila Kokonut Krew) and emerging playmakers BINGE CULTURE COLLECTIVE on the rehearsal floor for TWO DAYS OF ACTION PACKED WORKSHOPS ON COLLABORATIVE THEATRE.
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the b4 25 competition, 2011.
Our congratulations go to Jess Sayer for FIX, and Joseph Harper for The Boy and the Bicycle, who will both receive $500 each (thanks to a generous anonymous donor), and some ongoing development attention, to be discussed.