Articles and Links

 

SOME OF THE PLAYS FROM THE 70s AND 80s I’D LOVE TO SEE AGAIN
Roger Hall
Roger Hall looks back at some of the NZ plays that are ripe for revival.
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THE LAST DANCE OF CARLA VAN ZON
Simon Wilson for The Spinoff
Auckland Arts Festival boss Carla van Zon has left the spiegeltent.
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INDIGENOUS PERFORMING ARTS IS A TESTAMENT TO COLLECTIVE DRIVE AND VISION
Jacob Boehme for The Guardian
Political fire, passion and community has driven contemporary Aboriginal theatre and dance for half a century.
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MORE THAN A HASHTAG: MAKING DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE THEATRE THE NORM
Jessica Wong for CBS News
Canada is no stranger to acclaimed plays told from diverse perspectives, but a new wave of theatre artists is pushing past existing boundaries to make inclusive storytelling the new normal.
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TOWARD A MODEL OF INCLUSIVE PRACTICE: AN INTERN’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE GUTHRIE THEATER
Matthew Hernandez for HowlRound
Matthew Hernandez shares his experience interning at the Guthrie Theater last summer as part of a pilot program for students of color at University of Texas at Austin.
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ANNA DEAVERE SMITH IS BRINGING BLACK LIVES MATTER TO THE STAGE
Olivia Clement for Lenny
An interview with the actress and mass-incarceration activist.
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FOLLOWING UP ON PHILLY’S GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT: LETTING US DOWN BY HOLDING US UP
Daniel Park for Board Street Review
Daniel Park asked theaters that participated in January's Ghostlight Project how they've implemented the project's plans to make their spaces more inclusive. The answers surprised him.
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FISH SOUP, MOURNING, AND HOPE AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Walter Bilderback for HowlRound
Dramaturg Walter Bilderback writes about the production of and audience engagement around Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia.
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NOT MUCH TO DO BESIDES WATCH EACH OTHER'S LIVES UNFOLD: PLAYWRITING 1975-2000 IN AOTEAROA
Murray Edmond in the Journal of New Zealand Literature No. 34: 2, 2016
American writer Chris Kraus described New Zealand in the 1970s as 'a mean and isolated little country'. Murray Edmond responds by examining how that meanness and isolation showed up in dramatic writing over those 25 years. A desire to escape, to cut and run to the overseas other, was met by an intensely introverted nationalism in which social psychopathologies staged dramas that provided sometimes almost unbearable opportunities for us to watch each other's lives unfold (or fold up).
Available online at libraries with JSTOR or ProQuest database subscriptions. Printed copies of selected back issues are available for NZ$10 including postage within New Zealand, or NZ$15 including postage overseas. Contact the editor here to enquire.

WHY BECOMING A PLAYWRIGHT IS TOUGHER THAN EVER
Hannah Khalil for Whats on Stage
Playwright Hannah Khalil on why the disappearance of literary departments means becoming a playwright is getting harder and harder.
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NO MORE MAMETS
Matthew Clinton Sekellick for Howlround
Matthew Clinton Sekellick discusses the work of David Mamet and Neil LaBute, challenging the theatre community to be more inclusive and to not produce work that reinforces the dominant narrative.
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WHY UNITED STATES CONSERVATIVES WANT TO DEFUND THE ARTS
Aaron D Knochel for Artshub
The Trump administration's proposal to remove US arts funding is the battle cry for another round of culture wars, familiar to the Australian and UK arts industries.
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A CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR GARY HYNES
Ramona Ostrowski and Gary Hynes for Howlround
Ramona Ostrowski speaks with director Gary Hynes about Druid Theatre Company, revisiting Beauty Queen of Leenane twenty years after its first production, and new political movements within Irish theatre.
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WHEN WE RISE, ABC’S GAY RIGHTS MINISERIES, REFLECTS AN OUTDATED WAY OF THINKING ABOUT TV
David Canfield for Slate
When We Rise is an unusual reminder of how television used to be made, but it feels blissfully removed from how event television plays out in the current media landscape. It imagines an era that doesn’t really exist anymore. It reflects an outdated way of thinking about television.
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DEVISING AI WEIWEI: THE SEED FOR BROOKLYN MUSEUM: TECHNIQUES & PROCESS FOR ENSEMBLE INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE
Kelly Tsai for Howlround
Writer and performer Kelly Tsai shares the process of devising Ai Weiwei: The Seed, which is based on the art and writings of activist-artist Ai Weiwei.
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JACK THORNE: ‘I DON’T KNOW IF I WROTE THE SCRIPT FOR HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD OR THE CAST DID’
Mark Shenton for The Stage
Writer Jack Thorne discusses creation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, collaborating with JK Rowling, the influences on his writing and his top tips for aspiring writers.
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LINKS

PROFESSIONAL THEATRES

AUCKLAND

Auckland Theatre Company

Q Theatre

The Silo Theatre

Auckland Live

TAPAC

The Basement Theatre

The Pumphouse Theatre

Mangere Arts Centre

Te Pou Theatre

PALMERSTON NORTH

Centrepoint Theatre

WELLINGTON

BATS Theatre

Circa Theatre

Capital E National Theatre for Children

CHRISTCHURCH

The Court Theatre

DUNEDIN

The Fortune Theatre 

 

NZ PRODUCERS

AUCKLAND

The Rebel Alliance

Indian Ink Theatre Company

Red Leap Theatre

Tim Bray Productions

Massive Company

Oryza Foundation

Flaxworks

Massive Company

NAPIER

Calico Young People’s Theatre

WELLINGTON

Young And Hungry Arts Trust

Taki Rua Productions

Howard Taylor Productions

Ensemble Impact

Tawata

The Bacchanals

CHRISTCHURCH

Free Theatre

A Different Light

The Loons

NEW ZEALAND FESTIVALS

Auckland Festival

Auckland Fringe Festival

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Tauranga Festival of the Arts

Taranaki International Arts Festival

Young And Hungry Festival of New Theatre

NZ International Festival of the Arts

NZ Fringe Festival

Nelson Arts Festival

Christchurch Arts Festival

Festival Of Colour

Dunedin Fringe Festival

Arts Festival Dunedin

Dunedin Fringe Festival

 

NZ ARTS ORGANISATIONS

Arts Access Aotearoa

A national organisation working to increase artistic opportunities for disabled people, disconnected youth, senior citizens, mental health service users, prisoners, disadvantaged migrants and refugees.

Arts on Tour NZ

A touring agency to rural and more remote centres of New Zealand providing access and engagement for audiences in communities through the delivery of an annual menu programme of professional performing arts opportunities.

Copyright Council of NZ

Clear, comprehensive and user-friendly copyright information for all New Zealanders, including copyright creators, owners and consumers.

Creative New Zealand

The national agency for the development of the arts in New Zealand.

DANZ

Information and networks relating to dance and choreography in New Zealand.

Event Finder

A one-stop shop for New Zealand arts and culture events.

Huia

Publishers of NZ plays

Magdalena Aotearoa

A network for women performance artists in New Zealand.

Musical Theatre New Zealand

The umbrella group for groups associated with Musical Theatre.

New Zealand Book Council

Championing the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.

New Zealand on Screen

Access to the wealth of television, film, music video and new media produced in NZ, along with extensive background information.

New Zealand Society of Authors

Supporting and representing the interests of New Zealand’s writers and the communities they serve.

New Zealand Theatre Archive

Promoting the preservation of theatre records and archives.

Theatre New Zealand

A national link between people who are interested in theatre.

New Zealand Writers' Guild

Representing the interests of writers in the fields of film, television, theatre, radio, comics and new media.

The Play Bureau

Mail order theatre bookstore for international plays and licensing.

Radio NZ Drama

The best of New Zealand and international drama for your listening pleasure.

Script to Screen

Developing the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

SOUNZ

Championing the music of Aotearoa by collecting and curating resources, connecting them with audiences and collaborating with partners towards shared goals.

Theatre Aotearoa

New Zealand Theatre database.

Theatreview

The national repository for theatre reviews and on-line discussion.

The Big Idea

The NZ arts industry hub.

The Oryza Foundation

Oryza facilitate, produce and promote and advocate for Asian performing arts.

The Play Press 

Jean Betts’ publishing company specialising in New Zealand plays.

EDUCATION

Drama New Zealand

An association for teachers, youth theatre and theatre in education practitioners from early childhood to tertiary.

Victoria University – International Institute of Modern Letters

The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) was established to promote and foster contemporary imaginative writing. Creative programmes are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Whitireia Publishing course

New Zealand’s top training course for publishing.

The Creative Hub

Provides a variety of writing courses, taught by some of New Zealand’s leading writers and teachers of writing. 

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

The National drama school and NZ'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.

NASDA

The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts is dedicated to excellence in music theatre training. 

UNITEC Performing and Screen Arts

New Zealand’s largest performing and screen arts school.

Whitireia Performing Arts

Tertiary and community courses in dance and drama.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

Doollee

International database for plays and playwrights.

International Centre for Women Playwrights

Supporting women playwrights worldwide and providing a range of resources, links and opportunities.

Playwriting Australia

Supporting the development and promotion of new Australian writing for performance.

So you want to be a Theatre Producer?

Useful tips for those wanting to mount small-scale productions.

Writer Resources

Resources for playwrights.