Articles and Links

THEATRE CAN ONLY SURVIVE IF IT’S EVENTFUL
Richard Watts for ArtsHub
Performances should disrupt audience’s comfortable schedules and be more playful if the art form is to survive, says renowned director Robert Lepage.
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TWO FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS ARRIVE ON BROADWAY. WHAT TOOK SO LONG?
Michae Paulson for The New York Times
Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, both Pulitzer winners, will finally make their Broadway debuts this spring. What does that say about the plight of women writing for the stage?
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MODERNITY’S MAIN MAN: IS ANTON CHEKHOV STILL RELEVANT?
Lisa Rosman for Signature
Given Chekhov’s disdain for political upheaval – he once remarked that “the salt of life is to be found in dignified protest” – and given that even the word “Russian” raises hackles in the USA right now, Lisa Rosman wonders: Is Chekhov still relevant?
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WHY AUTHORITARIANS ATTACK THE ARTS
Eve L. Ewing for The New York Times
We need the arts because they make us full human beings. But we also need the arts as a protective factor against authoritarianism.
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TOURING THEATRE MUST EVOLVE – OR DIERamin Gray for The Stage Touring has to change to survive. The landscape of arts funding has changed dramatically over the past decade and the old models simply aren’t fit for purpose – economically or artistically. In a more conservative programming climate, touring is being squeezed and, without imaginative, collective action, we risk losing a key part of our theatrical ecology.

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REPRESENTATION AND 21ST CENTURY RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
HowlRound TV
As part of an ongoing national discussion about race and representation recently re-ignited by HGO’s recent production of Nixon in China, Asia Society Texas Center hosts a panel discussion and public conversation. The panel uses the lens of Asian and Asian American identity to surface ideas of representation, voice, and creative interpretation.
Watch the discussion here
 
WHO’S GUILTY WHEN IT COMES TO CRIMES OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION?
Lizzie Crocker for The Daily Beast
Why is a white artist disqualified from painting a portrait of Emmett Till? Should under-represented cultures have their own monopolies on art, fiction, and style? How cultural appropriation became a minefield.
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WHY WE SHOULD BE THINKING STEAM AND NOT STEM
Paula Browning for Idealog
If we want to become a more competitive economy, focusing on the arts as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics – a STEAM, not STEM, approach – is worth considering.
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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.