Full Day Workshops

If you are placed in a “Full Day Workshop” you will be in this class full days for the whole week and will not take any other classes.

Technical Stream

NYDS is all about pushing your performance envelope and every performer needs to know their instrument whether it be your body, your voice, a pen, or an entire building! Theatre techs transport every audience member into a world of their making by mixing voices and music, bringing light into the darkness, and creating a seamless spectacle from a collection of acts by working together as a theatrical machine. Once again NYDS will be inviting students to explore the other side of the curtain with two Technical Theatre classes working out of the HNHS auditorium and off-campus at our ‘Sharing of Work’ venue. Both classes will include light and sound rigging, plotting, show operation, stage management, design elements, and more. Beginners Tech is open to students who are completely new to the backstage world and those students who might have done one or two shows before. Only students who have done a previous tech course at NYDS or who have worked extensively in their school or local theatre are invited to take the Advanced Tech class. Both classes aim to instil safe, professional, and industry accepted tech practices in an environment where you are encouraged to experiment. Taking either tech class means you like to sweat, walk a little on the geek side, are keen to work as a team, and generally want to make the magic happen.

Please indicate your preference for either the Beginners or Advanced class when you apply, but be aware that the teaching team may make final placement decisions after assessing student skill level during the first day of class.

Please note: A Technical T-Shirt is required and is available to techies for $20.

Bonnie Burrill works as a freelance production manager, technical manager, lighting designer and technician on arts festivals, tours and theatre productions throughout NZ and internationally. Most recently she has been working with Auckland Theatre Company, Black Grace, Tauranga Arts Festival, Taranaki Arts Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, The NZ Festival, Festival of Colour and The Conch. Bonnie is a graduate of Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts with a Diploma in Performance Technology.

Wendy Clease has been working in the technical  and creative aspects of the arts and entertainment industry for most of her adult life, mainly as a specialist in lighting and technical management. Her work regularly takes her around NZ and also globally, seeing many sights including the inside of many a theatre and airport. Currently technical director of two regional Arts Festivals and a regular fixture at many others, she still manages to take time out from pen pushing, chin scratching and lugging, to do some button mashing for live music and theatre. She also enjoys sharing experience and knowledge with the pool of others associated with her craft. This will be Wendy’s 7th NYDS and she loves coming back to Hawke’s Bay each ear to share her knowledge with the next generation of those creatives who make thing happen. 

Advanced Acting

For those looking towards a career in acting for stage or screen or wanting to prepare for tertiary training auditions. This class will work with scripts and narrative works, both traditional and modern, and focus on performance skills and the ability to work with a director. Students will need to prepare two 2-minute monologues – one from any Aotearoa/NZ work and one classical or modern piece (i.e. Shakespeare, Restoration, Pinter, Stoppard, etc.). Students may receive further work to be completed prior to the weeks start. The class will challenge each individual in skill workshops and with the Directing class on scene work and connection with a scene partner.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced class designed for older, more experienced students. Applicants should be 16+ and provide a CV of experience or a letter of recommendation.

Isobel MacKinnon is an award winning independent theatre practitioner with extensive experience collaborating on devised processes. She has worked in a writing, devising, directing and performance capacity with critically acclaimed theatre companies such as Binge Culture Collective, Theatre Beating and Everybody Cool Lives Here. Isobel received the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Original Production for her 2014 show, ‘Dinner with Izzy & Simon’, as well as Best Theatre and Best Director for ‘Wake Up Tomorrow’ (Circa Theatre) at the 2015 New Zealand Fringe Festival Awards. Isobel attended Victoria University of Wellington and the John Bolton Theatre School.

Circus Skills

Open to everyone – you don’t have to be a gymnast!

A fantastic course involving aerial tissu and rope skills, static trapeze and aerial ring (lyra), acrobatic balancing and tumbling, group and partner work, object manipulation (hoops, balls, scarves,clubs, poi and more), unicycle and rollabola. Although you don’t have to be a gymnast to give it a go, a good level of strength and fitness will help you make the most of this course. You will have the thrill of presenting some very exciting and spectacular work after only one week with skilled and supportive tutors!

Pipi-Ayesha Evans is a circus and physical theatre performer with 15 years experience performing and teaching circus. In performance Pipi specialises in a range of circus skills including aerials, stilts, acro-balance and poi. She has performed throughout New Zealand and in Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, China, Japan, France and the USA. New Zealand productions include ‘Maui-One Man Against the Gods’, ‘Cats’, ‘Circus Aotearoa’ and ‘The World of Wearable Arts’. Her current performance focus is solo circus theatre show ‘The Blue-Bearded Lady’ which she has toured in Australia and New Zealand. It has been described (on Theatreview) as ‘utterly charming in a ghoulish kind of way’. Pipi teaches a broad range of circus skills including aerials, acro-balance, acrobatics, stilts, juggling and object manipulation; also yoga, physical theatre and act development.

Jenny Ritchie has had a performance career spanning 16 years. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2016, she spent eight years training and touring overseas. Specialising in many aerial apparatus, she has worked on large scale circus shows created in Montreal and touring Canada, the USA and Mexico, and has worked under the direction of Robert LePage for Das Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. From 2013-2015 Jenny was based in Switzerland where she toured an intimate avant-garde circus and dance show for which she developed, designed and workshopped unique apparatuses that were later displayed as part of the Swiss Science Centre ‘Techorama’. Jenny is currently completing her first honours year of a Post-Grad focused on Set Design.

Directing

This class focuses on engaging with and developing the actors’ relationships to illuminate the text / narrative / story / characters. We will cover investigating the basics of directing; articulating your own directing style; leading the creative rehearsal room; and tools to coach actors. We take a peer-supportive approach wherein we learn to discuss each others work, addressing challenges by seeking solutions together. The theoretical work is matched with practical application as students will direct the Advanced Acting class in multiple short scenes with the guidance of the tutor. This is an intensive week and students may receive text work to complete prior to the start of school.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced class designed for older, more experienced students. Applicants should be 16+ and provide a CV of experience or a letter of recommendation.

Anya Tate-Manning is a performer, director and writer from Wellington, New Zealand. Anya trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Otago University. She also has an MA in Scriptwriting from Victoria University, for which she received the David Carson-Parker scholarship for Best Script. Anya has performed at festivals throughout New Zealand and Australia and is a member of the hit show ‘Puppet Fiction’, which took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm three years in a row. Anya also founded the political satire show ‘Public Service Announcements’ in 2010 with comedian James Nokise and continues to make political satire in Wellington. Other performance work includes ‘The Devil’s Half Acre’ (Trick of the Light Theatre), ‘An Hour with Ackbar’ (NZ International Comedy Festival), ‘Hudson and Halls Live!’ (Silo Theatre, Winner Best Supporting Actress, Wellington Theatre Awards 2016) and ‘My Best Dead Friend’ (Perth Fringe World). Anya has also performed poetry in the acclaimed show ‘Fiery Tongues’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury Festival, and NZ Fringe (Winner Best Ensemble 2017). 

Makeup Design

Design is an often overlooked field and yet arguably it’s an area with some of the most exciting career opportunities in the industry. Hugely popular in previous years, this course will cover the foundations of makeup for stage and screen beginning with the design of a concept, following through to completion. This year students will also collaborate with the Drag School class to help them find their makeup sparkle. A great foundation if you aspire to work in design or makeup for screen or stage, or if you just love to dabble in visual creativeness.

Please note: A theatrical makeup starter-kit is required and is available to students for $75.00. 

Sarah Elford is an experienced Make Up and Special Effects (SFX) artist based in Wellington, whose key interests are prosthetics and blood & gore. Sarah has worked as HOD on many (award-winning) short films like period drama ‘Utu Pihikete’, and worked as artist and assistant on multiple feature films including ‘The Cure’, ‘Shopping’ and ‘Deathgasm’. Sarah’s accomplishments include Overall Winner of the BodyFX and Armageddon SFX competition; she received two awards in the Body Art Awards for full body art and facial prosthetics, and was nominated as top makeup artist in the Wellington V48 Hour Film awards where her team was nominated for Action on Film at the International Film Festival. Sarah works with Weltech in Wellington teaching Special Effects Makeup and Artistry.

Playwriting

From a desire to nurture the telling of our stories on the stage, this class introduces the craft of writing for the theatre. Students will explore the basics of plot and character development, scene structure, theme and dialogue, and will touch on production considerations and the role of the dramaturg. With an emphasis on finding a unique voice, students will work on exercises designed to inspire ideas and creative risk-taking and will be supported to write scenes and work on an original one-act play over the course of the week.

Maraea Rakuraku wanted to scribe a non-traditional Bio but is too busy writing her PHD, working on the Wellington Readers and Writers Festival, producing, directing and performing in poetry performances and theatre works, that she had to rely on someone else to blow her trumpet. Maraea is a proudly indigenous Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa storyteller who lives in Wellington and the Bay of Plenty. She has been awarded three Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards (now known as the Wellington Theatre Awards), is a published author, and founded the DuskyMaidensNobleSavages, a Spoken Word troupe, comprised of poets of Te Moananui a Kiwa. Maraea holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch and a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Wellington. She is the founding director of Native Agency Limited created to develop and grow indigenous and minority voice across multi-media platforms.

Short Film Intensive

This course demands passionate, dedicated and creative people committed to both working in a team and to the many hours required to tell a story through film. You’ll gain hands-on experience at every stage of the process, including contribution to story development. Performance stream students will focus on the skills required to create authentic performances on screen and Production stream students will have the opportunity to work on many aspects of film production – from camera work to sound, pre-production planning and management, to a taste of post-production. This is a challenging course and you’ll need to be committed to overcoming barriers of inhibitions and self-consciousness. Students will experience first-hand, the demands, pressures and excitement of real filmmaking and after eight days you will have a short film to add to your CV and friends for life.

Please indicate your preference to focus on either the Performance or Production streams when applying, but in true indie filmmaking spirit, all students must be prepared to roll up their sleeves and work behind the camera either way.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced class designed for older, more experienced students. Applicants should be 16+ and provide a CV of experience or a letter of recommendation.

Performance tutor Vanessa Stacey is a multi-talented musician, actor and filmmaker. After graduating Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, she spent three years on the internationally popular television show ‘The Tribe’, which she also began to Direct. Vanessa worked for five years as a Presenter / Actor / Producer and Director with Channel 5 in the UK and has appeared in numerous television shows and films in NZ, including ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Outrageous Fortune’ and most recently ‘Wellington Paranormal’. Musically she has collaborated with many including EWH, Module, her current bands Chocolate Box and Double Trouble. She has worked as Senior Tutor and Coordinator of the Whitireia Screen Acting Course (now Film School), UCOL’s Preforming Arts Program and the Creative Communications Program at Massey University, where she had the pleasure of being Artist in Residence for two years.

Production tutor Cristobal Araus Lobos trained at Unitec and has since been telling NZ stories on film in exciting and innovative ways. Cris knows the production process from beginning to end, having written, directed, produced or edited several of his own and others feature films and shorts. His debut feature film ‘The Waiting Place’ was awarded Best Digital Film from New Zealand Film and he shot and edited ‘1nite’ for which he received Best Technical Contribution (NZ Film Award). Cris went on to edit and direct ‘Netherwood’ for which Will Hall received Best Supporting Actor at the NZ Film Awards. Cris has also worked in television, directing on the Jono project and the Emmy-nominated kid’s show ‘Let’s Get Inventing’. He currently runs Del Sur Productions.

Songwriting

Work, play, create and share in a supportive environment for the entire week. Perhaps turn your favourite poem or riff into a song. Learn tricks that will help you unlock the creations within you.

Prerequisite:
1. A passion for music.

2. A creative spirit.
3. Reasonable competence on a chord instrument (keyboard or guitar).

Thomas Oliver is an award-winning singer-songwriter. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for his hit, ‘If I Move To Mars’, from his new album ‘Floating In The Darkness’, which debuted at #6 on the NZ Album charts and showcases his distinctive blend of Roots, Soul, Folk and Electronic music. With millions of views and streams across different platforms, Thomas has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand, has performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Vietnam,  and has toured and shared the stage with such legends as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Thomas is also internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar. His vast diversity in vocal delivery has also earned him a reputation in Drum & Bass and other electronic music, and his list of collaborations includes some of DnB’s most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Nu:Tone and Logistics, and boasts releases on prestigious labels including Hospital Records, RAM Records and Metalheadz. 

Street Art

Ditch your traditional notions of art, this is art urban style. Students in this class will be playing with paints, spray paints, stencils and other materials and experimenting with different forms of street art seen all over the world. Students will examine how urban artists use the city environment to make a statement, to challenge or simply to beautify. You don’t have to be an accomplished artist, but an open mind is essential.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mauricio Benega moved to New Zealand in 2004 and now lives and works as a full time artist in Hastings. He graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts & Computer Graphics in 2001 from the University of Tuiuti Parana, Brazil. He has also completed post-graduate studies in School Administration & Visual Arts from FAE Business School in Curitiba, Brazil (2014) and a Diploma of Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from Media Design School in Auckland (2009). Mauricio has worked with youth in urban Auckland and enjoys working on a variety of different projects at the same time – illustrations, paintings, graphic design, signage and murals. Mauricio‘s work can be found in collections in NZ, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Bali. You can also find examples of his work at www.mauriciobenega.com 

Street Art

Ditch your traditional notions of art, this is art urban style. Students in this class will be playing with paints, spray paints, stencils and other materials and experimenting with different forms of street art seen all over the world. Students will examine how urban artists use the city environment to make a statement, to challenge or simply to beautify. You don’t have to be an artist, but an open mind is essential.

Born in 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mauricio Benega moved to New Zealand in 2004 and now lives and works as a full time artist in Hastings.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts & Computer Graphics in 2001 from the University of Tuiuti Parana, Brazil.  He has also completed post-graduate studies in School Administration & Visual Arts from FAE Business School in Curitiba, Brazil (2014) and a Diploma of Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from Media Design School in Auckland (2009).  Mauricio has worked with youth in urban Auckland and enjoys working on a variety of different projects at the same time – illustrations, paintings, graphic design, signage and murals.  Mauricio‘s work can be found in collections in NZ, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Bali.