Wellington District Theatre Federation Inc.


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This is the Wellington District Theatre Federation.

We are a branch of the New Zealand Theatre Federation Inc., covering all of the Wellington, Hutt Valley, Horowhenua, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa regions. We have the largest membership of any District, including around 20 full (theatre society) and associate (school) members, as well as many more individual members.

We are a non-profit organisation, whose services include theatre festivals, workshops and other theatre-related events.

TheatreFest National Final

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September

Tickets cost $25, or $40 for both performances. Email wellingtonfestivals@theatrenewzealand.co.nz for tickets.

Theatre NZ Conference Workshops

Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre, Hutchinson Road, Newtown, Wellington
Saturday 15 September 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Four workshops running simultaneously, book for one. Cost: $40 for each workshop

Workshop A - Character Development - Toby Papazoglou - Drama Studio 02

Toby is Toi Whakaari's Head of Management. He has a Toi/Vic Master in Theatre Arts in Directing and has worked as a freelance director, designer, manager and lecturer.

  • Stanislavski basics - given circumstances and objectives/super objectives.
  • Hot seating - devised work to apply to a script
  • Basic Animal work - using animals for understanding and physicality of character

Workshop B - Voice & The Actor - Perry Piercy - Drama Studio 03

Perry is a trained teacher and voice coach, and an award winning actor and director. She has taught in London and Singapore, and in New Zealand at Toi Whakaari, UCOL, WPC and Vic.

Participants need to have learnt some rich text - Shakespeare or Chekov for example, but other satisfying text will be okay too. Wear comfortable clothes.

We will warm up together, using Fitzmaurice Voice techniques, activating resonance in the body and encouraging flexibility and responsivity in the voice.

We will explore the selected texts together looking for opportunities to allow the voice to reveal character and intention, and we'll look at how our voices are received by the audience.

Workshop C - Physical Theatre & Mime - Fergus Aitken - Drama Studio 01

Fergus is an international award-winning entertainer, with three decades of experience in performing and teaching, nationally and internationally. His specialties include physical theatre, mime, circus skills and stand-up comedy.

  • Illusionary Mime
  • Weight Distribution & Movement Analysis
  • Slow motion
  • States of Tension
  • Isolation and Robotics
  • Character Development
  • Improvisation

Workshop D - Set conceptualisation - Anna Lowe - Drama Studio 06

Anna is one of Wellington's most talented and accomplished set designers, much in demand for community theatre productions around the region.

Set designing from whoa to go - from the initial ideas of what the play's set requirements are, through to developing a 3-dimensional set using modern computer technology.

Contact wellingtonfestivals@theatrenewzealand.co.nz with your name and chosen workshop

Some upcoming events:


The Ugly Ducking by Rob Orsmby
at Khandallah Arts Theatre from 23 Feb 2019 to 3 Mar 2019

Melancholy Play by Sarah Rudhl
at Stagecraft Theatre from 27 Feb 2019 to 9 Mar 2019

As You Like It
at Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe from 5 Mar 2019 to 9 Mar 2019

Weighing In by Lucy Schmidt
at Porirua Little Theatre from 21 Mar 2019 to 6 Apr 2019


Three One Act Plays
at Khandallah Arts Theatre from 2 Mar 2019 to 3 Mar 2019

All Events