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Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School

Number of students

130 approx

International students

14 approx



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Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is New Zealand's foremost training establishment for the dramatic arts. Toi Whakaari's vision is to lead in the training of actors, directors, technicians, costumiers, prop makers and designers in the performing arts both nationally and internationally.
We offer 3 year Bachelors degrees in Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Management) and Design for Stage & Screen, and 2 year undergraduate diplomas in Scenic Construction & Properties (Set & Props) & Costume Construction.  2023 will see our first student intake for our Postgraduate Course, Master of Creative Performance Practice (MCPP).

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More about Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School

Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa: New Zealand Drama School (Toi Whakaari) is New Zealand’s largest dedicated training provider for professionals in the screen and performing arts. In 2010 we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Our whakapapa (lineage) dates back almost to the beginning of a professional performing arts industry in this country and together we have grown hand in hand. Our graduates now occupy key roles in all sectors of the industry and related fields.

We teach core craft skills needed to work as a professional in our industry. Skills-acquisition in any field is an ongoing, life-long process. We provide the foundations of these skills as well as equipping you with the hunger and ability to continue to add to them throughout your career.

We focus on you becoming aware of, understanding, and becoming able to talk about, how you learn. This is so that when you leave, you are armed with the skills that will help you grow and develop in whichever situation you work.

Here we expect you to develop the skills of listening, for a wise leader and a wise follower both know how to listen deeply. This will help you work better. It will enrich your partnerships and your collaborations. It will make you a better problem-solver and consequently a more valuable member of the teams you work in. It will help you learn and practise what to do when you get stuck.

We believe that these combined help to make our graduates unique. It makes them employable. It prepares them to contribute most appropriately and effectively to the environments they work in. And it makes them valued by employers: for their craft, their initiative and their application.


Contact details


Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School
Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road
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Phone number

+64 4 381 9251


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