While our full programme is still in development, see below a curated snapshot of some of the fantastic sessions you will have to choose from at ITAC7.
Massive Making: Devising Theatre with Massive Theatre Company
Massive Theatre Company is a 32-year-old inter-generational theatre company based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland who work locally, regionally and internationally.
Massive only makes new work either by devising or commissioning writers. Massive is an ensemble company who work with personal stories, experiences, and perceptions as the foundation of their work. They work with the physical, text and music. The actor and who they are is at the centre of their theatre making practice. Massive likes to be playful and rigorous when working together.
This ITAC7 workshop will be a full day so that you can experience who we are and how we like to create work with you. You will have three Massive teaching artists who are key company members so that you can get a sense of the ‘flavours’ that make Massive up.
We will introduce you as to how we place play at the centre of our work. How we develop and build ensemble, followed by you creating some small, devised pieces of theatre using some of our processes.
Prior to the workshop, we will send you examples of some of our theatre so you can see what we create when making larger theatre works. We will also ask you to prepare some small responses to provocations we will send out (nothing onerous we promise), and the work you devise will have these responses at the basis of your work.
By the end of the day we hope you have had a chance to play and create with others plus gain insight into how Massive Theatre Company approaches devising theatre.
Massive Theatre Company
Founded by Samantha Scott MNZM in 1991, the Maidment Youth Theatre was later renamed Massive Theatre Company – a fusion company of emerging and professional artists.
We are a professional physical ensemble company, creating new theatre with emerging and professional actors, directors and writers. Our work comes from real stories, reflecting the rich diversity of Aotearoa.
We are also a leading company in developing both our emerging and professional artists. Through access to free workshops and ongoing mentoring/training, emerging artists are able to become a part of the company from age fourteen and stay with us throughout their professional career.
Massive is a pathway, a whānau and a way to create excellent theatre.
A Journey to Toi Ora: Fostering Mental Health through Creativity
During this session, delegates will have the opportunity to visit and explore Toi Ora Live Art Trust in their vibrant Grey Lynn studio and exhibition space. This excursion offers the opportunity to discover how Toi Ora use creativity and the arts to inspire and support the recovery of people experiencing mental health challenges, witness firsthand the impact of participatory arts programmes in action, and hear from both Toi Ora staff and participating artists (tāngata whaiora).
Toi Ora is an awards-winning community arts trust providing a creative space and learning opportunities for people using mental health services by providing a participatory arts programme for people 17 years and older.
Toi Ora promotes social, intellectual, and creative pursuits that enrich people’s lives, improve capacity, and de-stigmatise mental health towards broader social change. Through workshops tutored by professional practitioners covering painting, drawing, writing, poetry, creative writing, music, drama, and other subjects, Toi Ora aims for people to develop their strengths and potential in the arts in a safe and inclusive environment.
Toi Ora bridges the gap for those who come into contact with mental health, brain injury, addiction, and other support services with the exploration of creativity as a proven means to enhance recovery and maintain wellbeing. Toi Ora provides a pathway to personal recovery, peer support, training and career opportunities.