Hagley Theatre Company is a self contained, independent training and performance programme attached to Hagley College in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2013 the Company celebrated 25 years of providing expert, hands-on tuition and contemporary performance experiences to young people from all over the country.
We offer students practical and theoretical study in a wide range of subjects through classes, practical workshop and a number of performance opportunities throughout the year. The course of study is one or two years in length and has been designed for those looking at further professional study and a career in the performing arts. We have a reputation for providing excellent training and have achieved remarkable success with placing students into studies with Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School and UNITEC School of Performing Arts. Over the course of our nearly 30-year history over 200 students have gone on to further professional study with many more securing ongoing employment in theatre, radio, television and teaching.
The Company is located at The Open Stage, a large open format theatre that doubles as our main teaching space and performance venue. Located on the campus of Hagley College the theatre is close to the central city and borders Hagley Park. Students of the Company are also students of the wider College and as such can take advantage of the facilities available including Dance and film studios, cafe and library. Other benefits include medical and counselling services, sports teams and other cultural opportunities. Free, onsite parking is provided though the campus is easily accessible by public transport.
Students have regular classes timetabled and are also involved in a number of contemporary performance experiences. Our performance timetable is widely regarded as innovative and challenging with many of our seasons often never before seen in New Zealand. In addition to four major seasons annually the Company also delivers Christchurch audiences a number of other opportunities including Dance and our unique Scene+ seasons, the ideal introduction to The Open Stage and Gi60x, the international one-minute play festival.
Unlike many training institutions all of our students are eligible for onstage roles through auditions that are held for all major seasons.
Entry to our programme is by application, interview and audition.
As a post-secondary, pre-tertiary course of study all applicants must be aged 18+ with positions in our first year intake dependent on the number of students returning for a second year of study. Usually there are 18-22 positions available.
Applications to join us in 2018 will open in September - check back for details