Have you got a little one who has ants in their pants waiting for their next Auckland drama class? Is your kid a master of being overdramatic and putting on a show (to constant reminders from friends and family)? Or has Marrzipan sparked your own interest in the performing arts?
Here at Marrzipan we trust in the benefits of drama, and we see it first hand on a day-to-day basis! Once of the best parts of drama is there are so many ways to experience and enjoy it. Whether you or your children want to perform to packed audiences across the country or simply feel confident to speak in front of your peers, we’ve got you!
Tamaki Makaurau is a big city with a big array of options. To make the search for outstanding drama classes a less daunting task, we have compiled this list – First stop Auckland, next stop Broadway!
*Please note that this list is in no particular order*
Cutting Edge Drama
In their words: “Discover your true potential in a fun, creative and supportive environment”
Who said drama is only for kids? Not us- that’s for sure. Cutting Edge drama provides classes for the golden oldies! (And by that we mean sixteen and over.) Cutting Edge Drama’s artistic director Sioux Manning offers classes in improvisation, acting skills and screen acting.
Sioux describes herself as a believer in positive constructive feedback and writes that “even the shyest students gain tremendous confidence through attending the classes.” If you’ve become a little envious of how much fun the little people in your life have had in their drama classes, this one may be for you.
In their words: “To inspire creativity, confidence and character within a global pform family”
Pform has classes all over Auckland in drama, dance and singing. They provide a range of class types, for a range of skill levels and ages. Pform encourages a positive learning environment and describes that their training seeks to, “help you with your future presentations in the boardroom as well as with performances on stage.”
Here’s one for our creative adults! Toi Whakaari is New Zealand’s foremost national drama schools, based right here in Wellington. They offer a variety of tertiary qualifications around all aspects of the creative arts.
In their words: “Building emotional literacy and youth leadership through improvised drama”
This program is a stand out in it’s specific focus on using improvisation as a teaching method. Initialize facilitate lessons in improvisation that allow their participants to learn from experience. They describe that rather than teaching drama, they let drama teach them.
The program has an admirable focus on personal development skills that they believe “lay the foundation for a sense of confidence, self-worth, and self-efficacy.” If you know someone aged 12 to 18 who would love to learn valuable life skills through having a load of fun- this program is highly recommended.
In their words: “TAPAC is a vibrant performing arts hub offering high-quality creative arts education and facilities to Auckland’s diverse creative communities.”
TAPAC offers dance classes in a multitude of genres as well as circus arts, drama, speech, improvisation, singing, pilates, yoga, public speaking, songwriting and more! Phew, that’s a long enough list for me. Running about 2000 performing arts classes annually; whether you’re looking to get your groove on, hoping to carry a tune one day or have a secret knack for juggling- they have a class for you.
Located in Western Springs, TAPAC offers “a nurturing and supportive environment where emerging and established artists can connect through their collective love of the performing arts.”
Ten Feet Tall
In their words: “We’re passing on the confidence to stand tall! Give your child the opportunity to build weekly speaking and performing ‘muscles’ and watch them grow in confidence.”
Ten Feet Tall offers speech and drama classes for young ones in their first year of primary school, to teens in their final year of high school. The classes, led by owner Sarah Hartley, are taught at Kristin School and Greenhithe.
Ten Feet Tall encourages a lifelong love for performance in young people, offering both group assessments and individual certificates in order to track measurable progress. The program has a great track record of high examination results and describes itself as being “fun, skill focused and planned around your child’s development and interests.”
Full Time Tertiary Performance Courses
For those who are wanting to take their performance to the next level, Tamaki Makaurau offers full time tertiary drama courses. These courses are for adults who are interested in a career in the dramatic arts. We’ve listed two such options below:
Diploma in Drama (Screen Acting)- South Seas Film School, Glenfield
In their words: “This two-year diploma provides in-depth and practical training through developing your toolbox: voice, body, imagination and collaboration.”
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre)- UNITEC Institute of Technology, Mount Albert
In their words: “For 30 years Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts has been training many of Aotearoa’s finest actors, makers and directors, we offer a rich opportunity for trainee actors to grow their craft, discover areas of passion, take risks, discover their voices and develop the knowledge and skills they need to build a career.”
In our words: “Igniting the you in you”
Last and certainly not least, is us! Marrzipan uses speech and drama as a tool to unlock skills to be used and benefit from now and throughout life. Through our love of drama, we have spent years cultivating our unique drama classes which focus on building confidence, public speaking and social skills all while having fun in a comfortable environment.
The Marrzipan teaching method seeks to increase self confidence, public speaking and social skills in children aged 5-12 all over New Zealand. We acknowledge each child’s unique experiences and abilities and want to encourage them to be the weirdest, authentic and most wonderful version of themselves.
Marrzipan offers ongoing in school and online drama classes as well as holiday workshops all around the country, working towards a performance for peers and family at the end of each term. We keep our classes small enough to ensure each child gets the attention they need to benefit and grow and we even offer free trials for kids to give it a go and see if it’s the right fit before committing to a full course.
Whether you’re wacky or shy- we want you to apply today!