Directing Internship Programme

Posted Monday 03 Aug 2015

Auckland Theatre Company invites applications for the inaugural directing internship programme The Engine Room (2016).

The intensive six month paid internship, commencing in January 2016, is a unique opportunity for two motivated individuals to work with Auckland Theatre Company and partner organisations, New Zealand Opera and Fortune Theatre (Dunedin) in a customised development programme.

"We are keen to work with directors at a turning point in their career who are determined to develop their capacity to direct main-stage productions," says Auckland Theatre Company Associate Director, Lynne Cardy.

"I'm interested in artists with an absolute passion for storytelling, backed by a solid level of skill, an extremely high work ethic and an openness to absorb and contribute to the opportunities surrounding them," adds Fortune Theatre Artistic Director, Lara McGregor.

The programme is designed to provide opportunities to learn about all aspects of the director's craft whilst working within Auckland Theatre Company's creative development team.

Each intern will have the opportunity to be an integral part of the process of staging a main-bill theatre production; from early design meetings, through rehearsals and up to opening night. During this time they will work closely with a senior director, attend production meetings and have opportunities for networking with industry professionals and their peers. Each intern will also have the opportunity to direct a Literary, Youth or Community project with Auckland Theatre Company and to work on other projects with NZO and Fortune Theatre where appropriate.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 21 August 2015

Interviews for short-listed candidates: Saturday 19 September.

Announcement of successful candidates: by 28 September.

Available only to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

Next Up...

WIFT Members Do Well in NZ On Air Funding Round

Posted Monday 03 Aug 2015

First up some big dramas - featuring WIFT members Rachel Lang, Paula Boock, and Donna Malane.

1) A brand new 13 part drama series for prime time on TV One is Dirty Laundry. It centres on a middle-class family whose mother is jailed for money laundering - will they keep her business interests going to sustain their lifestyle? It is written and produced by some of our most experienced drama creatives, Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan and Stephen Zanoski.

2) A telefeature will take viewers into the world of New Zealand aviatrix pioneer Jean Batten. Jean will be written and produced by Paula Boock and Donna Malane, makers of Field Punishment No. 1 and Tangiwai. Written by John Banas, it will screen on TV One.

We also have WIFT members at South Pacific Pictures and Screentime who also received funding for drama.

WIFT members at two production houses are involved in new television programmes that help to bring  te ao M?ori to broad New Zealand audiences.

Underway thanks to funding from NZ On Air are Kasey And Karena's Diplomatic Mission, 10 x � hr, Imagination Television for TV One and Waru, 8 x 10 mins, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt for M?ori Television Ondemand.

On the doco front we have WIFT members at Warner Bros NZ, The Gibson Group and Great Southern Television who picked up funding for:

Lost & Found 2, 10 x 1 hr, Warner Brothers NZ for TV3, 

Street Hospital 2, 10 x � hr, The Gibson Group for TV2,

Shearing Gang 4, 10 x � hr, Great Southern Television for Prime

Well done to everyone who pitched for some hotly contested funds this year. Hopefully everyone can reach gender equality in the choice of cast and crew!

We look forward to seeing the results on air and online over the next 12 months.