Looking for drama classes in Auckland? Howick Little Theatre's drama classes are structured to allow the individual student to learn and be challenged in a fun environment. It is not necessary for any of the participants to have existing drama experience – a strong desire to be there and a willingness to try new things is all that is required (though a sense of humour is a plus!). A range of theatrical devices, games, styles, exercises and devised provocations will be used. Focus will be given to character development and storytelling and students will learn much and grow in confidence. There will also be a strong emphasis on creating work. Students will be encouraged to free their imaginations and explore the notion of play as a creative tool while also learning to trust their abilities to communicate through physical expression.
He directed Auckland Theatre Company's first production for 2011, Robert Lord's Well Hung. Ben co-directed ATC's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Colin McColl in 2012.
Shoshana McCallum attended the Wellington Performing Arts Centre two-year acting course in 2004-05, and graduated with a Diploma in Acting. After spending a couple of years acting and teaching drama in Wellington, she studied in New York on a two-year programme and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts. In 2010, Shoshana returned to Auckland, where she founded PlayFight Productions with fellow Neighbourhood Playhouse graduate Donna Brookbanks. Some of her work since being back includes playing rebellious Jan Keenan on Shortland Street; singing and dancing in Cinderella the pantomime at the Civic; playing unfortunate Alison in Nic Sampson’s Idiots 3D, as well as writing, producing and acting in plays Leopard, Emotional, Cripple, and The Primary Motivations by Guilt and Shame, under PlayFight Productions. Shoshana also teaches drama at the Nathan Homestead in Manurewa, and dance for StarJam.
There are five classes available to suit different ages and allow progression for the students. The classes are arranged in the following age groups: 6-8 years, 9-11 years, young teens (12-14), older teens (15-18), and one for adults. Click here for individual class times and dates.
Term 1: Mon, 4 February to 8 April (9 weeks excluding Easter Monday)
Tues, 5 February to 9 April (9 weeks excluding Easter Tuesday)
Term 2: Mon, 6 May to 8 July (9 weeks excluding Queen’s Birthday)
Tues, 7 May to 2 July (9 weeks)
Term 3: Mon, 29 July to 23 Sept (9 weeks)
Tues, 30 July to 24 Sept (9 weeks)
Term 4: Mon, 14 Oct to 9 Dec (9 weeks including Labour Day)
Tues, 15 Oct to 10 Dec (9 weeks)
In-class presentations are staged during the year and there will also be an opportunity to share work with friends and family later in the year.