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Weekly Drama Classes

Let your children grow with us

Book into a class through our Location bars below

Tim Bray Youth Theatre encourages self-confidence and focus. It is an enjoyable way for members to explore their imaginations and to harness and express their creativity. Our 17–19 years Performance Class presents a performance each term. 

Our Youth Theatre is more than just a weekly drama class. Members learn various drama techniques such as voice, characterisation, movement and scene work.  

During the year students are invited to attend a rehearsal of each Tim Bray Theatre Company stage show to watch, meet and learn from our professional team. A question and answer session at the end of the rehearsal  gives the students an opportunity to quiz the cast and crew about any aspect of the show. 

In 2022 (dependent on the COVID-19 Protection Framework level) there will be opportunities for family and friends to observe their children’s work with an open class in Term 1, and a performance by each class for their family and friends at the end of Term 3.  Finally, in Term 4, the students will host their last classes of the year and hope to invite keen family members to come along and have a go at some of their favourite drama exercises. 

It is part of our kaupapa that our Youth Theatre programmes be accessible to, and inclusive of, people from diverse communities, particularly those who are physically disabled or have access needs, blind or sight-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. For those who are neurodiverse or on the autism spectrum we also have our Extraordinarily Creative programme.

For class enquiries please contact Sara Dakin our Youth Theatre Manager at youth.theatre@timbray.org.nz or 09 486 2261 

Fee: $188-$199 per term (depending on term length)

Fee for 14-16yrs 90min TAPAC class: $215-$236 per term (depending on term length)

Youth Theatre Terms & Conditions. 

TBYT Child Protection Policy 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Youth Theatre classes run during School Terms

Term 1 2022 Class Dates:

MONDAYS
14 February – 11 April 2022

TUESDAYS
8 February – 12 April 2022

WEDNESDAYS
9 February – 13 April 2022

THURSDAYS

10 February – 14 April 2022

FRIDAYS
11 February – 8 April 2022

Full class times in the Location tabs below

Rachel Constantine
Originally from the UK, Rachel trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has over a decade’s experience as a stage actress and has spent many years touring UK theatres and schools, teaching acting and movement skills as well as producing and directing children’s stage productions 

Monday: 5-7 and 8-10yrs Western Springs
Wednesday: 5-7 and 8-10yrs Browns Bay
Thursday: 5-7 and 8-10yrs Takapuna 

Suzy Sampson
Suzy was a school teacher in Wellington and Rotorua  (and recipient of the NZ Times Teacher of the Year Award) before moving overseas. She was accepted into  the London Academy of Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK. She has also trained at the Stella Adler Academy in New York and TVI Studios in Los Angeles. Suzy has experience in TV, Radio, Film and Stage  and has acted, directed and produced theatre productions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague, London and New Zealand over the last 20 years. 

Monday: 11-13 and 14-16yrs Western Springs
Thursday: 17-19yrs Western Springs
Friday: 11-13 and 14-16yrs Takapuna

Brit O’Rourke
Brit O’Rourke is an actor and graduate of ‘The Actors’ Program’ here in Tāmaki Makaurau. They hold an ATCL diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London, studied Theatre at Te Herenga Waka – University of Wellington, and credit Long Cloud Theatre Company for the foundations of their theatre making craft. Over the years Brit has performed in a wide range of productions ranging from ensemble, to solo performance. Brit is passionate about the transformative powers of live performance and collaboration; especially with our young people.

Tuesday: 5-7, 8-10yrs and 11-13yrs Western Springs 

Zoë Stokes

Zoë Stokes is a 2020 graduate of Stage and Screen training Te Auaha: The New Zealand Institute of Creativity, with a Batchelor of Creativity. Zoë has worked with multiple theatre companies including K.I.S.S Theatre and Massive Nui Ensemble. In her final year of training Zoë specialised in writing and performing theatre for children.  Zoë began as a tutor with Tim Bray Youth Theatre in Term 1 of 2021 and has assisted the Extraordinarily Creative classes with Jeanita and Holly on many occasions. Zoë has a particular interest in working with children who are non-verbal and is currently learning New Zealand Sign Language.

Friday: 11-13 and 14-16yrs Takapuna

“I cannot recommend Tim Bray Youth Theatre highly enough. It would be difficult to find a team of people with more heart, dedication, more passion, professionalism and energy, committed to doing a little bit of good in a chaotic word” 
Vicky
, May 2020 

“The TBYT classes have been the perfect vehicle for my Luke to experiment and play on the fields of emotional intelligence and relationships, in a protected and guided environment”
Vicky, May 2020
 

“Yes, they are both LOVING it. Always chattering about what they did in class on the ride home!”
Kirsten, May 2018
 

“Jaime loved her time at class today which is a testament to your teachers. She normally struggles with all after-school activities, what a wonderful change.”
Lee, July 2018
 

Western Springs - enrol here

The Auckland Performing Arts School (TAPAC) 100 Motions Road, Western Springs

 

NB Term Fee includes GST and if paying by credit card there’s an additional card fee

 

 

Takapuna - enrol here
Browns Bay - enrol here

East Coast Bays Community Centre, 2 Glen Rd, Browns Bay

NB Term Fee includes GST and if paying by credit card there’s an additional credit card fee

17 – 19 years Performance Class

Learn your craft

Book into a class through our Location bars below

An exciting performance-focused class for young actors aged 17-19 who need a place to learn and to perform, who are passionate about theatre and all it involves. Join us and learn skills you will carry into future study and future careers.

Our weekly 2-hour classes are designed for young actors to work within a variety of theatre styles, scripts, and acting techniques as they prepare for each term’s performance. There are 10 drama classes per term plus the final weekend performance (you must be available on this day) directed by the class tutor and supported by the professional team from the Tim Bray Theatre Company. Specialist tutors will be invited to workshop with the students to deepen their understanding of their craft. If students show interest there will be opportunities to expand into stage management and other production tasks.

It is part of our kaupapa that our Youth Theatre programmes be accessible to, and inclusive of, people from diverse communities, particularly those who are physically disabled or have access needs, blind or sight-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. For those who are neurodiverse or on the autism spectrum we also have our Extraordinarily Creative programme.

TIM BRAY YOUTH THEATRE TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP

Students from our 17-19yrs Performance Class of 2022 will be eligible to apply for this scholarship if they are continuing their studies in any area of the performing arts at a tertiary institution the following year.

funded through Gift a Seat™. If you would like to make a donation to support this scholarship please click the link below.

For class enquiries please contact Sara Dakin our Youth Theatre Manager at youth.theatre@timbray.org.nz or 09 486 2261 

Fee: $440 per term ($295 in Term 4)

Youth Theatre Terms & Conditions. 

TBYT Child Protection Policy 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Youth Theatre classes run during School Terms

Term 1 2022 Class Dates:

THURSDAYS 7-9pm

10 February – 14 February 2022

Full class times in the Location tabs below

Suzy Sampson 

Suzy was a school teacher in Wellington and Rotorua  (and recipient of the NZ Times Teacher of the Year Award) before moving overseas. She was accepted into  the London Academy of Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK. She has also trained at the Stella Adler Academy in New York and TVI Studios in Los Angeles. Suzy has experience in TV, Radio, Film and Stage  and has acted, directed and produced theatre productions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague, London and New Zealand over the last 20 years. 

Guest Tutors

Specialist tutors will be invited each term to workshop with the students to deepen their understanding of their craft. If students show interest there will be opportunities to expand into stage management and other production tasks.

  • Term 1 2021 – Michael Hurst
  • Term 2 2021 – Carla Martell
  • Term 3 2021 – Sylvia Rands

 

 

 

 

“I cannot recommend Tim Bray Youth Theatre highly enough. It would be difficult to find a team of people with more heart, dedication, more passion, professionalism and energy, committed to doing a little bit of good in a chaotic world.  

The TBYT classes have been the perfect vehicle for my Luke to experiment and play on the fields of emotional intelligence and relationships, in a protected and guided environment”
Vicky, May 2020
 

Western Springs - enrol here

The Auckland Performing Arts School (TAPAC) 100 Motions Road, Western Springs

Extraordinarily Creative

 

Drama classes for children and teenagers who are differently wired to find their own voice and place 

A weekly class especially created for those who skip to a different beat, who see and experience things in their own extraordinary way.     

Extraordinarily Creative is a safe-haven where we celebrate everyone’s unique abilities and gifts.  Focused on building confidence and developing skills to have a better experience  of the  world. In this class we embrace our students’ exceptional brains and energy, and through acting techniques, guide them in a journey of self-discovery.

Through drama exercises, students will play out emotions and experiences in class, allowing them to build on their emotional language and understand  their feelings better. Interacting with classmates and tutors in the weekly classes will build communication abilities, grow social skills and create friendships.  

Our aim  is  to provide  a positive  and  fun  programme  in a  safe and  nurturing environment  where children can use the creativity of drama and theatre to  enhance  their  life skills and  express  themselves  in  extraordinary  ways.   

Our Extraordinarily Creativetutors have been trained by Children’s Autism Foundation to fully understand neurodiversity and are equipped with strategies and tools to best support ASD/ADHD or neurodiverse children and young people in class.   

For class enquiries please contact Sara Dakin our Youth Theatre Manager at youth.theatre@timbray.org.nz or 09 486 2261 

Bookings for classes are made through Expression of Interest

Fee: $199 per 10-week term

We would like to acknowledge Stewart Germann, administered by Cognition Education Trust for their support with our Kaupapa and development of this programme. 

It is part of our kaupapa that our Youth Theatre programmes be accessible to, and inclusive of, people from diverse communities, particularly those who are physically disabled or have access needs, blind or sight-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. For those who are neurodiverse or on the autism spectrum we offer this Extraordinarily Creative programme.

Youth Theatre Terms and Conditions

TBYT Child Protection Policy 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Jeanita  Cush-Hunter

Jeanita began teaching Drama in secondary schools in 1991 in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Education and also completed her Masters in Creative Writing in 2019 at Massey. She is currently a family consultant with The Children’s Autism Foundation.  

  • Ed Secondary Drama and English (QUT)
  • Ed (Massey University)
  • GradDip (Arts) (Massey University)
  • MCW (Massey University)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Edmund Rice)

Jeanita has also gained the following credentials in order to enhance her support of neurodiverse students:

  • Understanding Autism (University of Kent)
  • Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain (The International University of Turin)
  • Engaging and Supporting People with Autism (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice (King’s College London)
  • Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People (University of Reading)
  • Young People and Their Mental Health (eating disorders, depression, anxiety, autism, AHD, addiction, antisocial behaviour, psychosis) (University of Cambridge)
  • Good Practice in Autism Education, Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism (University of Bath)
  • Foundation in Cultural Competency (MAURIORA Health Education Research)

Zoë Stokes

Zoë Stokes is a 2020 graduate of Stage and Screen training Te Auaha: The New Zealand Institute of Creativity, with a Batchelor of Creativity. Zoë has worked with multiple theatre companies including K.I.S.S Theatre and Massive Nui Ensemble. In her final year of training Zoë specialised in writing and performing theatre for children.  Zoë began as a tutor with Tim Bray Youth Theatre in Term 1 of 2021 and has assisted the Extraordinarily Creative classes with Jeanita and Holly on many occasions. Zoë has a particular interest in working with children who are non-verbal and is currently learning New Zealand Sign Language.

Our classes are at:  Meadowood Community House
55 Meadowood Drive, Unsworth Heights, Auckland

$185 per term

 5-7 Years / Tuesdays 4pm 

 8-10 Years / Tuesdays 5pm

 11-13 Years / Wednesdays 4pm 

 14-16 Years / Wednesdays 5pm 

Bookings for classes are made through Expressions of Interest

 

 

We have a limited number of  Gift a Seat™ scholarships to offer to children who may not otherwise be able to attend and who would benefit and thrive from our Extraordinarily Creative drama classes. These will cover fees for their class for one term.  

“A positive, fun and safe place for children and young people with ASD/neurodiversity to use the creativity of drama and express themselves as never before.” 
Jo Sutton
 – General Manager, Children’s Autism Foundation.    

“This initiative provides a hugely needed creative group that is safe, knowledgeable, accepting and understanding of the differences these children have and how to help bring out the best in them. In 6 months they have taught our anxious and reclusive boy that he has a voice worth hearing, can have friends and most of all he has value in this world which we have struggled to achieve in the previous 11 years.”              Karen A., parent of Youth Theatre student

“It is difficult to understate the enormous impact the Youth Theatre has had on my life. My parents watched me transform from an angry, isolated loner into a chilled, socially competent individual who now runs two separate tabletop gaming clubs. 
Luke Woolley, Youth Theatre student
 

“The drama class has been the BEST thing I have ever signed my son up for – and he’s done a HUGE number of things. I have never seen him so excited to attend anything before – he will get himself ready on time and ensure he is not late. He often wants to walk to class by himself (we live nearby) and will leave at least 10 minutes early to ensure he is not late. Drama clashes with some other activities but he has made it clear he does not want to miss drama and will miss other activities instead. The enthusiasm with which he goes and then the beaming smile afterwards is priceless – he was never this enthusiastic with any other class he has attended. I think he just finds joy and comfort in being with like-minded peers, not having to ‘mask’ in class and just being totally himself. I would sign him up for the next 10 years if I could.”
Monica C., parent of Youth Theatre student
 

“The teachers are amazing, supportive, genuine and caring, the other kids are great and it is a neat environment to chat to the other parents without any judgement and feel a sense of belonging. We absolutely recommend the classes and would love to thank everyone involved for the way they welcomed and encouraged my son.”
Caprice C., parent of Youth Theatre student
 

North Shore - enrol here

Meadowood Community House | 55 Meadowood Drive, Unsworth Heights, Auckland

NB Term Fee includes GST and if paying by credit card there is an additional card fee

 
East Auckland - enrol here

Venue to be announced soon!

Hit the Stage

A 5-Day holiday escape for children and tweens.

PLEASE NOTE:

Unfortunately, we are unable to run our January 2022 Hit the Stage! program due to renovations at TAPAC and the unavailability of other venues. 

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Book into a class through our Location bars below

Under the direction of the Tim Bray Youth Theatre creative team, students will have the opportunity to explore their performance skills, build confidence, and create a unique piece of theatre, ready to ‘Hit the Stage!’ at the end of the week with a free entry performance for family and friends. 

They will learn the creative and practical skills of devising and rehearsing a show with Tim Bray Youth Theatre professional tutors. The week is designed to build the young actor’s confidence and skill, incorporating aspects of stagecraft such as ensemble work, voice, movement, improvisation, characterisation, even singing and script work if required in the show. Fun and laughter are an essential part of the workshop as our young performers experience what it takes to get a show from the rehearsal floor to the bright lights of the stage. 

Families are invited to watch the final performance at 5.30pm on the Friday evening at the venue. 

*On Friday you may collect your child at 3pm as usual and return them at 4.30pm to prepare for the show OR your child may remain at the venue in our care until the show begins. If your child is to remain, please ensure they have food and drink to eat before the show. Please let us know by signing the sheet on Thursday. 

It is part of our kaupapa that our Youth Theatre programmes be accessible to, and inclusive of, people from diverse communities, particularly those who are physically disabled or have access needs, blind or sight-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. For those who are neurodiverse or on the autism spectrum we also have our Extraordinarily Creative programme.

Fee: $345

Sibling Discount:  For each additional brother or sister, pay just $310.50 (inc GST) 

For class enquiries please contact Sara Dakin our Youth Theatre Manager at youth.theatre@timbray.org.nz or 09 486 2261 

TBYT Child Protection Policy 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Hit the Stage classes run during School Holidays

April 2022 

Dates and Venues to be confirmed.

 

Francesca Browne  
Lead tutor 10-12yrs group at TAPAC and 8-12yrs group at The PumpHouse Theatre

Francesca is a theatre practitioner, screen-writer and director. She is a member of Massive Theatre Company and improv troupe ImproverishedFrancesca was set on taking up study at Gaulier to release her inner clown, before the 2020 lockdown paused these plans. An experienced youth theatre tutor, she has been teaching improvisation and comedy to high school students since 2018. Francesca enjoys making work with children who may not typically fit into drama classes, finding ways for them to perform and exceed their expectations. 

Jeremy Hinman 
Lead tutor 7-9yrs group at TAPAC

Jeremy is a passionate theatre maker who spends a lot of his time directing and choreographing theatre works across New Zealand and Australia. He regularly utilises his dance training and performance skills to coach and teach students, both children and adults alike. Jeremy thoroughly enjoys working with children and helping to foster a playful creativity when it comes to self-expression and performance. 

“He loved it so much in the last holidays he couldn’t wait to do it again!” Melissa, March 2018 

“Our daughters have done a few different acting holiday programmes but their favourite (and ours) is Tim Bray Production’s ‘Hit the Stage’.  The the fact the children get to collaboratively write and produce the play with the tutors is fantastic – it’s quite amazing what they can do in 5 days!  Our girls find school hard work but they bounce during their week in this – for them it’s like they find their place, and they have a chance to really be themselves and be appreciated for their creativity”. Bernie, July 2018  

“Both kids got a lot out of the experience and I would highly recommend this programme to anyone.”  Helen, October 2020 

“My son attended the Hit the Stage! holiday programme last week for 7-13 year olds. He absolutely loved it and mentioned that he received some good feedback from his teacher regarding his facial expressions and improvisation.” Andrena, January 2020 

“She actually said she felt more confident after doing the programme.Anita, October 2020 

I like actually going on the stage and performing. It’s a bit more fun than the other stuff, like making the scripts and playing games. It’s very exciting.” Student (7-9yrs class) July, 2020 

 “I loved the play and loved playing with my friends” Student (7-10yrs class) January, 2018 

“I enjoyed being able to create a show with only our ideas and imaginations. Also making good friends in the process.” Student (11-14+yrs class) 

“I enjoyed all of the week and holiday programme” Student (11-14+yrs class) 

“Everyone was inclusive and wanted to let everyone have a go at everything” Student (11-14+yrs class) 

“I learnt some new games and how to become the character I was acting as. I also learnt skills from other kids in that class”.  Student (11-14+yrs class) 

Western Springs - enrol here

The Auckland Performing Arts School (TAPAC) 100 Motions Road, Western Springs

 

NB Term Fee includes GST and if paying by credit card there’s an additional card fee

Takapuna - enrol here

The PumpHouse Theatre, 2a Manurere Avenue, Takapuna

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