Auckland Theatre Company – Storyworlds project

Auckland theatre company has a long history of creating quality theatre for adults and young people. Now it’s developing a brand new programme for young children from years 1-3 called ‘Storyworlds.’ In this approach, children are taken on a creative adventure by actor-teachers, who use a range of dramatic inquiry strategies (including teacher in role,…

Tim Taylor is coming in 2020 – save the dates!

We’re delighted to let you know that Tim Taylor (author of Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert) will be visiting Aotearoa in July – August 2020, with a series of one-day professional development workshops in Mantle of the Expert around the country. Tim will also be collaborating with Viv Aitken to offer a Winter School for experienced practitioners. This will…

Drama from a picture book – Taniwha

Here’s the planning for a simple process drama based on Robyn Kahukiwa’s beautiful picture book Taniwha. This drama was shared at the Literacy conference and the TRCC course in October 2019, with participants coming up with some really thoughtful responses. Robyn Kahukiwa’s gorgeous book has enormous potential for rich exploration across the arts and the…

Real Learning in Imagined worlds – Dramatic inquiry and literacy

The National Literacy conference was held last week at Rangi Ruru school in Christchurch with the theme of “Arts as a Bridge to Literacy”. As promised, here’s a PDF of slides from Viv’s keynote address with notes to help make sense of the visuals. There are also links you can click to further information. Many…

Another free teacher workshop courtesy of Auckland Theatre Company

In term four Auckland Theatre Company’s Mythmakers project is coming to Auckland and Whangarei with an interactive re-telling of the Icarus myth set between  contemporary New Zealand and Ancient Greece! Here’s the information about the performance.  AND … Scroll down for your invitation to the free workshop (which is available to attend even if you are not hosting the performance) Mythmakers introduces theatre to our youngest audiences. Mythmakers shows are short, high-quality plays inspired by the origin stories of Aotearoa, the Pacific…

Slides from primary teacher’s conference 2019

On Monday 15th April, Renee Downey and Viv Aitken had the pleasure of presenting a workshop at the primary teacher’s conference in Wellington. We began by offering a taste of a Mantle of the Expert experience. And to keep things simple, we chose the first Mantle of the Expert Renee ever taught, four years ago,…