This is still one of the most useful resources anyone ever gave me! It’s from Allana Taylor’s workshop at the 2009 Weaving our Stories Conference, and it’s a version of Heathcote’s 33 role conventions. Heathcote’s list is well known. What’s special about this handout is that Allana has colour coded the conventions in line with Jerome Bruner’s…

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You may have seen a recent post advertising Tim Taylor’s workshop tour in July – August 2020. In conjunction with this, we are also offering a three day Winter School. This is designed for more experienced Mantle of the Expert practitioners, especially those in leadership roles in schools. Enrolment is by invitation with limited places…

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Enrolments are now open for the one-day workshops in Northland 22nd July, Auckland 24th July, Hamilton 27th July, Hawkes Bay 29th July, Wellington  31st July and Christchurch 3rd August. CLICK HERE to go straight to the enrolment form.

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Have you heard about the 2019 National Literacy conference in Christchurch? The conference, which is being held Sept 29-Oct 2, has the very inspiring title of “The Arts as a bridge to Literacy” and the programme promises a rich feast of workshops and presentations from across the Arts. I am privileged enough to be one…

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I’m delighted to pass on this invitation from Auckland Theatre Company for a FREE teachers’ workshop on Saturday 10th August. While primarily designed for teachers who are hosting a performance of MAHUIKA! the workshop will also feed those hungry for a bit of PLD on classroom drama. More details below: Tēnā Koutou This is your invitation…

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