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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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,…

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Here’s a heads up about some events coming up in 2019 that will be of interest to folk with a passion for dramatic inquiry. First, the Drama New Zealand conference, which is being held in Christchurch from 12th – 14th April. Website for registration is here schedule is here with information about the workshops and…

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Here’s something I’ve been working on for some time with input from teachers and colleagues in NZ and beyond. It’s a work in progress that I’m updating and improving as more people contribute their ideas … I’d love to get your thoughts, suggestions and refinements and I can add your name to the long list…

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Here is the powerful Mantle of the Expert plan Tim Taylor introduced us to at winter school in July 2018. Thanks so much Tim for writing up the notes and your generosity in making them available for all. The planning is based on the work of Florence Nightingale and her team of nurses at Scutari…

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