WIT Grant 2015 edition

WIT is taking submissions for the Chris Werren Memorial Development Grant to be awarded to a member of WIT as a study grant. The study grant will be awarded to someone who can give back to the WIT community.

Examples of a pitch for “giving back” would be producing a new show format to give our members the opportunity to perform for the public. Ideally the grant would be an investment in a new show. All submissions will be considered, however if none meet the committee’s standards the grant will not be awarded and resubmissions will begin again next year.

Submissions are to be sent into the WIT Co-Ordinator, Hayley Webster, at coordinator@wit.org.nz. The cut-off for submissions is the 31st of March. Any submissions after this date will not be considered.

Tuesday training in various places!

WIT isn’t in Drama Christi at the moment, here are the TUESDAY TRAINING LOCATIONS for the next couple of months

From February 3rd to March 3rd
Toi Whakaari: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown

From 10th March to 24th March
Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
Abel Smith Street

After that, back at Toi Whakaari until further notice.  Check the training newsletter or the ‘secret’ Facebook group (ask a member if you want to join!) for any updates!

7-9pm as usual, $5 pay to the evening’s tutor or a committee member.

Scenework Intensive with Jennifer O’Sullivan

A 6 week course on Mondays starting January 12, 7pm-9pm

How do I sign up?  
Email creative2@wit.org.nz to register.   Cost is $50, payment arrangements can be, erm, arranged.

What’s it about?
This will be six weeks of workshops focused on the skills needed to deliver consistent open scenes. While actual content will be tailored to the needs of the class, we will cover:
- Active Listening – hearing every offer
- Responding in the moment
- What/who is this scene about? 
- Finding the game of the scene
- Starting in the middle of the action
Participants will receive (and are expected to reflect on) personal feedback, both during class and privately.

Pre-requisite: WIT’s Narrative/storytelling course or similar. You can discuss your suitability with the tutor or email creative2@wit.org.nz. Max class size 14. 

The teacher: Jennifer O’Sullivan is a Wellington based improvisor, producer, publicist, and other such things. She has been a member of WIT since 2006 and improvising since way too long ago. She also works with PlayShop and Definitely Not Witches, directs the New Zealand Improv Festival, and writes an improv blog at letstalkimprov.tumblr.com

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Matt Powell – Workshop Sunday 16 November 2014

FINE TUNING: The art of directing improvised work

Directing often seems like the sort of thing you’d pick up when you’ve mastered everything else, and it can be intimidating directing performers we regard as more experienced or skilled than ourselves. In fact, even for beginning improvisors, directing is a very useful way to learn to analyse the structure and content of a scene, and to discover what inspires you as a performer.   Continue reading

Special General Meeting 18 November

This will be happening on Tuesday 18th November at Drama Christi at 6:30 pm (half an hour before our regular Tuesday session starts).
On the agenda:
-Replacement of Co-ordinator position on the committee
-Replacement of the Secretary position on the committee.
Nominations will be taken on the night, followed by a vote.
Thanks guys, see you then!

20154-2015 Committee elected!

At WIT’s AGM on June 16th 2014, the following members were elected:

Coordinator: Darryn Woods
Creative Directors: Phil Anderson and Annika Naschitzki
Secretary: Belle Harrison
Treasurer: Mike Webster
Cruise Director (Member Rep): Hayley Webster
General Member: Steven Youngblood