Sadly, due to the COVID-19 crisis, HERE & NOW FESTIVAL 2020 at the ASB Waterfront Theatre has been cancelled. But fear not young theatre-makers! There are other cool ways you can get involved and be heard!

Check out this video about the HERE & NOW festival.

HERE & NOW Workshop Festival

Mon 05 Oct – Weds 07 Oct

Spend your holidays taking part in one of our three incredible workshops on Clown, Character or Maori and Pasifika Storytelling with professional theatre makers.

Make new friends who are like-minded performers, creators, artists, and storytellers!

We have assembled an A-Team of workshop facilitators and an awesome range of opportunities for you to take part in. Check them out below:

Can I get involved?

No experience is necessary. Just the motivation to give it a go! Applicants for the H & N Workshop Festival must be: • 15 – 19 years • Residents of Auckland • Available to commit to the three workshop days

Registrations Now Open

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Māori & Pasifika Storytelling: with Waiata and Siva Samoa

By the Tuatara Collective with Jason Te Mete and Vincent Farane

3 - Day Wānanga

Music and dance in theatre with a Te Ao Māori and Pasifika lens.

Music and dance are vital components of storytelling in all indigenous cultures around the world, especially in our Pasifika nations (including Te Ao Māori), and are weaved intricately throughout from conception of idea to presentation or performance.

When traditional constructs mix with contemporary ideas, stories become multi-sensory experiences that the performers and audiences share together - emotional, vibrant, powerful.

 Wānanga will include:

  • Waiata (traditional and contemporary)
  • Siva Samoa
  • Text from Māori and Pasifika playwrights
  • Wānanga will highlight the importance of holistic health in the performing arts referencing the Te Wheke Māori Health model.

The Disaster Show: An Introduction to Clown

with Kalyani Nagarajan and Holly Hudson

A troop of young clowns are getting ready for their opening night! The dressing room is bursting with broken hearts, fragile egos and embarrassing acne. As the audience slowly arrives, there’s a problem… a big problem-Where the hell is Antonio!? The most useless group imaginable desperately try to pull together some kind of plan but everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.  Will they ever make it to the stage?

This 3-Day workshop will give young actors a safe and dynamic environment to explore, experiment and learn about the art of clown. Clown doesn’t see gender, race, sexuality, or class, it allows freedom and encourages adventure. This workshop will help performers be self-confident, explore vulnerability and fun and look foolish.

The Disaster Show will include:

  • Basics of clowning, using group activities and play.
  • Developing character through voice and body.
  • Group improvisation and devising.


Character Workshop: Essential Skills for Actors

with Catherine Yates and Josh Metcalfe

 This workshop is an exploration of character improv basics and movement exercises. We'll explore how you can use your body to tell a story and convey emotions - an essential component of stage performance. Through improvisation and exercises we will discover characters within you and bring them to the floor. We'll create an environment where we play and explore different versions of ourselves. Devising exciting mini scenes to present to one another across all sorts of genres.

We'll also bring in some mask work and technique to develop these characters and learn how you can discover a deeper understanding of how to communicate using your body on stage.

Meet the Facilitators

Tuatara Collective

Tuatara Collective is a new company, bringing artists together to collaborate and turn our own Aotearoa stories into art.  Our voice, our music, and our dance are most powerful when our hearts are entwined in the roots of the work. Tuatara Collective will produce and present art and wānanga to the general public, communities and schools, locally, nationally and internationally.  All projects are expected to have relevant themes that will provide the basis for community workshops to facilitate kōrero.  The Over My Dead Body play-series by Jason Te Mete is well underway for Tuatara Collective, with successful premiere seasons of UNINVITED, LITTLE BLACK BITCH and WITH THESE HANDS presented around the country.

Jason Te Mete 

Jason (Ngāti Ranginui) is a freelance multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer and educator.  

Jason received outstanding reviews for his performance as Mitch Albom in the NZ premiere of ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ (Newmarket Stage Company), and his recent performance and musical direction of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival season of 'K'Rd Strip', Okareka Dance Company's highly acclaimed devised work received 5-star international reviews.  He has performed in ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘You Can Always Hand Them Back’, ‘Guys And Dolls’ and ‘Stepping Out’ (Auckland Theatre Company), ‘The Mikado’,  ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ (The Court Theatre, Christchurch), Raymond Hawthorne’s acclaimed production of ‘The Consul’ (Opera Factory), and was the first to play iconic Angel Dumott Schunard in NZ in the premiere of ‘Rent’ in 2007.

 Jason has directed over 30 musicals, including ‘Edges’ (Rebel Theatre), ‘Mrs McGinty & The Bizarre Plant’ (The Court Theatre), ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ (Manukau Performing Arts), which won 9 NAPTA Awards including Best Musical, Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast. He has musically directed ‘Altar Boyz’ (Fortune Theatre, Dunedin), 'Little Shop of Horrors’, 'Checkout Chicks' and ‘The Twits’ (ATC), and 'Blood Brothers’ with Annie Whittle & Ray Woolf.

He has written several plays, his first ‘LITTLE BLACK BITCH’ was the winner of the 2018 Adam Play Award for Best Play by a Māori Playwright.  

 He is currently a Lecturer and Programme Leader of Performing Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology, and is actively pursuing opportunities to assist rangatahi to step into the industry.

Vincent Farane 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) from MIT in 2018, Vincent is a multi-disciplinary performing artist who strives to challenge the status quo. He is particularly interested in mentoring young people, especially our Māori and Pasifika youth. He is an accomplished dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and dance teacher. 

 Vincent played the roles of Sam in Over My Dead Body: UNINVITED, and George in the highly-acclaimed season of LITTLE BLACK BITCH in 2020 (which he also choreographed). 

He has performed overseas, highlights including dancing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and touring Canada, USA, Taiwan, Philippines and Australia.

Kalyani Nagarajan

Kalyani Nagarajan is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. She has worked extensively on stage with companies such as Auckland Theatre Company, Indian Ink, and Auckland Live. Her most recent works include The Master Builder, and the international tour of Mrs Krishnan’s Party. Nagarajan has worked with master clown Phillipe Gaulier in France, where she studied clown, mask and melodrama. She is has guest lectured at several North American universities, including Virginia Tech, The University of Utah, The University of Seattle and The University of Richmond. Nagarajan has created her own yearlong acting courses at The Performing Arts Centre and has a passion for comedy and character work.

Holly Hudson

Since graduating from The Actors’ Program in 2015, Holly has worked in New Zealand stage and screen productions, notably  The Brokenwood Mysteries, To Kill A Mockingbird, Filthy Business and this year The Master Builder with Auckland Theatre Company. Holly is also a graduate of John Bolton Theatre School 2019 where she studied physical theatre and continued on to devise in Melbourne for Midsumma Festival. She was nominated for best performer in the 48 Hour Film Festival in 2018 and has most recently worked as a writer for screen, story-lining for TVNZ web series Auckward Love.

Catherine Yates                                               

Catherine is a graduate of Unitec Drama School, holding a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Theatre and Screen. Since graduating Catherine has worked on various theatre and film projects. Two of which were with ATC's Here and Now festival, and three main stage Basement Theatre productions. Catherine has also since directed two devised shows with her production company JetPackProductions, two of which were directed this year with one featuring as part of Legacy Festival at Q theatre and another with Short and Sweet at Tapac. Catherine has recently been accepted to work with the Theatre Company Indian Ink for the next year as apart of their next generation company.

Josh Metcalfe

Josh Metcalfe has a background in acting and devising and is a recent graduate of Unitec's School of Performing and Screen Arts. He is a passionate entertainer and writer with a unique, comedic flare. He has appeared in Basement theatre shows Fleshies and Animal, and most recently created a sketch style mask show alongside Catherine Yates as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. Josh will also be appearing in the comedy, improv web-series Educators (Season Two) and as an alumni of the Auckland Theatre Company’s HERE & NOW he is excited to be a part of the 2020s workshop festival.