The BreakOut Project

The BreakOut Project is a series of weekly workshops on Zoom for young creatives aged 16-25. Join tutors from Auckland Theatre Company for five creative workshops exploring acting and theatre skills. With so many young people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Auckland Theatre Company are providing a space to connect and create together.

This opportunity is for young creatives who are yet to engage in formal training.

Using the tools of Zoom, we’ll create connections, explore worlds, invent, and explore together. Join us and jam. 

Run by Keagan Carr Fransch, Matthew Kereama, Gaby Solomona & Sam Phillips, this creative project will run on Tuesdays in Term One.


  • Weekly workshops exploring creativity and connection for young creatives aged 16-25 yrs
  • All sessions are free, held virtually on Zoom
  • Apply now. Numbers are limited!


  • Tue 15 Mar, 4-5PM
  • Tue 22 Mar, 4-5PM
  • Tue 29 Mar, 4-5PM
  • Tue 5 Apr, 4-5PM
  • Tue 12 Apr, 4-5PM

Meet the tutors

Gabrielle Solomona

​​Gabrielle Solomona is a Samoan-New Zealand actress who makes up one third of hilarious, sassy leading ladies in the hugely successful Pasifika comedy central show SIS. For ATC, Gaby has directed Summer School 2020, and was part of the cast of ATC’s Things That Matter.

Keagan Carr Fransch

Keagan Carr Fransch was born and raised in Zimbabwe and moved to Aotearoa in 2004 with her family. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School (Acting) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Masters in Acting). Keagan was a residency member for Basement Theatre’s Ideas in Residence 2021. She is based in Tāmaki Makaurau, working as an actor, coach, writer, and director.

Matthew Kereama

Matthew Kereama (Ngāti Raukawa) completed a BMUS with HONS majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland where his dissertation focused on the dialogue of opera directors. Matthew has also worked closely with professional directors from NZ Opera, Wellington Opera, Auckland Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company in Assistant Director roles.

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips is the Participation Coordinator at Auckland Theatre Company. He has assistant directed for Auckland Theatre Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, and has directed for Whitireia Drama School, Young and Hungry Arts Trust, and at BATS Theatre.


• All participants agree to terms & conditions when enrolling.
• All participants under 18 provide parent contact info, and parents are sent a letter from Auckland Theatre Company to provide permission.
• Zoom rules are provided before every session.

Live Video Chat Guidelines

  • Be kind
  • Don’t use your full name, first names will do
  • Make sure people you are living with know you are on a live video chat. Don’t include them in the chat
  • Wear appropriate clothing, even on parts of you that you think won’t be seen
  • Keep yourself safe - don’t share something that feels too personal, complicated, or sad
  • Refer to a group leader directly if you feel worried about anything
  • Do not record or take photos of anything without the others consent
  • If you are worried about anything, message the session leader