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Musical Theatre NZ Conference, AGM and Training Weekend - 2024

15/03/24  to 17/03/24
Friday 15 March 1pm to Sunday 17 March 12pm.
An immersive 3 day conference for the theatre community; featuring a wide variety of theatre related development, connection/networking opportunities and celebratory functions.


Mar 17, 2024

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Feb 1, 2024

Event type:

Conference , Theatre ,


Full registration $380; Training only $150; Friday Awards Ceremony only $90; MDR Gala Ball only $150; individual workshop $30


Distinction Hotel - Rotorua


390 Fenton Street, Glenholme, Rotorua 3010


Bay of Plenty ,

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Musical Theatre New Zealand
Feb 5, 2024

What:  The Musical Theatre NZ Conference is packed with: twenty development workshops covering a wide variety of theatrical disciplines, the iTICKET National Theatre Awards Dinner, The MDR Lighting Gala Ball, networking opportunities, social events, the MTNZ AGM followed by G&T Productions lunch, the MTNZ Theatre EXPO - and much more. 

Theatre enthusiasts from around Aotearoa gather to participate and immerse themselves in this utterly fabulous weekend full of theatre. If you love theatre and the performing arts this is one event not to miss.  


Notable workshop presenters include: Mark Dorrell - Singing Sondheim; Fifi Colston (WOW awards winner) - Make a Masquerade Mask and Costuming Head Pieces/Feet from scavenged items; Ben Hambling - Set Design - Broadway Ambitions vs. Amateur Budget; Kristina Hockey (Voice Physiotherapist) - Caring for the Vocal Athlete; and Jenni Murphy-Scanlon on Creating Phenomenal Team. See the full list below.


When and where: Held in Rotorua on the 15-17 March 2024 at the Distinction Hotel Rotorua.


Who: MTNZ have been challenging the idea that conferences are for committees and governance boards only. Our line up of training, networking and celebration is intentionally diverse catering to a wide range of needs, interests and ages. The youngest attending our conference last year was aged 12. 

Theatre groups, performing arts schools, theatre based educators, societies, affiliated organisations/individuals: nau mai, haere mai - all are welcome. 



  • Full weekend registrations are $380 (including both evening functions, all training, all networking, AGM lunch, AGM morning tea, Sunday brunch, the Theatre EXPO and the Saturday evening social hour).
  • Training/Networking full weekend - $150 
  • The iTICKET Friday awards dinner - $90
  • The MDR Sound and Lighting Saturday Gala Ball - $150
  • Per workshop pricing available on request - email [email protected]

*PLEASE NOTE: Early Bird discount closes 31 January and full registration prices increase. 


The MTNZ Theatre EXPO: 

MTNZ welcomes expressions of interest in holding a stand at our MTNZ Theatre EXPO. If you provide goods or services that could be of interest to the performing arts industry/theatre you can find out more HERE.


Find out more and register: 

Head to our website (linked below) to view the Registration Information Pack and find out more about what is on offer this conference HERE.


If you are still deciding - head to our Facebook event page and register interest to be kept up to date as plans unfold HERE.


MTNZ would like to thank our platinum sponsor iTICKET and gold sponsors - MDR Sound and Lighting and G&T Productions - for their ongoing support of community theatre in Aotearoa.Also Bounce NZ and ACLX for their generous in-kind support of technical supply at MTNZ Conference. 


Support Conference Accessibility: 

Our theatre community is made up of over 10,000 volunteers.

If you would like to make the opportunity to attend conference available for someone who may not have the means to attend otherwise; we would welcome your sponsorship. 


You can sponsor a conference scholarship HERE.



Contact us: [email protected]