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Artistic Director - Kaihautū Toi


Job details

23 Feb 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Education & Development


  • Does using applied theatre to empower youth and other groups to take charge of their well-being inspire you?
  • Are you looking for the challenge of growing a proven youth well-being programme, and to develop new programmes?

The Theatre in Health Education Trust (THETA) works nationally, specialising in delivering applied theatre-based programmes on well-being issues to rangatahi/youth in mainstream schools and alternative education in Aotearoa New Zealand. THETA is expanding its operations to include programmes for a variety of community groups and organisations.

Our interactive theatre-based programmes use a combination of traditional theatre, educational drama, structured role-play and decision-making activities to engage participants in the exploration of issues relevant to their lives.

We have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to support the Trust’s work by managing and growing a successful youth well-being programme as well as developing new programmes that promote well-being and foster new perspectives and understandings.

In this role, you will:

  • Devise and deliver the existing Sexwise programme in line with Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora guidelines and current best practice.
  • Identify and secure funding for new programmes through applications to funding bodies and liaison with community groups and other current and potential stakeholders.
  • Devise and deliver new programmes in accordance with the needs of the stakeholder/clients while upholding the principles and mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • You will devise, direct and supervise interactive applied theatre programmes and work in ways that respect and accommodate gender and cultural diversity. You will be able to tailor programmes to fit the needs of specific groups such as Māori and Pacifika.
  • You will liaise with the THETA Board on the strategic direction of the organisation, and with the THETA Manager in the production of reports to the Board and stakeholder organisations.
  • You will be responsible for budget creation and administrative oversight of the programmes.

You will have 5 years+ experience in devising and delivering applied theatre programmes that work to foster new perspectives, promote self-determination and inspire participants. This is a mostly autonomous role so it is imperative that you are entrepreneurial and have a high-energy level with drive and enthusiasm. Supporting touring programmes will involve some travel.

If you think you possess the passion to add value to this key role, and the work THETA undertakes, we would love to hear from you.

For further information on THETA as an organisation,

To apply for this position, provide your current CV and covering letter outlining your background and interest in this role to via the careers page at the Polson Higgs website  

Applications close Wednesday 23 February 2021.

How to apply

To apply for this position, provide your current CV and covering letter outlining your background and interest in this role to via the careers page at the Polson Higgs website 

Applications close Wednesday 23 February 2021.

Written by

Polson Higgs

12 Feb 2021