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Welcome to DRAMA NZ Northland

We are a far reaching branch from Wellsford North

We are keen to have some branch members join to make an official committee to run the branch.  Lets be stratigic and spread around the region.  If you are interested either contact the Regional rep or Drama NZ President


Regional Rep               Bridget Crooks                    Kerikeri High School                             BCrooks@kerikerihigh.ac.nz


Workshops Coming Soon

Commedia dell’Arte and Clowning Workshops in Northland

 Please find information below about Commedia and Clowning Workshops coming up in Northland. The workshops are suitable for both drama teachers and keen students Year 11 and above.


Commedia dell`Arte Workshop with Lisa Brickell


Commedia dell’Arte is a form of improvisational comedy which started in the marketplaces of Italy over 400 years ago. It is a half mask tradition which has had a huge impact on all forms of modern comedy, theatre and dance and is therefore an invaluable training tool for developing performance skills.

This practical workshop explores the vocal and physical characteristics of the main Commedia characters, as well as looking at warm up activities, lazzi (stock comic routines) and canovacci (semi-improvised scenes) which teachers can use with their students.

Handouts are provided for both students and teachers, as well as a set of posters with detailed information on each character.


Lisa Brickell trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. She specialized in Clowning and Mask Work with Giovanni Fusetti at the Kiklos Theatre School in Padua, Italy and then completed Antonio Fava’s International Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She also has a MA in Drama, and BA in Italian from Auckland University. She gave a key note speech on Commedia at The Drama NZ Conference in Christchurch in 2014 and has taught and performed extensively in New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Singapore, France, Brazil and England.


Date: 10 September 2016

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Huanui College, 328 Ngunguru Rd, Glenbervie 0173, Northland

Cost: $120 (or $100 early bird -if paid in full by September 1)

To enrol: Email Deb Walters creativelynx@eznet.co.nz

For further information, see www.funny-business.co.nz  or email lisabrickell@gmail.com


"My Year 11s had a terrific time with Lisa, as she expounded on the performance conventions of Commedia dell 'Arte, with enthusiasm, wit and clarity. It brought work, previously undertaken in class, into focus, and gave the students a terrific foundation from which to jump beyond themselves. I would highly recommend her workshops to other Drama colleagues."

Nick Brown, Curriculum Manager for Senior Drama, Kristin School, Auckland



21-24 October 2016

Tushita Ashram


“We are all clowns…we all have our weaknesses, our ridiculous side, which can make people laugh when we allow it to express itself.”   

                                                                                                   Jacques Lecoq



Come join us at the beautiful Tushita Ashram in Peria Valley, Northland to rejuvenate yourself through a long weekend of hilarity and absurdity.


Date:                        October 21-24, 2016

              6pm (on the 21st) -2pm (on the 24th)


Location:              Tushita Ashram, Oruru Valley, Peria Valley, Northland

(near Kerikeri, Bay of Islands)


Fee:                          $495 includes accommodation, meals, tuition and full use of the centre’s facilities

          Earlybird Discount $445 if paid in full by    September 15


Enrolment:          E-mail Damalaya Agnijanma at damalaya@tushitamysteryschool.co.nz

Or phone 0212083485