Making Theatre From Scratch with Dr Kerryn Palmer
In this practical workshop, participants will explore different methods of devising theatre. During this two day workshop, they will explore form, content and purpose and will be guided to develop their own devising process. This will involve generating, exploring and distilling creative ideas that can then be developed into a work-in-development. Participants will be given practical strategies of methods for documenting and developing the work and ideas for “where-to-go-next.” This course will actively teach ways to harness creative ideas into a finished product. Participants can choose to create individually or in groups. It aims to be active, thought-provoking, challenging and fun. By the end of the workshop, each student will have created a piece of theatre or started to develop a piece of theatre.
Kerryn is a Wellington-based freelance director, and teacher of drama. She has a PhD in Devising Theatre for and with Young Audiences. Since 2015 she has taught regularly in Victoria University’s theatre programme and teaches short courses in devising and directing at Toi Whakaari.
In 2003 she completed her MTA in directing at Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School and VUW, graduating with distinction. Kerryn regularly directs at BATS and Circa. In 2021 she co-directed HOLE at Circa, by Lynda Chanwai- Earle (with Sally Richards) and has just finished a second sold-out BATS season of The Secret Lives of 16-Year-Old Girls by Sarah Boddy. She also devises and creates large scale site-specific/generic works, (Pandemic, Sniper, Adrift, My Shout- Another Round at the Thistle Inn, Black November 1918) often with large casts of young people. She has directed three solo plays ( She Danced On A Friday, Bill Massey’s Tourists and A Rare Bird) and co-directed three polylogues for the Tahi Festival of solo performance.
Kerryn has directed many touring shows that have travelled around New Zealand for; Duffy Theatre, Capital E National Theatre for Children, Handstand Productions, Ensemble Impact and Arts on Tour.
She teaches social drama in the community and in Ryman Retirement villages for Voice Arts Trust and runs a programme called Bedtime Stories from Inside at Arohata women's prison. Kerryn is also the national facilitator for PAYPA ( Performing Arts for Young People Aotearoa).
In line with New Zealand government regulation and legislation, Toi Whakaari Workshops require all participants to have proof of vaccination.